Top Malaysian Beaches to Visit in 2011

In 1999, Malaysia launched a worldwide marketing campaign called -Malaysia, Truly Asia- which was largely successful in bringing in over 7.4 million tourists. Under traveling campaign, you can enjoy cities culture including temple, local culture and many markets, tropical beaches experience and several national parks. Beside the main cities, there other town and places in Malaysia offer some special tourist attraction. Such as in Taiping, Perak for their landscape and local attraction. You should keep in mind when planning a trip to any of Malaysia’s beaches is the monsoon season – do not visit the east coast of Malaysia between November and March, unless you like rain. Perhentian Islands: you could have 19 km long offshore coasts of northern Malaysia of the state of Terengganu. Among many islands, you will two main islands called Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). On most beaches, the water is shallow with lots of rays, cuttlefish and parrotfish. For diving, there are dozens of diversities around both main islands, as well as several off-shore sites. Apart from these, you could also enjoy activities like camping, canoeing, fishing, jungle trekking, and banana boat riding. As for accommodation, most of it can be found on Perhentian Besar, the larger island. Hotels are usually aimed at budget travelers. Redang: Redang Island, locally known as Pulau Redang or just “Redang” is one of the largest islands off the east coast of Malaysia. Among nine islands, this offers marine life pleasure serving diving, snorkeling opportunities. The waters around Pulau Redang also contain two historic shipwrecks: HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse. -The best time to visit Redang is from June to August when the weather is good and the sea is calm, offering great diving and snorkeling opportunities.- Says travellerspoint. Beside these beaches, you could have other top Malaysian beaches that will be described in next continued article.

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In Barcelona Culture, Nightlife And Beaches!

Barcelona is known worldwide for its amazing nightlife (hundreds of bars, clubs and discos) and the wonderful cultural attractions. But another feature makes it even more unique: the beaches located just close to the city.

The city offers 4 km of good quality beaches, and sometimes the water is better than many other famous places both in Italy and Europe. Quite honestly, it is impossible to expect Caribbean beaches in Barcelona: the city holds 3 million inhabitants and is a lively, modern metropolis; as a result it is safe to say the beaches dont escape at least a bit of pollution, as to be expected.

The area that hosts almost all the beaches is the area of Barceloneta. Not so far from here lies the beach of Sant Sebasti, equipped with many showers, different services, assistance, tourist information and medical relief.
But the main (and most famous) beach of the area is known as Barceloneta and hosts a lot of comfortable appartamenti a Barcellona. This beach is also known because of the work of Rebecca Horn which stands right in the middle of the area. Both these two stretches of coastline can be reached by metro with the yellow line (L4), stopping at Barceloneta or Ciutadella.

Lovers of the naturist sea can find a space dedicated to their relaxation. The beach of Mar Bella is, in fact, the section devoted to this type of practice. The metro station, still yellow line, is Selva del Mar and from there is necessary a small one quarter of an hour walk. This stretch of coast is actually marked as a nudist naturist beach but actually we do not see many.

Coming down towards the Olympic City you can meet Nova Icria beach, characterized by many bars, restaurants and discos. Lovers of cycling, skating or jogging can not miss the beautiful promenade of Bogatell. The beach is very wide and the seafront boulevard gives the best of itself with the beautiful days of summer sun.

But between Barcelona beaches there is another one more beautiful (and less popular). Nova Mar Bella is, in fact, the stretch most characteristic and perhaps a little less touristy since it is not easily reachable.

In short, a summer holiday in the city can also include relaxing breaks at the sea. Book your Barcellona hotel or choose between the range of Barcellona appartamenti. After this you can start planning your vacation in the capital of Catalonia. It is difficult to choose between monuments, nightlife and beaches.

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Property Investors Target The Greek Islands

The Guardian newspaper has learned of Greeces plans to sell or offer long-term leases on some of its beautiful and highly popular islands, reports property website House Sales Greece (). This remarkable decision which could see some of the most unusual property sales in Greece and indeed Europe is an attempt by the country to repay its sizeable debts. It is thought that (unsurprisingly given the scale of the purchase) wealthy property investors are likely to be the target market.

In a move never even previously considered by its government, Greece has decided to put some of its 6,000 picturesque islands up for sale or long-term lease to anyone that can afford what are sure to be hefty price tags. Its not just Greek properties on the islands that will bear a for sale or for rent sign – whole areas of some islands will be for sale or rent to the right buyer. The Guardian has found that an area of Mykonos which is one-third owned by the government will be put up for sale to a real estate investor who can not only afford the price of the sale itself but who is also willing and able to invest cash into developing a new luxury tourist complex on the island.

Wealthy purchasers and property investors from Russia and China are also looking to buy Greek property on the island of Rhodes, according to the article. These are two of the BRIC nations; along with Brazil and India, Russia and China have been highlighted as emerging economies with an ever-increasing class of the super-rich. It is these high-net worth individuals and property investors that are being targeted to buy property in Greece and its islands to help fill the countrys empty coffers. It is thought that Roman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Chelsea football club, could be one of the more famous investors considering purchasing a slice of a Greek island.

Meanwhile, mere mortals have not turned their back on property in Greece. While the dire economic situation of the country has seen an increase in the number of people needing to sell property in Greece, there is still interest from people wanting to buy Greek property, particularly bargain hunters looking to exploit the market.

If youre looking to buy or sell Greek property even if its a humble apartment rather than a swathe of a Greek island then youll find further information and the latest property listings at .

Editors Note: The Worldwide Group and House Sales Greece () is represented by the digital marketing specialists and SEO provider Jumping Spider Media. Please direct all press queries to Louise Byrne. Email: or call: +44 (0)20 3070 1959 / +34 952 783 637.

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Greece Hotels Learn the Secrets of the Ancient Islands

Ancient Greece gave many things to the modern world including the foundations of mathematics and the sciences. Holidaymakers visiting the mainland or the islands will also discover that Greece continues to surprise and confound modern scientists and archaeologists with more recent findings. Tourists staying in Greece hotels can visit the capital, Athens to see some of the artefacts that have been recovered from the Dokos Shipwreck, the oldest known shipwreck in the world dating back past 2500BC. Due to its age many artefacts perished but divers did manage to recover many ceramic containers from the wreckage. The Antikythera wreck is probably the most fruitful discovery of them all and again most of the treasures were taken to Athens after being discovered. Among them were some excellent marbles and also priceless bronze statues like the Philosophers head. However the Antikythera mechanism is its best artefact. The mechanical device is as sophisticated as a mechanical watch made by the Swiss masters of early modernity and scientists believe it was an accurate way of mapping celestial bodies for navigating the oceans or some similar purpose. Holidaymakers visiting Crete, the largest Greek island can see artefacts recovered from La Therese, a French Navy vessel that sank late in the 17th century after an on board explosion. The largest Greek island has a very long history so holidaymakers have a good choice of cultural visits, beaches and inland hikes to choose from. The ruins of the Royal Palace at Knosos are interesting and should precede a trip to the Irakleio museum where holidaymakers can learn more about the ancient Minoans through their artefacts and the other wonders they built on the island. Bodrum hotels on Turkey’s Aegean coast are also popular for holidaymakers who enjoy the Greek islands as they are often close to or on the coast and have excellent views of both Kos and Rhodes. Holidaymakers staying in Bodrum have a pick of excellent beaches to choose from and can visit the historical old city for a memorable excursion looking through artefacts left behind by the ancients. The imposing Castle of St John is Bodrum’s most popular visitor attraction and houses a wonderful maritime museum full of artefacts of all shapes and sizes that have been salvaged from the Aegean and Mediterranean seabeds. The artefacts include glassware dating back to the first century BC and ceramics from the same and later periods. The museums most interesting collections are the shipwrecks, some of which are Bronze Age. There are also Byzantine shipwrecks in the museum’s Glass shipwreck hall. For holidaymakers that want to have a look at the ceramics and other vessels that were used to transport foods and liquids the Amphora exhibit is a very comprehensive collection. The Castle of St John is a very good if slightly unexpected treat for holidaymakers staying in Bodrum and Gumbet hotels.

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Hotels San Juan Islands

Has stress strung you out? Need a break from ho-hum life? Looking for a place to hang out with the kids?

If you’re looking for an incredible getaway, than check out the San Juan Islands. Travel to this nature-filled island off of the coast of Washington state by plane or ferry – either way is a sightseeing delight!

Once you arrive, be prepared to indulge yourself in a host of adventures. Sandy beaches and rocky shores attract those looking for a relaxed day. Actively inclined folks are drawn to the hiking trails and water sports. San Juan kayaking draws many visitors. What better way to see the killer whales up-close-and-personal than while kayaking? Go solo or join a group while you kayak.

Hotels San Juan Islands offer accommodations for overnight visitors. There are also quaint cozy cabins and cottages. You can also choose a campground. All of these are great choices, just remember that you’ll be limited in space during your stay.

A better option might be a vacation rental. San Juan Island vacation rentals boasts many fabulous rentals, which are great for families or small groups. With a vacation rental, you’re not limited to a hotel room or suite with only one bathroom. You can spread out over an entire house, as if you were home – except that you have an incredible view and access to an island paradise! A full kitchen allows you to prepare your own meals, which is great if you have children who are picky eaters or someone in the group has food allergies. Many of these luxury vacation homes provide Playstations, internet access, and other amenities that you’d enjoy at home. Some even have access to private beaches.

During your stay on the San Juan Islands, hop on board a whale watching boat. If you prefer, you can whale watch from the shore or even arrange for a flight to let you watch from the air. You can also fill your day by visiting museums, parks, or going shopping. Take the family and rent bicycles and tour the island. Any way you slice it, traveling to and enjoying your stay on the San Juan Islands is a piece of cake!

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Line-up Announced For 2012 International Underwater Film Festival In The Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands is getting ready to host the annual International Underwater Film Festival once again and this years event will showcase a wide range of films, documentaries and videography.

The film festival will be taking place on Thursday 8th November, 2012 at the Westin Casuarina and Spa Resort in Grand Cayman, one of the leading scuba diving destinations in the world.

This years event is being held in conjunction with the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame induction ceremony and highlights include films by Howard Hall, Leslie Leaney, Guy Hall, plus local videographers.

Divers Alert Network and the Cayman Islands Tourism Association will present the event which features an array of talks, film screenings, presentations and competitions.

The 2012 line-up includes a tribute to the underwater world of the Cayman Islands by Frans DeBacker; Sea Net 1944 by Leslie Leaney which includes a WWII era short film by the SEA NET company in Los Angeles; and Fragile Cayman by Michael Maes which educates viewers about the importance of looking after and preserving the marine environment.

A Silent Auction and Lobster Lotto will also take pace during the evening and this year, all of the funds raised will help support the marine conservation efforts carried out by the Guy Harvey Research Institute as well as diving safety initiatives. Every lobster (rubber) purchased in the Lobster Lotto is a winning one and participants can win prizes such as key chains, dive packages, T-shirts and much more.

The underwater photo competition will showcase a collection of incredible photographs that have been captured by photographers while scuba diving in the Cayman Islands and the top three images in each of the five categories will be printed on canvas and displayed. A Best in Show honour will also be awarded to the best image in each category (Cayman Wrecks, Turtles, Critters/Macro, Scenic, and Creative).

Tickets for the Underwater Film Festival cost 25 and funds raised will go to the Cayman Islands Tourism Association to help with crucial marine conservation efforts such as Dive 365, underwater and coastal clean-ups, lionfish culling materials and expeditions, maintenance of the sunken USS Kittiwake, government links, office buildings and staff members.

The Cayman Islands are ranked among the Caribbeans leading scuba diving destinations due to its shallow, crystal clear turquoise ocean waters that are teeming with magnificent marine species.

During scuba diving holidays in the Cayman Islands, tourists can swim alongside beautiful stingrays, eagle rays, manta rays, sea turtles, hundreds of species of colourful fish and colourful coral reefs.

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Brazilian Beaches Lover’s Ecstasy

Beautiful pallid sands and fresh turquoise bluish green waters are not the only factors that make Brazilian beaches the most loved all over the world. At any time of the year, you can find yourself getting a gorgeous sunburn or revelry the night away. Brazil has a plethora of beaches that can anyone into a beach bum. Long coastlines dotted with pretty cafe’s and long hours spent trying out irrigate sports makes the Brazilian beaches a most sought after target amongst all beach lovers.

Copacabana Beach:
This Brazilian beach is a hot spy especially for the New Years evening. Copacabana is situated in the southern area of Rio de Janeiro. Its beauty is enhanced with the historic castel that are seen at this Brazilian beach. Copacabana also draws a reputation for being known as one of the best beaches in the world. A fun time at Copacabana beach would mean oodles of fun in the sun with games such as volleyball.

Ipanema Beach:
Located in the Southern area of Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema beach is a mixture of different civilization. This beach like all Brazilian beaches offers white sands and loads of games and fun. A saunter down the sandy shoreline would reveal people playing games such as beach volleyball, football etc.

Pipa Beach:
It is located in the state of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil. Pipa attracts people because of its fine white sand and precipice that offer a gorgeous view of the place. Pipa has a vast number of fine restaurants nightclubs.

Ponta Verde Beach:
This beach is located in Maceio in the city of Alagoas. Ponta Verde also linger to be the most recurrent beach of Brazil. This beach is a popular spot because of the reefs, which contain tiny ponds that form during low deluge. This is also most frequented because of a certain part of land that scheme out of the sea. This land is covered entirely with a green cover.

Toque Toque Grande:
The Toque Toque Grande beach is located in the city of Sao Sebastiao in Brazil. The island is quite unoccupied by people. It’s an ideal location for those wanting some isolation and love scuba diving.

Jericoacoara Beach:
This beach is known for offering some of the most stunning views in Brazil. It proves to be an ideal spot for surfing.

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The Beautiful Beaches Of The Costa Brava – Lloret De Mar

A beautiful city nestled on Costa Brava, Lloret de Mar has access to some of the region’s most pristine beaches the largest of which, Lloret Beach, has been awarded the the Blue Flag award for cleanliness. People from all over Europe travel via Barcelona to Lloret de Mar, making it a must-see tourist hotspot for anyone looking to spend time in the sun and on the sand.

There are many coves, inlets, and stretches of sand which make up the area’s variety of beaches; with easy access from the airport in Barcelona to Lloret de Mar, these beaches have become major destinations for young people from places like Denmark, France, the UK, the rest of Portugal, and even as far away as America and Australia. This article will talk about some of the beaches in the area and where you might find them.

Lloret

The most popular beach in the area, and the beach from which the town gets its name, is Lloret Beach, located right off the main city centre. This beautiful sandy coastline is almost 1.5 km long and is popular with both locals and tourists. During peak season, this beach is completely packed with sunbathers, swimmers, and people playing beach sports. This is definitely the place to see and be seen, and people travel from Barcelona to Lloret de Mar to be amongst the sunbathers on these sands.

Fenals

Fenals is the second longest beach, measuring just over 800 metres long. It is a bit more secluded when compared to Lloret Beach and is separated from it by a large massif, which creates a buffer from the wind and the city noise. However it still offers glimpses of the high buildings through the trees.

Santa Cristina

If you want something a little more removed, but still easily accessible, check out Santa Cristina beach. A calm cove is created by two high hills on either side on one of them is Santa Cristina chapel, from which you can access the beach by taking the little pathway from the left side of the church and following it down to the sand. Once you’re there, you’ll be treated to soft bird songs and gentle waves. Though less popular with locals and people travelling from Barcelona to Lloret de Mar, it’s still a great beach to visit.

Canyelles

One of the farthest beaches from the town centre is Canyelles Beach. This beach is covered in the soft white sand that is typical of Costa Brava, and the high hills surrounding the beach itself are covered in pine trees. This creates the illusion of remoteness that makes for a very relaxing place to spend an afternoon. Access to this beach is easy. On the road that leads to Tossa de Mar, there’s a pathway on the right side that descends down onto the beach – but be careful because it’s easy to miss.

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Enjoy On The Enchanting Beaches Of South India

Endowed with sheer natural beauty, South India is a fascinating tourist destination of India. These are among the most famous tourist attractions of South India. The enchanting states of this region of the country are popular for their mesmerizing beaches. Visit these beaches for rejuvenating holidays. Imagine yourself sitting under the palm trees sipping coconut water and enjoying the beauty of sea. You can also enjoy the bliss of Ayurvedic massages at the beaches. Unleash the adventurer in you by indulging in a variety of adventure activities on the beaches. There is so much to enjoy and explore at the beaches. Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Pondicherry are the perfect destinations for beach holidays.

Kerala
Kerala beaches are known across the world for their breathtaking beauty. Tourists from all over the world come here to enjoy their holidays. The silvery sands, gorgeous greenery, lashing waves, swaying palm trees and rocky cliffs will surely capture your heart. Relax your muscles in the picturesque and pleasant environment and experience the charm of Ayurvedic massages. Some of the famous beaches of Kerala are Kovalam, Poovar, Varkala, Kappad, Beypore, Kochi, Alappuzha and Marari.

Karnataka
Karnataka is a land of rich cultural heritage and sheer natural beauty. Its palm fringed beaches offer great opportunity to tourists to relax in the lap of Mother Nature. Take a break from your daily schedule and let lose yourself in the relaxing environment of the beaches. This state is gifted with 320 km long coastline which makes it a paradise for beach lovers. Murudeshwar beach of Karnataka is not only famous for its scenic ambiance but also for carvings and statues. Karwar, Maple, Maravanthe and Bhatkal are the other famous beaches of the state. Maravanthe is popular for offering opportunities for adventure activities.

Tamil Nadu
This state takes immense pride in its marina beach which is the second longest beach in the world. Visit this beach for a memorable experience. Rameshwaram beach is a must-see tourist destination of this state. It is also a pilgrimage centre. For getting soaked in breathtaking natural beauty travel to Kanyakumari beach where you can see the point where Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal meet.

Pondicherry
Unspoilt, beautiful and peaceful, such are the beaches of Pondicherry. To treat your senses with mind-blowing sunrise views visit Karailkal beach. People playing football is a common sight here. The Serenity, Mahe and Plage Paradiso are the other famous beaches of Pondicherry.

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Caribbean Leeward Islands – Tips For A Sailing Holiday

If you want to sail many places at a single shot, try the Leeward Islands. Sailing in Leeward Islands can comprise various routes and interesting cultures. This is because it is a number of several island nations and independent territories that have been once colonized by the US, UK, France, and Netherlands. The Leewards is composed of the Virgin Islands (American and British), Saint Bartholomew, Montserrat, St. Martin, Dominica, Anguilla, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Saba, and St. Eustatius. Among these, the largest is the American and British Virgin Islands. Because of geographical situation, Isla Aves has been included as a part of the Leeward Islands.

The name “Leeward” was given to the group of islands because of the current winds in the region that blows from northwest. These trade winds are almost constant all over the year and blows from 10 to 25 knots. Because of the Atlantic ocean, the strongest currents and largest waves are most often on the northeastern sides of the islands. The waters of the Caribbean Sea are normally much calmer and make easier sailing.

Sailing in Leeward Islands is best done from the months of November to July. This period is recognized as the most perfect yacht season of the year. Also, the months of December to March is recognized as the peak season wherein thousands of local and international sailors all around the world flock the Leewards and sail its magnificent coastal waters.
Average air temperatures range from 22 to 30 C (72 to 86 F) and the water temperatures stay between 20 and 23 C (68 and 74 F).
July to October is the least attractive months because this is when the hurricane season is very prevalent.

Leeward Islands have been considered as one of the most excellent sailing regions in the world. This is true especially along of St. Martin, Antigua, and Dominica. At present, you will notice a lot of big cruises such as luxury motor yachts and Super Yachts while cruising in the Lewards.

One of the best starting points when cruising in Lewards is in Antigua. This place is a major yacht hub not only in the Lewards but also in the Caribbean. Antigua became famous when it became Great Britain’s base in the West Indies during the 18th century. Antigua has remarkable beaches with beautiful white sand.

From Antigua, you can turn your route to St. Kitts and Nevis – one of Caribbean’s several “twin island nations”. Sailing in Leeward Islands through the St. Kitts and Nevis, your itinerary can be filled with adventure and fun. The place is beautiful and its waters so magical. It is also very historic as evidenced by its old sugar plantations, forts, and monuments.

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