Today’s Rundown 3/3/14
Here are four top spots for a much-needed spring sojourn.
1. King of the Surf: San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
Scope out Nicaragua’s sweetest surf spot. After catching waves, fly through the Nicaraguan forest on a zipline canopy tour, then rappel down a waterfall before crushing some 75-cent roadside tacos. From your hammock overlooking the coast, you’ll sip a chilled smoothie from Banana Hamacas and drink in the good life.
Drink the local spirits. You’ll taste rum from the island’s 12 different distilleries, including options flavored by the
volcanic soil of sugarcane fields below Mount Pelée, and even an un-aged Blanc. Since your spring visit is
timed perfectly with the harvest, you’ll see the distilling in action. Rum Tour, Martinique. martinique.org
3. Serenity Now: Siquijor Island, Phillipines
Sometimes you just need a hideaway. Preferably one that looks like the tropical backdrop of a Bacardi commercial. This pristine spot in the Philippines is still blissfully untapped by the touristy masses. You’ll rent a pimped-out tricycle to navigate the island, go diving, snorkeling, rope swinging into a waterfall, and end your days with a feast of local chicken curry. And that view. Siquijor island, Philippines. siquijorislandphilippines.com
4. Higher Hikes: Cinque Terre, Italy
It’ll be good to get back to the great outdoors minus the winter gear, so head to Cinque Terre, Italy to hike Sentiero Azzurro or the Blue Trail, one of Nat Geo’s picks for world’s best hikes. Spring’s the best time to go since the weather's just right and the place isn’t yet teeming with people. You’ll hike along the Ligurian coastline past vineyards by day and drink the Cinque Terre white wine made from those grapes by night. Don’t miss a dip in one of the swimming holes along the coast. Cinque Terre, Italy. cinqueterreonline.com