Tucson Arizona has always enjoyed a great reputation as a vacation destination and it is becoming more popular every year. The primary reason for this reputation is the weather. Even in the winter months, average daytime temperatures remain in the 50 - 60 range. Rainfall is almost non-existent, though in the months of July and August it can reach just over 2" per month. Abundant sunshine, warm temperatures, and the absence of rain combine to create a "vacation destination" that is easy to pack for, and facilitates the maximum time out of doors without fear of selected activities being ruined by a rainy day.Another obvious reason that "Tucson Arizona" is such a highly regarded vacation destination is the geography or 'terrain,' if you prefer. From anywhere in Tucson you can see several mountain ranges, but to get to them you must cross some desert. A twenty minute drive through the unique beauty of the Arizona desert puts you at the base of a mountain the most celebrated of which is mount Lemmon. Twenty minutes more and the desert is gone. The exciting drive up the twisting Mt. Lemmon road offers travelers several visually compelling changes in geology, flora, and ecosystems. There are no bad views on this drive it's non-stop eye candy the entire way up to the summit. And some strategically placed pullouts offer panoramic vistas of some of the most stunning landscape in North America.When you decide to vacation in Tucson Arizona, there are a few things to know that will make your trip easier, more fun, and more enjoyable. Here are some tips and suggestions to ensure that you get the most out of your time in the 'Little Pueblo.'SUNSCREENNo matter how conditioned your skin is to the sun, be sure to bring sunscreen. During the summer months, if you're going to be outdoors for more than thirty minutes, be sure to apply some to exposed areas of skin. During the summer, the UV Index in Tucson rarely drops mellow the maximum and exposed skin will start to burn in 10-15 minutes! Select a protection level that suits your skin, and your planned activity. The longer you'll be outside, the more protection you'll need.OUTERWEARThe desert gets cool at night. It's not so much that the temperatures drop as that due to the extreme daytime heat and intense sun, the evenings and night 'feel' quite chilly. Visitors who have decided to vacation in Tucson are more susceptible to this sensation as they are not used to the daily climate shift. A light jacket is usually quite sufficient to ward off these chills, which can be quite uncomfortable if you've gotten even a mild sunburn.WATEREveryone who vacations in Tucson is understandably driven to go out and see the famous deserts and all the amazing animals and plants that inhabit it. You already know to take along sunscreen, now you need to add water to your list. If not water, then some other liquids for you to drink. When you are in the desert, you need to drink. If you get thirsty, you're already starting to dehydrate something that can a) happen quickly in the desert and b) be quite serious. Take water along on your desert treks, and drink it at regular intervals.CAMERAThis may sound too basic to be mentioned, but Tucson and the surrounding areas offer some of the most exhilarating scenery in the world some of which can only be seen in the Tucson area. One of the most common comments from vacationers is that they did not bring enough film, or adequate digital storage. Be prepared to pictures more than you think you will. Who knows, you may just get a great shot of a Roadrunner, a Pygmy Owl - or perhaps even a Gila Monster (one of only two venomous lizards in the world).DESERT WALKING FOOTWEARIf you plan to go out into the Sonora Deserts around Tucson, you'll want good footwear. Today, many people are wearing tennis shoes for pretty much everything, and they're okay in some areas. But if you want to really walk the deserts, be sure to have something more substantial. The biggest problem with tennis shoes is that they are relatively easily pierced by cactus tines. Make no mistake about it, a pancake cactus tine through your foot will definitely ruin your day or your entire vacation.KNOW THE ANIMALSBriefly, there are some dangerous animals in the deserts around Tucson some more than others. There are also some plants that you should be cautious of. If you plan to trek into the desert, be sure to familiarize yourself with these plants and animals that include rattlesnakes, scorpions, spiders, Gila Monsters, and several types of cactus that can really ruin a vacation if touched even lightly. Visit http://www.dotcomtucson.com/tucson_arizona_fauna_flora_geology_topography.html for an excellent overview of these plants and animals. For information, or in time of need, you can contact the Arizona Poison Control and Drug Information Center by calling 1-800-362-0101 or 1- 800-222-1222.FEELING COOL IS A TRICK DON'T FALL FOR IT!!!The "Sonora Desert" s surrounding Tucson Arizona are, by definition, "hot and dry." The body's cooling system is both simple, and effective. You get hot and you perspire. The water-based perspiration evaporates on your skin, dissipating the heat much more rapidly, and thereby cooling you. You don't feel this effect too much in humid areas, but in the desert it is quite noticeable. Unfortunately, people who are not accustomed to this biological wonder mistakenly think they are cool when they are actually not cool at all. This cooling illusion is at the core of many of the worst sunburns experienced by vacationers in Tucson and the surrounding desert areas. The dry air cools the perspiring body so efficiently that even in the slightest breeze, many people will shiver in 100 weather. Keep an eye on this phenomenon you don't want to spend the end of your vacation sitting in your hotel room with pain-relieving lotions slathered all over your glowing body.SOME PLACES NOT TO MISSSo many people come to Tucson Arizona for the world class golf, spas, and resorts that they miss some of the other most attractive, and most amazing things to do and see. You can spruce up your trip considerably by checking out some of the area's attractions that receive a little less press than the famous golf courses, spas and resorts. A partial list of these attractions and activities include:Biodome IIKitt peakFlandrau PlanetariumOld Tucson Movie Studio4th AvenueAgua Caliente ParkThe Desert MuseumGate's PassTombstone Arizona is only an hour awayNow, all you have to do is make your plans for a great vacation with loads of activities for everyone in the family. Tucson Arizona awaits you!
Lets face it: it takes a lot of work to plan for a wedding. But, deciding where to go on your honeymoon once the knot has been tied is all about fun and fantasy. Your first holiday together as a married couple should be a delightful fulfillment of your dreams, a chance to enjoy the company of the person who means the most to you. This might just be the most romantic vacation you will ever experience, so consider these international locations when choosing the perfect spot. 1. There is no limit of beautiful destinations to choose from when planning a honeymoon. One of the most popular, however, remains Hawaii. Sought out by honeymooners the world over, the Hawaiian Islands offer the excitement of discovery: there is always an variety of beautiful views and fun experiences to keep you on your toes. Just sitting on a beach and watching the sunset with the love of your life might be worth a trip to the Hawaiian Islands. But if you were looking for something to fill the other twenty-three hours of the day, you could golf on some of the most beautiful courses on earth. Whatever you are looking for from your honeymoon, you can find in Hawaii. 2. Tour the coast of southern Europe. The Mediterranean region offers both beauty and culture to the couple looking for a variety of experiences. Travel to Italy, where you can enjoy the sand by the sea and the beautiful mountain scenery of the Alps. Visit Rome and Vatican City, where you can take in ancient ruins and Baroque statues on one guided tour. In northern Italy, you will find the vibrant cultural centers of Venice and Milan. Stop off in the Florence and visit some of the most renowned museums in the world. 3. When looking for the perfect tropical destination, you cannot beat Tahiti. This Polynesian island might just be the closest thing to paradise on earth. There are pristine beaches to explore, of course, but also the rustic town of Papeete which has plenty of shops and eateries to appeal to tourists. Take a cruise tour of the surrounding islands, or even go below the water and visit the coral reefs. 4. Another tropical option is Anguilla, a tiny island near the British Virgin Islands. Anguilla is the place for couples who just want to relax and bask in the glorious sunshine. Besides the perfect beaches that you would expect from an island in the Caribbean, you can also expect to find hospitable lodgings and restaurants. This island is just the place to enjoy that perfectly romantic sunset. 5. The islands of Fiji combine pristine beaches with spectacular mountain views. Located in the South Pacific, it is one of the most beautiful locations you could find. Fiji even allows you to book a private island for a day! Spend a the day alone the person you love best, running down the beach, swimming, eating a delightful lunch and finally, relaxing on the beach as the sun sets. What could be better?
When you are planning you cheap holidays to Nissi Bay, you want to allow enough time for all the fun activities and the attractions in the area. The beaches are beautiful, as they seem to go on forever. Beautiful blue clear waters meet the silver colored sands. You can actually walk in the water and see the bottom. The unique thing about these beaches is the visitors, not people, the pelicans. They seem to greet you and welcome you to the beach. The pelicans share the beach with everyone who visits. The kids just fall in love with an experience of this kind.Nissi Bay and "cheap holidays" just seem to come together so perfectly. The boat cruises are the perfect way to spend a day. The inexpensive cruises provide music, drinks and foods. You will travel around Cape Greco, Pernera and Protaras. When you are enjoying the cruise, they will stop and let you enjoy some swimming as well as some snorkeling. This is a great way to spend the day while enjoying the scenery and the warm sun. If you need more excitement, water sports are quite popular in Nissi Bay.If you enjoy snorkeling, this is very popular as well as jet skiing and windsurfing. Parasailing is also very popular and the water and winds keep you going for hours. It is a great afternoon delight. Outdoor activities on the beaches are one great way to enjoy your vacation. The Mediterranean Sea is the best place to sun and have fun. If you prefer to stay on land, you can watch the water enthusiasts from the warm silvery sands. If you need to get out of the sun for a while, take some scuba diving lessons in Nissi Bay.Plan your cheap holidays with scuba diving lessons. Yes, Nissi Bay has a center for taking a three-day class to learn the basics of scuba diving before entering the deep waters. This is great for someone who really wants to experience the deep waters, but has no experience. They teach you what you need to know and then, you are unleashed to the depths of the Mediterranean Sea. If you have had enough water sports and want to ty something a little dryer, horseback riding is something to experience on the beaches and other areas.They have about nine stables that offer horseback riding adventures. You can plan a day or even longer with a guide that can help you with the fundamental things you need to learn. The nice thing about horseback riding is that you see things that you cannot see from a car. The horses take you to areas that are far off the beaten track to areas with no hustle and bustle of people or vehicles. Nissi Bay is a true delight for a vacation. You may have noticed that there is nothing about history or culture, which could be because Nissi Bay is all about fun and excitement. You will enjoy the restaurants, hotels and the area for fun not the history of the area.
Portugal is often regarded as one of the best golf destinations in the world. For such a small country, it has a huge variety of high-quality golf courses, mainly on the Lisbon Coast and in sunny southern Algarve. Choosing the top 10 is always difficult, however the courses listed here all provide a variety of challenges and are set in magnificent surrounds. Great greens in sunny AlgarveCentral Algarves premier golfing destination, the Quinta do Lago Estate has two of its four excellent 18-hole courses listed among Europes top 25 golf courses. These are bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Ria Formosa nature reserve, there are 72 holes of challenging golf with immaculate greens. Quinta do Lago South, the original championship course, is still regarded as the best.Just 20 minutes drive from Faro International Airport, the par 73, 18-hole Vilamoura Old Course has a great variety of holes that include some some steep grades. The course, lined with pines and cork trees, deserves its reputation as one of the best in Europe. Facilities include a driving range and putting green.Vale do Lobo, Portugals biggest luxury golf and beach resort, has three courses. The Royal and the Ocean, both par 72, have stunning views of the coast, and its 5 km-long sandy beach. The ultimate Algarve course is San Lorenzo rated in the top ten in Europe, it is difficult to get a tee time unless you stay in the 5 star Dona Filipa hotel which owns the course.One of the best courses in the Algarve, the par 72, 18-hole Vale da Pinta, was designed to retain natural valleys and undulations. Free of green fees for those lucky enough to be staying at the Pestana Carlton, the course, with large, deep greens and bunkers, follows hills and valleys through old olive, almond and fig orchards.The pick of the Lisbon CoastOitavos Golf Club at Quinta da Marinha, is the home of the Portuguese Open. Kept in pristine natural condition, coastal scenery combines with holes lined with umbrella pines, shrubs and dunes. It is Europe's first Audubon Gold Signature Sanctuary. The two consecutive par 5s on the front side, and two par 3s on the back are part of one of Europes toughest 18-hole courses.The Ritz-Carlton's Penha Longa course features 27 holes in a stunning natural setting that runs to 6,890 yards from the championship tees. A nine-hole option, The Monastery, includes a section of old ruins.Estoril opened in 1936, is short (less than 6,000 yards) but tight and difficult, and the longer holes require accurate wedge and iron play. Guests of the Palacio Estoril Hotel are given preference to play here, although the course is included in some golf packages.Aroeira I, opened in 1973, is renown for its stunning natural beauty. The 18-hole, par 72, championship course is one of the best in Europe, and has hosted the Portuguese Open.One of the most challenging courses in the Lisbon area, Quinta do Peru, is in the Costa Azul region, between the castle towns of Sesimbra and Setubal. The par 4, 12th has a lake running the length of the fairway and the par 3,16th, all of 200 metres, has a lake guarding the green. In the North of Portugal, an hour from Lisbon, lies the challenging, par 72 Praia Dl Rey course with its mixture of links-type fairways and forests and dunes. Many of the holes have ocean views, but the walk between some greens is long and hilly, so a cart is recommended. The Madeira Islands best courseThe Madeira Islands have three major golf courses, and the par 72, 18-hole Palheiro, on the main island, is recommended for its challenging greens. Built on volcanic hills, the course traverses peaks and valleys, and is set among a pine forest and other natural vegetation.
A Brazil Travel Package isnt everyones first thought when planning a romantic getaway. The name of Buzios in Brazil may not be a familiar one to you, and yet it is a well known destination for the rich and famous about three hours north of Rio by car on the tip of a long peninsula. Once a sleepy village it lies alongside some of the most beautiful dune lined beaches, in fact there are twenty five of them in all, and each one picture postcard beautiful. Buzios was made famous in the sixties when Brigette Bardot named it as her favourite beach retreat.Buzios also is the home of the delightful luxury boutique hotel called the Casas Brancas, which is a real romantic hideaway getaway.The Casas Brancas, which was built in the 1970s, is real old school charm is terraced into a hillside overlooking the bay of Buzios and has only 32 individually decorated rooms and Suites.All the rooms are air conditioned, have cable television, bar and safe, with free WI-Fi in the central areas of the hotel are nine standard rooms overlooking the garden, 14 superior rooms with a view of the ocean, some of which have a small private verandah. There are 6 seafront Deluxe rooms, more spacious than the Superior, and some have a little private verandah.There are 3 oceanfront Suites with large private balconies, considerably more room than the Deluxe rooms. You can also walk straight out onto the beach. The suites would impress on a "romantic getaway" package!! If you can get Suite 21, then it has a jacuzzi.The Casas Brancas prides itself on giving its guests the services of a hotel and the comfort of home, and the quite superb staff certainly come close to achieving this objective. They are both attentive yet unobtrusive, efficient and extremely discrete.The Casas Brancas has a Greek Meditteranean feel and look to it, and overlooking the bay, and being a few steps away from both the beach and the town. You will see some of the most romantic sunsets you could ever imagine.Meals are taken overlooking the Bay of Buzios, and the restaurant serves a Brazilian Meditteranean fusion.You can sit in the restaurant under a terracotta canopy, and the view, the service, and the sheer quality of the food will ensure you dont rush. Imagine steak cooked so that it literally melts in your mouth, and fish so beautifully cooked you crave for more.The restaurant has a very good reputation in Buzios, but you must go out into Buzios and enjoy local food. The hotel is only a five minute walk from the Rua das Pedras the famous main street where you will find restaurants, shop,s bars, and live music, and the fishing boats lined up on the shore.Buzios is famous for its beaches so you might do well to hire a car, although many of the famous beaches are within walking distanceThere are few more romantic spots in Brazil than Buzios, and no better spot for a romantic getaway than the "luxury boutique hotel" that is the Casas Brancas.For more information on Vacation Spots go to http://www.worldwidevacationspots.com/pages/Site-Map.html