Seven Attractive Spots in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This summer why not make KL your favourite holiday destination? Much of the travel stories we hear about the world’s most famous cities like Dubai, New York, Sydney etc. They say Malaysia is ‘Truly Asia’. That’s true. Malaysia is considered as a melting-pot of the Asian culture. The beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur, KL, (also the capital of Malaysia), gives you every kind of Asian sensation that you would love to experience. If you are wondering why you should add Kuala Lumpur in your travel plan, keep reading this:

1. Petronas Twin Towers:
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When you first hear about the twin towers, the (late) New York twin towers strike your mind. But the KL has its own kind of twin towers; the Petronas towers. Standing 1,483 ft. tall, depicting Islamic theme in its design was considered the tallest building of the world during 1990s and now the tallest twin towers of the world connected with double decked sky bridge. Petronas is fun-hub in itself as besides shopping mall and parks, it has Art Gallery, KL Convention Centre, Dewan Filharmonik Petronas concert hall which is considered world’s best classical music venue. Moreover, to your surprise, it is home to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. The 88-storey sky scrapper gives mesmerizing view of the entire city on its observation deck. The view is entirely different during the day and night. So if you wish to visit Petronas, don’t forget to go on top.

2. Islamic Arts Museum:
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If you are fond of studying history, art and culture, then you must not forget to visit Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. The architecture gallery bears the finest models of famous mosques all around the world, including Ka’aba in Makkah. The Qura’n and Manuscript Gallery has beautiful copies of Quran from Indian Sultanate which dates back to the 15th to 16th centure A.D., rehal, a wooden stand to hold Quran mostly while reading. The special thing about this is from Ottoman Turkey. A special feature is the scriptures written on the wooden tablets with permanent ink called ‘Lawh’ during 20th century and is brought from Africa and Mali. The fancy tea sets made of metal from India is something you have never seen before. The velvet royal dresses covered with beautiful embroidery from the 19th century compel you to imagine the valour of the royals of that time. There is much more to explore in this museum; so if you have thirst for art and culture, this visit stands mandatory.

3. Kul Bird Park:
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One speciality of the KL is Bird Park that is spread over 20.9 acres. It is world’s largest free-flight walk-in aviary. The park is home to near 3000 species of birds. The species that you have never seen before will give you an experience worthy of it. Here, you will get the opportunity to see Mandarin ducks, hawk eagles, dancing peacocks, hornbills, ostriches and various kinds of friendly colourful parrots. There are lots of activities arranged for the public engagement. There is feeding time for rainbow lorikeets and red lory, specie of parrots. Along with leisure, the park is also a centre for research and those who love to study birds in nature habitat and observe their behaviour patterns. There is an Egg Incubation Room and Nursery where chicken eggs are artificially incubated. The bird show is something that you must not miss at all. The photography with these beautiful birds is a must for everyone who visits this park.

4. Aquaria KLCC:
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When it comes to attractions, KL is not behind in creating attraction of any sort. There is something quite ‘fishy’ about Kuala Lumpur. Yes, you will find a big aquarium in KLCC. The Aquaria will leave you in wonders. Spread over 60,000 sq. ft, you would see the sea creatures from all around the world. Giant pacific octopi, sand tiger sharks, green sea turtles, aquatic mammals such as water rats and coatimundis, raccoon are species that you would love to see. An interesting thing is that whole visit is organized and divided in such a manner that you completely enjoy every section of the Aquaria. Each section like the Coast, Flooded Forest, Jewels of the Jungle, Electric Zone etc make your visit worthy of it. To add current to your visit, electric eel and electric catfish will do the job. Your physical interaction with sea creatures will give lifetime experience with these species. The Feeding Sessions, a must-not-to-miss, will complete the whole visit. Don’t forget to take the souvenirs like T-shirts, stuffed toys etc. from there.

5. Lake Symphony:
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What could be more interesting after your visit to aquaria? Lake Symphony, a manmade lake covering the base of Petronas near 10,000 sq mt, makes your evening beautiful. The best thing about musical show at Symphony is that it’s totally free and held after every half an hour. So, there is no point to miss it. Whether you are sitting in a restaurant there or at the lake side, you enjoy the show at its best. The fountains dancing at the beat of the music catch and retain your attention. The twisting water with blinking colourful lights makes your body move. The splash of water during the show holds your breathe. Unlike Dubai, you would experience the fountain show here for longer time.

6. Batu Caves:
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If you got little interest in religions and their history, then you would like to visit Batu Caves. You would see countless tourists over there exploring their points of interest in the huge limestone hill. Guarding outside the 42 meter high gold statue of Lord Murugan welcomes the visitors. Beside the statue, there are 272 steps that lead to Batu Caves. On stepping 272nd step, you will enter the main cave the Temple Cave. Dark Cave, another attraction serves the purpose of tourists with interest in science and education. It sounds scary that it is also home to some rare species of spiders. There are more like Cave Villa and Ramayan Cave that bear statues of Gods like Hanuman, the monkey god, Holy Cow, and other pictures of Hindu epic. All decorated with colours and fancy pictures. When you visit the caves, beware of ever hungry monkeys that are always after your food.

7. Menara Tower KL:
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Visiting Menara means time to experience some adventure. Seventh tallest free standing tower in the world, it serves the purpose of communications, mainly. More interestingly, it has revolving restaurant at the top, the highest viewpoint in the KL. Each year races are held to reach the top as well as international jump events are arranged on the top of this tower for adventurers from every corner of the world. If you are not height phobic and love to adventure, then this opportunity must not be wasted. The revolving restaurant gives serene beauty at night when it is illuminated. When you reach at the top you can view the city and can try jumping as well to reach the ground.

By:
Khadeejah

Top Five Destinations of 2016

Lao Tzu said, “A good traveller has no fixed plans”; I say, “A good traveller has no fixed destination”. The world of a traveller never ends. There are thousands of destinations with their unexplored beauties and unique attributes that a passionate traveller just like you must know and take not a single minute to stay undecided whether to explore that new world or not. Pretty much of you have explored Dubai and Americas, right? This year you should refresh your destination list and add some new places in it. Here are the five best ideas that would make your travel experience worthy of it.

5: Manila:
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Marked with the Spanish Colonial architecture as well as showing off the modern day sky scrapers, Manila, a most beautiful city of Philippines, stands the tourists’ favourite destination this year. They say Manila never sleeps. For sure it does not. At bay, during night, the looming moon behind the sky scrapper buildings gives breath taking scenery. If you love to study history, art, and culture, then you have hit the perfect place in your list. Fort Santiago, National Museum of the Filipino bears treasures that include a large collection of pre-Hispanic artefacts and musical instruments, and displays on indigenous textiles. Note that you also get an opportunity to visit the National Gallery of Art.
4: Wellington:
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Now this is Wellington! Yes again another very unique and artistic destination waiting for you. It gives all sorts of attractions and tourist activities from breath taking adventure to soothing and novel beaches as seen from the Mount Victoria. Moreover, if you have thirst to know more about the culture, art and geological history of New Zealand, never miss out visiting the national museum of New Zealand, Te Papa. Add more fun and experience to your trip by travelling in famous Cable Car of Wellington; you would surely love to leave your luxurious car and see the city from a new perspective.
3: Cairo:

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Cairo has the privilege to give the tourists’ attraction of its own kind. The Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the river Nile, largest in the world, you must have listened about these wonders. There is something more; Dahshur and Saqqara, the two archaeological sites, along with Egyptians Antiquities Museum bearing 120,000 items from the ancient Egypt including 27 royal mummies from Pharaonic times will leave you in wonders. Holiday makers should find beach resorts at Ain Sukhna as a great destination to escape the heat during hot summers. The beaches surely soothe you when you are tired of travelling all around the city. Cairo in the wish list will win your life time experience.
2: Seoul:
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Seoul is glittery and flashy metropolis cultural hub. It never sleeps. Whether you are an early bird or night party goer; Seoul has it all. Two things that beautify Seoul are starry nights and Cherry Blossom festival. Peak season for blossoms is March and April. Changdeokgung Palace reveals its magical beauty not only during the day but also at night if you stroll around the palace under moonlight, a must visit place, for sure.
1: Cape Town:

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Beautiful beaches, with the gigantic backdrop of Table Mountain define Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It has scrupulously preserved the Edwardian and Victorian age buildings. If you plan your tour, make sure you do not miss out visiting the Table Mountain National Park and experience the Aerial Cableway. The city is attributed by the blend of two Oceans; the Atlantic and the Indian, hence, make you experience two different styles of beaches. This year Capetown is worth visiting.

By:
Khadeejah Jawed

Top Affordable Caribbean Breaks

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For most people, the very thought of a trip to the Caribbean tends to conjure up images of turquoise waters, powder white beaches, sizzling sunshine and lush foliage. Happily, this is all quite close to fact. Include a laid-back atmosphere, tropical breezes, sumptuous local cuisine, and a diverse culture, and you’re pretty much spot on.
No matter where you go in the Caribbean, you’ll find yourself having unforgettable experiences and a holiday that will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and eager to come back and sample more of what the Caribbean has to offer. You can choose from a great selection of fabulous Caribbean holidays, each of which has something unique and exciting to offer.

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Three top affordable Caribbean holidays

Many people are keen to escape to a paradisical destination and get away from the stresses of daily life for a week or two. However, with the current financial climate the way it is, most people are having to be mindful about how much they spend on their annual holidays. You can choose from a great selection of affordable yet incredible Caribbean holiday experiences, so you get to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Cuba holidays

Independent since 1902, Cuba is a wonderful, fascinating and unique Caribbean destination, that’s home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. If you want to get up close and personal with paradise on earth, Cuba is the place for you. It’s not simply a destination for sun seekers, idyllic beaches and tropical heat, (though there are nearly 300 beaches on the island if that’s what you want) – it’s also an island steeped in a fascinating and sometimes disquieting history, where visitors can immerse themselves in the unique culture of the place.
When it comes to expense, this island is one of the most affordable in the Caribbean, which makes it a great choice for those looking to experience the region at a non-prohibitive price. There are many incredible places to stay, visit, and explore in Cuba, such as the historic capital city of Havana with its Cadillac-filled streets and candy-colored buildings, its second city, Santiago de Cuba, or the stunning Cayos islands.

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Unforgettable experiences awaiting.

Dominican Republic holidays

The Dominican Republic is one of the most popular Caribbean destinations among holidaymakers, and this is not surprising as it also tends to be the most affordable. This is a place where you will find stunning resorts alongside breath-taking natural beauty. There is a very diverse landscape to take in here, from its incredible coastline to lush rainforests and majestic mountains.
There is also plenty of history and culture to explore in the Dominican Republic, with a range of fascinating historical sites to explore. One of the most significant of these places is the first city in the New World Santo Damingo, which was discovered in 1496 by Christopher Columbus’ brother, Bartolomeo. The city, one of the most heavily populated in the Caribbean, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers a curious mix of medieval and the ultra-modern in terms of architecture.

Barbados holidays

Barbados is a Caribbean destination that is enduringly popular with the British. While some of the architecture and even the recreational activities give off a very British feel, the gorgeous landscapes, beautiful beaches and sizzling sunshine will make you think of any place but home. Barbados combines a relaxed vibe and chilled out ambiance with vibrant nightlife, exciting festivities and fascinating culture.
You will be able to choose from a number of popular beach resorts when you visit Barbados, with stunning areas such as St James and Christ Church. Along the coast of St James, which is a favourite with the rich and famous, you will find Holetown, which was the first British settlement in Barbados. No matter which of these stunning destinations you choose for your holiday, you’re guaranteed to feel you’ve escaped to another world. Drink in those breath-taking surroundings and immerse yourself in the relaxing atmosphere of the Caribbean.

source: www.worldtravelguide.net

Best Value Destinations for 2016

Bagging a good deal on the road can be almost as thrilling as the trip itself, no matter what your travel budget.Make your hard-earned cash go further with our essential annual hot-list of where to go for wallet-friendly wandering, whether you’re hunting for a bargain or in search of old-school cheapness. Splurgers, look elsewhere.

  • 1.Estonia
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    • If you’ve just got off the ferry from Stockholm or Helsinki then Estonia can feel like the promised land. Why? That chunk of change in your pocket you’ve had since last leaving the Eurozone will buy you a round of drinks. Upsizing from a hostel to hotel might seem like a good – and affordable – idea. Best of all, what you get in exchange for your hard-earned cash is experiencing a gloriously distinctive slice of Europe, where Eastern and Nordic influences mix together.Beyond the irresistible capital of Tallinn there are little-known Baltic islands and the seashore and forest delights of Lehama National Park, which holds the distinction of being the first national park in the old Soviet Union.
    • 2.Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam
    • veitnamThe Price of Travel’s Index (priceoftravel.com) ranking 31 Asian cities by price, confirms what many travellers have known for a while – Vietnam, cities are tops for budget options. Both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi (third and second in the list respectively) are in that most magical of price brackets for the budget traveller. Finding these prices will take you firmly into the territory of living like a local, which is another vote in favour of making a super-cheap city trip at some point this year.
    • 3. East Africa
    • eastafricaThe outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa has, unfortunately for other areas of the continent, had a knock-on effect in terms of bookings for 2015. So listen up: London, Madrid and Paris are hundreds of miles closer to the outbreak in West Africa than East African tourism heartland. Africa is a massive continent (the United States would fit in the Sahara Desert) so you’ll be doing yourself and tourism in East Africa a favour if you take advantage of the cracking deals on offer to Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and the rest of the region. And in the process experience some of the world’s great wonders, from gorilla encounters to Rift Valley scenery to squeaky-sanded beaches.
    • 4.New Mexico
    • newmexicoLooking for a beautiful, affordable, active, foodie corner of America’s southwest?  Look no further. . New Maxico powers your budget further. Dry, sunny weather is a near constant. Albuquerque’s Breaking Bad sights can be explored for the price of a trolley ride and washed down with a cheap eat from a hole-in-the-wall taqueria. Elsewhere, the winter sports are good and cheap and the outdoors is outstanding (and free): hiking in Alpine forests, petroglyph sites to track down and free wild hot springs. Given the richness of attractions all found within one state, New Mexico offers value from a time as well as monetary perspective.
      • 5.Bosnia and Herzegovina
      • bosniaAll it takes to make Europe’s big hitters feel very pricey is for a few currency fluctuations to work against you. Thankfully there are still a few places where regardless of where you come from you’ll feel like you’re getting a good deal. Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of those. Inexpensive accommodation, meals and intercity transport combined with historic cities (Sarajevo and Mostar) and affordable adrenaline pursuits (rafting on the Una River and skiing) reward both the impecunious and those seeking a less well-travelled Europe.
      • 6.Galicia, Spain
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  • Spain. Mapped by travellers? Not completely. Galicia in the northwest of the country is arguably Spain’s last frontier. Once you get beyond  this wild region fragments into rocky coastline met by spectacular rías (inlets) and an interior of countless unspoilt villages. The region’s value comes not only from the lower costs compared with more-visited parts of Spain, but also from the quality of seafood and meat found in abundance in tapas bars meaning tasting the good stuff in small portions costs less. And if you’re keen to save while sleeping over, aim for self-catering properties around the region, especially outside the school holidays
    • 7.Québec City, Canada
    • canadaWhat to do if you live in North America and want to visit Europe, but lack the time and funds? Consider Quebec City. Yes, we know it’s not in Europe. But there’s enough of the exotic in this Francophone city to remind you of the Old Continent. In a few days you can tour the beautiful Unesco-listed old town, dine in old-school bistros and get thoroughly lost in the timeless cobblestone streets. With a little more time and your own wheels, Montmorency Forest Forest (fortmontorency.ca/en) and Jacques-Cartier National Park offer a wilder taste of the province and superb wildlife-viewing opportunities surprisingly close to the city.
      1. 8.Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast
      2. costa ricaLooking for a Costa Rica that’s more Tico than tourist, but with everything that makes the country such a big draw? Get to the country’s Caribbean Coast and you’ll find a still-evolving destination that’s likely to become a big noise over the next few years. Here you’ll find nesting turtles at Tortuguero, rafting on the Río Pacuare and diving in the reefs of Manzanillo. Surfers and fans of laid-back black-sand beaches should aim for the southern coast. For now, this is a land mostly visited by independent travellers and those seeking out birdlife. Not sold? Two words: sloth sanctuary.
        • 9.Timor-Leste
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        • If you’re pondering a little-known and highly affordable destination then Timor Leste (rather than East Timor, if you please) might just be the budget destination for you. Away from the pricey hotels of the internationally-influenced capital of Dili, you’ll find bargain beach shacks on the beaches of Atauro Island, and welcoming homestays in the misty hill country. Despite ongoing security concerns, travelling round Timor-Leste can be an old-fashioned adventure, complete with bumpy roads and packed local transport. As an added bonus, you will be able to stare down any travel bore with Asia’s newest country added to your roster.
        • 10. Western Australia
        • west australiaCurrency fluctuations mean that the Australian dollar is a better deal for overseas visitors than it has been for a few years, and that Aussies may scale back overseas plans. This puts the dream-like landscapes of Western Australia out of reach of some travellers thanks to the mining boom of the last few years, firmly back on the map. Beyond cosmopolitan Perth, iconic natural sights abound here, from the rocky coast and winelands of the southwest to the outback treats of the Kimberley, Kununurra and the Pinnacles.
        • Source: www.lonelyplanet.com.

Five Family Friendly Caribbean Spring Break Destinations

Every spring sees packed planes of families and couples escaping their own cold temperatures for a tranquil sea down south, hoping to bring color back into their skin and to get a boost of summer before everyone else. However, as much as beaches are more or less all the same, no two Caribbean destinations are – Mexico’s got Mayan Ruins, the Bahamas has Atlantis Paradise Island, Curaçao has languages and art and culture. That’s why families love the Caribbean – because though kids get bored at the beach, when they can come face to face with a dolphin, their year is made.

  1. Let Nassau be your gateway to paradise

Though not technically in the Caribbean, the Bahamas certainly feels close enough. And on Atlantis Paradise Island, a luxury resort just outside of Nassau, it feels like paradise. Paradise allows you to get up close and hug a dolphin, and then it invites you to become your own marine animal and make a splash or fifty in the 141-acre water park maxed out with 11 pools, river rides, extreme waterslides, and a Mayan Temple adventure that encompasses four different drops, rides, and slides. The home of the most expensive hotel room in the world certainly isn’t going to let down its deluxe clientele by not reanimating their paradisiacal dreams in palpable splendor, and even families who don’t have $25,000 in pocket change are invited along for the luxurious ride. Around Nassau, families can go to the gorgeous Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre to watch the world-famous marching flamingos or check out the interactive Pirates of Nassau Museum with its replica of the pirate ship Revenge.

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The Atlantis Paradise Island resort in Nassau, Bahamas.

  1. Discover ancient Mayan culture in Playa del Carmen

Located an hour from Cancún and a short ferry ride across the Caribbean Sea from Cozumel, Playa del Carmen is a sun soaked, scenic getaway with luxury all-inclusive resorts, plenty of local sightseeing and exciting Indiana Jones-esque exploration attractions designed for families of all ages. The Iberostar Paraiso Lindo Resort & Spa is conveniently located between Cancún and Playa del Carmen. It’s sprawling white sand beaches, swim-up bar, restaurants, waterparks and tons of other amenities are perfectly suited for families looking to stay in and chill out, while surrounding the area are Mayan Riviera adventures fit for explorers of any age. Diving into the underground rivers of the eco-adventure complex Xcaret is one way to see the Mayan culture. Between their three adventure parks, visitors can explore the famous Yucatan cenotés, see a Mayan ceremony in the reconstructed Mayan Village amidst real archaeological ruins, catch a cultural rain dance, swim through a natural cave system, zip across green forests on a zipline and swim with the local marine life. Closer to Carmen de Playa, families can climb the Nohoch Mul pyramid ruins in Coba Mayan Village.

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The beautiful Caribbean beaches of Playa del Carmen.

  1. Jet off to Jamaica and explore the truths, myths and legends of Montego Bay

Montego Bay is known as a popular resort town in Jamaica, but it’s also rife with history, culture and nature and adventure tours. The Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, settled right on the edge of the island looking into the clear blue Caribbean waters on one side and Montego Bay’s famous low mountains on the other, is a quintessential Montego Bay resort for the whole family. Housed in the grounds of a former sugar plantation, The Hilton Rose Hall incorporates a private beach, the championship Cinnamon hill Golf Course, intact historical ruins, Jamaica’s largest water park, a swimming pool complex and much more. The best part for families? Kids below 12 stay and eat free! The resort also provides complimentary shuttle services to attractions nearby, like the Rose Hall Great House, another former plantation house built in the 1770s, in which silk-covered walls whisper the story of the mysterious Annie Palmer, the White Witch of Rose Hall. Visitors to Montego Bay can also take a river raft down the Martha Brae, a three-mile ride past the area’s tropical flora and fauna and a scenic and educational tour before lunch at a local eatery.

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Looking towards Montego Bay on the Jamaican coast.

  1. Go adventuring around Punta Cana and fill up on seafood

Located on the easternmost point of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana used to be a primary area for sugarcane plantations, but since the ‘70s has switched its focus tol tourism. Begin with consistent year-round perfect climate and tons of exotic wildlife, and add luxury resorts – that’s how Punta Cana thrives now. There are tons of tour companies that take visitors out to swim with dolphins, sharks and rays in a controlled environment, horseback riding through the Dominican countryside, adventure tours on buggy, speedboat or zip line. One popular destination in Punta Cana is the Punta Espada Golf Club, a par-72 designed by Jack Nicklaus right along the Caribbean Sea and the Cap Cana Resort. Cap off a day of extreme adventurin’ with a meal at any number of the fresh local seafood restaurants, like Jellyfish Restaurant, housed in a stylish and airy two-story restaurant with a barbecue by their cooking stations and the full expanse of the ocean within a gazing distance. The Zoetry Agua Punta Cana looks more like a luxury village than resort, with streams cutting between thatch-roofed houses, private decks looking out onto the pristine white sand beaches and ocean, and spa amenities, fine dining and airy lounges and bars.

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The Dominican Republic has a number of stunning destinations.

  1. Curaçao isn’t just a frivolous blue drink

A tiny island just off the coast of Venezuela, Curaçao doesn’t look like much on a map, but discovering its rich culture and history makes it a worthwhile stop. Curaçao is not just a place to lie on a beach – although there are plenty of opportunities to do that, too. The island is bursting with art and energy, flora and fauna and truly unique food styles derived from a multitude of different international cuisine styles paired with super fresh seafood. Sunscape is the only all-inclusive resort, spa & casino in the area, and it is very nice. Regally large and with 341 rooms and suites, four swimming pools including one with a swim-up bar, five restaurants and a café and nightly live entertainment. Outside of the resort, visitors can get to know the local marine life by going to school at Dolphin Academy and get up close with the friendly beasts while learning about marine conservation, or visit the Curaçao Sea Aquarium, which houses an underwater conservatory in a semi-submarine and also offers a hands-on experience to introduce visitors to sea lions.

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The beautiful and colorful Dutch-inspired buildings of Curacao.

Source: www.travelersdigest.com