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What’s your favorite beach?

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  • November 29, 2017

The World’s 50 Best Beaches©

 

What makes for a perfect beach?

Let me know your thoughts about the best beaches you’ve ever visited. Comment here or feel free to email me your choices. 

 

I was thrilled when I was asked to weigh in with my choices for “The World’s 50 Best Beaches.” Follow this link to the website where “The World’s 50 Best Beaches” article is published and learn more about each of these heavenly destinations.

This is by far, the most definitive list of beaches ever assembled and a truly diverse collection of beach paradise around the globe, according to FlightNetwork, a Canadian-based company that provides global travelers with the competitive airfares, hotels, vacation packages, and car rentals.

FlightNetwork consulted with 600+ of world’s best travel journalists, editors, bloggers, and agencies to get their opinions. The company is sure this list will inspire you to book a getaway to one of these incredible beaches.

Whether you yearn for powder white beaches, swaying palm trees, turquoise waters, volcanic coastlines, or snow-capped mountain peaks, FlightNetwork’s list, along with vibrant photos, are probably all you’ll need to visualize what could be your reprieve from snow and cold weather.

Is your curiosity piqued? Visit https://www.flightnetwork.com/blog/worlds-50-best-beaches/ique to see what makes these beaches so breathtaking.

Name of Beach Rank Region/City/Island Country
Grace Bay 1 Providenciales Turks & Caicos
Whitehaven Beach 2 Whitsunday Islands Australia
Anse Lazio 3 Praslin Seychelles
Pink Sands Beach 4 Harbour Island Bahamas
Navagio Beach 5 Zakynthos Greece
Baia Dos Porcos 6 Fernando de Noronha Brazil
Playa Paraiso 7 Tulum Mexico
Hyams Beach 8 Jervis Bay Australia
Hidden Beach 9 Marietas Islands Mexico
Trunk Bay 10 St. John US Virgin Islands
Maya Bay 11 Koh Phi Phi Ley Thailand
Pig Beach 12 Big Major Cay Bahamas
Blue Lagoon 13 Yasawa Islands Fiji
El Nido 14 Palawan Phillipines
Muri Beach 15 Rarotonga Cook Islands
Saltwhistle Bay 16 Mayreau St. Vincent & Grenadines
Half Moon Bay 17 Antigua Antigua
Lucky Bay 18 Western Australia Australia
Flamenco Beach 19 Culebra Puerto Rico
Reynisfjara Beach 20 Iceland Iceland
Ile Aux Cerfs 21 Mauritius Phillipines
Fulhadhoo Beach 22 Fulhadhoo Island Maldives
Vaeroy 23 Lofoten Norway
Cayo Coco 24 Cayo Coco Cuba
Seven Mile Beach 25 Grand Cayman Cayman Islands
Anse Source d’Argent 26 La Digue Seychelles
Horseshoe Bay 27 Bermuda Bermuda
Honokalani Beach 28 Hawaii USA
Turquoise Bay 29 Western Australia Australia
Elafonissi Beach 30 Crete Greece
Champagne Beach 31 Espiritu Santo Vanuata
Tunnels Beach 32 Kauai USA
Kaputas Beach 33 Turkey Turkey
Dhigurah Island 34 Dhigurah Island Maldives
Ile aux Nattes 35 Dhigurah Island Madagascar
Cala Goloroitze 36 Sardinia Italy
Los Roques 37 Los Roques Venezuela
Long Beach 38 Vancouver Island Canada
Grand Anse Beach 39 Grenada Grenada
Boulders Beach 40 Cape Peninsula South Africa
Lanikai Beach 41 Hawaii USA
Cala Mitjana 42 Menorca Spain
Shoal Bay Beach 43 Anguilla Anguilla
One Foot Island 44 Aitutaki Cook Islands
Ao Nang Beach 45 Krabi Thailand
Radhanagar Beach 46 Havelock Island India
Eagle Beach 47 Aruba Aruba
Agiba Beach 48 Egypt Egypt
Diani Beach 49 Kenya Kenya
Cannon Beach 50 Oregon USA

 

 

 

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Wallaroo!

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  • November 27, 2017
Wallaroo Hat review joan matsui travel writer
Wallaroo Hat review joan matsui travel writer
I received compliments galore when I wore my hat to a recent National Park Service birthday celebration at the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton Pennsylvania.

An Australian Secret

 

Brimming with Sun Protection

What more can I say about my Wallaroo hat but I love you?

 

Never before have I worn a hat that has solicited so many compliments. Total strangers took notice the day I wore it to a train excursion in my hometown. I’m smitten with my Wallaroo “Victoria” style.

Wallaroo founders, Stephanie Carter and Lenya Shore, gave birth to the Wallaroo Hat Company in 1999 with their idea to bring the Australian secret of sun protection to the United States. Their broad-brimmed hats are both practical and trendy.

The soft texture, versatile pattern, and comfortable fit make this hat the ideal travel companion and a welcome addition to my wardrobe. An inconspicuous ribbon that tucks under the brim allows you to adjust the fit so you won’t need to hang onto your hat at the beach or on a windy day.

Victoria adapts to a variety of activities from fly fishing to an afternoon stroll on the beach. While I was on a travel assignment in August, I pulled my hat out of a beach bag that was full of towels, electronics, and a change of clothes. There was not a wrinkle or bump and my Wallaroo was ready to wear.

In 2013, Wallaroo Hat Company joined the Certified B Corporation and more than 2,100 globally recognized companies that have invested significant time and effort to meet the stringent standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. B Corp members use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

Our mission is to help eliminate the threat of skin cancer through information and prevention. The fight against skin cancer is one that concerns everybody, everywhere. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, over the past three decades, more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer than all other cancers combined. ~Carter and Shore (via Wallaroohats.com)

From the moment you place a Wallaroo hat on your head, you’ll know why Carter and Shore’s business has thrived for 18 years.

Buy a Wallaroo Hat on Amazon.

See the full catalog at Wallaroo’s catalog at wallaroohats.com.


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Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase but at no additional cost to you. I have experience with all of these companies and by linking to their product or a party that sells their products, I recommend the product based on their helpful and useful nature, and definitely not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.

 

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Morro Bay Winterfest

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  • November 18, 2017
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Holiday Fun in Morro Bay, CA
12 Days of holiday fun for the entire family in Morro Bay, CA December 1 – 12

Get Ready for 12 Days of Fun

December 1 – 12

 

Illuminating Spirit and History

 

Holidays in the Fishing Village of Morro Bay

(Details provided courtesy of PR Newswire – Nov. 16, 2017)

Get your fill of holiday fun in the quaint town of Morro Bay, CA.

Crab Pot Holiday Trees will set the mood and the inaugural Winterfest will deliver a dozen days of merriment from December 1 to 12.

Well-known for its signature 576-foot tall volcanic rock that sits majestically between the Pacific Ocean and the tranquil bay, MorroBay is a busy seaside village. If you need a getaway from the day-to-day stresses that zap your energy and holiday spirit, Morro Bay is a must-see waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California. Holiday shopping, outdoor adventurers, and boating enthusiasts will find this community friendly and enchanting.

Explorers find history abounds in the tall ships, as they watch three different parades of lighted boats gliding through the harbor along the Embarcadero. Visit Santa’s House, participate in the Santa Crawl for folks 21 years and older. Frolic in the snow. Kids should check out the FREE stuff they’ll receive throughout November and December.

Morro Bay holiday merriment
Holiday merriment awaits you in Morro Bay, CA, a quaint fishing village.

What’s a Crab Pot Christmas Tree?

 

They are trees constructed with durable, weatherproof PVC coated Crab Trap Wire. Morro Bay craftsmen build their first crab pot holiday tree from local buoys, crab pots and fishing gear last year in Tidelands Park on the Embarcadero.

It was such a hit, this year the city will again light its homemade creation in honor of the local fishing community, and decided to import and additional 14 crab pot trees from a Coastal North Carolina crab trap maker and place them all over town. ~ Jennifer Little, Morro Day tourism manager

According to Little, “Our fishing community works so hard throughout the year. This is such a great way to celebrate our maritime heritage at the holidays.”

The Central Coast Fisheries for Women coordinated the entire event to highlight the extraordinary local seafood and fishing families of Morro Bay.

WINTERFEST Itinerary

December 1 – 12

Lighted boats and trees, Santa’s House (open daily), a Santa Crawl for 21 years and older,  tall ships brimming with history in the harbor, and REAL snow for the kids are some of the events planned. Additional details are available here

“Come enjoy 12 days of fun at the first annual WINTERFEST in Morro Bay, CA! Kids Get Free Stuff,” Little advises.  

Special Deals

 

Stay in a Morro Bay hotel property in December and kids 12 and under will receive a free bay tour, free kite, free clam chowder. Find out more details here! 

For information on all the exciting things to do and see in Morro Bay, visit www.morrobay.org.

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Vermont Resorts Open Early

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  • November 16, 2017

Wax Your Skis and Head to Vermont

 

Resorts in the Green Mountain state boast an early, strong opening

 

Earliest Opening in Five Years

 

Information Courtesy of /PRNewswire-PRWeb: MONTPELIER, Vt., Nov. 16, 2017

When Mother Nature hands out cold weather, Vermonters make snow with it, and November’s chilly temperatures coupled with the Green Mountain State’s world-class snowmaking power allowed for Vermont’s resorts to open early and open strong for the 2017-18 season.

Killington Resort stayed true to their legacy by being the first Eastern resort to open on November 8 and Mount Snow Resort took home a new accolade by opening on November 11 with the most open terrain East of the Rockies with 108 acres. Okemo Mountain Resort also began spinning their lifts on November 11. “This was our earliest opening in five years,” said Okemo Vice President and General Manager Bruce Schmidt. Come Thanksgiving weekend, skiers and snowboarders will have access to over half of Vermont’s mountains, with most major resorts opening by Friday, November 24.

Thanks to a successful 2016-17 season, skiers and snowboarders are eager to return to the slopes of Vermont’s alpine resorts this winter. “We’re seeing really strong demand from both the U.S. and Canadian markets,” said Jay Peak Resort’s Director of Communications JJ Toland. “The Toronto ski show posted a record amount of bookings and revenue, virtually selling out the 10-day Ontario break in March. The Boston Snowsports Expo experienced that type of compression with December and February timeframes selling out and on the season pass front, Jay Peak is pacing 22% ahead in unit sales against the 2016-17 season.”

Thanksgiving in Vermont will once again go down in history as the world’s fastest female ski racers prepare for their return to Killington Resort for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup. Last year, a record-breaking 30,000 fans descended upon the Killington Village as Vermonters and visitors alike cheered in unison for the event’s return to the East Coast and Vermont.  “When it comes to snowmaking and grooming, we have some of the best team members and tools in the industry to prepare Killington for the winter season and World Cup on Thanksgiving weekend,” said Mike Solimano, President and General Manager of Killington Resort. The free event will take place Thanksgiving weekend, November 24-26.

As one season ends, another begins, and Vermont’s resorts spend each season bettering themselves to the next. New this season, snowmaking upgrades have been made across the state. Investments like Mount Snow Resort’s $30 million-dollar West Lake Water Project, Bolton Valley’s expanded line of guns and hoses, Burke Mountain’s installation of 13,400 feet. of new snowmaking pipe, and Stratton Mountain Resort’s switch to electric compressors, which resulted in a 40% decrease in diesel use, all continue to prove that Vermont’s resorts truly are at the forefront of sustainable and efficient resort practices.

While the snowmaking upgrades get skiers and snowboarders on the slopes faster, new RFID gates at Sugarbush Resort and Smugglers’ Notch Resort will get visitors out of the lift line and back on the hill quicker than before. Magic Mountain’s two new lifts, the 170’ Magic Carpet and the base to mid-mountain, Green Chair Lift, will open up novice and intermediate terrain to skiers and snowboarders, allowing for a better learning experience and more time spent going down the hill rather than up.

Off-slope renovations at resorts span from the family-friendly Adventure Center at Stowe Mountain Resort to the Fun Zone 2.0 at Smugglers’ Notch Resort and Jay Peak Resort’s new Clip and Reel indoor movie theater and rock wall facility.  Skiers and riders can après at Suicide Six Ski Area in Perley’s Pourhouse bar with their new 6-tap system or relax on Bromley Mountain Resort’s completely refurbished sun deck, complete with cozy fire pits.

Winter has arrived in the Green Mountain State and Vermont’s resorts are ready and eager to welcome in new faces and old friends for the holidays and beyond. Stay up to date with all winter happenings by receiving Ski Vermont’s daily snow reports.

Winter is Here: Early Season Updates at Vermont Resorts

Vermont’s Resorts are the Place to Call “Home” this Holiday Season: https://skivermont.com/vermonts-resorts-are-the-place-to-call-home-this-holiday-season

World Class Snowmaking in the Green Mountains: https://skivermont.com/skivt-blog/2151/2017/09/25/world-class-snowmaking-in-the-green-mountains/

2017-18 Ski Vermont Opening Dates: https://skivermont.com/2017-18-ski-vermont-opening-dates-11-07-17

Vermont Ski Resorts Rally Support for the World Cup at Killington Resort with $50,000 Sponsorship: https://skivermont.com/vermont-ski-resorts-rally-support-for-the-world-cup-at-killington-resort-with-50000-sponsorship

What’s New for the 2017-18 Ski and Snowboard Season in Vermont: https://skivermont.com/skivt-blog/2106/2017/08/31/whats-new-for-the-2017-18-ski-and-snowboard-season-in-vermont/

Turning Up the Effort and Off the Lights: Sustainable Practices at Vermont Resorts: https://skivermont.com/skivt-blog/2147/2017/09/25/turning-up-the-effort-and-off-the-lights-sustainable-practices-at-vermont-resorts/

Ski Vermont Snow Report: https://skivermont.com/conditions

 

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