Category: TRAVEL

What to Wear in Cuba // Packing Light for Warm Weather

Before traveling to Cuba, I did a bit of research on what to wear since we each were limited to 50 pounds of checked-in luggage, one carry-on, and we were bringing dive gear. Our group of four are all Florida residents, and so we thought we were ready for the June Cuba heat. It turned out to be hotter, muggier, more humid, and sunnier than we had imagined.

Trinidad, Cuba // Sanctus Spiritus // Casa Lyosman y Yanin Casa Colonial en el Centro Historico // Airbnb Review

Our visit to Trinidad began with a stay in a family-owned 1800 home joined with a 1900 home combined in one spacious and delightful property. Managed by Lyosman and Yanin, their home is on a 500 year-old immaculate cobblestone street in historic Trinidad. As in my last Cuban Airbnb review, once again, the softness of the beds and the thread count of the sheets simply did not matter. What mattered was meeting the people, making lifelong friends, experiencing the Cuban resiliency, and learning how to adapt, improvise, and overcome.

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center // Key West NOAA // Mote Marine Laboratory

I can’t say enough about the exhibits and the work being done at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. It features over 6,000 square feet of interactive and dynamic exhibits. Native plants and animals of the Florida Keys are displayed, and there’s even a model of Aquarius, which is the world’s only underwater ocean laboratory. The exhibits were educational and interesting. What a great place to visit on a rainy day, or a seriously hot day.

Finding a Boat to Rent // There’s an App for That Too // Boat Rental Apps

Although I’m familiar with Airbnb for renting houses and rooms, and Uber and Lyft for vehicle rides, it wasn’t until I read an article in a trade magazine that I actually realized there are apps for renting boats! This article covers the ones that are available on mobile phone as well as computer because I like to conduct trip planning something larger than the cell phone screen.

DIVING BLUE HERON BRIDGE // RIVIERA BEACH FLORIDA // Deep Water Happy

Slack high tide full moon and day dives at Blue Heron Bridge at Phil Foster Park in Riviera Beach Florida. we organized two slack high tide daytime dives as well as a full-moon night dive at Blue Heron Bridge in the Phil Foster Park.

With the assistance of ForceE Riviera Beach, we obtained permits to stay at the park beyond closing time and enjoy a night dive flush with fish.

Our two day dives also yielded great views of fish, crab, shrimp, and one curious barracuda.

We checked out the dive site in advance, had a great dinner at Pho and Hot Pot, then a very early morning dive both days. Our Airbnb this time was Portside #8 with incredible views of the inlet and pool.

KP HOLE RAINBOW RIVER // DUNELLON FLORIDA // Deep Water Happy

KP Hole on Rainbow River, Dunellon Florida – a fascinating glimpse into geological history. I’m sharing a dive trip to KP Hole on the Rainbow River. It was a most unusual dive, with several surface intervals, wildlife sightings, and the perplexing boiling sand and powerful vents. I’m a teacher, and a sailboat captain, cyclist, SCUBA diver, and runner. You could say I like being prepared.

APPLYING MINERAL SUNSCREEN // STREAM2SEA REEF-SAFE PRODUCTS // Deep Water Happy

Today, I’m demonstrating how to apply mineral sunscreen from Stream2Sea. Just like the Swahili face painting at Moyo in Cape Town, I’m having a bit of fun with the design to demonstrate how little you need for full coverage. I’m applying mineral sun protection from Stream2Sea that’s tinted! It’s is completely non-toxic and environmentally safe, and it’s packaged in completely biodegradable tubes of sugar cane resin!

DIVE GEAR LUGGAGE // IS IT WORTH THE INVESTMENT // Deep Water Happy

Is specific-to-dive gear luggage worth the expense? Here’s a look at several options, and the pros and cons of each. I’m sharing my Akona Roller Dive Gear Travel Backpack Bag, two Akona Adventure bags, and a regular duffle bag features with regards to travel. Considerations of weight, length, width, and height are presented, along with several pro’s and con’s of each bag, and a glimpse into our dive gear weight-reduction efforts for flying to Cuba are presented.

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