Cathedral Cliffs Fraser Island Australia

Australia’s Best Kept Secret: Wild and Beautiful Fraser Island

Australia's Fraser Island is one of the most diverse, interesting places we've ever visited. In our three days on Fraser Island, we packed in enough sights to last a month. And we almost missed it... So what's so great about Fraser Island? In a sentence? Shipwrecks, airplanes landing on the beach, towering sand cliffs, champagne tidal pools, wild dingoes, migrating humpback wales, a freshwater aquifer, camping on the beach, 4x4 sand tracks, beautiful sandy beaches, and a fascinating Aboriginal history. Here's a overview of all the great things we found to do on Fraser Island...
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...

Boogie Boarding at Langosta Beach Costa Rica

Boogie Boarding Mishaps, Langosta Beach Club and Sweet Waves

Because of the heat in this area, we've made it a point to stay out of the sun from 12 to 2 each day. Tamarindo is crazy hot and walking out of an air conditioned place into the afternoon sun is like walking into an oven. If you're out and about at an earlier time and stay outdoors (preferably in the shade unless you like to punish yourself) it's not so bad. Just like the boiled frog parable, if you slowly roast yourself you won't realize how hot it is as the day wears on but if you jump into a boiling pot (or the rolling heat in this case) you'll quickly realize how much folly it is.

That being said, the few times we have braved the elements at a neighboring beach club called the Langosta Beach Club and it's about 2 blocks from our condo. It's owned by a French company and everyone there seems to speak French, English and Spanish. They have a nice little pool, beach loungers, a few hammocks and one of the nicest stretches of beach (at least in my mind) right in front of the place. They also have a little bar and restaurant in the pool area and serve great food at somewhat reasonable (at least for this area) prices. Their bacon and avocado sandwich is quite delicious. Smoothies aren't the cheapest we've seen but their strawberry one is heavenly on a warm day.