Easy Beach Living at The Beach House on Catalina Island - Santa Catalina Island, or more commonly called, Catalina is located about 26 miles off the Southern California Coast. It is a rocky island with over 400 species of flora, which makes it a great place for outdoor activity such as hiking and camping. It is also highly regarded as one of the world’s top spots for scuba and snorkeling.
Dolphin Bay Luxury Stay in Pismo Beach - Centrally located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco along the rugged Californiacoastline, The Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa offers 63 exclusive and generously sized 1- and 2-bedroom designer suites complete with fully stocked gourmet kitchens, ocean views and designer 300 count Egyptian Cotton linens. The Grand Life at The Grand Delmar - My wife and I talk often of renting a villa in Tuscany for a week. We have explored Europe by Eurail with backpacks in tow, but now relish the idea of setting up headquarters, complete with housekeeping and a cook, from which we could set out and conquer Italy, day trip by day trip. The idea came to mind again, not coincidentally, as we basked in the sun by the pool at the newly-opened, $270 million Grand Del Mar resort in San Diego, California.
The Costa With the Mosta - La Costa -A friendly valet took my car. Two kind bellmen eagerly helped with my bags. I began to feel like a Hollywood starlet. And why not? This was La Costa, the place where the rich and famous came to play.
Hyatt Holiday Hiatus on Mission Bay - I am convinced that my “Corner King” room was one of the finest rooms on the property and I encourage travelers to experience it. It was a lofty aerie located on the second highest level that provided a panoramic view of the famous MissionBay.
X O X O - Oxnard Adventures - The harbor breeze kissed my cheeks and gave me that tingly vacation feeling. For three days my veins pulsed with that everlasting summer feeling . . .anxious to get up in the morning and thrilled to have experienced my day! Love Points to Paradise Point -Paradise Point Resort is a place where everyone is able to experience the pleasures hidden in a well kept secret. These pleasures are so extraordinary that only those who visit this 44-acre private island, tucked away on the gentle MissionBay will get to enjoy. Crowne In The Round - Crowne Plaza in Redondo Beach -What a great town, sort of Mayberry sleepy; a great town for relaxing and sleeping, and no other Redondo Beach hotel matches the Crowne Plaza Beach & Marina Hotel because the U-shaped resort provides every guest with a Crowne Sound sleeping CD.
Left Coast Beach Hangout - Hilton Water Front Beach Resort -Huntington Beach boasts some of the longest and widest beaches in southern California, and they are kept superbly clean by tractors that scoop up the debris from the sand daily. This town is the epitome of surfing, and many of the famous surf tunes of the 1960s were written about the area, and in fact, 2005, saw the U.S. Surf Team naming Huntington Beach their official surf headquarters thus the label Surf City USA!. Hotel Villa Portofino on Catalina Island -After Front Desk Manager Candace checked me into the Hotel Villa Portofino, I relaxed in the garden patio for the shade; the hotel reminded me of a lazy seaside Mediterranean cottage hotel that offers great amenities and a wonderful location in Avalon.
Something By The Sea - Le Merigot is a charming European-style boutique hotel and spa overlooking the sand and surf in Santa Monica, California. Anticipating good weather, and the luxury and service that heralds the only Mobil “Four Star” and AAA “Four Diamond” property in Santa Monica. From The Hills to the Beach bungaLOEWS -From the hills Beverly Hills, that is, to the beach Santa Monica Beach, that is, Loews has you covered in the Southern California climes.
Ocean Beach Discovery - Diamond Head Inn - Stumbling upon the Diamond Head Inn in 2003 was like unexpectedly finding a precious jewel; a diamond in the rough. My husband and I chose this particular hotel for its affordable price and perfect location, accessible to everything that San Diego has to offer, and only a few feet from the wide, velvet sands of Ocean Beach.
The Del Mar Cookie Resort - As I write this, I lie on my oversized bed, in my oversized suite in the DoubleTree Hotel in Del Mar, California. On my right sits a 27 inch Zenith television complete with an interactive music jukebox, a pleasing digital movie selection, and a variety of video games patiently waiting for me to challenge them.
Feng Shui The Ambrose Hotel Way Upscale tranquility and refreshing affordability characterizes the Ambrose - newly opened, uniquely-crafted boutique hotel in Santa Monica. Inspired by the legendary turn-of-the-century Arts & Crafts Movement and influenced by Asian style, this new 77-room hotel offers a peaceful entry foyer/living room with Asian carpets on hardwood floors, comfortable rocking chairs and a cozy library with views onto a tranquil garden.
San Diego's New Wow! - W Hotel There wasn't a moment that I wasn't surprised, captivated, and thoroughly enthralled with the way the "W" captured the casual comfort and beach culture that makes San Diego one of the most quintessential Southern California cities. This place is like none other in all of its amenities.
Hilton Comfort on a Long Beach The Hilton Long Beach is conveniently located for business and leisure travel, for cruise vacationers, and for those looking for a spot in the sun. Bay Watch at the Hilton!
Surf & Sand & Spa & Splashes The Surf and Sand in Laguna Beach, California has achieved legendary appeal for those fortunate enough to have stayed there during its 55 years of operation. Located at 1555 South Coast Highway, it was built in 1948 as a beach side motor lodge with 26 rooms. Artists discovered Laguna Beach and over the years made it a premier vacation destination.
A Bunk On A Junk Don't own a yacht, yet? No worry. The latest craze is a boat and breadfast, and we check into the marina for a night's nap in yachty luxury, wake up with fresh coffee, and we don't even have to make the beds.
Paddle Paradise - Outrigger Waikiki On The Beach - If you can manage with your budget on your trip to Waikiki, the splurge on the room can be well worth it. The Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach has 525 rooms and many of them are either ocean facing or have an ocean or partial ocean view.
The Heart of Mana The Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort and Spa on Waikiki Beach Hanging purple orchids and the perfumes of plumeria, moonflower and jade vine surround you. Parrots, red and blue macaws, exotic ducks, flamingos, swans (both black and white), crested cranes, and tropical penguins add their calls of greeting. There is only one place this magical and you are here: the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa on Waikiki Beach, the ageless heart of Hawaii. You Should Be In Waikiki The stunning azure blues and emerald greens of Oahu welcome visitors to the island and proclaim the natural beauty of this lush, luxuriant land. First-time visitors can expect to be impressed by the rolling mountain ranges that meet the crashing sea in a display of long-present tenacity, as well as the island locals who greet each visitor with a special brand of island hospitality called the "Aloha Way."
Waikiki's Family Hotels - Ohana The Ohana Waikiki West is a 663-room high-rise hotel located just behind the International MarketPlace on Kuhio Avenue, designed so that it ensures that patrons will be well taken care of.
Big Island, Big Beach, Big Kahakai Long ago Polynesians traveled the ocean searching for land. Suddenly, in the distant horizon the sky glowed red. Heading towards the light, these seafarers discovered the volcanic firework display of Hawaii's Big Island. Generations have passed but sparkling blue waters continue to lap over primal lava rocks, bubble across white, black and green sand beaches and splash up sheer cliffs for modern day seafaring visitors to enjoy.
Best Western's Best of the West Seaside's BW Ocean View Resort is like no other BW resort you have ever stay in. Plush rooms overlook a pristine beach. Fronting the beach with 104 deluxe guestrooms (most with ocean views), the Best Western Oceanview Resort has a variety of amenities that make it attractive to families as well as convention-goers.
The Little Littoral SeaSide Inn On Seaside's famous Promenade, facing the Pacific Ocean, rests the SeaSide Inn Bed & Breakfast, a wonderfully romantic hideaway set amidst the rugged grandeur of the Oregon Coast. From the ocean, it's just a few steps across the beach, then the wide cement walkway that is the Prom, to the front yard and patio of the SeaSide Inn. Through a screened, glass door you enter into a whimsical world of beach fantasy and storybook charm.
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Where The Boy's Aren't - Fort Lauderdale Sheds Its Spring Break Skin Back in the 1960s the beach flicks starring Frankie Avalon (who still tours on a regular basis and now has his own ski lotion company) and Annette Funicello were making waves in "Where The Boys Are", shot in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Since those days the spring break party has moved on to other exotic locales, but now Fort Lauderdale shows its genteel side on the Atlantic Ocean. Beached at Miami's Sonesta Key Biscayne -I spent the second two nights of my stay at the Sonesta Beach Resort Key Biscayne, an eight-story, 300-room resort on Key Biscayne. More of a family resort than the Trump International, the Key Biscayne is just ten minutes from downtown Miami but the tranquil atmosphere of Key Biscayne makes you feel like you're worlds away.
Stress Barrier - Eagle Island Lodge - This private secluded and peaceful area is called Eagle Island, Georgia, where your accommodation is Eagle Lodge, a well built, fully furnished building that is the only one on the Island, where sunsets are a beauty to behold and where time stands still.
Tucked Inn on Nantucket - I am fortunate to spend three days and two nights at Century House, the longest continuously running guesthouse on Nantucket Island. Located at 10 Cliff Road, in the heart of the historical district, it is surrounded by residences owned by scions of industry, business, and education. .
Edwardian Elegance - The Charlotte Inn on Martha's Vineyard -The tranquility we observe does not happen by chance, but rather by a conscious effort to make the inn a place where guests’ desire for privacy and quietude comes first. In fact, the inn does not accept groups of any sort, nor children under 14, and as such, is not a place for everyone. The typical guest is a well-to-do, discriminating traveler who expects to be accommodated in a place that is an exemplar of elegance, refinement, and romance. The Wauwinet - Relais & Chateaux on Nantucket Island -The Wauwinet is located on a strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and Nantucket Bay, tucked in next to a bird sanctuary. It is itself a sanctuary from the often frantic pace of the island's center and is the last commercial property on the road to Great Point Lighthouse and the nature preserve that surrounds it.
Gourmet Beach Queen -e Victoria House, a romantic bed and breakfast for all seasons, offers historical Victorian charm and delicious gourmet breakfasts in Spring Lake, New Jersey.
Ocean City Beach Swain -The Atlantis Inn - The award-winning Atlantis Inn, Ocean City, New Jersey's only luxury bed and breakfast, recently celebrated their first year in operation. Originally built in 1905 by James E. Lake, one of the founders of Ocean City, the historic guesthouse has been transformed into an upscale, luxury seaside inn.
Monos and Tronas at Mango Rosa - We left a trail of dust in our path as Ricardo carved his way down the earthy and rugged roads. After a strenuous and exciting two hours, the sign for the Mango Rosa Adventure Travel and Surf Resort appeared on the right.
Rustic Elegance on Tortuguero's Lost Coast A cool, tropical breeze gently rocks me in my hammock as I overlook the Tortuguero Canal, listening to the hush of the stormy Caribbean in the distance. It's overcast and mildly humid in this part of Costa Rica, almost chilly; linen pants and a shirt keep me just warm enough when the breeze stirs the air. Chirps and squeaks and whistles fill the air of the lush green jungle all around me. A bottle of Imperial sweats on the table next to me, a napkin wrapped around its neck. Tired from the day's journey, I lean my head back and close my eyes. I'm asleep in an instant.
2500 Miles From Everywhere - Kosrae - “Kosrae is the crossroads of the Pacific,” explained Katrina Adams, as she drove us from the little airport to the secluded resort. “It’s the first landfall for hundreds of miles. The Kosraeans have always been great navigators.” I guess they had to be. When I first saw the small island through the window of the 737, I wondered how anyone found it even today.
Selva and Seacoast - Paraiso Found - A member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World, Virtuoso, and the only five-diamond resort in the Riviera Maya, the Paraiso de la Bonita Resort & Thalasso Spa has been home away from home for Dustin Hoffman, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, John Galliano, and Raquel Welch.
Romantic Exile in Cabo San Lucas - I learned something in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Staying at a secluded beach resort here feels more like splendid exile than an ordinary vacation.
The Playas of Acapulco Get the heat on the west coast of Mexico. Stay in a luxury beach resort or a modest in-town bungalow. There are many styles of accommodations around the enormous bay of Acapulco. Then sip a margarita cliffside for sunset cliff diving!
Mundo Maya Classics - The architecture of the Yucatan While the Maya civilization no longer exists today in its original culture, many of its traditions and lifestyles are still being practised today by the descendants of a people who have gone to great pains to ensure that their history and environment are safeguarded against the onslaught of modernization and expansion.
Beach Buffed at Coral Princess Cozumel -Dolphins. They’re everywhere. Flying over the Coral Princess Resort lobby in a graceful arch. Skimming the bottom of the pool. Mosaiced into a small table in Chyrlobyrlos, the lobby bar. Guarding the web site. Why dolphins? Why not! You are, after all, in a world where dolphins visit. There is even a national park on Cozumel Chankanaab a few miles down the road where you can actually swim with them.
Villablanca - Cozumel's Garden Hotel - Villablanca is on the road about a mile south from San Miguel. It is just across the road from the sea and not too far from a public swimming beach and the lighthouse. You notice first the lush tropical hibiscus hedges surrounding the gleaming white walls that front it. There's a huge white shark watching over the reception area. Every time I drove by I murmured a wish to stay there.
Fun Added at Hotel Cozumel and Resort - In the heart of it all, one mile from downtown and three miles from the airport, nestles the Hotel Cozumel and Resort at Carretera Costera Sur Km 1.7, Cozumel , Mexico 77600. This means that you are near everything and will save mucho dinero on transportation costs. It’s Cozumel ’s favorite hotel for divers and a great have-it-all resort for families.
Make It Soon To the Ritz Cancun - If you combine courtesy, efficiency, elegance, and impeccable service and professionalism you would come to the inescapable conclusion that these are the hallmarks of the Ritz Carlton Cancun, located in the heart of Mexico's Yucatan playground.
Face Down In Cabo - Hotel Cabo San Lucas Cabo San Lucas, tip of the Baja Peninsula, where West Coast trendies seek sand and seclusion. Home of Marlin Alley, where legendary Americans such as Bing Crosby and Duke Wayne first discovered unbelievable angling. (The marlins are said to outnumber the people.
The Yucatan's Water Parks - Regarded as one of the most beautiful ecological parks, Garrafon is a nature’s privileged site. On the edge of a small bay with a natural reef more than 300 meters in length, where one can snorkel, dive, or visit the Mayan temple of Goddess Ixchel , or walk through the sculpture garden.