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Hilton Marco Island - Editorial Review

Just returned from a glorious week staying at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa in Marco Island, Florida. It's close to Naples, the Everglades, Ft. Myers - the largest of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands located right on the Gulf of Mexico. This hotel has an intimate country club feel. There are 297 rooms with 4 two bedroom penthouse suites. Standard accommodations are all junior suites with sleeper sofas, flat screen TV's, coffee/tea service, bathrobes, refrigerators and a furnished balcony - be sure to ask for a gulf view room - it's definitely worth it! They will print out your boarding passes before you depart and you have 24 hour access to free internet in the business center.

The spa is new and very plush - the restaurants serve scrumptious meals throughout the day and evening and the atmosphere in the bar is casual elegance. Parking is located on site, but there is a  nominal daily charge. The biggest plus is the location on the gorgeous white sand beach - chairs and towels are free at the pool and on the beach - there is a charge for umbrellas if you plan to spend the whole day on the beach. Customer service is a top priority and it shows. I highly recommend this property and a stay in Marco Island!

 Hilton Marco Island
239-394-5000




Ontario, Canada

Wasaga Beach
 
Who said there have to be palm trees on the beach? For a different, inexpensive and nostalgic type of beach vacation, why not try a fresh water beach? There are a wide assortment of motels and B&B's to select.
 
Wasaga Beach is hailed as one of the premier tourist destinations in Ontario. For over a century tourists have traveled to the welcoming shores of southern Georgian Bay to stroll along the 14 kilometres of white sand beach, swim in warm, clean waters and enjoy the panoramic mountain views across the bay. Perhaps the best kept secret is their endless recreation trails for hiking, cycling, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.
 For those visitors who want to enjoy something quieter, why not take a visit to the Wasaga Nordic Centre and take a hike on the Blueberry Trails.
 
Wasaga Beach
 705-429-3844



North Carolina   

In a world where everything seems to get bigger and busier, Sea Trail's vacation packages focus has been on keeping things simple, yet perfect. Quietly tucked away on the southernmost coast of North Carolina in Sunset Beach, Sea Trail has escaped the hectic pace of the world around it. Guests can enjoy 54 holes of championship golf, swim & fitness centers, dining and even activities for the children. Sea Trail offers condominiums and villa-style suites to fit every lifestyle, ranging from one to four bedrooms. Sea Trail is located just South of historic Wilmington, North Carolina and north of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in the beautiful coastal village of Sunset Beach. Officially incorporated in 1963, Sunset Beach has been a quietly kept secret of natives and dedicated beach lovers. Over the decades it has remained a wholesome, family-oriented community and was recently ranked as the #1 barrier island on the North Carolina coast.    

Sea Trail   
http://seatrail.com/resort/index.cfm    
888-229-5747



Mozambique   

Mozambique offers world-class accommodation, pristine beaches, adventure activities including fantastic diving, snorkelling, fishing, and a diverse culture with a trading history with China, Persia, India and Europe. Mozambique was known for its fine gold and ivory, as well as having been active in the slave trade. It is safe and despite its regained popularity, this warm-hearted country remains for the most part un-commercialised, and gives an open-armed welcome to those willing to explore its pleasures and treasures. Mozambique is an enormous country, encompassing some 800 000 square km, with a coastline extending roughly 2 500km along the Indian Ocean in the southeast of Africa. At the northern-most extreme is Cabo Delgado province, including the Quirimba Archipelago. A recently established National Park (Cabo Delgado Biodiversity Project) offers visitors both marine and land environments to explore. With top-notch diving, fishing and bird watching, this is a remote piece of paradise. Perfect for those wanting to combine solitude with an experience of a lifetime.
   
Unusual Destinations   
http://www.unusualdestinations.com/mozambique.html    
27(0) 11 706 1991



Caladesi Island, Florida   

This is truly a gem of a find. I was in the Tampa area last year and stumbled upon this incredible stretch of beach. One of the few completely natural islands along Florida´s Gulf Coast, Caladesi´s white sand shores have been rated as one of the nation´s best beaches. The park is accessible only by private boat or ferry from Honeymoon Island State Park. Beach lovers can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing. Saltwater anglers can fish from their boats or throw a line out into the surf. Nature enthusiasts watch wildlife while hiking the three mile nature trail through the island´s interior or paddling a three mile kayak trail through the mangroves and bay. Picnic tables and shelters are located near the beach; picnic pavilions can be reserved for a fee. The park has a marina with electric and water hookups for boaters. The park also has a snack bar and gift shop. However, you must know that you can only be there for a four hour period at a time, but it's well worth the trip.   

Florida State Parks   
http://www.floridastateparks.org/caladesiisland/    
727-469-5918



 
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