Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Great Wine Trails in Lake Ontario


A tour in Ontario is never complete unless you taste their particularly popular ice wine. The gaining population and the limited production of ice wine makes one of the most sought-after souvenirs from the region. Lake Ontario Wine Trail begins from downtown Rochester and spreads across the very scenic view of Wayne County. The area is lined with wineries, art distillery, bed and breakfast, unique shops, and farm markets. Whether you wanted a guided tour or explore on your own, here are some of the wineries that hard to miss. 

Big Head Wines

They served splendid red wines, one of the best in Ontario. A great stop in any Niagara wine tour, they make exceptionally good wines. They served wines with great tasting pecorino cheese. Staffs are extremely friendly and well informed about their wines. Despite their extensive wine knowledge, they are willingly wanted to share those for beginners and amateurs in the art of wine tasting. It’s a great experience for anyone; not only you can taste the best wine but can learn a lot from this tour. 

The Ice House Winery

As mentioned earlier, ice wine is a thing of Lake Ontario and the Ice House Winery served one of the best ice wine in the area. They really know pretty well the art of making ice wine and slushy – a particularly nice drink during summertime. Staffs are charming and sweet and will honestly answer your questions about their ice wine making, but not their secrets though. For people who just love wines but not into the more sophisticated or over detail part, this place is perfect. A casual winery that serves slushes and best drinks with generous servings will complete your journey in the up north. 

Peller Estates Winery and Restaurant

It’s a big winery with great restaurants, not to mention a very popular destination for wine trail tours. Peller Estates Winery & Restaurant is the epitome of good food, good wine, and excellent service. They have beautiful scenery with a romantic ambiance. Their food compliments their wine really well and for beginners, staffs are always ready to give a few hints of what goes best. They really understand the nature of their wine. With winemakers like them, food pairing is an easy task. Their desire for a perfect pair of food and wine never ends. 

Trius Winery and Restaurant

This place offers fine dining that still joyful and approachable for everyone. Great wine tasting experience is a luxury that every wine enthusiast should try. Let them pamper you with their exceptionally good service, food, and wines. Most people who visited the wine trails of Lake Ontario rave about this place. They even let their guest see their Ice Room, where most of the ice wines are kept and well cultivated.

Château des Charmes

This place has a picturesque winery and great tasting wines that are reasonably priced. Staffs are polite, courteous, and well knowledgeable about their own crafted wines. Even though their knowledge about wines is extensive, they are willing to impart those to other wine enthusiasts. As part of the tour, they will guest into their basement production facilities to see the how they make and process their wines. They have many different types of wines in various stages and explain how the tilting process affects the taste of their wines. Guests are welcome to taste these different wines. If you are a beginner in the art of wine tasting, it’s better to start from here so you’ll have some basic knowledge to grow from. 

Konzelmann Estate Winery

The winery has a picture perfect location in Niagara on the lake trail. They have a very scenic vineyard with lots of photo opportunities. Because of their location, they have thematic events happening all year round. Staffs are friendly very knowledgeable about wines and all. People can’t get enough of their peach wine, which is served with a cheese platter. Don’t forget to walk around its vineyard to see its amazing view of the Niagara. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Mediterranean Sea History and Attractions


The Mediterranean Sea is a completely landlocked body of water which has one narrow exit called the Strait of Gibraltar that connects it with the Atlantic Ocean. Its name is derived from the Latin word 'mediterraneus'; “medius” meaning “middle” and “terra” meaning “Earth”. The whole words can be translated to “in the middle of the Earth”. Ancient Roman people believed that the sea was in the middle of the Earth. 

The average depth of the sea goes about 4900 feet and the deepest goes beyond the point of 17000 feet. Because of its depth, it’s only worthy enough to be named in which experts called it the Calypso deep located near Greece in the Ionian Sea. 

For millions of years, the Mediterranean Sea fascinates people and some of the most influential nations in the world originated near its shorelines. Archaeological relics found at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea proved that several ancient civilizations formed near its waters. The sea has a major influence in forming these civilizations up to the modern times. Even today, the sea greatly influences the lives of more than million living in the Mediterranean region. Known for its deep blue color, the Mediterranean Sea has the most interesting facts that still fascinate experts. 

Ancient Civilizations

The Mediterranean Sea has a particular oval shape which lands on three continents – southern part of Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa. The Mediterranean Sea is so vast that has two subdivisions – the Eastern and Western region. The division borders from Sicily to Tunisia and the ridge is called the “Strait of Sicily”. By that, some of the most influential and powerful nations in the world surround the Mediterranean Sea including Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco Spain, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey to name a few. Within these nations, the only independent countries in the Mediterranean region are Cyprus and Malta. The rest of the nations are known as the Mediterranean States. 

The calm temper of the Mediterranean Sea

As a landlocked sea, the Mediterranean Sea has unique natural phenomenon occurrence on Earth. Some of its characteristics are rarely seen in other parts of the world. The waves and tides are relatively calm compared to other places. The climate within the Mediterranean region happens to be a subtype of the subtropical climate; mostly wet, with chilling winters and hot summers.

But the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea almost never happened. Around 5.96 million years ago, the Mediterranean Sea almost dried up in an event called “Messinian salinity crisis”. The crisis was so severe that it lasted for about 63 thousand years. Then a miracle happened, the event ended when the Atlantic flooded the world during the Zanclean flood. Many can find submarine karst spring can be found in many places along the coastal regions of the Mediterranean Sea. These springs released groundwater that is highly pressured and sometimes hot, which attract tourists to visit the region. 

Significant Ports around the Mediterranean Sea

Ever since time immemorial, the Mediterranean Sea played a significant role in commercial trading and diversifying cultural inheritance. Some of the countries ended up trading more than herbs and spices back during the ancient times, they shared most of their cultural heritage to some of the nations around the Mediterranean Sea. These nations took advantage of the bountiful harvest of the sea and in return keep its pristine condition as much as they can.

Significant ports on the European region includes Barcelona, Durres of Albania, Genoa, Malaga, Marseille, Monaco, Naples, Nice, Palermo, Palma of Spain, Split of Croatia, Toulon of France, Valencia, and Venice of Italy. Their counterparts in Asia are Antalya of Turkey, Latakia of Syria and Tel Aviv of Israel. Meanwhile, some of the largest and most important ports in the African regions are Alexandria of Egypt, Tripoli, Benghazi of Libya, Algiers of Algeria, Tangier of Morocco, Tunis of Tunisia, and many more. 


Despite its size, the Mediterranean Sea has high levels of endemism; experts estimated about 20% to 30% of its species. It even has more endemic species than the vast neighboring Atlantic Ocean. These species including fishes and other marine animals are not found anywhere else in the world. Some endangered species take refuge in the Mediterranean Sea, species like the green turtle, loggerhead turtle, and monk seal. It may be a surprise for some people to know that whales and dolphins do thrive in its waters. However, many scientists now considered the pilot whale and the fin whale as engendered marine animals.

Sad woes

Being a landlocked body of water, it’s both a blessing and a curse to the Mediterranean Sea. Its pristine beaches and crystal clear water are incomparable to others. But it also adds to its sad woes; with little to no escape route, anything that gets dumped into its water, stays there for years, even millennia to recover from. It’s a sad realization that most people don’t realize. Land-based activities contribute to the 80% of Mediterranean Sea’s pollution according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Along with it, the sea is being threatened by marine transport by-products and overfishing. 

Beacon of hope

Fortunately, there is still hope to save the waters and the marine animals in the Mediterranean Sea. Many people pro-actively rally against the abuse and threats of its deep blue waters. There are many conservation groups across the Mediterranean. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is one of the most prominent groups protecting the Mediterranean Sea. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Interesting Facts about Italy


The interesting Italy Facts which were studied and developed were the important history of its country and serves as a legacy in the world.

The Population is more than 61.6 million people live in Italy 2016 onwards its capital is Roma (Rome), which is called 'Eternal City', with 2.6 million of inhabitants and Italy’s biggest city. The Repubblica Italiana (Italian Republic) or Italia, Nickname: 'Bel Paese' which means beautiful country. The country possesses a Democracy, Republic in terms of government, locals speak many dialects spoken such as Italian, German, French, and Latin in some regions in Northern Italy. 

The citizens are literate with more than 98% can read and write, and their main belief as their religion is mainly Christians (Roman Catholics 90%) with the money currency, 1 Euro=100 cents, before 2001 Italian Lira as its high standard value of living. 

The country has a rich history and heritage, as Rome its capital city today was founded in 753BC. When the Roman Empire broke down in 395 AD, the kingdom was divided and formed city-states.

Italy’s Proud Banner

In 1861, Italy becomes one nation and incorporates the islands of Sicily and Sardegna. The colors of the represent these virtues: hope (green), faith (white), and charity (red). The country looks like a boot kicking a ball – the island of Sicily.

Italy’s Geographical location

Italy measures about 7,600km (4,722miles) of coastline as the large part of the peninsula is situated in the Mediterranean Sea. It has two largest islands Sicily and Sardegna and many smaller ones such as Capri, Elba, and Ischia. Along North, the mountain range of the Alps separates Italy from the other European countries France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia. 

The country has many hills and mountains. The most beautiful mountain can be found in the Italian Alps which are the mountain range in Italy's north. Monte Bianco, better known as Mont Blanc, measures about 4,807m or 15,776 ft. 

There are many long and deep wonderful lakes situated in the North of Italy, which attracts many tourists to see its unworldly beauty. Volcanoes are very much active in this country as there are three of them – namely Vesuvius near Naples, Etna on Sicily and Stromboli off the Coast of Italy. It has one of the unique geographical locations, as it surrounds two of the world’s smallest country. 

It surrounds by two of the world’s smallest countries of the world. These are San Marino in Northern Italy, one of the oldest republics in the world and the Vatican City, main capital of the Roman Catholic Church all over the world.

Rich history

Some of the world famous artists were born in Italy like Michelangelo, Leonardo de Vinci, and Raphael. No wonder that Italy is the place to be to study art and ancient history. Tuscany is known for its countryside scenic view with lots of wonderful towns and villages. 

Italians are famous for inventions and discoveries. The Italian explorers Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci discovered the Americas. Another explorer, Marco Polo explored the Eastern boundaries of the world. Leonardo da Vinci was the best scientist and artist who first to prove the world is round, which became a common knowledge even before the modern world was able to prove it. They are one of the societies who pioneered in experimenting electricity spearheaded by Alessandro Volta. 

Fun activities to do

The Alps is probably the greatest place on earth to go skiing, hiking, and just literally chilling in its natural beauty. Try to visit Bolzano’s Natural History Museum with Oetzi, the mummy from the Ice-age era. Kids of all ages would love to see and learn something from the past. 

Italians love sports. Cycling, Skiing, Soccer and Motor Racing, you name it, they have it. They have a very strong interest in and good teams of sportsmen.

Italians love their families

Of all things, Italians treasured their families the most, where there are still many families including extended family in the household close to one another. 

As a country full of diversity, Italy is a country rich in languages. Italian is a language which comes from Latin and its original roots are interesting to study even up to now. However, not all resident can speak proper Italian but can speak other important Italian dialects. 

The people are rich from their original culture of dialects. Older people can only speak the local dialects and even German especially in the Northern region of Alto Adige. Others from Valle d’Aosta speak French while most speak Latino in Trentino. The voice is soft and very melodic and is sweet to hear and so is still used in opera and is produce by lovely young musicians, even German composers of songs used the language in opera as it sounds much softer than German because the people are known for their modesty and sweetness.

They love their food

Italians love their food and cooked many good dishes which recipe came from “Mama”. But more and more men love to cook and want to learn how to cook for their families. It’s a good break away from the typical image of the Italian "macho" and it helps them bond even more with families during reunions. 

Famous dishes the world can’t live without

Italian cuisine transformed the modern world for they invented some of the dishes that the world can’t live without. 

The Italian main dishes are well-known foods that contribute to the world. Its main ingredients include pork, beef, seafood as well as potatoes, rice and pasta (wheat and egg noodles) products and of course, tomatoes. 

Italians love their food and many dishes are based on fresh vegetables and seafood for healthy living. There are delicious sweet cakes in Italy, like the Panettone (a yeast cake with raisins), Panforte (a hard and flat fruit cake) and almond pastries like amaretti as their specialties.

But the world will be forever thankful for pizzas, one of the most famous and delicious exports and in Italy. Usually baked in a wood-fired oven and very thin, but loaded with fresh vegetables or thinly sliced ham, salami, artichokes or olives and other spices.

Italy is a great country to become one of the most riches in history, foods, tourist spots and rich in heritage or historical legacy. It is an enjoyable place to be.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Attractions in Lake Ontario


One of the Great Five Lakes of North America, Lake Ontario surrounds most of the Canadian province of Ontario. The lake is shared by the US state of New York and Ontario whose boundaries meet in the middle of the lake. It was named after Canada’s most populous province, Ontario which means “Lake of Shining Waters” in the Huron Language. The Niagara River from Lake Erie is the primary source of the lake and exits through the Atlantic Ocean through the Saint Lawrence River. 

Lake Ontario is the smallest of all the Great Lakes, but far more majestic and beautiful for its size. There are tourist destinations along its shorelines and many fun activities for the family to enjoy any time of the year. Here are some of the best places to visit in Lake Ontario.


Ottawa is the main seat of Canada’s parliament government. Upon reaching Ottawa, majestic building of the Parliament greets the tourists. The building was built on a bluff overlooking the scenic Ottawa River. A tour on “The Hill” consists of several Gothic government buildings. But do come by during the important Changing of the Guard ceremony. Ottawa is likewise famous for its museums, which consist of the National Gallery, Canadian War Museum, the Museum of Civilization, the Canadian Science and Technology Museum, and the Canadian Museum of Nature. The metropolis is a cultural hub, with several events happening all year long. Two of the most famous events are the Canadian Tulip Festival each spring and the Winterlude Festival.

Thousand Islands

Several miles downstream from Kingston, more than a thousand forested islands filled St. Lawrence River. Because of its scenic surroundings, the place is great for swimming, boating, scuba diving, and has tons of good fishing spots. Explore the islands on your own boat or kayak or allow others take the wheel with a guided excursion from Kingston. People who opt to prefer their toes dry can marvel the very scenic view from Thousand Islands freeway. Keep in mind that whatever you choose the mode of transportation always keep your passport handy as you might cross borders with the US. 

Muskoka Cottage Country and Georgian Bay

Canada’s very own famous Group of Seven artists immortalized the area on their paintings, earning the name “cottage country”. Nowadays the 2,500-square-mile area stays as popular with creative sorts who are similarly inspired. Thousands of artists flock the area each year, especially during summer time. With more than 8,000 miles of shorelines, it’s easy to accommodate all of them. Likewise, Georgian Bay has no less than 30,000 beautiful islands with historic towns and villages. This and a very scenic view charm locals and tourists alike to flock the area. 


The Capital of the Canadian province of Ontario, Toronto is a major urban center in the country with about four million out of Ontario’s eleven million people. The city has a first class zoo, unique community, and a great theater. The harbor front of Lake Ontario is teeming with restaurants, shopping malls, and working marinas. And in relation to tourist attractions, the iconic CN Tower stands as a destination itself. Standing at 1,815 feet and most tourists look out for on a plane when arriving at the city’s airport.

Stratford Shakespeare Festival

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival is one of the largest and most celebrated classical theater plays. It has a cast of impressive lineups from the Canadian stage and from around the world. Most people particularly theater fanatics would visit Stratford during the months of April through October. It’s the time when the world-renown theater company performs different plays with its famous English counterpart. The festival keeps the more than half a century tradition alive to cultivate young minds of the rich theatrical history we now have. 

Algonquin Provincial Park

Founded in 1893, the park boasts of 7,800 square miles of lakes and forests which served as home to wolves, bears, moose, and brook trout. Discover the many wonders of nature in this park or traverse over 1,000 miles of canoe trails. The park also played an important part of Canadian’s ecosystem as its home to southern woodlands of maple, birch, and beech. It's begging for pure and raw camping just like the old times. But for those who don’t want to get gritty with nature, there’s Arowhon Pines to accommodate you. 

Niagara Falls

Be in awe of the raw power of Mother Nature as people referred to as “The Maid of the Mist”. This is must for everyone visiting Lake Ontario or Canada. Experience the power of 739,682 gallons of Niagara River as it roars down over the edge of the Horseshoe Falls. With the height of 13 stories high, tourist not only can see but hear its thunderous roar as it moves downhill. As what Charles Dickens said, “It would be harder for a man to stand nearer to God than he does here.” There are tunnels that lead visitors behind the falls to fully feel its raging currents. 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Best Beaches in the Mediterranean Sea


The Mediterranean Sea surrounds 23 countries in total including some of the most powerful countries in the world. Apart from their contributions to humanity, they have the most beautiful shorelines in the deep blue sea. Turkey, Spain, Cyprus, and Greece are just some of the holiday destinations that stunned the world for its amazing beaches. 

Countries in the Mediterranean coastline has idyllic beaches, each has something different than the next. As they are hundreds located in the Mediterranean Sea; from the majestic golden beaches off Turkey to the dreamy pink and pure white sands of the Greek islands, one thing remains common among these beaches, they are astoundingly beautiful. And all are waiting to be discovered.

What would be a perfect getaway than to have a luxurious holiday in these pristine beaches? Spend some time relaxing in its different colored sands underneath the perfect blue sky. Here are some of the popular holiday beach destinations in the Mediterranean Sea. 

Kleopatra Beach

As the name implies, this place is the favorite beach destination of Cleopatra, the face that launches a thousand ships. And it’s easy to see why; it’s the most beautiful beach in Alanya. According to the mythology, Egyptian named Queen Cleopatra who traveled the Mediterranean and stopped in the area and had a swim in its deep blue waters. The beach is famous for its super clear water; one that can easily view the marine life under its waters. It’s a gorgeous place almost paradise according to most people who travel in this place. Kleopatra beach is a paradisal place with an amazing view of the castle of Alanya with great bars and organizes water recreational activities. 

Elafonisi Beach, Crete, Greece

A holiday spent in Crete will never be complete without a trip to Elafonisi Beach. Its crystal clear waters and watercolor pink sand is worthy of an epic travel. A really beautiful hidden gem in Crete, it’s a destination itself. Rocky and winding roads will greet you on the way to this place. Don’t let it stop you from going, even though the bumps in the travel is a bit of a challenge, the very scenic road will entice you for price waiting at the end of the journey. Elafonisi Beach will greet you with small rocky beaches and a trail that will lead you to a protected area. 

Balos Beach and Lagoon, Kissamos, Crete, Greece

Located about 56km northwest of Chania and 17 km northwest of Kissamos, world-renowned lagoon of Balos is the most photograph beach in Crete. Famous for its idyllic sapphire and turquoise waters, it is also referred to as beach lover’s paradise and a favorite among tourists. Thousands of people flock the beach arriving by the ferries from Kissamos port. It really gets crowded as the beach gets packed during the months of July and August. If ever you did travel to enjoy the lively crowd, then walk in serenity in the early morning before the boats arrive from Kissamos.

Iztuzu, Dalyan, Turkey

Iztuzu beach is a nesting site for the endangered Loggerhead Turtles thus calling it as the Turtle Beach. It’s considered as the second most important site for the endangered species. Iztuzu is one of those few beaches on earth that preserved its original beauty; 5km of golden sand underneath a forested mountain without a single shop or house in sight. Because of the preservation efforts in the area, many would come here to enjoy a full day of relaxing swimming. Its location is a great holiday destination for families and young couples. 

Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Balearic Islands

This beach is a perfect destination for people who love to party but still enjoy a quiet time at the beach. The area just a few miles at the lively Ibiza but still can have intimate time with their loved ones. There nothing special about the beach, nothing much of the high-end amenities compare to other beaches, but it’s captured the hearts of many because of its secluded charm. Its pure white sands and pristine glassy tortoise sea will let you remind that paradise does exist. It won’t be a problem going to this beach as there’s a public transport service and the nearest bus stop is only 500 meters away from the place. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Important Facts about the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom remains as one most powerful and influential not to mention the richest countries in the world. Their early beginnings helped shaped countries surrounding them; it’s amazingly rich and yet controversial but very impressive story to tell. It’s great that it inspired most children’s bedtime stories and modern day films. 

There are so many interesting stories and facts surrounding these great nations. Here are some of the little-known facts about the United Kingdom and the rest of Great Britain and more of England’s history. 

UK Countries

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) comprises of the UK including Great Britain and north-eastern part of Ireland and many smaller islands. Great Britain consists of three countries; England, Scotland, and Wales. To the west, Ireland comprises of Northern Ireland, the Irish Republic and many offshore islands with the largest lying just off Scotland. 

Land Area

The UK is a huge country measuring 242, 500 square km or 93,600 square mi. Interesting enough, it just 113 km or 70 mi from the sea. The longest mainland distance is from Land’s End in Cornwall to John O’Groats in Caithness that stretches about 870 mi. People regularly walk the distance for charitable causes. 

Because its proximity to the sea Scotland is known to have a famous monster called Loch Ness Monster that fascinates many people. Referred to as Nessie, it’s suspected to dwell in Loch Ness, the largest lake in the region. Even though it’s considered as mythological, many claimed to have witnessed the monster over the past decades.

But during ancient times, the British Empire was the most extensive in the world. At one point in time, it ruled an estimate ¼ of the world’s total population and expands about ¼ of the earth’s total land area. From the northern part of Ireland to south of the globe, in New Zealand, the British Empire ruled for centuries.

As there are many countries in the UK, accents vary from one place to another. How vast is the UK? The accents noticeably change every 40 km or 25 mi. The UK has more cities than in any part of the world despite its relatively small area compared to some countries. There are 69 official cities around the UK; 5 in Northern Ireland, 6 in Wales, 7 in Scotland, and 51 in England.

In the ancient times, there are two universities in the UK, Oxford and Cambridge, two of the most prestigious university in the world. They remain so until 1832, but their reputation remains very high to this day. Now, there are more than 100 universities around the United Kingdom. From the well-known ‘red-brick’ universities scattered in major cities to specialist colleges that have upgraded to university status over the years. 

Education was not the only one that the UK contributed to humanity. The UK brought several famous sports to the world like rugby, soccer, and polo. The British are known to be passionate about these sports and the nations under them. 

Another prominent structure in the UK, Stonehenge is older than the Pyramids. The famous tourist attraction located in the south of England was built around 3000 B.C.

The UK was the first ever country to use postage stamps. In May 1840, the first stamp used was known as the Penny Black. Today, many collectible stamps have Queen Elizabeth drawn to it and using it upside down is considered as treason.

Oldest Castle in the world

The Windsor Castle located in the English county of Berkshire is the oldest royal residence in the world. Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the royal family still lives and use the castle for formal occasions. Queen Elizabeth II does not hold a passport but had visited 116 countries in the world. She doesn’t need one as she herself officially issues passports for British citizens. 

Prince Charles is the distant relative of the notorious Romanian ruler, Vlad the Impaler according to the Romanian National Tourist Office. Vlad the Impaler ruled during the 15th century and inspired Bram Stoker to write the famous Dracula novel. 

His daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton is related to another famous person. She was the 8th cousin seven times removed to the first President of the United States, George Washington.

Tea anyone?

It’s true; the British do love their tea. They consume more than 165 million cups of tea each day – 20 times more than what the Americans drink. But it’s not the only thing that the British are peculiar of, 85% of the British people want their food free from pesticide. The date came from the leading organic food campaign, the Soil Association. 

It might be a surprise for some people but the UK has the largest Indian restaurant in the world – more than the actual restaurants in Indian cities like Mumbai and Delhi. 

The biggest collections of books

With a history as extensive as the UK, is appropriate enough to have all the recordings of it. Rightly so, the British Library in King’s Cross London has more than 170 million books in its catalog. But a trip to the UK is really complete without first knowing J.K. Rowling and the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Rowling is the first billionaire author and sold more than 400 million copies of the Harry Potter series which was translated over 50 languages around the world. She once lost her billionaire status due to her many charitable causes. 

One can tour the UK, as there are lots of tourist attractions and interesting structures that has deep historical roots. But whatever happens don’t you die in the Houses of Parliament as it’s against their law.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Grand Cayman Island: Best Places to Visit

The largest of the three Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman measures about 75 miles and located at the southwest of Little Cayman and 90 miles southwest of Cayman Brac. It composes an estimated 76% of the entire peninsula. At its widest, the island is about 22 miles long and at its widest is around 8 miles. 

Over the years, Grand Cayman becomes one of the most popular Caribbean tourist spots because of its luscious green trails, perfect weather conditions for sailing, snorkeling, diving, and pristine beaches. Here are some of the most popular destinations in the beach haven of the Caribbean: 

Seven Mile Beach

The Seven Mile Beach is a public beach famous for its crystal clear waters. Many travel blogs and magazine awarded Seven Mile Beach as of the Caribbean’s best beaches. Located north of George Town, many of the tourists who visit the place would snorkel or dive to see the beautiful underwater spectacle up-close. Restaurants, beach bars, and a playground lined up along the Seven Mile Beach. Aside from its white sand, the crescent shape island also has perfect calm waves suitable for families with smaller children. Dogs are able to run free in the beach to enjoy all day of play. 

Mastic Trail 

If you want to get temporarily away from the crowded beach and explore more of the island, then put Mastic trail on your itinerary. Bring out the nature lover in you and discover more of Grand Cayman Island. This 200-year-old trail has a gravel path that goes through a mangrove swamp and a woodland area which is about 2 million years old. Mastic Trail houses the most beautiful and rare plant life on the island. There are two trails for tourists; one is a flat trail for beginners and the other one is for the more adventurous spirit. Hikers would rate this trail as quite a challenge but the view will leave you breathless. 

Eden Rock and Devil's Grotto

If ever the surface water bore you, which seldom happens, head south of the Seven Mile Beach and you will find the Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto. Two of the most famous diving spots on Grand Cayman, the two are filled with the underwater labyrinth. Colorful including parrot fish, silversides, tarpon, and barracuda take refuge in this diving spots. The great things about in these two diving spots are the areas designated for both beginner and intermediate snorkelers. 

Cayman Turtle Farm

When Christopher Columbus landed on the Cayman Islands, he saw thousands upon thousands of the green sea turtles. It was such a sight that he even named the islands as Las Tortugas. No less than 7,000 green sea turtles still are living today at the Cayman Turtle Farm along with other species of fish, birds, and sharks. However, in recent years, the green sea turtles population declined and now considered as an endangered species. One of the main goals of the Cayman Turtle Farm is to protect the Tortugas and to increase their population. The farm works diligently to protect the green sea turtles and other threatened animals on the island. People of all ages, especially families with little kids will enjoy a butterfly garden and a nature trail. There’s even a restaurant on-site so you don’t need to worry to bring that much food or water. The highlight of the tour is the up-close encounter at the green sea turtles and letting tourists hold the baby sea turtles. Booking a tour of the Cayman Turtle Farm is both fun and informative for everyone. 

Barkers National Park

While touring Grand Cayman Island, try to drop by at the Bakers National Park. It’s the first national park in the Cayman Island and a great place for cycling, kite surfing, cycling and horseback riding. Take note that the island does not have any kind of amenities, so be sure to bring snacks and lots of water while doing any activities on the beach. Bakers National Park is secluded and often deserted, it’s the best spots away from the usual touristy crowd and full packed beaches. To go to the national park just follow the road to Conch Point Rd, look for the Pappagallo restaurant to know you are on the right track. Then head east, gravel road and through the gate. There’s a sandy road that goes through the park and after a few minutes’ walk, you will be able to see the reef-protected shore.