St. Barts, small Antilles, Caribbean

Saint-Barthélemy is a French island in the small Antilles and an overseas community since July 15th, 2007, before that it was a municipality and a district dependent on the Overseas Department of Guadeloupe. It is also known as St-Bartths or St. Barts (by English speakers). Located at 230 km northwest of Guadeloupe, and 25km southeast of St. Martin. It is a mountainous island composed primarily of volcanic rocks, with a 32-meters cost and surrounded by numerous islets. It’s called ‘a dried island’ because of its bedrock composition, the low precipitation and an old deforestation so drinking water is not sufficient for its inhabitants so it must be imported (bottles) or the one provided through the tap is desalinated seawater and they also use harvested rain water. The inhabitants work especially on fishing, raising goats, the salt harvest, the cultivation of cotton and indigo. Its underwater environment is rich in corals (51 species and 31 different kinds). Tourists appreciate especially its white sandy beaches and its rustic landscapes. The largest area is Gustavia. Its economy is based on luxury tourism and construction; it is also a free port. To see: the battery Swedish Fort Gustav III, the Swedish belltower, the Catholic Church, the House of Governors, among others (all in Gustavia).

Tips

It is the perfect sun destination; 27 ° C of average, peaks at 35 ° C and rarely less than 20 ° C. Ideal for the ‘ dolce farniente’, the total relax.
On the other hand, if you are active, you will also find activities to do: diving, fishing, windsurfing, surfing, excursions on boat, jet skiing, kite surfing, etc.
If you like shopping, you are in the right place. St. Barts is known as a paradise to make purchases of luxury goods. You will find a multitude of shops with all the major brands.
In the culinary sense, you’ll be also surprises with a variety of French and Caribbean restaurants.

Cayo Guillermo, Ciego de Avila, Cuba

Cayo Guillermo is a small island of 13 square kilometers, part of the archipelago Jardines del Rey (King’s Gardens) and which is part of the archipelago Sabana-Camaguey. This archipelago has more than 2500 islands and islets (cayos) and is located off the Atlantic coast of Cuba in the province of Ciego de Avila. This popular destination is known for its five kilometers of fine white sand beaches, its always calm sea, its shallow seashore and its clear waters of a beautiful turquoise blue. It is an oasis of peace for lovers of nature and the beach. Playa Pilar is one of the most beautiful beaches there. The archipelago Jardines del Rey has its own international airport which is located on Cayo Coco, the neighboring island of Cayo Guillermo. The two islands are connected by a bridge. The archipelago is also connected to the big island of Cuba by a dike in the sea of 27 kilometers long. Bus transfer from Jardines del Rey Airport to Cayo Guillermo hotels is approximately 45 minutes.

Tips

Some hotels offer a service of sharing, you must go to the reception of your hotel and ask for the bracelet of the hotel you want to visit but you can visit a hotel per day only, from 9 am to 5 pm, excluding restaurants à la carte and transportation between hotels.

Reserve Juréia-Itatins, Peruibe, São Paulo, Brazil

One of the most beautiful places on the south coast of São Paulo is the city of Peruibe, especially Paradise waterfall in the reserve Juréia-Itatins. It’s great to go down the hill in the Juréia surrounded on the road by the Atlantic Forest, a breathtaking descent, for Guaraú beach; a very clean beach with typical food Caiçara based on fish and seafood and the best shrimp Saint-Pierre! , The public use of the cascade is controlled by forests and it is the Foundation that uses the reserve as an environmental education tool. Access to the site will be allowed only with the monitored scheduled visit, being 180 the maximum number of independent visitors (no appointment, but recommended) and 90 for groups (appointment required). The swimming area is limited to the natural pool, not being allowed the access to the upper areas of the waterfall. The instructors are trained and qualified to receive people and provide information and lectures on the importance of protecting biodiversity, the waterfall and ecological station; one of the last places on the Brazilian coast where the Atlantic Forest has hardly changed.

Tips

To enter the reserve, you must have a ticket and service to visitors is from 8:00 to 17:00 daily.
You can arrive there by bus (public transportation) at very affordable prices, but the instability of time indefinite, and no information can affect the length of syour tay in the ecological station.
A tip: take advantage of the waterfall first and then go to the beach.