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Spring Romantic Getaways

If you have the winter blues and you’re ready for an escape, spring is just around the corner. Now is the time to start thinking about romantic getaways with your sweetheart. Here are five top picks that are sure to warm you up and inspire some serious wanderlust.

Sail Away to Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a favorite for young and old, drawing visitors from around the world with the fantastic view, oodles of things to do, wonderful boutiques, and fine dining. You may hear more about the Canadian falls, but New York has plenty of attractions of its own. Be sure to walk hand in hand through the Cave of the Winds, take a boat ride to Three Sisters Island, or head to the top of the Prospect Point Park observation tower where you can see the Bridal Veil Falls and the American Falls in all their glory. When it comes to finding the perfect spot to pass the night away with the one you love, the Giacomo is a top pick for $140 a night.

Soak Up the Sun on Myrtle Beach

South Carolina’s gem, Myrtle Beach, is a top pick that has attracted people of all walks of life for many years, from presidents to families, and couples are no exception. Take a stroll along the boardwalk, enjoy the golden sunlight pouring down, or let the surf tickle your toes. Find yourself a place on the water and let the ocean sing you a lullaby while you are wrapped in your honey’s arms. With plenty of boutiques and fresh seafood for the taking, you’ll definitely have your fill of one another. For a honey of a hotel, the Forest Dunes Resort is a sweet retreat that gives you extra perks like a hot tub, heated pool, lazy river, and oceanfront view for as low as $90 per night.

Get a Taste of the Sea in Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor is one of Maine’s shining treasures. With the Acadia National Park Island as the ideal place to watch the hours drift by, you can head out for a walk on the nature trail, pack a picnic for two, or set sail on a chartered boat as the Atlantic rocks you with the one you love. Visit the galleries, sample local wares, and spend the night in the lap of luxury in an oceanfront suite at the Harborside Hotel and Marina starting at around $200.

Make a Splash in San Francisco

Sunny California is the place to be when you want a taste of sun, sand, and surf. Experience a slice of heaven on earth as you poise yourself on the brink of San Francisco Bay and walk along Fisherman’s Wharf. View the legendary twists and turns of Lombard Street or set your sights high on the Twin Peaks. Slow life down for a spell and cherish your love. At the end of the day, enjoy your stay at the Fairmont San Francisco for $212 a night.

Get Lost in the Adirondacks

Venture to Colorado to see nature in all its splendor. Colorado Springs will absolutely steal your breath away with the likes of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods. Journey to the Rocky Mountain National Park and get lost in the beauty around you as you get closer to your other half. Take to the Cheyenne Mountain Resort for $127 a night to renew your love.

Where are your favorite weekend getaways?

March 17, 2014

Fiji Travel Guide

ACTIVITIES

On your trip to Fiji you can either pack in lots of different activities or laze around and do very little.Diving

Fiji’s warm, clear waters and abundance of reef life make the islands a magnet for divers.

The beauty of Fiji is that, with a well-established dive industry, you can have great access to diving regardless of whether your accommodation funds extend to budget or luxury. When choosing a place to stay, decide whether the sole purpose of your trip is diving or whether you also want to pursue other activities. Some resorts specialise in diving, and exclusive resorts often include diving in the daily tariff.

Many travellers take the opportunity to learn scuba diving while in Fiji, and most operators offer courses for beginners as well as certification and advanced courses.

Dive Sites

Fiji has vast unexplored regions as well as many dive sites of world renown. There is no such thing as the best diving site, especially in Fiji. Each dive site has something special or unique. Sites range from the safe and easy, to wall dives in fast currents, to dives with reef sharks.

Snorkelling

Snorkelling in Fiji’s warm waters is a definite highlight and is often fantastic very close to the coast.

You are likely to see brilliant soft and hard corals, multitudes of colourful fish of various shapes and sizes, sponges, sea cucumbers, urchins, starfish, Christmas-tree worms and molluscs. Crustaceans are more difficult to spot and many only come out at night. Night snorkelling is a fantastic experience if you can overcome your fear of the unknown!

May 27, 2003

Fiji Travel Guide(contd)

Surfing

It is believed that surfing has existed in Fiji for hundreds of years. Surfing reefs over warm, crystal-clear, turquoise-blue water is a very special experience. The majority of Fiji’s rideable breaks are on offshore reefs that require boat trips. When choosing accommodation, also consider the price of getting to the surf.Sea & Dive Kayaking

Sea and dive kayaking are becoming increasingly popular in Fiji. It is a great way of exploring the coast at a gentle pace. Dive kayaks, which can carry lunch, snorkelling gear and scuba gear, can be double the fun.

Cycling

Cycling is a good way to explore Fiji. Most roads, especially inland, are rough, hilly and unsealed, so mountain bikes are definitely the best option. The best time to go is the drier season (May to October), and note that the eastern sides of the larger islands receive higher rainfall. Take waterproof gear and a repair kit to be self-sufficient, as it is difficult to get bike parts in Fiji. Some resorts have bikes for hire.

From Fiji

6th edition

Korina Miller et al

ISBN 1 74059 134 8

256pp,16pp colour

40 maps

A$29.60

Available at all good bookstores.

May 27, 2003