Tuesday, January 17, 2017
The Dish on El Mangroove
Sharing information about places we’ve been is one of our greatest pleasures at Reid Travel. And this week we will be dishing on the ElMangroove, which is a bit of nirvana on Costa Rica’s Gulf of Papagayo that one of our staff visited recently and had so many great experiences to share. If you are looking for a quick get-away, El Mangroove is ideal because the travel time is short as it’s only about a two-hour flight from Miami.
When you arrive, you’ll want to stay longer as El Mangroove is situated on a magnificent stretch of beachfront space. This is an all-suite, eco-friendly, contemporary resort, with modern see-through showers and accoutrements. The living room area in all suites will have either a hammock or sofa--we call it “barefoot luxury”. The resort is surrounded by forest, beach and mangroves, so don’t be surprised if you wake up to find a monkey in the tree outside your room. If you love poolside, there’s also a 130-ft pool with 5 private cabanas available.
El Mangroove’s Bearth Spa, nestled between natural mangroves is the perfect place for an array of treatments: body scrub, body wrap, couple’s massage, facials, in-suite massage and many other items to indulge your wildest imagination.
Farm-to-table and ocean-to-table menus provide a dining experience that will entice all palates. Makoko is open for breakfast and dinner and Matiss, the beach restaurant with an ocean view and sand floors, is the place to be for lunch. Fresh ingredients are always on the menu. Remember: we said “barefoot luxury.”
If you want to venture off premises, there are bicycles to explore the neighboring funky town, and there are kayaks to venture into the Gulf of Papagayo as well. There’s also an 18-hole golf course designed by Arnold Palmer that overlooks the waters of Bahia Culebra.
When you experience El Mangroove you may find that this quick get-away just won’t be long enough!
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Friday, January 13, 2017
In 2016 we informed you that the State Department was urging Americans to apply for expired passports and/or new ones as they expected a large demand throughout 2016. Well, we’ll say it again for 2017. Officials say they expect 20 million passport renewal requests in 2017.
Why? Chalk it up to The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative which was put into effect in 2007 and mandated that Americans entering the U.S. by air from Canada, Mexico and Bermuda would be required to have a passport, and the January 2018 implementation of the Real ID Act has led to an increased number of applications from travelers unsure whether their driver’s license will be accepted as a valid form of ID for domestic travel.
In late 2017 the “Next Generation” passport will finally see its debut. The passport will have an embedded data chip on the information page protected by a polycarbonate coating. This will help prevent your book from getting wet and bending, and should your passport be stolen, the chip will keep people from falsifying an identity. The passport number will also be laser cut as tapered, perforated holes through pages—just one of several components of the “Next Generation” passport, including an artwork upgrade, new security features such as a watermark, tactile features, and more optically variable inks. In other words: some designs on pages will be raised and ink—depending on the viewing angle—will appear to be different colors.
Stricter rules for an application apply. As of November, 2016, glasses are no longer allowed in passport photos, as glares reflecting off the lenses led to the State Dept. turning away thousands of applications because of bad photos. You’re still allowed to wear glasses in the photo if you have a medical condition. Just submit a doctor’s note along with your application.
Log on to www.travel.state.gov for in-depth information and any questions you may have; or give us a call. We’ll tell you what you need to know. Your passport is the best form of identification to have.