Marieta Islands National Park Mexico

Marieta Islands National Park Mexico  |  Riviera Nayarit, Mexico  |  Today I spent my full morning exploring the area of Bahia Banderas, and Marieta Islands National Park in the state of Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, waters of the Pacific Ocean. A group of small uninhabited islands a few miles off the coast with two main volcanic formations dating from 60K years ago, each called Redonda (Rounded) and Larga (Long). The photo above is an aereal photo (not taken by me) of the hidden beach located on the rounded main island. The access is only through a very narrow tunnel, since nobody is allow on the island anymore these days. Just SPECTACULAR. The beach was under a formation of volcanic rock which served as a sort of a roof, which collapsed long time ago, leaving this unusual beach out to be admired by all of us. Boats stop at the main entrance of the tunnel and you have to snorkel and swim your way into it.  Continue reading Marieta Islands National Park Mexico

Private dinner at The Rock Punta Mita

Private dinner at The Rock Punta Mita  |  Punta Mita, Mexico  |  This morning I arrived to Punta Mita at Riviera Nayarit in Mexico, hosted by the Four Seasons Punta Mita. Tonight was my first dinner and they fully went out of their way to impress me with a private dinner at The Rock. The Rock is a bespoke by request restaurant that only pops up at the hotel for very VIP or special occasions.
Accompanied by Jason Santamaria – Sales Manager at FS Punta Mita, we enjoyed a very well though menu of 4 steps including all local fresh produce like lobster, Shrimp, Calamari and the fish of the day Mahi-Mahi all specially prepared and presented by the Chef of the Resort, along with some bottles of Dom Perignon Champagne, while enjoying the views of a stunning sunset over Mansanillo Beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
 A romantic dinner, a celebration for a small private group, or maybe why not just to be enjoyed on your own, overlooking the sunset and later the moon reflecting over the water and the stars shining along the heat of your fire.  What an special unique haute experience. This happens on top of The Rock, overlooking Mansanillo Beach.
I would definitely walk down the aisle and say ” YES I DO ” surrounded by this breathtaking setting, wouldn’t you ? Sunrise or Sunset, Gay or Straight… And after a lovely ceremony on The Rock, a local dinner at Las Cuevas Beach, see below…
Indeed a gourmet experience it took me by surprise and I was not expected. I mean, you get amazing hotels with lovely views like this all over the world, but the execution to detail and professionalism, I hope you can see and read through my photos, it is what only companies like Four Seasons Worldwide can make happen. MUST Try. !!! Now time to relax at the fire contemplating the moon and listening to the rumbling of the Pacific Ocean, sipping through my late harvest sweet white wine. Excited about my day tomorrow, stay tuned. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge |  San Francisco, California |  Consider to be one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, the Golden Gate is a joy for the eye, with its tremendous towers, sweeping main cables and great span, it is a sensory beauty featuring color, sound, and light. If you happen to visit San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge should be a on the TOP MUST See and Do. Enjoy the fantastic panoramic views of the bridge, and once on it walk along the Pedestrian/Bike path with far views of the Alcatraz Island, the City of San Francisco and the reefs of Marin County.
The Bridge can be a very busy place, particularly during the summer months. It is estimated that about nine million people from around the world visit the Bridge each year (1989 survey by San Francisco Convention and Visitor Bureau), and last week I was one of them.
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean. As part of both U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1, it connects the city of San Francisco on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County. The Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed in 1937, and has become one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and of the United States.The Bridge will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary soon in May 27, 2012. Planning will beginning soon for this major milestone. Still has the second longest suspension bridge main span in the United States, after the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City. It has been declared one of the modern Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Construction statistics of the Golden Gate Bridge are presented on a cross section of one of the Bridge’s main cables displayed to the left, and a little behind, the Strauss Statue, the man who built the bridge. The main cable section demonstrates the magnitude of this incredible engineering feat.  The Strauss Statue is located on the southeast side of the Bridge.  The statue of the original Chief Engineer stands as a constant reminder of his vision and determination to build this modern wonder.  The Roundhouse Gift Center located behind the Strauss Statue offers a wealth of books and videos about the history of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Golden Gate Strait is the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. The strait is approximately three-miles long by one-mile wide with currents ranging from 4.5 to 7.5 knots. It is generally accepted that the Strait was named “Chrysopylae” or Golden Gate by John C. Frémont, Captain, Topographical Engineers of the U.S. Army circa 1846. It reminded him of the harbor Byzantium in Istanbul named Chrysoceras or Golden Horn.
Views of the city of San Franciso, San Franciso Bay and Alcatraz Island. Coming on the left side of the bridge you may see the reefs of Marin County. Also my suggestion for best picture moments go to Marin Headlands on the opposite side of San Francisco. From there you will get the best views of the bridge, the bay and the city. And who knows, maybe you are lucky enough to get one of the breathtaking fog moments. If you wish to cross the bridge walking, it will take you approximately 50 minutes each way.
Despite its red appearance, the color of the bridge is officially an orange vermillion called international orange. The color was selected by consulting architect Irving Morrow because it complements the natural surroundings and enhances the bridge’s visibility in fog. Aesthetics was the foremost reason why the first design of Joseph Strauss was rejected. Upon re-submission of his bridge construction plan, he added details, such as lighting, to outline the bridge’s cables and towers. The final graceful suspension design was conceived and championed by New York’s Manhattan Bridge designer Leon Moisseiff.
Access to the Golden Gate Bridge is FREE and open 24hs. The Golden Gate Bridge maybe viewed from several vista points, each with parking areas and restrooms, located on both the northeast and southeast sides. The parking areas include spaces for persons with disabilities. If you are walking there is public transportation from San Francisco to/from Golden Gate Bridge: Golden Gate Traffic and San Francisco MUNI.
Check my  full photo album of Golden Gate Bridge at Carlos Melia on Flickr. Enjoy. CM

(*) Source of information Golden Gate Bridge organization and Wikipedia.