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It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just a couple weeks away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in and around Miami to celebrate the countdown to 2014.
With sunshine, sand, and stunning surroundings Miami is a great place to ring in the New Year. They certainly have something for everyone, as it’s a perfect place to do your thing among the beautiful people at various clubs, hotels, and bars. At the same time they have plenty of traditional stuff to do, as it’s easy to find some fireworks along the water.
For those looking for more of a club scene to welcome 2014 you can pretty much just make your way along the main strip in South Beach, and you’ll see plenty of options. At Nikki Beach Miami they’re celebrating with what they’re calling Glitz and Glam, and it can all be yours for just $100 per person. That includes private fireworks at midnight, a champagne toast, and a chance to overpay for drinks all night long—we kid, we kid. Other nightclub options include an open bar over at SET for $150 per person including three hours of open bar, and W Hotel South Beach is doing stuff at both of their clubs Wet and Wall—with the fun at the latter location going on to 5am.
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We all know that the Road to Hana is a winding, beautiful journey with dozens of potential stop offs and waterfalls along the way. Yet no one really talks about Hana itself as a destination - it seems only the road to get there is discussed. But don't even think about turning around without first doing a little exploration, and, perhaps more importantly, a little relaxing after the long haul.
Hamoa and Koki are great traditional beaches, but why go for beige when you can get volcanic red sand? This maroon cove used to be a haven for nude sunbathers, and we can certainly see why given its secluded location and protected swimming area. Even when the current is rough, the line of volcanic rock creates a barrier that produces two calm pools that you can see in the photo above.
The Aloha State welcomes plenty of visitors from the nifty fifty and aboard each and every day, but apparently one town is calling back the welcome wagon. We guess all that tourist attention is a little too much, and residents of one town would prefer that you would snorkel, sun, and swim somewhere else.
Residents of Kailua on the windward side of Oahu aren’t really cool with all the attention that they’ve received, and it probably doesn’t help that even President Obama has stopped by pretty much every year for some rest and relaxation.
As a result the town’s neighborhood board has actually asked the state’s tourism board to kind of stop promoting Kailua as an overnight option, and that they would prefer that tourists not spend the night in town. The problem isn’t regarding sharing the beaches and parks—seems like they’re fine with that—it’s that the overnight guests don’t really create a sense of community.
Let’s all agree that Muir Beach Overlook is awesome, but it’s not exactly the best place to take a stroll along the shore and the sea. That’s why you need to get back in the rental car, and continue up the coast for a just a bit. It’s only a few miles away—maybe around 15 minutes—but it feels much longer as you navigate the twists and turns of Highway 1. Just be sure to keep your eyes on the road and not on the scenery.
With the sun setting over the horizon there’s never a better time to take a walk along Stinson Beach. Here the mighty Pacific seems a little tamer, as you can actually get close enough to the water to feel the waves, the water, and the chill—the extreme chill—of the ocean.
We’re hardly claiming that we’re calling this spot as our own, but with so many things to check out in and around San Francisco it just might get overlooked. We took the time to get out to Marin County and drive along the coast, and we recommend that you do the same—even if you have to skip the city for a bit.
Plenty of people head north of the city to check out the old-growth Coast Redwood trees, and we too recommend a visit to Muir Woods National Monument. However, when you’re done walking among the giant trees—and have purchased a stuffed banana slug from the gift shop—don’t just head back just yet. Make sure you take the twisty, turny, and ten minute drive out to the Muir Beach Overlook.
Up in the northern hemisphere things are starting to turn a little cooler, as we say goodbye to summer in preparation for the cooler temperatures of fall. Some of us are a little sad and not quite ready to bid a fond farewell to the longer days and all that sunshine.
However, that’s certainly not the case on the globe’s bottom half, as we’re certain they’re pumped to say see you later to the winter in preparation for the warmer weather and sunshine of spring and summer.
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There's no doubt Australia is one of the best places on the planet to "catch a wave," which is why it makes complete sense to host one of the world's largest surfing competitions on an Aussie beach. Plan ahead, because, this upcoming February, Manly Beach will become the epicenter of hanging ten when it hosts the Australian Open of Surfing.
This second annual event features competitions between top international pro surfers and skaters, A-list band performances, and a host of summer activities. With just 160 days until the festival kicks off, it's time to start the travel brainstorming.
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From the Grand Canyon to abandoned spots over in Japan, the Google Maps team has certainly been busy lately. At this rate the folks at Google are going to have the whole darn world mapped out with their Street View technology by the end of the year.
This week it’s Florida getting the special treatment, as once again the team is on the move to get a closer look at the area. Using Google’s Street View Trekker technology, a group from the state’s tourism board will start capturing a view of over 800 miles of shoreline and beaches.
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If your idea of rest and relaxation is lounging on the beach, watching the waves, and enjoying a cigarette, your time is running out—at least in Hawaii. The Aloha State is sick and tired of picking up discarded cigarettes and dealing with the smoke at the beach, so the island of Oahu—home of Honolulu and Waikiki—is ready to put up the no smoking signs.
The clean air kicks in on the first of the year, so there’s still some time for smokers to get in one last puff. Smoking will be banned at spots across the island including pools, tennis courts, parks, and beaches. Even if you walk into the water in hopes of smoking—nope—apparently that’s not allowed either, so it’s the rules don’t just stop at the sand.
If you find yourself in Far North Queensland with a trip to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in mind, be sure not to overlook some of the area’s other gems—especially the beaches. One such detour is Palm Cove, as it’s only 30 minutes north of Cairns right off the Captain Cook Highway.
We figured the beaches in this area were going to be pretty darn nice, but we don’t think we realized they would be this nice. It’s not surprising that this spot was named one of the country’s cleanest—and therefore best—beaches only a few years ago. Palm trees line the shore, and there’s plenty of sand, sun, and surf to go around.
The main drag along Williams Esplanade is only about a kilometer in length, but it’s dotted with boutiques, restaurants, and even a place to grab a bag of foreign flavored chips and a soda—we got honey soy chicken.
While other stars hit the beach in The Hamptons or Hawaii, Rihanna spent the Fourth of July weekend in Poland where she was one of the headliners of the Heineken Open'er Festival 2013, along with Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Blur, and Queens of the Stone Age.
And, instead of staying holed up in her hotel on her downtime, Rihanna decided to hit the beach in the resort town of Sopot, which turned out to be a colossal mistake.
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The wolfpack was back together again in Rio de Janeiro this week, and they weren't afraid to strut their stuff on the beach.
The cast of The Hangover 3, including Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, hit the beach before the movie's Brazilian premiere.
Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis showed some skin, just like the locals, in skimpy speedos while the one guy most ladies want to see in a tiny bathing suit, Bradley Cooper, kept covered up in a gray t-shirt and black shorts.