Nestled between Nicaragua and Panama in Central America lies a very small country in land area, but very sizable in diversity of plants, animals, adventure and scenery. A Costa Rica holiday affords the fortunate traveler beautiful scenery, rich cultural experiences and exciting adventures. Most explorers begin their trip in San Jose because of its central location which also includes many vacation homes therefore providing you with the perfect place to begin your journey. Set in a valley of the Andean Sierra Madre Mountain Range, this city in and of itself offers a unique vacation experience with many tours available to see the lush landscapes, coffee plantations and butterfly gardens. You can also take a leisurely stroll down the pedestrian only streets where you can dine in cafes, indulge in some shopping or visit one of the many museums. Outside the central city of San Jose lie's a huge number of activities. With a vacation rental in La Fortuna to the north you can be close to a volcano, the Tabacon Hot Springs, a cave waiting to be explored and beautiful waterfalls that are within hiking distance. You can also visit the observatory in Los Lagos to view the glow of lava from the Arenal Volcano or meander through a farmers market which would give you an opportunity to meet some of the locals.Tamarindo, along the Pacific coast offers a variety of water activities such as snorkeling, jungle boat tours, scuba diving and surfing. This beautiful coastal city also offers land excursions such as four-wheeling and mountain biking. With a holiday home in this area you are minutes away from thrilling adventures. Visiting one of the national parks can be a part of your Costa Rica vacation no matter where your luxury accommodation is located. Tortuguero National Park, in Limon, offers spectacular views of rain forests that take you right to the Caribbean waters where there are beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters to be explored. Quepos is an excellent city for your Costa Rica holiday. Art galleries, restaurants and bakeries allow for shopping and enjoying true Costa Rican cuisine. This city is also known for its sport-fishing. So whether you're seeking lazy days on the beach, exciting days on the ocean or pleasurable evenings out, holiday accommodations here would be a great choice. For those in search of adventure day and night, Jaco is the vacation destination for you. In Costa Rica this city can not be beat for nightly entertainment and also has a great variety of day activities such as surfing, shopping, horseback riding and hiking. A Monteverde vacation would be any nature lovers treat. The friendly locals, restaurants and cloud forests make a holiday rental in this area a must. There are hundreds of species of animals including monkeys, birds and insects and thousands of species of plants like the elegant orchid. There are also many different ways of exploring this natural setting like taking an eco-tour, hiking, horseback riding, or even experiencing a zip line! No matter where your Costa Rica vacation takes you, you are sure to have a wonderful time exploring the flourishing landscape, lounging on the pristine beaches or rafting down one of the many rivers.
Canada is the second largest country in the world with many beautiful landscapes ranging from spectacular mountains in British Columbia, lush countryside in Alberta, big city skylines of Regina, beautiful water ways such as lakes and streams in Quebec, and arctic tundra of the Northern Territories. The air is clean, the water is pristine and much of the land is untouched with many lakes unnamed and land uncharted. With such varied scenery and so much to explore a Canada vacation is a must for any traveler. From east to west the things to do and places to see and cultures to experience differ from region to region. When choosing a holiday rental perhaps Newfoundland and Labrador would be to your liking where there are adventures along rocky coastlines, national parks and abandoned fishing villages where you can snowmobile or watch icebergs along Iceberg Valley (anywhere along the coast.) Go out to tong for oysters or catch lobster in a Prince Edward Island villa or zip-line in Nova Scotia. New Brunswick has much to offer as well with fine dining experiences, bird watching and the amazing tidal changes along the Bay of Fundy. You can stay in a Quebec vacation home, relax in an outdoor caf? in Quebec City or visit one of the many cities that offer fishing and hunting excursions such as Clermont and Chapais. This province is also home to Montreal where you can enjoy the nightlife and the architecture. Ontario, home to Niagara Falls, is an enormous area of Canada with many luxury accommodations available. There is much to do in this province. You can visit the celebrated theater, outstanding museums and extravagant cuisine in Toronto. Thunder Bay rental homes put you close to golfing, sailing, hiking and the amazing foot suspension bridges of Eagle Canyon. And let's not forget the country's capital of Ottawa with European influence and beautiful gardens surrounding government buildings. The heart of Canada is Manitoba and Saskatchewan. These areas have remarkable landscapes with prairies to the north as well as thousands of lakes which are great for fishing and further south there is the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba which is a great place to explore parks, museums and the local art scene. With a holiday house in Regina, Saskatchewan you can try your hand at some gaming in the Las Vegas style casinos or visit Saskatoon where there is a relaxed atmosphere as you dine in one of the many caf?'s in the Broadway district or take a refreshing walk along the river. In addition to the beautiful countryside appeal, Alberta also offers a variety of mountainous adventures such as rock climbing, hiking and glacier tours. Visitors can stay in a private villa and get a little retail therapy in Edmonton or for the cowboy in us all you can visit Calgary for the annual Calgary Stampede and enjoy the west at any time of the year.The Rocky Mountains also create a beautiful landscape in British Columbia. But that is not the only draw to this area and its fantastic vacation rentals. The nightlife in Vancouver and the shopping in Victoria in the southwest are world-renowned. The entire country of Canada is over-flowing with scenes that look like they are straight from the pages of National Geographic. Canada also boasts history which dates back to over 25,000 years ago. This makes a Canada vacation a must for the nature and history lover alike. Places for hiking, four-wheeling, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and archeological exploration are found all throughout the country in cities such as Whitehorse in the Yukon, Yellowknife in the Northern Territories or Baffin Island in Nunavut. With such varied landscape and culture a Canadian vacation will leave you with very special and unique memories. A Canada holiday can be thrilling in any season, in any terrain and for any adventure.
When you think vacation, some of you might just want to relax, enjoy, indulge yourself with some fine cuisine, and basically let your hair down. While for some of you a vacation might mean embarking on unknown adventures, while for others the personification of an ideal vacation would be absorbing the local culture, historical monuments and ancient architecture. What if you could find all this and more under one sky; in this enigmatic albeit overcrowded land, called India? From the tallest snow capped peaks to the deepest oceans, from dense forests to never ending desert sands, India is a country capable of satiating the appetites of every discerning tourist. With nearly 1.2 billion people, India ranks only behind China in the terms of population, so when a tourist needs directions, they would always find enough people around whom they could ask. Another reason India offers so much in terms of tourism is the fact that it's one of the largest countries in the world, in terms of area, and is ranked 7th over all. Hence the diversity in its flora and fauna. On your Indian vacation you would primarily experience three basic Seasons, the summers, the winters and the monsoons. The elevation and your location in the country would determine the intensity with which you would experience any of these climates. It would be sensible on your part to book an Indian vacation home before embarking on your journey; you can choose from a wide variety that are available, you would surely find more than a few that would not only fit your needs, but also your budget. Once in India you would find a wide variety of options for transportation; depending on your budget and urgency you could choose from one of the many options available to you. India is known for its dense network of airways, railways and roadways that more than satisfactorily connect it internally. All the major cities of India have international airports, thus making India a globally appealing tourist destination. If all you have on your mind are two words, relaxation and great food, you have to begin your journey at Goa. After you have made your choice of an Indian vacation home in Goa, you could venture out to explore the many beaches here, some beaches beckon you with their solitude, whereas others with the sheer vibrancy of life and colors. Little can one imagine while relaxing on one of its beaches that in some other part of India are cities and towns covered in snow, where tourists just like you are skiing down mountain slopes. Speaking of skiing and snow-capped mountains, India is one of those rare tourist destinations, that provide you the luxury of enjoying warm sandy beaches as much as icy cold winds and snow-fall. Gulmarg in Kashmir is one such place, once you have visited Kashmir even the Swiss Alps would pale in comparison. Kashmir would allow you the luxury of skiing, sledding or probably just building your own snowman, during the winters. Many visit India each year for tourism of a completely different kind. Their purpose, primarily spiritual or metaphysical. With India being home to nearly every religion in the world, and with it being the birthplace of many of these religions, it's a little wonder that this great nation is a popular destination for spiritual tourism. From Hindu temples to Buddhist monasteries, from mosques to churches, these monuments of spirituality not only appeal to the spiritually inclined, but also to the aesthetically inclined.The sand dunes of Rajasthan are another sight worth beholding. Rajasthan is famous for its colorful people and fairy-tale castles and forts. The sands of Rajasthan are dipped in Rajput history and culture. The Rajputs were a royal warrior clan, whose tales of bravery and honour rival those of the Japanese Samurai. The many museums and monuments all across Rajasthan pay homage to these great warriors. Words wouldn't do justice to describe the enigma that is India; it can only be felt and experienced firsthand. No amount of words can encompass the true essence of India. The best way for you to do it would be to plan an Indian vacation long enough, so you can at least scrape the surface of all that India has to offer. Next, sensibly you would plan your travel itinerary, to best utilize the duration of your vacation, and ultimately all that would be left for you to do is to head for that very comfortable Indian vacation home.
When you think of Morocco, you immediately think of Casablanca, a place immortalized in the annals of Hollywood history, with Humphrey Bogart mouthing off lines which have now become as memorable as the film itself. But it would be completely unfair on ones part to assume, that there isn't more to Morocco than Casablanca. Located in North Africa, Morocco or Marrakesh (its ancient name meaning ?Land of God') as it's still addressed in certain languages, can well be considered a jewel in the crown of the African continent. Morocco is a monarchy with a population of about 32 million. Its capital is Rabat, with Casablanca its largest city. The climate in Morocco varies, from Mediterranean near the coast, to more extremes as one moves towards the interiors. Due to its wide range of climatic variation, one gets to see a variety of flora and fauna that have adapted to this climatic change. With this variation in climate one also gets to see a hugely diversified cuisine, which can be credited to the influence of a variety of cultures and the availability of raw materials for food. Couscous is the most famous Moroccan dish along with pastilla, tajine, and harira. The most popular drink is green tea with mint. Morocco is a tourist paradise, with plenty of things to do and places to see. Be it places of natural beauty like the Jbel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa, Figuig oasis in eastern Morocco and Tislit Lake, Imilchil in the Atlas Mountains, or architectural marvels, like in Volubilis, featuring the best preserved Roman ruins in this part of northern Africa, a UNESCO World Heritage site, or the numerous mosques around the country, which feature beautiful and intricate architecture. But the main attraction for a tourist in Morocco would be its numerous souks and markets. These markets feature some of the finest Moroccan crafts and threadwork, along with other handicrafts. They are a weekly feature in smaller towns and villages, but in larger cities such as Fez or Marrakesh the city which is a namesake of Morocco's ancient name, entire city blocks are dedicated to a particular craft or threadwork. Bargaining is an essential practice and is a ritual in itself, where one could sit bargaining for hours over a cup of mint tea. Some of the most sought-after items in Moroccan souks and markets are Moroccan carpets, blankets and Moroccan rugs. All are hand crafted in traditional Moroccan style. What you can expect to pay for these items depends on where in the country you are shopping. Larger cities will make these items out of high quality Arab fabrics through a process called knotting. Here the price tags can range in the thousands. Smaller villages use the process of weaving for a much lower price tag. In retrospect, Morocco is an experience, as exotic as some of the things you would find in its markets and as satisfying as its cuisine.
A country with a high quality of life, a country that is highly developed, a country with top health-care systems, a country that is one of the most globalized and peaceful, a country that is a very important member of the European Union and NATO, well the country is Portugal, with its capital Lisbon. Portugal is all of the above and more. So you can imagine, how good a Portuguese vacation home would be. On a Portuguese vacation you would experience an amalgamation of a Mediterranean climate; which in other words means warm to hot, dry summers and mild to cool, wet winters, and a semi-arid climate; which in other words means hot, sometimes extremely hot, summers and mild to warm winters. As a matter of fact, Portugal is one of the warmest European countries. Reaching your dream holiday destination and making yourself comfortable in a beautiful Portuguese vacation home might be easier than you think; this is owing to the fact that Portugal has excellent air connectivity, with three international airports located near its principal cities of Lisbon, Porto and Faro. In addition, Lisbon's geographical position makes it a stopover for many foreign airlines at several airports within the country. The flagship Portuguese carrier is TAP Portugal, and apart from the official carrier there are a number of other domestic airlines that provide services within and without the country. The fact that the county is extremely well connected internally by road and rail, augers mention. Portugal is a nation which truly showcases the fact that architecture and nature go hand in hand; with breathtaking villas and cottages that are located in the lap of nature, and it's out of these that you can choose your ideal Portuguese vacation home. In fact, you would be left wondering, if it's the accommodation or where it's located at, that has left you more spellbound. Portugal is an ideal tourist destination, because it caters to tourists of every kind, but here are a few destinations that no tourist can afford to miss, whatever be his/her preference: Belem: This is the very place from where Magellan and Vasco Da Gama set sail to explore the known world, if that isn't reason enough, the scintillating monuments and the serenity of the area would be reason enough, to make this place a part of your holiday itinerary. National Palace of Pena: A UNESCO world heritage site ,reason enough for you to pay this place a visit, and if you still aren't sold here is a quote from Lord Byron himself ?I must just observe that the village of Cintra in Estremadura is the most beautiful in the world.? It needs to be added that the palace overlooks the village of Cintra, need we say more? Costa Vincentina National Park: If it's some romance you crave, an evening here will remain imprinted in your memory for your lifetime, and it's not just the ambient natural beauty but also the sunset, its beauty might have inspired many a poet. Azores: If you ever were under the impression that you could get tired of exploring and soaking in nature, Azores would surely prove you wrong, in fact you would concede hands down, that the sun kissed mountains, the carpet of exotic flowers and lush green grass, and cloud kissing hills are a sight right out of an artist's dream. If they say Switzerland is paradise, Azores is the place where people who stay in paradise go for a vacation. The places mentioned above are but a drop in the ocean, compared to the many sights and activities Portugal has to offer, but to really experience Portugal you have to begin by making reservations for one of those beautiful Portuguese vacation home choices, plan your travel itinerary and on the first available opportunity end up there. In fact, once you have actually flavored the true essence of Portugal, there is a risk of you not wanting to leave.