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.
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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.Read More
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...Read More
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.
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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...Read More
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:Read More
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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:
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...
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:
Breezes Grand Negril is located on a seven-mile-long stretch of ...Read More
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:
- 1. Grand Cayman
- 2. Aruba
- 3. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
- 4. Bermuda
- 5. St. Maarten/St. Martin
- 6. Negril, Jamaica
- 7. Ocho Rios, Jamaica
- 8. Punta Cana, Dominica Republic
- 9. Cancun, Mexico
- 10. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
- 11. Bahamas
- 12. Chichen Itza, Mexico
- 13. Barbados
- 14. San Juan, Puerto Rico
- 15. St. Thomas
- 16. Guanajuato, Mexico
- 17. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
- 18. Tulum, Mexico
- 19. San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
- 20. Montego Bay, Jamaica
- 21. Antigua and Barbuda
- 22. Curacao
- 23. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
- 24. Varadero, Cuba
- 25. Oaxaca, Mexico