Growing up on the East Coast, I’ve naturally been to several beaches in my twenty five years of existence. The Outer Banks, Topsail, Carolina and Wrightsville Beach were all beautiful. However, none could compare to my beach vacation experience in Zanzibar. In May of 2017, I visited Africa for two weeks through a volunteer group called GIVE (Growth International Volunteer Excursions). There we stayed in a village named Kairo, in a hostel called Baby Bush. Every day after working on the school in the village or teaching the locals English, we gathered at the beach to rinse off. The hot days worth of work melted away as we looked forward to the beach. The water was crystal clear and the waves were perfect.Continue reading
When I went to Hawaii for the first time, to the small and vibrant Green Isle of Kauai, I expected all the beaches to be placid, calm and serene. Scenes from a beach storybook. While this was true in many cases, my favorite beach on the entire island was easily the romantic and unforgettable Shipwreck Beach.Continue reading
When someone mentions the Jersey Shore, I’m sure the first word that comes out of his or her mouth is either “trashy” or “cheap.” I can assure you that this stereotype, most likely accredited by the hit TV show that was centered in Seaside Heights, is untrue.Continue reading
The East coast is home to numerous beach escapes. The ocean waters roll along New England’s cozy shores. But I decided to go down south to find my beach this time. And I found myself falling in love with my home away from home – Gulf Shores, Alabama.Continue reading
Checking into the Blue Diamond Hotel in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, I had the biggest grin on my face. It was my first time to stay at a luxurious, adults-only hotel, free from screaming children, waterslides, and pool toys, and it was going to be a trip I’d always remember. With three pools, unlimited adult beverages, and endless opportunities to snorkel, lay on the beach, and visit the upscale spa, I knew I was in for a treat.
And boy was I right!Continue reading
Any time of year is a great time to get away to Mexico. I have been in Mexico during the winter/rainy season and I have been during the summer. No matter when you go, you can have a wonderful, relaxing, or excursion-filled trip. Recently, I visited Cabo San Lucas with my family. It was a large group of us staying at an all-inclusive hotel.Continue reading
The Portuguese man of war is native to the Atlantic Ocean. They can occasionally be found in the waters off the southern coastline of the United States. The warm waters of summer, changing tides, and ocean winds bring the man-of-war closer to shore in summer. And the dangerous creatures do sometimes wash up on the beach. Emerald Isle, while being one of the southernmost North Carolina coastal communities, does not see very many man-of-wars each season. Man-of-wars are more common from South Carolina to Florida and a common nuisance in the Gulf of Mexico. Emerald Isle is just out of the normal range for man-of-wars to be a serious, ongoing concern.Continue reading
Plan a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience!
A truly unique and perhaps ‘once in a lifetime’ experience is to plan an excursion to see wild horses in their natural habitat while in North Carolina. There are four main areas where wild horses are still in existence and it is an opportunity that can’t be missed.Continue reading
Every year, the temperatures hit the single digits in Wisconsin and the sky gets gray and gloomy. All this sun-worshipping, heat-seeking gal wants to do is get to the beach! Preferably one in my favorite state, California. The winning beach this year? The surf capital of the world, Huntington Beach. Only an hour south of Los Angeles, Huntington Beach is an ideal destination for a weekend getaway. It’s small enough to easily navigate, yet hip enough to rival the famous beaches to its north and south.Continue reading
Spending a day at the beach is one of life’s pleasures. Spending a day sitting on the sand, looking out at the ocean is a great way to relax, and escape from everyday pressures. About the only downside to the beach, is sandy towels. However, there is an easy way to get sand out of a beach towel.Continue reading