Bonaire, Lesser Antilles

Bonaire is an island part of the Leeward Islands group in the Lesser Antilles, located east of Curaçao off the coast of Venezuela. The island is divided between the Windward coast in the east and the Leeward coast in the west. There are just two cities; Kralendijk, its capital and Rincon but there are other agglomerations or neighborhoods dependent on them. Since 2010 is a Dutch municipality with special status. One of the main activities of the island is tourism as it is a stopover for some cruise lines. The island is very popular for scuba diving enthusiasts as a coral reef surrounds the island. You can visit the Washington National Slagbaai Park, well known for the presence of flamingos and wild donkeys; Fort Orange and all the beautiful beaches you will find everywhere. Many activities are available on the island such as climbing, cycling, scuba diving, horse riding, golf, etc.

Tips

If you visit the Washington Slagbaai National Park, you will have the opportunity to know Boca Slagbaai Beach, a good place for snorkelers. Bring protective shoes to walk on the beach and to enter the sea.

If you are traveling with children, visit Cai Beach or Chachacha Beach; ideal for swimming and also good places for picnics.

If you want a beach with all the comforts, you can visit Eden Beach which belongs to the resort of the same name. You will have access to comfort by paying an accessible fee.

The Wild Zoo of Saint-Félicien, Quebec, Canada

The Wild Zoo of Saint-Félicien, founded in 1960, is a zoological park located in St-Félicien, in the province of Quebec. It is dedicated to the conservation of boreal fauna. There are 80 species for a total of almost 1000 animals. The original park was enlarged in 1972 with the creation of a nature trail park and six historic villages stretching over 7 km which can be visited aboard a small train from where you can observe several animals in freedom, in safety. The existing habitats have been designed so that some species find them as their own natural habitat. Other sections have been added over the years to house Japanese macaques, tigers and a Mongolian steppe. The pedestrian part has 7 sectors. There are also 2 movie theaters which allow the public to attend exhibitions and images on a 3D screen. You will find several species such as woodland caribou, snowy owls, arctic foxes, polar bears, black bears, moose, geese, bisons, antelopes, beavers, etc.

Tips

The zoo is closed until June 4th , 2021 and from June 5th to 18th , only the pedestrian section will be open with a 50% discount on the regular rates. It’ll be open till October 31st, 2021.

Wear comfortable shoes, there is a lot of walking to be done, the distances between the different sectors are important..

If you plan to spend a few days in the region, you can buy the Passeport Attrait (5 different proposals) which includes 13 tourist attractions of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and in this way you will save 40% of the regular price of the zoo entrance . However, you must check the instructions for each place during the pandemic.

The ticket office is closed and tickets are purchased online. Children under 2 don’t pay and students and people 65 and over have a discount and must show ID. Family packages are also available.

Maratea, Potenza, Basilicate, Italy

Maratea is an Italian commune in the province of Potenza, in the Basilicata region of southern Italy; with a splendid location along the Tirreno Sea. Its 32 km of coastline are dotted with cliffs, beaches and small coves, and have more than 50 caves. The mountains of the hinterland arrive directly to the sea, creating a picturesque visual contrast and beautiful panoramas; they are covered with pine forests and a specific flora. The Maratea Coast has more than twenty beaches. The largest is Gnola. Calaficarra is set among the rocks and caves. There are also beaches with black sand. To see: Castrocucco Castle, the Carrara marble statue of Christ the Redeemer 22 meters on Mount San Biagio, the obelisk of Our Lady of Sorrows, the Basilica of St. Blaise, the Church of St. Mary, the Church of the Annunciation, the Church of Saint Antonio among others.

Tips

If you visit Maratea in May, try to be present at the celebration of the anniversary of the translation of Saint Blaise relics that lasts a whole week, the first Saturday in May to the second Sunday of the month. This holiday, with early origins, celebrates the arrival of the relics of the saint in Maratea, which took place in May in 732.
It is an ideal destination for those wishing to spend a holiday by the sea, relax and also to explore the culture and taste the authentic flavors.
Take a nice walk in the historical center you can admire the medieval structure with narrow streets and imposing buildings, as well as artistic and architectural evidence.