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The Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico was once best known for pretty fishing villages, but is now a world-class site for luxury holidays and some of the most diverse diving opportunities you'll find anywhere in the world. It's no great surprise really, the basic ingredients were always there. The Riviera Maya offers white sandy beaches, the second longest barrier reef in the world, and Caribbean water known for both its clarity and its dive-friendly temperatures.

Scuba Diving Options in Rivera Maya

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Hunting Diver Duck

If I could give a color to diver-duck shooting, and I can because I'm writing this hunting diver ducks tips and guide, I'd color it blue.

Blue is the color of the bill of the most popular diver ducks since the canvasback and redhead started to go the route of the bison, the whooping crane and 32 cents a gallon gas. These are the ducks I want on the pin of my rifle scope to hit.


Understanding Diver Duck Nature

I'm talking about bluebills (lesser scaup) and broadbills (greater scaup). These two speci

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New Costa Rica cycling tours for mountain bikers

9008909059?profile=originalCosta Rica, known for its beautiful beaches and rainforests, is also gaining fame around the world for mountain biking and endurance sports competitions.

Now there are Costa Rica vacations dedicated solely to mountain biking. If you are a mountain biking enthusiast looking for a training trip or a fun and challenging cycling vacation, now Cycling Trails Costa Rica has partnered with Horizontes Nature Tours to offer exceptional mountain biking and cross country cycling trips in Costa Rica.


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The small fishing town of Tarifa in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia has about 17,000 inhabitants, is located in the farthest southern corner of Europe and acts a as a balcony overlooking Africa, situated only 14 kilometers away. Tarifa welcomes about 100,000 visitors in the summer, who are attracted by its magnificent beaches of fine white sand and its many possibilities for leisure and adventure. The township has 35 kilometers of coastline, an extension that makes it possible to enjoy the sun

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On June 12 one of the planet’s most anticipated sporting events kicks off in Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo. And over the course of the following 30 days, 64 World Cup matches among 31 teams will rotate among a dozen of this country’s other cities. Rio de Janeiro totally. Salvador certainly. Fortaleza for sure. Capital Brasilia it goes without saying. But what do you know about Natal, Cuiabá, and Porto Alegre?  Here’s a quick primer on some of the lesser-known and (to most non-Brazilians, at

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9008819662?profile=originalWe remember being told about YOLO (You Only Live Once) Stand-Up Paddle Boarding on a random trip to the Beaches of Walton, on the Florida panhandle.

A couple of beach-fit, broad-smiled  guys and ladies were balancing beautifully on small, colorful  board in a wide stream, polling themselves forward with skill, balance and great fun. They introduced us to YOLO, a branded paddle boarding sport presumably started in Hawaii.

Those were very early days when we too were one of the first people to try th

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Costa Rica continues to be a magnet for adventure racing, high-endurance extreme sports and triathlons. Top international athletes travel to Costa Rica several times a year for sport competitions and events.


9296582875?profile=originalThe north Pacific Guanacaste region is one of the most popular zones for extreme endurance events. In early March 2014, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) will hold the 2014 Pan American Cup at Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. The XTERRA off-road triathlon race comes to Costa Rica also in M

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Being a native San Franciscan, I have been fortunate to view many amazing sporting events up close. The San Francisco Giants, just last October provided a miracle finish, culminating in a World Series victory and parade, on of all days, Halloween, practically San Francisco’s city holiday. The San Francisco 49ers football team narrowly missed winning their 6th Super Bowl last year. During the month of September, “The City by the Bay” played host to the world’s most prestigious sailing regatta, th

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People in Costa Rica love football!! This is not just a phrase; actually it has been a passion of crowds for many years. From the local championships to the international events like the CONCACAF Gold Cup, all are follow by many Costa Ricans, cheering Costa Rica´s team or just enjoying the adrenaline and passion that this sport aroused in thousands.

Art-Ritzli.jpg?width=300Costa Rica has a long-standing football culture and tradition. The first match with the national team took place in 1921 and from there many matches
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Dominican Baseball Hits a 'Jonrón'

 9008631454?profile=originalIf you're a baseball fan, you well know how much "America's pastime" owes these days to  the Dominican Republic – starting with greats like Pedro Martínez, Matty Alou, David Ortiz, Juan Marichal, Manny Ramírez, and of course the great Sammy Sosa (right).  

These are just a small handful of the 400 peloteros the country has sent to the U.S. major leagues, and the reason is that beisbol is as popular here as in any country in the world, with a long pedigree stretching back more than a century, int

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Among the images conjured by mentioning Brazil are those of beach volleyballers on Ipanema, with green mountain slopes in the background and golden sand running for miles. Aside from the all-night-long beach parties, beach volleyball is one of the country's most popular symbols; it's long been associated with beach volleyball not just because of Brazilians' obession with the sport, but largely because many of the best players in the world are from Brazil.

Introducing Brazil to the World


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“Orange October” in San Francisco

October in the City by the Bay - I just can’t say enough about it. Getting a late Indian summer means warm days in October. This year the city would host the America’s Cup yacht race trials and the annual Naval “Fleet Week,” complete with the Blue Angels buzzing over San Francisco Bay, all on the same weekend. San Francisco is one of world’s favorite cities. October weekends include street fairs, music festivals, food and beer festivals, and more. The city comes to life with warm days and nights

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The boyhood home of “Hammering” Hank Aaron is in a place of honor next to the stadium that bears his name. His home is also a museum that chronicles his life and career. Aaron was held in high regard by all those who played ball with him.  At the museum’s opening there was a long list of VIP guests including Willie Mays, Bob Feller, Rickey Henderson, Bruce Sutter, Reggie Jackson and Ozzie Smith. Aaron is quoted as saying, “I have had great things happen to me, but today is the greatest day I hav

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Nick and Andrew, the newest Giants fan

As a  diehard San Francisco Giants baseball fan and native San Franciscan, if there ever is such a thing as a “sports bucket list” especially for a San Francisco native, mine was for the San Francisco Giants baseball team to win at least one World Series in my lifetime. The Giants moved to San Francisco after the 1957 baseball season. The great Willie Mays, quite possibly the greatest baseball player of all time, who roamed center field for the Giants, at wi

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9008714874?profile=originalIn 2012, London is having one of the most exciting years in its history, with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this past June and now the 2012 Olympic Games starting on 27 July. But are Londoners proud? Do they realise how lucky they are? Are they embracing the summer of fun or whinging? Well...

The Royal Wedding in 2011 was a good 'excitement barometer' to test the public's ability to embrace a national celebration. Yes, we whinged really impressively leading up to the big day last April, but when

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Every destination is distinct and bears a uniqueness which attracts visitors to like it. When looking for adventure holidays, you will be best served if you work with international tour operators who have in depth information on the offers available within each destination. Armed with the relevant information, you will be in a position to make a prudent decision in accordance with your heart.

This is very important when setting out on adventure holidays because you will be mentally prepared for w

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Brazil 2014 World Cup

by Andy Jarozs

There may have been some controversy about who should've hosted the future football (aka soccer) World Cup (there usually seems to be). Few people, however, were surprised when Brazil was awarded the honor of staging what is arguably the ultimate global sporting event. For the 2014 World Cup Brazil will host 32 of the world’s leading soccer nations in an event that will be watched by millions of people in the stadiums and billions more on TVs around the world. For many of the na

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Tour de France 2012: Eyeing the Yellow

The quest for next year’s Yellow Jersey is going to be one steep ride.

It seems like just yesterday 34-year-old Cadel Evans assumed the highest step on the podium on the Champs-Elysees, becoming the first Australian to win the 2011 Tour de France title.

However, the Tour’s 99th edition just got one step closer after the announcement of the race’s 2012 routes at the convention center in Paris. The 2012 Tour de France will bring fiercer mountain climbs and longer time trials. With 9 flat stages, 5 m

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9008660057?profile=originalA 40-minute drive east of Puerto Plata, Cabarete’s a phenom that started blossoming as a destination in the mid-1980s, as foreign visitors discovered the water, wind conditions, and nearly four miles of beach that have given this single-street town of some 37,000 a rep as one of the world’s top meccas for windsurfing, kitesurfing, just plain ol’ surfing, and sailing. That’s not to say you can’t have fun here if you don’t do any of these sports, but it sure does help.

Today, more than 20 years la

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Skiing in France for Less

Skiing on the cheap has always been a serious challenge. When we start booking your holiday and calculate the prices for accommodation, flights, equipment and lift passes, you may well start to wonder whether all this is seriously worthwhile. However,  if you are prepared to make your own travel arrangements, cut the accommodation expenses in half by renting a self-catered ski accommodation, shop around, avoid eating out three times a day and stay in the lesser-known resort, you can still get fa

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