CD Traveller reader, Ann Woods, takes us on a tour of her five favourite destinations
Tobago is known as the ‘True Caribbean’ and even first time visitors can see why: sleepy beaches and locals who delight in sharing their culture. Much quieter than its sibling, Trindidad (home to the world famous carnival), Tobago is a premier eco tourism destination with unspoilt and secluded beaches.
Some boast white sands, shallow bays and calm blue waters, others have shallow reefs for snorkelling and some are more exposed to ocean swells, beloved by surfers. The rich colourful reefs have 300 species of South Atlantic coral and more than 600 species of fish making the island a diver’s paradise.
I fell in love with the Lebanese capital – aka the ‘Paris of the East’ – years ago and now, three years on from the Israeli bombing of southern Beirut and despite what the UK’s Foreign Office calls a “fragile peace” and a visible military presence, the city is once again an alluring destination for European weekenders.
Beirut isn’t pretty (the scars of the civil war are everywhere and there’s scarcely a single obvious attraction to recommend) but it’s exciting and a mini break in Beirut passes in a blur of constant activity day and night. For essentially Beirut is a party destination second to none and there’s no shortage of places to see and be seen.
San Fran is simply sublime: fab hotels, a compact and walkable downtown, fantastic restaurants, famous landmarks, a thriving art and culture scene and an enviable climate – what’s not to love about the ‘glorious city by the bay’?
I suggest starting your San Fran odyssey by seeing the Golden Gate Bridge and finishing with a ride on the famous cable cars, but what you do in between is up to you. One thing is certain: San Francisco is a city that doesn’t disappoint and you won’t leave without checking house prices.
New York is without a doubt one of the greatest cities in the world. I feel so energised when visiting the Big Apple which really is, as CD Traveller put it: “like walking through a film set: yellow taxis, Bloomingdales, the Empire State Building, Tiffany’s, Fifth Avenue, Times Square, Central Park, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty”.
And with the release of Sex and the City 2, there’s never been a hotter time to visit. Sex and the City fans can even follow in the footsteps of Carrie and co on a location tour. (For the low-down check out CD Traveller’s feature http://www.cd-traveller.com/2010/04/08/new_new_york/ – Ed).
I know many readers will think that recommending New Zealand is too obvious but NZ’s attractions are as strong as ever: spectacularly beautiful landscape including vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests, fine food and drink and a temperate climate make it a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers. (Read more about NZ at http://www.cd-traveller.com/2010/02/04/new-zealand_10_things/ – Ed).
Thanks Ann! Fancy sharing your top travel experiences with fellow CD Traveller readers? We’d love to hear them. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org