Torreveija La Mata Beach

Torrevieja Spain: Not All Sunshine And Roses

Southern Spain has a well deserved reputation for lovely beaches, a rich Spanish culture, tapas, wine and warm weather. The squat apartment buildings driving into Torrevieja, Spain however, gave us our first hint that this town might not live up to what the brochures advertised.

How The Beach Boys Convinced Me Aruba Was Worth A Look

Do you know that famous line in the Beach Boys song Kokomo that goes "Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I want to take you to ... Well, way back when the song was just released, it was the first time I had ever heard of Aruba. Even back then it sounded like someplace I'd someday like to visit. I've always imagined that Aruba would be dotted with sandy white beaches and clear sparkling water like those from that famous Beach Boys song. So, do Aruba's beaches really live up to my imagination?
White Sand Beaches in Punta Cana Dominican Republic

Travel Photo: White Sand Beaches in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Sparkling, crystal clear ocean waves, long, powdery white sandy beaches and gentle tropical trade winds to cool off in the afternoon sun define Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. This Caribbean Sea community is comprised mostly of all inclusive hotels and tourists lazing the day away on their long anticipated vacations.

Who can blame them when the weather, the water and the relaxing lifestyle all converge to give them a trip they'll always remember. From it's dozens of freshly manicured world class golf courses to it's string of spas and boutique shops that Sulis Minerva herself would envy, Punta Cana has everything that a modern paradise seeking tourist could...

Mamitas Beach Playa del Carmen Looking at the Pier

Cold Pools and Warm Breezes

Well it's been almost ten days since we arrived in Playa. Time seems to be flying by. We've been to the beautiful beach and the overpriced markets numerous times. We've walked La Quinta Avenida (the popular 5th Avenue pedestrian corridor) from one end to the other. We've tasted the delicious (and not so delicious) fares of several high and low end restaurants and have enjoyed countless hours on our deck and by the pool.

Amazingly enough to some of you, we haven't gone on any big excursions or taken any tours yet. We've looked into heading to Cozumel by ferry and are planningthat for the next time the sun is shining and the wind isn't blowing. We've found that almost every day we've had one or the other...