Visit Panama

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Visit Panama! ~ Central America is a unique place

Visit Panama! Once again, I just got back from my travels.  Tired, JetLag, load of work piled in…the usual feeling after you get home. Nevertheless, the trip was amazing. The trill of Canopy Zip line at Colon, Panama was worth of traveling to. This ZIp Line rapidly gaining a reputation throughout Panama as one of the finest canopy tour sites operating in the country.  Yet, it was a very private excursion.  There were no tourists.  The adventure tour is made up of 9 marine-grade 3/8in stainless steel cables and 12 galvanized steel platforms.  My favorite cable was, obviously, the fourth cable, which is the longest at almost 225 meters (738ft) long and ranging from 25 to 30 meters (80-100ft) high. The green lush, gorgeous trees were surrounding the cable.


sky-zipline-canopy-tourIt was hot tropical weather and the brutal mosquitoes were on the hunt for the fresh blood.  There were also hundreds of other bugs names of which I did not even know, flying around ….  Nature, Adventure and Rainforest…

Visit Panama.  There is something for everyone.

If one wants to go to the beach, there are tons of beautiful beaches with different color of sand, white, black, pink, and gold..covered in shells, hermit crabs, and other cool finds washed onto the shore.  The beauty is that Panama is located where Pacific Ocean and Caribbean seas are meet.  The beaches are deserted enough to satisfy even the most extreme Robinson Crusoe fantasies.The Panama canal is actually fresh water, or at least some parts of it.

Visit Panama for its unique environment.  The indigenous culture fascinates me the most.  There’s no better way to understand Panama’s indigenous roots than via dugout canoe up the Chagres River, where you’ll pass thatch houses woven deep into the jungle before arriving at Emberra village, home to one of nine major indigenous groups in the country.

Here some photography that I did while I was visiting Panama

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Visit Panama, Real Time Travel.

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Vacation Deals

Vacation Deals

I am very excited to rebuild and rebrand my website. is finally in business!  Just to celebrate, I am offering “the deal of the century

Vacation Deals

Vacation Deals

One does not have to be rich to travel.  Often, one can get the best deals in off season.  In the summer, the weather is the same as in winter, here in Florida.  But the Vacation Rental accommodations are often offered at half price.  Just to top that, I am offering 25% off to any one who will use a promo code: 777 from Twitter to book their stay in any off the rentals that are available.  Obviously the terms and conditions are apply and those are very simple.

Vacation Deals: 25% off Terms & Conditions: One shall join my VIP club.  The suits and houses can be booked only if they are not occupied by other guests and available.  It is valid only off season (July – September) The expiration of this offer would be September 30th 2015.  The bookings must be made via VRBO.

Vacation Deals: 50% off Terms & Conditions.  One shall join my VIP club and become a contributor.  Please visit Ella’s VIP Club for details.  It is valid only off season (April – September) The expiration of this offer would be off season 2016.  The bookings must be made via VRBO.

What else can I say? The weather is perfect.  The sunshine is 365.  The fresh sea breeze… As I am writing this, I am enjoying the view of calm waves softly crushing against white sand shore.  YOU deserve a vacation.  Contact me for vacation deals details.



South Beach Florida

South Beach Florida

Living my entire life is fast paste life, I often found South Beach Florida as a must stop destination even if it was for a day swimming or an evening dinner.  Normally, I would head out to Caribbean, but this time it was South America.  Last minute reservation at Betsy was a great pick.  The trip to South America was spur of the moment and the hotel looked lovely online.  The place is beautifully decorated with an intimate feel. The staff was courteous, friendly and well dressed.  The location was perfect, right on Ocean Drive, steps from the park and beach, but several blocks away from the noisiest, most congested part of the deco district. The rooftop deck offers a great view, again away from the crowds, perfect for early morning coffee or an evening cocktail.

Betsy is South Beach Florida

Betsy is South Beach Florida

Most of my South Beach Florida stops were last minute decision, hotel wise. All of them were unique and beautiful.  Betcy was perfect because it was a calm and classy place, which did not bring up the urge to party, like I normally do when I am in South Beach Florida.  This time, I had to safe all my energy for my up coming trip to South America.

“Situated at the edge of the Atlantic, The Betsy – South Beach is a refined, beachside haven located in the heart of South Beach and the only Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond boutique hotel on Miami Beach” – taken off the Hotels Website.

Yes, the description is very accurate and I absolutely enjoyed my time and rested …

Betsy in South Beach Florida

Betsy in South Beach Florida

The Betsy Hotel is very quaint and peaceful in South Beach Florida.  It will be definitely a repeat destination to visit on way to the islands…

Travel. Explore. Live.

Private Island Useppa

I love traveling and do it very time I get an opportunity.  This weekend, my destination was Private Island Useppa.

Private Island Useppa is one mile long and a third of a mile wide.  Yet it manages to host hundreds of exquisite creatures and inimitable landscape.  I was walking down the pass way surrounded  by the archways of banyan trees, and many beautiful and  exotic flowers and other tropical vegetation, The truly tropical island, the smell, the colors, the sooting sound of the waters surrounding the land…all was perfect.  It reminded me one of my childhood dreams when I was dreaming to find myself on the deserted island full of lash of tropics and here I was!

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The only way you can get to this private island of Useppa is only by the boat or a ferry.  From day one, Useppa has been the premier private home port and fabulous destination for the cruising yachtsman on the west coast of Florida.

The island is very small however there is so much to do!

Do you like to fish?   If this is what yo unlike to do you will find some of the world’s finest tarpon, snook, and redfish angling, which is easily accessible by boat and yacht or fishing kayaks which we have for rent at Joseffa’s store.  Fishing charters are also available near private island Useppa.

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Do you like to go Kayaking?  Great! During your stay on the island you will have the opportunity to visit the islands and beaches by kayaking!

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Maybe you feel like Croquet or Tennis?  The beautiful Florida sunshine and breeze makes for an ideal venue for those activities.

Cayo Costa State Park is only a boat ride away from Useppa Island.  Taking a day trip to the park is a fun way to explore more of this hidden oasis. The 2,426 acre park has nine miles of pristine beach and is known as a Gulf Cost paradise.  Yet the island of  Useppa is not too bad itself.  The  surrounding beauty truly impressed me.  The huge trees were on left and right.

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I think this was one of my favorite times on the island.  I was mesmerized by the massive size and stable grounding on a such small island.  Those trees stood strong during the hurricanes!

And Here is me on the tree!   My friend Ryan took this picture for me.  My passion is photography.  I took tons of more pictures, which can be viewed on my Instagram:

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Dry Tortugas Travel

Dry Tortugas is a tranquil retreat of South West Florida

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and off we go to Dry Turtugas  Summers are very good for going into the seas.  Dry Tortugas is located in the Gulf of Mexico and about 70 miles south from Key West.  The place is pretty private, since the only way you can get there is by the a good size boat.  It illuminates all the noise and dirt that tourist normally generate.  Going to Dry Tortugas over the summers was a nice treat. Coming out from the pollution and smog of the Los Angeles, I sure appreciated it even more.  A such clean air, inhale – exhale… Life is beautiful

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We did not fish near Dry Tortugas, but got some fish on a way there.  Nothing can be more tasty then to have a BBQ, right on the boat and eat fresh fish and lobsters, chasing it with ice cold beer.

The currents are very strong in those waters and the boats are constantly are getting of their parking places, but we did not crush.  The sleeping at night there under millions of the stars was one of the best experiences in my life.  The ocean breeze was still warm and felt great on the skin.

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Swimming and snorkeling is highly encouraged.  Even the barracudas are chilled, so are the people in the water.  I saw this nice barracuda and screamed out loud that there was one, but not one single person got out of the water.  Neither did I.  We did not have barracuda for diner, but this is what we had:

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Yes, life is beautiful.  After driving from Los Angeles for 40 hours and stopping only once to sleep, going to Dry Tortugas to rest and heal was a great idea.  I have visited Dry Tortugas four times over the summer and each time is was a uniques experience. It is hard to describe in the words all the beauty of that place.  It shall be a must visit place for all the travelers that are going to Key West.

Fort Myers Beach Vacation

Fort Myers Beach

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Fort Myers beach has being a travel destination for many visitors from all over the world.   Fort Myers beach offers sun all year around.  Northern American visitors love to come down during the winter and stay by the warm waters while it is snowing and frizzing at home.  Europeans take adventures of the low off season rates for the vacation rental beach properties. Hey, can’t beat $50 per night rate!?  Come on Aussi, Germans, French and Russians, you know that.  Most Europeans travel during the summer.

Fort Myers Beach has tons to offer to all the ages, lifestyles and personalities.  Tell me who doe snot like to ocean and the beach?   Iced cold beer is sold in near by bars and restaurants.  There are oysters and good quality sea food are offered on every corner.  Please try the local dishes.  South Western hospitality welcomes you to sunny Florida.

So stop reading this, look at your calendar, call us and book your well deserved vacation.  Enjoy your life!

OceanicBlueRetreats has everything you need to make your vacation the best vacation in your life.  The state of the art kitchen that is fully equipped with the essentials.  Not only there are cappuccino  machines, stainless steel blenders, but coffees, teas, sugar and creamers are there.  We thought of everything, all those little things that make you stay so much more comfortable.  Many rooms have all 100% leather furniture, granite showers and counters.   The European modern design right near the ocean.

What is that you want to do on your vacation? swim, fish, eat, tan, build sand castle, take a ride of the boat, bird watch, share a nice grail of wine, relax, read a book….  What doe syou heart desire?

All the best and wear sun block!


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