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The country Switzerland is known as the “Paradise on Earth” and for a good reason. The country is known for being invigorating and an intoxicating country. Although the scenic beauty shows the serenity and peace that defines Switzerland of the postcards, this place also has action too. The country is dotted with lush forests, lakes and snow covered Alps. The architectural beauty is a sight for the sore eyes. To visit Switzerland, is to experience heaven on earth.
The country is also known by a Latin name Helvetia and this has been used since the days of the Roman Empire. The Alps were looked upon as an object of fear till the 18th century. When people finally overcame their fear of what lay beyond, that was when the tourism in Switzerland was born. This was when the poets, naturalists and artists saw the artistic potential of Switzerland and were curious to capture it on paper. Some of the historic destinations were Lucerne, Montreux, Laussane, Interlaken were the picturesque towns that introduced or rather encouraged the early tourists to visit Switzerland. Despite the small geographic proportions, the country is full of contradicting and constrasting sceneries. The topography includes lakes and valleys and Alpine peaks. The dominant physical attributes are the Jura Mountains, the Swiss plateaus and the Alps.
Getting to Switzerland or around it, is relatively easier as compared to other countries. There are small airliners or airports that usually carry passengers from all over the world to Switzerland. The roads through the mountains are precarious and unsafe, so to circumvent the accidents, the government has introduced the Swiss Pass which makes it possible to go anywhere by rail, boat or bus.
Switzerland is popular for its cheese, but it is different in every region. The cooking of cheese in each region varies from organic to restaurants to the locals. The country is not overtly known as a wine region but the inhabitants of the country do consume some of the excellent wines available there.
When visiting a foreign country, it is important to follow certain rules and regulations while clearing customs. Similarly when one is to visit Switzerland, there are some rules and guidelines one should remember to keep in mind:
1)Citizens from Western European countries require valid passports or Indentity Cards.
2)Nationals of other countries require just a Passport to visit Switzerland. Visas are not required if one is either a tourist, a patient for treatment or a student. Also, if one is not staying in Switzerland for more than 3 months or are citizens of America, Africa, Far East or Europe.
3)Apart from these exceptions, nationals of other countries require valid passports and visas.
When in Switzerland it is necessary to carry some Swiss Franc for convenience. The hospitality industry of this country is a respectable industry, so people belonging to this industry are paid good wages. But the Swiss Franc is more stable compared to other European currencies, so exchange rates are better.
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The Turks and Caico beaches are a beach lover’s ticket to beach heaven. They are an undiscovered tropical heaven and one of the natural wonders. Apart from that there are 230-mile coral reef with world class diving and the beaches also offer snorkeling, deep sea and bone fishing, kayaking, sailing, kite-surfing, bird-watching, undeground caves and so on. The beaches Turks and Caicos, are renowned all over the world amongst people who have a sense of adventure, in them. The Turks and Caicos beaches, are a part of the West Indies, bordered by the Caribbean Sea, Miami and the Dominican Republic.
The beaches Turks and Caicos, although are said together, but they are split into two groups namely:
1)The Caicos: The beaches in islands of Caicos group stretch from west to east. The types of beaches are West Caicos, Pine Cay, Providenciales, Carrot Cay, Middle Caicos, North Caicos, South Caicos and East Caicos.
2)The Turks: The beaches in islands of Turk group are generally separated by 7000-foot-deep , 22-mile-wide- Turks Inside Passage which is known the world over as the breeding ground of the North Atlantic humpback whales. This group also includes Grand Turk (capital) and Salt Cay.
The types of beaches of the beaches Turks and Caicos are listed in detail below:
1)The Caico group:
Providenciales- This island beach is also called Provo by the locals and is the most populated and developed beaches in island of Turk and Caicos. Grace Bay Beach is popularly the centerpiece of the island and is considered the best beach on the planet. There are accommodations ranging from luxurious hotels and resorts to casinos, airport, banking and so on. Inspite of the development, Provo is still pretty low-key.
Pine Cay- This island is the location of the Meridian Club, which was the first club set up for tourists in the Turk and Caicos islands.
West Caicos- This island is the site of one of the best snorkeling and diving and the oldest shipwrecks
Parrot Cay- This is another private island haunted by the rich and the famous and is known for its luxurious Parrot Cay Club
Middle Caicos- This island is covered by dramatic limestone cliffs, scalloped bays, underground caves, archeological sites, cotton plantation ruins and so on. It is the largest known island of Turks and Caicos.
South Caicos- This island is the site, where people may witness the breeding of the humpback whale and stalk bonefish through the natural reserves. For people who want to just laze in, there are couple of Bed and Breakfast and a few new resorts.
East Caicos- this island is also reserved for the adventure lovers. There are flocks of flamingos, wild cattle and deserted beaches.
2) The Turk Group has 2 main islands:
Grand Turk- The island is the second largest town and 400- year-old capital of the Turks and Caicos islands. Bonefishing, wind-surfing, limestone cliffs are also worthy of exploration.
Salt Cay- The island is dotted with windmills and old salt shed hats which were once the center of salt production world wide.
These are some of the well-known Turks and Caicos resorts are known for. Be it an adventure holiday or a romantic getaway, the islands of Turks and Caicos is the place to be.
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Have you just finished college and would like to have one last backpacking adventure trip with your buddies before joining the workforce? Are you a stressed out corporate dude who wants to unwind and spend a long weekend nature tripping with office mates? Did you finally get that promotion and are thinking of sharing your good fortune with your spouse and teen-age kids in some exotic corner of the world? If you do, there is actually a place where you could experience an unforgettable adventure, have a fun time with friends and spend real quality time with the family. And you wonâ€™t have to break the bank to do that!
Go to the Palawan islands, the last frontierâ€”and experience the greatest ground and underwater adventures of your life. You will definitely enjoy trekking through its sprawling forested mountains, spelunking in its maze of caves, sunbathing in its white sand beaches or explore its underground river, which is reputedly the longest in the world. And if you feel up to it, you can go snorkeling or scuba diving in the awesome dive sites of Palawan and hobnob with schools of vividly colored fish darting through a forest of corral reefs.
But this is going too far ahead of your adventure. If you are considering a budget trip, Puerto Pension is the just the place for you. As its name suggests, Puerto Pension is a pension houseâ€”a place of lodging for travelers for the purpose of sleeping, storing luggage and freshening up. It is not a resort, so you should not expect to find leisure facilities like a pool or a tennis court. You could definitely do without those, because the white sand beaches and the great outdoors of Palawan are what you came for anyway.
Puerto Pension is also a bed and breakfast type of lodging, where a room and breakfast are provided at one price. Normally, guests start with their itinerary for the day early in the morning that is why it is advisable that you order your complimentary breakfast the night before. Except for the breakfast, Puerto Pension does not serve lunch and dinner. You donâ€™t have to worry though, because this gives you the excuse to try out the excellent sea food delicacies served in eating places all over Puerto Princesa, the capital city of Palawan.
Puerto Pension is strategically located and is literally a stoneâ€™s throw away from places you will find important during your stay in Palawan. For instance, it is just 10 minutes away from the city airport and less than 5 minutes from the scenic Puerto Princesa Bay Walk. It is also centrally placed between the pier, bus and jeepney terminals which will be your mode of transportation for the next couple of days in Palawan.
Guests return to Puerto Pension every year because of its very affordable room rates, the excellent service of its disarmingly friendly staff, its clean and reasonably appointed rooms and a native house design that exudes an exotic ambiance that serves as a fitting prelude to an adventure. Puerto Pension has all the plusses, and the only drawback is that you will have to make an early reservation for an accommodation in the best joint in Palawan.