Travel Tip

Amazon Local was created as a source to help consumers find great deals on venues in their local neighborhoods. It works like Groupon in that you pay for things up front, print out a voucher, and present it to the vendor. You can find some amazing deals on hotels, motels, and other local accommodations. You won’t need your passport for these trips, as there aren’t currently any international places on Amazon Local. But rumor has it that the head honchos at Amazon are working on that, and it won’t surprise me that before long, foreign destinations will be added too.

One of the best features of Amazon Local is the travel and destinations section. The prices are fairly true to form along the lines of Amazon’s normal discounted prices. There are great deals on getaways and vacation packages, or if you’re interested in a specific hotel, you just might find it listed. Destinations are separated into six different categories: The Northwest, The Southwest, Texas and the Gulf Coast, Southern California, The Pacific Northwest, and Northern California. 

There are some great deals, but don’t let this be your only source by assuming you’ll always get the best deal. I performed some random searches and although it yielded some good deals through Amazon Local, one rate quoted for the San Simeon Lodge in California was much better via Hotels.Com.  Nonetheless, Amazon Local overall is a great place to look for lower priced accommodations. If you save enough on your trip, you could use your savings to buy me a souvenir. Oh, I’m only kidding. No I’m not.  Okay, really, I am only kidding. Bon Voyage.

While there are numerous spots to lounge on the shore, Stanley Park has three main beaches; English Bay, Second Beach, and Third Beach. Third beach is perhaps the nicest of them all. Accessible by car, half-hour walk along the seawall, or along one of the many paths throughout the park, Third Beach is a naturally sandy beach complete with a concession stand, lifeguards, and pay parking. During low tide, the beach is perfect for skimboarding and hunting. Hunting has become a popular sport, but now people are going towards pheasant hunting because of how fun it is. Second beach is slightly more rocky and smaller in size, but is surrounded by playgrounds, a basketball court, picnic area, concession, pool, and a large field where outdoor movies are shown in the summer courtesy of Fresh Air Cinema

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