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The purpose of its creation is precisely to exchange travel tips with friends of the page, the different ‘tips’  we collected through our travels, share experiences, make known places through photographs, in short, everything that could be useful to those planning a trip.
When you go to an agency, we haven’t generally all the time we’d want to ask all to the agent; if you are looking on the net, it is not sure that all what they say is what we will really find at the destination so what is better than our own testimonies?
We  have people with experience in the field to whom we can ask our questions, small local businesses who would like to be known, bed and breakfast, hotels, guest houses, apartments everywhere and we could organize trips, group trips,  tours, etc.
It is a great challenge and we will do our endeavor to make our idea works also with your interaction.
Have fun and feel free to participate and spread the word to friends and family.
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Whala!bávaro, Punta Cana

Whala! Bávaro is an all-inclusive hotel located 25 km from Punta Cana International Airport, Los Corales, El Cortecito, Bavaro, Punta Cana. It is a small hotel complex of 263 rooms only, divided into 5 different sections being the number 1 building the only one directly on the beach, inaugurated in 2018 with building number 2; there is a small street that separates the 2 buildings with oversight all the time to cross but there is very little traffic because it is not a main street, just a passage to join other properties. There are 5 swimming pools, a small children’s corner, a buffet and an à la carte restaurant, a sushi restaurant, a snack bar (next to the beach), 3 bars and a sky bar located on the 5th floor facing to the sea. You can choose between 5 room options that can accommodate up to 4 people. There are garden, pool or sea view rooms, standard or superior. All rooms have a small fridge, safe, flat screen TV with a wide selection of local and international stations, air conditioning and fans. Free wi-fi arrives everywhere in the complex. There are different activities offered during the day (yoga, step, board games, volleyball, etc.). In the evening you will find various performances and you can also dance with lessons of Latin rhythms on the spot. The hotel tries to protect the nature so you will find two bottles of water in your room upon arrival and you will be asked to keep them and refill them on the water tanks that you will find everywhere. The staff is very kind and smiling.

Tips

If you are a family with 3 children, on request, they will be able to add an extra bed for the third child.

It’s ok to book with a minimum of one or two months of anticipation due to the hotel’s capacity and the large amount of frequent guests.

You will find souvenir shops, pharmacy and small stores right next to the hotel.

Shanghai, China

Shanghai is one of the most populous cities in China and one of the largest megacities in the world with over 23.5 million inhabitants. It is located on the Huangpu River near the mouth of the Yangtze River, east of China and consists of 2 parts, Puxi and Pudong (which mean respectively west and east of Pu). The town developed at first exclusively in Puxi, but since 1990, Pudong has become a high-tech construction area where companies and other skyscrapers multiply thanks to the impetus of the government. Nanjing Avenue (five kilometers) is considered the true center of Shanghai. The urban landscape is changing quickly in recent years. Entire neighborhoods, like Dun Hui Fang, are shaved to be rebuilt. It is also known as the Pearl of the Orient and is becoming the financial center of China, thanks to the Lujiazui district. The city has long been a major textile production center of China. Other important manufacturing sectors include the manufacture of chemicals and pharmaceuticals, vehicles, machinery, steel, paper, printing products, electrical and electronic systems and equipment such as computers, radios and cameras. Real estate development is in constant growth, there are 5,000 towers, 120 skyscrapers more each year, and 20,000 permanent construction sites. To see: the Shanghai Museum, the Opera, the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Yuyuan Garden, the Bund (from where you can see the business district of Pudong with the highest skyscrapers, Oriental Pearl, Jin Mao Tower, World Financial Center, the Shanghai Tower), the Jade Buddha Temple, Jing’an Temple, St. Ignatius Cathedral, the Lupu Bridge, among others .

Tips

The city counts with 12 subway lines, several train stations but the most used transport is the taxi.
There is a line Transrapid (train with a magnetic levitation) that connects the city to the new international airport of Pudong.
If you like museums, visit the Urban Planning Museum on People’s Square where you will find a giant model of the city that allows you to enjoy its real estate development.
You can take a boat trip on the Huangpu to have a beautiful view of the city.
If you like shopping visit the pedestrian shopping street Nanjing East.
You can also visit the antiques market with its famous Bird Market.

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Palm Cove, Far North Queensland, Australia

Palm Cove is a beach community in Far North Queensland, Australia, located 27 kilometres north of Cairns. Its name refers to the palm trees that line the beach. It is guarded from the South Pacific Ocean by the Great Barrier Reef, completely surrounded by the Daintree Tropical Rainforest and is close to Daintree National Park with a tropical climate. It’s very small and the place doesn’t offer many public services. The first international hotel chain to establish there was the Ramada Reef Resort in 1986 and the town has continued to increase in national and international recognition ever since. You’ll find many
joggers, walkers and cyclists there. There’s a service of life guard patrol swimming all year long. The Palm cove jetty is one of the regions most popular fishing spots where anglers regularly catch species such as mackerel, Giant Trevally and shark. You have many activities to do water rafting, hot air ballooning, parachuting, horse riding, all terrain vehicles, deep sea or reef fishing, kayaking, jet skis and sailing.

Tips

You can choice among different good hotels and resorts but if you prefer, there are lots of appartments to rent too.
There aren’t many options for shopping but there’s a shopping centre in the nearby community of Smithfield.
The Great Barrier Reef is a ‘must do’ activity; there are tours operators offering excursions where you can dive, snorkel or simply view this natural wonder through a glass bottom boat or underwater observatory.
There’s also a wildlife Zoo very near the beach.

 

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