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West Coast Beaches

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On the Algarve’s western coast you’ll find some amazing beaches, backed by beautiful wild vegetation. Much of this area is protected by the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina, an important plant habitat and home to otters, foxes, wildcats and birds. The area has excellent surf conditions. Three appealingly small towns – Odeceixe, Aljezur and Carrapateira – are the main settlements.

MNothing clears the head like a bit of sea air, so head south from pretty Odeceixe to Praia da Amoreira, one of our favourite beaches, for a cup of coffee and a look at what the surf's doing today. Once you've had your fill, head for Carrapateira, then take on the circular walk around Praia da Bordeira & Praia do Amado, with spectacular panoramas the whole way.

RBoth beaches have excellent eating options, so choose between Sítio do Forno or Sítio do Rio for lunch. When you get back to town, reward yourself with a cold beer at Microbar Carrapateira, then visit the excellent Museu do Mar high above the town. On your way back to Aljezur, take the turnoff to Praia de Vale Figueira and feel the sand between your toes.

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El Peten

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Vast, sparsely populated and jungle-covered, Guatemala's largest and northernmost department is ripe for exploration. Whether it's the mysteries of the Classic Maya, the bounty of the jungle or the chance to lounge lakeside that inspires you, it's all here in abundance. How deeply you choose to delve into the Maya legacy will depend on your willingness to get your feet muddy. The towering temples of Tikal can be reached by tour from just about anywhere, while more remote sites such as El Mirador and Piedras Negras require days of planning and further days of jungle trekking. The Reserva De Biosfera Maya (Maya Biosphere Reserve) covers virtually the entire northern third of El Petén, and together with its counterparts in Mexico and Belize forms a multinational wildlife haven that spans more than 30,000 sq km.

If you're planning to do much jungle trekking to remote archaeological sites, late February to May are best: it's drier, less boggy and you won't have to wade through so much mud, though it can get rather hot and steamy toward late May. The rains begin in June and with them come the mosquitoes – bring rain gear, repellent and, if you plan on slinging a hammock, a mosquito net. September and October are peak hurricane and thunderstorm season, with the rains continuing into November, and are best avoided. December to February, with cool nights and mornings, can be quite a pleasant time to visit El Petén.

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University Area

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Only a couple of miles northeast of Waikiki in the foothills of the Manoa Valley, the main campus of the statewide university system, known as UH, is breezy, tree-shaded, and crowded with students from the mainland and islands throughout the Pacific. The campus and surrounding area feel youthful, with a collection of cafes, eclectic restaurants and one-of-a-kind shops.

g From Waikiki or downtown Honolulu, take bus 4; from Ala Moana, catch bus 6 or 18.

Start your stroll at the UH Campus Center. The UH Bookstore is here, as are banks, ATMs, coffee shops and a food court. There are crowds of students during the day, but it's almost deserted by evening. Free one-hour walking tours of campus depart here at 2pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

A short walk downhill from the Campus Center, the John Young Museum of Art ( GOOGLE MAP ; %808-956-3634; www.outreach.hawaii.edu/jymuseum; Krauss Hall, 2500 Dole St; h11am-2pm Mon-Fri, 1-4pm Sun) features 20th-century Hawaii painter Young’s collection of artifacts from the Pacific islands, Africa and Asia, mostly ceramics, pottery and sculpture. Although it’s not huge, it’s worth a quick visit.

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Southern Bahamas

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TELEPHONE CODE: 242 / POPULATION: 4957 / AREA: 1179 SQ MILES

     Includes »

     Long Island

     North Long Island

     South Long Island

     Crooked Island District

     Crooked Island

     Long Cay

     Acklins Island

     Inaguas Mayaguana

     Great Little Inagua

     Mayaguana

Tear up what you think you know about the Bahamas when you come to the remote islands of the south. Yes, the sand is just as white, the water the same extraordinary blend of blues and the welcome just as friendly (if not more so) – but the simple difference here is that of development. No megaresorts or fast food restaurants blight the coastline, seeing another person on a beach is a crowd, and traffic is virtually nil.

The largest island in the Southern Bahamas is aptly named Long Island, though it’s hard to imagine anywhere less like its New York namesake. While it is lined with great beaches and enjoying some beautiful scenery, there are just a handful of small resorts on the island and finding total seclusion is never a problem.

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Cairo

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First, the drawbacks: Cairo’s crowds make Manhattan look like a ghost town, papyrus sellers and would-be guides hound you at every turn, and your snot will run black from the smog.

But it’s a small price to pay to tap into the energy of the place Egyptians call Umm ad-Dunya – the Mother of the World. This urban buzz is a product of 22-or-so million inhabitants simultaneously crushing the city’s infrastructure under their collective weight and lifting its spirit up with their exceptional charm and humour. One taxi ride can pass resplendent mosques, grand avenues, and 19th-century palaces, with a far-away view of the Pyramids of Giza. A caked-on layer of beige sand unifies the mix of eras and styles.

Blow your nose, crack a joke and look through the dirt to see the city’s true colours. If you love Cairo, it will definitely love you back.

AMar-May In khamsin season the city gets choked with dust.

AJun-Aug Ramadan is a feast every night. Boiling in the daytime.

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