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Unique Beach Destinations
What comes to mind when you hear the word “beach? “Probably sinking your toes into the warm white sand, gazing out at the beautiful blue water and sipping on a tropical drink. However, beaches come in many different forms. If you want to change your perception of the beach, check out these unique beach destinations!
Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California, USA
People used this beach in California to dispose of their trash before it became illegal in 1967. Over the years, the ocean worked its magic to smooth out the sharp edges of the glass debris and create wonderful treasures. What once was a dumping ground has now become home to beautiful sea glass of all different colors. Witness the glistening sea glass for yourself and take a trip to Glass Beach, where you can look but you can’t take!
Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, Bahamas
Although Pink Sands Beach is one of the smaller beaches on our list, it is a must–see. The microscopic coral insect foraminifera, which is found on this beach, has a red shell that when mixed together with the natural white sand, forms a marvelous pink hue. This beach is known as one of the best in the Bahamas and is definitely one you should add to your list!
Papakolea Beach, the Big Island, Hawaii
If you want to visit a beach with very distinctive colored sand, definitely take a trip to Papakolea Beach in Hawaii! Olivine crystals from volcanoes cause the sand to take on an olive coloring. This beach is off the beaten path and requires a two–mile hike, but the unique green quality of this beach is one you do not want to miss!
Giant Causeway, Northern Ireland
This beach is not one you’d want to tan and relax at but it’s the perfect photo opportunity! As the great mythical story says, a giant created these rock formations as stepping stones to reach his one love in Scotland. The scientific theory, although not as fun, is that the rock formations were caused by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Regardless if you prefer fact or fiction, the unique formations are so beautiful you must see it to believe it!
Playa Del Amor, Marieta Island, Mexico
Tucked beneath the surface of these islands, you’ll find the beautiful beach called Playa del Amor. While it means “Beach of Love,” it is better known as “Hidden Beach.” It is said that the hole that created this beach was due to the Mexican government using the islands for military testing, which caused a cavern type of formation. This secluded, gorgeous beach features turquoise waters, plenty of shade and room to explore!
Kohekohe Beach, Hampden, New Zealand
Scattered throughout this beach you can find spherical boulders up to nine feet in diameter and weighing tons. These boulders are a geological marvel formed by hardening sea sediment millions of years ago. Each one is unique, varying in size and shape – some with unique cracks and features. Take a journey to New Zealand and be amazed by the beach that looks like it is from another planet! Don’t forget your camera.
Located in Western Europe, is a combination of cutting-edge modern and timeless tradition. It boasts of breathtaking landscapes, architectural masterpieces, bustling cities and charming villages. With over 2000 years of history, Germany offers visitors unique experiences. A perfect place to start the adventure is in Berlin, its capital. It is home to art and nightlife scenes, the Brandenburg Gate and many sites relating to WWII. Travel south and visit Frankfurt home to the European Central Bank or Munich which is known for its Oktoberfest and beer halls, including the 16th-century Hofbräuhaus. If visiting for the first time, here are some highlights you shouldn’t miss.
Berlin, Germany’s capital, is an energetic and vibrant metropolis with classic and eccentric surroundings. There is elegant dining in an ex-brewery, world-class art displayed a WWII
The Bavarian capital is revered for its colorful native costume. For gentlemen, the lederhosen and for ladies, the dirndls. Beer halls with oompah bands are plentiful throughout the city. A visit during Oktoberfest is sure to please the senses. Take a break from the revelry and stroll through one of Europe’s most beautiful city parks, the Englischer Garten.
Romantic Rhine Valley
The Middle Rhine section links Bingen and Koblenz and is known as the Romantic Rhine Valley.
The Bavarian Alps stretch from south of Munich and east to the Austrian border. For those interested in the slopes, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is famous for its ski slopes and breathtaking train ride to the top of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. For WWII history buffs, a visit to the Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s mountaintop retreat at Berchtesgaden is a stirring experience. Or visit one of the Bavarian palaces, Linderhof, in southwest Bavaria near Ettal Abbey.
The Black Forest is the largest forested mountain range in southwest Germany and is bordered by the Rhine Valley to the west and south. There are patches so dark and thick in the forest that one might expect to stumble upon the witch’s house in Hansel and Gretel’s fairy tale. Triberg is Germany’s cuckoo clock capital with numerous souvenir shops and the world’s largest cuckoo clocks, each the size of a house. It’s also the birthplace of the black forest cake!
Café Schäfer in Triberg has the best.
Germany has so much to offer, that one visit may not allow enough time to fully experience the grandeur of this magnificent country. To get started, give us a call and we will work to package a perfect trip for you.
Experience the Best of the Caribbean
The Caribbean is full of so many wonderful destinations for any type of traveler. However, the best way to experience the Caribbean is on a cruise. Here are some of the must-see destinations in the Caribbean.
As you sail through the islands of the Eastern Caribbean you could depart from sunny Miami to make your way to the US Virgin Islands for vividly colorful snorkeling in St. Thomas. Sip tropical drinks on a pristine beach to the beat of the Caribbean music on the British Virgin Island of Tortola. Or go exploring in a 4×4 vehicle when you arrive in Nassau. Whatever you choose, there’s no wrong way to relax and let loose on this vacation.
• St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands: The town of Charlotte Amalie has one of the most breathtaking harbors in the world. Once home to pirates of long ago, today visitors find treasures of a different kind, beautiful beaches, and bountiful duty-free shopping are truly its claim to fame.
• Tortola, British Virgin Islands: Discovered by Christopher Columbus himself in 1493, this exotic, peaceful island is home to both towering mahogany trees and white-sand beaches. The region offers a challenging hike that extends 1,780 feet up Sage Mountain. A great spot for awesome birdwatching and breathtaking views of Tortola and neighboring islands.
• Nassau, Bahamas: From the waterfront to the end of Bay Street, you’ll find some of the best duty-free shopping and a charming mix of architecture, both old and new. But there’s plenty to do besides shopping…swim with the dolphins, try your luck in a casino or snorkel with colorful fish. Nassau is also home to Atlantis, which is one of the top attractions in the Caribbean.
One of the most popular cruise itineraries sails the western Caribbean and features amazing ports of call such as Cozumel, Roatan, Belize, Jamaica and Grand Cayman not to mention all the cruise line private islands.
• Falmouth, Jamaica: The Georgian-era city of Falmouth offers history and outdoor fun. Visit the Good Hope Great House, climb Dunn’s River Falls, ride a bamboo raft downstream, fly through the rainforest via zip-line or just relax on a beautiful beach.
• Cozumel, Mexico: Cozumel features great diving, snorkeling and beaches, marine-life encounters, botanical gardens, trails and shopping in the town of San Miguel. The nearby mainland is home to Tulum, Mayan Cliffside ruins overlooking the Caribbean.
A popular starting point for southern Caribbean cruises is San Juan. From here it’s easier to explore deeper into the Caribbean and visit unique, smaller islands along the way.
• San Juan, Puerto Rico: With its cobblestone streets, brightly colored buildings and a history that stretches back to the Conquistadors, San Juan is a popular tourist destination.
• St. George’s, Grenada: Known as the “Island of Spice,” Grenada is an island getaway you may never want to leave. Boasting rolling hills, rock-strewn terrain, pristine beaches and miles upon miles of unspoiled rainforest, this exotic island in the southeastern Caribbean Sea offers something for everyone.
• Fort de France, Martinique: With its uniquely European flair, world-famous beaches and mountainous landscape, the island of Martinique has been charming visitors for years. As an overseas region of France, its citizens are French, the currency is the Euro and the official language is…you guessed it, French! Martinique is justifiably famous for its vibrant blend of Gallic and Caribbean culture, food and style…and jaw-dropping natural beauty.
• Basseterre, St. Kitts: For those looking for an escape or exploration, St. Kitts has it all. On this small volcanic island in the West Indies, white-sand beaches, sapphire waters and a vibrant green rainforest mingle alongside historic, centuries-old sites that tell a deeper story of a culture that continues to inspire all who visit.