The 7 Most Amazing Natural Swimming Pool Destinations
Who needs a commercial pool when stunning natural swimming holes are located around the world? Imagine floating on your back in beautiful Grecian lagoon that resembles a swimming pool carved into rocks or swimming past breathtaking waterfalls in an other-worldly cenote just outside of Chicen Itza Mexico. Amazingly, the world is filled with spectacular natural swimming holes, just ready to be discovered. Below are five of our favorites.
It’s not often that the American cruise scene welcomes a new luxury cruise line to their shores, but that’s exactly what will happen in November when the MCS Divina sails into Miami. It’s time to say “Ciao Bella” (hello beautiful) to this chic European-styled cruise ship.
MSC Cruise Line has one of the newest fleets in the cruise industry with 12 ships, but has been largely unknown to the American market. For over 20 years, MSC had been offering cruises in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and South America with primarily European clientele. With the introduction of their newest ship, Divina, MSC will establish a dedicated American presence to bring the charms of European style cruising to the United States.
For many people, a chance to swim with sea turtles is a dream come true. There are seven species existing today that can be found swimming and diving to the depths below seas. Sea turtles have been around for over 110 million years – since the time of the dinosaurs. You can swim with turtles on any continent (except Antarctica). So get your swimming costume on, swap sandals for a pair of flippers and get ready to paddle around with one of Earth’s most ancient creatures.
Cook Island Marine Reserve is a small protected island located on the Gold Coast in the south east of Queensland. With plenty of soft and hard coral gardens it’s the perfect sanctuary for a rich marine life. Visitors can see a variety of tropical sea life the including clown fish, damsel fish, angel fish, the occasional manta rays and of course the resident green sea turtles. The turtles can be spotted all year round in these oceans so you’re guaranteed a chance to swim with some when you visit.
When traveling for business as well as for pleasure, the wide variety of foods that you can taste and enjoy is often one of the most exciting aspects of the entire trip. Regardless of where in the world you find yourself awaking or how tired you may feel, a hearty breakfast is a great way to start the day, lift your spirits and make you feel like a local.
Western-influenced breakfasts have crept their way onto menus around the world, but be adventurous and tempt your taste buds with the following hotel breakfasts from countries across the globe during your travels.
It’s 6:30am and sunlight is streaming in through the windows. I’m not usually a morning person but the jungle comes alive at sunrise and the sounds rouse me from my hazy slumber. You might think that I am perhaps on holiday in a glamorous resort or on an eco-vacation, maybe even a yoga retreat. Well although all of the above do sound very appealing I am actually house sitting on a cashew farm in southern Costa Rica. In my opinion, this is a far more enjoyable alternative.
I’ve been charged with caring for a hillside property overlooking the Pacific Ocean, along with the owner’s boisterous golden Labrador Jack, who has a penchant for tennis balls and an insatiable desire to play fetch.
I’m in heaven.
It seems the world has fallen in love with the idea of renting a beautiful villa and bringing the whole family along on vacation. The number of villa rental sites has expanded dramatically in recent years as have popular home rental sites like VRBO. But one big obstacle to a fabulous rental vacation has always been how to tap into local experiences, events and sightseeing options.
Villas of Distinction To The Rescue. Recently Villas of Distinction, a well respected villa rental company with inventory around the world, has solved this age-old problem by partnering with Excursionist.com a provider of experiential travel and sightseeing excursions. Adding tailor-made travel experiences to your villa rental vacation is now a cinch.
As we all know, one of the best parts of travelling is discovering new delicacies. If you are one of those people always up for something new, time for you to get cheap flights to Bogota just to try their outstanding local food. Bogota offers a wide range of restaurants that serve regional and international foods – just hearing about it will have your mouth watering.
In Bogota, their key traditional dishes are based on pork, beans, potatoes, corn, rice and soups. Below are the top five dishes one should always try in this divine place:
The eco-lodges of Costa Rica are one of a kind because they offer a fantastic experience through which you can enjoy the natural beauty of this country like never before. These lodges have accommodation units that include eco-friendly furnishings and they take up practices to help conserve the environment. Lodges are situated in close proximity […]
When you finally manage to get the whole family out for a holiday in Cancun, the last thing you need is to carry on babysitting, cooking, and cleaning – you should be relaxing! You can avoid this palaver by opting for an all-inclusive resort that not only provides childcare, but all your meals and drinks […]
Ushuaia, on the Argentine side of Tierra del Fuego, calls itself “the southernmost city in the world”. There’s some quibbling about the title based on the definition of a city, but Ushuaia is the most often cited. I arrived in November, early summer. The wind was strong. I leaned against it like Michael Jackson in […]
Lind and I have just returned from attending Cruise Shipping Miami, a global cruise conference that brings together the world’s major cruise lines, destination representatives and ship building suppliers – quite a heady experience! For three days we attended seminars, chatted with cruise line CEOs and learned about where the world of cruising is headed […]
Top adventure activities you will love in Costa Rica Costa Rica is the place to go if you want an adventure vacation. The place which is considered to be a paradise on earth for tourists is also a great place for adventure travel. When it comes to activities for a travel adventurer, Costa Rica has […]
A local in the town of Pucón offhandedly gave me some of the best advice I received during my three-week journey around Chile when she found out I was traveling to the remote island of Chiloé: “If you like oysters, go to a town called Caulín. Best oysters in the country.” My eyes nearly popped […]
Luxury hotel group Real Resorts in the Riviera Maya region of Mexico have shared one of their prized culture inspired recipes with us: Mayan Style Grilled Fish Steaks (aka Tkinxic). In recognition of the importance of the Mayan Calendar in 2012, Real Resorts are presenting a Mayan Culinary Festival in each of their four all-inclusive […]
When planning a trip to South-America, no one should miss the chance to see the world’s largest salt-flat, “Salar de Uyuni” – the stunning salt-desert located in Boliva’s Potosi region. Most offered trips take three to four days, as this area is packed with other spectacular sites, as well as the 10 meters thick salt […]
Its official: the train is still the most romantic and glamorous way to travel. Whatever the destination, going by train makes your holiday all about the journey – below, we list 5 of the world’s best train trips with the most spectacular rail lines in the world. Want to take an epic train journey? Win […]
Some of us are fine with knowing that we will never explore our planet’s many beautiful landscapes. We look to television and the Internet for environmental perspective on the places we share interest in, but seemingly would never venture to. It’s understandable. Unless you’re an experienced trekker, the idea of traveling to some distant destinations […]
Two Adventure Vacations in One – Trip Report of a Fabulous Family Vacation to South America and the Galapagos. Many times, when you travel a long distance, you want to grab every adventure you can while you are that far away. That’s what happened when we planned our family vacation this summer.
Club Med has just announced a 7-Day Weekend sale which must be booked by 10/31/11 and is valid for travel all winter long through to April 13, 2012. Guests pay the usual price for a three-night stay, but stay and play for seven nights. The sale package starts at $870 per person for lodging, all meals, all beverages (beer, wine and cocktails), most resort activities and classes. Day camps for kids including the very popular Circus Camp are also included. Properties participating in the sale include Club Med properties in Cancun, Ixtapa, Punta Cana, Florida, the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Martinique, and Guadeloupe.
A river cruise offers a very unique way of travelling. The Ships are much smaller than their ocean-bound counterparts, with an average sized river ship carrying around 150 passengers, giving you the opportunity to soak up scenery that cruise liners simply cannot access.