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Recent Beaches and Watersports Articles:
- Being a Kid Bahamian-Style at Abaco Beach Resort - After a crafts session on the beach, the kids headed for the docks to go fishing. It may sound like an ordinary kids program on an ordinary day at a sunny beach resort, but what makes the difference at Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour in the northern Bahamas is that Bahamian kids are doing [...]
- Unwinding on a “Desert Island” off Anguilla in the British West Indies - Sandy Island, two miles off the coast of Anguilla, would be a great place to film a version of Robinson Crusoe. You can walk all the way around it in less than 15 minutes. You could probably count the number of palm trees on two hands with fingers to spare. A few hardy shrubs keep [...]
- On the River at Finca Tatin in Guatemala - We’d left Guatemala City some eight hours prior on a “first class” bus, which entails the extra feature of receiving a bottle of water midway through the ride and action movies dubbed in Spanish. It had been a long trip, with a late taxi, a missed (regular-class) bus, and a half-hour boat trip from the [...]
- Snorkeling with Sharks in Nassau - “Get in the water without splashing. No kicking, and do not panic or thrash around,” the tour operators told us as we prepared for our third snorkel site of the day. Why all the stealth? That had something to do with the 30-some reef sharks that were schooled some 30 feet below us. In Your [...]
- Kayaking Down the Ardèche River in France - Bonne descente! shouted a man after me and my boyfriend to wish us a good trip down the river. We carried our kayak towards the freezing water in the Ardèche River through a grey and chilled September morning and set out on our second day of paddling in the Ardèche Gorges. I would soon find [...]
- Crabbing On Salt Spring Island, British Columbia - “America’s Toughest Jobs,” this isn’t. A couple hours catching crabs off British Columbia’s Salt Spring Island is a kick, a pinch, a slosh. And quite tasty. Brought to you by the Hastings House, the crab catch is a few hours of wet, slimy fun. “These traps have been down 10 days … plenty of time [...]
- Island-Hopping Exuma in the Bahamas - The adventure began with free-diving to the sea’s bottom to spot a mermaid and ended with a hot bubble bath strewn with red tropical flower petals in our villa. In between there were swimming pigs, grape-eating endangered dinosaur descendants, a free dive into Thunderball Cave (shoot site of the eponymous James Bond film), beach walks [...]
- Taking a Kitesurfing Course at Tatajuba Beach in Brazil - From our apartment I look out over the beach, the mouth of the lagoon, and the ocean. During the morning hours it is quiet: a fisherman may be returning with his catch or somebody is going for a stroll along the shore. Somewhere after 11 am tranquility transforms into hustle and bustle, as if a [...]
- Shoulder season gets you good rates in tropical paradises. School holidays are the most expensive, and book up the farthest in advance.
- Waterproof sunscreen, a wind jacket, sunglasses, a hat with a chin strap, a bottle of water, and waterproof protection for your electronics (at least a zipper-locking bag) will keep you comfortable no matter what the weather does.
- Tiny little Lightload (TM) towels come in packages no bigger than a silver dollar; tuck them in a pocket.