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Pet Etiquette And Tips When Staying At Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals

pet vacation photoMore families are choosing to vacation with their pets in pet friendly vacation rentals. Vacation rentals offer all the comforts of home and are a destination in and of themselves. They range from secluded mountain homes to tropical beach houses, from quaint, little bungalows to 4,000 square foot log cabins!

However, one thing they all have in common is that the vacation home owners have opened up their homes to you and your pet so it is important to follow their specific pet “house rules.” In addition to the house rules, there are some additional tips to ensure that you and your pet are welcome to come back!

– Do not allow pets on furniture and beds. On the rare occasion that the vacation rental does allow pets on furniture, be sure to cover any furniture your pet will be allowed on.

– Avoid leaving your pet alone for a prolonged period of time. Even the best-behaved pets can bark and become destructive when in a new environment. For short outings, it may help to put the TV or radio on to keep your pet comfortable. If your pet is crate trained, bring their crate along to let them in while you’re out.

– If your plans require you to be out for a longer period of time, inquire about local pet sitters or pet day care.

– Always keep your pet on a leash unless laws permit otherwise.

– Always clean up after your pet after bathroom runs.

– Place litter boxes in the bathroom to make clean up easier.

– Do not allow your wet and dirty pet in the home. If out hiking or swimming, be sure to rinse your pet off and dry them prior to letting them inside. Wet dogs don’t smell so good!

– Bring old towels to clean and dry your pet off with.

– Be sure that your pet is flea and tick free. Treat your pet with flea and tick prevention prior to arrival.

– Clean start. It’s a good idea to make sure that fido and fluffy are clean and fresh before they start sprawling on the vacation rental carpets.

– Make your pet feel at home by bringing their bed and favorite toys.

– Take “ruff-housing” outside.

Vacation rentals are wonderful options for vacationing with the family, including fido and fluffy. Following these simple guidelines will help to ensure a happy and safe stay with your pet…and also ensure that you and your four-legged family member are welcomed back!

Do Your Hotel Reservations Online?

There is absolutely no dearth of information on how to make a hotel reservation today. In spite of this, why is it that we do sometimes get into a fix trying to make a reservation in a hotel. If there is one thing that we tend to do is, waiting till the last moment to make a reservation. There will be people who tell you that if they were aware of the fact that they had to reach a particular place, they would have made the reservation early enough. This is not always possible and that is why we end up reaching the doors of a hotel, only to find that a room is not available, because prior reservation was not done.

There are a few points that need to be kept in mind if you want a proper and confirmed reservation to be made every time you need to travel and stay in a hotel. Some of them are:

  • Try to plan your trip as much in advance as possible.
  • Give yourself a few options when it comes to dates, this way you might be able to find more than one option when you are looking for suitable accommodation.
  • If you are too busy to check things for yourself, you could get one of your staff to it. This would be possible if you were in a position of authority. If on the other hand, this was not possible, it would be good for you to take some time off and check for yourself, the details about the hotel that you intend to reserve a room in.
  • If you are not familiar with the place that you are going to, you need to find out where exactly the hotel is located. In fact, it would be better if you knew how far the hotel is from the airport or station.
  • It would help if you got to know what other special facilities, the hotel has on offer. For instance, if the hotel has a gym, or a pool table, you know that after you have finished your days work, you can unwind and really relax. This could be a good way to relax, even while you work.

Whatever be the parameters that we try to set, we always to tend to think or rather take a hotel for granted. This is probably the chief reason why we are not able to plan our reservations as they should be planned.

If you are not a business person, and you wanted to stay in a hotel, while on holiday, then you need to look at making reservations from a totally different angle. Here the emphasis would be on comfort and extras a hotel where you could do more than just stay. For instance, if you were traveling to Thailand, on a holiday, you would want to do much more than just sit in your room. Planning and making necessary reservations become even more important when you are on holiday.

Best Beaches In Cape Town

cape town beach photoThe Western Cape has developed quite a reputation for having some of the world’s best beaches. Cape Town has an incredible range of diverse settings, marine life and beautifully maintained beaches make this stretch of coast a favourite amongst local and international tourists alike for beach adventure holidays.

The cold Atlantic Ocean meets with the warm Indian Ocean along the Whale Coastline (named as such due to the Southern Right Whales which migrate to these waters during spring to mate and calve) which creates a rare marine ecosystem. A diverse population of marine animals makes the Cape Coast famous for the mixture of creatures associated with cold and warm seas. Penguins, Great White Sharks, Southern Right Whales, Cape Fur Seals and other creatures make these waters their home.

Different beaches are favoured and frequented for different reasons. Some beaches provide a long stretch of soft sand, perfect for long walks along the shore; others are situated amongst amazing scenery such as panoramic mountains and jagged coves. For the young and trendy there are beaches with a vibrant social setting whilst others are in remote locations, far from the hectic life found in the cities.

Best Beach for Whale Watching
The town of Pearly Beach in the Walker Bay area has a beach of the same name. The start of the beach begins with rock pools in which fishermen catch various fish and crustaceans. Yet after the rock pools the beach is transformed into a long stretch of silver sand which is a perfect spot for long walks.

Long walks along Pearly Beach are complimented by possibly the best land-based whale watching spots. During spring, the Southern Right Whales are visible from the beach, performing various acrobatic and playful acts such as lob-tailing, tail slapping and sailing’ which involves them raising their tail to allow the wind to transport them. These playful behaviours are easily observable from the beach and are the perfect addition to make a long beach walk a truly magnificent one.

Dyer Island is very close to Pearly Beach and is a prime area to experience Great White Sharks, Cape Fur Seals and African Penguins, whether on a chartered boat cruise or shark cage diving. This exciting sport involves observing great white sharks in their natural habitat from inside the safety of a cage attached to the charter boat. Pearly Beach is also a short distance from De Kelders, a magnificent set of caves on the sea shore.

Best Family Beach
cape town beach photoHermanus has a variety of beaches, but Grotto Beach is one with a difference: It is the largest beach in Hermanus and stretches for kilometres. This makes Grotto Beach a perfect spot for families to find a spacious location to relax on the sand. There are braai (BBQ) facilities, lots of parking, as well as a play park and ample beach for the whole family, including dogs, to have fun.

The beach is extremely well maintained and has won numerous awards for its cleanliness and facilities. Parents can relax without worrying about their children treading on glass or other foreign objects which could cause harm. The beach is a blue flag’ beach, meaning that it is well-serviced and maintained to a high standard.

Grotto Beach is situated in Hermanus which is a perfect place for a family to enjoy some recreational fun. Fresh seafood, incredible whale watching opportunities, craft markets, hikes and many other interesting family activities are available in Hermanus and in the vicinity of Grotto Beach.

Best Beach for an Unusual Setting
Boulders Beach is a small secluded beach amongst a cove of magnificent rocks and boulders in Simon’s Town and is part of the Table Mountain National Park. The beach is populated by a large colony of African Penguins, who are monitored and protected by the park after becoming endangered.

The path leading down to the beach runs through bush and foliage amidst which the penguins lay eggs. The small black and white birds are generally relaxed and calm despite the presence of humans, and it is against the rules of the beach to touch them or disturb their nests. Often when people try and touch them they can deliver a nasty bite, so it is advisable to stick to the rules.

The water in Boulders Beach is clear and the beach is pristine and kept extremely clean due to it being part of a national park. There is a small fee to obtain access to the beach but this is worth every cent as one gets to sit on a beach which has nature at its best as a surrounding.

Best Beach for the Young and Stylish
Camps Bay Beach and Clifton First, Second, Third and Fourth Beaches are a highly popular spot for the young and trendy as well as the rich and famous in Cape Town. Many film and magazine shoots are produced on the white beaches which feature palm trees, sun loungers and volleyball courts alongside the bright blue waters.

Camps Bay is a suburb of Cape Town and has many upmarket clubs and restaurants on the ‘strip’ which runs past the beach.

The beach is generally busy with visitors and locals. The water is extremely cold though, due to Camps Bay being on the Atlantic side of the Cape Peninsula, yet many people do swim. The area also offers boutique shopping and the basic shopping necessities such as a chemist, supermarket and banks. Camps Bay and Clifton Beaches are close to the centre of Cape Town and easy to reach from the CBD and Southern Suburbs.

These beaches are truly some of the best beaches in Cape Town and are highly regarded around the world. Beach adventure holidays are a fun and exhilarating way to spend time as a family and enjoy all that nature has to offer.