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Warm during the winter and humid in the summer, Puerto Vallarta has the perfect location on the map; just below the desert, but not too much as to make the tropical heat unbearable. In fact it is right on the 20° North Latitude below the Tropic of Cancer, that’s right same as Hawaii. Puerto Vallarta combines the lushness of the jungle with the beauty of the Sierra Madre Mountains and the wonder of the Pacific Ocean. The ocean breeze and the fresh mountain air combine with the unrivaled sunny days Mexico is known for, to create the best weather in the world. It is no wonder why Puerto Vallarta has become a favorite vacation spot. Vallarta boasts three hundred sunny days a year, some of those being hot summer days that then get a refreshing rain. If you are ever in Puerto Vallarta anytime from the beginning of November through to the end of May you will find yourself in a paradise hard to leave behind.
2. Great value for your money
While it is a commonly known fact that the peso is worth less than the dollar, be it US or Canadian, you never truly appreciate it quite as much as when you vacation in Mexico. Being on vacations and knowing that your hard earned money can buy you twice as much fun as it could back home is simply refreshing. And for those lucky enough to be permanent vacationers whose retirement dollars allow them a life equal or better to what they had back home when they still worked, it is simply incredible. Getting more for less is good on anyone’s book, but when talking real estate this is simply great. One can get a beautiful home for the price of a New York studio. On top of that, Puerto Vallarta has a large array of first class real estate developments, from stunning penthouses, state of the art smart homes on the beach to rustic homes on the mountain side, many built with Americans and Canadians in mind so just make your choice and become one of those people on vacations for life.
Nothing new for Mexican destinations, but Puerto Vallarta has a great story to tell. In 1964 American film director John Huston, chose Mismaloya beach in Puerto Vallarta, as the location for his film The Night of the Iguana, starring Richard Burton and Ava Gardner. Huston also brought in, his soon-to-be-wife Elizabeth Taylor, putting Puerto Vallarta in the international spotlight and making its beaches world famous. But Mismaloya is only one of a plethora of enchanting beaches that offer something for all walks of life. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking to do some kite surfing or simply someone that likes to lay by the water being tended to, Puerto Vallarta has the right beach for you. Many of those beaches have been certified by the Mexican Government for their cleanliness and beauty. By the north end of the Bay you can find fine sand beaches that extend for kilometers. On the other end you find small island coves only accessible by water. Imagine taking your loved one by water taxi to a private beach cove and spending a romantic afternoon. Puerto Vallarta’s beaches are waiting for you to come and lay by their waves.
4. Amazing mountains
This is what puts Puerto Vallarta in a completely different league from other vacation destinations. It is not the typical Mexican resort destination with exquisite beaches and luxury hotels, I mean, it does have those things, but the Sierra Madre Mountains and their tropical forests with lush jungle vegetation, give the town a completely different atmosphere, far away from the “just beach and nothing else to do” kind of destination. The beauty of this vacation destination spawns from the fact that the bay is nestled in the Sierra Madre Mountains. They surround the bay like a mother’s bosom protecting it and offering magnificent views. There is nothing that compares to watching the sun rise in the mountains every day and set in the Pacific Ocean. During the summer season the rains make the surrounding mountains glow an emerald green that is difficult to explain by mere words. A hike up the mountain trails will take you to a time long before when mankind was one with nature and you to will feel its beckoning. The vegetation and the bird calls combine to the mystic feel of being surrounded by mountains.
5. Mexican Culture
You just can’t get bored with it. The mixture of indigenous traditions with Spaniard customs has produced an amazingly rich culture, an explosion of color, spirituality, flavors, images and sounds that will never stop impressing you. Slowly discovering the little idiosyncrasies of this beautiful culture is one of the best rewards for visiting Puerto Vallarta and once you start to understand Mexican culture, you will only want to learn more. But don’t look only for the exotic side of it, the “Día de Muertos” or the religious pilgrimages, for instance, even when those celebrations are actually quite impressive, there are is much more to discover on the day-to.day life of Mexico. You might travel for the beaches and just to have some relaxing vacations, but if you are open to it, Mexican Culture will surprise you.
6. The people
You have to travel a lot in order to be qualified to compare people and cultures. Well, I have done it, and I can tell you that, there are no warmer people in the world. Mexicans always smile, they always say “please” and “thank you”, they will kiss and hug you, so be prepared; they will touch you all the time, they are a happy people and they like to show it. You will have a lot of fun around them, they will make you feel at home, you just have to let go and learn from their laid-back and unpretentious attitude towards life. This way to understand life, where people work to live and not live to work, might be arguable, but for a place like Puerto Vallarta, where people travel to forget for a while about the problems of daily life, it’s just perfect.
7. Things to do
There is almost everything to do, except maybe those boring winter games that include snow and cold, Puerto Vallarta offers to visitors a formidable variety of activities. Eco-tours, golf (7 courses), ATV’s, scuba diving, canopy, whale-watching, swimming with dolphins or sea lions, a theater, museums, plenty of art galleries, gourmet restaurants, festivals (film, food, wine), surfing, botanical gardens, old towns to visit, a zoo, lots of discotheques and nightclubs, and much, much more. I am telling you, this place is worth the trip. Whether your dream vacation consists of lounging by the beach or zipping from tree top to tree top Vallarta has it. If you want to enjoy a five star gourmet dinner or just have tacos at a stand, this is the right place to come. The culture scene the little coffe shops in old town add to the incredible allure of this great city. Many visitors come because the large array of Puerto Vallarta tours and activities.
8. Accessibility from USA and Canada
Accessibility is not to be forgotten when planning a vacation. There are some other incredible corners in the world, but somehow they are always plenty of flight hours to Puerto Vallarta. Many cities in the US and Canada have direct flights to Puerto Vallarta, making it so easy and cheap to come down there, that it makes it even harder to invent excuses for not spending a week or maybe just a weekend in such a beautiful place. Puerto Vallarta is just a three hours flight from Los Angeles, and that is all it takes to feel like you are in a complete different world, the mountains, the rivers and the ocean make their presence felt at every corner, but you won’t miss civilization a bit, as luxury hotels have everything in place to make you feel at home. On top of that the ongoing commercial relationships provided by NAFTA allow for crossing of people and goods without mayor hassles.
This point is mentioned quite a lot by the large expat community in Puerto Vallarta (nearly 50,000 and growing). One of the biggest fears of those moving abroad USA and Canada is that they might not get the same quality services at the places they move to. But that’s just not the case with Puerto Vallarta, as the city has defined its identity as a perfect place for retirees and developed the proper infrastructure to please them. You will find excellent medical services, a big focus on security, a diversity of financial businesses and all kinds of information and technology services, such as high-speed internet, digital cable TV and everything to help you avoid missing home while you are on vacations in Mexico.
10. The nightlife
Especially on Spring Break, but not limited to it. The “Malecon”, a beautiful boardwalk by the beach, has been called “Puerto Vallarta’s Bourbon Street” because it has club after club open all night long. World famous club brands as Hard Rock Café, Señor Frog’s or La Bodeguita del Medio (where Hemingway used to go in Havana), compete with local clubs such as Mandala, Zoo or Punto V, to see who throws the best party in town. There is the world famous “Foam Party” at Collage every Tuesday and many salsa discos to feel the Latin vibe. Puerto Vallarta also has its own share of electronic festivals with some of the best DJs in the world, playing outdoors till dawn, with people dancing and jumping in the sand just a few steps away from the ocean.
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Planning a trip to Bali? Well if you are, then your vacation is headed in the right direction. It is a renowned tourist destination that attracts thousands of travellers all year long from around the world. The island nestled among Lombok and Java, two beautiful islands in Indonesia is a place you are destined to be. What also makes it a significant destination is its traditional culture, the island is famous for its vast Hindu minority and thus many of its attractions are devoted to its religion.
Bali has a long list of places to see and things to do, so travellers to this beautiful island will be in for a memorable time. What is more, it is also a thriving destination where dance, painting, developed arts, leather, sculpture music and metalworking has grown considerably over the years.
A must see here is the renowned Tanah Lot, this attraction is among the islands prestigious, traditional and treasured landmarks. The setting is absolutely breathtaking as the Tanah Lot is situated adjacent to the ocean almost occupying a piece of the blue sea. Travellers to this particular attraction will be blown away by its beauty. Rocks form the Tanah Lot and it serves as the foundation and home of the pilgrimage temple known as the Pura Tanah Lot, which is also recognized as the Tanah Lot temple. This cultural attraction is among Bali’s most picturesque places ideal for exoticism and photography.
Tanah Lot is situated in Tabanan and in close proximity to the Bali town, the setting overlooks the ocean and its rock formation looks somewhat like a ship stranded on the shallow waters of the ocean. The temple, which has been in existence for centuries, was built by a group of fishermen after a revered priest known as Nirartha, requested them to do so. The temple serves as a holy sanctuary dedicated to the sea gods of Bali.
Travellers to the temple will find its ancient building worthy of exploring. During ones tour around the Tanah Lot, make sure to stop over at a souvenir shop or enjoy a refreshing meal at one of its restaurants built on the top of its premises.
If you are looking for a Bali resort that offers elegant accommodations and comforts, the Anantara Seminyak, Bali will be ideal. This Bali hotel offers its guest with satisfying services and state of the art facilities fit for an overwhelming stay.
Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.
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Windsurfing – How to Get Started?
By G Popp
Windsurfing is considered as extreme sport wherein a person maneuvers the windsurf board into the water. Windsurf boards constitute the components of a surfboard and sail attached into it. Various tricks can be done from racing, tilting and rotating, making it extremely enjoyable to learn and to look at.
The sport gains its popularity in 1990s where it combines conventional sailing techniques as well as surfing methods.
The windsurfer usually stands on the board, similar to the usual surfboard and then uses the sail and mast in catching the wind power as well as using it in propelling the board onward. Normally, windsurfer habitually catches the waves and allows the wind in carrying him up to the air. Now, if you find it amusing and thinking of trying it, you must know beforehand several things about necessary windsurfing equipment.
First, you need a windsurf board. The appropriate board is an important part for this sport. This is used in keeping you out of the water as well as helps you in steering together with a sail. Beginners must use board lighter compared to the one being used by professionals. Moreover, they must be flat boards that weigh around 45 pounds.
Next is a windsurf sail. This equipment gives power by controlling the wind. Generally, beginners are advised to use smaller sails which do not generate much speed than hard and big sails has; however, they can be steered easily. As you advance over time, you can switch to bigger sails or smaller sail and more power winds.
Then, a windsurf masts and boom. A sound mast is essential in taking water and wind forces. Same philosophy goes for the booms. The best method here is not to stint. Consider your budget then figure out how far it will go in buying the mast of finest quality. High quality mast normally has between 80-100% carbon fiber. Also, get the one that is durable.
And also we can not forget about harness lines for hooking up to a boom and harness. If you are windsurfing in cold waters you might use neoprene boots, wetsuit and vest for the beginner lessons of water starting. Otherwise where the weather is warm and the sun is hot do not forget for Lycra rash guards. It will prevent you from sun burns.
Now that you already know the equipment needed in pursuing the sport, next in line is enroll in windsurfing lessons being offered nowadays. Surely, these will equip you even more with useful techniques essential in enjoying this sport more fully.
Me and my Brother really like to do what we like the most, and Windsurfing is one of those things. Now very popular water sport is also Kitesurfing (kiteboarding). Most beginners find it easier to learn and cheaper to buy good equipment.
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By Alice Lane
Welcome to breathtaking Maui, the Paradise of the Pacific! The big tourist spots in Maui include the Road to Hana, Haleakala National Park, Lahaina, and Hookipa. The Road to Hana is a highway that runs through the mountains. The road has many curves, but the sites are well worth it. There are waterfalls and black sand beaches along the way. Haleakala National Park is home to one of the most beautiful sunrises in the world. Drive up the dormant volcano to view the sunrise. It looks like it is coming right out of the crater. Lahaina was a quiet little fishing town, then a rowdy town where whalers came for R&R in the 1800′s, and is now a tourist Mecca loaded with shops, restaurants, history, boat harbor, and one of the best luaus on the island. Hookipa beach is home to some of the world’s best windsurfers.
The main tourist hotel and condo areas are West Maui (Kaanapali, Lahaina, Honokowai, Kahana, Napili, Kapalua), and South Maui (Kihei, Wailea Coast). Whether you are seeking Maui condos or perhaps are thinking in terms of Maui house rentals, we are the experts who can find you the perfect home-away-from-home where you can relax and enjoy the delights of Maui.
Ka’anapali is Maui’s equivalent of Waikiki Beach, although it comes nowhere close to being that big or busy. The entire beach is open to the public. Access is available through resort grounds, as are public restrooms and showers. Plenty of shops and restaurants are located right along the strip. We not only have the most up-to-date information on a wide variety of Maui rentals, we know of the best bargains and places to eat and enjoy. The sands are warm and gold; the water is clear and flat. A major Ka’anapali landmark is Black Rock. Once known as soul’s leap, this rock is still a popular jumping point for locals and particularly brave visitors.
Maui is justly famous for its terrific snorkeling! Here are some of the best places to dive:
Molokini is a nice place to snorkel, not the gem that it used to be, but still a very unique place to go. Scuba diving here is for more advanced divers, as it is a drift dive with some strong currents.
Black Rock (Ka’anapali Beach)
This is a beach entry snorkel or dive, easy except for some strong current toward the point. Very popular snorkel spot, and a shallow dive.
Honolua Bay (north of Kapalua) is an easy boat trip from Ka’anapali, harder shore entry with a semi-difficult climb down to the beach. An easy dive, 30-40 feet maximum, with lots of corals and fish life.
Ulua Beach has good beginner diving/snorkeling.
5 Graves / 5 Caves is Another beginner dive/snorkel site. There’s a nice underwater cave here with a resident reef shark. Divers can actually enter this cave, come up and sit on the rocks with your breathing apparatus out of your mouth.
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By Faustino Asprilla
Starting at the unofficial tip of Africa in Cape Town and stretching either up the cold, desolate west coast towards Namibia or crawling along the south coast before climbing slowly north towards Durban and Mozambique, you’ll find surf that will suit any type of board and any level of expertise. We’ll start on the west coast and move in a clockwise direction around to the top of the east coast naming what are generally considered to be the best surf spots in South Africa. This list is compiled using various different resources but the important thing to remember is that surfers are incredibly territorial beasts and will do anything to protect the location of a local’s only surf spot. There may be other spots that can only be discovered by spending time with the locals.
This small “town” is a three hour drive north of Cape Town up the west coast. There is not much here other than epic waves which are best in summer, when the south eater holds a westerly swell creating a perfect left point break. This is definitely a wave for the experienced surfer and involves a tricky walk and a long paddle out to the break. Wetsuits are essential as the west coast waters are frigid so a hoody is preferable too. There is a smattering of accommodation consisting mainly of campsites and backpackers accommodation.
On the same coastline but on the Cape peninsula this break works only during winter storms. It is classed as one of the official “big wave” surf spots and hosts a leg of the red bull big wave competition. The swell, when it’s breaking, can reach to between 15 and 30 feet and breaks over a shallow reef which can only be reached by boat. This wave is for the very experienced surfer only!
Still on the Cape peninsula on the same coastline this shore break offers one of the most consistent wave in the country, possibly second only to Durban. It works best when the South Easter is blowing and gives small to medium yet technically perfect waves. This break is ideal for the moderate surfer looking to up their game.
On the slightly warmer Indian Ocean side of the Cape Peninsula this small bay hemmed in by a harbour offers a consistent left hand shore break. The occasional barrel can be caught here to. Although part of the greater Cape Town municipality Kalk Bay still has that small town feel to it and the locals can be vicious.
This is traditionally a swimmers beach and the consistent small to medium waves make this break a paradise for long boarders and beginners. That said the warm water offers a reprieve from the colder west coast and often attract more experienced short boarders. For those wanting to ride with a short board the waves work best in winter when the north westerly wind blows offshore. It can be ridden all year round on a long board and it is best to get there early in Sumer as the beach and thus the parking lot get crowded.
East of Cape Agulhus this consistent shore break is one of several on the South Coast. The sandy beach in front of the town offers a decent and consistent medium sized shore break but the more experienced local will wait for the big south to south east swell that sends the right hand point break going off.
Is one of those fiercely guarded locals spots mentioned in the introduction, especially when it is working well. It is however a good consistent wave for all level of surfers. The very narrow steep sided bay provides a decent wave all year round. When it’s pumping though beware of the locals.
It doesn’t even feel worthwhile writing about this premier world famous surfing destination. Known as Supertubes this break plays host to the Billabong pro surf challenge once a year and is surfed regularly by the likes of Kelly Slater. The sand that blows off the dunes into the sea and settles on the ocean floor creates the perfect surf break and one of the most consistent tubes in the world. Its popularity to outsiders means that it guarded, often violently, by locals. It is recommended only for the experienced surfer that has a sound understanding of wave etiquette.
Cape St. Francis
This is different from St. Francis bay which was made famous in the original endless summer movie. The barrels that have been known to role for kilometres, (literally!) come down the arm of the bay to the point, Cape St. Francis. The advantage of Cape St. Francis is that it offers a variety of point breaks.
Yes, I know Durban is a city and not a surf spot, but the fact is there is seldom a day or a place in this town when the waves aren’t working. The swell generally gets bigger from south to north so there are a variety of waves for all levels of experience. The locals tend to gather most at North beach. The “locals only” vibe varies from place to place but the truth is there is usually space for everyone.
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