Mexico: Bienvenido Sayulita – Welcome to Sayulita

Mexico: Bienvenido Sayulita - Welcome to Sayulita

If you have ever spent time in a small coastal surf town then you know just how relaxing and rewarding the experience can be. Some of my most fond travel memories come from finding unique hidden gems full of like minded individuals looking for zen. Sayulita in the state of Nayarit, Mexico struck a chord with me because of the relaxed vibe and the colourful little buildings serving up freshly made burritos and tacos accompanied by an ice cold Cerveza. Yes please!

Something else that is appealing about Sayulita is that it is not very hard to find but has managed to retain it’s authentic Mexican feel without becoming too touristy. It is hailed as an “off the beaten path” travel destination and is a mecca for surfers of all ages. I have spent a lot of time in Mexico in various areas but this particular town really stood out to me because of it’s proximity to a large tourist destination, Puerto Vallarta, and the fact that it still offers up a cultural experience.

Don’t get me wrong, there are no shortage of foreigners here looking for the same thing that you are but the general feel of the town and it’s visitors is one of detached relaxation. As I had mentioned getting there is fairly simple, you will need to fly into the Puerto Vallarta international airport which is about 25 miles North of Sayulita. Your best bet is to rent a car and drive down as then you will have access to a vehicle to further explore the surrounding areas. As I like to say, you never know what you can find until you start to look. There is also taxi service and a regular bus that runs from the Puerto Vallarta airport directly into the the town that costs approximately 25 pesos so if you are feeling reluctant to drive in a foreign country there are certainly other options.

Mexico: Bienvenido Sayulita - Welcome to Sayulita

One of the most popular options for accommodation in Sayulita is rental properties or condos. You can rent one bedroom right up to five or six bedroom properties directly from the owner by doing a little bit of online research prior to your trip. Most properties are beach front and also allow access to a private pool so you will have no shortage of options to cool down after spending the day enjoying the heat of Mexico.

Having a kitchen at your disposal will also permit you to take advantage of the small markets and vendors dotting the vibrant streets selling fresh local ingredients for you to sink your teeth into. Having an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, Sayulita also offers up a delectable feast for both your palate and for your inner party animal. If your preference is a full service hotel, where your most difficult decision is what to order from the room service menu then not to fear, this small coastal town has a bit of everything from budget accommodation to luxury beachfront cabanas.

Activities are plentiful in this area and aside from the obvious choice of trying your hand at surfing, you can also find world class diving, fishing and snorkeling. For the more active traveller there are numerous golf and tennis courses and breathtaking hiking trails that wind along the coastline giving you a birds eye view of the sparkling Pacific Ocean. When you are ready to unwind you can wander along the streets visiting the local shops and art galleries or make a reservation at one of the nearby spa facilities.

Mexico: Bienvenido Sayulita - Welcome to Sayulita

Mexico has long been one of my most favourite culinary destinations and Sayulita did not disappoint. The dining experiences and restaurants are almost limitless. If you count taco/tortilla stands and small “hole-in-the-wall” cafes, Sayulita offers over 100 locations to grab a bite to eat. Award-winning fine dining restaurants will tempt you with their lavish menus while taco stands will easily fill you up for only a few pesos.

As I has mentioned before, I have had the pleasure of spending a significant amount of time throughout Mexico and it always pains me when I hear people discredit the country due to news reports and misguided safety concerns. Recent news reports regarding violence in Mexican border towns should not confuse vacation-goers about the easy-going peaceful founding families of Sayulita and other rural areas. Mexico is a massive country and there are certainly some cities that are safer then others but at no point during any of my time spent there did I feel unsafe or threatened and contrary to popular belief, some of the friendliest people I have met during my journeys have been in this particular country.

Use common sense when travelling to any foreign country and ask the experts. If you have never travelled to Mexico but know someone who has, ask them for their thoughts and advice. Try and find someone who has spent some time outside of the resorts as sitting at the pool bar with boatloads of other tourists does not classify as an authentic Mexican experience. Like I said finding Sayulita is the easy part, wanting to leave is another story.

A Perfect Day in Roatán Island, Honduras

A Perfect Day in Roatán Island, Honduras

When you’re itching for the waves the only lotion is the ocean. Summer beacons for sandy white beaches and a warm sun. Arguably there are many famous beach destinations where one can work on their summer glow this season. As summer is closing to an end there is one top destination that you can’t let go out of reach just yet. Grab your carry on and enjoy a long weekend getaway on the beautiful island of Roatán, Honduras.

Roatán, is located between the islands of Útila and Guanaja, is the largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands. Roatán is known worldwide as a top scuba diving and cruise ship destination. The reef surrounding the island attracts beautiful tropical fish and thousands of tourists each year. People here can enjoy Roatáns relaxed lifestyle, beautiful sea, mild climate, and friendly people.

Two of the more popular areas on the island of Roatán are West End and West Bay. West End caters to a younger crowd, with parties almost every night. Hostels and local eateries will be found here. West Bay is the ritzier area with all-inclusive resort and cruise ships that arrive to the island almost daily. West Bay is the location for snorkeling and scuba diving heaven.

If you have a few days to spend here there are many activities of things to do, see and eat. Here are a few recommendations you can do with 3 days on the island:

A Perfect Day in Roatán Island, Honduras

Eating

Breakfast: Cafe Escondido (West End)

Highly recommended: Tank Filler breakfast( eggs, bacon, toast, avocado, and juice/coffee). They also have some amazing smoothies (the Nutty Monkey & Chocolate banana milkshake) and cinnamon rolls. Most tourists will go there to eat every day as its prices are affordable and the food is really worth it.

You can get some tasty lunch after snorkeling, like black beans and maduro (plantains) for less than $6 USD.

Dinner: The Lighthouse & C-Level Pizza & Rotisserie Chicken (West End)

The Lighthouse is one of the more pricey restaurants on West End. Dishes range from $20-45 USD but it is by far one of the best restaurants on the island. Highly recommended is the Coconut Chicken or the Thai Seafood bowl.

Order a large 16 in. pizza at C-Level as you can easily share this with two people. Be weary of adding Jalapeños to your pizza, they are very spicy!

There is no real name for this Rotisserie Chicken stand other than, ‘the chicken place’. It’s the only Rotisserie Chicken food stand on the main road in West End. They have some amazing creole style chicken. The locals tend to order the ½ pound chicken alone with potatoes, black beans, and some fresh sweet bread.

Desert: Sweet Cakes Shop & Ice Cream at the Laundry Mat (West End)

Highly recommended: Tres Leches cake at the Sweet Cakes Shop ($4 USD).

Arguably one of the best ice creams you can have is at a laundry mat on the main road in West End. Hang out on their patio or their swings and hammocks overlooking the Caribbean while getting your laundry done.

Activities

Snorkeling at West Bay

On the main road in West End, walk to the Maritime conservatory and rent some snorkeling gear for $5 USD. Then take a water taxi in front of West End Divers to West Bay for about $3 USD. Walk to the coral wall in front of the Grand Roatán hotel. Absolutely the most beautiful and affordable day you can spend snorkeling here!

Swim Up Bar (West Bay)

In West Bay there is a swim-up bar in the middle of the ocean. Swim there and you get a free complimentary shot. Oh, and you have to jump off the 4-meter high deck.

Karaoke at Blue Marlin Restaurant (West End)

On Thurs., Karaoke at the Blue Marlin is the place to be! Sing and dance the night away here. It’s an open area, so you get the breeze from the sea to help with the hot humid island weather.

Jack’s Cigar & Bar Shop (West Bay)

If you want more of a slower night and want to beat the karaoke crowd, you can always head over to Jack’s. The bartender makes some pretty delicious daiquiris. They also have a TV where you can catch you favorite sport matches from back home.

Barbados: Beach, Blue Sea and Sky

Barbados: Beach, Blue Sea and Sky

Barbados is the most easterly of the West Indian islands of the Caribbean, so that its eastward coasts meets the rolling breakers of the Atlantic and the island is cooled by refreshing breezes, while the western shores meet the warm tropical waters of the Caribbean. Overhead the sun shines and shines – a permanent invitation to relax and enjoy the beautiful silverly beaches.

Recommended Restaurants: Josef’s, St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church; The Round House Inn, Bathsheba, St Joseph; The Restaurant at Southsea, St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church; Waterfront Cafe, The Carenage, Bridgetown.

Hotels in Barbados

Golden Sands Hotel Christchurch, Maxwell
Silver Sands Resort Barbados
Time Out At The Gap Christ Church, City
Blue Orchids Beach Hotel Christchurch, Worthing Beach
Allamanda Beach Hotel Christchurch, City Centre / Hastings Plaza
Blue Horizon Hotel Barbados, Rockley Beach
Amaryllis Hotel Christchurch, Palm Beach
Coconut Court Hotel Christchurch, Hastings Beach
The Savannah Barbados, Rockley Beach
Pirates Inn Christchurch, City Centre
Coral Mist Hotel Christchurch, Worthing Beach
Divi Southwinds Beach Resort Christ Church, City

Mystic St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Mystic St. Vincent and the Grenadines

St Vincent and its constellation of green islets, known as the St Vincent Grenadines, constitute one of the healthiest and most relaxing tourist spots in the Caribbean. The people are friendly, the climate radiant, the scenery a delight. Originally claimed by the French, the islands were ceded to Britain in the 18th century. From St Vincent to Petit St Vincent at the far end of the archipelago the islands appear as a collage of emerald hills and glistening beaches. English spoken everywhere.

Climate is sunny and warm, with an average temperature of 78 F. and rainy spells in the summer and fall. Though the dry or showerless period runs from December – April, St Vincent’s sun knows no seasons making the island a year round resort. Arnos Vale Airport is 1.5 miles from the city. Duty-free shop and Tourist Information counter.

Outside the winter season (during May – November period) rates can be lower by one-half or two-thirds, especially in the out-of-town hotels. The Kingstown Tourist Board can arrange accommodations at its two bureaux – one at the airport and the other in town. There are also branches on the islands; Bequia Union.

If the stay does not exceed six months, US, Canadian and British citizens need only proof of identity and return ticket to their respective countries (or, in the case of British citizens, to the country from which they came). Other nationals require passport, in some cases visa, and a smallpox vaccination certificate. Duty-free allowance is 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 0.5 lb tobacco; 1 quart of wine or spirits.

Welcome to Puerto Rico Beaches


Welcome to Puerto Rico Beaches

Puerto Rico lies between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean. Ciudad Trujillo is about 45 miles to the west, and st. Thomas, Virgin Islands, is 75 miles to the east of San Juan.

You really are ‘at home abroad’ in Puerto Rico, for its part of the United States, yet truly foreign in atmosphere. It has been called the most European of the Caribbean countries and with justice. The beaches are wonderful, the hotels among the most luxurious, the food familiar or exotic depending on your taste. Yet you have a wonderful feeling of being at home in Puerto Rico despite the fact that chaperones are still the fashion and that coffee and banana trees flourish before your eyes. Fishermen will be particularly happy there. The sun shines year round.

Secret Beaches of Phuket, Thailand

Secret Beaches of Phuket, Thailand

Phuket’s beaches are world-renowned and tourists flock from across the globe to visit the famous beaches at Patong, Karon, and Kata. So much so that many people complain these beaches have lost their charm. They say Phuket can no longer claim to be an idyllic tropical island getaway.

The beaches are too crowded. Sun loungers line the entire length of the beaches, sometimes in rows three or four deep. Jet skis, banana boats and parasail boats plough through the water while vendors ply their wares up and down the beach. They say Phuket is finished as an island getaway destination and only caters to the party crowd.

These people have not spent enough time exploring Phuket. There are more than 40 beaches around Phuket Island and there is something to suit all tastes. If you want a beach with good holiday facilities but not too crowded then Nai Harn, Kamala, Surin, Bang Tao and Nai Yang all have good hotels and restaurants yet do not draw big crowds. If you really want to get away from the crowds then Nai Thon and Mai Khao beaches in the north of the island are usually very quiet.

Still all these beaches are well known in Phuket and firmly in the tourist travel guides. In this article, we will look at some beaches that still remain undiscovered to most tourists. We will not even include Laem Sing or Yanui in this list. They are both charming beaches but they have become well known and usually have plenty of visitors. Some of the following beaches are not even known to many of Phuket’s residents. These are Phuket’s secret beaches.

Secret Beaches of Phuket, Thailand

Banana Beach

This beautiful beach is in the northern half of Phuket between Bang Tao Beach and Nai Thon Beach. It is a lovely two-hundred meter strip of sand, studded with rocks in the middle and ringed with trees. It is a good swimming beach and there is some great snorkeling. There is no accommodation and just a single beach restaurant with a handful of sun loungers at the southern end.

There are usually only a handful of visitors at this beach. The majority of them arrive by longtail boat from other beaches but in fact, you can see the beach from the coast road above and there is a trail down.

Pansea Beach

Right at the northern end of Bang Tao Beach is beautiful and peaceful Pansea Beach. There are two up-market resorts here yet the location retains its refreshing tranquility. Just offshore is Kala Island (or Kata Island depending who you believe) which shelters the shallow bay from waves so it is always calm. The waters are too shallow for swimming and when the tide is out you can walk to the island. It is a great beach for paddling and ideal for children to play. There are no refreshments here so it is a good idea to bring a picnic.

Pon Beach

This secluded little beach is in the headland north of Patong. The locals know it as Nai Yair Beach. It is amazing how few people find this beach considering it is located so close to the hordes at Patong. There is nothing here but a couple of rural shacks and a few grazing cows. It is a sandy beach but not good for swimming due to the rocky seabed. There is some good snorkeling.

There are usually a couple of locals renting sun loungers and selling refreshments. They can also provide you with a small barbecue to cook your own. There may be a small charge for crossing the private land to reach the beach.

Paradise Beach

In the headland south of Patong, there are two beautiful beaches that remain relatively unspoiled. They are not as undiscovered as the other beaches we mention on this list but still a break from the heaving masses at Patong. The first is Paradise Beach. Right at the tip of the headland, you can reach it by road (track) or boat.

It is a beautiful beach with overhanging trees. There is no accommodation but there is a restaurant and there are plenty of sun loungers. The beach is not the best for bathing due to the rocky seabed close to shore but there is some excellent snorkeling. There are usually plenty of people around but still it is surprising how many people in Patong do not know this beach is here.

Freedom Beach

You can only reach this stunning beach by boat. It is in the headland south of Patong all the way around and back towards the Karon Beach side. Still it is well worth the boat ride with fantastic bathing and snorkeling.

There are a couple of restaurants and plenty of sun loungers under the trees. The locals take great care of the beach and it is always pristine. Plenty of people do make this a day trip from Patong but the beach is never crowded and again it is surprising how many people in Patong do not know this beach is here.

Nui Beach

This beach is most known for how difficult it is to reach by land. Located between Kata and Nai Harn, the only way to reach it by land is down a two-kilometer dirt track that is almost impossible to traverse in a car. You can just about do it on a motorbike but it is better to walk or let one of the locals take you down on their ATV for a small fee.

It is also known as the most expensive beach in Phuket because you have to cross private land to reach it and they charge 250 baht for the privilege. This fee does get you a sun lounger and drink. When you do arrive, it is a beautiful secluded spot with good swimming and snorkeling. There is a rustic restaurant overlooking the beach but no accommodation. It is never crowded.

Ao Sane Beach

This beach is in the headland at the north end of Nai Harn Beach. You need to go through Le Meridian Phuket Yacht Club’s car park to reach it but they do not stop you. There is a restaurant here and some budget bungalows by the beach. There are usually a few people around but it is never busy.

It is actually a series of three small beaches split by little rocky headlands. None of them is good for swimming due to rocks and corals close to shore. There is some excellent snorkeling.

Laemka Beach

This little beach is at the southern end of Phuket between Rawai and Friendship Beach. It is not signposted and a little difficult to find but a beautiful spot. The Evason Resort and a small bungalow resort are nearby but still the beach remains quiet. It is one of the few southern beaches where you can have a swim and there are nice views out to the southern islands.

Ao Yon Beach

Nestled deep into Cape Panwa is Ao Yon Beach. This is the best beach on the southern side of Phuket. Although it is well developed with residential property, there are no hotels or restaurants by this beach. It is home to Phuket Yacht Club and there are always plenty of boats moored in the bay. It is a beautiful stretch of sand and a good bathing beach. It is usually very quiet and a real getaway.

Places to Visit in Fiji Islands

Places to Visit in Fiji Islands

Fiji, officially the Republic of Fiji, is an island country in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles (2,000 km; 1,300 mi) northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. Its closest neighbours are Vanuatu to the west, New Caledonia to the southwest, New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands to the southeast, Tonga to the east, the Samoas and France’s Wallis and Futuna to the northeast, and Tuvalu to the north.

Fiji is an archipelago of more than 330 islands, of which 110 are permanently inhabited, and more than 500 islets, amounting to a total land area of about 18,300 square kilometres (7,100 sq mi). The farthest island is Ono-i-Lau. The two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for 87% of the population of almost 860,000. The capital, Suva on Viti Levu, serves as Fiji’s principal port. About three-quarters of Fijians live on Viti Levu’s coasts, either in Suva or in smaller urban centres like Nadi (tourism) or Lautoka (sugar cane industry). Viti Levu’s interior is sparsely inhabited due to its terrain.

Sun-drenched beaches, turquoise lagoons, swaying palm trees – Fiji supplies all the classic images of paradise. No wonder, then, that every year thousands of travellers come to this South Pacific archipelago for the ultimate island escape. With over three hundred islands to choose from, Fiji is an amazingly versatile destination. Whether you’re after a luxury honeymoon retreat, a lively backpacker island or a family-friendly resort you won’t be disappointed. You’ll also find a warm, hospitable people, an intriguing blend of Melanesians, Polynesians and Indians.

Places to Visit in Fiji Islands

With a reliable tropical climate, a good tourist infrastructure, English as its main language and no jabs or pills to worry about, travelling in Fiji is as easy as it gets. As the hub of South Pacific tourism, the country attracts over half a million visitors a year, mostly from Australia and New Zealand, its largest “neighbours” lying over 2000km southeast. Of the northern hemisphere travellers who arrive, many are backpackers from Europe or surfers and scuba divers from North America.

While it can be tempting to spend your whole time in Fiji sunbathing and sipping cocktails from coconuts, there are plenty of activities to lure you away from the beach. Within a ten-minute boat ride of most resorts you can find yourself snorkelling with dolphins and manta rays or scuba diving at pristine coral reefs. In addition, at the exposed edges of the reefs are some of the world’s finest and most consistent surfing breaks. Nature lovers are also spoilt for choice, both underwater and on dry land, and wildlife-spotting opportunities are plentiful, whether you’re seeking turtles, exotic birds or 3m-long tiger sharks.

Away from the resorts is another Fiji waiting to be discovered: a land of stunning mountains, rainforests and remote villages. Here you’ll find fantastically hospitable Fijians living a similar lifestyle to their tribal ancestors. Staying a night or two at a village homestay will give you an authentic insight into ethnic Fijian culture as well as the chance to sample yaqona or kava, the national drink.

Fiji is also home to a large Indian community and their influence is seen in the delicious Indian food served in almost every town, Bollywood films showing in the cinema and vibrant Hindu festivals celebrated throughout the year. While Fiji is not renowned for its towns or cities, three are definitely worth taking the time to explore: quaint, colonial-era Levuka, yachting hotspot Savusavu, and Suva, the lively capital city and the best place to party in the South Pacific.

However long you spend in the country you’ll notice an unhurried, good-humoured lifestyle. This is the essence of Fiji Time – an attitude that can be both inspiring and infuriating. Away from the highly organized upmarket resorts, life runs at a different pace; bus and ferry timetables serve more as guidelines and a simple meeting in a village can last for days. It’s best to leave your inner control freak at home – you never know, you may come back a calmer person.

All About Famous Tahitian Dances

One of the most widely recognized images of the islands is the world famous Tahitian dance. The ‘ote’a (sometimes written as otea) is a traditional dance from Tahiti, where the dancers, standing in several rows, execute figures. This dance, easily recognized by its fast hip-shaking and grass skirts, is often confused with the Hawaiian hula, a generally slower more graceful dance which focuses more on the hands and storytelling than the hips.

The ʻōteʻa is one of the few dances which existed in pre-European times as a male dance. On the other hand, the hura (Tahitian vernacular for hula), a dance for women, has disappeared, and the couple’s dance ‘upa’upa is likewise gone but may have reemerged as the tamure. Nowadays, the ʻōteʻa can be danced by men (ʻōteʻa tāne), by women (ʻōteʻa vahine), or by both genders (ʻōteʻa ʻāmui = united ʻō.).

All About Famous Tahitian Dances

The dance is with music only, drums, but no singing. The drum can be one of the types of the tōʻere, a laying log of wood with a longitudinal slit, which is struck by one or two sticks. Or it can be the pahu, the ancient Tahitian standing drum covered with a shark skin and struck by the hands or with sticks. The rhythm from the tōʻere is fast, from the pahu it is slower. A smaller drum, the faʻatete, can be used.

The dancers make gestures, reenacting daily occupations of life. For the men the themes can be chosen from warfare or sailing, and then they may use spears or paddles.

For women the themes are closer to home or from nature: combing their hair or the flight of a butterfly, for example. More elaborate themes can be chosen, for example, one where the dancers end up in a map of Tahiti, highlighting important places. In a proper ʻōteʻa the story of the theme should pervade the whole dance.

The group dance called ‘Aparima is often performed with the dancers dressed in pareo and maro. There are two types of ʻaparima: the ʻaparima hīmene (sung handdance) and the ʻaparima vāvā (silent handdance), the latter being performed with music only and no singing. Newer dances include the hivinau and the pa’o’a.

Why and when to travel to Jamaica

Why and when to travel to Jamaica

An insider’s guide to Jamaica, featuring the island’s best hotels, restaurants, bars, attractions and things to do, including how to travel there and around. By James Henderson, Telegraph Travel’s Jamaica expert. Click on the tabs below for the best beaches, including the top spots to stay stay, eat and drink.

Why go?

Jamaica is the liveliest, most captivating and most compelling island in the English-speaking Caribbean – and among the most beautiful too. It has the beaches and the hotels, but Jamaica also has more depth, with culture in its history, art and of course its music. The Caribbean experience is stronger here – Jamaica takes familiar strains from around the Caribbean and amplifies them.

When to go

The best time to visit is when the weather is at its worst and coldest in the UK, between mid-December and mid-April (the official winter season). In Jamaica this is also the driest part of the year. However, prices are at their highest then, so you may want to consider the shoulder season, up until July, when hotel prices reduce by as much as a third and the weather is not that different. The summer months are hot and sometimes muggy. You may want to avoid September and October because of the risk of hurricanes and November because it is the rainy season.

Why and when to travel to Jamaica

Know before you go

Flight time

London to Jamaica takes between nine and 10 hours.

Currency

The currency of Jamaica is the Jamaican Dollar, or ‘J’, which floats on the international exchange (currently £1 = J$175 approx). However, many people use the US dollar (hotel bills are quoted in this currency). You should check the rate and make the calculations to see what exchange rate you are being offered.

Local laws and etiquette

Personal safety is an issue in several islands around the Caribbean. Do not leave valuables unattended on the beach nor in a car. Do not walk in remote areas in the main towns nor on remote beaches, certainly not at night. If in doubt ask your hotel reception what they do. Largely speaking the Jamaicans are charming and if you stop to ask them advice or directions they are delighted to help. Be careful when you are approached, however – consider what you would do at home if approached by someone you didn’t know – and act in a similar manner.

Climate of the Pacific Islands

Climate of the Pacific Islands

One feature of oceanic islands which distinguishes them from continents and from many of the continental islands is the climate. The great body of water which surrounds oceanic islands never becomes so warm and never so cold as the land on and near continents.

Therefore the temperature of the air over the open ocean and around and over the oceanic islands does not rise so high or fall so low. For the same reason the winter and summer temperatures are not very far apart, and the climate does not differ much from month to month. Places in Mexico in the same latitude as Hawaii and places in Australia in the same latitude as Rapa have cold winters and hot summers.

Temperature

The average annual temperature of nearly all the Pacific oceanic islands is 70 degrees. Only in a region extending west from Fiji does the average reach 80 degrees, and only in the Aleutian Islands and in the islands lying south of New Zealand are the winters uncomfortably cold.

Winds

Because of the vast stretches of water over which they may blow without interruption, the winds of the Pacific are more regular and uniform than are the winds in any other part of the world. These winds blow in different directions in different parts of the Pacific. In the belt of ocean lying approximately between the parallel of latitude 3 degrees north, which runs through Midway Island, and the parallel of latitude 60 degrees north, near the Bering Sea, the winds come generally from the west and are known as ” westerly winds.”

From latitude 30 degrees north to near the equator the winds come from the northeast. For more than three hundred days in the year they blow so regularly and evenly that they have been called northeast trade winds (trade is the English form of an old word trod, which means path). Along the equator the winds blow feebly, generally from the east. From near the equator to latitude 30 degrees south are the southeast trade winds, and still farther south is the belt of strong westerly winds known to sailors as the “roaring forties.”

In the two trade-wind belts, the winds sometimes blow from a direction opposite to their usual course, bringing with them the kind of weather known in Hawaii as “Kona storms.” Sometimes the winds become hurricanes or typhoons. Most of these hurricanes occur in the region between the Marshall Islands and China and west and southwest of Samoa — in Micronesia, Melanesia-and farther west in the Indian Ocean.

But they sometimes occur in the winter months in Polynesia and are then very destructive. The houses may be torn down and. the trees broken and uprooted. The hurricane winds and the high waves which come with them have swept some low coral islands bare of trees, buildings, and men and have sunk the canoes along the shores. These winds and the ocean currents made by the winds have aided boats in sailing in some direoctions and hindered them in sailing in other directions.