Cozumel is Beautiful

Cozumel is an extremely beautiful island situated just 30mins off the shore of Rivera Maya. The islands in Cozumel have some of the best diving spots and snorkeling in the whole Caribbean. In addition, there are various things to do and see on the land. We have organized some helpful tips to help you have a wonderful vacation in the islands.

Here are some major tips to keep in mind:

Use the ferry: Cozumel is an island, that is to say; asides from flying in and out by an airplane, the only option to reach the island is by a ferry. Either you are coming or going, try to make sure you are familiar with when the last ferry sails so you won’t miss the boat. The last ferry from Playa del Carmen leaves for Cozumel at 11 pm and at 10 pm from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen.

Ensure you learn about the traffic signs: If you want to rent a car, then you need to read this carefully. Traffic signs in Cozumel aren’t totally tourist friendly. Most are in Spanish, and they may be very different than what you see regularly. However, you don’t have to panic, you can ask the locals or the car rental shop for information and advice.  We went with friends from Chandler Arizona (celebrating 10 years in business with Chandler Painting Pros) and we clearly didn’t know where we were going or how to drive very well. 

Be money-wise: when you are making purchases in huge amounts in Cozumel, it is best to pay in pesos. There are several ways of exchanging your dollars to pesos, and the most economic and simplest way to do this is to withdraw from the ATM at any bank, instead of those ones on the streets. You’ll get the best exchange rate this way.

Best places to take a swim: There are so many options for taking a swim or going snorkeling. Nevertheless, we still recommend that you swim at the South side of the island because the currents on the Northern side are much stronger and not safe for swimming.

Have some fun and enjoy the Caribbean: Relax, relax and relax! You are in Cozumel for vacation; all you have to do is ease off the stress of the big cities, the everyday traffic, and all the noises. Enjoy the experience and change of pace, be yourself, have fun!

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Things to See and Do in Greece

Truly, the Greeks hold their indigenous foods dearly to their heart. They find joy in eating, and feeding others is always on their mind. Greece is the best place to go if you don’t ever want to know what hunger feels like. The Greeks eat at least four times daily as opposed to the conventional British and American three square meals.

If you are thinking of going to Greece for a vacation and you are a lover of amazing delicacies, I’m happy to let you know you are going to have the time of your life there. Here are some Greece delicacies you MUST try when you visit there.

Moussaka

This is one of the most renowned meals you will find in Greece. It comprises of layers of aubergine, meat, and minced potatoes; which is topped with a creamy béchamel sauce, baked until it turns golden brown. You can also get the vegetarian version in some restaurants.

Fasolatha

This is another national dish in Greece but not well-known internationally. This white bean soup is made with beans, vegetables (onions, celery, and carrots) and crushed tomatoes.

Koulouri

When you wake up in the morning, take a walk around the big cities in Greece like Thessaloniki or Athens, and you’ll find numerous locals filling their tummies with this large succulent bread rings.

Loukoumades

Both kids and adults love this meal. They are fried doughnut-shaped balls soaked in honey syrup with different toppings like cinnamon and crushed walnuts.

Dolmades

These are eaten as sidings of the main meal, and they are grape or vine leaves usually stuffed with lemony, herby rice and then folded over to form a parcel; followed by steaming. Some are filled with vegetables or meat.

Gyro

This is a bit like the popular kebab. Gyro is typically a Greek sandwich consisting of pieces of meat and then wrapped in pita or a flatbread, also with onions, salad, and other sauces.

We hope this list has watered your mouth enough. Now, go pack your things and get ready to fill your tummy with all of these foods when you get to Greece.

 

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Things to do in France

When you think of France you think of romance, the Eiffel Tower, fashion, sophisticated cuisine, wine and art.  So when making your way through Europe you have to stop in France.

This is a trip the whole family can enjoy as there are a variety of things to see and do.  Here are some top must see attractions.

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is the most recognized tourist attraction in the world.  Visitors from all over come to see this massive wrought iron lattice tower built by Gustave Eiffel.

The Eiffel Tower is fun for all ages.  There are many shops, vendors and restaurants to enjoy.  You must experience the elevator ride to the top overlooking the beautiful city of Paris.  This is a great photo opportunity. You will also want to see the Eiffel Tower illuminated at night as this is a stunning sight.  

Notre Dame Cathedral

This famous cathedral is one of the most the prominent and oldest in France. It is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in the world.

The architecture of the cathedral is amazing.  With the gorgeous stained glass windows, statues and the rich history this is something you must experience in your lifetime.  Be sure to be respectful of the people during mass as this is still a functioning church.

Free to get in but donations are appreciated.  You can’t leave Paris without getting a picture of this beautiful cathedral.  

The Louvre

You can’t leave France without visiting one of the most famous art museums in the world.  

The Louvre, located on the Right Bank of the Seine,  is a massive art museum with over 38,000 objects. You could spend days visiting the Louvre and still not see everything.  It is best to plan your day and get there early so you can see the top attractions like the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.

Enjoy strolling around the outside and appreciate the architect of this massive museum.. It is definitely worth coming back at night. Seeing the glass pyramid in the main courtyard illuminated at night is a vision of beauty.  This is a place you must add to your itinerary.

 

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Splash in the Cool Waters of Pristine Puerto Rico

This Caribbean island is situated next to the Dominican Republic and towards the western side of the Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico’s location is critical to the shipping community as it lies on the shipping lane which leads to the Panama Canal. Its most significant assets are its exquisite beaches such as the mostly undiscovered beaches of Isabella and Aguadilla, particularly for kite boarding and windsurfing. Certainly, Rincon is the perfect spot for windsurfing in Puerto Rico. Tour Puerto Rico if you want to experience tranquil, natural beaches perfect for this kind of active pursuit.

Cuisine

Wait a minute – perhaps Puerto Rico’s best asset is its food. There is a large local type of cuisines which you will surely try during your visit. The food here is the most different among all the Caribbean islands. La Bombonera one of the oldest establishments in the city where you can try mofongo. It is the unofficial namesake of Puerto Rican cuisine and for a good reason. It is a combination of mashed plantains and seasonings to which you add any fillings such as steak, shrimp, fish, or various vegetarian choices. Old San Juan

In Old San Juan, the most recognizable sight is the Castle Castillo de San Felipe Del Morro. The foundation of the fort began in 1539 at the entry to the bay of San Juan and was completed only in 1589. Essentially, the fort was used for the protection of the harbor of San Juan. Till the Second World War, El Moro remained a substantial military base for a long time before an American military bunker was built. Eventually, the castle and its surroundings were declared a World Heritage Site and a National Park.

The National Reserve of El Yunque

It is also known as ‘The Anvil’. It is one of the largest resources of tropical forests, protecting intact ancient nature of Puerto Rico. The sanctuary is located in a two-hour drive from San Juan. While on this reserve, hike through the rainforest trails; advance to the waterfall and relax in the pristine nature.

Culebrita

North-west of Puerto Rico is where this little coral island that extends 1 mile in length is situated. Tourists are attracted to the beaches of the island, especially the Flamenco Beach. The clear water with a blue tint washes the white sandy beaches forming an image of a tropical utopia. The primary attraction of the island is Playa Tortuga, named after the sea turtles that use its sands for laying their eggs.

Rio Camuy Caves are the most famous caves in Puerto Rico. They are the third cave system in the world and have some of the largest cave systems of the Western Hemisphere. These caves are situated in Camuy Park, and where they also offer weekly night tours. The park is outfitted with picnic areas, walking trails, tourist locomotive, and a gift shop.

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