Escape the crowds in Orlando and Miami and head to Martin County – the REAL Florida.
For many, holidays in Florida are focused on two things: theme parks and beaches. With warm weather pretty much guaranteed, the state receives planeloads of tourists every week. But beyond Orlando’s adrenaline rides, Miami’s nightlife and the idyllic beaches of the Keys… what else is there?
Well, around two hours north of Miami is Martin County. With miles of untouched Atlantic beaches, nature, plenty of art and culture, incredible wildlife, top places to eat and fun activities for all the family, it really is a great holiday destination. With Stuart (the heartbeat to the region) being voted America’s Happiest Seaside Town, I couldn’t wait to find out what made it so special.
Beautiful views in Stuart, Martin County, Florida
Hobe Sound murals
Barley Barber Swamp, Martin County, Florida
Beautiful colourful houses in Stuart, Martin County, Florida
Views from The House of Refuge, Martin County, Florida
Stand up paddle boarding in Martin County, Florida
Magical sunset from Hutchinson Island, Florida
From stand up paddle boarding alongside dolphins at sunset and whizzing around on segways, to perfect sunsets and fascinating history… let me introduce you to Martin County!
Check out my video then scroll down to find out all about Martin County…
With its surprising sub-tropical climate, the beautiful coastal town of Nerja is home to miles of sandy beaches, top seafood, incredible ancient caves and what is proudly known as the Balcony of Europe!
Almost two years ago I went on a road trip around southern Spain visiting Madrid, Ronda and Seville. Fancying a bit of time at the Spanish seaside we decided upon Nerja. It looked pretty, had plenty of things to do and by all accounts, even in January would be reasonably warm. Tick!
While for me it didn’t have the Andalusian charm of the other cities, it did have a real Spanish seaside feel. You know, it felt fun! It had pretty beaches, great ice cream and nic-nacs galore. While there I was desperate to visit Nerja’s famous caves. Typically I arrived to find they’d just closed for the day. Continue reading Top 5 Things To Do In Nerja, Spain→
My trip to St Kitts was one of my highlights of 2016. As 2017 is already shaping up to be a great year to visit the island, it’s time to check out some of the amazing events taking place.
As my time as an ambassador for the Caribbean island of St Kitts is almost up, I couldn’t help but look ahead to what’s happening on the island next year. Whether you’re planning a holiday or arriving by cruise ship, there are a few times of year that are extra special on the island. From the annual music and restaurant festivals, to big openings, there are more reasons than ever to take a trip.
Check out the video of my time in St Kitts, then scroll to find out all the awesome things happening on the island in 2017.
Every June the island comes alive as music stars jet in for the St Kitts Music Festival. Staying true to the island’s roots, it features a mix of R&B, reggae, hip-hop, calypso and jazz, with Dionne Warwick, Lionel Richie and Jason Derulo performing over the years. In 2016, crowds went wild for 50 Cent, Damian Marley and The O’Jays. No doubt 2017’s line up will be bigger and better!
Hotel Ombak Sunset provides a relaxed base for exploring the kooky island of Gili T in Indonesia, with its legendary sunsets, tasty food and famous Datu Swing.
My time on Gili Trawangan started not at Hotel Ombak Sunset but at its sister hotel – Vila Ombak. It was a smart complex of villas and deluxe rooms just moments from the hubub of Main Street. After a day checking out the hippie beach shops and lively nightlife I was ready to slow things down and head 15 mins by horse and carriage to the quieter side of the island.
“The swing! You just have to go on the swing,” my friend Hazel said.
She’d visited earlier in the year, and like many tourists queued up for a photo on the swing at sunset. While there are a few swings located around the island, this hotel is home to the most famous one.