No summer vacation is complete without some soothing and exciting water sports. Temperatures are rising allowing for a perfectly comfortable dip in the ocean or pool or lake. Finding resorts with adequate water activities isn’t easy, so… we sorted through the opportunities and found the best destinations.
CASA MARINA RESORT, FLORIDA
If perfect weather, calm waters and incredible ocean life sounds like a dream vacation, the Florida Keys should be your choice. Check out Casa Marina resort in the Keys for an amazing vacation adventure. The neighboring coral reefs offer world-class snorkeling and diving and the resort has all the watercraft you could ever want to rent. Sailboats and wave runners await your visit to the Florida Keys.
CLUB MED CANCUN YUCATAN, MEXICO
Cancun is known for powder sand beaches and all-night parties but did you know it has some of the best water sports in all of the Caribbean? Sitting on a shallow bay, Club Med Cancun Yucatan offers incredible water activities in a very safe environment. Enjoy everything from sailing, scuba and kite surfing to more memorable events like swimming with dolphins.
ANTHONY’S KEY RESORT, HONDURAS
If nature is calling, check out Anthony’s Key Resort in Honduras for the ultimate marine adventure. The Roatan Institute for Marine Science is located around the corner and offers everything from swimming with dolphins to feeding rare marine life. They offer a kids camp so your children can enjoy an educational experience while you enjoy more adult-friendly activities.
MADDEN’S ON GULL LAKE, MINNESOTA
If oceans aren’t your thing, try a fun lake adventure instead. Try Madden’s on Gull Lake in Minnesota, a sprawling resort on Brainerd Lake. The kids will enjoy the water trampolines and massive blob while the adults will enjoy water skiing and jet skiing. With its close proximity to the major cities in the Midwest, Madden’s is always a popular choice.
THE BITTER END YACHT CLUB, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Maybe fancy yachts are more your speed and if that is so, you have to check out The Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands. On this island, luxury takes center stage and adventure awaits the willing. The open ocean is calling all you sailing enthusiasts and they even have a kid’s camp where your children can learn to love sailing.
FOUR SEASONS MAUI, HAWAII
You can’t have a list of awesome beach resorts and not include Hawaii. The Four Seasons Maui offers every kind of water activity in the luxurious Hawaiian waters. You must try the authentic Hawaiian Outrigger Canoes, they offer free lessons and it’s a blast. Whale watching is also huge here so book a tour and see some huge marine life.
LOEWS CORONADO BAY RESORT, CALIFORNIA
California is home to some epic surf breaks so why not stay at a resort that offers free lessons. Loews Coronado Bay Resort rents out sailboats, jet skis, kayaks, and paddleboards so all the bases are covered.
10 Best Casinos Outside Las Vegas
The United States has other casinos outside Las Vegas. Here is a list of the top 10 casinos that you can visit even without going to Crescent City.
There are more than 1,500 casinos spanning the entire US. Aside from the casinos that are located inside Las Vegas, gamblers can easily visit various casinos near their area. If you like playing a game or two—or three, it’d be nice to know the different casinos that might be near you. In this article, we decided to feature the 10 best casinos outside the Big Easy.
Located in Uncasville, Connecticut, Mohegan Sun boasts of three casinos. These are Casino of the Sky, Casino of the Wind, and Casino of the Earth. To provide you with even more entertainment choices, the three floors in between these casinos feature about 5,000 slot machines, 42 poker tables, 275 table games, a race book. If you like playing Asian table games like Pai Gow Poker, Baccarat, and Sic Bo, you can also visit the Sunrise Square. You can even find a couple of smoke-free areas, sections that are dedicated to non-smoker visitors.
Pechanga Resort and Casino
Branded as California’s largest casino, the Pechanga Resort and Casino measures 188,000 square feet. It has over 4,000 slot machines, a 700-seater Bingo area, 154 table games, and a non-smoker poker section.
Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
You can also visit the Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City that’s located in New Jersey. It has 2,172 slot machines, a 3,800 square feet sportsbook, and a daily poker tournament.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa
If you’re in Florida, this can be your new hangout as it boasts of over 4,000 slot machines, 46 poker tables, and a multitude of table games.
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
If you’re tired of Las Vegas but still want to visit a casino within Nevada, you can check out the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino that’s located in Reno, Nevada.
Casino Del Sol
For Tucson, Arizona gamblers, you can visit Casino Del Sol. Players can enjoy various table games for the minimum expense of $3 per game.
Ocean Casino Resort
Another Atlantic City gambling destination is the Ocean Casino Resort. Aside from its multiple slot machines and Sportsbook, it has the biggest Topgolf Swing Suite in the whole United States.
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
Another casino that’s located in Reno, Nevada, the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa has 1,400 slot and poker machines. It even provides guests with a tropical-themed experience.
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City
Another popular destination is the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City. This New Jersey casino has 2,115 slot machines and various poker and play tables to check out. It also provides customers with an Asian gaming area that allows visitors to play Baccarat, Asian Poker, and Pai Gow.
Foxwood Resort Casino
Ranked as the best casino outside of Las Vegas, the Foxwood Resort Casino is located in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Offering around 4,500 slot machines and numerous gambling amenities, visitors will surely enjoy the place. The place even boasts four hotels to choose from and more than 30 restaurants, as well. If you’re looking for your new staycation and gambling destination, the Foxwood Resort Casino is a must-try.
Tourist Experiences Bad Luck, Returns Pompeii Artifacts
A Canadian woman returned Pompeii artifacts, 15 years after they were stolen from the Pompeii site.
Prof. Massimo Ossana, the Archeological Park of Pompeii’s temporary director released a statement last Tuesday confirming the return of five stolen artifacts that were sent back via a travel agency. The said agency, then, contacted the Carabinieri police regarding the matter.
The artifacts, which were accompanied by a letter, were brought back to the archeological park. However, they cannot be returned to their specific, original spots within Pompeii’s old ruins. “Obviously they cannot be relocated because their precise origin is not known,” Osanna shared.
According to The Guardian and CNN, the Canadian tourist’s missive narrated her experiences of bad luck right after she took the Pompeii artifacts back in 2005. She mentioned that she went through financial and health problems because of them. “We are good people and I don’t want to pass this curse on to my family,” the woman explained.
In relation to the incident, Ossana mentioned that stolen artifacts get frequently sent back to the archeological park that features the ruins of an ancient Roman city that got destroyed by the violent eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Many of these items are returned due to the same reason—that the artifacts are accompanied by a curse, bestowing ill luck to those who take them from their resting place.
“For several years, the Archaeological Park of Pompeii has been receiving letters from visitors who, on the occasion of their visit, had taken small objects (we are talking about mosaic tiles, small shards, stones, pieces of plaster, lapilli), of little value, but part of unique archaeological heritage, and that they decided after years to return, claiming to have derived only bad luck from that act,” the Archeological Park of Pompeii’s statement said.
Consequently, the statement also mentioned that the supposed curse that accompanies the artifacts found at the park serves as an effective deterrent for anyone who wishes to take or steal other Pompeii items in the future. “But we hope that an international civil awareness towards cultural heritage in general will increase, regardless of the fear of a bad luck that could affect those who make such gestures,” Osanna continued.
Stealing items from famous archaeological sites and tourist destinations is a rampant activity. However, visitors to these heritage areas must be aware of the necessity to preserve these artifacts because they serve as actual, historical objects that provide current and future generations with the means to understand how our ancestors lived in the past. Preserved artifacts are living testaments to the people who came before us, offering us a glimpse into their lives—how they lived, how they interacted with one another, and how they died.
Knowing what happened in the past—how people survived in the past—provides us with the necessary knowledge to improve our present lives and the lives of future generations. Hence, it is essential for everyone to preserve these archaeological and historical sites—and understand the significance of their continued presence in our modern existence.
Thailand Plans to Welcome Back International Tourists by October
Hope is knocking on the door of travelers who are anxious to spend their Christmas holidays in Thailand. However, provided that they are willing to spend a few weeks in a kingdom with limited areas.
During a public forum held in August 2020, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism, said that the country is planning to allow foreign tourists to enter the country under the program, Safe and Sealed. He claims that he has already asked the prime minister to approve the expected date of opening on October 1. Ratchakitprakarn says that he has already requested Phuket as a model and has gotten approval from the Center for Economic Situation Administration. Upon launching the program, tourists will be able to enter Thailand’s largest island, Phuket. However, travelers will need to stay in quarantine in a selected resort for not more than 14 days upon arriving.
According to Phipat, the famous Patong Beach is an excellent example wherein three to four resorts are set up there. Keeping the tourists in the area would allow them to spend time on a beach, given that they would stay in their designated areas. Travelers are also required to get tested for COVID-19 at the beginning and the end of their allotted quarantine period. However, the minister says that tourists who want to travel outside of Phuket would have to undergo a third COVID-19 test and have an extension of seven days under quarantine. Besides that, hotel staff who work in the designated areas aren’t allowed to leave the premises without taking a COVID-19 test and going into quarantine.
Governor Yuthasak Supasorn of the Tourism Authority of Thailand has told CNN that the government has approved the travel plan. The next phase would be holding a public hearing to obtain the residents’ approval.
The Step for the Future
Like most countries who have always relied on tourism, Thailand has been hit pretty hard by the pandemic. Aside from having all international commercial flights being banned, the residents on returning flights would have to be put into quarantine for 14 days. Gratefully, Thailand hasn’t had a locally transmitted COVID-19 case for more than three months now, which gives travelers a sense of relief as they go on trips for the weekends. Managing director Bill Barnet of the Asia-focused consulting firm C9 Hotelwork claims that welcoming international travelers is the right step.
According to Barnet, COVID-19 is different compared to other events like 9/11 and the restart of traveling. He claims that the Safe and Sealed program may not be a silver bullet, but a step forward against “the deer in headlights position.”
He diminishes any form of criticism that says the project may be too restrictive. Barnet claims that Phuket has proven its appeal as a destination for people looking to escape the winter season. Barnet notes that Russians, Britons, Germans, and Scandinavians have always returned to Phuket yearly and stay long-term guests. He claims that the moment the temperature drops in Europe, the people will quickly mark Phuket as one of their destinations.
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