Monday, June 13, 2011

Pic of the Week Goes Caribbean: 05.01.11

As promised, I'm doing a whole Pic of the Week post dedicated solely to the beaches we visited in the Caribbean. There were only four ports on our seven day cruise, but every port involved a beach. :-)

Taken 05.02.11 - Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Shot with Nikkor 18-105mm
This beach had the nicest sand. It was so fine and powdery, it blew over everything without you noticing! It also made exposures pretty difficult.

Taken 05.03.11 - Fantasy Island Beach, Roatan, Honduras
Shot with Canon SD800IS (P&S)
Private beach with very few people, warm, crystal clear waters, awesome service. Perfect for relaxing and unwinding.

Taken 05.04.11 - Playa Mia, Cozumel, Mexico
Shot with Nikkor 18-105mm
Playa Mia actually charges an entrance fee to use their beach and facilities (we came here as part of a separate tour, so we didn't pay that fee; but I think they had packages starting at $19 per person). They have an all-you-can-eat buffet line as well as organized games/activities, so those might be the big pull for this place. I didn't think the beach itself was that special, but apparently others do because it was crowded. We spent at least ten to fifteen minutes hunting down beach chairs to sit on, and we had to pay a fee to use an umbrella. The sand was nice, but the water was cold and definitely not as clear as the previous two beaches.

Taken 05.06.11 - Princess Cays, Bahamas
Shot with Nikkor 18-105mm
As I mentioned before, this was the private island owned by Princess. The weather was nice, and the water was beautiful and clear; but the beach was rocky. Seriously, ouch! We heard from others afterward that the opposite side of the island was less rocky. Oh, well.
PS. I snuck that last one in because it makes me laugh. It'd be such a cute picture if the subjects were all (with the exception of the cutie in Burberry, of course) at least fifteen to twenty years younger.

Note: I didn't notice until I put the different beach shots together, but you can totally tell which pictures were taken with my point and shoot. The P&S shots are super saturated to the point of almost looking fake. I can tell you honestly that the sky in Roatan was blue, but it wasn't that blue. I guess that's why people love Canon P&S cams, right? They make skies look like something out of your fantasies.

See the cruising shots HERE and more Pics of the Week HERE.
We still have food shots to come!

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