March 2018 Freeport , Bahamas. A quick return trip to dive with Caribbean Divers. Always offering sharks and great service. If you want a quick trip to the Bahamas, Freeport is easy to get in and out of. Bell Channel Hotel includes the dive shop. Presley and Gerry will take care of you.
December 2017: Holland America cruise to the Panama Canal. My first trip here. Fantastic. Stops at Aruba, Curacao, Columbia, the Canal and Grand Cayman. The Canal is crazy. We toured the new locks and then on to history at Fort Lorenzo. Columbia is a stunning city. We toured San Felipe Fortress with a hilltop view to the new city skyline. Columbia, home of the worlds emeralds! Diving, hiking, history and the ship was first class. 11 days on the trip.
June 2017- Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
A return trip to dive with Tank Ha. Whale sharks and open water diving. The weather was a little rough. It seemed we hit the tail end of a storm. There was no open water diving. So more cenotes with our repeat guide, Isabel. A new twist at one cenote- the owners now charge a fee if you have a camera. So be it- I wasn't going to leave the equipment in the car or not shoot the cenote.
Another trip to the whale sharks. With the weather still causing rough conditions, it was a little "lumpy". But whale sharks and giant manta rays.
If you want to dive cenotes- go with Tank Ha. Spiro and Matt will take care of you in PLC.
March 3-8, 2017.
What is your reason for traveling to Cuba?
Every article, travel book and reference I saw asked this question. I went in support of the 2017 St. Petersburg to Habana Regatta. The first time in over 50 years this sailboat race has taken place. No, I don't sail. But, I have friends that do sail. And they needed assistance. So I went. I bought a plane ticket, paid $50 for the required Visa, and I went. From that moment on, no one asked, or seemed to care why we were there. But everyone we met seemed genuinely happy to see us and share their city.
And the trip was fabulous. Havana, and the Old City are history at your feet. The city is made for walking, but you can get one of the old cars as a cab anywhere and any time. We took one of the double decker tour buses one morning. Sit on the open roof second level and see the city. From the original Soviet Embassy, to the water front Malecon. Walk the University of Habana and maybe you will meet a history professor, like we did. He walked us around and gave us insight in to the student and political history of the school. The architecture is wonderful.
We went SCUBA diving and wound up shore diving in the Bay of Pigs. There just happened to be a Cuban wreck at the site. History underwater.
Any you just may see El Presedente, as his cars sped by us on the return from diving. Or Jaime Lee Curtis at the airport, arriving as we were waiting for our flight.
Cuba, Go, Go now and just go with it. You will be glad you did.