Jackie Kochell

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14th May 2008

Based in the US, I love trying out new travel experiences and sharing stories with people. I have a passion for writing - and beaches - though the two do not always fit snugly together...

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  1. December 2008
  2. Jackie Kochell reviewed Adler Planetarium in Chicago, United States

    As America’s first planetarium, Chicago’s Adler Planetarium remains a leader in science education and astronomical artifacts preservation. Adler hosts almost every type of astronomical instrument dating back to the 12th century, one of the largest collec…"

  3. Jackie Kochell rated Adler Planetarium

  4. October 2008
  5. Jackie Kochell reviewed Anse de Grande Saline, St. Barths in Anguilla, St Martin and St Barths

    "Now that the salt ponds on Anse de Grande Saline are no longer used, the beach has an abandoned feeling, further emphasized by the long stretches of empty sand. Fish swarm about the rocks on the southern end of the beach. Great for swimming - but be w…"

  6. June 2008
  7. Jackie Kochell reviewed Honeymoon Beach in Seychelles

    Honeymoon Beach, on the private-island resort of North Island, features all the essentials one would expect for a romantic island getaway. Fresh fish and lush, green vegetation come in abundance on the island. Honeymoon is considered the most secluded be…"

  8. Jackie Kochell reviewed Fourth Beach in Cape Town, South Africa

    On Fourth Beach, the sand is a catwalk, lit up by the scorching sun and the tanned, oily bodies that bask in it. Celebrities and young hipsters flock to this beach year-round to sunbathe beside the breathtaking backdrop of Table Mountain and Lion's Head.…"

  9. Jackie Kochell reviewed Leblon Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Leblon Beach is the most tranquil of Rio's beaches, less crowded than its neighbor, Ipanema beach, and minus the hassling souvenir vendors who can take away from precious relaxation time. Frequented by Cariocas (people who were born in Rio de Janeiro), …"

  10. Jackie Kochell reviewed Tulum Beach in Mexico

    Visitors to Cancun's Tulum Beach can soak in its serenity as well as the mystery of the ancient culture which once rested on its sands. With views of the Mayan Tulum Ruins in sight, the beach remains void of any sort of commercialization and preserves it…"

  11. Jackie Kochell reviewed Pink Sands Resort in Bahamas

    Harbour Island's Pink Sands Resort is "a 20-acre haven set by the edge of the famous three-mile pink sand beach (pinksandsresort.com)." Staff members "make you feel at home, as though you're staying with rich friends Nancy and Clemens von Merveldtwho ha…"

  12. Jackie Kochell reviewed Pacific Resort in Aitutaki, Cook Islands

    Voted Cook Islands' Best Leading Resort 3 years in a row by The World Travel Awards, Aitutaki's Pacific Resort offers romance and local hospitality. The resort is known for traditional island dancing and stunning views of the island's azure lagoon. Pacif…"

  13. Jackie Kochell reviewed Söll in Söll, Austria

    According to some visitors, Söll is becoming an area known more for its drinking than skiing, with après-ski in the village begins early with lively bars and clubs. The slopes are mainly for beginners and low-intermediates, but are linked to…"

  14. Jackie Kochell reviewed Ellmau in Salzburg, Austria

    With a variety of easy slopes to choose from, Austria's Ellmau is best for beginners and new intermediates. A generally pleasant and quiet area, Ellmau offers skiers a traditional village setting and no rowdy nightlife. The area is also known for other …"

  15. Jackie Kochell reviewed Zürs in Zürs, Austria

    With a long skiing season, stunning landscapes, and an abundance of snowy slopes, Zürs remains one of Austria's most popular skiing destinations. The area is covered in luxury resorts and just a few minutes from Lech, a charming, traditional villag…"

  16. Jackie Kochell reviewed Obergurgl in Obergurgl, Italy

    With a long ski season, skiers will appreciate Obergurgl's lack of queues and impressive lift system and with barely any snowboarders and several easy slopes, Obergurgl was made for family skiing. Visitors can take in the area's traditional charm, sunny…"

  17. Jackie Kochell reviewed Saalbach Hinterglemm in Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria

    Austria's Saalbach Hinterglemm offers a serene atmosphere for skiers of all experience levels. Intermediate skiers especially will enjoy the diverse terrain and scenery. Styled like a French resort, the traditional village setting features a variety o…"

  18. Jackie Kochell rated Englishman Beach

  19. Jackie Kochell reviewed Englishman Beach in Trinidad and Tobago

    "Surrounded by lush rainforest, Englishman's Beach is a sheltered, tropical getaway on the coast of Tobago. Known for its steady waters that make for memorable snorkeling and swimming, the area is inhabited by all sorts of marine life, including the endan…"

  20. Jackie Kochell rated Natadola Beach, Viti Levu

  21. Jackie Kochell reviewed Negril Beach in Jamaica

    "Despite the rolling expanse of hotels and bars across Negril Beach, most of Negril rewmains undeveloped. A popular Jamaican vacation spot, the beach offers a wide range of activities such as surfing, snorkeling, fishing, and in some areas, nudity. If a…"

  22. Jackie Kochell rated Negril Beach

  23. Jackie Kochell reviewed Barbuda in Antigua and Barbuda

    "Barbuda's turquoise waters spread across the plush, pink sand of the beach like icing on a cupcake. Home to sea turtles, dolphins, and frigate birds, the beach remains unaltered by outside forces. This is not a place for those craving an intensely acti…"

  24. Jackie Kochell rated Barbuda

  25. Jackie Kochell rated Petit St Vincent

  26. Jackie Kochell rated Pink Sands Beach

  27. Jackie Kochell rated Copacabana

  28. Jackie Kochell reviewed Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    "Copacabana may earn the title of "beach that never sleeps." The site of FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and some of the world's best surfing also doubles as a venue for rock concerts and New Year's Eve bashes. Despite the activity, visitors can still appre…"

  29. Jackie Kochell rated Anse de Grande Saline Beach

  30. Jackie Kochell rated Matira Beach

  31. Jackie Kochell reviewed Matira Beach in Bora Bora, French Polynesia

    "There's never a bad time to visit the tranquil shores of Matira Beach. With waters in almost every shade of blue imaginable, this unspoiled treasure drapes peacefully along Bora Bora's coastline. Snorkeling, diving, and fishing are all available if you …"

  32. Jackie Kochell rated Bequia Island & Beaches

  33. Jackie Kochell rated Grace Bay Beach

  34. Jackie Kochell rated White Bay Beach

  35. Jackie Kochell reviewed White Bay Beach in British Virgin Islands

    "White Bay Beach is a Caribbean dream of white sand, blue waters, and friendly island culture. Protected by reef, the waters are great for swimming and popular for boating. The laid-back beach is perfect for fun in the sun, whether you'd like to sit ba…"

  36. Jackie Kochell rated Aitutaki

  37. Jackie Kochell reviewed Hot Water Beach in North Island, New Zealand

    "The sheltered waters of Hahei on New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula offer a mix of ocean environments. Visitors can build there own natural hot tub by digging a hole in the sand at Hot Springs Beach or walk along the cavern at Cathedral Cove when the tid…"

  38. Jackie Kochell rated Terengganu

  39. Jackie Kochell reviewed Terengganu in Malaysia

    Terengganu is home to lush forests and secret beaches. This eastern-Malaysian paradise has coral reefs and clear waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Best known for excellent diving, many of the best diving sports are accessible by boat. Because…"

  40. Jackie Kochell reviewed Vestvagoy in Nord-Norge, Norway

    British paper, The Times, ranked Vestvagoy's beaches as being Europe's most romantic with their spectacular cliffs and mountain views. The largest of Norway Lofoten Islands, Vestagoy is pocked with several quaint villages which serve as standard stops fo…"

  41. Jackie Kochell reviewed Todos Santos in Mexico

    Mexico's Todos Santos might seem like a total sleeper town at first glance, but is actually bursting with life, activity, and culture. A prominent sugar cane producer back in the day, the town now hosts a cluster of theaters, galleries, and historical la…"

  42. Jackie Kochell reviewed Montezuma in Costa Rica

    Altough Montezuma has become a popular vacation spot in the last 50 years, the town still has quiet remote sections and nearly untouched beaches. On Costa Rica's southern Nicoya Peninsula, the countryside teems with waterfalls and great waters for surfi…"

  43. Jackie Kochell reviewed Carmel-by-the-Sea in US West Coast, United States

    Rich in artistic culture and decadent seaside landscapes, Carmel-by-the-Sea offers a sweet, charming beach-town experience. Loved by famous residents such as Upton Sinclair, Brad Pitt, and Ansel Adams, Carmel is also known as the "artist's colony." A ha…"

  44. Jackie Kochell reviewed Hoshizuna Beach in Japan

    Known for its star-shaped sand, Hoshizuna beach on Japan's Iriomote Island shines as one of the most beautiful remote beaches in the world. Though Hoshizuna's placid waters are made for excellent fishing and relaxing canoeing, the area remains nearly unt…"

  45. Jackie Kochell reviewed Little Corn Island in Nicaragua

    For a true island excursion away from the high-speed hustle of daily life, a visit to Little Corn Island will surely provide relief. New to tourism, this Caribbean gem rests 70 km off of Nicaragua's coast. The square-mile sized island engages in eco-frie…"

  46. May 2007
  47. Jackie Kochell reviewed Pink Sands Beach in Bahamas

    On Harbour Island, make sure to think pink. Aptly named, Pink Sands Beach gets its tint from microscopic animals living under rocks and among reefs. These reefs make swimming, snorkeling, and other water activities easier by shielding the area from dang…"

  48. Jackie Kochell reviewed Grace Bay Beach in Turks and Caicos Islands

    Grace Bay and its beach, crown jewel of Turks and Caicos, is home to some of the best rated hotels in the world. Grace Bay's soft white sands and glistening blue ocean make the perfect backdrop for some serious pampering. Snorkelling, diving, and fishin…"

  49. Jackie Kochell reviewed Bequia Island & Beaches in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    Bequia, which means "island in the clouds," is the kind of ethereal beach escape that most people dream of. The peaceful waters also have some of the best sailing conditions in the world and are a yacht magnet. With several beaches, such as the seclude…"

  50. Jackie Kochell reviewed Natadola Beach, Viti Levu in Fiji

    "Less is definitely more at Natadola Beach. The area has only the essentials: sparkling azul waters, velvety sand and a few clusters of trees to provide shade. After a storm, the beach appears almost haunting as the mist hangs over the lurching tide. Hors…"

  51. Jackie Kochell reviewed Aitutaki in Aitutaki, Cook Islands

    Although Aitutaki comes second to Rarotonga in being the visitor's favourite Cook Island, it makes up for it with the natural beauty and charisma of its beaches, as well as the fact there are way fewer people here - so for a get-away-from-it-all exotic b…"

  52. Jackie Kochell reviewed Petit St Vincent in Grenada

    On Petit St. Vincent, the resort industry is a bit of a monopoly. With only one hotel, cleverly named the Petit St. Vincent Resort, this 113 acre island offers seclusion and romanticism. No need to worry about beach combers gabbing on their mobile phones…"