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Dreaming Of Getting Away, Our Turquoise Seas Are Waiting
Escape 2020 and visit Antigua and Barbuda, where we’ve got the sun, the sea and plenty of much needed space.
Antigua’s shoreline is washed almost exclusively by the Caribbean Sea, and is hugged by 95 miles of superb coastline. Her sister Barbuda, is surrounded by protective reefs, and features a large lagoon and Frigate Bird sanctuary. The islands are best-known for their friendly and welcoming people, pink and white-sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and the most satisfying and enjoyable climate in the world.
Dreaming of sun, sea and space? In Antigua and Barbuda, you’ll find all three in abundance. The tropical twin island paradise of Antigua and Barbuda, renowned for its 365 beaches secluded harbors, boutique properties, private villas, one-of-a-kind attractions, and diverse culinary scene is the perfect place to escape, broaden your horizons and enjoy all the space you need.
Our aim is to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable vacation while in Antigua and Barbuda. So, whether you are at one of our many diverse ranges of accommodations, enjoying our restaurants or exciting excursions, safety measures have been put in place to guarantee a clean and pristine environment while travelling around. View Your Space In The Sun Video
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Must-See Caribbean Island Gems
The Caribbean is home to thrilling islands filled with gorgeous beaches, awe-inspiring dive sites, historical landmarks, and so much more. But with so many different options to choose from, you may be having a hard time deciding what you’d like to do on your next getaway. Take a look at some of our must-see Caribbean island gems and create the perfect bucket list for your next beach vacation!
Sip Rum in Barbados
Rum is the unofficial drink of Barbados, and while most people believe Malibu rum originated from California, it was really born in this gorgeous Caribbean destination. If you’re a history buff or a rum enthusiast (bonus points if you’re both), you’ll love taking a tour of Mount Gay – the oldest rum distillery in the world. Indulge in a Mai Tai or two or pretend you’re a pirate searching for hidden treasure and swig straight from the bottle. We won’t judge.
Experience the Crystal Caves in Bermuda
As with most things, we can’t say it better than Mark Twain did: “You go to heaven if you want. I’d rather stay here in Bermuda”. Twain was spot-on.
There are a number of natural wonders in Bermuda, and the Crystal Caves are no exception. Like the name suggests, the water in these caves is so clear, you can see straight to the bottom. And while you may think it’s only a few feet to the bottom, you’ll be surprised to know it’s a long 50 feet until you touch down! But the beauty of these caves isn’t just in its water. If you look up, you’ll see scores of stalactites hanging from the ceiling. Truly remarkable!
Explore History and Culture in Curaçao
Whether you’re touring the colorful and historic buildings of Willemstad, crossing the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, or exploring over 60 amazing dive sites, Curaçao seriously has something for everyone to enjoy. While these are all must-see locations, you simply must visit the Hato Caves during your stay. At over 300, 000 years old, these massive caves are filled with impressive limestone formations that often resemble other creatures. Take a tour of the caves and see how many formations resemble your favorite animals!
Go Diving in Grand Cayman
Just off the coast of Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach lies the Kittiwake Shipwreck and Artificial Reef, a sunken U.S. Navy submarine that is host to countless diving enthusiasts. Strap on your gear and travel just 60 feet down to see the submarine and an abundance of sea creatures like eels and barracuda. Prefer to snorkel? You can also catch a glimpse of the submarine from the surface, since the water is oh so clear and inviting.
Ride the Sugar Train in St. Kitts
A favorite from St. Kitts’ growing roster of attractions is the St. Kitts Scenic Railway, better known as the “Sugar Train”. The railway uses the same tracks that were originally built in 1912 to carry sugar cane from the various plantations dotting the island to the Sugar Factory in Basseterre. Today, the train whisks passengers on an unrivaled scenic tour of the island aboard deluxe double-decker cars. The tour circles the island’s coastline and offers a unique perspective of the island’s culture, people, views, and history. Sip a beverage and enjoy the ride.
Discover Old San Juan in Puerto Rico
One of our favorite things about Puerto Rico – first and foremost – is that you never need a passport to get there. One of our other favorites? Exploring Old San Juan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with historical buildings and famed landmarks. Walk down the city’s cobblestone streets and enjoy its one-of-a-kind shops and outstanding restaurants. Guided tours will take you to famed landmarks throughout the area, or you can opt to discover the city on your own. Whichever you choose, it’s an experience that can’t be missed!
Watch Planes Land in St. Maarten
Travel to St. Maarten, the Dutch side of the island, and spend the afternoon on Maho Beach. This isn’t any ordinary beach, though. Yes, you get to lounge on warm sand. You also get those cool ocean waves we all love so much. But, you have the added bonus of watching planes come in for a close landing at nearby Princess Juliana National Airport – at less than 100 feet above you! Make sure you have your camera ready. Your friends and family back home will not believe their eyes once you show them the footage. It’s that amazing.
We hope these amazing must-see Caribbean gems have you planning the vacation of your dreams. Pack your bags and start checking items off that much-anticipated bucket list!
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Water, Sand and Plenty of Elbow Room on 8 Wild, Protected Coastlines
Publish by New York Times
By Jon Waterman
• Published Aug. 6, 2020 Updated Aug. 7, 2020
From California to Cape Cod, these national seashores and lakeshores offer everything from bird-watching to boating to basking in the sun.
Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia.Credit...Hunter McRae for The New York Times
The grandmother of American conservation, Mardy Murie, once called the national parks our “best idea.” And this year, with foreign travel all but canceled, some of these celebrated domestic destinations have reached new heights of jam-packed popularity — and that, of course, presents challenges during a pandemic.
Despite the breathing room offered by the Great Outdoors, many of the 419 National Park Service areas have sites that are not conducive to social distancing. Many parks concentrate the public along narrow trails leading to crowded geysers, waterfalls, wildlife-viewing stands or other scenic vistas.
Yet there are notable exceptions. In particular, 13 national seashores and lakeshores offer a completely different experience. While these federally protected coastlines collectively attract millions of visitors each year, the primary attraction is water and uncrowded stretches of sand that invite picnics, water activities and social distancing.
During the pandemic, many of the visitor centers, museums, historic buildings and signature lighthouses have remained closed to the public.
The plan, according to the National Park Service’s administrative history about the seashore surveys of the 1930s, was to protect natural locations for “beachcombing, surf bathing, swimming at protected beaches, surf and sport fishing, bird-watching, nature study, and visits to historic structures.”
First on the roster, in 1937, was Cape Hatteras National Seashore: 70 miles along North Carolina’s Outer Banks, including three lighthouses (the site wasn’t formally dedicated until 1958). Prompted by burgeoning development along the coastlines after World War II, Congress added nine more national seashores to the Park Service in 10 different states, along with four national lakeshores in three states surrounding the Great Lakes (Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was recently changed to a national park). Today these 13 expanses of lake and sea shorelines protect 809,000 acres, abutting thousands of miles of oceans and lakes.
The principal focus of the seashores and lakeshores is recreation. Many of the sites also allow off-road vehicles and sport hunting — activities that are forbidden in national parks. And while the heat of summer makes these wild shores ideal destinations, most can also be explored throughout the fall and winter.
From California to Cape Cod, here are eight of the most scenic seashores and lakeshores in the National Park Service.
On the Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts, the lighthouse known as the Highland Light.Credit...Sarah Murray for The New York Times
On a map, Cape Cod National Seashore, established in 1961, resembles the flexed forearm of Cape Cod, Mass., stretching 40 miles from its elbow to its fist, a peninsula punching into the Atlantic Ocean. Half of its 43,000 acres are water. Henry David Thoreau often walked and swam here in the mid-19th century, calling the autumn landscape “so beautifully painted … It was like the richest rug imaginable.”
As one of the most popular seashores, with over four million visitors last year, this seashore has still plenty of room along 15 different beaches to spread out and fish, body surf, swim, go for interpretive walks, take four-wheel drives along the beach and hike a dozen different trails that lead to forested wetlands and picnic areas. Beaches are essential ecosystems that support a wide variety of often overlooked plants and animals, from small nematodes (simple worms) to tiny crustaceans and other clam-like invertebrates living between the lower surf and the higher grasses. You can also observe ospreys, foxes, coyotes and wildflowers amid the rolling dunes. For the summer of 2020, the two visitor centers, half a dozen lighthouses and historic buildings are closed.
A scene on Assateague Island, Va.Credit...Jamie Rose for The New York Times
Immediately south of Ocean City, Md., this windswept and pristine island stretches 37 miles into Virginia, where it adjoins one of the richest birding sanctuaries in the country, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The island is also famed for a herd of some 150 wild ponies, descendents of the animals shipped over by planters in the 1600s. Sometimes they can be seen trotting along (and into) Chincoteague Bay.
Most of the beaches are open to four-wheel driving (with permits), along with biking, hiking, surfing, swimming, kayaking, clamming and fishing. Presently, the visitor center and backcountry campsites are closed. Since this is the only nature-oriented national park site on the Mid-Atlantic seaboard, more than two million people come each year, but in the cool spring and fall, the tourist crowds thin.
Cape Lookout National Seashore, N.C.Credit...Getty Images
Directly south of the often-congested Cape Hatteras, N.C., the scantly visited, 56-mile-long Cape Lookout National Seashore bridges three unspoiled barrier islands: North and South Core Banks and Shackleford Banks. Less than half a million people made brief visits last year. Home to wild horses, nesting loggerhead turtles and countless shorebirds, this undeveloped seashore is accessible only by boat, with no roads or stores. Primitive cabins can be rented on the South Core Banks, while camping is allowed throughout the seashore. The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is closed until further notice.
Otherwise, surf-casting is popular, along with hunting, shell collecting, windsurfing, kayaking, motor boating (like most national seashores, areas for personal watercraft and Jet Skis are limited), long beach strolls and four-wheel driving on the two Core islands (scheduled ferries transport motor vehicles).
Cumberland Island, Ga.Credit...Hunter McRae for The New York Times
As the least visited and most isolated national seashore (53,904 people came in 2019), the 18-mile-long Cumberland Island, off the Georgia coast, showcases an unusual landowner history. Historic structures, such as the Thomas Carnegie mansion ruins, surround what were once thriving cotton plantations. The north end of the island, home to an African-American community in the 1890s, holds the intact First African Baptist Church, which is still a popular destination.
Today, although there are private property owners living on the island, many of the dunes and surrounding beaches have been reclaimed by nature; nearly one-third of the total 36,000 acres are protected wilderness (Cumberland Island National Seashore was established in 1972). Along with feral horses, there are rattlesnakes, alligators, more than 300 species of birds and white tail deer. Fishing, boating and camping opportunities abound; after storms, try your luck hunting for sharks’ teeth and shells on the beaches.
A section of Gulf Islands National Seashore, near Pensacola, Fla.Credit...Getty Images
Largest of all the national seashores at 135,600 acres, with over five million visitors a year, Gulf Islands National Seashore offers plenty of room to go beachcombing and boat across 12 different units that are spread from the Gulf shores on the Florida Panhandle to Southern Mississippi. Eighty percent of the park is water. And the beaches, with their pure white sand, are heralded as among the most beautiful in the world. These crushed quartz shores are likened to spun glass, the grains of which have washed down over thousands of years, from the Appalachian Mountains and into the Gulf.
In addition to sunbathing, swimming or picnicking, you’ll find year-round snorkeling and scuba diving throughout the warm and pellucid waters, along with ample opportunities to camp, hike, bike, ride horses and hunt. The diversity of wildlife habitats — from dunes to marshes to forests — attracts more than 300 species of birds, along with armadillos, black bears, dolphins and river otters. Many come to visit the islands’ four intact forts (the Fort Barrancas area is currently closed) that were built to protect the mainland during the War of 1812.
Padre Island National Seashore, Texas.Credit...Joel Salcido for The New York Times
Renowned as the largest undeveloped barrier island in the world, the drivable hard sand of Texas’s Padre Island sweeps 80 miles from Corpus Christi to Brownsville, free of the resorts and homes strung along the mainland several miles west across the Intracoastal Waterway. One sheltered stretch, Laguna Madre, contains some of the most saline waters in the world. Padre Island is also known as a windsurfing destination, but when the breeze dies, or out among the sheltered dunes, mosquitoes can be fierce.
Although busy on weekends and during college breaks, most visitors drive in four-wheel vehicles at least five miles south from park headquarters until they’ve found the desired isolation. Last year, more than half a million people visited the park. Along with innumerable activities on beaches colorful with evening primrose, there are several shipwrecks buried offshore. For birding opportunities, bring your binoculars, and if patience prevails, wildlife watchers might also get a glimpse of the endangered Kemp’s ridley turtle.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, on Lake Superior in Michigan.Credit...Ellen Creager/Detroit Free Press, via Associated Press
Five miles wide and 42 miles long, Pictured Rocks hugs the brisk waters of Lake Superior on Michigan’s scantily populated Upper Peninsula. Taking advantage of the park’s lack of entrance fees, more than 800,000 visitors came last year to walk or snowshoe 100 miles of trails, ice climb, camp, ice fish, picnic, hunt, boat and swim. The park is named after its spectacular and multihued limestone cliffs, towering directly above the lake for 15 miles and frothing with waterfalls.
There are also half a dozen beaches easily reached from the road, stretching as long as 12 miles, along with several more isolated beaches to hike into. The shoreline bristles with hardwood forests that blush in brilliant reds and golds during autumn foliage.
In Point Reyes National Seashore in California, a herd of elephant seals.Credit...Reuters
As the only national seashore on the West Coast, the spectacular Point Reyes — on the San Andreas Fault — is a short drive north of San Francisco. In 2019, more than two million people visited this 71,000-acre headland. Home to more than a thousand species of plants and animals, Point Reyes is the most biologically rich and diverse seashore of them all. With forests sheltering tule elk, pastoral grasslands and tall cliffs overlooking the breakers, visitors can watch migrating gray whales, seals and fluttering colonies of seabirds. An astonishing 480 different species of birds have been identified here. In 1988, UNESCO included Point Reyes in the Golden Gate Biosphere Reserve.
Historically, the park preserves the region’s 150-year-old cattle-ranching legacy, with dairy operations still active today on the treeless plain above the sea. And down below, in 1579, Sir Francis Drake became the first European to land in California, in what is now called Drake’s Cove. The 80 miles of shoreline hold a dozen different beaches — the most popular destinations for backpacking, surfing, kayaking or simply strolling along the littoral where the vast Pacific beats the shore.
A New Way to Vacation
Destinations across the world are re-opening and ready to welcome you! We suggest you check this list frequently as it is constantly being updated.
Destinations Currently Open: Antigua, Aruba, Dominican Republic, Florida beaches, Jamaica, Mexico, St. Lucia, Turks & Caicos, Universal Studios, U.S. Virgin Islands, Walt Disney World.
Destinations Opening Soon: Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Europe, Grenada, Hawaii, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Maarten/St. Martin.
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Aruba Is Thrilled To Welcome Guest Back
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Aruba’s sunny shores are welcoming visitors once again! The people of Aruba have missed you very much, and we look forward to greeting you on One happy island with warmth, gratitude and, above all, your safety and well-being as our most important priority.
We’ve been apart for too long and it’s time you walk on the warm sandy beach once again or for the first time to experience the joy that makes Aruba our One Happy Island. With our WELCOME BACK offer, you’ll enjoy savings of 35% off Divi Aruba All Inclusive and Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive rates plus all guests receive a bonus $200 amenities credit for use across four different experiences including excursions with DePalm Tours, car rentals with Hertz, dining and an extensive wine selection at Fusion Restaurant Wine & Piano Bar and golf at The Links at Divi Aruba 9-hole golf course, conveniently located across the street.
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