Terrifying Tropics

I lived in NYC for approximately 8 years.  Every winter seemed longer and colder than the last. Round about the middle of February is when I would start to lose my mind and climb the walls desperate for warmth.  For those of you who may be feeling the same way right now here is a tropical vacation to dream about that also delivers some spooky elements.

The Bermuda Triangle

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Also known as the Devil’s Triangle, the Bermuda Triangle exists mostly over open ocean.  An area of ocean where a lot of unexplained disappearances have taken place. There are dozens of theories as to why this happens. These theories vary widely from plausible environmental explanations to UFO abductions.  In between those extremes are stories of killer fogs and rips in space and time and the fantastical idea that the lost underwater city of Atlantis is protecting itself..  If you want to read more about the theories visit bermuda-triangle.org. The author of that site, Gian Quasar, has dedicated his life to researching the phenomena associated with the triangle.  This post, however, is about vacations!

Bermuda

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This is a photo of Elbow Beach Bermuda I took while on my honeymoon in 2013.  Yup, we honeymooned in the Bermuda Triangle and lived to tell the story. The beaches are all as beautiful as this one.  The sand color may vary, but the warm clear waters stay the same beach to beach.  Of course there is far more to do in Bermuda than just lay on the beach all day.

There are snorkeling and diving opportunities galore, many are in or around the hundreds of shipwrecks that dot the ocean floor.  Bermuda has no shortage of water related activities.  You can charter a boat, go parasailing or kayaking, and even try flyboarding which is like a hoverboard powered by huge water jets.  For the extra daring there are night time glass bottom boat tours available which take you out into the open waters of the triangle.  They come complete with spooky stores of the wrecks you see below and a rum swizzle!

1604399_10203930523007222_3292829013185160884_nIf you need to dry out for a day or two there are plenty of inland activities like exploring the town of St. George.  This historic location features a working dunking stool (with live
demonstrations), centuri
es old churches and forts dating back to the 1600’s.  You can also travel underground into the Crystal Caves.  A large system of caves where you can stare in awe at the stalactites and stalagmites and the amazingly still and clear pond.  For more information, ideas, and fancy photos visit gotobermuda.com.

Puerto Rico

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San Juan, Puerto Rico is the southern most point of the triangle.  There are two major parts to the city, Old San Juan and New San Juan.  In Old San Juan is full of historic colorful homes, cobblestone streets and a UNESCO heritage sites.  New San Juan features luxury beach front hotels with modern restaurants and shopping areas.  I highly recommend exploring both areas.  Visit sanjuanpuertorico.com for more information.

During our honeymoon we chose to spend more time on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.  It’s a small island with only one major hotel where the beaches are easily accessible and horses freely roam the streets.  We visited specifically for the bioluminescent Mosquito Bay.

viequesxxf-11-webMosquito Bay is one of the brightest bioluminescent bays in the world.  Rent a clear canoe and row out in the middle of the night under a moonless sky and watch the water beneath you light up with bioluminescent phytoplankton. It looks like your going through space in hyperdrive. The most terrifying part is when the guides lock up your shoes and valuables before marching you into the dark muddy waters to enter the canoes. If the promise of floating through a pitch black night atop eerie glowing waters isn’t enough for you visit vieques.com for more travel info.

 

Miami

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Interesting fact, you cannot travel directly from Bermuda to Puerto Rico.  No one will take you, not by air or by sea.  Even cruse ships will only go to one location or the other, but never both.  Whether or not the triangle is a myth there are many people who do not want to take the risk of being lost to history.  To get between the two locations you fly though the third point…Miami!

Most people don’t know that the triangle touches the mainland US.  I’m not sure how many people in Miami know when they are or are not inside the invisible lines that define the triangle’s boarders.  I think it’s fascinating that there may be hundreds of people standing inside the triangle or swimming in its waters completely unaware. It makes me giggle.

Miami is well known for the vibrant nightlife and hot beaches.  There are over a dozen beaches to explore each with their own vibe and mix of activities.  If you can think of an activity that involves the beach you can probably find a place to do it in Miami. Honestly you can find almost any activity you’re seeking; for families, or couples, or solo travelers, somewhere in Miami.  Take a gander and the Miami and beaches website for ideas.

If you are living in the cold I hope this gave you a little tropical daydream to warm you up.

 

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