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Recent Beaches and Watersports Articles:
- Diving Kosrae, A Hidden Treasure - Okay, you won’t be able to do this in many other places, if any: From arrival of your jet in Kosrae, Micronesia, to scuba dive site: 30 minutes. Customs took 20 seconds and a guy from Kosrae Village Ecolodge (KVR) was waiting for me. We grabbed my hand luggage (only carry-on with mask and minimal [...]
- Tuning into Dominica at Rosalie Bay Eco-Resort - I ended up with a riverside suite at Rosalie Bay boutique eco-resort, rather than a room oceanside. I was immediately glad it worked out that way. The view and chortling of the rocky Rosalie River was soothing and oh-so apropos for the mountainous east Caribbean island of Dominica, which claims 365 rivers all told. In [...]
- Dodging Rollerbladers on the Venice Beach Boardwalk—Los Angeles, California - Crazy people, right out there in public, or better put, making up the “public”—that is what the Venice Beach Boardwalk is famous for. My first memory of Venice Beach is Val Kilmer embodying Jim Morrison as he sings “Moonlight Drive” in the opening scenes of Oliver Stones’s The Doors. As a young and vibrant poet, [...]
- Riding the Carousel at Maine’s Old Orchard Beach - Has the merry-go-round at Old Orchard Beach shrunk? I’m sure the horses used to be bigger, so tall that my father had to boost me up to mount them. Apart from the size of the carousel, it’s just like I remember, though – maybe cleaner and not quite so tacky, but when you’re six and [...]
- Kayaking Through the Mangroves in Abu Dhabi - A few minutes ago we were in Abu Dhabi, a noisy, bustling metropolis of high rise concrete, fast cars and muezzins. But here among the mangroves it is calm and peaceful, and there is no sound apart from the gentle swish of paddles. In Your Bucket Because… The mangroves provide a complete contrast to the [...]
- 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 [...]
- 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.