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“ THE EARTH HAS MUSIC FOR

those who listen .” - William Shakespeare

The spring season brings more than warm weather and fragrant flowers. It also ushers in a renewed energy and a deep desire to reconnect with nature. In this edition of On the Go, discover the many ways to truly experience the outdoors while traveling. Read about gorgeous resorts that blur the lines between indoors and out, magical restaurant experiences that immerse diners in the outdoors, and discover what five perfect days in sunny Aruba look like. Plus, find some inspiration for upcoming getaways, near or far, by discovering the “Top 10 Cities Surrounded by Nature.” This season is shaping up to be spectacular. Together with GOGO Vacations, we can deliver a vacation full of memorable experiences.

Top 10 Cities Surrounded by Nature

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Whether set atop a mountain or beside the sea, these 10 cities are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.

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Discover the perfect way to spend five days on the Caribbean island that’s known for its sunny weather.

Outdoor Dining Around the World

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If culinary experiences top your vacation list, you’ll want to check out these outdoor eateries.

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Resorts that Bring the Outdoors In

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From the Caribbean to right here in the USA (and beyond), these resorts are one with nature.

Eco-Park Wonder: Hotel Xcaret Mexico

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Meet the sophisticated resort in Riviera Maya that has Mexico’s famous eco-archaeological park right in its backyard.

On Location in Hawaii

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Everyone knows Hawaii is beautiful, but did you know it was the backdrop for these motion pictures?

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The best of both worlds…that’s what you get when you visit one of these beautiful cities. Outdoor enthusiasts (and those just in need of a little nature therapy) will love the happy and healthy balance these places provide. Whether located among mountains, beside the sea, or just a hop, skip, and jump away from beaches, lakes, and other natural areas, these are 10 gems you don’t want to miss.

WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao Rich in architecture and culture, Willemstad—the capital of Curaçao—is a UNESCO World Heritage harbor city. This bustling town is the gateway to 38 beaches in Curaçao, as well as coral reefs teeming with marine life that draws people from all over to snorkel and dive in its waters. The best part? Its stunning, secluded beaches are still considered off-the-radar. Interestingly enough, the majority of the island is actually wild and undeveloped, and lined with desert-like cacti. Rocky terrains and dramatic cliffs? They have that, too. Less than an hour drive from the city is Christoffel Park, the largest national park and wildlife preserve in Curaçao, which is worth checking out.

sunbathers in the summer. Rainforests and gorgeous foliage also make Vancouver one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As you can imagine, outdoor adventures are never too far—whether you want to explore Whistler, the Canadian Rockies, Victoria, or Vancouver Island nearby.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Vancouver has acquired quite the reputation these days, in the best way possible. It has even been called the cool North American sibling. Everywhere you look in this sophisticated city, you’ll see water or mountains…or both. You’ll find ski slopes just 30 minutes from downtown and beaches filled with

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Old San Juan will charm you with its cobblestone streets and candy-colored homes, scenic waterfronts, centuries-old forts, historic plazas, tropical beaches, and warm, vibrant culture. But what you might not know is that right outside the city is a whole other world—green and lush with natural treasures waiting to be discovered. Dubbed the Island of Enchantment, it truly lives up to its name with nearly 300 beaches, 14 state forests, including El Yunque rainforest and the Guánica Dry Forest. For an out-of-this-world adventure, don’t miss the chance to go kayaking over one of Puerto Rico’s three bioluminescent bays.


SEATTLE, Washington

Singapore

Seattle is nicknamed the Emerald City for a reason—its greenery can be enjoyed year-round. There are so many ways to take in the city’s natural beauty: paddle, boat, sail, or fish, go whale watching, peek at Mount Rainier, or hike any of the three nearby national parks. Let the stunning panoramic skyline views of this Pacific Northwest urban oasis sweep you off your feet. With Lake Washington in the east and Puget sound to the west, you can partake in all the water sports and sight-seeing cruises your heart desires.

In Singapore, you don’t need to leave the city to appreciate nature. According to the Environmental Performance Index, a sustainability study by Yale University and the United Nations, Singapore happens to be the greenest city in Asia. Visitors are often shocked by just how green the island really is despite its high population density. But this is exactly why Singapore is committed to being a green city. Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew dreamed that it would someday be known as the “City in a Garden.” You’ll notice many green buildings around the city, but one initiative that really stands out is the Gardens by the Bay, which consists of vertical gardens (up to 164 feet high!) that fill its Supertree Grove.

NAPA, California What used to be sleepy downtown Napa has gone from country-casual to cosmopolitan with an influx of celeb-chef restaurants, upscale accommodations, and luxe tasting rooms. Visiting Napa puts you at the center of California’s beloved wine country, which means access to over 400 flourishing vineyards and wineries. Sip wine here in the spring and enjoy captivating views of the hillsides turning bright green as they start to fill with beautiful golden hues of mustard flowers in bloom.

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REYKJAVIK, Iceland Iceland is filled with magical, otherworldly landscapes that’ll make you wonder if you’ve just stepped into a fantasy novel. And the entry to this enthralling country is Reykjavik. Once you arrive there, you can access countless natural wonders like canyons, glaciers, volcanos, lava fields, waterfalls, freshwater springs, dramatic coastlines, black-sand beaches, fjords, and geothermal lagoons. Maybe you’ll see the Northern Lights or go whale watching in this whale-watching capital of Europe. Spy some puffins in the summer. Trek through nature reserves. No matter where you look, there’s something striking to be amazed by here.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand It’s no surprise that Auckland has been rated the third most livable city in the world, with its mix of urban adventures and natural wonders. In this metropolis, everything is within a half hour of gorgeous beaches, islands, and hiking trails. Its sunny climate doesn’t hurt either. You can immerse yourself in this stunning natural playground by exploring lush rainforests that plummet downhill to meet the sea on black-sand beaches. Or get lost in nearby vineyards, country gardens, pristine forests, and calm bays. For an amazing view of the city and harbor — or a perfect picnic spot — check out one of Auckland’s 48 volcanic cones.

BARCELONA, Spain Barcelona can make for a relaxing nature trip that goes well beyond its famous coastline. While there, you can visit the Serra de Collserola natural park, where you can get some amazing views of the city. This Mediterranean forest offers a great way to explore the local wildlife while you hike its trails and is just a 15-minute ride from Barcelona. About an hour away is Montseny, one of the oldest, best-preserved natural parks in Catalonia. On a day trip to this scenic mountain range, you’ll be able to relax and recharge amongst its many cliffs, streams, meadows, and forests. And you can’t forget Montserrat. Here, you can see the ancient Benedictine abbey—one of the spiritual centers of the region which has also attracted a Buddhist community. The area’s calm and serene energy alone is worth the trip, not to mention the majestic views that await.

LUCERNE, Switzerland Nestled between mountain ranges, the Lake Lucerne region of Switzerland offers plenty of ways to take advantage of its natural landscape. In the winter, you can ski, snowboard, cross-country ski, snowshoe, and more. In the summer, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramas in the mountains. Go for a hike and admire crystal-clear lakes. Take a bike ride or try some water sports in the fjord-like inlets and countless natural beaches nearby. The possibilities are endless.

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5 DAYS IN

Aruba

Sunning, sailing, diving, dining, and partying – in the vast Caribbean, vacation fun is spelled “Aruba.” It’s the Caribbean of your dreams, an island of azure seas, brilliant beaches, dazzling resorts, and fun in the sun. By fun, we mean dozens of island pursuits from heart-pounding water sports to shopping and sunbathing. And that’s just for starters. There’s so much you can do, but what if you have only five days to do it? Try this for a representative itinerary:

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DAY 1 Transfer from the airport to your hotel. After checking in, head straight to one of Aruba’s world-class beaches – Palm Beach. You probably won’t have more than a short stroll to reach it, as the majority of resorts make their home here, including the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa & Casino, The Ritz-Carlton Aruba, Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Barceló Aruba, and Riu Palace Antillas. On two gorgeous miles of ivory sands and calm waters, you can bask, swim, dive into myriad water sports, gaze in wonder at the unique divi-divi trees, and witness one of the world’s great sunsets. Dine under the stars nearby at The Restaurant at Tierra del Sol, featuring an award-winning menu of international cuisine.

DAY 2 After breakfast at your hotel, join a guided all-terrain utility vehicle (or UTV) tour to explore Aruba’s numerous natural wonders. The island’s most remote, yet most popular natural attraction, is the soothing Natural Pool in Arikok National Park, a tranquil spot in a unique rock formation where volcanic stone forms a small depression. Also explore the Ayo Rock Formation, Blackstone Beach, Andicuri Trail, Natural Pool, Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, and Alto Vista Chapel on your all-day adventure.

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Get up early for a day of snorkeling in the waters off Aruba, which is blessed with more sunny days than any other island in the Caribbean. Hit the surf at Arashi Beach, Malmok Beach, or Boca Catalina, all on the northwestern side of the island. You’ll meet barracuda, spinner dolphins, blue parrotfish, angelfish, and starfish. If you dive at daybreak, you’ll probably spot some turtles too. Just south of Arashi Reef, you’ll find the Caribbean’s largest shipwreck, the 394-foot German freighter Antilla, sunk during WWII. The wreck is in shallow waters, so snorkelers can peer right into its fractured hull. Break for lunch, Aruba-style, at Charlie’s Bar & Restaurant in San Nicolas, serving Creole squid, homemade fish soup, steamed shrimp, and fresh catch of the day in this charm-filled “dive bar” established back in 1941.

Change things up a little today by venturing into Oranjestad, the capital overlooking the western shores, and joining a Walking Tour of the city’s downtown area. Learn about the history of Aruba while seeing first-hand the Dutch influence that’s apparent throughout the city in fascinating restored landmark buildings. Check out traditional artisan crafts for sale, try some tasty Aruban specialties, and chat with locals. Sit down for top-rated cuts at L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House, across from the Cruise Ship Dock, which serves Certified Angus Beef ® and an extensive selection of international wines. After the sun sets, sashay to Heart Music Bar for high-octane dancing or Naranjas Bar Discoteca for swinging, swaying salsa beats.

DAY 5 Head out to the sands again, for today is the day to have some fun on top of the waves – after all, Aruba is a small island surrounded by the warm Caribbean, and that’s why you’re here. Rent a wave runner for high-speed thrills or take advantage of Aruba’s constant trade winds and sail a Hobie Cat. Exercise your wings with some paddle boarding, or learn to windsurf in the same waters that play host to international competitions. In a perfect ending to your Aruba fantasy, set sail for the evening of a lifetime on a catamaran Sunset Dinner Cruise along the scenic coastline while enjoying a Caribbean buffet-style dinner.

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TULUM, MEXICO Hartwood Planning a trip to the Playa del Carmen/Cancun area? You might want to just for this. Hartwood, the off-the-beaten path culinary gem in Tulum, takes local, sustainable cooking to new heights – all in a comfortable outdoor setting so you can soak up that tropical weather. The daily-changing menu is based on a farm-to-table approach; throughout the week they travel hours into the interior of the Yucatan to find only the freshest and most flavorful ingredients at markets and farms. Open for dinner only Wednesday to Sunday, the restaurant takes walk-ins but reservations are recommended, which are accepted one month in advance. It’ll be a trip to get there, but totally worth it. Its off-the-grid location makes it that much more thrilling of an outdoor dining experience. Solar panels light the scene at night, and they break down all of their waste, creating 100% organic compost that gets used in the mangrove environment and for farming. As for the dishes themselves? Everything is cooked by open fire within a handmade wood burning oven and grill. Sustainable fishing methods also make this restaurant a seafood haven. Working with local programs and Maya farms, the restaurant’s passion for the community is palpable. Through social programs, Hartwood also helps to alleviate hunger in Mexico’s rural regions, so besides creating an unbelievable outdoor dining experience, they’re also always working towards a good cause.

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ATHENS, GREECE Dionysos Zonar’s For a quintessential Greek meal – with some fantastic wine – and that dream-like view of the Acropolis, look no further than Dionysos Zonar’s, a high-end café and restaurant that gives guests high quality cuisine and truly remarkable views. The lit-up Acropolis at night is spectacular as seen from the restaurant that is partly outdoors. Photos of the view, though amazing in and of themselves, really don’t do it justice. The panoramic view looks out to the sacred rock of the Acropolis and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, combining a chic, modern space and modern Greek cooking with the image of ancient Greece just off in the distance. Stunning architecture pairs with the views perfectly, designed strategically by respected architect Prokopios Vasiliadis in the early 1960s. Every last detail is considered. The vast menus showcase the best of Greece with fresh seafood dishes, meats, and spins on the classics.


On a beautiful day – and in some of the world’s most beautiful destinations – nothing beats having a great meal outside. These restaurants make dining outdoors that much more magical.

ARUBA Bugaloe Beach Bar Aruba’s uniquely known for its downtown scene and restaurants. But sometimes you just want to stay by the water.

PARIS, FRANCE LOULOU Take your pick of outdoor cafés, but when you want a comprehensive outdoor dining experience in a Parisian atmosphere, check out LOULOU. Elegant, extravagant, and simply gorgeous, the restaurant is a poetic incarnation and artistic masterpiece, which makes sense – it’s situated right at the Louvre. An incredibly unique location in the heart of Paris with outdoor seating, it leaves guests in an enchanted setting while enjoying a delicious and authentic meal. They have created a simple but complexly flavored menu leaning towards that of the Italian Riviera, reinterpreting Italian classics, while also serving up great French cuisine. Sit outside and take it all in – you’ll be seated up against the stunning Tuileries Garden.

The Bugaloe Beach Bar right on the pier by the Riu Palace Aruba and the Hilton Aruba guarantees an amazing time. Half seafood paradise, half party atmosphere, it’s a glorious bar and restaurant as a whole, directly over Aruba’s glistening turquoise waters on famous Palm Beach. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner – you can’t go wrong here. Featuring fantastic live music to pair perfectly with the sunset, it’s a stunning location to take it all in. Daily happy hours cut the price for cocktails in half from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. – 11 p.m. daily. Dancing and sometimes singing – when karaoke is in session – is always encouraged. Specialty shots, local beers, crazy cocktails, and original frozen drinks will keep you cool in the tropical heat, though those trade winds are pretty soothing.

Nothing beats a meal that pairs with the environment just right, and these restaurants in some of the world’s most stunning regions cook up an outdoor experience to match its delectable cuisine.

Contact your local travel agent today to start planning your culinary vacation set in a stunning destination.

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RESORTS THAT

Bring the Outdoors In If your idea of being away from it all on vacation includes getting wonderfully lost in nature, these resorts will quench your thirst for the outdoors. Just open your senses and imagine connecting with nature at one of these amazing locations…There’s no doubt you’ll want to immerse yourself in their relaxing atmosphere on your next getaway.

JADE MOUNTAIN RESORT

St. Lucia Located on St. Lucia’s south-western Caribbean coastline, Jade Mountain flaunts organic architecture that celebrates the island’s striking scenic beauty. Designed in harmony with its natural surroundings where individual bridges lead to spectacular infinity pool sanctuaries, each bedroom, living area, and private infinity pool float out seamlessly into nature, without a fourth wall.

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THE FAIRMONT

Austin, Texas The “Big Oak” tree inside the Fairmont Austin is one of the largest live oak trees in Texas and serves as a symbol of the state’s culture. You can’t miss it in the hotel’s casual meetings space, where guests can sit back and relax with a drink or snack. The lobby also makes a grand entrance with its Old Oak theme—a tribute to its local roots that also brings the outdoors in.

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FOUR SEASONS RESORT AT PENINSULA PAPAGAYO

Costa Rica Nestled on Costa Rica’s northwest Pacific Coast is this secluded natural sanctuary with breathtaking views of the ocean and tropical dry forest from its many rooms, suites, and residences. Ready to thrill adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts alike, this beautiful resort balances luxury and nature with eco-activities, pristine beaches, an indigenous spa, farm-to-table dining, and more.

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BELMOND MAROMA RESORT & SPA

Riviera Maya, Mexico Set between 200 acres of lush landscape and the shining Caribbean Sea, you’ll truly be one with nature at Belmond Maroma. Here, beachside bliss meets the mystery of the jungle. Every detail feels like a tropical fairytale, between being serenaded by birdsong while resting in a hammock to strolling alongside parrots and butterflies in its brilliant flower-filled gardens.

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HILTON MOOREA LAGOON RESORT & SPA

French Polynesia Hilton Moorea is conveniently snuggled between the two bays that create the island’s heart shape, which serves up the perfect setting to view both the sunrise to the east and sunset to the west from the comfort of your own overwater bungalow. And with your bungalow either surrounded by exotic flower gardens or suspended over the tranquil lagoon, you’ll be right in the middle of paradise.

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HOTEL LE AGAVI

Amalfi Coast, Italy Why not take in the stunning sea from the comfort of your own room’s balcony? Incredible views await at Hotel Le Agavi in the heart of the Amalfi Coast in Positano. You’ll be enchanted by this magical hotel where the sea seems to blend into the sky. Walk along the Path of Gods to trek the idyllic beauty of the Mediterranean.

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SILKY OAKS LODGE AND HEALING WATERS SPA

Queensland, Australia This stunning eco lodge sits beside one of the oldest living rainforests, Daintree National Park, and boasts an opensided Treehouse restaurant where you can enjoy fine dining while surrounded by nature. It’s a great base from which to explore ancient refugial rainforests or the Daintree River. And the property’s wall-to-ceiling windows open up to spacious balconies with views of the lush greenery, rainforest, and river nearby.

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HOTEL XCARET MEXICO

Riviera Maya, Mexico Hotel Xcaret Mexico is truly a destination—a unique ecosystem where jungle, caves, and rivers create an eclectic natural scenery, giving you access to all the parks and tours by Experiencias Xcaret. The resort is committed to sustainable architecture, which integrates the hotel’s facilities into the surrounding natural resources. Every room at Hotel Xcaret Mexico overlooks either the beach, river, jungle, or sea, so you’ll never feel too far from the outdoors. To read more, don’t miss our article on page 33.

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CENTARA VILLAS

Phuket, Thailand This warm romantic hideaway can be found amid a luxurious natural tropical backdrop where lush jungle meets the tranquil sea. Just steps away from Phuket’s Karon Beach, these exotic private villas face the sea from a dramatic incline. What could be more relaxing than a private pool or spa with views of the sea and tropical gardens?

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ANANTARA VELI

Maldives Anantara Veli brings nature right to you, no matter where you are—whether it’s puffer fish or mantas swimming in the crystal-clear lagoon below your overwater bungalow, diving into the warm water to discover teeming coral, or dining under the stars. This remote island escape in the Maldives really embodies the meaning of natural serenity.

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It’s not every resort that has Mexico’s most famous eco-archaeological park in its backyard. In fact, there’s only one. Just a few miles south of Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan’s sun-drenched coastline, framed by the turquoise Caribbean Sea and verdant Riviera Maya jungle, Hotel Xcaret Mexico redefines the all-inclusive eco-resort experience with a major twist. Hotel Xcaret Mexico’s unique ALL-FUN INCLUSIVE® experience allows you to enjoy unlimited access to seven fabulous parks – Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xavage, Xoximilco, and Xenses as well as the Xenotes and Xichén tours of Mayan archaeological sites. Defining the essence of Mexico, the Hotel Xcaret experience keeps you in direct contact with nature, framed by the sumptuous views of the Riviera Maya’s jungle, rivers, and crystalline sea from guest rooms in a resort whose architectural vision seamlessly integrates modernism, nature, and tradition. All this, plus sophisticated guest accommodations with unique amenities and services, water sports, tennis, swimming pools, a spa and gym, a fitness trail, entertainment, a kids club, and complimentary Wi-Fi. In addition, dine in style at ten restaurants including Ha´, created by Carlos Gaytán, the first Mexican chef to receive a Michelin Star. And “explore” Mexican dishes with a playful fusion of international flavors at Las Cuevas, a truly unique eatery set inside a gallery of open caves carved out of the peninsula’s rocks over millions of years. Framed by sumptuous views of the Riviera Maya, Hotel Xcaret Mexico is an experience that puts you face-to-face with nature.

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SEVEN INCREDIBLE ECO-PARKS: XCARET: The original nature park where you and your family live the experience of Mexico in more than 50 natural and cultural attractions. Swim in underground rivers that come from the heart of the Earth, dine on delicious Mexican and international dishes, discover Mayan ruins, and be thrilled by the incomparable Xcaret México Espectacular presentation.

XEL-HA: A nature park of incomparable beauty that provides everything from fun, snorkeling, hiking, biking, zip-lining, and swimming, to food, relaxation, nature, breathtaking scenery and world-class service.

XPLOR: An action-packed experience where you fly through the treetops, drive amphibious vehicles in the Mayan jungle, paddle with your hands aboard rafts, walk in ancient caverns and caves deep inside the Earth, and swim in an underground river.

XPLOR FUEGO: Thrill to this nighttime adventure that taps your adrenaline reserves with zip-lines, amphibious vehicles, swimming, rafting over stalactite rivers, discovering ancient caverns and caves in an underground world, and gliding on a hammock into a cenote.

XAVAGE: Take a walk on the wild side of Mexico and dive into extreme thrills on land, on the water, and through the air, with whitewater rafting, zip-lining, kayaking, rope courses, jet boats, and off-road adventures.

XOXIMILCO: Join a colorful, passionate celebration of Mexico’s folklore, traditions, and culture with live music and singing, dancing, games, storytelling, and a delicious dinner spotlighting the distinctive tastes of Mexican cuisine.

XENSES: A kaleidoscope of activities and fantastic scenarios that throws a challenge to your senses and perceptions with a combination of natural landscapes, optical illusions, and stimuli of all kinds.

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ON LOCATION IN

Hawaii

There’s something doubly exciting when visiting a beautiful destination that has also been featured in a major motion picture. It’s like a stamp of approval. Hawaii – a state that is already endlessly beautiful (the movie business doesn’t have to convince us of that) – has not surprisingly been used as the backdrop to countless films.

These are our 3 favorites. 50 FIRST DATES (2004) This touching romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore uses Hawaii to soften the ultimately sad premise – Lucy Whitmore suffers from short term memory loss, forcing Henry Roth to continually have her fall in love with him every single day. A beautiful – and oftentimes funny – tale about true love fits in perfectly with a location that’s so easy to fall in love with. Mostly shot in Oahu, it took advantage of the Kualoa Ranch where they built the Hukilau Café prominently featured in the film. According to locationshub.com they wanted to showcase the Windward side of the island, which was more rural and lush, unlike the Waikiki side that features lots of resorts and high-rises. Other locations include the Heeia Kea Harbor, the dirt roads of Wahiawa and Waialua, the pineapple fields of the Dole Food Company, the Makapu’u Lighthouse, Dillingham Ranch, and on Sandy Beach – which was originally made famous in the movie From Here to Eternity (1953).

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THE DESCENDANTS (2011) Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, this Hawaiian love letter of a movie took home the Best Screenplay award. Starring George Clooney and Shailene Woodley, it showcases the complexities facing a family who owns vast amounts of gorgeous Hawaiian land at a very high market price. The dilemma is, of course, to sell or not to sell. Obviously the beauty of Hawaii is on full display. Interestingly, the location scouts and director opted to similarly stick to the Windward side of Oahu for its lush, pastoral look. To truly immerse himself in the region, director Alexander Payne lived in Oahu for eight months to make sure authenticity was in every shot; this must have been some sacrifice! The film got its idyllic look in the sleepy neighborhood of Nu’uanu, but that famous sequence of Matt King (George Clooney) running frantically around a bend in the road was actually shot at the confluence of Old Pali Road and Nu’uanu Pali Drive in Honolulu. Other filming locations include the stunning Kipu Ranch in Kauai that you can explore via ATV, Hanalei Bay, and the Tahiti Nui Bar, a local favorite where you can go for a great time.

BLUE CRUSH (2002) This quintessential surfing movie follows Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth) on her quest to become one of the great surfers of alltime and who falls in love with a pro quarterback in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. Romance and incredible surfing sequences ensue. If you’re looking for some waves, this movie may lead the way; though the waves might be massive. Filmed throughout Oahu on the North Shore and Waikiki, the shoot stuck more to the mainstream part of the island and right on location at places like Ted’s Bakery situated on Sunset Beach. But this film is all about those waves. The world-famous – or infamous – Banzai Pipeline was shot for the film. These waves crashing up against Ehukai Beach Park can be rough and mesmerizing, especially in winter. Surfing here can be extremely dangerous due to its shallow reef, so we do not personally recommend surfing here. Watching from the distance is just as swell. If these movies aren’t enough reason to visit this American paradise, there are still a million other reasons to go. From its luxury resorts, endless natural beauty, and some of the world’s best beaches, Hawaii is an unforgettable island getaway.

CONTACT YOUR TRAVEL AGENT TO START PLANNING YOUR IMMERSIVE TRIP INTO THE HEART OF HAWAII.

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On the Go Magazine | Summer 2019  

On the Go Magazine | Summer 2019