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Ditch The Flip Flops: Best Places to Go Barefoot


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We all have our favorite places to go barefoot, but thanks to Huffington Post we now have a list of the best of the best places to massage your toes in the sand. … Over winter and ready to hit the beach? Us too. As a coping mechanism, we’ve compiled a list of the best places to beat the heat. Here are a few spots where shirts and shoes are definitely not required. Destinations include Seven Mile Beach, Negril , Jamaica (photo above by Michael McCarthy via Flickr); Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California; Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti; and Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Beach Maniac‘s insight:
What’s your favorite place to go barefoot?

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Featured Beach Resort: Beaches Negril Resort & Spa


Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor.

Beaches Negril Resort & Spa is one of TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Hotels for Families in the World. What TripAdvisor travelers are saying: “After coming to beaches resort for a week I didn’t want to leave!” … “This was our third trip to Beaches Negril and this resort and especially the staff, continue to provide us with an outstanding week in the sun. This resort is perfect for families with a perfect mix of child oriented activities.” … “My family & I first visited this all-inclusive family-friendly resort April, 2012 and had a great time. We enjoyed it so much we decided to go again and were not disappointed. It was even better than the first time.” Read more and compare prices.

Travel Channel’s ‘Best Beaches’ is a list of dream vacations


Hanauma Bay, Oahu. Beach Maniac photo.

The Travel Channel’s 2013 list of the Best Beaches includes a few I have been fortunate enough to visit already, and a few that are high on my bucket list. Among those I have already visited, my favorite on this list is Hanauma Bay on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, which was named the Best Beach for Adventure. On the far side of Diamond Head volcano from Honolulu and Waikiki Beach, this tranquil bay has amazing coral reefs just offshore, allowing for incredible snorkeling right off the beach. To protect the coral, all visitors are taken through an instructional tour before being allowed onto the beach. What I liked best is you can snorkel for a while, climb up on shore and rest and then go right back in whenever you want.

Another spot I have been fortunate enough to experience is Rick’s Cafe in Negril, Jamaica, named the Best Beach Bar. I only visited for an hour or so as I swam to the bar from a catamaran docked just offshore as part of a snorkeling trip but it was an experience I will never forget. No, I did not take the adventurous (and dangerous) 30-foot dive off the rocks into the sea, but I sure enjoyed watching others do it as I relaxed with a cool one.

Then there is the Best Beach Boardwalk, Venice Beach, California. If you have not yet visited this iconic beach, be sure to add it to your to-do list. It’s not necessarily a great family vacation spot because of the many oddities you might encounter, but it’s about as unique and entertaining of a place as you’ll ever see.

The Travel Channel spot I most want to visit someday but have not yet been able to is Bora Bora, the exotic South Pacific island known for its incredible beauty and clear waters. The Travel Channel names Matira Beach in Bora Bora, Tahiti, the Most Romantic Beach in the World AND the Best Overall Beach. And who wouldn’t want to spend a night in one of those over-the-water villas with the one you love. You’ll have to save a lot – a real lot – to ever experience this, or you can rely on winning the lottery. If nothing else, it makes for a great goal, or should I say a dream?

Other beaches making the Travel Channel’s ‘Best of’ list are:

  • Best Exotic Beach: Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
  • Best Beach You Haven’t Heard of Yet: Nevis, Caribbean.
  • Sexiest Beach: Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Best Family Beach, Destin, Florida. (I can’t believe I haven’t been there yet, though I’ve been close.)
  • Best Party Beach, South Beach, Miami, Florida. (Yes, I have been two or three times and am always ready to go back.)

Note: Links on this page will take you to TripAdvisor pages, where you can read traveler reviews and compare prices.

The Travel Channel article can be found here.

Beach Maniac Blog by Bill Hurley

Cliff jumping at Rick’s Cafe in Negril, Jamaica


I just came across this amazing video of cliff jumping at Rick’s Cafe in Negril, Jamaica, and it brought back some wonderful memories of my visit there a couple years ago. No, I didn’t jump off the cliff, and if you watch the video you will see why. Everyone in this video is much younger and more athletic than me, and obviously a lot more daring as well. I remember hearing stories when we were there about a young lady who had recently jumped and landed less than ideally. The story went that she was in tremedous pain, having broken multiple bones, and it took a long time for an ambulance to arrive. Well, that was the story that was going around at the time anyway, and it was more than enough to make me a spectator rather than a jumper. But to my amazement, my very daring friend Jim (in his 50s) and his daughter Michelle (in her 20s) jumped and came away with little more than a couple bruises, not to mention bragging rights. So, with that background, you can see why this video caught my attention, not to mention the incredible videography, which I understand came in part from using a GoPro HD HERO2 Professional Wearable HD Camera.

 

Hedonism II resort in Negril, Jamaica, to host Miss Black Nude Pageant


Miss Black Nude Pageant, Hedonism II resort, Jamaica

Seen here are some of the confirmed delegates in the 2012 Miss Black Nude Pageant.

Hedonism II in Negril, Jamaica, widely regarded as the world’s sexiest beach resort, will be scorching hot September 5 to 10, 2012, for the 20th renewal of the world-famous Miss Black Nude Pageant. This posh and classy competition is arguably the most eye-popping parade of beauty on the planet and the five-day annual nerve-plucker will showcase twelve of the most sensationally beautiful black women alive.

The Miss Black Nude Pageant has been broadcast on the HBO Real Sex series in the past and this year’s staging will bring together twelve of the sexiest chocolate ladies from across the United States competing for cash prizes and the coveted crown. The event is one of the most requested and repeated shows on the HBO channel.

The participating delegates typically come from all walks of life. “Some are college students, others are exotic dancers and a few from this year’s bevy of beauties work in the private sector” pageant director Delores Dickson disclosed. Dickson, who is based in Washington DC and who is also the founder of the Miss Black Nude Pageant acknowledged that some of the winners from previous years have used their cash prize to pay for their college education. “They all are as supremely talented as they are irresistibly beautiful, but only one lucky lady can glide away with the crown”, Dickson declared proudly.

This year’s 2012 eye popper is commemorative. To celebrate the twentieth renewal of this very unique pageant, a number of winners from past years have been invited to join the five-day fun party. And this year, as always, the panel of distinguished judges will be looking for that one tantalizing temptress loaded with bewitching beauty, brains and a bashy personality.

Dickson exploded in uncontrollable laughter when asked if she ever had delegates coming forward over the years who were not natural born women. “We typically don’t run gender checks”, she chuckled, contemplating the possibility of a future prank or the prospect of a transgender contestant. “But we’ve never had that sort of dispute in the nude competition”, she affirmed. The questions was of course asked because of the recent decision of Miss Universe owner Donald Trump to allow a transgender Canadian delegate, Jenna Talackova, 23, to enter the Miss Universe Canada competition.

My next question to Dickson confronted the issue of the many raised eyebrows in Jamaica with staging a nude pageant there. “Honey”, Dickson revealed with spit-fire speed, winking. “Over the years, we have raised a lot more than eyebrows. It comes with the territory”. But she quickly pointed out that the Miss Black Nude delegates go beyond entertaining. She said each year the ladies participate in a fundraiser for breast cancer with donations going to hospitals and oncology units in the mid-Atlantic states.

During this sizzling week, the twelve luscious ladies of color will compete in several categories of competition: evening wear, swimsuit, talent showcase, a Burlesque routine and the all-important nude showcase.

Hundreds of pageant fans are expected to converge on Negril during pageant week, and guests can participate in a number of activities including fashion shows, pajama parties, body painting, toga parties, wet t-shirt contest and nude volley ball playoffs. Or one can simply daydream under the soul-warming rays of the tropical sun.

Hedonism II is an adult all-inclusive playground for pleasure that nourishes the body, the mind, the spirit and the soul. For over thirty years, this trend-setting resort has shattered inhibitions, pushed the limits of human endurance and brought untold joys and fulfillment to hedonists from all corners of the globe. And all the rumors, legends and myths you’ve heard about Hedonism are mostly true!

Source: Hedonism II via PRWeb

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Hit the beach with your true love: Apple Vacations announces top romantic getaways


Photo Credit: Javier Ocasio, BeachBackgrounds.com

Apple Vacations has released its list of the top romantic getaways in its portfolio. From luxury resorts to wallet-friendly adults-only hotels, there’s something for every couple who needs a getaway. “Apple Vacations’ top romantic getaways list gives us an opportunity to highlight our top resorts for couples getaways and bring attention to some niche hotels that might not traditionally be recognized as romantic,” said Sandy Babin, Vice President of Marketing. “Our wide variety of featured resorts offer a romantic retreat for every type of couple.”

Beach Maniac provides the links below to Apple Vacations’ top romantic vacations, along with a second link to TripAdvisor pages where you can find out more about each destination:

Travasaa Hana – Maui, Hawaii
TripAdvisor traveler reviews of Travasaa Hana: “Most authentic of all.” –

Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun – Riviera Maya
– TripAdvisor traveler reviews of Secrets Maroma: “Unbelievable”  –

Golden Parnassus Adult All Inclusive Resort & Spa – Cancun
– TripAdvisor traveler reviews of Golden Panassus: “Good value, pros and cons” –

Temptation Resort & Spa – Cancun
– TripAdvisor reviews of Temptation Resort and Spa: “4 star trying to be a 5″ –

Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa – Puerto Vallarta
– TripAdvisor reviews of Dreams Puerto Vallarta: “Excellent stay” –

El Silencio Lodge & Spa – Costa Rica
– TripAdvisor traveler reviews of El Silencio: “Amazing!” –

Couples Negril – Negril, Jamaica
TripAdvisor traveler reviews of Couples Negril: “Would go back in a heartbeat!” –

Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana – Punta Cana
– Trip Advisor traveler reviews of Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana: “Raving fan!”  –

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bavaro – Punta Cana
– TripAdvisor traveler reviews of Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel: “Almost perfect.” –

Hotel Lotti – Paris
– TripAdvisor traveler reviews of Hotel Lotti Paris: “Wonderful location and great view from the room.” –

Have you been to any of these romantic destinations? Share your story and photos below. (Clicking in the comment box will bring up an image uploading link.)

 

Nine naked couples get married in Valentine’s ceremony at Jamaican resort


So, how did the world’s largest nude wedding play out on Valentine’s Day 2012 at the Hedonism II resort in Jamaica? Well, it turned out that nine couples were wedded in the buff. Yes, 10 couples were chosen from among more than 100 who applied, but one shy couple dropped out before the ceremony. Newspapers quoted Kevin Young, of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., who married Shannon Witherspoon: “It was easy for us cause we’re used to it. But some of these other people had never been naked before outside their bedroom. I got to give them kudos, cause they really stepped up and did the full monte thing and got naked.”

Here’s a very tasteful video from the ceremony:


And a photo:

 



Original article:

Buck Naked. Stark naked. Naked as jaybird. Call it what you will, but Hedonism II in Negril, Jamaica, calls it The World’s Largest Nude Wedding. The risque resort on the shores of Seven Mile Beach on the Caribbean is putting out what it calls “a siren call” for engaged couples who would like to get married in the buff on national TV on Valentine’s Day 2012. The nuptials and interviews with the newlyweds will be featured in a top-rated show on an unnamed “major documentary network.”

The resort has hosted nude weddings before, but this time up to 10 couples will be chosen to star in the cable television program – with private parts blurred for broadcast – and receive a complimentary Dream Wedding and four-night stay at Hedonism II in Negril, Jamaica.

Hedonism II says that, with its location on 22 acres at the northern end of Negril’s scenic seven-mile beach, it is the ideal spot for a nude wedding.

“Amid the alluring ocean views and white sand beaches are 280 beach or garden-view rooms and 12 suites, equipped with private Jacuzzis and terraces for intimate time alone. From a wide array of water and land sports to the late night club, nightly themed parties and five different bars, Hedonism II is filled with non-stop entertainment. When couples need a break from the excitement, the on-site Blue Mahoe Spa allows them to sit back, relax and revitalize with a choice of à la carte treatments. Hedonism II strikes the perfect balance between relaxing and rousing, providing an unforgettable wedding and honeymoon experience.”

If you are ready to bare it all for your special someone on the most wonderful day of her life, you can find out more at hedonism.com/nudewedding.

All about Hedonism II:

 

Have you been to the Hedonism Resort? Share your story and (tasteful) photos below. (Clicking in the comment box will bring up an image uploading link.)

 

Sweet 90-year-old woman and 82-year-old man find love, then honeymoon on the beach at Breezes Grand Negril in Jamaica


The 90- and 82-year-old newlyweds Molly and Ed Nisbett enjoy a walk on the beach during their honeymoon at Breezes Grand Negril in Jamaica. The couple met last year on Match.com.

It’s never too late to find love. Just ask 90-year-old Molly Holder and 82-year-old Ed Nisbett who got married in June and are now enjoying a Dream Honeymoon courtesy of the Super-Inclusive Breezes Grand Negril Resort & Spa in Jamaica. The newlyweds met last November in what many might consider a modern day love story – on Match.com, one of the world’s largest online dating companies, and set an inspiring example for people of all ages that love may be just a few clicks away.

Molly joined Match.com “on impulse” and quickly made a digital connection with Ed through their shared interest in reading poetry and drinking scotch. When the Tallahassee, Fla., couple finally met in person in January, their chemistry was instant. With no time to waste, Ed proposed to Molly on Valentine’s Day. The happy couple wed on June 18 during an intimate ceremony surrounded by 25 friends and family. Five months later, the Nisbetts finally took their long-awaited honeymoon, enjoying five nights of Caribbean bliss in a luxury one-bedroom suite with a private patio and Jacuzzi facing Breezes’ private beach.

The newlyweds talk about their new-found love in this video:


Read what travelers have to say about Breezes Grand Negril on TripAdvisor


Breezes Grand Negril is located on a seven-mile-long stretch of silver sand on Jamaica’s Southwest shore. Boasting spacious suites on 22 acres of tropical gardens, couples can partake in myriad land and water activities – from windsurfing and kayaking to tennis and volleyball, as well as relax in three freshwater pools, Jacuzzis, and at the on-site Blue Mahoe Spa.

For more information on Breezes Resorts & Spas, visit www.breezes.com, and for more information on Match.com, visit www.match.com.

About SuperClubs
SuperClubs, the world’s only Super-Inclusive resort group, includes properties in Jamaica, the Bahamas, Curaçao, and Brazil. Every SuperClubs holiday is Super-Inclusive – accommodations; all meals, SuperSnacks and premium brand cocktails; unlimited use of all sports facilities, including equipment rental and instruction; entertainment; weddings; recreational activities; and hotel taxes. Tipping is not allowed. SuperClubs operates and independently markets affiliate ROOMS resorts, and Jamaica’s Negril Beach Villa. For more information or reservations, contact SuperClubs at (800) GO-SUPER (467-8737) or visit their website at www.superclubs.com.

About Match.com
Founded in 1995, Match.com was the first dating website and pioneer of the online dating industry. Throughout its fifteen year history, Match.com has been responsible for more dates, relationships and marriages than any other website. The company’s comprehensive online dating services also include Chemistry.com, OKCupid, Singlesnet and People Media’s 28 targeted websites such as OurTime.com and BlackPeopleMeet.com. Today, Match.com operates leading subscription-based online dating sites in 25 countries, 8 languages and across five continents. Match.com is an operating business of IAC and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit www.match.com.

Source: PRNewswire

Grand Cayman tops TripAdvisor’s list of Caribbean destinations


Ray swims in the waters of Grand Cayman

Ray swims in the waters of Grand Cayman (Photo by Eric Patey)

The Grand Cayman is the best Caribbean destination, according to TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice listing. “The farther you go from Grand Cayman’s busy docks, the more peace and quiet you’ll find,” according to TripAdvisor’s description of Grand Cayman, which is the largest and most developed of the three Cayman Islands. “At Stingray City (actually a sandbar), stingrays swim alongside you in the tranquil waters. Closer to town, travelers report finding some of the best massage and spa services anywhere in the Caribbean.” More about the Cayman Islands.

The complete list of the TripAdvisor’s top Caribbean destinations, with links to traveler reviews of hotels and price comparisons, are:

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