Live Your Vacation Days to the Fullest This Year
Being in a new city is one of the best ways to recharge your batteries and find a boost of energy that you might have lost in the midst of your normal routine.2015-12-28
Being in a new city is one of the best ways to recharge your batteries and find a boost of energy that you might have lost in the midst of your normal routine. With this newfound spring in your step, why not seize the day and wake up for the sunrise? Some places are not only prime vacation spots, they also offer the most beautiful locations in the world to catch the sun ascend in the sky. Whether you pick villas in Mexico, Greece or Hawaii, you can watch a spectacular morning show that might change your life.
Here are the best places to declare "Carpe Diem" while on vacation:
It may not be a surprise that a destination with gorgeous seacliff towns beside the Aegean shoreline would rank among the greatest places to watch the sunrise. The Greek island of Santorini is a perfect postcard come to life - white and blue rooftops, the occasional luxury yacht spotted in the water and the glowing sky make this landscape awe-inspiring at dawn. After you've pried yourself out of the bedroom of your Greek villa, all you have to do is stroll the narrow streets on the island's coastal cliffs to get a spectacular view.
Champions' breakfast: To reward yourself for rising with the sun, be sure to make a stop at the famous Corner Crepes & Waffles restaurant on the island. Cinnamon and sugar waffles, crepes with bananas and chocolate, and a dozen other indulgent breakfast meals can be found on the menu, so you can cap off your morning and dine like royalty.
Mexico's Mayan Riviera coastline is a great place for a meditative getaway, as yoga centers and wellness facilities abound. Perhaps the reason this place attracts so many spiritual travelers is its magnificent scenery - the sunrise from the region's beaches look like beautiful painted brushstrokes of purple, crimson and orange, and whether you're partaking in yoga sessions or not, you'll be jumping out of bed to wake with the sun.
Champions' breakfast: For a lively and delicious brunch, head to Mateo's Mexican Grill and order the classic huevos rancheros with a freshly blended fruit smoothie.
If you're staying in luxury rentals in Maui, consider renting a car to drive up to the peak of Haleakala one morning. You'll be joining more than a million other guests who visit this destination each year, and with one look at the sunrise, you'll know exactly why it's so popular. Standing as high as the clouds, you'll get an exclusive view of the sun on top of the volcano, and if you're feeling adventurous, you can even bike your way down. The journey is about 28 miles back to sea level, which is just a bit more than the distance you'd cover in the average spin class (about 20 miles).
Champions' breakfast: Many people head to Kula Lodge for good eats, but for a lesser-known delicious treat, head to Charlie's restaurant, which is only a short walk from the beach Ho'okipa.