The oldest island in the Hawaiian chain, Kaua’i is draped in rainforest and brilliant emerald valleys, earning the nickname ’Garden Isle’. Its dramatic cliffs, forking rivers and unrivalled natural beauty has attracted Hollywood directors making it a cinematic hot-spot. Blockbuster films such as Avatar and Jurassic Park have all been partially filmed here.
Kaua’i provides an endless list of outdoor activities. Here, you can kayak the Wailua River, hike the trails of Kokee State Park or zipline above the island’s lush valleys. Opaekaa Falls and Wailua Falls are easily accessible and boat tours of the romantic Fern Grotto, a natural lava rock cave sheltered by draping ferns, can be arranged. Explore the small towns and discover what makes this island timeless.
On the South Shore of the island vacationers and beach bums flock to the shores of Poipu Beach. Once named America’s Best Beach by Travel Channel, Poipu is one of the safest and most popular beaches on the island because of its calm waters. From May to December humpback whale sightings are common, and year-round large Hawaiian green sea turtles and endangered Hawaiian monk seals can be spotted here. Snorkelling is very popular here, and the chance to see the state fish, Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, is high. The natural wading pool, restrooms, showers, and lifeguards make Poipu a great choice for families. Close to these popular sands, visitors will find some of Kaua’i’s best shopping, restaurants, and golf courses in the Poipu Resort Area.
Known for its world-famous beaches, Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Visitors are charmed year-round with its farm-to-table cuisine, winding cliffside roads, fantastic resorts and magnificent sunrise and sunsets. Known as the "house of the sun" Haleakala is Maui’s highest peak rising over 10,000 feet above sea level, offering a breathtaking view of the sunset and sunrise. Back at sea level, visitors can enjoy views of migrating humpback whales during the winter months.
Take the drive from Kahului to Hana, a small island town. While the drive is a mere 52 miles, it takes several hours to complete. It is perhaps one of the most famous Hawaiian drives for its narrow one-lane bridges, hairpin turns, and unmatched island views. Pass through rainforests, alongside flowing waterfalls, and past striking seascapes as you navigate the 620 curves and 59 bridges.
Heading inward to central Maui, Iao Valley State Park provides both history and beauty. Guarded by towering emerald peaks, the park encompasses 4,000-acres and is home to the iconic Iao Needle, a green-mantled rock outcropping overlooking Iao stream.
Make sure not to miss the historic whaling town of Lahaina. It is estimated that nearly 400 ships left from here during the mid-1800’s and early 1,500 sailors too leave in the town including Herman Melville of Moby Dick fame. Today, this town is a Maui hotspot with an eclectic mix of shops, galleries, and restaurants. Proudly on the National Register of Historic Places, Lahaina still has many historic spots to visit including the U.S. Seaman’s Hospital, and a prison.
The third largest island in Hawai’i, O’ahu is where you can find diverse contrasts between the ancient and modern, which makes discovering the island so enjoyable. From bustling city life to laid back surf towns, you’ll find designer boutiques alongside handicraft stores, fresh seafood blended with tropical ingredients and businessmen wearing Hawaiian shirts.
O’ahu, it’s the heart of Hawai’i. Here you’ll find Honolulu, the state capital, and the world-famous Waikiki Beach, where surfing was born. There’s the mysterious and mystical Diamond Head, Iolani Palace - the only official state residence of royalty in the U.S., more golf courses than any other island, and the memorials of Pearl Harbour.
There’s always something to do on O’ahu. Drive a short distance from the bustle and crowds of Honolulu and you’ll feel like you’re on an entirely different island with deserted beaches and dirt roads. Head over to the island’s North Shore to watch world-class surfers compete for the ultimate wave. Hike along the Manoa Trail to the tallest accessible waterfall on the island, Manoa Falls. Take time to visit the USS Arizona Memorial, a shrine to the fallen service members and the Pearl Harbour attack. Stroll through impressive exhibits and let the kids walk through an erupting volcano at Honolulu’s impressive Bishop Museum. Climb the extinct Diamond Head volcano for a bird’s eye view over the Pacific Ocean and Honolulu, an absolutely breath-taking, worth every blister view. Slip out of your boardshorts and into something a little nicer to dance the night away with world-class DJ’s, or attend the latest art gallery opening or Broadway play. Rent a car and head out along the Kamehameha Highway to discover tiny villages, local artists, and remote beaches. Whether you crave adventure, seclusion, cultural immersion, or an ice cold drink and a view you’ll find it on O’ahu.
Beauty, adventure and fascinating culture; all these things can be discovered throughout Hawai’i’s diverse islands. With six main islands and over 400 beaches, there is a place here for every person, mood and experience. The best part? There are no private beaches anywhere, so if you can reach it, it’s yours to enjoy. Waikiki is the most famous and popular beach throughout the islands and said to be the birthplace of surfing. Ho’okipa on Maui is renowned for its windsurfing conditions and has plenty of sand to watch from if you’re a little less adventurous. O’ahu’s North Shore is a surfer’s haven, and the spot for some of the world’s best surfing competitions. The sands of Punalu’u Beach on the Big Island are famous for their jet-black colour and being one of the few areas where the endangered green sea turtles choose to lay their eggs. On Kaua’i Island, Poipu Beach is great for families with its tranquil waters and shallow shores. Visit one of these favourites, or talk with the locals to be pointed in the right direction of another gorgeous sandy oasis.
Unlike any part of the United States, Hawai’i will leave you intrigued. While each island offers something different, all will reward you with a unique experience and beautiful backdrop for whatever journey you choose.
An idyllic oasis, Fort Lauderdale is famous for its stunning beaches which hold several certifications to ensure clean waters and sands, and a safe environment for all. From mornings on the Venice-like waterways, to afternoons on the beachfront promenade with its signature white wave wall and evenings dining under the stars, this city will keep you captivated. Take a break from the water and visit Las Olas Boulevard with world-class shopping, dining and history filled with breathtaking mansions and yachts along the way.
Earning the nickname "The Venice of America" Fort Lauderdale is uniquely home to an extensive network of canals and waterways. Within the city limits there are over 250 kms of waterways to explore. Gondolas, water taxis, and river cruises glide through New River and its offshoot canals providing visitors with a little history and fun outlook on the city.
A lively destination, Fort Lauderdale offers a host of activities. Just a block away from New River is the well-known Las Olas Boulevard. A bustling throughway, Las Olas is home to a plethora of dining, shopping, and entertainment options. More than 30 al fresco dining options, 3 museums, 10 international art galleries, and over 50 boutiques can be found here.
The name Miami brings to mind world-class parties, haute couture and glamour. Aside from the lavish lifestyle, Miami is home to so many other experiences. Filled with museums, concert halls, public gardens, stunning beaches and galleries, Miami is both an arts haven and design centre. Shop ’til you drop at the family-owned stores in Coconut Grove. Explore the celebrated buildings in the Art Deco district; where you’ll find The Carlyle, a famous building featured in Hollywood classics such as Scarface and Random Hearts. Embrace the Cuban influence in Little Havana and enjoy incredible eats. At night, slip into your best outfit and experience the famed nightlife of South Beach. No matter your interests or desires, Miami is the perfect place to play, explore and relax.
Little Havana is the spot for everything Latin in Miami. Discover galleries, watch cigars being hand-rolled, pick up a classic guayabera shirt, and sample the delicious eats - especially the coffee and the Cuban sandwiches! If you can, time a visit during Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays), a monthly arts & culture event, where the sights and sounds of Little Havana are on full display.
Of course, no visit to Miami would be complete without hitting the sand and surf. Surrounded by water, Miami is a great place for just about every aquatic activity you can imagine. Windsurf, kayak, canoe, snorkel, paddleboard, fish, or just swim - you can do it all from here.
The Whitsundays, home of the Great Barrier Reef, cultivate the perfect blend of soft adventure and romance into a simply unforgettable island escape. Take a cruise to Whitehaven Beach, voted the South Pacific’s Best Beach by TripAdvisor in 2015, or visit the impeccable Heart Reef by helicopter to view one of the most amazing natural wonders of the world.
Dazzle in the beauty of French Polynesia, a tropical paradise only eight short hours from Los Angeles. You and your loved one will feel as if you are the only two people in the world as you relax in your private overwater bungalow that sits above clear turquoise waters and overlooks a coral reef. Discover the true meaning of relaxation with couple massages with natural Tahitian oils, motu picnics, private moonlight dinners, and gourmet breakfasts in bed.
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Discover more than 50 miles of unspoiled beaches, 590 miles of shoreline, more than 100 barrier and coastal islands to explore, award-winning island resorts, idyllic weather, 190 miles of kayaking and canoeing, outdoor adventure, fascinating attractions and outstanding dining. For seashells to seashores and art deco cityscapes, it’s about time you explored Florida’s best kept secret, you’re likely to run out of time before running out of things to do!
Beaches: 50 miles of white-sand beaches.
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is a must see attraction. Thomas Edison, who spent many winters in Fort Myers, is considered the most inventive man who ever lived, holding 1,093 patents for everything from light bulbs, cement and phonographs to the natural rubber he made from goldenrod.
Cabbage Key, one of the many off-shore islands, features a historic inn and restaurant where the walls, beams and ceiling are papered in more than $70,000 autographed dollar bills. About $10,000 a year falls off, which goes to charity. Said to be the inspiration for Jimmy Buffet’s song Cheeseburger in Paradise.
J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge: This wildlife refuge, containing more than 6,400-acres, and nearly half of Sanibel Island, was established in 1945 and is one of the top birding hotspots in the nation.
Sanibel Island is known for having no buildings taller than the tallest palm tree (3 storeys), 26 miles of off road bike paths and restaurants/stores that are all basically owned.
Spend your days lounging on one of America’s top white sand beaches, partaking in an abundance of water activities or even taking a WWII tank for a spin. The options are endless in the St. Petersburg and Clearwater area. No matter the season, there is always something exciting to do. Stroll through a turn-of-the-century fishing village, catch your own dinner from a pier or sip your way through the craft brewery scene. Whether it is a rejuvenating, family or exhilarating getaway you are looking for, you will find it in St. Petersburg & Clearwater.
Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach offers lots to do both day and night. Stroll the massive pier during the day for some of the most impressive ocean views; visit the bait shop to get outfitted with everything you need to catch Spanish mackerel, or let the kids tire themselves out at the massive playground. Stay put for "Sunsets on Pier 60" a nightly event where local street performers and artisans gather.
Beaches surround you in the St. Pete/Clearwater area, and there’s a sandy nook for every taste. Clearwater Beach is the most popular and liveliest with non-stop beach sports and the BeachWalk promenade winding past seafood restaurants, surf shops, and hotels. For a more subdued beach going experience check out Shell Key Preserve. Located on Castaway Island, this beach is completely undeveloped and only accessible via ferry or private boat. Also worth visiting are St. Pete Beach, Madeira Beach, and Honeymoon Island State Park.
As soon as you enter Orlando, you can feel the magic all around you. This Florida city is nostalgic and everlasting, yet innovative and bold. Whether you are being greeted by Mickey Mouse to the happiest place on earth, or discovering the exciting wizarding world with Harry Potter, the possibilities are endless in Orlando. Visit the Minions, Transformers and other favourite characters. Wrestle an alligator, cheer on a medieval knight, create science experiments, and even dine at a celebrity chef’s table. Spend time outdoors and rent a paddle board or play a round of golf. After experiencing the wonders of Orlando, you’ll see why it is a destination that so many people hold near and dear to their hearts.
Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World is a timeless classic where a new generation of visitors are falling in love with the magic that is Disney, and returning guests are remembering why this park is just so special - from Cinderella’s Castle to Space Mountain and everything in between.
Richard Petty Driving Experience places you behind the wheel of a NASCAR racecar for the ultimate in fast-paced thrills. Select from a range of driving experiences that have you flying around the track, completing 8 up to an incredible 50 laps!
Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort will astound fans and non-fans alike with its attention to detail and magical attractions. From sipping Butterbeer to riding the Dragon Challenge, everyone will be mesmerized.
Legoland is a little outside of Orlando, approximately 45 minutes, but after the popularity of the Lego Movie, every child and adult will want to make the trip to meet Emmet and friends.
Shopping ranges from upscale outlets to funky markets and everything in between. You’ll find mega deals at the Orlando Premium Outlets, artisinal gifts at the East End Market, designer duds at The Mall at Millennia, and lost treasures at Renninger’s Twin Markets.
Home to some of the best beaches and epic experiences in America, the Sunshine State will leave warmth in your heart and soul. Filled with amusement parks, waterparks, sprawling green spaces, manicured gardens and breathtaking beachfronts, there is so much to explore in Florida. Conquer the ultimate coasters with your loved ones. Meet the most beloved characters like Mickey Mouse. Party until sunrise in South Beach. Visit museums that celebrate and display the works of celebrated artists, historical artifacts, and even the truly strange & unusual. Start your day off with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, and then decide if you want to learn about the space exploration program, wrangle a gator, swim with a manatee, or even glide through the everglades. With all these options and so much more, there is no denying the greatness of Florida.
With approximately 663 miles of beaches, there are so many beach destinations to discover for any type of traveller. In Fort Lauderdale, an impressive 7 of its beaches have been certified Blue Wave beaches by the Clean Beaches Council. Miami is home to the ultra-cool South Beach, which attracts people with its Art Deco district, celebrity visitors, and super soft sands. Both Clearwater and St. Petersburg Beach were given spots on the Top 10 of TripAdvisors Traveler’s Choice Awards for best U.S. beaches, while Parents magazine gave top honours to the North Beach in Fort de Soto Park. Whether you prefer your sand silky white or shimmering gold, with or without boardwalk; remotely accessed or city-centric, you’ll find it in Florida.
Orlando theme parks are exquisite, grand and truly the stuff dreams are made of. The magic of Walt Disney World Resort will place you face-to-face with your childhood pals Mickey and Minnie, or have you joining Captain Jack Sparrow for a swashbuckling adventure. While at the Universal Orlando Resort you can help the Autobots battle the Decepticons or jump aboard the Hogwarts Express and head straight to Diagon Alley. Whichever park you choose, you’re assured a truly enchanted experience.
The Intracoastal waterways provide travellers with a unique perspective on the Sunshine State. A series of natural inlets, rivers, bays, sounds, and artificial canals, the waterways run on both the Atlantic and Gulf sides of the state, and are a thing of beauty. Charter a boat and cruise their entire length at your own pace, head to Fort Lauderdale for authentic gondolas and gondoliers, or consider one of the many waterway cruises.
Kennedy Space Centre is an out-of-this world experience located approximately an hour’s drive from Orlando. It’s here you’ll have the chance to touch an actual moon rock, meet an astronaut (check the online schedule to see who’s visiting and when), and experience the journey of being launched into space with the interactive Space Launch Experience.
Museums are a welcomed reprieve from the thrill-a-minute theme parks and waterparks that Florida is so famous for. St. Petersburg is home to the largest collection of Dali works outside of Europe at the impressive and celebrated Salvador Dali Museum. In Miami, the Museum of Science and Planetarium engages both children and adults with its hands-on exhibits. Fort Lauderdale is home to a brilliant antique car museum as well as the impressive Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, former residence of Chicago-born artist Frederic Clay Bartlett.
Beyond the citrus fruits of the Sunshine State, Florida offers a surprisingly colourful culinary selection. Along the coast, discover a wide range of seafood eats, from upscale restaurants to laid-back beachfront cafes. Stone crab, conch, spiny lobster, grouper, and snapper are a must try for any seafood lover. Aside from the food of the sea, there are many other dishes to devour, such as alligator. Typically fried and with a taste like chicken, it will be surprisingly easy to get little ones to try this exotic dish. In Miami, and most of Southern Florida, the Cubano reigns supreme. Served hot, these delicious sandwiches consist of roast pork, ham, salami, cheese, and pickles pressed between thick Cuban bread. For those who have a sweet tooth, try a slice of Key Lime Pie. The official pie of the State, traditional Florida Key Lime Pies are made from tiny limes and egg yolks. Topped with meringue, it delivers the perfect blend of tart and sweet. The vast and tasty foods of Florida are guaranteed to be the perfect way to top off your visit.
Discover the most enchanting destinations of Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Each one is memorable in its own way, from vibrant cities and quaint towns to stunning national parks flanked by towering mountains. The journey unfolds a series of magical experiences, with every moment seeming to surpass the one that came before it.
Inside the vast untamed wilderness of Banff National Park, you’ll find the town of Banff. The picturesque resort area is full of distinctive hotels, restaurants, and watering holes. Here, you’ll discover a delightful combination of rugged mountains, lush parks with postcard scenery, and a thriving arts community.
Just outside Banff is a phenomenal turquoise-tinged lake set against a breathtaking backdrop of rugged peaks and glaciers. Immerse yourself in nature and hike around the quiet waters of Lake Louise, taking in the famous Victoria Glacier. You need to see it to appreciate why it has inspired a host of internationally renowned artists.
Part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, Jasper National Park is an 11,000 sq.km. home to incredible scenery and wildlife. By day, take in an extensive train network and dramatic mountain peaks. At night, sitting under a glittering blanket of stars, view the Dark Sky Preserve, worth of visits from astronomers the world over.
With a backdrop of snow-capped mountains and glistening ocean waters, Vancouver offers it all. From beautiful beach walks to award-winning restaurants, it’s suburban, urban - and a natural beauty. Stanley Park has been hailed the soul of the city and the envy of the world. Explore Vancouver on foot, by water taxi, and by bike. This is a city that will undoubtedly surprise you.
Host of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Whistler is one of the top sli resorts in North America. At the foot of two towering mountains are championship golf courses, eclectic shops, top restaurants, and rejuvenating spas. For the more adventurous, there are glaciers, ziplines, and the world’s best summer hikes and mountain bike park.
This renowned US city in Washington state boasts stunning mountain and water views. With a reputation for great music, fresh seafood, and incredible coffee, Seattle offers a lot of attractions within a very walkable downtown core. Take in a professional sporting event or cultural tour. If you’re sleepless here, it’s because there’s so much to do.
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A premier destination for new and experienced travellers, Nepal is a lifetime experience. Hidden valleys, temples, monasteries, a one-time visit is not enough.
Comprised of the three most visited cities in India, the Golden Triangle is for those who are looking to visit some of the most iconic destinations and sites.
Varied ecosystems, guaranteed wildlife sightings and breathtaking views make Tanzania an ideal safari destination, perfect for long trip or a quick discovery.
Immersed in a world of majestic mountain peaks, turquoise waters and white-sand beaches, an authentic experience awaits that cannot be found anywhere else.
Immerse yourself in a tropical paradise of soaring mountain peaks, turquoise lagoons and luxuriant overwater bungalows, that once seen, is never forgotten.
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