One of the World’s Largest and Deadliest Waves

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Hawaii’s Banzai Pipeline is one of the world’s top 10 deadliest waves. Its swells reach up to 30 ft before breaking at high speed over shallow, rocky coral reefs. Surprisingly, the most dangerous days aren’t when the waves are at their tallest, but rather when the swell picks up quickly and doubles up over the shallow inside section.

Professional surfers flock to Pupukea, a town on Oahu’s North Shore, to take on the waves in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Called the “Super Bowl of surfing” by The Los Angeles Times, this international event takes place each November.

Whether you want to take on a Pipeline, or simply marvel at the awesome sight of these spectacular waves, be sure to visit Hawaii from November to February when these waves are at their grandest.

For more information on the top 10 deadliest waves, please visit Transworld SURF.

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Bermuda: A Piece of Paradise

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A couple of years ago, my husband and I were fortunate enough to make a trip to the stunning island of Bermuda. We loved everything about it—so much so, that we even envisioned what retirement might look like if we settled in this sweet spot (our kids were only 6, 8, and 10 yet we were talking retirement!).

Incredible beaches, beautiful landscape, uber-friendly people, heaps of history, scrumptious cuisine, and shop-till-you-drop boutiques left us feeling liked we’d stepped into paradise.

We’d love to go back with the kids. They’d love the beaches and they’d enjoy visiting the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, exploring the Crystal and Fantasy Caves, and swimming with dolphins… Did I mention how incredible the beaches are?

Fun Facts:
1. Bermuda’s “pink” sand really is pink! The sand at Horseshoe Bay Beach is actually tiny shell particles mixed in with pieces of coral and calcium carbonate.
2. The entire island measures a mere 20.75 square miles.
3. The island has the most golf courses per capita of any location in the world.
4. Bermuda shorts are the most worn attire for men. They are even worn to the office with jacket, tie, knee socks, and dress shoes during the hot season (May to November).
5. St. Georges, established in 1612, is the oldest continuously inhabited town of English origin in the western hemisphere.

For more fun facts, please visit Bermuda Travel.

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Have a fun weekend,
Sugarblue Babes

Bora Bora: What’s in a Name?

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Did you know that Bora Bora’s name is really Pora Pora? Early settlers misunderstood what the local Tahitians were saying. They heard “Bora Bora” instead of “Pora Pora” which means “first born.” The name was never corrected.

I doubt anyone could argue that Bora Bora is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. One of the best things about this spot? There are NO poisonous snakes or insects in Bora Bora. So relax and fall asleep under the stars.

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Tree Camping in Germany

Imagine sleeping in a tent hung from a tree branch high up in the forest canopy overlooking the majestic German Alps. Talk about feeling at one with nature!

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For those brave enough to try this extreme form of camping (located in an activity park in Kappel), you will be rewarded with incredible panoramic views of the Pfronten mountains, near the Austrian border, at a cost of £211 per night.

Please visit Waldseilgarten Höllschlucht for more information.

Happy Friday the 13th!