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Eleuthera: An Ideal Place to Learn & Surf

July 17th, 2014 | By admin | Posted in Family Vacations, Luxury Vacation Travel | Leave a comment

Whether you're going to the Bahamas on luxury travel or for one of your family vacations, if you're interested in surfing, the island of Eleuthera is for you. During any tropical vacation, tourists can see and join surfers gliding along the turquoise water. If you've ever wanted to learn how to move along the sea on a surfboard, then there's no better place than Eleuthera to gain the firsthand knowledge & experience the freedom of soaring over the waves before you head home.

The location of the island has highly conducive conditions for surfing thanks to a sharp 3,000-foot descent in the sea floor just before the coast, according to USA Today. The shoreline protrudes out into the water before the drop-off, causing exceptional waves for surfers to exploit.

Numerous beaches on the island provide plenty of opportunities to test out the tides, but the popular Holiday Beach is home to waves that grow tall enough to surf before they crash into the coasts with a giant splash, the source said.

If you or your family don't know how to surf yet, then the Bahamas Out Island Adventures group can teach you in a style not found anywhere else. You don't just spend a few hours at the beach with a surfboard and instructor either on Eleuthera. Bahamas Out Island Adventures hosts a surfing camp for tourists of all ages that not only helps people tame the waves, but makes an overnight trip of it, according to the group's official website.

You can camp out on the beach & under the Caribbean stars at night while mastering your new hobby during the day for an experience that encompasses the spirit of a tropical vacation. Eleuthera is one of the best places in the Bahamas to find a variety of surfing possibilities on both family and adult vacations. By the time you're done at the surf camp, your memories of the trip will accompany the skills you've learned along the way.

See Costa Rica from a Hot Air Balloon

July 16th, 2014 | By admin | Posted in Family Vacations | Leave a comment

If you're planning all inclusive travel to Costa Rica, you'll no doubt have a memorable time, but booking a hot air balloon ride can really bring your family vacations to new heights. The lush landscapes of this Central American paradise are stunning whether you're touring local towns, climbing through rainforest canopies or soaring high overhead, & there are plenty of opportunities to explore the country during your visit.

Ballooning is a relatively new addition to tourism in Costa Rica, but there are already a few different skyward journeys you can try. Serendipity Adventures, the only hot air balloon operator in Costa Rica, offers a few different routes to try.

Arenal Volcano
Float up into the sky above San Carlos, 20 miles away from the Arenal Volcano, until you're high above the clouds. Serendipity's website stated that with the right cloud cover, the world disappears & you're alone with the peak of the volcano. You won't get too close, because it is active, but the view of the smoking volcano is indescribable. You'll then float back down below the clouds to see the rainforests, rivers & lands of Costa Rica from a whole new angle.

​If you're staying in San Jose, Tourism Costa Rica recommended the Naranjo flight, which floats across the towns, farmlands & coffee plantations toward the Turrialba Volcano. This peak hasn't erupted in nearly 150 years, according to Costa Rica Journeys. If you choose, you can return after your balloon ride & actually go inside the volcano itself. This journey will also lead you across the skies above the ancient city of Guayabo. The historic ruins are even more impressive when seen from a bird's eye view.

The rides themselves take less than two hours, & you can book a trip for up to five people. It's not ideal for small children, as everyone in your party should be able to easily climb in & out of the basket, but the charter service will provide a staff member for kids under 10 for safety's sake. The balloons take about 45 minutes to fully inflate, & trips start very early, so you'll have to be out of your 5 star resorts & ready to be picked up by 5 a.m. When all is said & done, the trip takes about five hours start to finish, & it won't be one you'll soon forget.

Enjoy the Wild Sides of Aruba

There are many activities to do in Aruba while there on luxury travel with family or peers on adult vacations. Whether it's the thrilling night life on Palm Beach or the raw nature of the tropical environment, there's something for every traveler. You can get in touch with your more adventurous side in the unique natural surroundings of your location or immerse yourself in a different jungle: the nightlife.

Whatever type of vacation you want to have, Aruba covers both sides of the spectrum with numerous options. You only have to decide what kind of excitement you want every day you're there.

Experience Aruba's nature away from the resorts
If you're interested in some kind of physical activity on this vacation, chances are Arikok National Park can deliver whatever you need to make it happen. There's a wide array of options available, ranging from hiking to snorkeling within the park, reported 10Best USA Today.

The national park has recently received funds & is in the middle of construction & recreation on the premises to make the area more accessible to tourists & locals alike, the source stated. A new visitor center will help inform guests of the native species & efforts being made to conserve this delicate and exotic ecosystem. Inside the new facility is a terrarium that displays many of the local animals as well as a souvenir shop & new media room.

Some of the more popular methods for traversing the park are either by bicycle or four-wheel drive vehicle with tours available that can take you through some of the highlights of the grounds. The trails are the main attraction with caves scattered along the route & images drawn on the walls by the natives long ago, according to the source.

Into the untamed nightlife
Many venues line the streets of Aruba near the 5 star resorts, all offering something different to set them apart from the rest. Because of this, a wide variety of options have sprouted up in this tropical paradise for travelers seeking the thrill of tropical nightlife.

You can hang out at the Zombie Room with a blend of tiki island flavor & rock 'n' roll, or you can hop on the Kukoo Kunuku party bus for a night of seeing all of the island's venues on a tour, stated 10Best USA Today. Tourists from all over will be moving though this modern jungle, showing you a very different side to the natural Aruba.

Relax Like a Cat on Cat Island in the Bahamas

When you go on a tropical vacation, the perfect climate has a way of numbing the worries & concerns of your mainland self. While sitting around & enjoying the luxury travel comforts of 5 star hotels, sometimes it's good to distance yourself even more so from the reminders of home.

In order to do so, you often have to make your way to some secluded spot so that you can be alone with your thoughts, simply enjoying the here & now. If you find yourself enjoying a vacation in the Bahamas, then the secluded & undeveloped Cat Island is definitely a spot worth checking out to find the type of peace that can only be attained through reflective beauty & comfort.

Cat Island may not have much infrastructure, but the island is home to untarnished scenes of beauty that you'd be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Though the island is small, it contains the highest point in the Bahamas & miles of splendid beaches with soft white sand & warm lime-green water, according to USA Today.

Its position near the Tropic of Cancer keeps the temperatures ideal year round, & with many nature trails leading you though the unique history of the island, it won't be hard to find your own place to relax, stated

There are many opportunities to partake in riveting activities akin to most Caribbean vacations such as shark diving, scuba diving around coral reefs & shipwrecks, or even hiking through ruined cotton plantation of the past, reported My Out Islands.

However, on Cat Island you can do as much or as little as you want, choosing to either engage yourself in the bastion of wilderness contained within the shores or sprawling out on one of the quiet spots on the island. 

Swim With Dolphins From an Island in the Sea

If any of your next family vacations take you to Punta Cana, prepare to meet some of the smartest animals in the world at the Dolphin Island Park. Every member of the family has the chance to swim with dolphins as the trainers explain the lives of these magnificent creatures.

The park is actually a floating platform sitting in the middle of the sea, but you don't have to worry about getting there. A Dolphin Island Park shuttle will pick you up from nearby 5 star hotels & transport you to the docks for departure on one of their boats, reported USA Today.

The whole journey to the platform will accentuate the experience with local music & traditional Dominican drinks on the boat ride, stated Punta Cana DMC. Once you've arrived, hop in the water to mingle & swim with the six dolphins that live in the park.

Those aren't the only sea creatures at Dolphin Island Park either. You can head over to the aquarium to watch sharks & manta rays or take a trip to shore to meet the sea lions. The employees have underwater cameras to capture the whole experience on film, so you can take pictures of your aquatic adventures.

Take a few hours to get away from the exotic beaches to see what lies beneath the surface of the tropical waters & what some of its inhabitants are like. The Dolphin Island Park is for tourists of all ages, making it an attraction the whole family can enjoy. At the end of the day, after you've made some new friends, the shuttle will bring you back to your hotel so you can continue delving into everything else Punta Cana has to offer, both on land & on the water.

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