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United States - Catalina Island

Just 22 miles, one hour boat ride, just off the southwest coast of Los Angeles is Santa Catalina Island or more often called Catalina Island is used to be an escapade for Hollywood Stars from their busy lives, enjoying the crystal clear waters and some privacy, getting sun tanned and having a great time. Now Catalina Island is a beautiful resort accommodating any kind of tourist for any occasion. Catalina Island is a romantic getaway for newly wed couples and lovers or for a family trip for bonding and reuniting the family. There is so much to do in Catalina Island and so much to explore. This rocky island offers a wide range of activities from relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, mountain trecking, sea trecking, diving, arts, playing golf, zip lines, boating, cruise, and a lot more. Each of this activities can be found around Avalon, the main town of Catalina Island, and there are some parts of the island that remained untouched or conserved.

In 1972, members of the Wrigley family established the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy as a private, non-profit organization dedicated solely to the conservation and preservation of Catalina Island. With more than 42,000 acres and 48 miles of coastline under its charge, the Conservancy's legal mandate is to preserve the island's native plants and animals, its biological communities and its geological and geographical formations of educational interest. Equally important, the conservancy also manages the island's open space for controlled recreational purposes.

So basically Avalon is just a small part of Catalina Island and for tourists who wants to experience the 'wild side' where there are broad valleys, isolated coves, pristine beaches, two thousand-foot peaks and near-vertical shoreline palisades and is home to thousands of species of unique native plants and animals. Exploring the other side of the island is a must.

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Dave D. wrote about Dominica:

"Dominica was another stop on our Caribbean cruise. Here's an excerpt from my blog post about our day in Dominica:

The bus departed from the pier at 10:30am and we were en route to our first stop up in the mountains for a hike to a waterfall. As we drove through town, it looked really poor - more than the other places we've visited. During our history lesson of Dominica we learned that the island is 99% volcanic rock and 1% limestone, that there are 17 dormant volcanoes and 365 rivers - one river for every day of the year, and during leap years they find another river, was the joke.

The bus stopped after the 45-minute drive through the mountains, and we were at the entry point of the rain forest for the walk to Spanny's Waterfall. A few people stopped to use the facilities but the rest of the group began their walk through the rain forest - great tour guide, just leaving us to navigate on our own. The walk was roughly 20-minutes and was a pretty substantial hike through the mud. We saw a lot of interesting and colourful plants along the way, but surprisingly no bugs. The waterfall was absolutely beautiful. Could have spent a lot more time there.

Back on the bus, we made our way down the mountain and to Mero Beach, which is a black sand beach. The drive down the mountain was a little easier to handle than the drive up. Baron sure did like to grind the gears, and take the turns pretty fast. The beach was pretty interesting, seeing that I've never been to a black sand beach before. The water looked really murky, but was surprisingly clear - the black sand makes the water clarity deceiving. Because we were with the tour group, we didn't have to pay for the chairs/umbrella, and we were given a free drink at the bar.


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