Tuesday, October 12, 2010

ADVICE: Rainy Days

We all rely on mother nature to give us perfect weather when we are away on vacation.  The expectations of the sun beaming onto your skin,  the ocean looking bright turquoise green.  The sand soft and white on your feet.  It's what dreams are made of!  However, this is not always the case as some travelers know and more often than not, many of us scurry away into our rooms and wait till the sun comes out to enjoy the day.   I'm here to tell you that there are plenty of ways to enjoy the rain while you're on vacation. 

Assess the storm: If the storm passing through is ONLY rain, stay outside!  The reason why I say rain only is because once you hear thunder and lightning, you SHOULD head inside since it's dangerous.  Sitting out in the rain is awesome!  I've sat under a palapa on the beach while it rained and it was one of the most peaceful experiences I've ever had.  Just this year, we all sat in the pool while it rained and it was such a nice break from the heat!  It's such a calming experience!  I've also done it in the ocean but that gets tricky cause you really have to watch out for the current getting stronger.  So check it out and don't worry about getting wet, you're already in a swimsuit!

Play Games: I must admit that I hate card games but it is such a cheap form of entertainment when the weather outside is frightful.  Sit in the lobby, your balcony, under a palapa and feel the cool breeze from the rain while you play whatever games you decide to do.  It's also a good way to spend some quality time with the person you are traveling with.  Some resorts have game rooms that you can play other games but I usually find that they are filled with kids and teens and it gets noisy so thats not really our cup of tea, but if it's yours go right ahead.

Meet People: When we all travel, there is always this awkward barrier of should I talk to them or shouldn't I?  I love meeting people on vacation and sometimes the easiest way to do so is when it is raining.  Talking about weather is the best topic of conversation when breaking the ice.  It's also easier to talk about it when you and the people you're meeting are stuck under palapas with nothing else to do.  The only thing you have to figure out on your own though is if the other people want to meet or talk to other people.  Not everyone wants to meet people and it's a fun game of hit and miss I always like to play on rainy days.

Be creative.  You are not home so make the most of your day no matter what the weather is.  Experience the other sites a beach can bring in different weather situations. You'll be surprised of what you get out of it.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Top 5 Beaches (so far..)

Puerto Aventuras - Riviera, Maya, Mexico
Punta Cana Beach - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Coral Beach - Lucea, Jamaica
Playa Esmeralda - Guardalavaca, Cuba

Playa Megano/Ensenachos - Santa Clara, Cuba