We sat for approximately 2 hours, taking in the scenery and the peace and quiet, while also rock pooling and hunting for shells. Bliss!
The Ionian Islands were settled by Greeks around 1000 B.C., and they remain a relatively conservative Catholic country with a Greek language and culture. They are surrounded by water on all sides, which helps to preserve their unique character. In addition, they claim St. John the Baptist as their own since he is considered a local boy who grew up in the village next to where we were staying.
There are five main islands in the group: Zakynthos, Kythira, Cephalonia, Lefkada, and Ithaka. They are all fairly small, with a combined population of about 500,000 people.
Zakynthos is the largest island in the group, with a mountainous interior and beautiful beaches. It's also one of Greece's main tourism destinations, so it can be busy during high season (May-October).
Kythira is the second largest island, with a predominantly Mediterranean climate. It has many sandy beaches and some great hiking.
With three days on Heron Island, there will be plenty of time to relax before rising to the occasion on Sunday morning. Set your alarm early and travel to the beach for an east coast bucket list adventure. Keep an eye out for turtles if you're on the island during turtle season.
Monday - Visit Heron Island National Park. See giant groves of tropical trees, beautiful beaches, and more. Walk through the historic district where you can see old buildings with signs in English, French, and Dutch.
Tuesday - Leave Heron Island and head back toward Miami. Stop at various places along the way. Maybe have a milkshake at a local ice cream shop or eat some fried fish at the shoreline.
Wednesday - Head back to the city.
Thursday - Go shopping in South Beach or Dadeland Mall. Have dinner at one of the many restaurants in downtown Miami.
Friday - Spend the day doing whatever you want!
Saturday - Head back to the city by noon.
Sunday - Travel back home.
However, to truly appreciate Santorini, consider staying for three to five days; you'll be able to sightsee, climb, and beach-hop while enjoying the island's calm pace. If time is of the essence, however, consider a one-day trip. The main city, Fira, is only a short drive from most beaches.
The best times to visit are between April and October, when the weather is good and there aren't any major festivals or events going on. However, if you can handle the heat outside of these months, then visiting during the winter might be for you!
There are two ways to get to Santorini: by boat or by plane. Both options take about an hour each way and will cost you approximately $60 - $80 per person. There are also a number of different types of tours that you can do around the island, but for the most part, they all follow similar routes so don't worry about being stuck in traffic just because it's a free day!
If you decide to go on your own, try not to spend too much time reading maps or else you won't see very much of the island. Also, bring some water shoes or else you'll be wearing out your sandals/boots quickly!
Three days is a good amount of time to see all of the key sites. However, Fraser Island has so many gorgeous hidden jems that you could spend a week there and not get bored! Consider taking 4 or 5 days off if you want to unwind. There will be a lot to see. However, prepare to do a lot of driving and hurrying. The island is large and can be difficult to cover in one trip.
The best times to visit are during the dry season from April to October. The weather is generally pleasant with only hot days usually occurring between November and March. It is important to wear sunscreen and a hat when out in the sun because there are very few places where you can find shade. Make sure your vehicle is in good condition before heading out on the road. A broken down car not only puts a damper on your holiday but also poses a risk to others who might be driving by.
Fraser Island is located about 250 kilometers east of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland. It is a popular tourist destination that draws thousands of people each year to see its unique wildlife and pristine beaches. There are a number of ways to get around on the island including walking, biking, rollerblading, and driving. Be aware that some areas may be closed to traffic so check ahead of time if you plan to explore beyond the main roads.
If you only have time for one place on Fraser Island, make sure it's Lazy Beach.
I'd suggest spending at least five nights. There's so much to see and see that you won't want to leave as soon as you arrive. I also like to give myself a week for every trip so I have time to relax and not feel rushed.
If you only have time for one island, then make it Hamilton. It has more to offer than most places together with great beaches, no cars, and easy access to lots of other beautiful islands with fine restaurants and hotels if you need them.
Hamilton is the largest and most developed island in the Group. There are lots of shops, restaurants, and bars here. You can get around by foot or take a bus. There's also a small airport where you can fly back to Melbourne or Sydney if you're staying for a while.
The main street of Hamilton Island is called Beach Street. It has lots of restaurants and bars opening out onto large patios where you can eat dinner under the stars.
There's also a range of activities available. You can go surfing, kayaking, fishing, or diving. There are also three golf courses on the island if you like playing golf. Or you could just sit back and enjoy the view!
Things to Do on Phi Phi Island You Shouldn't Miss I would recommend staying at least three days to provide yourself enough time to see the best attractions on Phi Phi Island. There are a lot of things to do here!
Start by heading over to Wat Phra Kaew and Tha Fuad Temple Complexes. These are two of the largest religious sites in Thailand and they're not too far from one another. The former is an ancient temple complex that dates back to 1882 while the latter is a modern building that was completed in 1991. Both are must-see spots for any visitor to Phi Phi Island.
Next, take a trip about 15 minutes away to Chaweng District. This is where you'll find some of the island's most popular beaches like Haad Rin and Sunset Beach. Chow Bara is a local cuisine that is served up street-side everywhere on the island; it's inexpensive and delicious!
If you want to get off the beaten path a little bit, head down to the south side of the island toward Kata District. Here you'll find lots of small shops and restaurants near the beachfront. There are also some beautiful views of nearby islands like Ko Lanta and Ko Tarutao from this part of the island.