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Explore the Beauty and Wonder of Costa Rica

Costa Rica - Ross French - November 6, 2019

Costa Rica is one of the most breathtaking places in the world to visit. If you are planning a trip, you won’t want to miss out on discovering the most beautiful and awe-inspiring spots of this amazing country. Whether you simply want to relax on the beach, or check out adorable wildlife during a hike, there is something for everyone in Costa Rica. Here are some of the best places to highlight the beauty and wonder of the country.

Ostional Wildlife Reserve

The Ostional Wildlife Reserve has a beach where turtles flock to lay their eggs. If you are lucky enough to be traveling during the week just before the new moon cycle, you should try to see this fantastic event. The olive ridley sea turtle swarm on the beach as they come out of the ocean to lay their eggs in the sand. You can spot huge groups of them for around four to seven days prior swimming in the waters. Then they emerge from the water to make their way ashore to find just the right spot to make a nest for their eggs. Those who live in the area protect the turtles against poachers while they make their journey and keep the beach clean and clear of debris for them as well.

Poas Volcano National Park

One of the most beautiful places to see in Costa Rica is definitely Poas Volcano National Park. If you love sightseeing, you won’t want to miss this wonder. The park is situated over 14,000 acres and has areas that give you a great view of the crater. You don’t have to worry about an eruption as the last major one occurred in 1910, and since then it has remained fairly dormant. The sheer beauty of this natural wonder makes the volcano one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Costa Rica. There are plenty of hiking trails throughout the park, and you can also spot plenty of wildlife. This area is perfect for full day adventure.

Witch’s Rock Canopy Tour

If you have a zest for fun and adventure, you should absolutely check out the Witch’s Rock Canopy Tour. It is located a mere four miles from the luxurious Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo and offers excitement for the entire family. One of its biggest draws is the zip-line course, which allows you to safely zip your way above the trees and take in all the incredible sights below. You can also go on a guided ATV tour to take in the sights or go horseback riding.

Cahuita

Cahuita, which is a small town that boasts a national park by the same name, is a great place to go and veg out for the day. There is plenty to see and do, such as swimming, hiking, surfing, relaxing, watching lots of wildlife, and even hitting the local cantina. You can also enjoy plenty of great Caribbean style cuisine while you’re visiting.

Monteverde Cloud Forest

If you truly love hiking and being close to nature, don’t miss out on a tour of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. It is a biological reserve that is home to more than 2,500 plant species, hundreds of different animals and is simply breathtaking in its natural beauty. On average, around 70,000 people come to visit the forest every year. You can choose to go on a guided tour or simply tour the area by yourself.

These are only a few of the amazing attractions Costa Rica has to offer. Be sure to check them out and even explore your own favorite spots.

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5 Best Destinations to go Island Hopping

Caribbean, Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - January 24, 2019

Island hopping is a buzzing trend in the world of sea lovers where people go from one island to the other to reach the sea. The thrill of going from one place to other, covering all the islands in an archipelago, using different transportation systems – from boats to ferries, cars and airplanes – makes it a must-try for most lovers of the beach and sun. If you decide to go on an Island hopping holiday, make sure you choose your destination carefully.

Read on to know about five top places where you can do island hopping and have lots of fun with friends and family.

1. Greece

One of the most beautiful countries in the world, Greece works well for island hopping as well. The country comes with a number of beautiful islands like Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, Zante, Corfu, and so many more, which are bound to make your vacation prettier and happier. You can choose your itinerary as per your passions – go for the food or the iconic mythology – and enjoy the sun and the sea on one of the oldest civilisations in the world.

2. Caribbean Islands

One of the most popular destinations for island hopping, the Caribbean offers you a lot in terms of exploration. You can take a cruise or visit places like San Juan, Orcas Island, Guadeloupe and many more on your vacation. The sandy beaches and the turquoise water, mixed with the exquisite appeal of the local culture and traditions make the Caribbean a must add on your island hopping bucket list.

3. Fiji

No place in the world is better for island hopping than Fiji. Complete with over 300 plus islands, Fiji has a number of ferry/boat options to go through these islands and make your trip real fun. You can enjoy different cities and locales of the country if you opt for a combined set of places you want to visit. The blue, clear waters and the sand along with coral reefs make Fiji every bit as instagrammable as you imagine. You can also enjoy activities like snorkeling, surfing, etc. on your trip.

4. Florida

Florida Keys is the answer to all your queries if you want to go island hopping in the United States. The islands are perfect for a number of fun activities in the sea from scuba diving to snorkeling. The bonus are the beauteous Floridan sunsets. You may prefer to take a ferry which will make your trip even more magical. You can visit places like Islamorada, Dry Tortugas, Key West and Key Largo during your island hopping here.

5. Scotland

As with everything else in the country, the Scottish islands are a wonderful treat to all lovers of nature. There are around 800 islands, grouped in four parts – Shetland, Inner Hebrides, Orkney and Outer Hebrides, however, it is not exactly a tropical experience. The best thing about Scotland is the fact that you can drive around in your car, in some cases, from one island to another, which is good for travellers on a shoestring budget. Ferries also go from place to place, so be sure to check that out.

One of the best ways to enjoy island hopping and reduce costs is to have a big group. So, get out with your besties and go to the beach this year!

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Top Things to Do in Málaga

Italy, Travel Blog - Ross French - November 15, 2018

Located in the south of Spain, the city of Málaga is known for its beaches, beautiful cityline and a unique history. A centre of the Moorish empire, Málaga is also where Picasso took his first steps. All this cultural phenomenon has established the city as a global destination, making thousands of tourists visit the place every year. The city is quite tourist friendly, you can hire a car at the airport and getting around is thus quite easy. Read on to know more about the top things to do in Málaga.

1. Hang out with the local flamenco artists at Kelipe

In case you are a fan of the flamenco culture and want to explore the beauty of South of Spain, head over to this beautiful centre of art Kelipe. A tight knit community of musicians and dancers perform here, which means the audiences are a mix of locals and tourists, all of whom are in love with the folklores and the Spanish guitar. The place is located quite close to the city centre, and the ambience inside is finely curated to enable the visitors to feel the grace and frailty of this artform at its best.

2. Witness the regality of the Moorish empire at Alcazaba

Perhaps the most iconic structure in the whole of Málaga, this beautiful castle is so grand that its walls can be seen from the city itself. Many people prefer to walk up to Alcazaba, which makes for a picturesque trek. Its proximity to the historic Roman amphitheatre adds to the whole trip. Imagine courtyards, fountains and acres of lush gardens – Alcazaba has it all and much more!

3. Visit the iconic Catedral de Málaga

Another iconic addition to the beautiful city of Málaga, this grand cathedral is famous for its incomplete project – one of the bell towers which was never finished – which is why it is in fact named La Manquita (One-Armed Lady). The chapels and the domes full with religious art of the time make this place a must-visit on your trip here. You can also visit the museum housing several African artefacts of that period inside the cathedral.

4. Enjoy the early works of Picasso himself

Among other things, Málaga is famous as the birthplace of the iconic artist Pablo Picasso. You can pay a visit to his childhood home, where his parents lived before and after he was born. The city also is home to Museo Picasso, a museum housing many early works of the painter, especially in his early twenties. The museum itself is present inside Buena Vista Palace and holds several exhibitions from time to time.

5. Taste the authentic Asian in the middle of Spain at Óleo

After spending a day roaming in the streets of Málaga, one definitely needs a treat to rejuvenate. Enjoy a filling and delicious meal at Oleo, which is a minimalist restaurant located inside the contemporary art museum of Málaga. You can enjoy everything from sushi, sake, duck breast to unusual mediterranean food. The drinks and food here are sure a welcome distinction from the traditional Spanish fare.

So, how about packing your bags to jetset to Malaga on your next vacation!

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Group Retreat Destinations in the San Francisco Bay Area

North America, Travel Blog - Ross French - October 22, 2018

Whether it’s for a school friend trip, family reunion, or group outing for your sports team or church group, the San Francisco Bay Area offers many great weekend retreat destinations that are a short drive away from the city. Since the task of choosing from the many options near San Francisco can get too daunting, we have compiled a list of the top 5 group retreat destinations in the SF Bay area. Moreover, your group can also book a private charter bus rental out of San Francisco to ensure that everyone arrives safely, no one gets lost, and everyone can enjoy the sites along the way.

1. Yountville

If you are looking for a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, head to Yountville which is a quiet country spot where one can rest their mind, body and soul amidst the landscapes and sounds made by geese, pheasants and coyotes in the hills. With wineries surrounding you on all sides, you must go on a wine tasting tour in one of them! A great accommodation option is the Bardessono which is an eco-friendly romantic getaway with organic everything and massage tables!

2. Nick’s Cove

If you are seeking for some coastal solace, head to Nick’s Cove which is located in Tomales Bay on the Pacific Coast. There are many options to choose from when it comes to accommodations with each offering warm hospitality,stunning rooms and breathtaking views. Head to Nick’s Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar for a hearty meal of seafood and cocktails! There are many exciting things to be done at Tomales bay ranging from kayaking and fishing to hiking and biking!

3. Costanoa

Only a 90 minute ride from the main city, Costanoa is essentially an eco-adventure resort with a focus on healing, wellness, and rest. It is located in proximity to pretty beaches, trekking trails and Coast Highway 1. They also provide free Wi-Fi at three spots across their property and even if it is not the most secure network, it is still great for uploading photos to social media. Furthermore, you can choose from a wide range of accommodations starting from comfortable canvas tents to fancy cabins. What is guaranteed is excellent hospitality and stunning views irrespective of where you crash. Make sure you get a deep tissue massage during your time in Costanoa from The Spa at Costanoa a delicious breakfast of pancakes and a unique seafood omelette from Cascade Bar & Grill.

4. Camp Navarro

Think of corporate retreats in Northern California and Navarro’s image will stir up in your head. It is one of the most popular corporate retreat venues where many offices from Silicon Valley such as Google and Microsoft have visited before. Apart from the aesthetics, the experience here is equally impactful which makes it highly recommended. Whether you are seeking a fun time or an official meeting setup, you can find it all here! Accommodations here are varied, ranging from teepees and tents to deluxe cabins and more. The food here is excellent and there is no reason why you shouldn’t visit Navarro on your next retreat!

5. The New Children’s Museum

It is located in the heart of downtown San Diego and this 50,000 square foot modern structure is an ideal location for anything that you are planning. Whether it is a corporate event, a college reunion or children’s birthday party; this venue is a one-size-fit-all and we can assure you of how beautifully it fits! You have the option to book the entire museum for your event or choose from either of their 3 venue spaces and 4 meeting rooms. Accommodation is also offered here making it one of the most wanted retreat destinations in the Bay Area.

These 5 destinations that have been mentioned above are a miniscule percentage of the many spectacular retreat locations that one can find in the San Francisco Bay Area! Plan a trip to either of these and embark on a memorable journey with your loved ones!

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5 Destinations all Wildlife Lovers Should Visit

South Africa, Travel Blog - Ross French - September 11, 2018

If you’re a wildlife lover, it makes sense to want to travel somewhere full of opportunity to spot some of the biggest, most majestic and exciting animals out there. With that being said, here are five destinations all wildlife lovers should visit.

South Africa

A safari is indisputably one of the best travel experiences to see an abundance of animals in their natural habitats, and South Africa is one of the best places for it.

Kruger National Park has an abundance of opportunities to spot beautiful animals in the wild – perfect for first timers, as well as those travelling on a budget, it’s here that you’ll get to see the Big Five for yourself. Lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalo can all be found in Kruger’s five million acres.

Whether you want to live in luxury during your stay or instead try something more exhilarating, gorgeous lodges and camping safaris are both available in South Africa alongside many more options.

Borneo

Although it’s under constant threat of deforestation, effectively putting the lives of hundreds of species at risk, Borneo’s rainforest is a luscious, thriving wonderland full of thousands of beautiful animals from the Bornean orangutan all the way through to the critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros.

Visiting this severely underrated and highly threatened part of the world will certainly allow you to tick an abundance of animals off your bucket list. There’s some lodges and other accommodation choices here to allow you to be in the heart of it all – come quick before the effects of nearby plantations and farming devastate the rainforest further.

Galapagos Islands

People who visit the Galapagos Islands often say it’s the experience of a lifetime. One of the most famous destinations in the world for wildlife, this archipelago boasts over ten islands, all of which offering very unique natural features as well as an incredible amount of beautiful, curious, intriguing animals.

From the iconic Galapagos tortoises to flocking penguins, from soaring albatross to majestic sea lions basking on one of the islands’ shores, the Galapagos are a fulfilling and almost overwhelmingly exciting destination for any animal lover. Add to that some of the most gorgeous natural scenery in the world, and it’s a true place of wonder.

Mauritius

Want to try a spot of diving? Head to Mauritius – not only is this island known for its paradisiacal beaches, crystal clear waters and luxurious accommodation, but there’s a thriving world beneath the surface that deserves your attention.

Winning the World Travel Awards’ best Indian Ocean diving destination a record five times, Mauritius certainly has a reputation to live up to. Visit for yourself and it’ll do just that.

Not only are there nearly 500 marine species and 200 coral species underneath the surface to discover, but the volcanic activity upon the island has led to a number of incredible natural underwater features such as caves, tunnels and even a “cathedral” – a majestic cavernous section on the western side of Mauritius.

Sri Lanka

Many people flock to Thailand in pursuit of up-close experiences with elephants, but Sri Lanka is arguably actually the best place to see the beautiful creatures. With thousands of them thriving in the wild, opportunities to see elephants in Sri Lanka aren’t exactly scarce – visit some of the country’s sprawling national parks to see them roaming the plains.

It’s an alternative to an African safari, and Sri Lanka is a great choice if you’re looking for something a bit more lowkey from your wildlife getaway.

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