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Go On an Ocean Excursion at Mission Beach

Boat tours are one of the most popular activities to do on Mission Beach, whether you are taking the ferry or going on a deep sea adventure out in the Pacific. You might want to kick back and whale watch or take a charter out fishing. Whatever it is you want to do out in the Pacific Ocean, here are some of the best tours to consider: Continue reading “Go On an Ocean Excursion at Mission Beach” »

Which Virigin Island is Right for Me?

Choosing which U.S. Virgin Island is right for you can be tough. The U.S. Virgin Islands are mixed with the British Virgin Islands, making the international boarder a little tough to understand. Nevertheless, each island has something unique about it that separates it from the next. While you can travel from island to island, choosing which one to stay on depends on the type of person you are. The beautiful cluster of paradise U.S. islands have three main islands, including smaller surrounding islands. Each island has something for everyone to enjoy.

We break down the specifics of the islands and which Virgin Island might be best for you: Continue reading “Which Virigin Island is Right for Me?” »

4 Reasons Why You Should Take a Beach Vacation in the Winter

Let’s face it: most of us in the United States will face a frigid cold winter blast at least once through the months of November through March. That’s a lengthy time of about five months where we might face the brutal results of a blizzard or ice storm. That’s why we’ve always been jealous of the friend who takes vacations during the winter, flies down to Florida for a week, and comes back looking like they spent a summer there. Well, that friend has been right all along–taking a much-needed vacation to warm up and relax. Here’s why escaping the winter and taking a vacation on the beach is exactly just what we all need:

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The Famous Mendocino Coast Glass Beach

If you ever find yourself in Mendocino County, California, and are lucky enough to find time to head over to Fort Bragg, look for the famous Glass Beach. Even if you’re nearby, such as in San Francisco, this popular tourist destination is about a 2-hour drive from San Francisco. Tourists and locals will tell you that it’s a must-see attraction, and they’re certainly right. It’s easily one of the most memorable sights you’ll witness in Mendocino. If anyone tells you, “All the glass is gone,” they clearly were not looking hard enough. Glass Beach rests on one of the small capes along the coast. This place is known to have the highest concentration of sea glass in the world. Continue reading “The Famous Mendocino Coast Glass Beach” »

Scuba Diving: What First Timers Should Know

If you think scuba diving is remotely similar to snorkling, think again. Scuba diving takes swimmers on a deeper adventure under the sea, through calm, sparkling waters. Unfortunately, no one can simply jump into scuba diving their first time and get the hang of it immediately. It takes skill, practice, and usually a course is required to train divers how to swim with the heavy equipment. Continue reading “Scuba Diving: What First Timers Should Know” »

Techniques for Whale Watching in Port Angeles

Have you ever heard someone on the ocean ask to a native, “Do you ever see whales out here?” A lot of people ask this question because seeing a whale is unlike most other experiences. Most natives on the coast will tell you yes, that they have seen whales, but that it takes a lot of patience and persistence.

Port Angeles, Washington is one of the many areas in the states known for catching a glimpse of whales, orcas, and dolphins. Its quiet coastline allows for whale watchers to have more of a chance to see these peaceful, magestic creatures. Here some techniques to follow on a whale watching excursion: Continue reading “Techniques for Whale Watching in Port Angeles” »

Five Things You Should Bring to the Beach

The beach is a great getaway vacation spot. There’s plenty to do, from relaxing to partaking in some fun water sports. Beaches and resorts nearby offer a lot of accomodations, but if you aren’t sure what those accomodations are, it’s always good to be prepared. Continue reading “Five Things You Should Bring to the Beach” »

Things to Do in the Outer Banks Besides Going to the Beach

Let’s face it, you’ll go to the beach in the Outer Banks more than once while on vacation. That’s what it’s all about–swimming and relaxing. The Outer Banks, though, has so many other opportunities to take advantage of while on vacation. So if you do find that you want to seek out other things to do on the shoreline, look no further. Here are some of the other acitivities to take advantage of in the Outer Banks besides simply going to the beach. Continue reading “Things to Do in the Outer Banks Besides Going to the Beach” »

Before Your Cruise, Helpful Tips

Planning to explore the ocean blue on a cruise in 2014? Then these helpful tips are for you:

Check the Deck

The first place to start is by looking at the deck plan of the ship. When you choose your room make sure you know what is around it. If there is a club right below your room or a casino above it you may have to put up with noise all night long. Also make sure that you are closest to the amenities that you seek most. If you want to go to the pool every day you will probably want a room near the rear of the ship but if you are an early riser and want to beat the breakfast rush choose a room close to the dining area. Be aware of what is around you so you know what to expect.

Get to know your ship before you ever leave port. Know the perks and where things are. It will save you a lot of time and hassle as you make your way around the ship with ease. You could print out your deck plan and make notes on it or better do it electronically so you just need to whip out your phone.

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Benefits to Family Reunions at Beach Resorts

When you’re planning your next family reunion, you may wonder what the next stop is going to be. Three years ago it was the cabins in the woods when half of you got poison ivy. You went to that one amusement park 2 years ago and the moms missed out to take care of their whiny tots. Last year you all visited Grandma’s house and played Bingo nonstop. Looking back on these memories, it may not be encouraging to think about the next “adventure” for the family. However, one great idea may be to visit The Reef Residences at Atlantis or another beach resort. These resorts offer all sorts of advantages if you think about it.

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