The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is touted as a special place, and has been on my bucket list for a long time. The question remains – ‘Is it still the special place it once was, and worth a visit?’
Having just been there for 10 days this year (2017), I have a strong opinion about whether it is worth spending the time and money, or not. It is not strictly a ‘yes or no answer.’ Check out our experience and my recommendations… Continue reading →
If you love warm temperatures, the ocean, beach and azure blue water, it doesn’t get much better than the North West Cape of Western Australia. If you love snorkeling, diving, and swimming in calm seas, there is nothing like the gateway to the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef Marine Park in Exmouth Australia. Its proximity to the Coral Coast is a draw … Continue reading →
Have you ever wanted to immerse yourself in a non-western culture, something totally different, exotic, and colorful? My friend Gail wanted to celebrate her birthday by experiencing a totally different environment from her norm. After 2 months of research on Morocco, and with the help of hotel owner from Skoura named L’ma, Gail planned their own private experience. Her own trip was less expensive than standard packages and just as nice.
This article takes you through the colorful two week tour that she and husband Mitch experienced, and what they loved about Morocco.
In 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
Mark’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 →
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.
It is located on a beautiful site overlooking the Pacific, and not far from town by taxi.
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. Some 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
The Costa Rica Accommodations that we chose for this trip were booked through Continue reading →
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!
While the coast is warm, 80s & 90s degrees F, the Arenal and Monteverde are Continue reading →
I 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 →
Tom 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 →
We 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 Continue reading →