Further to my post, “Dreaming of travelling“, here are more favourite places to think about during the travel lockdown.
Coronada Beach, San Diego: Coronado has a beautiful beach that seems to stretch as far as the eye can see. We enjoyed walking on the sand, watching the military fighter jets and other planes fly over, and take in the scenes near The Del (Hotel del Coronado), a historic, Green Seal certified resort. We had beers in one of their restaurants and watched the sun set over the Pacific. TripAdvisor Review
Farmer’s Market, Skibbereen, Ireland: This lovely farmers market was in full swing, very vital and vibrant when we visited in September. There was lots of food to taste and buy, vendors who knew their stuff, plus a wide selection of things to choose from. We especially enjoyed picking up a couple West Cork Pies for eating later in the day, as well as the local gouda cheese that was a true delicacy. TripAdvisor Review
Playa Del San Martin, Cozumel: Explore the soft, deep sands of the beaches on the east coast of Cozumel. At the time we visited, that side of the island was not yet developed, just a winding road along the ocean. This is more of a basking-in-the-sun beach than a swimming area, as rip tides here can be dangerous. A nearby restaurant called Coconuts was a great stop for lunch. TripAdvisor List
Spa Nordic Station, Magog, Quebec: Fantastic afternoon! We enjoyed a few hours relaxation at the Nordic Station Spa. The sauna by the creek was a favourite spot, because you could wade right into the stream afterward. For the small price of admission, it afforded us a nice Zen day. Facilities are fastidiously clean, and staff were very friendly. All the small touches here were well thought out. If you’re in The Eastern Townships, definitely spend an afternoon here. TripAdvisor Review
International Bar, Dublin: An essential stop when visiting Dublin — The International Bar hasn’t changed since I first visited in the late 1980s on the advice of a close friend. Their pint of Guinness is immaculately poured, something a non-Irish person needed to appreciate. The other patrons were mainly an older crowd, and they sat quietly and nursed their pints. The stained glass and wood fixtures are beautiful in this tiny pub. It was a great place to take a break from the bustle of the Grafton Street area of Dublin. A tired looking place, but highly recommended. Apparently they have a popular comedy and music night downstairs but we didn’t experience this. TripAdvisor Review
Coki Beach, St. Thomas: Coki Beach is probably the most memorable experience in our ten-day Royal Caribbean cruise. The beach and water was pristine, and snorkelling was fun. The service by Keesh Lorraine on the beach was attentive and good value. And we saw a beautiful rainbow. Loved it. TripAdvisor Review
Hopefully our social-distancing efforts over the past couple months will allow us to begin travelling again in 2021. Where are you dreaming of travelling?