as easy as ABC: trips to bonaire and hawaii

That's Isaac in the Keys, holding his morning glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. What a trip! Daily swimming, kayaking, snorkeling. In Miama, we encamped at the National Hotel. Heaven! Try their tree-tinis! Then, we stayed at a Singh property in Key West for two nights, the Parrot Key Resort. Then we stayed at Conch Key Cottages in the Middle Keys, a lovely place, for four nights. The first night we stayed in the Coral Room. It was too small, depressing and cave-like, so we asked for an upgrade. For two nights, we stayed at the beachfront Fighting Conch cottage. An apt name, we were at loggerheads over inanities like rules and boundaries. The third night, we stayed in one of the stilt houses, I forget its name, Conch Horse perhaps.

This trip left me obsessed with snorkeling. I literally left home a snorkeling innocent, so much so that when we pulled into Bahia Honda State Park on our way to Key West, I had no idea it was a great place to do both shore and reef snorkeling. We snorkeled twice, on the Sombrero Reef off Marathon and a little shore snorkeling at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Now I am ready for more. Fittingly, here are two sweeps, one to Bonaire and one to Hawaii, two places with excellent snorkeling.

Bonaire: To enter, click HERE. The sweeps closes July 31. This is for a trip that will take place August 15 - 22 next month. Details:
“Celebrate Our Planet Week,” will take place August 15-22, and Bonaire will be host to famed Oceanographer, Dr. Sylvia Earle, who was named Time magazine’s first “Hero for the planet” in 1998. During her stay, Dr. Earle will lead a series of themed dives and activities and will participate in several on-island events designed to highlight Bonaire’s continued leadership in Sustainable Tourism. Just fill out the form to enter your chance to win a vacation for two that includes a hotel stay at the famed Captain Don’s Habitat Bonaire including room, transfers, daily buffet breakfast, welcome drink, 6 days unlimited shore diving and complimentary airfare on Continental Airlines, our airline event sponsor this summer for “Celebrate Our Planet Week”, August 15-22, 2009.
Hawaii: To enter, click HERE. This sweeps, for a 10-day trip to Hawaii, runs through December 31, 2010 (!). The sweeps is void in Florida, New York and Rhode Island. UPDATE: This Hawaii "sweeps" is actually a promotional campaign, entering gives the sponsor the right to call you. Details HERE.