The new website Explore Corner has launched with a conglomeration of user-based reviews of beaches across the globe. This cuts the need to contact the hotel or attempt to decipher the type of beach offered at a hotel through its web photos. Since many destinations have multiple beaches of their own, picking a hotel can be even more difficult and not even worth the hassle.
As a travel writer and hotel reviewer, I often encounter guests who must take taxis or rent cars to visit another beachfront for the activities they prefer. Snorkeling is not ideal everywhere, and surfing can only be done in certain places. But, just because a hotel says it offers an activity, does not mean that this is the ideal place for it.
Explore Corner is taking the guess work out of picking a vacation destination. There are so many variables that many people forget to consider. Are there beach vendors that are constantly selling their wares? Is there a nude section that may perturb vacationing families? Is the same large stretch of sand still there following a recent hurricane? How easy is it to reach the beach from the center of town? Is this a crowded area frequented by tourists or locals?
Couples looking for rest and relaxation do not want constant beach vendors hawking their wares nearby, and no hotel is going to announce that its beach is loaded with people selling souvenirs.
All of these questions and more now have a central hub for answers and detailed information. Explore Corner recently launched and is a fresh slate with colorful photos and travel guide content.
The site is easy to navigate allowing users to search by beach or country name. Some of the most popular beaches are even highlighted on the home page. Another unique feature allows users to suggest a beach if they cannot find the one they want. For me, it is often surprising to realize that some hotel beaches are actually public, which can negate the high prices you might spend to stay at that hotel if anyone can sunbathe in front of the hotel.
Now, Explore Corner can dish out the details on which beaches are free for everyone and also highlight the popular stretches of sand reserved solely for hotel guests. U.S. beaches may be fairly predictable, but try finding the quietest beach in Vietnam or the ideal place to horseback ride on the sand in Costa Rica.
A simple Google search may only pull up the vendors or hotels that have spent the big bucks to promote themselves in that way. Explore Corner is going to point visitors toward possible secret hideaways that other users have discovered on their own.
At the bottom of the website home page, people with an open itinerary can search for the most popular beaches based on user rankings and select their vacation destination based on recent comments if they have no exact idea where they want to go.
Once you click on a beach, it reveals a detailed map of the area, a full description of the beach and surrounding region, and amenities or activities on offer nearby. There is even a current weather report and the average distance to other nearby beaches in the area.
User photos provide backup to the comments that people leave on the site. This is the TripAdvisor.com of beaches and is bound to be a popular web resource for any vacation in the sun.