Mexico

Here’s where to go when you get to Mexico!

Mexico is – if nothing else – huge. And unlike a lot of the world’s biggest countries (Russia, Canada, and the USA – because of Alaska) it is not just a frozen wasteland. Pretty much every part of the country is inhabited, and pretty much every part of the country has things going on. In fact, a trip to Mexico without a guide would not just be foolish – because you would miss out on so much – it would be downright intimidating! The best way to see Mexico is – simply – to make more than one trip. Pick one or two places off this list that sound nice – and limit your touring to them. Find time to relax during your vacation, instead of always running around. Trust that this warm, wonderful country will be calling you back, and that you will return. That said, here are the top, must-see spots for your many visits to Mexico:

Puerto Vallarta There is a lot more here than the wonderful Pacific Ocean. There’s wonderful, authentic regional food. Tequila tastings, even. Check out the landmarks, like Los Arcos and the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe – all of which make for wonderful photo-ops. And then there is the ocean. There are wonderful beaches – rivalling any in Cancún. Or head to the shore for a cruise to one of the nearby islands, or a whale watching tour.

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Cozumel This island is a famous stopping point for Caribbean cruises – but it is a great trip from the mainland, too. The highlights are the wonderful reefs that surround this Caribbean jewel, around which there are wonderful spots for snorkel and scuba. The marine life that you will see is unbelievable.

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Cancún, Tulum, and the Playa del Carmen This whole beach – from Cancún to Tulum – is worth a stay of a week, or maybe even a month. The sand is spotlessly white, and coconut palms abound. After all, this is the Caribbean! The Caribbean coast – and the Yucatán Peninsula – is a wonderland of pristine beaches and beautiful jungles, mystical Mayan ruins and sinkholes filled with water where you can plunge in for a swim. Even if you visit nowhere else in the country – Cancún is a must-see!

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Mexico City Once the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, this mountain city – the country’s most populous – is loaded with culture and history. Aztec sites and ruins, fantastic food, and world-class hotels. Do not miss the Palace of Fine Arts and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. And consider a food tour – where you will be introduced to Mexico’s finest. One thing to know is that Mexico City is at a high elevation – 2,240 meters, or 7,350 feet. If you have ever had shortness of breath, keep this in mind before you sign up for any extreme sports in the city!

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Cabo Many people – even if they have heard of nothing else in Mexico – know about Cabo San Lucas. But, while it is renowned as a spring break party spot, there is much more here. Go clubbing galore – but also check out this city’s fantastic, luxurious hotels and top-notch golf courses. If you are looking from a respite from Cabo’s nonstop fiesta, stay in nearby San José del Cabo: a great place for relaxation.

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History buff? You’ve come to the right place!

Greece is a country that’s truly rich in history. The birthplace of Western
civilisation, it has long been known for its ancient philosophers, doctors, and artists.
But did you know that there were civilisations that rose and fell in the area long
before the “Ancient” Greeks trod here. Or that the history of Greece didn’t stop
when Socrates died, but continued on, uninterrupted, to the contemporary age,
through a blend of religious and political upheavals. This rocky coast and these
stoic, tough islands have long withstood the test of time.

Here’s a brief guide to the history of this incredible country:

2700-1500 BCE: The Minoan civilisation. This is Greece’s oldest civilisation, and it
flourished on the island of Crete. This island is still one of the country’s most
important spots – for tourism now! – and it’s as good for exploring the ruins as for
sunbathing on the beach.

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1600-1100 BCE: The Mycenaean civilisation. Before you think that it’s short-lived,
realise that the USA has been around for less time. And this civilisation’s influence
may have been as great as the USA’s is today! The highlight here is a visit to the
ruins of the capital, Mycenae – which are remarkably well preserved.

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776 BCE (the first Olympic games) to 323 BCE (the death of Alexander the Great):
Ancient Greece. From Homer to Plato and Socrates to Alexander the Great, a lot of
Greece’s most well-known history occurred in the millenium before the birth of
Jesus. Relics from this period abound. From the Acropolis to the temples at Delphi,
this was Greece’s golden age – and a main draw for many visitors.

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276-146 BCE: The Hellenistic period. A dark age for this mighty power. The global
influence of Greece declined, until…

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126 BCE – 393 CE: Roman Greece. This was a resurgence of Greece, under Roman
rule. Much of the Romans’ most famous attributes were copied from the Greeks,
from their artwork to their religion. Despite occupation, this was a high point for
Greece, and many Roman monuments remain.

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4th – 15th century: Byzantine Greece. From the fall of the Western Roman Empire, to the fall of Constantinople in 1453, Greece was a part of Byzantine Empire, one of the most powerful empires in history. Greek Orthodoxy developed, and many monasteries and churches were built.

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15th century – 1821: Ottoman Greece. After the fall of the Byzantines, Greece fell
(like most of Eastern Europe) under Ottoman rule. This was a very important period
of the country’s history of which many artifacts remain, such as the ones in
Thessaloniki.

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1821 onward: Modern Greece. The re-emergence of Greece into the global sphere was a rocky one. The country had a revolution in 1821, followed by a kingdom, a dictatorship, occupation by the Axis forces, and finally the “Third Hellenic Republic”, which continues to this day. As you can see, Greece has a long and varied history. But, fortunately, relics from every moment in this country’s past are still observable today. If you truly love history, you could spend decades coming back here.

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Mexico trip? Make it a nature trip!

There are so many reasons to head to this wonderful country just south of the USA. And maybe you weren’t thinking that nature was one of them. But Mexico has it all – from snow-capped, lofty peaks to incredible beaches, lined with a hundred palm trees! This country has just about every ecosystem you can imagine, and its national parks are incredible. Don’t miss them – not if you make it to the land “south of the border”! Here are some of the best natural sites that you have to see if you get down to Mexico!

Lake Chapala, Jalisco:​ Come for the sunrise and scan the panorama of local boats floating over the water of Mexico’s largest freshwater lake. This is true tranquility.

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Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Campeche:​ Or if you prefer the jungle, try out some bird watching here on the border with Guatemala. Calakmul is one of the country’s largest protected natural areas. It’s also home to the Maya ruins of the same name.

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 Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca: ​Petrified ​waterfalls? Yes, you heard that right. These unique geologic formations are eerie and unreal, and make for a wonderful spot for a hike and a picnic!

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 Parque Nacional Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, Guerrero:​ I hope you’re not claustrophobic! Because this site – one of the largest cave systems in the world – is simply stunning!

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 Las Coloradas, Yucatán:​ True to its name (translation: “the colored ones”), the lake here almost seems painted an unnatural red. Unnatural maybe, but eerily beautiful.

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Tepozteco Hill, Morelos: ​The bizarre thumb-shaped formations here are mirrored in the ancient pyramid. Enjoy history and nature all in one!

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 Tamul Waterfall, San Luis Potosí: ​Nothing really says “nature” like a waterfall. And this beauty – at over 100m high (almost 250ft) – is one of Mexico’s largest.

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Sumidero Canyon, Chiapas:​ Formed around the same time as the Grand Canyon, this is Mexico’s response – and a wonderful, lush one at that! Unlike in Arizona, here you’re surrounded by water and vegetation.

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Rosario Sanctuary, Michoacán:​ Butterflies? Each year is witness to a massive migration, where not thousands, but millions, of Monarch butterflies head here, just begging for you to capture them in a photo!

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Potrero Chico, Nuevo León:​ If you’re a rock climber, this is probably what your heaven looks like! Even if you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, the crazy, steep cliffs here will inspire awe from any vantage point.

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Basaltic Prisms, Hidalgo:​ If you’ve never seen the “Devil’s Postpile” in California, you’ve never seen the likes of this. Even when you get there, you’ll have trouble believing these hexagonal columns are really sculpted by nature – and not aliens!

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Popocatépetl-Iztaccíhuatl National Park, Puebla:​ Come to the site of two of Mexico’s most famous volcanoes, and walk the unreal landscape of black lava and sometimes even snow!

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Cuatro Ciénegas Biosphere Reserve, Coahuila:​ A verdant marsh right at the base of grey, barren mountains? Yep – that’s Mexico for you!

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Firefly forests, Tlaxcala:​ Exactly what it sounds like. Come in June, July, or August and prepare to be amazed

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Mexico’s wonderful secrets

Everyone has heard of Cabo and Cancun, but Mexico has more. So much more! Here are some of the lesser-known gems in this wonderful country – and each one of them could be worth a week-long trip in itself.

Huatulco:​ Or, in other words, a beachgoer’s paradise. This charming town near Oaxaca is a wonderful place to spend a week on the beach. And it’s one of Mexico’s most forward-thinking destinations, loaded with rules to protect the environment and preserve the ambiance. Buildings cannot be more than six stories tall, and the wonderful, lush surroundings are mostly untouched.

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Punta Mita: ​Just sixteen kilometres north of Puerto Vallarta, you will feel like you’ve entered into another world. And a world loaded with glam! From vacation rentals to high-end hotels like the Four Seasons, golf courses, and private beaches, here you’ll be able to lay down for a week and truly relax.

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Guanajuato:​ If you Instagram a picture of yourself standing in this central Mexican city, before a hill piled with houses in every color – vibrant and bright like the feathers of tropical birds – your followers will be convinced that you hacked into Photoshop. And you might have trouble believing this place yourself. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this Guanajuato is a kaleidoscope in every sense of the word: from the bustling plazas to the lovely Mercado Hidalgo, where you can buy authentic souvenirs aplenty. Do not miss the city’s famed underground streets and tunnels, which you can explore on a walking tour or at your own leisure.

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San Miguel de Allende: ​Visit this wonderful mountain city, part of the state of Guanajuato, and ninety kilometres east of the city of that name. Walking the cobblestoned streets, it will feel like you have stepped back in time. And there’s history here for sure: from the days when this was a stopover point for transporting silver out of the mountain mines, to when it fell into disuse, until it was revived by a Chicago native who transformed it into the artist’s and expat’s hub that it is today.

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Zacatecas: ​Also in Mexico’s center, this wonderful, colonial city is a must for history lovers – or anyone who wants to see how the real Mexico is, away from the crowds. The city got its start as a silver mining hotspot – and some of the old mines have become museums today. There’s also a nearby hill, the Cerro de la Bufa, where you can ride a cable car to the top and be rewarded with sweeping vistas of the city below.

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Mérida: ​The capital of the Yucatán is sadly overlooked as a tourist destination, with everyone flocking to Cancún and missing out on the wonderful history here. But everything you can do from Cancún – Mayan ruins or pristine beaches – you can do from Mérida. And then some! Wander the Paseo de Montejo, lined with stone mansions, and get a sense of the colonial times at the Sunday Market. Then wrap up the day in one of a dozen quaint boutique hotels.

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1,192 Islands! Start with Five

The Maldives is an incredible country, comprising over one thousand islands, two
hundred of which are inhabited. It’s a destination that – despite its rich offerings –
is actually new on the global tourism scene. But it’s not to be overlooked!
Now, maybe you don’t have time to visit 1,192 islands! But let’s start with five:


Malé Island

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The location of the capital city – and the main international airport – this island is a
must. But don’t just land here and then run off to your next destination. Spend some
time soaking in the history here – in the Grand Friday Mosque, built in 1658 out of
coral stone, and hearkening back to the age of the sultanate. Soak in the sights and
sounds (and maybe the smells too!) of the Malé Fish Market – an essential hub for
the locals, many of whom get their sustenance from the ever-present ocean that
surrounds them. Lounge at the luxurious beaches, in a glamour that’s not to be
surpassed.

Biyadhoo Island

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Biyadhoo Island is a scuba-diver’s paradise. This densely vegetated, city-less island
is where nature thrives – particularly in the water, as the island is quite close to
many of the country’s best diving spots. And not only does it boast world-class
scuba, but there are a range of other water sports, and countless opportunities for
thrills. Or, if you prefer to relax, most of this island is made up of the splendid
Biyadhoo Resort – a delightful spot to relax and soak in the tropical sun!

Alimatha Island

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No visit to the Maldives is complete without a stop at Alimatha island, a treasure
trove of wonderful resorts and spas. Come here and truly unwind by getting an
ayurvedic massage, at one of the expert-run massage centres. Or relax at a lovely
beach bungalow, or an over-the-water property where you can stare down beneath
your floor and see the tropical fish drift lazily past. And then, of course, for the thrill
seekers you can find excellent scuba, windsurfing, canoeing, and cat sailing!

Como Cocoa Island

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The entire, tiny Como Cocoa Island is a blissful resort – but not just your everyday
luxury stay. All of the suites here aren’t built on land, but over the water – where
you can not only see, but live in, the beautiful turquoise lagoon off the edge of the
island. Get out of the city, and away from civilisation, and spend some moments of
truly blissful – and truly quiet – contemplation. A visit to this island isn’t something
that you’ll ever forget – so make memories that will last for your lifetime.

Vihamanafushi Island

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Don’t worry about trying to pronounce “Vihamanafushi” – just let a local guide take
you there! This fabulous island is home to Kurumba Beach, where you can find the
Kurumba Maldives Resort. Which is an excellent destination for honeymooners, or
anyone who just wants to chill at the beach, with a wide range of activities and
entertainment. Best of all? It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump from the international
airport!

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The ten best reasons to visit the Northern Territory

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From sharing a laugh with larrikin locals to stunning outback adventures, there are countless unique experiences to be had in the Northern Territory. We don’t have time to list every reason, so we’ve narrowed it down to ten.

Here they are – the best of the best – the top ten reasons to visit the Northern Territory.

1. You’ll discover a rich culture

The NT has a rich and proud tradition of embracing its Aboriginal history. From the secluded beauty of Nhulunbuy, to sharing stories of the Dreaming in the shadow of Uluru, to showcasing Aboriginal art in one of many galleries located throughout the Northern Territory, our connection with native culture is unmatched.

If you’re in Darwin, take a 30-minute flight or 2.5-hour ferry north to discover the beautiful Tiwi Islands and find out why they’re nicknamed the ‘Island of Smiles’. In the Red Centre, why not check out modern Aboriginal art at the Parrtjima Light Festival? In Kakadu National Park, the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise blends modern comfort with stunning scenery and traditional storytelling.

2. Your tastebuds will be tantalised

You know the Northern Territory is a feast for your eyes and ears, but it’s also one for your tastebuds. In recent years the emerging gastronomy scene, which blends Aboriginal and European cuisine in a contemporary fashion, has developed a reputation as one of the world’s best.

The NT is the only place to get real bush tucker – Uluru Bush Tucker Journeys and the Top End’s Intrepid Native Food Tours are a couple of standouts. In Alice Springs, try Epilogue Lounge for modern cuisine or Overlanders Steakhouse for great steaks and outback decor.

In Darwin, Wharf One or The Precinct offer waterfront dining, while the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets let you sample some of the best local and international cuisine on offer. In fact, Darwin is famous for its markets, and the food vans at East Point and Nightcliff foreshore will also send you home with a smile and a full tummy.

3. You’ll uncover the real Australian Outback

The closest most people get to the Aussie Outback is watching Crocodile Dundee or reruns of The Flying Doctors.

In 3 hours, you could fly from the hustle and bustle of Sydney or Melbourne right into the real Australia.

Check out internationally renowned sites like Uluru or Kakadu National Park, or spend some time getting to know the laid-back locals of Darwin or Alice Springs. Footwear might be optional, but a true NT storytelling experience is guaranteed.

There are heaps of Australian Outback tours to choose from, and plenty of iconic Aussie locations – from Daly Waters pub to the Adelaide River Inn (where Charlie the Buffalo from Crocodile Dundee is taxidermied and on display).

Cultural experience on the Tiwi Islands
Discover a rich culture on the Tiwi Islands
Friends at lunch at Epilogue Alice Springs
Tantalise your tastebuds at Epilogue in Alice Springs
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Uncover the real Australian Outback at Uluru

4. You’ll explore otherworldly landscapes

From the natural waterholes in the Red Centre to the sprawling wetlands of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, the NT has more diverse landscapes to explore than most countries. You’ll feel like you’ve stumbled into another world.

In fact, in the NT, otherworldly landscapes and experiences are part of the attraction. Explore the two-metre high magnetic termite mounds in Litchfield National Park and wonder why they are perfectly aligned from north to south. Be mesmerised by the hypnotic sunset over the wetlands at Ubirr in Kakadu National Park. Find the hidden tropical oasis of Palm Valley right in the middle of the desert in the Red Centre. Wonder at how the boulders at Karlu Karlu (also known as ‘The Devils Marbles’) near Tennant Creek don’t tumble over. Spot some aliens at Wycliffe Well, the UFO capital of Australia, during a pit-stop on your road trip.

5. You’ll meet local celebrities

No trip to the Territory would be complete without spending some time with the locals – Australia’s weird and wonderful wildlife. The NT is famous for crocs in the Top End and kangaroos in the Red Centre.

Dive into the ‘Cage of Death’ with a big saltwater crocodile at Darwin’s Crocosaurus Cove and make a new scaly mate at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre. For a different kind of snap, get a photo with a marsupial or native bird at the Top End’s Territory Wildlife Park or the Alice Springs Desert Park.

And then there’s Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Cruises where you’ll see these large predators propel themselves from the water to catch their lunch. You won’t believe how high they can jump!

Sunset at Ubirr Kakadu National Park
Explore other worldy escapes in Kakadu National Park
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Meet the locals at Alice Springs Desert Park

6. You’ll have unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime adventures

Travelling is not just about souvenirs, selfies and suntans – it’s the experiences you never forget that make you want to return. Take an Outback Floatplane Adventure to the picturesque Sweets Lagoon for the Ultimate Tour. Beat the city heat by flying off for a swim at a private waterhole, courtesy of Litchfield Helicopters.

If you’re feeling thirsty, what about the Heli Pub Tour – you’ll paint the Territory red at some excellent Aussie pubs, all while being chauffeured in a chopper. Whatever your friends did on their holiday, it certainly won’t be as cool as this!

7. You’ll reignite your spark

The distractions of everyday life mean that a romantic connection can be neglected. So, sometimes, travelling isn’t just about the people you meet – it’s also about reconnecting with the one you know best.

Get the fire burning again with a camping trip to the Outback – where it’s just you, your partner and 100,000 stars shining brightly. If you don’t feel like pitching a tent, there’s a range of ‘glamping’ – glamorous camping – options, combining the comfort of a five-star resort with the serenity of a swag. Some favourites include The Dreamtime Escarpment tents at Kings Creek Station and Longitude 131 at Uluru.

Catch up over a cocktail as the sun sets in Katherine, the Red Centre, or over Darwin Harbour. There are romantic dining experiences aplenty, such as Tali Wiru at Uluru, Nabilil Sunset Dreaming Cruise in Katherine, and Under a Desert Moon at Kings Canyon Resort.

8. You’ll reconnect with friends and family

Visit the Northern Territory and create new memories that will last a lifetime. A family holiday or a getaway with friends might be just what the doctor ordered.

Rent a car or bring your own to discover the Territory on a self-guided driving tour. Every stretch of road in the NT has highlights and unique features, so getting there really is half the fun. Try the Nature’s Way route through Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield National Parks, or the Red Centre Way from Alice Springs to Uluru.

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Once-in-a-lifetime adventures with Outback Floatplanes
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Reignite your spark at Kings Creek Dreamtime Escarpment
Kids playing at Darwin wave pool
Reconnect with friends and family in Darwin

9. You’ll uncover local treasures before the whole world does

The Territory doesn’t begin and end at Uluru. While the majesty of the iconic monolith at sundown needs to be seen to be believed, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and Darwin also have hidden secrets that must be experienced first-hand.

Go waterhole hopping in Tjoritja, the West and East MacDonnell Ranges or bushwalking through one of the Red Centre’s unique hiking tracks, like the Larapinta Trail. Discover Bitter Springs and Mataranka Thermal Pools in Elsey National Park – these thermal springs are a true hidden gem. In Darwin, explore the city by foot or by scooter, sampling some great cuisine and check out some local art while learning about the city’s remarkable history.

10. You’ll discover events and festivals you never knew existed

Territorians love to party, so all year round there are exciting events and festivals that you won’t find anywhere else. Build a vessel entirely out of beer cans at the Beer Can Regatta. Will it float? It doesn’t really matter!

Cheer on a winner at the Camel Cup in Alice Springs, the world’s greatest camel race, or bait your line and become a millionaire during Million Dollar Fish.

Be astonished at the Uluru Field of Light, an open-air light gallery of more than 50,000 solar lights, developed by famed British artist Bruce Munro. The installation has been extended until December 2020 – see why it’s earned international acclaim.

Experience Aboriginal culture at the Barunga Festival, which celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music, sport and culture and attracts music acts from all around Australia. Check out the Darwin Festival each August – an annual extravaganza which celebrates Australian multiculturalism, with a range of concerts, art installations, theatrical performances and creative events.

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Spring break: 5 reasons why you should visit Ireland

Growing up i heard stories from my Grandmother that she heard from her mother. I hear similar stories from many people, when i ask why is Ireland on their Travel Wish List. I found this article while reading up on Ireland for a client and thought Now is a great time to consider my spring break plans. you can FIND THE ORIGINAL BLOG HERE

MAIREAD DEENY  ON MARCH 3, 2020

Make your spring break vacation one to remember with a trip to Ireland. Spring is a great time to visit Ireland, apart from the week of St. Patrick’s Day, the crowds are relatively small and some of the best deals on car hire and hotels can be found.

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1. Galway – European Capital of Culture
From music and horseracing to literature and oysters, there’s something for everyone on this part of the Wild Atlantic Way. There’s never been a better time to visit the buzzing city of Galway. It’s been selected as European Capital of Culture for 2020, one of the largest cultural events in the world. It will feature performances from the best of local and national artists, alongside incredible European and international acts.

Guinness Brewery

2. Dublin
Walking along Dublin’s streets, you’ll be taking a journey through history, from the city’s Viking roots to its medieval churches and grand Georgian streets. Take a tour of the city’s most famous whiskey spots with an expert guide. Plenty of companies offer walking tours of Dublin, but few give back to the city like Secret Street Tours. This non-profit employs people who have been affected by homelessness as guides. You’ll see a part of the city through the eyes of a lifelong resident.

If you’d like to see some nature, you can go kayaking in Dalkey. Both of Ireland’s two native seal species – common seals and grey seals – are plentiful in Dublin Bay, and the best way to see them up close is by kayak.

Of course, you can’t visit Dublin without popping in to visit some of its world-famous pubs. Filled to the brim with chatter, laughs and lots of characters.

Surfing Ireland

3. Sligo 
Land and sea meet in dramatic fashion on the coast of Sligo. Strandhill offers the perfect match between western wilderness and modern comforts. You can go surfing in the morning, brunch at Shells Cafe and finish the day with an evening drink next to an open fire at one of the traditional pubs.

For an extra dose of sea life, you can soak away your worries in a seaweed bath in the Voya Spa in Strandhill. It’s not all surfing and mountains, Sligo’s shops, restaurants and pubs will give you plenty to do.

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4. Belfast
History, culture and super-friendly people are what Belfast is all about. Step into living history in Belfast with a black taxi tour. Unique to the city, the tours are run by people who lived through the Troubles and know the city like no other. You’ll learn about Belfast’s past and get a history on their political murals.

Belfast has a food scene that’s getting better by the day with Michelin star restaurants, to market stalls with fresh local produce, to laid-back restaurants with classic dishes. There’s something for everyone’s palette.

Kerry Sheep

5. Kerry
Nestled between Killarney and Kenmare, Killarney National Park is 26,000 acres of forest, mountains and lakes just ready to be explored. If beaches are more your thing, Glanleam Beach is a subtropical paradise on the Wild Atlantic Way. Nestled in a sheltered valley on the Gulf Stream, it’s one of the warmest beaches on the west coast. And then there’s the famous Ring of Kerry touring route that showcases some of the most spectacular sights and quirkiest towns that Kerry has to offer.

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Saint Lucia

reposted from Sandals Blog

By Kylie Morrow | February 19th 2018


Some describe Saint Lucia as the most beautiful island in the Caribbean. Whether this is true or not, you will have to decide for yourself.

But one thing is clear: a visit to St. Lucia is unforgettable. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing vacation in the sun or an exciting opportunity to experience a new culture, St. Lucia has it all.

These are the Top 5 Reasons Anyone Should Visit St. Lucia

Stunning Landscapes

If you are planning on visiting St. Lucia, prepare for some seriously stunning landscapes.
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The most famous views of the island feature the two volcanic plugs called the Pitons. Covered in lush vegetation, the two sharp hills loom over the ocean, offering the perfect opportunity for beautiful photography, as well as excellent hiking. The Gros Piton is the larger of the two plugs and those looking for an active day can take a tour along the nature trail that runs up the hill.

Besides these two iconic St. Lucia landmarks, the Pigeon Island National Park is another place to take in the spectacular nature of the island, along with a little history, since the park features Fort Rodney ruins as an extra attraction.

For something a little different, hike up to the Sault Falls and enjoy swimming in the fresh spring water, or hike the Tet Paul Nature Trail, which offers excellent viewpoints across the island.

Endless Blue Waters

The Caribbean has its fair share of beautiful beaches, and Saint Lucia is no exception. If you are wondering how big is St. Lucia’s selection of beaches, don’t worry, there are plenty of options for any traveler.

One of the most popular sandy getaways on the island is Reduit Beach, dotted with restaurants offering stunning sunset views with your favorite cocktail in-hand. For even more romance, Marigot Bay offers a small and more secluded getaway.

Pigeon Island National Park, which we mentioned earlier, also boasts some lovely white sands and blue waters, along with the likes of Sugar Beach. To discover the underwater world, snorkeling and diving opportunities are plentiful at Anse Chastanet Beach.

If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, then head to Grande Anse to see baby turtles hatching and heading into the blue waters for the first. Another popular option is to enjoy the Jalousie Beach at the foot of the Petit Piton, which offers breathtaking views.

Festivals and Entertainment

Throughout the year, Saint Lucia tourism offers a variety of opportunities to catch a local festival and partake in the local entertainment. One of the biggest celebrations is the St. Lucia Carnival in June, during which the capital city of Castries becomes a whirlwind of colorful decoration, street parties and celebration.
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The main course of this festival is the Mardi-Gras style party on Carnival Tuesday, which features a parade, soca dancing in the street and an all-around joyful atmosphere. Other popular festivals for when you visit Saint Lucia include the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, the St. Lucia Food and Rum festival in October or the Festival of Lights and Renewal in December, when locals hold a lantern making competition.

And don’t worry, if you can’t make it for a festival in particular, locals host Friday Night Street Parties all year round.

Exotic Tours

One of the highlights of St. Lucia tourism is the Soufriere drive-in volcano. The world’s only volcano that you can actually drive into, this is also one of the most popular tours on St. Lucia. Despite the strong smell of sulfur, the novelty of the spot and the breathtaking views will be entirely worth it. Plus, visitors can enjoy bathing in the hot springs and mud baths nearby the volcano.

Another exciting tour is the aerial tram through the rainforest, with spectacular views, as well as lovely surrounding nature. If you are looking for a thrilling experience, then the Treetop Adventure Park might just be the perfect spot, offering cool suspension bridges among tropical trees. And if you’d like to pick up some St. Lucia facts, then check out the chocolate tour, where you will learn the process of chocolate making from bean to bar.

Delicious Cuisine

No St. Lucia visit is complete without tasting the plentiful and delicious food that this small Caribbean island has to offer. Fresh fish and seafood abundant, so you can enjoy a luxurious lobster dinner on the beach, or try some grilled mahi mahi, snapper and tuna.
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Try accompanying your meal with local flavors by tasting conch fritters or lambi in spicy Caribbean sauce. For a real St. Lucia treat, tickle your taste buds with green figs and salt fish, callaloo soup or breadfruit.

Last but certainly not least, discover the varieties of world-class rums in the many presentations that the islanders have to offer.

Visit St. Lucia & Have A Wonderful Vacation

Saint Lucia, the small and picturesque island in the Caribbean is one of the top choices for destination weddings, anniversaries at all-inclusive resorts and celebrations.

It’s surprise when you look at the wealth of activities available on the island, with the stunning backdrop of green mountains, blue waters and white sandy beaches.

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5 Big Reasons to Visit Australia

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There’s no doubt Australia is one of the most remote, fascinating, and highly developed countries in the world.

Endowed with a myriad of natural wonders, plenty of wildlife, dazzling beaches, cosmopolitan metropolises, and large expanses of the outback, it’s easy to see why this captivating country is such a complete travel destination. It not only matches every taste, budget, age, or interest out there, but it also delivers some unique experiences almost impossible to find somewhere else. From amazing sightseeing to fabulous land and aquatic adventures, there’s absolutely nothing you can’t do during your holiday in Australia.

However, as often happens in life, good things are the hardest to come. Obviously it’s not easy to decide on visiting one of the world’s most remote countries – long way, short time, and sometimes pretty expensive flights. Nevertheless, according to those who’ve already taken the plunge, all these are nothing compared to the wonderful Australian experience. Once you’ll be in, you’ll never want to leave. Besides, Australia is so much more than just a paradise for adventure seekers, it is a delight for foodies, art lovers, and budget travelers.

Here are 5 big things that hopefully will bring you to Australia someday soon:

The Natural Wonders

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Some are mystical, others strange or utterly beautiful, but one thing is for sure – Australia is home to some rare, fabulous natural wonders. From Queensland’s famous Great Barrier Reef, which embodies the only living piece of Earth noticeable from space, to the spectacular, sacred Uluru, there are countless such amazing sites worth seeing and enjoying Down Under at least once in a lifetime.

Other magnificent places to visit in Australia include the Pinnacles; the impressive Fraser Island; Kakadu, with its amazing tropical biodiversity; the MacKenzie Falls; the astonishing Blue Mountains; and the sandstone area of the Bungle Bungle Range.

The Fascinating Aussie Lifestyle

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The vibrant art scene and charming laid-back atmosphere, along with the cultural diversity of its inhabitants, their friendly nature, and the high quality of life here, make Australia a wonderful, welcoming country. You simply cannot help falling in love with the Aussies’ relaxed way of life, their liberal thinking, or their passion for outdoor activities.

The Beaches

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Among the most beautiful Australian beaches are the dazzling Cable Beach in Broome; Hyams Beach – renowned for having the whitest sand in the world; the legendary Kirra Beach, with its gorgeous rolling waves; the fashionable Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas; Whitehaven Beach near the Great Barrier Reef; as well as Sydney’s magnificent Shelly Beach, to name but a few.

The Amazing Adventure Opportunities

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Australia is a paradise for adventure enthusiasts. Whether you choose to explore the country’s outback wilderness, surf along its incredibly diverse coastlines, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, sail in the Whitsundays, or try something in between, you will certainly be spoiled for choices in this adrenaline-pumping destination.

Its Shimmering Cities

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With a land area larger than Europe and an incredibly low population density, it’s no wonder up to 85 percent of Australians live in the city (and along the coast).

Scattered between mountains, wilds, rivers, and ocean, Australia’s metropolitan areas deliver some pretty extraordinary urban experiences. From Sydney’s pulsating ambiance, vibrant culture, and enticing beach lifestyle to Melbourne’s charming European flair and unsurpassed coffee culture, there are a plethora of amazing things you can do, see, and experience in Australia’s shimmering cities.

Adelaide is a charming coastal city with gorgeous beaches, lovely parks, and lots of entertaining opportunities, while quiet, remote Darwin in Australia’s lush north has some excellent local markets. Laid-back and sophisticated, Perth combines beach fun with great food and a booming arts scene.

Cairns’ enviable location between the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef makes it an ideal destination for adventure seekers, and Canberra – the nation’s cool little capital – is a feast for design and architecture lovers, with world-class museums, large open parklands, and wide, tree-lined avenues.

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5 Reasons to Spend the Holidays in The Bahamas

As I was struggling to figure out what to write about the Bahamas today, in the background a Christmas Movie was on the television . My wife walks in saying “Christmas movies already” (My family knows I will watch Christmas movies and Listen to Christmas Music all year round and The give me a Hard time about it) So it hits me as i stumble across the Blog Below on Bahamas.com

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Recently I had a friend who asked what the water was like in The Bahamas around late December, early January.  Generally, I don’t tend to swim during these times, so my answer wasn’t as straightforward as it could be.  Nonetheless, after my explanation- she was pretty convinced in coming.

Let’s be real, while living in The Bahamas- a place with perfect weather all year round, I tend to take advantage of every beach day I can get. However, when it comes to “winter” months …I naturally stray away from swimming.

Not because outside is freezing, but because I like my beach water just like my showers- nice and refreshing. This is not to say that the water around this time is particularly cold… but definitely much cooler than I’d prefer.

My friend, however, is not from The Bahamas- as you may have guessed- but rather from Oklahoma, USA.

Those of you who don’t know much about Oklahoma, should know that the weather is constantly shifting, but winters particularly are consistently freezing.

Most of you may also know that here “winter” isn’t winter at all. It’s just a spurt of random cold fronts which sometimes are much cooler since I live on the island closest to Florida.

This point is rather relatable because for many of you reading, you’re also subject to cold winters just like my friend.

So, I’ve come up with 5 reasons as to why you should ditch your winter coats and decide to spend your holidays in The Bahamas!

  1. First and most obvious- THE WEATHER! Winters for The Bahamas is typically a solid average of 75 degrees (or higher). This temperature for most of you snow birds is still considered to be summer-ish. So, choosing to put on shorts for a period of 5-7 days & basking on many beautiful beaches while making your friends jealous will always beat out layers of clothing and potential frost bite!

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  2. Return on Investment-You automatically escape the costs of heaters, extra clothing, and buying Starbucks several times a day just to keep yourself warm.  When you think about the ROI of spending the holidays on one of many of our islands and the memories you’ll have while doing so vs. an increased power bill/ monthly expenses…the investment of visiting definitely outweighs the latter.

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  3. Junkanoo! This highly anticipated cultural event of the year only happens on a large scale during the holidays! You can experience the rich depth of our music, dance, and creativity all in one night at this National Festival. The event happens the day after Christmas and on New Year’s Day.  If you’re planning your getaway around any of these dates, you’ll be in for a treat.

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  4. Friendly Environment- People are naturally jollier around Christmas time- either because they’re getting a bonus or they’re looking forward to extra time off. Whatever the case may be, you can bet that your experience on any of our islands will leave you wanting to come back for more. We’re already a family oriented, jovial set of people so if you visit us around the Holidays and opt for a People-to-People  experience you’ll practically be calling The Bahamas your second home!

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  5. Ease of Access- With flights and cruise lines coming in from all over the world, it’s become increasingly easy to get to most, if not every island of The Bahamas. Take advantage of better deals by booking early and within a blink of an eye you would have changed your entire holiday landscape from snowy days to sunny days! 

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The list could go on, but those my friends are just a few reasons as to why you should continue browsing our website to see which island to visit this Holiday Season! Once you’ve selected your top choice, don’t forget to hit “BOOK” at the top right corner of the site to experience why It’s truly Better In The Bahamas!

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