Coney Island is a residential Brooklyn neighborhood that morphs into a relaxation and entertainment destination each summer. Locals and tourists crowd its beach, the Wonder Wheel and Luna Park, an amusement park featuring the famed Cyclone roller coaster. Street performers, the Circus Sideshow and the Mermaid Parade in June lend an eccentric vibe. Nathan's Famous is known for its July 4th hot-dog eating contest.
Beverly Hills is a city in California's Los Angeles County. Home to many Hollywood stars, it features the upscale shopping street of Rodeo Drive. Home of the famous and the beautiful it comprises one of the most expensive zip codes in the US. The expansive Beverly Gardens Park has fountains and rose gardens, plus an illuminated Beverly Hills sign. The 1920s Greystone Mansion is the backdrop for many films. Known as a celebrity haunt, The Beverly Hills Hotel is set in tropical gardens and has a poolside cafe.
Beverly Hills is known around the world as one of the most fashionable places to shop. In the heart of it all sits Rodeo Drive – undeniably one of the most famous streets on the globe. With more than 100 world-renowned stores and hotels comprising its three magnificent blocks within the Golden Triangle, it is easy to become lost in the street's splendor and charm. There are, however, several highlights that are not to be missed.
- Beverly Willshire, the Pretty Woman hotel!
- Two Rodeo Drive: A cobblestone street with the most expensive and luxurious brands and 2 amazing restaurants; 208 Rodeo Restaurant, which offers one of the best patios for alfresco dining in Beverly Hills, and the exclusive Urasawa -- one of the most expensive sushi restaurants in the United States.
- Walk of style: While the Hollywood Walk of Fame honors those in the entertainment industry, fashion superstars have a sidewalk tribute of their own.
- Anderton court: Situated on Rodeo Drive between Dayton Way and Brighton Way, visitors will find one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural projects.
- Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel: Continuing north along Rodeo Drive past Dayton Way is Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel. With 88 rooms and suites, it has the distinction of being the only hotel located directly on Rodeo Drive.
- House of Bijan: Another treasure that can be found on Rodeo Drive is a collaboration between a fashion designer and an automotive brand. House of Bijan’s Bijan Pakzad's custom Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe is one of the most popular attractions on Rodeo Drive, with hundreds of tourists snapping photos daily.
Santa Monica is a coastal city west of downtown Los Angeles. Santa Monica Beach is fringed by Palisades Park, with views over the Pacific Ocean. Santa Monica Pier is home to the Pacific Park amusement park, historic Looff Hippodrome Carousel and Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Next to the pier is Muscle Beach, an outdoor gym established in the 1930s. In the city center, Bergamot Station houses several art galleries.
Take a walk all the way down to Venice Beach and feast your eyes on the beautiful people, the odd people and the mesmerizing pink sunsets. This is what you picture when someone mentions California and it doesn’t disappoint.
Avoid many of the restaurants right on the boardwalk, they are too expensive and lacking in quality. I would suggest you stop by a whole foods first and bring your food down to the beach for a little sunset picnic.
Also, if you are not up for a long walk, grab a bird/lime and cruise down, it’s so much fun you won’t want to part ways with them. But do be mindful of the areas where it’s not allowed.
The Westman Islands are a group of 15-18 islands, depending on how they are classed, and about 30 skerries sand rock pillars, located off the mainland’s south coast (a sight to be seen when arriving!). The islands were formed by submarine volcanic eruptions along a 30-km long fissure lying southwest to northeast. The largest is Heimaey at 13.4 km2. Most of the islands have steep sea cliffs, and are well vegetated.
A Norse timber church, a gift from the Norwegians to commemorate 1000 years since Christianity was accepted in Iceland, was consecrated on Heimaey. The only church of its type in Iceland, it has been situated at the Skans area where a stone wall, built after the Turkish invasion in 1627 occurred, has been rebuilt. Population 4,416.
It’s also an amazing place to see puffins so if you are in season, take a day trip there, you won’t regret it. Because it’s not on everyone’s list it’s a fantastic place for photos and the locals are very friendly!
Griffith Observatory sits on the south face of Mount Hollywood and overlooks the Los Angeles basin. Its location gives visitors impressive views of the surrounding area. But there's more than just a pretty photo-op here. The observatory hosts fascinating exhibitions and features a top-notch planetarium.
What a surreal experience this was!
Arguably one of the best pools in Iceland. Why? Read below:
- It’s incredibly remote so it almost guarantees that you are going to enjoy it on your own.
- It provides one of the best views I was lucky enough to see with my eyes. The immensity of ocean surrounding this pool makes it almost a bit magical. And on a clear day you can see Greenland!
- The facilities are pristine, although basic, everything is clean and in great condition. Remember most of this places are not free, even though there’s no attendant on site there are always boxes where you can put the money for your ticket. For this reason, always remember to carry cash with you.
Situated on the Pacific Coast, the Santa Clara region is home to Panama’s all-inclusive resorts. These hotels boast numerous water sports and beach activities, fine dining with several restaurants and bars, and nightly entertainment. Also located in this region is Panama’s only 5 star hotel, the JW Marriott Golf and Beach Resort.
Only 1.5 – 2 hours drive from Panama City and the international airport, this hotspot has also become popular with American expats looking to retire to an inexpensive beach destination. Local restaurants and food stores cater to the “american” crowd so you can find anything you need in town. High-rise beach condos now dot the coast and more are being built every day as investors and retirees settle in Panama.
Enjoy a boat ride across the bay, taking in the views along the way, to a candle and torchlit, private beach hideaway. See Mexico’s past come alive through dance and music during an enchanting theatrical performance followed by a delicious seaside dining experience under the stars.
Dettifoss is a waterfall in Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland, and is reputed to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Believe when I say that you haven’t seen force like this.
Dettifoss is situated on the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, which flows from the Vatnajökull glacier and collects water from a large area in Northeast Iceland.
Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre (490 ha) urban cultural park in San Diego, California, United States. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. There are also many recreational facilities and several gift shops and restaurants within the boundaries of the park. Placed in reserve in 1835, the park's site is one of the oldest in the United States dedicated to public recreational use. Balboa Park is managed and maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of San Diego.
Islamorada is a village encompassing 6 of the Florida Keys, known for their coral reefs. The Theater of the Sea features dolphin encounters. Exhibits at the History of Diving Museum include a 16th-century treasure chest. Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park is a former quarry. Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park has tropical forest. Indian Key Historic State Park is a tiny island with 1800s ruins.
Key West, a U.S. island city, is part of the Florida Keys archipelago. It's also Florida's southernmost point, lying roughly 90 miles north of Cuba. Famed for its pastel-hued, conch-style houses, it’s a cruise-ship stop also accessible from the mainland via the Overseas Highway. It’s known more for its coral reefs – destinations for diving and snorkeling – than for its beaches.
Cafayate is a town in Salta province, in northwest Argentina. It lies in the Calchaquí Valleys, an area known for its reddish rock formations. Many vineyards dot the land, and in town the Museo de la Vid y el Vino explains the process of winemaking. Near the town square are the Rodolfo Bravo Regional and Archaeological Museum, with objects from local excavations, and the 19th-century Our Lady of the Rosary cathedral.