Puerto Escondido, Mexico
At the of the end of the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range that snakes through Oaxaca, Mexico, and down to the Pacific Ocean, lies the coastal resort of Puerto Escondido, 180 miles from the state capital.
The town is built around a picturesque bay dotted with gigantic rock formations. On the northwestern end, Bacocho Beach has the most variety of hotels and the atmosphere is decidedly laid-back. Playa Principal in the middle of town has a nice beach for families and several boats you can hire for fishing or sightseeing. On the southeastern end you’ll find Zicatela, a vibrant action-packed beach with a cosmopolitan atmosphere that attracts surfers and other tourists from around the world, especially Europe. Many come to conquer the resort's famous waves.
A stroll along Zicatela provides the chance to enjoy the spectacular performances of surfers skimming atop the crests of colossal waves. According to experts, Puerto Escondido is among the ten best surfing sites on the planet.
After a long day, head to Casa Babylon for mouthwatering sandwiches, mojitos and live music!
Situated on a little hill between the green of the mountain chains and the blue of the sea, Castiglioncello is a well-known and suggestive resort of the Riviera degli Etruschi, a badge of territory on the Southern Tyrrenian coast of Livorno. Its charm is due to the rocky cliffs. It offers many sheltered bays, fine shingles and creeks lapped by limpid waters. Wide and free coast spaces alternate with other modern and well equipped bathing establishments. The touristic quality of Castiglioncello has been awarded the "BLUE FLAG" by the European Union for years. The pine-wood close to the sea gives tourists the possibility of taking relaxing walks. Castiglioncello is also a location where sea-sports and tennis can be practised. Culture has its centre in the "Castello Pasquini" a castle with a splendid park where artistic, scientific and literary performances, dances and theatre shows take place. Castiglioncello is the place where the nineteenth Florentine impressionists (Macchiaioli painters) have shown their creativity making it the centre of lively artistic circles.
It is this dichotomy between affluent suburb and an old New England town that applies to Westport. It is coming to grips with the New Millennium as the town continues to modernize and yet, at the same time, to retain its charm. Westport is enjoying great economic growth and success, building and expanding schools to house the town's burgeoning student population, while at the same time working to keep its small-town milieu.