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The Natural Wonder of Shete Boka National Park!

Curacao is not all just about the stunning beaches, great shopping and warm weather. There are also some great places to get a true sense of nature’s power. If you have hired a car, then be sure to take the drive from your Aruba accommodation, up to the northern most point of the island to Shete Boka National Park.
If you enjoy escaping off the beaten track and out into the countryside, then Shete Boka is for you. The landscape is sparse and volcanic, and you are likely to hear the roar of the sea before you see it.
The name Shete Boka literally translates as ‘seven inlets’, which is named for a series of coves carved directly out of the limestone cliffs along the 10km coastline. You are able to walk and drive between coves, with the starting point being the impressive Boka Tabla, where unpredictable waves crash into the hidden cave below.
A second inlet worth stopping at is Boka Pistol, which is a very narrow inlet where every time the sea rolls in, you can witness the startling explosion of waves that follow.
Three species of turtle nest in the area, making it a very protected piece of land. Visitors are able to stroll comfortably along the well-marked trial that hugs the coastline and take in the incredible views of the sea. You are also likely to see some of the area’s most common inhabitants, the green iguanas.
Two of the most popular hiking trails include:
Boka Pistol Trail- This is a one hour walk that will lead you through the area of Boka Brown, which is a known area where sea turtles come on land to lay their eggs. Boka Pistol is a landmark where the waves roll through cracks in the rock, causing an explosion like gun fire.
Boka Wandomi Trail- Again, this one hour walk will take you through the rolling lava hills of Curacao, down to Boka Wandomi. The limestone bluffs create a natural bridge which is a real sight to behold.
After a long day of hiking, a cocktail back at you Aruba villa will be very well deserved!


Picnic Spots in Barbados!

When on holiday, you may not always want to splash out on lavish meals at posh restaurants. Sometimes, it is far nicer to pack your own basket of local goodies in your villa in Barbados and find that ultimate picnic spot. The stunning island of Barbados has its fair share of these picturesque spots that make an ideal place to lay down a rug and spend some quality time in the Caribbean air with friends and family.

A few requirements for a good picnic spot includes ample shade, parking, and easy access. It is also handy if there is a nearby shop or deli where you can pick up supplies if there is anything that you have forgotten.

Miami Beach- Miami Beach is a stunning beach on the south coast which is has many trees to supply shade and picnic benches and public facilities. The water is calm and great for swimming on one side, and deeper with more waves on the other.
Bottom Bay- This is a picture perfect image of tropical paradise, and is often used in films due to its natural beauty. There is plenty of shade and refreshments for sale, including fresh green water coconuts, picked from the surrounding trees. The steps down can be a little challenging, but the view is worth the walk.

Bathsheba- A popular surfing spot, Bathsheba offers lunch and a show, with many eager surfers hitting the wave throughout the year. There are plenty of picnic tables and public facilities, as well as parking nearby. In addition to sand, there is also a wide expanse of grass and the surrounding areas provide some lovely walks once you have finished eating.

Mount Hillaby- If you are up for a bit of a challenge, Mount Hillaby is the highest point of the island, standing at 343m above sea level. From this picnic vantage point you will be rewarded with stunning views of Barbados and the coastline. You may even be able to spot your Barbados accommodation.
Cherry Tree Hill – The road leading up Cherry Tree Hill is lined with mahogany trees and offer an excellent view of the ‘Scotland District’. Once you have filled yourself up with picnic goodies, be sure to explore the St. Nicholas Abbey Plantation and the on-site run distillery.


Best viewpoints in Barbados!

Barbados has some fantastic natural landscapes, and there is no better way to see the island in all its glory than by visiting some of its most stunning viewpoints. No matter where your luxury villa rental is located, you are sure to have one of these viewpoints nearby. As the majority of them are quite remote, they are easiest to get to if you have a hire car, so you can include them in a day trip exploring the island.

Animal Flower Cave

Located in the upper part of the island, the Animal Flower Cave offers stunning views of the wide expanse that is the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll feel on top of the world standing on the cliff edge that looks down into a foaming natural pool. You can enjoy a meal at the cliff top restaurant or take a guided tour of the caves below.

Bathsheba


This is one of the most other worldly of all the views in Barbados. Stunning boulders fill the area which are actually rock formations that have broken away from ancient coral, and add to the unique landscape. It is a must see for anyone renting a house in Barbados.

Cherry Tree Hill

Even the name of this viewpoint sounds attractive. The steep climb up the hill will be well worth when you reach the top, it as you will be rewarded with stunning views of the whole of the east coast of Barbados. The road that leads up to the hill is lined with mahogany and offers some beautiful photo opportunities.

Ragged Point Lighthouse

If you want to see the beauty of a Caribbean sunset, then Ragged Point Lighthouse is the place to be. With the sea stretching out in front of you, and the Barbados countryside all around, it should definitely be on your list of scenic viewpoints to visit on a day trip from your Barbados villa.


Boca Ciega

A1_4Near Havana, Boca Ciega is a quaint beach town that intertwines with other beach towns to create the area called Playa del Este. This city features charming homes that are contemporary with a hint of tropical. For lunch or dinner, check out the copious seafood restaurants and other local cuisines. Between sampling succulent seafood, kick back on the miles of gorgeous beaches with water views for miles.

 

 

 


Miramar

a_26If you’re seeking wealth and luxury, then look no further than Miramar, a neighborhood in Santo Domingo on the coast that is home to some of the wealthiest citizens in Havana. Expect to see beautiful mansions, gorgeous villas, and stunning views. With a country club and plenty of private beaches, you can relax and entertain yourself, friends, and family. The numerous restaurants and shops in and around Miramar ensure that you won’t get bored. Come check out their beautiful beaches, rent a villa of your own, and relax the holiday away.

 

 


Vedado

101Culture is the heart of Vedado. Known as the business district, Vedado is located between central Havana and Miramar, and it features has palatial hotels, art galleries, theater productions, live music concerts, restaurants, bars, and nightlife. The buildings are more urban and modern, but you still get that island-tropical feel with the palm tree–lined streets that lead to the seawall which separates Vedado from the Caribbean Sea.

 

 


Siboney

2 ENTRADA PRINCIPAL_1034Siboney is second neighborhood in Havana of wealth and affluence. In Siboney, you can find gorgeous homes owned by ambassadors and high-ranking officials. With perfectly manicured lawns and unique architecture, this neighborhood is one of the most idyllic in Havana. Take a walk along the coast, or stroll the streets and admire the amazing homes. Rent one of your own for villas to experience the local life of luxury.

 

 

 


Havana Vieja

a_3Stay in the center of Havana and be part of the riveting nightlife and history that comprise Havana Vieja. With classic Cuban architecture, picturesque plazas, and cozy restaurants you will feel as though you have walked back in time. With more than 500 years of history, there are museums and galleries galore that tell the story of this historic city center. As a central location, it is perfect to use as your home base while you explore the surrounding areas, and options for entertainment are around every corner. Experience Havana as it was meant to be – as a local!

 


Guanabo

a_15Another part of Playa del Este, Guanabo is a quiet seaside town in the east of Havana. Here you’ll find cozy coastal villas and many charming restaurants. Relax on the beach, grab lunch or dinner at the few adorable restaurants, or just explore and enjoy the laidback vibe. See how the locals live and get to know the local culture in Guanabo, a beautiful vacation spot to unwind from the pressures of daily life.

 

 

 


Sosua

The town of Sosua is located in the Puerto Plata province on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The homes here are of Central American style with touches of modern influence and tropical charm. There are two major neighborhoods: El Batey, which is the main part of Sosua, and Los Charamicos, where you’ll find the rousing nightlife. With restaurants, a Jewish museum, bars, shops, and so much more, you’ll never run out of things to do in both areas of Sosua! In between the two neighborhoods lies the fantastic beach, a sheltered cove known for its offshore coral reef, tropical fish, and stunningly colorful plants.