Point Loma Lighthouse, San Diego, United States

The old Point Loma Lighthouse is located on the Point Loma Peninsula at the mouth of San Diego Bay in San Diego, United States. It has not operated since 1891 as a lighthouse but is open to the public as a museum. Its construction began in 1854 on a cliff of nearly 130 meters and was finished in October 1855 but its function began only a month later. At his side, they built a small building that was used to store the wood, the oil as other supplies, but in 1875, a portion was converted into a two-room apartment for the assistant guardian of the lighthouse. In the museum you will find maps and documents about Point Loma and its history as the original objective of the lighthouse. As the lighthouse was built in height, it was not seen very often with the fog or low clouds that is why in 1891 it was replaced by another that had been built at a lower altitude. It was restored in 1980 and furniture of the time where it was used as an apartment, was put on the spot.

Tips

If you’re lucky, you’ll be greeted by volunteers representing people who worked or lived there.

The lighthouse tower is closed to the public but there are dates when you will find it open; on August 25th (anniversary of the National Park Service) and on November 15th (anniversary of the lighthouse).

If you like walking, enjoy strolling through the park and you’ll have beautiful views of the ocean and the city of San Diego.

Nature Park ‘Bois de l’Île Bizard’, île Bizard, Ste-Geneviève, Montreal, Quebec

The Nature Park ‘Bois de l’Ile Bizard’ includes sugar maple trees, cedar groves and marshes. It has a magnificent view of the Lake of Two Mountains. This is a place where you can go walking and cycling but also in winter you can practice cross-country skiing (20km) or go snowshoeing (10km). There are several paths in this large star-shaped park; it even has a bridge that crosses the great swamp. You can see some animals like ducks, beavers, turtles, birds. In spring and fall, it’s a good place to watch migrating geese and other birds in the lake. In summer you can also enjoy swimming, canoeing, fishing or having a picnic (barbecue allowed).

Tips

If you want to walk around with your pet, in this park it’s possible.
In winter you have a snowshoe and ski rental on site.
The park is open all year long.

Miami Beach, Florida, United States

Miami Beach is a nearby town to that of Miami, in Florida, United States. More than half of its population is foreign born. The most spoken languages are English and Spanish but French is also used especially with tourists as almost all taxi drivers are of Haitian origin. It is located just a few kilometers from Miami downtown. It’s a tourism city that attracts tourists from all around the world, its climate is perfect for enjoying the beach most time of the year, it is rare that the temperature drops to 10 degrees.

Tips

The Airport Flyer Route 150 is an express bus service between the airport and Miami Beach that  is cheap. There is also a free electric shuttle that will transport you anywhere you like but only in Miami Beach.
Hurricane season runs from early June to late November, but in general, Miami is vulnerable right from mid-August to late September.
Avoid walking on the beach after sunset. If you have to move in the evening, choose frequented arteries.
Although in the United States you can pay with credit card almost everything, plan a little cash because for some things you’ll need it: toll, transit, parasol rentals on the beach, etc.