Island Treasures: Motu Tapu, Conrad Bora Bora Nui’s private islet

It’s the most photographed islet in the South Pacific—Motu Tapu—just a five-minute boat ride from the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort. It was the private beach of…

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It’s Launch Day! March 30, 2015

I chose this day, March 30th, as the official launch day for my website, not at random, but because it is my dad’s birthday. William R. (Bill)…

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Welcome to Tropical Travel Girl!

Now that you’ve found your way here, I’d like to help you navigate the site and know what’s here.

To learn about me and how I came to…

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Why I love islands: food and drink

Do you ever dream about a good meal you had while visiting a faraway destination? Do you ever wish you could return to that restaurant and experience…

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Why I love islands: flora and fauna

Petunias and geraniums are about as exotic as it gets in Indiana, except for the occasional “hot house” orchid we can buy but must keep indoors so…

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Why I love islands: beachcombing (sand and shell collecting)

Beachcombing is one of my favorite beach activities. Since childhood vacations in Florida with my family, I have been fascinated with shells. Not long ago, I removed…

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Why I love islands: scuba diving and snorkeling

Since the Florida vacations of my childhood, I’ve loved going to the beach. In my younger life, that meant sunbathing, walking up and down the beach, and…

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