Archive for April, 2010

Panama City Beach Vacation Rentals

While the gorgeous white sands and sparkling emerald green waters are always the most memorable sight in Panama City Beach, you never have to leave this gorgeous view behind when you stay in a vacation home rental. Always beyond the ordinary with its convenient access to everything you love about this prime Florida destination, a vacation rental is the perfect way to satisfy your appetite for a memorable Gulf Coast adventure.

The 27 miles of silky white sand that Panama City Beach lays claim to are some of the most stunning and picturesque along the Emerald Coast. Highly-rated for their distinct beauty and countless opportunities for recreational activities, you will find more waterfront excitement than they ever imagined when you rent a Panama City Beach vacation rental. Just steps off your patio, an endless oasis of swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, and sunbathing is at your beck and call for the duration of your stay, meaning there is no excuse for you to not experience the getaway of a lifetime.

Morning and night, the warm waters of the Gulf are always within sight, pulling you outwards for an exhilarating excursion. Wreck diving is the perfect way to get your fill of the unseen depths as you cruise around the famous 465-foot Empire Meca, or you can simply glide across the waves as you soak in the diverse marine life, and possible even spot a dolphin or two, on a snorkeling expedition around Shell Island. Need a break from the water’s edge? You can lay in the soft sands just outside your home rental and soak up the warm Florida sun, or enjoy the privacy of your personal balcony, and the stunning water backdrop, as you catch-up on a little reading.

Panama City Beach vacation rentals do more than just promote beach-filled fun, they also make your time away from the water relaxing and convenient. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner can all be accounted for when you stock up on a few basics on your way into town and take advantage of the fully-equipped kitchen. A sunset dinner outside with family and friends is the perfect cap to an exhausting day, while a fresh brew in the morning is the perfect complement to the stunning sunrise pick-me-up.

While you could theoretically spend every waking moment at the beach, there is so much more to explore in Panama City Beach that you simply cannot miss. When you want to enjoy an afternoon full of laughs and smiles at the Gulf World Marine Park or the Coconut Creek Family Fun Park, your Panama City Beach rental is always an accommodating host. You can discuss the day’s agenda in the spacious living room and then hop in your car, which rests conveniently in your private garage, for an easygoing day around town.

In addition to facilitating your many outbound excursions, your vacation rental also makes the time that you spend indoors entertaining, lively, and activity-packed. Forget about dull hotel rooms where everyone crowds around a TV until bed, and enjoy a real home away from home that offers all of the comforts you have come to love and appreciate. You can find rentals that have media rooms, pool tables, ping pong tables, game rooms, wireless internet, video games, board games, and much more to keep the kids, or the kid inside of us all, just as content as when they are playing in the sand.

Panama City Beach is a getaway destination that is brimming with excitement and exhilarating adventures, and a vacation rental seizes upon this festive, jovial spirit to surround you with everything that is spectacular about this waterfront wonder. Sweep aside your worries when you stroll these soft sands or soak in a breathtaking sunset from a home rental that rests just a few steps from every imaginable gulf front pursuit. Remember, Panama City Beach is meant to relax and calm your nerves, so follow its sandy lead towards a waterfront vacation you will never forget.

Jen W.

Specialist Holidays in Tenerife

In addition to being a perfect winter holiday getaway destination, Tenerife is also a favourite location for many specialist holiday providers. This group of holiday packagers focus on niche market sectors and provide specialist holidays to cater for certain types of people or people with special interests. These holidays are often based around characteristics of the people themselves, perhaps their age or religious beliefs for example, but more normally they are created to cater for particular hobbies or the special areas of interest of those people.

Cookery holidays, walking holidays, photography holidays, birdwatching holidays and painting holidays are all examples of specialist holidays that now use Tenerife as their base. Holidays of this type are usually provided for smaller groups of people and feature either a guide or tutor as part of the package.

Birdwatching holidays are a popular type of specialist with English visitors to Tenerife. The island, likes others in the Canaries, provides opportunities to spot seabirds and native species that are not found in the UK. Endemic varieties include the Blue Chaffinch which is a common sight and the more elusive Bolle’s Pigeon and Laurel Pigeon. Another obvious native is the Tenerife Goldcrest which is non-migratory and so is only found on Tenerife and the nearby island of La Gomera.

Tenerife is famous for its warm winter climate and watersports enthusiasts can take advantage of this weather to extend their season. Ample accessible coastline and spectacular Atlantic surf make it a favourite destination for surfers, windsurfers and kite surfers.

Scuba diving is also a popular activity on Tenerife. There are several scuba training schools which take advantage of the underwater volcanic rock formations and the abundance of sealife. For around 500 euros, which covers tuition and accommodation, novices can undergo an intensive week long course leading to the PADI Open Water Scuba certificate. Comfortable average sea and air temperatures, which make diving a year-round sport in Tenerife, has led to several specialist Dive Schools setting up base on the island.

Warm weather training camps are the preserve of any serious athlete who finds their off season months spoilt by cold wet weather. Sportsmen from the UK and other northern european countries have long appreciated the warmer winter climate of the Canaries. Lanzarote is the first location that springs to mind when you think of athletes, triathletes and cyclists looking for early season training facilities, but Tenerife also has plenty to offer. Los Cristianos in the south of the island boasts an Olympic sized swimming pool for swim camps and a modern synthetic athletics track for both track and field athletes.

Tenerife also provides a fine winter base for cyclists, both amateur and professional alike. The resort was made famous recently by the visit of Lance Armstrong and his Astana team, who used the island as part of their preparations for the season ahead. Mountainous roads, pine forests and warm weather make Tenerife a perfect choice for cyclists looking to train in the months of December and January. The mountainous regions, high altitude routes and forests also make the island great for off-road cycling and several companies provide MTB ( Mountain Bike ) tours and holidays.

For the true adventurer one company is now providing the ultimate sporting challenge on Tenerife. The four day challenge involves travelling from sea level using a combination of canoeing, walking, mountain biking, rope descents, overnight camps in the company of experienced guides, culminating near the 3800m peak of Teide Volcano. Participants are limited in numbers and are expected to be both fit and flexible.

So you see Tenerife has a wealth of options and opportunities for the specialist holiday maker. Travel to the island is made easier by a wealth of low cost flight providers who fly to the island’s two airports on a year-round basis. Tenerife Airport South, or Reina Sofia, is the larger of the two airports and is the one most frequently used by flight providers. The other smaller airport is called Los Rodeos, is located in the north of the island and is used more as an inter-island hub.

Michael Baker

This is footage shot by my friend Greg in Australia when we went there for New Years Eve in 2007. This video contains the first part of our trip from Brisbane and the Gold Coast to the Steve Erwin Zoo. The Video was edited using Sony Vegas. Thanks to Nine Inch Nails for the music track who retains all rights to the song.

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Morning scuba dive at Edgell Patches just outside the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Which is located next to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Why not find out more about scuba diving trips, courses and packages with Borneo Dream Travel & Tours S/B at

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How to setup SCUBA gear…

This was a school project for my college video class. The assignment was to make a how to video, so I did this…

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