Maui Hawaii, Ranked Number One Summer Destination

May 13th, 2015

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U.S News & World Report Magazine as well as other reputable sources have ranked Maui as the number one summer travel destination this year.  As hotel prices in Mexico and the Caribbean increase Maui becomes a more popular destination. Recently publicized crimes in Mexico and the Caribbean also make Maui a more sought after destination. Maui has some of the world’s best beaches, beautiful tropical forests and an endless array of activities to keep you entertained.  Getting to Maui is easy. You will find direct flights to Maui from many major US airports, particularly West Coast airports. We highly recommend renting a car as you will want to get around Maui and see all the beautiful sites this island has to offer.  Visit VoyageMonkey.com Travel for the best hotel accommodations, flights and car rentals. 

Whether you drive the picturesque Road to Hana or drive up to the top of the Haleakala volcano at 10,000 feet, you will enjoy all that Maui has to offer.  We recommend visiting the historic whaling town of Lahaina. In Lahaina along front Street you will find many restaurants shops art galleries and entertainment facilities. Sunset watchers flock here every evening to watch the beautiful rose colored sunsets and dine on some of the best food you will find anywhere. No trip to Maui is complete without a stop in Lahaina.

Since all the beaches in Maui are public beaches you will not find a shortage of beautiful beaches to visit.  The two most popular beaches are Ka’anapali Beach and Wailea Beach because they are located in the resort areas. One of the longest most secluded beaches in Maui is Makena Beach at the south end of Maui.  No visit to Maui is complete without stopping at Ho’okipa Beach.  This is a world-famous beach for windsurfers who come from all over the world. You can pack a lunch and bring a beach blanket and watch the amazing windsurfers.  In Kapalua near the Ritz-Carlton hotel you will find D.T. Fleming Beach Park.  This is a beautiful beach park great for families as it has picnic areas restroom facilities and is good for body surfing. There are many fantastic beach parks all over the island. So bring your snorkel gear with you as you drive around.

You will find plenty of great high-end shopping in Maui, as well as outlet shops in Lahaina. At Ka’anapali beach you will find Whalers Village.  Whalers Village features high-end shops and restaurants. Here you can find designer handbags and Rolex watches as well as beach attire. There are also several beachfront restaurants where you can enjoy fine dining and watch the sunset. At the southern end of Maui in Wailea, you will find the shops at Wailea.  Similar to Whalers Village this shopping area features high-end shops designer clothing and handbags boutiques as well as fine dining.

Maui has become a major destination for foodies. Many of the restaurants feature Pacific-Rim menus, use locally grown ingredients, and use daily fresh catch fish. Some of the most popular restaurants are Mama’s Fsh House near Paia, Merriman’s in Kapalua, the Lahaina Grill in Lahaina and Fleetwood’s on front Street, owned by Mic Fleetwood the drummer for Fleetwood Mac. Aside from fine dining there are many small hole in the wall restaurants that serve delicious local food. So you can find food for any budget.

Most of the resort hotels in Maui are located at Ka’anapali Beach or Wailea.   Some of the best resort hotels at these locations include the Four Seasons Resort, The Grand Wailea, the Hyatt Maui Resort, The Westin Maui Resort, and the Sheraton Resort at Black Rock.  All these resorts are adjacent to golf courses, are located on the beach, and feature multiple large swimming pools and world-class spas. Each of these resorts also features fine dining restaurants and full guest amenities like workout facilities and concierge services.  These are just a few of the great resort hotels in Maui. If you need travel reservations for convenient flights and hotel accommodations to any destinations visit VoyageMonkey.com Travel.  You can book online or call our travel consultants who can assist you in planning your getaway.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands Paradise

April 18th, 2015

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The British Virgin Islands (BVI) consist of over 50 islands, cays and islets grouped together in close proximity to each other.  This is a day sailor’s paradise, perfect for boating with it’s protected waters, trade-winds and tiny islands.  These islands are located around 60 miles east of Puerto Rico.  The largest of the islands is Tortola followed by Virgin Gorda, which is known for “The Baths” a beach with beautiful rock formations.  There are another 10 smaller inhabited islands.  Most of the other islands are uninhabited or private.  Visit VoyageMonkey.com Travel for the best hotel accommodations, flights and car rentals. 

Road Town is the capital city on Tortola.  Major cruise ships dock in Road Town bringing in thousands of visitors on any given day.  You can fill your day touring Tortola or take an excursion by boat to Virgin Gorda, or one of the outer islands for the day.  In Road Town you will find many open-air safari buses & taxis that can take you around the island for a tour.  If you rent a car, be sure to stay on the “wrong” side of the road.  Road Town is one of the Caribbean’s largest yacht chartering centers.  The Moorings yacht chartering company can be found in Road Town.

Although the islands are British territory the US Dollar is the only legal tender.  Early British settlers operated sugar plantations here and exported large quantities of rum to Britain.  Rum is still produced on Tortola today although tourism, yachting and international finance are the main industries.  Tax-free international business corporations flourish on paper in this offshore financial haven.

BVI offers many water activities and has many pristine sandy white beaches to enjoy.  Here you can scuba dive ship wrecks, snorkel, sail, kayak, windsurf or lounge around on the beach.  The most popular beaches on Tortola are found at Brewer’s Bay, Brandywine Bay, Josiah’s Bay and Cane Garden Bay.  Cane Garden Bay is one of the most scenic and is popular for its horseshoe shaped bay, water toys, lounge chair rentals, shops and several beach bars & restaurants.  At Cane Garden Bay you will also find the Callwood Rum Distillery where you can buy local rum.  On the island of Virgin Gorda, the must-go-to beach is The Baths.  This geological marvel is one of BVI’s most popular spots that brings visitors from around the world.  This national park is filled with giant boulders that form a series of sea pools and secluded grottoes. 

BVI has many national parks, historic forts & ruins and museums.  While in Road Town visit the Old Government House and Folk Museum.  Road Town offers shopping, local dining and historic sight-seeing.  Most shopping is on Main St. close to the cruise ship dock.  This is the town’s primary shopping street.  There is a large open-air crafts market next to the cruise dock where you can buy inexpensive souvenirs.

You can find some of the best sailing and snorkel tours while in BVI. You can board a sailing catamaran in Road Town, put up the sails and sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel to Norman Island for a snorkel and then over to Peter Island to enjoy the beach at a local beach club.  Once you arrive at Norman Island you snorkel directly from the catamaran at a location called the Caves where you can snorkel into small caves along the cliffs.  Norman Island and its famous pirate history were immortalized in Robert Louis Stevenson’s book “Treasure Island.”  The snorkeling is great and the island is lush and beautiful.  Next stop at Peter Island where you stop at a local beach club to enjoy the beach, swim in the clear waters and enjoy tropical drinks at the beach bar.  On the sail back to Road Town you are served local rum punch while you enjoy the spectacular views of the Sir Francis Drake Channel and some of the other surrounding islands.  These tours are recommended for snorkeling and sailing fans.  Other recommended tours in BVI include: Best of Tortola sight-seeing tour; a trip to The Baths on Virgin Gorda; various “Swim with Dolphins” tours.  There are also various scuba, kayak & bike tours and beach resort escapes offered. 

If you’d like to eat lunch in Road Town, closest to the cruise dock you will find the Captains Table, which offers good seafood, meats & poultry dishes and has nice open air dining overlooking the Inner Harbour Marina.  Fresh lobster, grilled shrimp and conch are favorites.  Another good restaurant in Road Town is the Dove Restaurant & Wine Bar at 67 Main St.  The menu is Eclectic featuring items such as Coffee Crusted Angus Beef, Rabbit Spring Rolls, and Goat Cheese & Beef Salad.  You will also find standard seafood & meat dishes.  The restaurant offers an extensive wine list, specialty martinis, rums, cognacs and single malt scotches.  You can enjoy a harbor view while you enjoy tapas or sushi.  A more casual fun atmosphere can be found at the legendary Pusser’s Pub on Main St.  The pub serves authentic Caribbean cuisine and has the best happy hour in town.  It serves over 50 exotic Caribbean rum drinks.  The pub food ranges from peal & eat shrimp, jerk chicken and conch fritters to shepherd’s pie, grilled fish and pizza.

You’ll find plenty of world-class hotels in BVI to choose from.  If you need travel reservations for convenient flights and hotel accommodations to any destinations visit VoyageMonkey.com Travel.  You can book online or call our travel consultants who can assist you in planning your getaway.

Sydney Australia, a Down Under Adventure

February 7th, 2015

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Located on the east coast of Australia, Sydney is the most populated city in Australia.  To fly there, in takes around 14 hours and 15 minutes nonstop from Los Angeles California.  The city surrounds on of the largest natural harbors in the world.  There are thousands of things to do and see around Sydney Harbour.  There are parks, beaches, a zoo, a lot of entertainment & attractions, shopping and fine dining.  The area is very safe to walk around and super clean and picturesque.  There are plenty of waterfront scenic walkways for you to stroll and enjoy the beautiful scenery.  There are also ferry rides to various points around the harbor and Sydney, so it is easy to get around the area.  Visit VoyageMonkey.com Travel for the best hotel accommodations, flights and car rentals. 

One of the most popular iconic attractions in Sydney is the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  There are millions of photographs of this bridge, particularly with the well-recognized Sidney Opera House in the foreground.  The best way to experience the bridge is to take a bridge climb tour of the bridge where you get to climb to the top of the bridge and experience the spectacular view of Sydney and the Sydney Harbour.  A Sydney Harbour cruise is another popular way to get up close to the bridge and enjoy the other sites around the Sydney Harbour as well.

The next most iconic attraction around the Sydney Harbour is the Sydney Opera House with its unique architecture resembling cascading seashells.  Although its name suggest opera, the facility is a multi-venue performing arts center.  While in Sydney be sure to treat yourself to a symphony, live theater, ballet, opera, or pop music at one of the world’s best live performance venues. The large structure also includes a recording studio, cafes, restaurants, bars and retail outlets.

Adjacent to the Opera House, you’ll find the Royal Botanic Gardens.  The gardens were first opened in 1816 and is a popular historic attraction.  Because it is free and open every day, the gardens are a must see for most visitors.  There are 74 acres of gardens, trees, fountains and ponds to enjoy as well as lawn areas to enjoy a picnic.  All with the city in the backdrop.  You’ll also find restaurants and shops at the gardens.  From the Opera House you can follow the seawall walkway to the gardens.  There is a great view of the bridge and Opera House from the gardens.

There are thousands of other things to see and do around Sydney.  You can visit the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, check out the aquarium and if you’re daring, dive with sharks.  Go up to Pylon Lookout for some great photos of Sydney.  The Manly Scenic Walkway, Mosman Bay Walk, and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walkway are popular strolling areas to get great view of the Sydney area.  You can visit the Art Gallery of South Wales, the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Queen Victoria Building, or the Chinese Garden of Friendship.  Stop by the neighborhood called “The Rocks” which is narrow cobblestone streets with restaurants, galleries, shops, and entertainment.  These are just a few of thousands of attractions and points of interest around Sydney.  The restaurants in town are also some of the best in the world.

You’ll find plenty of world-class hotels in Sydney to choose from.  Some of the best hotels include the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, Park Hyatt Sydney, Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney, the Westin Sydney, the Marriott Sydney Harbour, and the Sheraton on the Park.

If you need travel reservations for convenient flights and hotel accommodations to any destinations visit VoyageMonkey.com Travel.  You can book online or call our travel consultants who can assist you in planning your getaway.

Getaway to the City by the Bay !

December 24th, 2014

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Popularized by the big gold rush of 1849, the City of San Francisco began to attract tourists and never looked back.  The city is a sprawling metropolis filled with culture, attractions, entertainment, and some of the best fine dining in the world.   Set upon a background of a beautiful bay, turn of the 20th century architecture, modern skyscrapers, and spectacular bridges, this city has it all and is the perfect travel getaway with some of the best accommodations around.  The city’s excellent transit systems make it easy to get around without renting a car.  This system will get you from the airport to downtown as well as many other outlying towns and cities around the San Francisco Bay Area.  Visit VoyageMonkey.com Travel for the best hotel accommodations, flights and car rentals. 

Some of its popular attractions include the Golden Gate Bridge which spans from San Francisco to Marin and the lovely town of Sausalito, with its fine waterfront restaurants and shops.  It’s best to walk out to the center of the span of the bridge to really appreciate all its glory.  Along the San Francisco waterfront you’ll find the famous Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39.  Here you’ll discover some of the best seafood restaurants in the world and plenty of shopping & entertainment.  The streets here are lined with street performers entertaining the crowds.  The large number of wild Sea Lions sunning themselves on the platforms at Pier 39 are a popular attraction for all ages.  You can watch them play with each other as they bark at the crowds.  We recommend walking from the Wharf along the Embarcadero waterfront all the way to the AT&T Ballpark (Home of the San Francisco Giants).  This will take you past the historic Ferry Building and underneath the San Francisco Bay Bridge.  The walk takes about a half hour each way.  There is also a trolley.

Most visitors to this City will take the Ferry to the small island of Alcatraz.  This historic prison on “The
Rock” once housed Al Capone and other gangsters of the era.  The tours of Alcatraz are very informative and the island offers excellent views of the city skyline.  They neighboring Angel Island is excellent for hiking, biking and picnics.  Other attractions that are popular include Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Zoo, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium, the Academy of Science, and the curviest street in the world, Lombard Street.  No trip to San Francisco is complete without visiting Union Square, the heart of the City’s shopping district. Here you can shop all day visiting high-end shops, boutiques, and galleries.  From here you can walk to China Town and think you are in China.  Union Square is a great place to get on one of San Francisco’s famous cable cars to get you to other destinations around the city.  We can’t mention all the great attractions because there are so many.

Venturing out San Francisco will give you that much more to see around this beautiful area.  Just half hour north will but you in the Napa Valley wine country (you’ll need a rental car or tour for this).   Minutes across the bay you can visit the town of Berkeley or the City of Oakland (you can get there on the transit system).  One hour south by train your can visit San Jose.  Driving down the Scenic highway 1 along the coast from San Francisco to the surfer town of Santa Cruz will provide you with some of the best coastal scenery California has to offer.  Once in Santa Cruz you can visit the Beach Boardwalk amusement park with its roller coasters and fun rides.

San Francisco has some excellent hotels for your accommodations.  A good central point location is the Westin St. Francis located at Union Square.  If you wish to stay along the Embarcadero Water Front, the Hyatt Regency is a great choice with its large atrium interior and easy access to transportation.  If you want to stay near Fisherman’s Wharf we recommend either the Argonaut Hotel or the Sheraton.  Other hotels we recommend include the St. Regis, Le Meridian, the Mandarin Oriental, and the Four Seasons.

If you need travel reservations for convenient flights and hotel accommodations to any destinations visit VoyageMonkey.com Travel.  You can book online or call our travel consultants who can assist you in planning your getaway.

Ski Season and North America’s Top Ski Resort Destinations

October 9th, 2014

 

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As we start thinking about winter, we start to think about taking that great ski vacation.  Our travel customers provide us with the best feedback about the best ski resort travel destinations.  Visit VoyageMonkey.com Travel for the best ski resort hotel accommodations, flights and car rentals.  Here are the ski resorts our travel customers love.

Heavenly Valley Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe California offers 3,500 vertical feet of skiing on 4,800 acres with 97 trails and 29 chairlifts.  The 10,000 foot elevation ensures some of the best snow around.  You’ll find plenty of challenging expert runs as well as areas for beginners and kids.  The resort spans two states, California & Nevada.  When you’re finished for the day you can take a tram directly to the Nevada State Line and enjoy the multiple Casinos, fine dining and entertainment.  To get to Heavenly you can fly into nearby Reno Nevada.

At the opposite side of Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley Ski Resort offers 3,600 skiable acres on six mountain peaks with 30 chairlifts.  Squaw Valley hosted the 1960’s Winter Olympics and includes many expert ski slopes.  This is a favorite spot for snow boarders and expert skiers.  The Village at Squaw Valley offers comfortable accommodations, cobblestone streets, galleries, restaurants, bars and entertainment.  Most major airports will offer direct flights to the nearby Reno Nevada airport.  There is plenty of lodging in the area and you can also stay and play in Reno which is around a half hour drive.

With more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, Vail Colorado in one of the nation’s largest ski resorts and is a popular training ground for Winter Olympic athletes.   The resort has plenty of long wide groomed runs, seven bowls, a mountain wall seven miles long, expert terrain, and slopes just for kids.  Vail boasts 31 ski lifts and 193 ski runs, with the longest run being 4 miles long.  Vail offers many events, activities and festivals, 5-star restaurant, shops, entertainment, world-class spas, and luxury accommodations.  The closest airport to Vail is the Eagle Airport 20-minutes away from Vail.  Direct flights are offered from major airports.  Otherwise, the Denver International Airport is a two hour drive from Vail.

Park City Utah offers multiple ski resorts.  The popular Park City Mountain Resort offers 3,300 acres of terrain with 116 runs spread over eight mountain peaks and 9 bowls.  With a 10,000 foot summit and a base at 6,900 foot elevation, the resort has some of the best snow averaging around 30-feet of snow fall per year.   The resort has 19 chairlifts including four 6-person lifts.  During the 2002 Winter Olympics the resort hosted men’s and women’s slalom and snowboarding events.  Park City offers plenty of accommodations, restaurants, shops, spas, galleries and entertainment.  To get there fly directly into the Salt Lake City International Airport and Park City is located around 35 miles to the east.

Whistler-Blackcomb Ski Resort in B.C. Canada has over 8,100 acres of ski slopes with over 200 runs, 16 bowls, terrain parks and half pipes.  The resort has 37 ski lifts.  Whistler-Blackcomb hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics alpine downhill ski events.  There are ski runs here for any level of skier and if you are a snow boarder you’ll love this resort.  You can spend days here and only do a fraction of the runs this place has to offer.  Whistler Village offers great lodging, dining, entertainment, bars, and shopping, including high-end hotels like the Whistler Four Seasons Resort and the Fairmont Chateau.  The easiest way to get to Whistler is to fly into the Vancouver B.C. International Airport.  From there it’s around 2 hours by car.

Other popular North America Ski resorts include Jackson Hole Wyoming, Snowbird Utah, Aspen Colorado, and Breckenridge Colorado.  If you need travel reservations for convenient flights and hotel accommodations to any of the above destinations visit VoyageMonkey.com Travel.  You can book online or call our travel consultants who can assist you in planning your winter ski getaway.

Texas Has Hot Beach Vacation Destinations

August 6th, 2014

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When we think of Texas we often overlook the excellent beaches that are located along the Texas Gulf Coast. With over 600 miles of shoreline stretching from Louisiana to the Mexican border, there is no shortage of sand for beachgoers.  The Gulf Waters are clean and clear, the white sand is soft and warm.  Galveston Island, Corpus Christi, Padre Island National Seashore, Port Arkansas, and South Padre Island are home to some of the finest beaches, featuring year-round swimming and surfing, boating, kayaking and water sports, hundreds of fish and bird varieties for fantastic fishing and birding opportunities.  These destinations provide for an affordable beach vacation with wallet-friendly Hotel accommodations.  Visit VoyageMonkey.com Travel for hotel accommodations, flights and car rentals.

The City of Houston and the Galveston Bay Area has recently put itself on the map for nightlife, entertainment and restaurants. Sightseeing & shopping during the day and dining & dancing the night away in local restaurants & clubs makes for a perfect trip.  You’ll find many direct flights available to Houston from most major airports.  Galveston is a short 50-minute drive from Houston. Galveston is one of Texas’ historic cities, first settled by the Spanish in 1528.  Galveston Island offers many beach-going options and a host of beachside hotels. Galveston has 32 miles of beaches and beach parks. The Galveston Strand offers plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. The Seawall offers a 10-mile sidewalk which is great for biking and walking.  This trip is popular because it’s easy to get to and there is plenty to see and do when you are not at the beach.

A little over 200 miles heading southwest along the gulf coast of Texas you’ll find the popular beach destinations of Corpus Christi and the Padre Island National Seashore.  You can easily get flights into the Corpus Christi International Airport.  At Padre Island you’ll find long sweeping beaches along its 70 mile stretch.  You’ll find plenty of excellent restaurants known for their fantastic, fresh seafood.  Located at the northern-most end of Padre Island, Port Arkansas and Mustang Island feature white-sand beaches and a wide range of beachside hotels, shops, restaurants and golf courses. The laid-back beaches at Port Arkansas are very clean and litter free.  The Padre Island National Seashore is the largest undeveloped barrier island in the United States and is home to around 380 different species of birds and sea turtles. The seashore is mostly dunes so only the first four miles of the park is accessible without a four-wheel drive vehicle or a boat.  This beach area is great for nature lovers.

Around 175 miles south of Corpus Christi near the Mexican Border, South Padre Island is one of the top beach destinations along the Texas Gulf Coast.  You can easily find flights into the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport.  South Padre Island offers soft white sandy beaches, clear Gulf waters, nightlife, excellent restaurants, over 50 bars, and shopping, as well as beach front hotels and accommodations.  The temperate climate draws visitors year-round.  Every spring thousands of college students converge on South Padre Island for spring break.  Isla Blanca Beach Park has some of the best surfing in Texas.  The southernmost stretch of beach before the Mexican border is Boca Chica State Park, a secret spot away from the crowds where you can swim and fish in the clear waters and you can drive on the beach.  The nearby mouth of the Rio Grande at the border provides some of the world’s best bird-watching.  South Padre Island provides a great party vibe.

VoyageMonkey.com Travel has an inventory of Texas Gulf Coast hotel accommodations to choose from as well as flights and car rentals.  Book your travel reservations now at VoyageMonkey.com.

Monterey California’s Coastal Beauty

July 15th, 2014

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Monterey California is a beautiful seaside town located around an hour south of San Jose California (70 miles).  You can find some connecting commuter flights direct to the Monterey Peninsula Airport from major west coast airports, like San Francisco and Los Angeles.  You will find many more direct flights into the San Jose International Airport, and then simply drive.  Besides, you will need a rental car to get around the Monterey area and see all the sites.  Monterey is filled with history, culture, shopping, outdoor sports activities, pristine beaches, fine dining and entertainment.  It’s the perfect place for weekend getaways.  Visit VoyageMonkey.com Travel for hotel accommodations, flights and car rentals.

The first stop for most people while visiting Monterey is Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf.  Located on the downtown waterfront, both areas feature shopping, dining, entertainment and activities.  There are plenty of shops and restaurants here and interesting things to see and do.  Here you can take a Monterey Bay cruise and see ocean wildlife like Sea Otters, Sea Lions, Dolphin, Whales, and more.  You can also find activity centers offering activities like sailing, Kayaking, fishing, Scuba diving, winery tours, local spa visits, bike rentals, hiking, and Segway tours.

Perhaps the most popular attraction along the Monterey waterfront is the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Over 1.8 million people visit the aquarium each year.  The aquarium’s mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans.  The aquarium has over 600 species of plants and marine life on display and tanks as large as 1.2 million gallons.  The aquarium features a giant kelp forest exhibit, Monterey Bay habitats, an open sea habitat, Jelly Fish exhibit, and much more.  Animal displays include sharks, giant Octopus, Tuna, Sea Horses, Sea Otters, Penguins, Sea Turtles, Stingrays, and a variety of other Monterey Bay sea life.  The aquarium is an educational and entertaining experience you can’t miss.

No visit to Monterey is complete without taking a short drive south down Highway One to the picturesque town of Carmel by the Sea and the famous 17-mile drive through the Del Monte Forest and breathtaking coastline at Pebble Beach.  This drive is rated one of the best scenic drives in the world.  Pebble Beach has eight championship golf courses and some of the most beautiful coastline in the world.  From there take Highway One south through scenic Big Sur with its remote charm and populous of eclectic artists, photographers, writers and musicians.  Plan on spending all day on this drive as you’ll be making plenty of stops along the way to take photos and explore.

Monterey has excellent restaurants featuring fresh seafood and all kinds of international cuisine and fine wine.  Some of our favorite dining sports in Monterey include Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar, Restaurant 1833, Montrio Bistro, Old Fisherman’s Grotto, the Monterey Fish House, Bistro Moulin, Jack’s at Portola Hotel, and the Sardine Factory.  You’ll also find plenty of casual dining spots, bars and pubs.  If you want to dine in nearby Carmel, we recommend Anton and Michel, Aubergine, Marinus, Portabella, Casanova, and the Flying Fish Grill.  These are some of the most popular dining spots so make reservations.

The best hotels in Monterey include the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, InterContinental’s Clement Monterey, Hyatt Regency Monterey, the Monterey Bay Inn, the Monterey Marriott, Hotel Pacific, and the Portola Hotel & Spa.  In nearby Carmel we recommend the Quail Lodge, Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach, the Inn at Spanish Bay, Hyatt Carmel Highlands, L’Auberge Carmel, and the Carmel Valley Ranch Resort.  You’ll also find plenty of smaller hotels, motels and Bed & Breakfast inns around the area.

VoyageMonkey.com Travel has an inventory of Monterey hotel accommodations to choose from as well as flights and car rentals.  Book your travel reservations now at VoyageMonkey.com.

Vancouver B.C. Canada – Great Northwest Metropolis

June 12th, 2014

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Vancouver B.C. is a large multi-cultural city situated 141 miles north of Seattle Washington.  It’s around a 2.5 hour drive by car from Seattle or you can fly directly into Vancouver International Airport.  Visit VoyageMonkey.com Travel for hotel accommodations, flights and car rentals.  A great way to see this city is on the Vancouver Trolly Hop-On & Hop-Off tour, which allows you to get on and off the tour at any point to see the attractions at your leisure.  You can also get around the city on the Sky Train system, their rapid transit metro system.   This city is filed with culture, arts, entertainment, and fine dining.  You’ll find plenty to do and see.

For some sightseeing, step aboard one of the old-fashioned horse-drawn carriages and ride in class through the splendor of Stanley Park, Vancouver’s most popular attraction.  If you love beautiful city parks, you can visit the beautiful Van Dusen Botanical Gardens with its lush foliage.  Another spectacular park to visit is the Queen Elizabeth Park.  All three of these are worth a visit.  The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden is a beautiful and peaceful sanctuary in the heart of the city.  The gardens feature incredibly manicured foliage and they were the first authentic Chinese gardens built outside of China. You’ll enjoy your stroll along the beautiful paths and admire the architecture, plants, water and rocks.

If you are more adventurous, you can walk across the narrow swaying Capilano Suspension Bridge, which stretches 450 feet across a canyon 230 feet above the Capilano River below. While you are there you can explore the lush fern and fir forests by crossing a series of seven suspension bridges as high as 110 feet above the forest floor. The new Cliffwalk follows a trail along the Capilano River on a series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms.  This is a great place for a nature hike.

There is plenty of activity around the Harbor near the cruise ship terminals.  Harbour Cruises & Events, and Harbour Cruises Ltd, Vancouver’s leading boat sightseeing companies, provide spectacular views of Vancouver and offer a unique and delightful way to experience the city. You can find regularly scheduled cruises every day and evening. Located in the downtown Harbour Centre, the 430 feet high Vancouver Lookout is the perfect place to view the city from above.  The Vancouver Aquarium is home to over 70,000 fascinating creatures from the Arctic to the Amazon. Be sure to catch the daily beluga whale, dolphin and sea otter shows.  For an unforgettable experience try a hands-on animal encounter.

At the Vancouver Art Gallery, their fabulous collection of contemporary art is worth exploring. You’ll see the collection of works by the famous British Columbian artist Emily Carr. On the south side you can stop by the Visitor Center for great information and tips.  There is also a wonderful Museum of Anthropology to enjoy.  At Science World you’ll discover the wonders of science. They feature popular, hands-on interactive displays, inspirational feature exhibitions, and jaw-dropping science demonstrations on Centre Stage, immersive films in the domed OMNIMAX Theatre and awesome shows in their Science Theatre.

Being a multi-Cultural City, you’ll find all kinds of cuisine and fine dining around town.  You’ll find all kinds of Pacific-Rim influenced dining establishments as well as European, Mexican, and other international restaurants.  Popular restaurants include Salmon n’ Bannock, Bishop’s, Absinthe Bistro, Blue Water Café & Raw Bar, Miku Japanese, and the Oakwood Canadian Bistro.

The best 5-Star hotels in Vancouver include the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, the Fairmont Pacific Rim, the Shangi-La Hotel, and the Four Seasons.  There are many 4-Star hotels in Vancouver to choose from like the Fairmont Waterfront, Hyatt Regency, the Westin Grand, and the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown.

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Atlantic City, Beach Boardwalk and Casino Fun

April 15th, 2014

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Located along the Atlantic Ocean around 125 miles south of New York City, Atlantic city is a fun playground of gambling casinos, entertainment, events, concerts, festivals, bars, nightclubs, and fine dining.  In addition to its world-class casino resorts you’ll discover plenty of arts & culture, luxury spas, shopping, attractions, white sand beaches, and the popular Atlantic City Boardwalk.  You’ll find plenty to keep you entertained and pampered.  Best of all, everything is walking distance. The closest major airport to Atlantic City is the Philadelphia International Airport which is about an hour drive.  Visit VoyageMonkey.com Travel for hotel accommodations, flights and car rentals.

The famous Atlantic City Beach and Boardwalk offers unique retail shops & dining, as well as plenty of beach activities like surfing,  windsurfing, Kayaking, parasailing, fishing and basic beach fun.  The beautiful beach is wide with plenty of room to spread out and soak up the sunshine.  The beach boardwalk is a bustling area that is vibrant with beach bars, music and amusement.  You can rent a bike or aquatic equipment here and then hit the water.  The boardwalk is always lively and one of the best places to simply people watch.

The area has many interesting attractions to visit including the State’s tallest lighthouse.  Steel Pier includes a Ferris wheel and some amusement park rides.  There’s a Ripley’s Believe it or Not full of strange displays.  The popular Atlantic City Aquarium features eleven large aquatic tanks and various interactive exhibits.  Visitors can view tiger sharks, stingrays, seahorses, and handle some small sea creatures.  There is an African American Heritage Museum and History Museum featuring soldiers’ memorabilia and historic displays & artifacts.  The area provides many other activities & attractions like the Atlantic City Art Center, over a dozen golf courses, miniature golf, Paintball, Go-Cart racing, a saltwater taffy factory, parks, art galleries, ballet, symphony, and performing arts.

There is no shortage of fine dining in Atlantic City.  Some of the best world famous chefs operate restaurants here.   You’ll find some of the better restaurants located at the casino resorts.  Super popular restaurants in town include Dock’s Oyster House, Café 2825, Capriccio’s, Amada, Chef Vola’s, Buddakan, and Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse  You’ll find plenty of excellent seafood restaurants and steak houses in Atlantic City, including old school standards like Ruth’s Chris, Morton’s, McCormick & Schmick’s, and the Chart House.  There are some great all you can eat buffets in town as well as casual ethnic restaurants, delis and diners.

There are plenty of hotel choices in the area.  We recommend staying in the middle of the action at one of the resort casinos.  That will provide you with on-site gaming, dining & entertainment, and keep you walking distance to all the other casinos, the beach, dining, and attractions.  Some popular resort casino choices include the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, the Golden Nugget Casino Resort, the Water Club by Borgata, Revel Casino Resort, Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort, Trump Taj Mahal, the Atlantic Club, the Tropicana, the Showboat Casino Resort, and Bally’s Atlantic City.  If you don’t want to stay at a casino you can find plenty of hotels like a Wyndham, Marriott, or Sheraton in the area.

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Martha’s Vineyard, A summer Vacation Haven

March 1st, 2014

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Martha’s’ Vineyard is a summer haven vacation island located around 10 miles south of the Cape Cod coast of Massachusetts.  Summer temperatures average in the low 70’s making it very enjoyable.  The island is only 100 square miles in area and is only accessible by boat or air.  You can take a ferry from Falmouth Massachusetts (1.5 hours from “Boston) that takes around half an hour.  A good way to get around the island is to rent a scooter.  There is also a public bus service provided on the island that is very convenient and travels through all six small towns on the island.  To visualize the island, the famous 1974 movie Jaws was filmed in Martha’s Vineyard.  You can book your trip now at VoyageMonkey.com Travel.

The Island features plenty of great beaches, excellent nature trails for hiking and biking, many great restaurants, fantastic shopping at the many boutiques and local art galleries, kayaking, fishing, boating and water sports.  You’ll even find an Alpaca herd on the island.  This island will take you back to a simpler time.  Stop into Alley’s General Store which has been in operation since 1858.  Here you can grab a bite or some island souvenirs.  There are sightseeing buses to tour the island and show you all the highlights.  Enjoy the quiet island pace and relax.

Many of Martha’s Vineyard beaches are part of the islands five distinct wildlife refuges, so they are pristine and unspoiled.  Some beaches are open to the public without restriction, while others are reserved for residents and summer visitors who are staying in the towns where the beaches are located.  Guests of the island enjoy visiting South Beach (Katama Beach) one of the most pristine locations on Martha’s Vineyard.  The clean sand on this three mile barrier beach provides for a great place to lay down a beach blanket and relax.  Lobsterville Beach on the western end of the island offers two miles of beach and beautiful dunes.  Menemsha Beach also on the western side of the island offers great sunsets and the nearby fishing docks are an excellent spot to enjoy some fresh daily seafood or lobster, and crack open a bottle of wine. 

There are a couple of picturesque lighthouses to visit on Martha’s Vineyard.   The Aquinnah Gay Head Lighthouse offers one of the most spectacular views on the island, a quaint nearby beach, and small shops run by original island settlers.  The bluffs are colorful and the area is kept pristine.  It’s like the perfect postcard.  It is a protected National Historic Landmark and the lighthouse was made from clay bricks from the site.  The East Chop lighthouse provides an awesome lookout point, benches and walking trails with a great view of Cape Cod in the distance.  It is very peaceful there and it’s the perfect place to watch the boats, ships and ferries go by.  The Edgartown Lighthouse sits on an amazingly beautiful beach on the edge of Edgartown where there are nearby shops and restaurants.  The lighthouse itself is beautiful and a climb to the top of the lighthouse offers great photos.  After visiting the lighthouse you can take a relaxing stroll around Edgartown.

In the northern part of the island you’ll discover Oak Bluffs with its unique architecture of the many cute historic houses and colorful pastel gingerbread cottages built in the 1800’s with their ornate trim and tiny porches.  It’s like being transported to a different world or time in a story book.  Great place to stroll with all the little side streets.  There are summer events and activities held in Oak Bluffs.  While at Oak Bluffs be sure to ride the historic Flying Horses Carousel built in 1876.  The Offshore Ale Co. located in Oak Bluffs offers their exquisite house brewed ales as well as an extensive pub menu for lunch and dinner.

Being a small island there are no major hotels or resorts in Martha’s Vineyard.  You’ll find nice intimate accommodations like the four-star Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown and some smaller 3-star inns like the Clarion Inn or Harborside Inn, both in Edgartown, or the Mansion House in Vineyard Haven.  There are also plenty of smaller bed & breakfast inns and private rentals. VoyageMonkey.com Travel has an inventory of Martha’s Vineyard hotel accommodations to choose from.  Book your travel reservations now at VoyageMonkey.com.