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Robert and Patricia Foulke Hunter Publishing ePub
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Water Island

Lynne Sullivan Hunter Publishing ePub

Water Island can be seen from the harbor in Charlotte Amalie. It's less than half a mile from shore, and you get there by taking the Water Island Ferry (340-690-4159/4446 or 340-775-5770), which leaves from the pier outside Tickles Dockside Pub at Crown Bay Marina west of the city. One-way daytime tickets cost $5 for adults (round-trip fare is $9); nighttime rates are a bit more, and kids pay half the adult fare. Check the timetable posted outside the pub, or call to make arrangements with the captain for a private run at an unscheduled time.

Once you're on the island, take some time to explore its undeveloped 500 acres, which stretch 2 miles from tip to tip. You can walk among the ruins of long-abandoned plantations, dilapidated slave cabins, an old fort and empty ammunition bunkers, but the more interesting sites are the tranquil beaches and green rolling hills that top out at 300 feet. Except for the hour or so when passengers of the Kon Tiki party boat come loudly ashore at Honeymoon Beach each afternoon, the island is delightfully quiet. You'll understand why the 160 residents refer to it as "the last virgin."

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Tina Neylon Hunter Publishing ePub

City of Derry Airport is at Eglinton, four miles (6.4 km) east of the city on the A2, and has direct flights from Scotland, England and Dublin. (028) 7181-0784; fax 7181-1426; info@cityofderryairport.com; www.cityofderryairport.com.

The city has good rail service operated by Northern Ireland Railways, connecting the main towns to Belfast, and from there to the Republic. Ulsterbus runs services throughout the city and beyond, including the airport. Its Maiden City Flyer links Derry to Belfast. For all timetable and route information, by train or bus, call (028) 9066-6630, www.translink.co.uk. The Ulsterbus depot is on Foyle Street close to the Tourist Information Centre. Open Monday-Friday, 6 am-6 pm, Saturday until 5:30 pm; limited hours on Sunday. (028) 7126-2261; fax 7137-4442.

Waterside Railway Station is across the river close to Craigavon Bridge; the ticket office is open Monday-Saturday, 7:30am-5 pm, Sunday 4:15-7 pm; the station is open longer hours. (028) 7134-2228; fax 7131-1221.

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Tougias, Michael Hunter Publishing ePub

Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo landed in San Diego Bay in 1542 and claimed the region for Spain.


When the early Spaniards marched out of Mexico, across what we now know as Arizona, and into California in 1769, it was for the expressed purpose of reaching the Pacific Ocean. The first phase of that expedition ended when they reached present-day San Diego.

Here, Father Junipero Serra built the first Spanish mission, Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first in a string of 21 missions that eventually would stretch all the way to the Monterey Peninsula. This, then, is the birthplace of California, and California has not forgotten its roots. 

Father Junipero Serra

Nowhere in the state is the Spanish influence felt more strongly than it is in and around San Diego. Nowhere is the lingering influence of Mexico felt more prominently. One needs to look no farther than the names of the towns (San Luis Obispo), the streets (avenida, calle, camino), the rivers (rios) and mountains (montaas) to recognize the legacy of those early pioneers. The Spanish-style architecture remains. The Mexican-flavored foods remain. The telephone book proliferates with surnames like Garcia, Rodriguez, Hernandez, Ochoa and Gomez.

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Vivien Lougheed Hunter Publishing ePub

You must have a valid passport that will be good for six months after your entry into the country. No visas are required for citizens coming from Canada, the United States, England, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey and Uruguay for stays of up to 30 days. If your visit exceeds one month, a stay permit must be obtained from the Immigration Authorities at the airport. 

Everyone entering Belize must apply for a travel permit, given free of charge at the border or port of entry. If you arrive by plane, the application form is distributed prior to landing. You will be returned a portion of the form to carry with you. This tiny piece of paper must be submitted to the border guard on your departure. Loss of the paper could cost you in time and headaches. 

The border guards will usually give a visitor a 30-day visa with no problems, but not always. On my last visit, I was given 10 days and when I explained that I needed 30, they said I would have to pay the US$25 to extend my visit. I spoke with Gareth Murillo, the Assistant Director of Immigration in Belmopan, and he smiled and said, "The guards can make this decision and if you want to stay you will have to pay the extra money for a visa extension. I later learned that overstaying your visa could cost US $1,000. 

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