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By Paul A Buchanan
If you have chosen Myrtle Beach as your next golfing destination you will not be disappointed. Not only does it offer world class golf courses but it boasts beautiful sunny weather and nice beaches. Whether you are simply looking for golf, or also looking for accommodations there are so many options to choose from. Myrtle Beach has been a golfing destination since the late 1970s and it’s no wonder with its almost a hundred courses to choose from. You will be able to find the perfect course to fit your skill set and budget. So if you are ready to enjoy your next golf outing, take the plunge and find out what all Myrtle Beach has to offer.
Whether you have a favorite course designer, a skill set, or budget you should find the course or courses to best fit your needs. You should be able to search courses based on designer, basic details-such as what makes it stand out from all the others, and other statistics like par, number of holes, etc. All of the reviews take the guess work out of selecting a course and help you find the best fit.
Of course all the golf at Myrtle Beach is excellent but a few stand out among the crowd. Pearl West is a beautiful course with lots of open stretches. Its beauty is truly breathtaking and it even has a dramatic 18th hole finish overlooking the inter-coastal waterway. Talk about beauty, this award winning course also features a par 72 and was voted “Best New Public Course” by Golf Digest. The clubhouse boasts impressive views of the course. However, there are so many golf courses to choose from. Another excellent course is the International Golf Club of Myrtle Beach, this course offers beauty with its tree lined views and several lakes around. With so many different styles of golf courses it is easy to see why it is such as impressive golfing destination.
When selecting the location for your next golfing outing, look no further than what Myrtle Beach has to offer. In addition to sand and sun, it boasts a fabulous repertoire of nearly a hundred golf courses to choose from. Many of which are designed by award winning designers and have themselves received many awards. No matter what your skills are or what kind of course you prefer to play, you will find the best golf course to suit your needs.
By Randy Laukshtein
Fishing for Redfish is an exciting and challenging sport. There are many ways to fish for Redfish, and none of them are wrong. I will give you just a few ways that work, and put you on the right track to becoming a successful Redfish fisherman.
Redfish are primarily bottom feeders. They look in the grasses and mud for shrimp, crabs, and small baitfish. The structure of their head shows that it is easier for them to look down and feed off of the bottom, as opposed to a Snook or Tarpon who spend more time looking up and have a mouth better suited for ambushing bait from underneath.
Redfish tailing is something that gets most anglers hearts racing. This is when Redfish are feeding in the sand and grass flats in shallow water, and they expose the tip, if not all of, their tail fin. The Redfish are poking around the sandy bottom looking for a shrimp to pop up out of the grass or a crab to reveal itself. This is an exciting time for an angler, because we now know that they are there and hungry.
Smell and sound are the things to focus on when fishing for Redfish. The first thing to remember about Redfish is to be aware of is that they have very keen hearing. Do not get too close or you will spook the Redfish. Their eyesight is not that great, but they can hear very well.
Be careful how you present the bait to Redfish, and make it seem natural. Long casts to the fish work best, and baits that do not make a lot of noise when hitting the water are also a plus. Try to put your bait a few feet in front of the fish and not on top of them where it would in most cases scare the fish. Allow the bait to sink to the bottom, and give little twitches to get it to come off bottom to show itself. When using live bait like shrimp, let the bait do the work. Again, you can give a little pull to expose the bait for a second, but then let it go back to the bottom. Lures such as jigs and soft baits also work great this way, but you need to make the movement of the bait. Being patient is very important – Always let the fish come to the bait.
High tides you will find Redfish up in little creeks under mangroves and on the edges of saw grass and banks. At this time they are going to the places that the baitfish will be looking for safety. Again, an assortment of baits can work, but finding what the Redfish are eating is best. Casting up under structure like mangroves is a challenge and takes some practice.
Learn to skip your bait. This will get your bait or lure up under the structure to where the fish are. Skipping bait is similar to skipping a rock on the surface of the water. Combine that with an almost gulfing movement of your fishing rod about 2 feet off the water and a quick hard snap of the rod and your bait will skip across the water and under the structure.
Now, getting the fish back out from under structure can be a problem. If you are using lures, use weedless ones if possible and stay away from anything with treble hooks. Baits such as shrimp may not be that easy to skip, but sardines and pinfish skip nicely. In small creeks and edges of saw grass or along banks try to keep some distance, and work all the way up against the shore. This is where the Redfish are typically looking for food.
When you are not able to get under structure to the fish, you can use sound to attract Redfish. Popper corks used with live bait or even soft bait and jigs can bring interested fish out from the cover. The sound that a popper cork produces is similar to bait being attacked by a predator. This makes other fish like Redfish come looking to see if there is an easy meal.
Cast your bait close to the edge of the mangroves or structure where you believe the fish are located. Then with the line snug, give a quick snap of the wrist to make the popper cork pop. Let it sit for about 30 seconds and then repeat. This is also a great way to attract Redfish to your bait when you are fishing open flats.
Redfish also have a very strong sense of smell, so this is another thing to focus on when fishing for Redfish. There are many fish scents on the market now and most do a good job in attracting fish. Use scented baits or use scent products applied to lures to help get the fish to commit to the bite. Even hard baits like top water plugs work better with some scent added to them. Live bait has their own scent, so we do not need to do anything with them, however, chumming an area will help to bring more fish in and create a feeding frenzy. Baitfish such as sardines make great chum. Ballyhoo is another highly scented fish, which put off a great scent and are a great bait for Redfish if you cut them into chunks.
Gold spoons have always been a great way to catch Redfish. Something about the flash and the vibration of these lures provokes an attack from Redfish. Cast these lures anywhere that there is enough water for it to move properly and you think Redfish are located. I prefer to use weedless spoons, since I normally would be casting this lure in grass flats. You can work a lot of area in a short time and help to find out where the Reds are hiding.
Contrary to popular belief, topwater plugs can be used to catch Redfish. Over the years I have been told that you cannot catch Redfish on plugs, at least not on a regular basis. This is not true at all. When Redfish are tailing the flats on an early morning, and there is no breeze or even sound yet, you must not throw a noisy top water plug or it will scare them away. However, in deeper water and along waterways that Redfish are cruising, topwater and even suspended plugs can produce some epic fish battles. Just like spoons, you can cover a lot of area and find out quickly where the fish are.
Pound for pound, Redfish are one of the strongest fish you will ever hook into and we need to ensure their longevity. Redfish have earned the respect of many anglers over the years, and I am sure they will also earn yours after you hook into one. With this respect, I hope that you will help in the conservation of them and other fish by following a few simple rules. Use circle hooks when using bait. Keep the Redfish out of the water for as short of a time as possible. Handle the fish properly so that it has a better chance of survival after the catch, and only keep what you plan on eating.
I hope that I have helped to put you on the right track to becoming a successful Redfish angler. Once you get the hang of it, pass on the excitement by taking a child fishing to pass on the fun for future generations!
Randy Laukshtein is an avid Snook and Redfish fisherman and co-creator of the Reel Madness Fishing site. Check it out at: http://www.ReelMadnessFishing.com
By David Urmann
Co-Author: Nayan Choure
Corpus Christi is one of the most striking and the most popular holiday destinations in the state of Texas. It is one of the most vibrant and happening cities of United States. It serves as the county seat of Nueces County with estimated population of about 416,376 which makes it the eighth largest city of the nation. The city of Corpus Christi is ideally situated on the Gulf of Mexico in South Texas. It is also known as the ‘Sparkling City by the Sea’ as it offers a range of mesmerizing views of gorgeous ocean, and the beaches which offer a range of activities and water sports like sailing, windsurfing and many exciting adventurous sports.
This gorgeous city of Corpus Christi was founded in the year 1839 by the Colonel Henry Lawrence Kinney. During 1845, the US Army set up their base camps around the area which is today’s Corpus Christi for preparing for war with Mexico. The area was then named as Corpus Christi and in 1852, the city was incorporated.
The city of Corpus Christi is a city which is packed with a range of exciting and interesting attractions. The attractions such as the Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, Texas State Aquarium, Orchid House and Gator Lake are some of the must visit attractions of the area which one would not afford to miss. Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is one of the most visited attractions of the city which offers great atmosphere for several living creatures. It accommodates a range of gardens and greenhouses. The most renowned gardens are the Hummingbird Gardens and Hibiscus Gardens.
Other attractions of the city include a variety of museums, the Asian Cultures Museum and Educational Center is one of the most visited museums. This fascinating and marvelous museum houses several thousands of artifacts from Japan, China, Korea and Philippines. This museum gives an opportunity to learn about ancient Japanese culture and customs. It also contains various artifacts from India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Myanmar. No matter at what time you are visiting the museum, there is always a festive atmosphere filling your heart with refreshment and energy. This is one of the best places to spend your precious time and you will not regret about that.
Finding a great and suitable hotel in the most vibrant cities like Corpus Christi is not a big deal. It has a range of beautiful beachfront hotels which offers some of the most impressive coastal and marina views. The hotels of the city range from luxury, bed and breakfast guesthouses to budget and mid budget hotels. These hotels are generally concentrated around the downtown district. As most of the hotels are situated in the downtown areas of the district, the area is full packed with shopping centers, restaurants and many business centers. The most favored area by the tourist is the area around the waterfront and promenade where the rates of the hotels are quite high.
One can also find budget to mid range hotels around the Highway US-77, North Shoreline Boulevard, North Port Avenue and the Surfside Boulevard. The budget hotels such as the Quality Inn, Radisson Hotel are some of the most favored hotels of the area as they offer quality accommodation at the most affordable price.
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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.