Tourists and cruise ships are flocking like shorebirds to the Caribbean country of Grenada. The draws are numerous: Velvety soft beaches, frothy waterfalls, verdant rainforests, and delectable cuisine dashed with local spices. And rum. Read my story in Journal & Topics Newspapers here.
Head to South Padre Island, Texas, and you’ll find a subtropical climate, miles of white sand, diverse natural wonders, thrilling watersports and ocean-fresh good eating.
A private lesson from master sand sculptor, Lucinda “Sandy Feet” Wierenga, in South Padre Island, TX First, dig a hole. I was surprised to hear that because we would be building sandcastles, which are above the ground, not below it. Digging a hole seemed counterintuitive. My group of travel writers and I were taking […]
Chicagoans headed to South Texas this winter will be strolling the beaches hours sooner. That’s because United Airlines launched a new nonstop route between O’Hare International Airport and Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport. The inaugural flight took off Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. I was thrilled to be invited for the ride. So was […]
The Foo Foo Festival in Pensacola could be the best time you’ve never had. Simply put, it’s a 12-day extravaganza of art, culture, cuisine and entertainment. Dozens of events and activities run in various (mostly) downtown locations, and they range from the silly to the sublime. Some require you to purchase a ticket, but many […]
Don’t let cold water dampen your snorkeling or diving experience. Don a wetsuit to keep yourself warm. It will also ward off sun, scrapes and stings, and make you more buoyant. Dive shops rent wetsuits, and tour operators often provide them for guests. Buy your own to get a better fit and to reduce the […]
Highway 30A is a scenic 26-mile byway through a diverse collection of coastal villages along the Emerald Coast in Northwest Florida. You might call it the “panhandle,” but “Emerald Coast” is much more intriguing. The highway runs along the Gulf of Mexico, from Inlet Beach on the east to Beach Highlands on the west. We […]