Canadian Bus Trip Vacation – Value & Experience

Canadian Bus Trip Starr ToursIn deciding what to do for summer vacation last year, friends Mark, Karen and their daughter, decided on a Canadian Bus Trip where they could relax, and let Starr, a local bus tour company, do the planning and driving. This post is a result of an interview with them that discusses the 6-day trip, and its pros and cons.

Selecting the Canadian Bus Trip – Quebec City and Montreal

MOverlook of Montreal from Mount Royalark’s friend had recently used Starr, and Mark liked the idea of having someone else do the driving (sounds good to me!).  Mark hadn’t been to Montreal and Quebec City so it sounded like a good choice. The Canadian Bus Trip description sounded inviting – “Explore the rich culture and Continue reading

Choosing Galapagos Land Accommodations

Courtyard at Galapagos Suites

Courtyard at Galapagos Suites

Before choosing Galapagos Land Accommodations, select the islands where you want to stay. If taking a land-only trip, I recommend splitting your time between Santa Cruz, staying in Ayora, and Isabela. Then you must decide if you want a 5-star hotel with all of the amenities, a hostel, or something in between.  Another big consideration is Continue reading

Costa Rica Travel Agents and Accommodations

As you may recall from other posts, our home base in Costa Rica was in Guanacaste, on the Pacific Coast.  Based on Costa Rica Travel Agents and Accommodations available, we chose the Playa del Coco area, and stayed quite a long walk from town at Ocotal Beach Resort.  We chose Ocotal because of the reputation of its dive operation.

Dive Shop recommended by Costa Rica Travel Agent

It is located on a beautiful site overlooking the Pacific, and not far from town by taxi.     Unobstructed View from Costa Rica Hotel Accommodations

Since we planned to dive and brought all of our dive gear, it was more convenient to rent one place for the whole time in Costa Rica. Then we did day trips or overnights to other areas, like San Jose, Arenal, and Tamarindo.  Volcano AheadSome people may think it is crazy to pay for 2 rooms, but it is much easier for us to choose our base, travel from there and only pack what we need.  (See our separate post for More on Diving in Costa Rica.)

Booking Accommodtions + Tours

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Costa Rica Diving

More on Diving in Costa Rica

Diving is different, as you are diving in colder waters and around rock formations rather than coral.  There seem to be more very small colorful creatures, and more larger animals.

For exaOctopusmple, I have never seen so many octopus out during the day as I did during Costa Rica diving.  When I look at our pictures, almost every day has photos of octopus.

 

 

 

Puffers resting together in the rocks in Costa RicaThe cute puffers are everywhere; they were Continue reading

Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica & Ziplining

Land Adventures  in Costa Rica

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Know that it rains more in the central part of the country, in the regions near the Arenal Volcano and the Monteverde Cloud Forest – 2 choice locations.  We had wet weather in December around the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. You need a rain jacket.  The fog will often restrict the view of the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica.  We lucked out and had the volcano come into view while it was erupting at sunset – yeah!

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Ecuador and Galapagos Travel Adventure Planning

Mountain lake near Cuenca EcuadorI am excited to say that we are planning to spend part of Winter 2016 in  South America, specifically partaking in Ecuador and Galapagos travel adventures and in areas outside of Quito Ecuador both Land and Sea. Although Ecuador is a small country, it is ecologically diverse, from the Andes to the Amazon, to the Continue reading

Costa Rica Adventures

Rainforest adventures in Costa Rica Costa Rica is an interesting and diverse country chock full of fascinating nature-related adventures.  This series of posts provides what Costa Rica Adventures we chose to do and why, when to go, accommodations, and some of the professionals we used to enhance our trip.

While many people fly into San Jose, Juan Santamaria International Airport, because they want to see the volcanoes and cloud forests, we chose to fly to Liberia, Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Guanacaste, which is in the Northwest on the Pacific side.  Guanacaste is the drier region, and offers great Costa Rica land and sea adventures.  Guanacaste has the jungles, rivers, zip-lines, and more.  The Costa Rica Adventures that  Continue reading

Westpunt Curacao Accommodations

Oceanfront walkway at  Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club, CuracaoTom and I have stayed at 2 places in Westpunt Curacao and looked at several others Accommodations in Westpunt.  For several years, we chose to stay at what was called the 5 star resort – Kura Hulanda Beach Resort as our preferred Westpunt Curacao Accommodations – and it was 5 star in 2008.  Today, …  Continue reading

Nature of Curacao

Curacao beach, near WestpuntWe love Westpunt (in the Northwest) because the diversity of nature of Curacao found there – the easy access to the reef, and it is said that the nicest natural beaches are in the northwest, There are a few (not many) beautiful beaches south and east of Westpunt. I like to be no more than a short walk to the beach (whether within a resort or just across the street) to swim, snorkel, dive, or watch the sun dancing on the water — I can’t think of a better way to spend a winter.

For me the best place to find the Unique Nature of Northern Curacao is in Westpunt and areas immediately south have many naturally beautiful areas to hike, snorkel, dive and …
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