In a vast ocean dotted with infinite lagoons, perhaps the most striking of them all is to be found in Aitutaki. A short flight from the main island of Rarotonga brings you to a quiet little ‘half island half atoll’ – where nothing seems to happen and where the word ‘rush’ simple doesn’t exist. The main reasons to visit Aitutaki is to detach from the stresses of life and to explore its magical lagoon. Once you’ve completed a circle island tour on a rented scooter, head to the small motu (islets) that hug the outer reaches of the lagoon. Out here, you’ll snorkel in coral gardens and make landfall on beaches where fine white sand simply blinds your eyes on a sunny day. If you’ve always wondered where pictures of that perfect beach you see in travel magazines, posters and screensavers were taken – the answer probably lies in Aitutaki!
What is it about the islands that make life better? Is it the tropical breeze coming in from the ocean? Is it the sound of the waves crashing on the shore? Maybe its the laid back vibe or the perfect sunset that you see no matter what island you are visiting.When I think of our times in the islands, nothing but perfection springs to mind. All the complications and stresses of life completely melt away in the tropical heat and are instantly replaced by the tranquility of a deserted beach or seaside cabana.
While the two-piece swimsuit as a design existed in classical antiquity, the modern design first attracted public notice in Paris on July 5, 1946. French automotive engineer Louis Réard introduced a design he named the "bikini", adopting the name from the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, which was the colonial name the Germans gave to the atoll, transliterated from the Marshallese name for the island, Pikinni.
Bali is like Hawaii minus the high price tag and the strip malls but major tourist spots like Kuta and Seminyak are regularly over-run by marauding bands of drunken tourists in high season. With a little exploration, you will find all kinds of hidden gems that are unlike anywhere else such as Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Candi Dasa and Sanur (or take a boat to the less developed paradise Lombok).
It is a single location dive. A dive the late afternoon during the light and then we come up as planned just before the sunset. We watch the sunset, a Keys favorite, and then prepare for the second dive. Once dark, we dive the second dive to witness an amazing transformation of the reef. New species coming out of the coral, new activity all around, and even surface bioluminescence that you will be delighted to see. It’s a new world down there and you will be one of the few lucky ones to see it all happen in front of you.
The self-proclaimed culinary capital of the Caribbean, Barbados doesn’t disappoint. For the ultimate foodie experience, travelers should time their visit to include the annual Barbados Food and Rum Festival. To understand the importance of rum to Barbadian culture, visitors will want to go to Mount Gay distillery. Founded in 1703, it has the distinction of being the world’s oldest rum producer, and visitors can learn all about its story. This magical island is also called “Land of Flying Fish,” due not only to the abundance of flying fish, but also to islanders’ mastery at deboning and cooking it. In fact, the national dish is Flying Fish and CouCou, a must-taste experience.
There's graffiti on the walls, there's a lot of litter and random clothes just laying around, homeless people sleeping around, couples intensely making out who need to get a room, and it people walking by will smell like weed. It was nothing too bothersome, but just a warning if you're trying to go to a nice, secluded and romantic beach, DON'T come here.
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You can definitely find really fast Internet in most of these places but you’ll have to go there and spend a lot of time looking for the right place (and probably pay extra for it). If you’re looking for 30 Mbps download I doubt you’ll find that anywhere outside of a major city. When I’m house hunting I always use the Speed Test app on my iPhone to see if the Internet is up to snuff.
I found this just before a snorkeling trip to the Caribbean and I was extremely happy with it. Everyone was asking me where I got it. For the first time in 3 decades of snorkeling I had no salt water in my eyes or nose or mouth! Wonderful. It takes a little more effort to get it on the first time, but the snorkel comes off for travel and it has a float to keep the water from entering your mask if you submerge. Greatest invention yet!
If you’re looking for miles of tropical beach that seem to stretch into the skyline, beautiful lush gardens and tropical landscapes that will mesmerize you, then Turks and Caicos should be on your radar. There are 40 islands in total, though only eight of them are inhabited. It’s a rare chance to go where there are very few people – far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can leave the noise behind and find your own little piece of paradise on an island where few people ever go. If you’re a diver, you may already know that the longest reef in the world can be found here.
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Northern California beaches. They tend to be cold and windy, and Ocean Beach is no exception. There are those glorious warm days that happen a few times per year in the Fall. If you choose this location for a photo shoot make sure that you wear layers at this location. And arm yourself with hair ties and clips, because it can get windy. Take it from me, a family photographer (K. Sienk Photography)!
Four bright-pink cabanas pop out of the water in Panama’s Bocas del Toro archipelago. The eco-friendly island has its own restaurant and dining room, bar, second-floor terrace, natural pool, and a whole list of nature-friendly activities. Be prepared to socialize with the locals, namely Toutie (the capuchin monkey that's been adopted by the owner) and Maki, the squirrel monkey who is there to keep Toutie company. If you aren’t into animals, you'll want to also steer clear of Quiso the kinkajou, as well as the alligators that come out at night. Just a heads-up.
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