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Side Trips from the Town of Rincon, Puerto Rico

You may have missed the main article leading up to this one called Click link〉〉Rincon, Puerto Rico: Exploring the Area, this article is about day trips I took just outside of Rincon. After covering the best parts of town, I had to share the surrounding attractions in another travel piece. I will also remind anyone starting with this story that the trip was taken shortly after Thanksgiving, the peak season was over, and the weather hovering in the mid-80s…

Boating, Fishing, and Snorkeling in La Parguera

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La Parguera, Gina @ Johnny’s Boat Rentals

We headed out to La Parguera, about an hour away, to Gina @ Johnny’s boat rentals, where we rented two small open skiffs to ride to a nearby cove and snorkel and fish with friends who had done the same.

On the way, we passed small painted cottages on stilts with covered boat slips and grabbed our cameras. We passed a dock where iguanas came to beg for food from tourists, providing another photo opportunity.

After spending the day in water so clear you could see the color of the sand at your feet and the fish swimming by, we reluctantly left, but detoured through the mangrove forest over the water, in and out of other secluded fishing spots, through tropical tunnels of bird inhabited greenery and twisted tree limbs. If you book a tour in the evening, you can visit one of the islands bioluminescent bays. The best time to go is when there is a new moon for greater visibility.

Jobos Beach in Isabela

Another day was spent about a half hour north of Rincon at Jobos Beach to see the crashing waves on the rocks of a popular surfing beach in Isabela. Once a beach primarily accessible to those living in the area, it is now under construction, with new hotels and restaurants making parking a bit of a struggle. Park along the main road or pay $5 in a local resident’s lot.

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Waves crashing into rocks at Jobos Beach in Isabela, PR

You can trek the volcanic and plutonic rock to the top of a cliff and watch the ocean waves make contact and spray seafoam in the air. You are safe in a pair of flip flops, but bare feet would be ill-advised and seriously slow you down. The beach is the typically soft sand found on most of the area beaches and the water is easily accessed for swimming.

There are Spanish style eateries to visit along the beachfront here serving local fare. The construction will likely end up commercializing the area and taking some of the native feel away. New hotels mean new restaurants and activities, but there is a cost. Puerto Rico’s economy is not the best and additional tourism dollars can help. Keep an eye on this transitioning area and see what unfolds.

Playa Sucia in Cabo Rojo

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Playa Sucia Beach and Salt Flats in Cabo Rojo, PR

 

Puerto Rico has salt flats near the beach in an 1800-acre reserve in Playa Sucia – La Playuela – in Cabo Rojo. The name means “dirty beach” but it is anything but unkempt. Heading south, it takes a little over an hour to get there. Then you will drive on a white sand and salt road riddled with potholes and pools of water through indigenous trees and brush for about a mile to reach a secluded beach area perfect for picnicking. The low-lying trees create a canopy to find shade from the sun. The sand is soft and white and the water is clear blue for miles.

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This is where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. On one end of the beach are trails to take you along the ridgeline of limestone cliffs until you reach a jetty of rock and natural bridges for some excellent views of the entire area including the lighthouse and observatory. You will see lizards on the path and big blue crabs climbing the rock formations near the water; a spectacular site as waves crash into the cliffs are viewed from above. An unusual number of butterflies gather here that are attracted by the salt and natural plant life.

Los Morillos Lighthouse on the other side of the beach is accessible by walking up the long gravel drive to the top of the cliffs or by shuttle bus. There is a tourist center where you can get water, read about the history of the reserve, salt crystals, and the lighthouse, and purchase local crafts made as you watch; items like jewelry, hammocks, and artwork. Outside, get as close as you dare to the edge of the cliffs to capture this dramatic view. There are no safety barriers. You would not be the first person to fall, be wary.

Gozalandia Falls in San Sebastian

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Side view of Gozalandia Falls

With all the cliffs around the island of Puerto Rico, it makes sense to search for waterfalls like the Gozalandia Falls in San Sebastian about 45 minutes away. Be prepared, you will find steep dirt road access to the parking area and it gets even steeper when hiking on foot to the waterfall area. It used to be downright dangerous, but the park added cement steps with railings and walkways to viewing areas in 2010. Wear comfortable shoes and prepare to get wet. Hiking-style sandals with straps would be recommended for traction, to protect your feet, and dry quickly.

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Gozalandia Falls, San Sebastian, PR

 

The falls empty into a swimming hole before continuing down the rocky river bed. A recent rain will make the 50’ falls even more amazing. The water in November, after some pretty heavy rains, was still comfortable for swimming. Even though the weather was mid-80s, it was a little cooler in the shade of the trees. We spotted a drone or two taking photos above our heads to get some crazy angles.

 

Crash Boat Beach in Aguadilla

We just had to see what the fuss was about at Crash Boat Beach in Aguadilla. A half hour north of Rincon, local fishermen paint their boats in bright colors, load up their gear, push their boats off the beach and into the ocean to fish for the day. On their return, there is no dock to tie up to so they get a running start and head full tilt to crash onto the beach as far as they can go before dragging the boat onto rollers and hauling it up further to unload their catch.

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Crash Boats Beach Fishing Boats

There is a long cement pier on one end with a strange bright yellow metal doorway to nowhere. You can walk through it and continue down the pier. You may see a man surrounded by pelicans. Some train them for taking pictures with tourists and it is probably the closest look you can get to a wild pelican.

Look for a rock wall with the national flag painted on it near a path up the rock face that has crumbled from weather. A vendor style food stand is located just off the parking lot. This is a watersport beach and considered a great spot for Scuba diving. The beach is wide for sunbathing, but not for swimming.

Each of these sites is a personal experience I will treasure. Puerto Rico is loaded with other activities, beaches, restaurants, shopping, and historical sites. They provided countless opportunities for extreme picture taking.

I have one more location to share that had so many things to see and explore, I put a third article together titled, Aricebo, Puerto Rico: The Caves of La Cuerva del Indio.Click link.

La Cueva del Indio is a hiking excursion through caves to see views of rock bridges and arches and find isolated beaches with incredible scenery. The tallest statue in the US is visible as you approach the town of Arecibo.

Dreamtrips Travel Club has encouraged me to plan more travel. I am expanding my mind, experiences, and culture everywhere I go; I am determined to work on my bucket list of destinations now, while I’m healthy. I would be happy to share information about it with you. Leave your contact information on the site or contact me by email at scribesyndicate@gmail.com.

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Choosing a Cruise Ship Cabin or Suite

If you are a true “newbie” to cruising vacations, you may want to get familiar with some nautical terms. The placement of your temporary abode is as important as choosing the right ship. Locations to choose from include the interior (no window), ocean view, balcony, upper and lower decks, midship, aft (back of the ship), forward (front of the ship), starboard (when facing the front of the ship is the left side) and port (right side). With these things in mind, consider the following:  cruise ship.forward

  • Take a look at the deck plans to get familiar with the locations. Ideally, you want to make sure you aren’t near high-traffic areas with elevators, buffet restaurants, or children’s activity centers.
  • If it’s a one-way trip, find out which side of the ship will be facing land and be sure to get the view you want.
  • Suites in the front of the ship have great views, but you will feel more of the movement of the waves in that location especially on higher decks.
  • Cabins in the back can have larger balconies, but you will feel more vibration from the mechanics of the ship.
  • Suites with outside or balcony views at bargain prices might have obstructed views. Ask about the view.

cruise ship.aftIt is common to get automatic cabin upgrades, so ask about promotions especially with Carnival, MSC, Holland America or Norwegian. Even if you’ve already booked, check two to three months before departure for reduced fairs and upgrades.

Mini scribe logoClick Here for 16 Cruise Reservation Tips

Another money saving tip:

Traveling as a group is a great way to save money. Dreamtrips.com and WorldVentures.com  have perfected the bulk buying process. Contact an agent at WorldVentures.com to discover any cruise deals they can offer your party.

Share the research and assign an itinerary for each person at different ports of call. Meet up pre-cruise to share activity options or hand the entire process off to the Dreamtrips.com concierge service and let them build the excitement of your upcoming adventures.

The larger cruise ships can be like floating cities, so it’s easy to lose each other. Be sure to pre-arrange meeting points and times to keep in touch with members of the group.

Remember your phone will be on airplane mode to avoid roaming charges and Wifi is expensive due to the use of satellites for service.

Please leave a comment if this article was helpful or you are looking for more information.

 

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16 Cruise Ship Reservation Tips

Be armed with some basic tips regarding cruise line reservations. The more you know ahead of time, the easier the planning process will be and the greater the experience. Nothing is worse than unexpected disappointments that could have been avoided.

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  1. Booking six to nine months in advance of your planned departure date gets you better deals.
  1. Plan to book in September when all the major cruise lines release new itineraries and offers.
  1. Consider taking a short trip for your first cruise. There is more to choose from January to April.
  1. Repositioning cruises (when ships change their seasonal itineraries) can be heavily discounted because they only sail one-way with no stops. Remember to factor in your flight home.
  1. Use a travel agent or WorldVentures.com travel consultant with Dreamtrips.com concierge reservation and travel information services. They will narrow down the right cruise based on your needs and access better offers than booking directly. Get more details on Dreamtrips.com attravel, lifestyle, passive income Lifestyle Entrepreneur travel blog or WorldVentures.com and talk to a consultant.
  1. Before traveling, research ports and activities. You can save money when you book independently, but make sure you are back in time for departure. Ships do not wait for guests to return to the ship.
  1. If the cruise line books these activities for you, book them early because excursions fill up quickly.
  1. When arriving at your final destination, you may need to kill some spare time before a flight home. Book a short sightseeing tour if you have time. Your luggage will often go straight to the airport leaving you free to roam about.
  1. When checking in at the ship, there will be heavy crowds for the first few hours as they board. Get there two hours ahead to avoid lines.
  1. You can more easily enjoy the pool and promenade decks along with other facilities by skipping excursion trips on port day when everyone else exits the ship.
  2. Book meals coinciding with theater shows for more space and time to eat.
  1. Travel light, save your back and additional luggage charges and take advantage of onboard laundry service.
  1. Remember to pack a swimsuit and change of clothes in your carry-on luggage for the first day aboard because it takes some time for luggage to arrive at your cabin.
  2. Using the internet on a ship is slow and expensive. Find a café with free Wifi when you dock if you need to use it. If you research before leaving, you may use authentic local restaurants with beautiful views instead.
  1. Your mobile phone needs to be on airplane mode to avoid roaming charges while away.
  1. Food on cruise ships is decadent, so be careful and count calories, use the stairs instead of the elevator, and use the onboard gym facilities.

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Mini scribe logoClick here for how to choose the right cruise ship cabin or suite.

Click here for a guide on packing for a cruise ship adventure.

 

 

 

Resource:

Karabin, L. 2015. LiveShareTravel, Liberating luxury for the smart traveler, http://livesharetravel.com/23711/cruise-packing-list/

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Online Paid Opportunities through Direct-Selling for Additional and Passive Income

digital nomad picThis new way of doing business has also impacted Direct- Selling opportunities that already offer products directly to a customer away from a fixed retail location. It’s gotten even easier with the use of social media to build a customer base. These companies bring to mind everything from financial products (Primerica), gourmet food (Pampered Chef), wellness products (Isagenix and Herbalife), Cosmetics (Avon and Mary Kay), home décor (Home Interiors), travel discounts (WorldVentures), and other product categories including kitchen products, high-end jewelry, clothing, organic gardening supplies, and spa products.

Do an Internet search to find out the buzz about a company and whether its sellers or regulators have reported problems. After running a search for recent articles and blog posts, do another one using the company’s name and words like “scam” or “complaint.”

Then click here for a list of 6 questions you should ask a company representative to determine if it is the right company and product for you sell.

  • What are your annual sales?
  • How much money did you make last year — your income and bonuses, less expenses?
  • What percentage of your sales were made to distributors? popular direct selling logos collage
  • How much did you spend on training and buying products last year?
  • How much time did you spend on the business last year?
  • How many people have you recruited?

Most direct sales firms are multilevel marketing companies, or MLMs. These are sometimes mistakenly referred to as “pyramid schemes” structured with the intent of defrauding the public. They are illegal and the vast majority of their participants lose money because they make a profit off new recruits instead of product sales. Each recruit pays large upfront fees and has to buy large amounts of inventory with little actual value and is non-returnable. The Federal Trade Commission and state regulators regularly dissolve such companies. If the company you are looking into has been around for a number of years, they should be authentic.

direct selling association code of ethicsLegitimate MLMs charge a relatively small fee for their starter kits, sell products that are purchased by the end user, and normally offer representatives refunds for unsold items. The Direct Selling Association’s website is a good place to learn about firms. Its members follow the group’s code of ethics. You can search a company by name, product or service.

Remember, you can’t earn serious money through direct sales unless you make a sustained effort. To earn the equivalent of a full-time salary, you have to work full-time.  The option to use this part-time is what makes it so appealing for baby-boomers looking for additional income and flexibility to design a life that works for them.

The FTC has an excellent online list of queries of additional queries.

To read more about the new ‘Share Economy’ and additional income for retirement, visit the Lifestyle Entrepreneur travel blog.

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Visit WordVenture.com and Dreamtrips Travel Club to learn more about this direct selling travel company. To become a member, visit Stay Calm and Travel with Don on Facebook and have Don answer the 6 critical questions about WorldVentures opportunities, or email scribesyndicate@gmail.com for more information and get an immediate reply.

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WorldVentures and Nxt-ID Align to Create a Next Generation Smart Card

If you haven’t already heard of WorldVentures, it is a privately held seller of vacation and entertainment club memberships and one of the fastest growing direct selling companies today. What has set them apart from other companies in the industry so far is that they’ve chosen to promote living a lifestyle that most people have been putting off until retirement due to time and money constraints. They are now introducing something that will advance them further into their niche by developing a technology through the growing mobile-commerce market.

They’ve connected with Nxt-ID to create a wireless smart card for their members based on Nxt-IDs Wocket. It’s a smart wallet that securely stores all credit card and discount cards in one place. If you are familiar with password-saving software like Dashlane and LastPass, then you understand how utterly convenient this will be to use. If you are not, these software apps allow you to store all passwords in a single dashboard with one master password that accesses them all, automatically logs you in, and provides additional security features. This was the first thing that crossed my mind as a quick analogy; one card, all data in one place, easier to secure, and easier to use.

Of course, Dreamtrips members will have this card integrated with the Dreamtrips App to earn points toward free vacations. They will also get to earn points at restaurants as well as points currently earned while online shopping. Not only will they get discounted travel around the world, but they will travel more securely. Members will be introduced to the exclusive club concept at the WorldVentures UNITED annual conference in Orlando, Jan. 15-17.

 

What is the technology for?

  • Replace all cards in your wallet PRNewswireWV.NxtID
  • Store all data for credit cards, loyalty cards, and records, and be used anywhere payment can be made with a credit card
  • Added identity protection while traveling
  • Allow Members to earn points at select restaurants worldwide to use towards DreamTrips vacations
  • Encourage more social engagement with DreamTrips Members worldwide through its wireless App and card communication features

Do you have to represent the company in order to use this perk?

NO. There has always been the option to join Dreamtrips for travel discounts only. There is no obligation to sell or share your club membership with anyone. Your membership fees are credited dollar for dollar and are available at the end of the year to use toward vacations. You will have access to this new technology too. The concierge service that builds your trip itinerary for you is worth the membership fee alone.

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However, this strategy will enhance WorldVenture’s mission to make it even easier for independent-thinking entrepreneurs to build businesses based on  a lifestyle of freedom and fulfillment. “In this high-tech, hyper-connected world, we are enabling people to use technology in a more powerful and compelling way,” said Wayne Nugent, World Ventures Co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer. “And our Independent Representatives will be able to bring this exciting new innovation to travelers all over the world, making their experiences richer, safer, and more engaging and rewarding.”

WorldVentures is now a technology company using direct marketing to bring exciting innovations, business opportunities, and personal experiences to its members.

About WorldVentures : http://www.worldventures.com

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Click Here to Become a Member

About Nxt-ID, Inc. : http://wocketwallet.com, http://nxt-id.com/

SOURCE NXT-ID, Inc., WorldVentures and Nxt-ID Form Strategic Alliance to Create Next Generation Smart Card, http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/worldventures-and-nxt-id-form-strategic-alliance-to-create-next-generation-smart-card-564105621.html

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