Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Reserva Conchal Beach Resort to Host PGA Tour in Luxurious Costa Rica

"(PLAYA CONCHAL, Costa Rica) – Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf & Spa – the luxury resort on Costa Rica’s scenic northwestern Pacific coast – will host the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Essential Costa Rica Classic May 1-7 on its Robert Trent Jones II golf course.

The inaugural tournament – sponsored by the Costa Rica Tourism Institute – is the first-ever PGA TOUR event in Costa Rica. The Essential Costa Rica Classic boasts 144 professional golfers from more than 25 countries. Customary for PGA TOUR Latinoamerica events, the host country can invite up to 30 of its own golfers.

“We are honored the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and the Costa Rica Tourism Institute chose our golf course as the site of this historic tournament,” says Carlos Rojas Soto, Director of Golf of Reserva Conchal. “The tournament will not only showcase our beautiful, championship layout, but also highlight Reserva Conchal as a premier destination for discerning golf travelers.”

The sporty, par-71 will be set up to play at 7,021 yards, its longest configuration from the back tees. Jones II’s brilliant routing meanders between the azure Pacific Ocean waters and lush greens of the neighboring “dry” tropical forest, exposing players to myriad elements. The returning nines feature breathtaking ocean vistas with unforgettable holes winding through lakes, rugged ravines and rolling hills.

Consistently ranked among the top-30 best in the Caribbean and Mexico, Reserva Conchal was the first course in Costa Rica bestowed certification by Audubon International. It boasts a world-class practice facility and learning center with four green complexes, bunkers, chipping and approach areas and an expansive practice tee. Single- and multi-day golf clinics are offered, including the PGA TOUR Academy featuring certified instructors from famed TPC Sawgrass.

Golfers have access to a wide spectrum of premium vacation residences at Reserva Conchal, with a variety of floorplans, bedrooms, amenities and settings. The luxurious, all-inclusive Westin Golf Resort & Spa Playa Conchal is nestled along a pristine stretch of white sand beach. The ultimate in elegance, the Westin features numerous restaurants, pools, fitness center and personal concierge services at the Royal Beach Club.

For more information: www.reservaconchal.com855.851.5000.

About Reserva Conchal Beach Resort Golf & Spa

Perched on the edge of Costa Rica’s northern Pacific Coast on the brilliant white sands of Playa Conchal, Reserva Conchal Beach Resort Golf & Spa is the jewel of the Guanacaste region. Spanning 2,300 acres, it is home to the all-inclusive Westin Golf Resort & Spa Play Conchal, luxurious vacation residences and Costa Rica’s most renown golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II. Property owners enjoy access to the 60,000 square-foot Reserva Conchal Beach Club featuring an extensive swimming pavilion, modern workout facilities, fine dining and world-class spa."

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Amanda Monique 
Green Travel Girl

Friday, April 14, 2017

Enjoying Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in the Pacific Northwest

The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is an amazing sight to see, and is beyond fun filled for everyone in the family. Experience the vast green landscape of beautiful and majestic tulips, surrounded by the rolling hills of the Willamette Valley and the mountains in the distance. Over 40 acres of tulips in a variety of vibrant colors can surely be captured through your camera lens, your phone, or just your eyes.

You can find the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival located in Woodburn, Oregon. That is about 45 minutes away from Portland, and about 30 minutes away from Salem. Bring your own picnic, or enjoy the onsite food vendors for some sustenance. You can purchase little souvenirs in the gift shops as well if wanting to bring a little piece of the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival home with you.

I had a blast wander lusting around this beautiful landscape and acreage of flowers. I was able to take some gorgeous photos without having much a crowd mid-week. I used my Canon PowerShot to capture these stunning images. My little girl had a blast, and had no problem posing for the camera. 

Amanda Monique
Green Travel Girl 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Luxurious Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort in Aruba

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Aruba is home to some magnificent ecotourism and sustainable resorts. With an island that only has 75 square miles of land, and a coastline of 42.6 miles, Aruba has a lot to offer on this small yet beautiful location. One of which being, sustainable eco-friendly resorts.
One of the ecotourism resorts that caught my attention is the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort. Nestled in a secluded area along Eagle Beach, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort resides on a 14-acre stretch of white sandy beach. Overlooking the turquoise Caribbean waters with the warm tropical breeze running through your hair, lands the luxurious Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort on my top ecotourism resort list.
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Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort take sustainable, eco-friendly, and ecotourism extremely serious and to another level. One of Aruba’s greenest hotels since it was built in 1987, and has maintained being one of the Caribbean’s greenest resorts. They have 21 Green Globe certifications, and the first resort in the Americas to be certified ISO 14001. (The ISO 14001 standard is the most important standard within the ISO 14000 series. ISO 14001 specifies the requirements of an environmental management system (EMS) for small to large organizations. An EMS is a systemic approach to handling environmental issues within an organization.)
While staying with Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, you can ask the concierge service to assist in setting up diving and sailing excursions, horseback riding, golf, Jeep safari tours, and more. This resort is adjacent to the Alhambra Casino if you are up for some adult entertainment, or you can go visit the local restaurants and shops to indulge in some souvenirs for loved ones.
Whether you are wanting to just sit beach side and relax, or go and explore the beautiful island of Aruba, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is one destination you want to make sure and visit. Ecotourism is a trend that is here to stay, so you might as well get in on all the fun.

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If you are interested in learning more, visit to find out more information and book your stay today.

Amanda Monique

Green Travel Girl

Friday, April 7, 2017

Top 6 Tips for Surviving the Spring

Spring time is a rough time of year for many, including myself when it comes to allergy suffering. Here are some helpful tips and useful ways that I survive the beautiful, lush, and green Oregon spring time.

#1. Umbrella – Always be prepared with something that has a hood on it, or better yet an umbrella. It might be sunny one minute, and raining the next. The sky water turns on as it would like over the Pacific Northwest and being ready is never a bad thing.

#2. Rain boots – Keep a pair of rain boots in your car. Spring time means water showers that will cause deep puddles and clog storm drains quickly.  Protecting your nice work, date, or expensive shoes is important. Who wants to keep buying new shoes because they were ruined by the rain? Rain boots are a great solution for this problem.

#3. Local honey – Consuming local honey made by bees that are utilizing pollen from plants and flowers in the local Oregon area, create what is called "local honey."  Over time, this will help build up your immune system to the local pollen's that cause some sinus problems. Eating a spoonful of honey in the morning and at night is best advised. This is not a fast process, or cure to the Oregon allergy season. However, for some it has been a huge reducer of the nasty allergy symptoms that are so awful at times.

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#4. Antihistamine – Even if you are not one who is allergic to must. Carrying something that has antihistamine in it is a good idea. Oregon has a large amount of insects and bugs, plants, and seafood. You or someone you know may end up with some kind of allergic reaction or hive and it is important to act quickly when bringing down swelling. 

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#5. Camera – Bring your camera and have that battery charged all the way up. Oregon has so much to offer visually from wine and farm country, forests, beaches, mountains, deserts, and cities. Having your camera to capture the beauty is a must! Especially if you want to share the beauty that can be found all around the state with your followers and readers.

#6. Window rain repellent- The rain can come quick, heavy, and for a long period of time without any warning at times. When the monsoon type rain hits, having a windshield wiper going a million miles a minute just will not work. If you have ever experienced this type of excessive quick rain fall, you know what I am talking about.
Rain-X and RainBrella are my two top favorite window rain repellents. Make sure to follow close application directions for best results.

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These are just my own personal tips about how to survive the spring in Oregon. I’m a native Oregonian, and know a thing or two about allergy season here.

Leave me a comment if you have a great tip to surviving the spring.

Amanda Monique

Green Travel Girl

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hawaii Island Eco-Tourism Adventures

While Hawaii Island is a remote location, the model for sustainability has been in place and practiced for more than 1000 years here. Now with over seven million visitors annually, Hawaii Island is a destination that exemplifies eco-tourism with endless learning opportunities available for visitors. 

Family-owned and operated, Fair Wind Cruises takes lead when it comes to ocean sustainability and education. Cultural education and an awareness of sense of place are key elements of a Fair Wind Cruises adventure. Guests learn about the history of the area including the fall of Captain Cook in 1779, how native Hawaiians cared for the land, and how collectively we can reduce the impact of the reefs.

Since 1971, Fair Wind Cruises has been the best choice to snorkel and explore the South Kona coast. The family-owned business is seen as unofficial stewards to Kealakekua Bay. Snorkeling, manta ray encounters, and water excursions are Fair Wind Cruises specialties.

Fair Wind Cruises and its stakeholders commit to minimizing the impact of its activities on the environment by bridging the divide between host culture and the tourism industry. They do this by having all Fair Wind Cruises staff participate in Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association training. 

Fair Wind Cruises is Sustainable Tourism Certified and has won the following awards for its commitment to sustainable tourism: 

·  Certificate of Merit Award for Environmental Preservation 
·  State of Hawaii Governor's Kilohana Award for Outstanding Volunteerism 
·  Richard Smart Big Island Community Achievement Awards Distinguished Business Award for Environmental Protection 
·  United States Congress / Hawaii Convention and Visitors Bureau "Keep it Hawaii"  

Fair Wind Cruises uses only recycled plates and utensils for their locally-sourced BBQ's, offering Hawaii Island grown fare. Eco-tourism is creating a way for travelers and adventure takers to an entire new level. Experiencing the same luxury, adventures, and services is key when wanting live the eco-tourism lifestyle while wanderlusting the globe.

Take a look at for booking your sustainable Fair Wind Cruise adventure today and learn more about the services provided.

I have not had the pleasure of experiencing the Fair Wind Cruises first hand, but look forward to doing so in the  near future and sharing my adventures with you.

Amanda Monique
Green Travel Girl

(Not all content is my own in this story. I edited and added some content of my own. Content sent from and Oi Agency. Photo source Fair Wind Cruises website)         

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