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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Beaches of the Eastern Cape

Jeffrey’s Bay

Famous all over the world, at least amongst the surfing community, Jeffrey’s Bay has reputedly one of the best swells in the world. The annual international surfing competition the ‘Billabong Pro’ has been held here for many years. Walking South Africa’s most famous surf beach, you may catch sight of some well-known faces from the pro-surfing circuit and, for those with a taste for adventure, it is the perfect place to try out that long-held ambition to ‘hang ten’ with your ‘toes on the nose’! Popular sites for the more experienced surfers are Magna Tubes, Kitchen Windows, Boneyards, Supertubes and Tubes.

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is another town popular with surfers, but don’t worry, if surfing isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other activities to keep you occupied. With over 40km of wide, sandy beaches, Port Elizabeth caters for pretty much every type of holiday maker. The warm, calm waters are tempting enough to entice even the most timid swimmer; and the seemingly endless stretches of golden beaches are ideal for leisurely walking. South Africa has a wonderful marine-life and Port Elizabeth is the ideal place to experience it; treat yourself to the thrill of a lifetime on a whale-watching cruise along the coast.

East London

No, this is not a misprint; the beaches of East London on South Africa’s Eastern Cape are renowned as amongst the world’s most sublime. Walking South Africa’s version of East London could not be more different than its European namesake. Many of the beaches are completely unspoilt in terms of development. Spend a day at the delightful Igoda Beach and, although you will need to take a picnic lunch with you, the experience of strolling along a deserted beach with only the waves to keep you company, can make you feel like the last person on earth.

Costa Tropical, Spain

Costa Tropical is the most ideal place to relax and holiday. It is not only its beautiful picturesque places, it is its weather, mild whispering wind and the warm Mediterranean water; it is something unique. Ah! There is the Sierra Nevada Mountain which enhances the beauty of this tiny village. Interestingly, the average temperature of this village and its surrounding places is 20 degrees, one will certainly appreciate it is a heaven. It is not just that, there are many places of interest in and around Costa Tropical.

Beaches

The most ideal place for a relaxing holiday; enjoy the beautiful surrounding, play water sports, walk, exercise, go fishing and what not. It is a wonderful experience. Of course there are many restaurants to relish as you relax and exercise.

Almunecar

This neighbor of Costa Tropical is a resort town which was once under the Phoenicians; now it is controlled by a Municipality. It is not only the beach; the city is rich in many monuments which have historic importance. The amphitheaters, churches and some historic buildings are some of the most interesting places of Almunecar. This city is rich in underwater wealth. It is one of the most ideal places for scuba diving. This agriculture dominant city is rich in vegetation and understandably has a cool surrounding.

Motril

One of the biggest towns of Costa Tropical, Motril is medium populated and is located to the East of Almeria. It has many places for shopping and is actively involved in commercial transactions. The town has two important beaches and they are Playa Poniente and Playa Granada.

Salobena

This is another neighboring town of Costa Tropical which is centrally located and is considered as a jewel town as well. Of course, it is an agriculture based town where custard apple, sugarcane, mangoes are grown prominently. Known for its famous drink Tapas and other great wine, it has many places for shopping. There are many shops, malls, supermarkets, etc. There are also banks and all facilities which a tourist requires.

Stay and food

Both these are no problem in Spain. Many villas and hotels are available on the entire stretch of Costa Tropical and its neighboring cities. These are luxurious villas and hotels. Many restaurants are also available along the entire coast and in the villages. They serve the local dishes and other continental foods.

New Zealand Walking Holiday

New Zealand is often described in terms of its two main islands. Many areas of the North Island have a distinctive ‘Pacific Island’ feel with beautiful beaches, luscious flora and a volcanic appearance to much of the countryside. It is home to the bulk of New Zealand’s population and is proud of its multi-cultural status, and has a strong Maori legacy and presence. Auckland and Wellington are two major cities well worth exploring, as is Napier. Rotorua is world-famous for its geysers, hot steam vents and bubbling mud pools. The Bay of Islands contains marvellous opportunities for exploring the multitude of islets and sandy coves. Not to be missed also is the Tongariro National Park which contains stunning scenery.

The South Island is different! Much more sparsely populated, the island contains a vast range of natural spectacles including mountains, glaciers and fjords. It is home to the Southern Alps and some of the world’s most breathtaking views of mountains, lakes and coastlines. The largest town is Christchurch and other major attractions include Mount Cook with its alpine scenery; Te Anau with its fjords; Queenstown with its scenery and adventure leisure opportunities; and the Fox and Franz Joseph glaciers. It’s also an ideal opportunity to see a wide variety of wildlife; including exotic birds such as the Albatross; and around the coastal areas, whales, dolphins and seals.

Both the North and South Islands received rave reviews for their stunning scenery when it was seen around the globe as the backdrop to the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. All these attractions are just a tiny sample of what a New Zealand walking holiday may be able to help you explore.

Why take a New Zealand walking holiday?

New Zealand is a beautiful country that has worked hard to keep its natural grandeur intact.
There are vast areas of nature that are relatively undeveloped and unspoilt by large-scale human encroachment. In some cases the only way to reach these magnificent sights is on foot. In other instances, you’ll be more likely to appreciate the locations ‘in context’ if you’ve walked to them. New Zealand walking holidays in general are also becoming more popular for environmental reasons; and if you need yet more convincing, they may also be better for your general health!

How does the holiday work?

A New Zealand walking holiday is fully guided by a tour leader that is an expert in the route and the attractions as well as the local history and culture. They are constructed for those with only a moderate degree of fitness and walking ability. It is a carefully and expertly crafted holiday experience and not a forced route march – so no need to worry if you don’t come into the ‘superfit’ category! Each guided walk is carefully planned to ensure that it is not overly demanding and that it concludes each day with the opportunity to relax and unwind in excellent accommodation. You can sample the excellent local cuisines while you reflect upon the sights you’ve seen during the day.

The holidays offer a variety of choices. So you may wish to be based in a single center or to vary between different locations. You can decide to explore only one of the major islands or spend time or both. That is one of the major attractions of a New Zealand walking holiday – you can select an option that suits your interests and then with the help of your tour guide, follow it. It really can be a different and more satisfying sort of holiday.

 

Madeira Beach

Nestled between Treasure Island and Redington Beach is a quiet Gulf Beach municipality known as Madeira Beach. Just two miles long, this beach community is perfect for families and couples longing for a peaceful tropical getaway on Florida’s Gulf coast.

While there are some hotels nearby, most people stay in vacation condos on Madeira Beach. Beachfront condos on Madeira Beach can be found relatively cheaper than waterfront condos on other beaches like St. Pete Beach and Clearwater Beach, and they offer a much more private, family-friendly atmosphere.

If you’re going to visit Madeira Beach, you have to check out John’s Pass Village. It’s an old fishing village that caters to both tourists and locals, offering an assortment of beach shops and restaurants like Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, The Hut, Gators, The Friendly Fisherman, and more.

You can also take a ride on some wave runners, go deep sea fishing for grouper, go parasailing, or look for dolphins with Hubbard’s Dolphin Watch, all at John’s Pass Boardwalk. Cool off afterwards with an iced mocha or a smoothie from Addicted to the Bean Coffee House, also located at John’s Pass.

You and the kids will love the Pirate Ship at John’s Pass, where you’ll board a cruise that’s an exact replica of a real pirate ship! Hear stories of pirate folklore and take part in a treasure hunt! They even offer face painting! The tours run 2-3 times daily, but sunset offers the most spectacular views.

When it’s dinner time, and you’re craving some seafood, just a short distance from the Pass is Middle Grounds Grill on Treasure Island. Their macadamia crusted mahi is so delectable and fresh! And you can’t go wrong with the Grouper – the area’s specialty! No visit to the area is complete without a trip to Middle Grounds.

The great thing about Madeira Beach, unlike other Gulf beach communities is the fact that everything is within walking distance, or just a short trolley ride down the street. Madeira Beach Rentals and even nearby Vacation Rentals on Treasure Island are all conveniently located where the action is, so you’re not searching for places to eat or things for the kids to do. There’s never a shortage here! It’s peaceful, relaxing, quality family time at its finest!