Connie - "The Beach Buff"
Longtime Luxury Link traveler Connie B. (pictured here in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands) is a self-avowed "Beach Buff". Read her insights on a great vacation by the sea, and determine your own travel persona by taking this short, fun quiz.
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Q: What do you consider the most beautiful beach in the world?
A: The Baths at Virgin Gorda. The scenery is amazing. There are large rocks at the shore and you are able to snorkel around the rocks. It is even better to visit off season when no one is in the area. The water is so blue and you can swim with the fish.
Q: Can you recommend a great beachfront Luxury Link resort?
I love Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands. Peter Island is its own island. The resort includes your breakfast and dinner. PI is great for beach bums; they have their own beaches that they can take you to and then set up a nice romantic meal. There are also hiking trails to visit beaches on your own. The resort has a tennis court if you want a land activity. The food is so good!!! PI offers trips from their island to St. Thomas for shopping or The Baths in Virgin Gorda for a snorkeling trip. There is a ferry from PI to Tortola for a day of shopping or a chance to visit another island.
Q: What are some of your packing essentials for a vacation at the beach?
Bathing suits, wraps, cooler (with wine, beer, cheese, crackers, and water!), sun block!, My RAFT!!!, my snorkel stuff! (always ready to snorkel!!).
Q: How do you like to truly indulge while on a beach vacation?
Taking a day at sea! What a great way to see the ocean/sea side of a destination. Plus, you are typically helping a local business. We have gotten to know a few of the wonderful companies in different areas. Typically these trips are a day of snorkeling at some prime snorkel spots. Some include food and drink. We have seen sea turtles, nurse sharks, parrot fish, angel fish, yellow snapper, and a whole host of other underwater creatures.
Q: What beach destination (that you have yet to visit), are you hoping to get to soon?
We have never visited the South Pacific...I have always wanted to see the Cook Islands. I would love to visit and hope Luxury Link gets a package to the area! (Editor's note: We are working on adding vacation experiences in the Cook Islands!)
Connie at Melenos Lindos on the Greek island of Rhodes