Posts Tagged ‘Beach holiday’

 
 

Does the beach beckon?

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South Carolina has a gorgeous coast; think lazy days on the sand, fishing, balmy nights in a beach front bar followed by a cool al fresco meal in a happening restaurant. Well, if you’re thinking all of that, you’re thinking Myrtle Beach!

The humid sub-tropical climate draws visitors in from all over the east coast and the influx has meant an upsurge in the quality of things to do – when you’re just a little too sunburned!

Now, we love the simple pleasures of just lazing on a beach where the biggest decision of the day is which flavor ice cream to indulge in, but if you’re of a more adventurous bent, then here’s a couple of things to consider.

Go horse-riding! Who doesn’t love horses? Get out and about with an early morning ride on Myrtle Beach. You can ride on the beach or do a ramble through wetlands and beachside lagoons, you can follow the coast line or head along the Waccamaw river bank.

How about some ziplining and rope walks? ideal if you have older teenagers who want some excitement. Broadway at the Beach is where you can soar on the 1,000 foot Zipline 50ft above water and explore the 40ft tall ropes challenge course.

If that doesn’t wear everybody out they need… mini golf! Real, good old-fashioned fun is waiting at the Mt Atlanticus mini putt course. Sweet playing and lots of fun.

Something a little more cultural for those balmy southern nights? Then explore the Carolina Opry. The regular shows sell out fast (because they’re so good!), so as you know you’re heading to Myrtle book yourself some tickets for this feast of artistic merit. Flawless staging, excellent performance and soaring voices.

The must do? A sophisticated, fun little museum called the Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum – and it’s right on the beach. This fun place bats way above average in the entertainment stakes and it’s close to the all the other attractions and, hopefully, your hotel. You’ll love it!

 

A beach holiday with a little jungle thrown in

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What’s not to love? San Juan is the capital city of Puerto Rico and a trip here is a trip into a different world. A US protectorate it may be, but you’ve never seen history, beaches and jungle like this unless Costa Rica is on your bus route home.
Let’s start with San Juan. It was here that the first shots by US forces were fired in World War 1 (by officers chasing an armed German supply boat out of the harbor). San Juan was a central point in the Spanish-American war and also in the French Revolutionary wars of the 18th century and even earlier in the 15th and 16th century battles for New World domination.

A peaceful place now, the history of San Juan is decidedly warlike and that means a series of forts and battle locations for you to visit. Among the most notable are the city’s former defensive forts, Fort San Felipe del Morro and Fort San Cristóbal, and La Fortaleza, the oldest executive mansion in continuous use in the Americas. San Juan is a in a prominent position in the Caribbean so a network of fortifications was built to protect the transports of gold and silver from the New World to Europe. Because of the rich cargoes, San Juan was central to the fight against piracy in the 16th and 17th centuries and a target for the naval nations of the era.

All of this means a fascinating glimpse of life as it was way back when and old San Juan is a maze of narrow, cobble-stoned streets punctuated by historic mansions, government buildings and churches.

Moving outside San Juan is a choice between beaches and jungle. Located in the northern foothills of the Sierra de Luquillo (Luquillo mountains), a Zipline adventure is Tarzan for tourists! Essentially you rappel through the forest canopy – pretty exciting stuff and you get to see rainforest up close.

If it’s beach you’re after, Luquillo Beach (near El Yunque) is a real locals’ haunt where you’ll find long stretches of sand, water sports equipment rentals and a great selection of food stands. You can stay nearby and it’s all tropical paradise, cocktails at night and lazing the day away.

Check it out – you’ll love San Juan!

 

I feel the need, the need for speed!

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Welcome to Daytona Beach, FLA – home of speed. Yes indeed, if it’s speed you need, then there’s plenty going on in Daytona. It’s the home of Nascar, and kicks off each season’s Nascar with the Daytona 500 in February. It hosts the Nascar Coke Zero 400 in July and is the bikes get a look in across March and October. And who could forget the Rolex 24 Hour Daytona in January?

History and hard-packed sand is responsible for Daytona’s imprint on motorsport’s memory. The sand was ideal in the early part of last century for racing and Daytona hosted around 50 years worth of racing until an official race track was opened in 1959.

If you love motorsport this is your Nirvana. But if you don’t… is there anything else worth coming for? The answer is a resounding yes!

Let’s start with the beach – beautiful golden sand and warm water – if it’s a week in the sun, lapping up some warmth, this is your place. In a nod to the racing of yesteryear you can take a car on the beach in designated areas. A lot of fun and something you’ll not find everywhere!

Food (glorious food!) Daytona has plenty of restaurants and if you want seafood… we have seafood. Clam chowders, fresh fish, lobster – Daytona works its magic across the board. The nightlife is geared towards holidaymakers so bring your boogie. And because of its beach locale, watersports and sea adventures are a big part of the Daytona package. Kayaks to yachts – if you fancy something waterborne, chances are you’ll find it here. Do you want something a little out of the ordinary? Check out the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse. It’s Florida’s tallest lighthouse and is open all year round.

 
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