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If museum-hopping is not for you, try an invigorating tennis, camping or deep-sea fishing getaway.


For those who want a truly invigorating and active holiday, try a tennis vacation. Although you can take lessons at a nearby tennis school or camp, if you want your instruction to include enticing beaches, luxury accommodations, fine cuisine and other sports, head to a tennis resort.

Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic (Premier World Marketing, 2600 SW, Third Ave., Miami, FL; 800-877-3643). Jet into the heart of the world-renown resort of Casa de Campo, which is surrounded by 7,000 acres of lush, green grass and palm trees and bordered by a shoreline that extends over the horizon. Once settled in your casita (a room with balcony), grab your racket and drive a golf cart over to Casa's La Terraza Tennis Club. Perched on a hillside overlooking the Caribbean Sea are 13 perfectly manicured, composition clay courts.

Weekend and full-week tennis packages are available and include strategies, drills and competitive play for beginners to advanced players. As the Caribbean's most sports-oriented luxury resort, Casa also offers two world-class golf courses, skeet shooting, horseback riding, polo, water sports, a complete fitness center and more.

Tennis packages must be purchased as a supplement to Casa's "Leisure Time Package." The tennis supplement ranges from $55 for one day to $150 for three days and $280 for six days. It includes unlimited court time day or night, one hour of play with a junior pro, a one hour lesson with a pro, use of ball boys and a one hour organized group lesson/clinic. A full sports plan, including other activities along with tennis, is available for $105 per day.

Club Med, Paradise Island, Bahamas, (P.O. Box N 7137, Nassau, Bahamas; 800-CLUB-MED). The Club Med Paradise Island resort is perfect for couples and singles who want tennis and comfort on a budget. One price includes all fees, activities, meals and comfortable rooms.

The "Intensive Tennis Program" offers tennis 'round-the-clock for all levels of players. Play on any of the 20 courts--including eight lighted ones--until the wee hours. Each two hour instruction session involves a specific stroke, volley, serve or technique. (I learned to slice or block my service return on the first serve and attack on the second. And, was ingeniously instructed to step toward servers during their first serve--an intimidating technique that can cause a fault and win an easy point.) Finding a game on the off-hours was easy; guests are friendly and many are there to get in as much tennis as possible. You can literally play until you drop!

Famous for its tournaments, which pit players of equal levels against each other in men's, women's, doubles and singles events, the resort's clay courts face the Nassau harbor and the sunsets are spectacular. Their "summer camp" approach to a tennis resort may not suit everyone's taste, but some will enjoy it. There are no facilities for children, but those over 12 can stay at the resort. Club Med also offers this program at their resorts in Sandpiper, Florida; Ixtapa and Sonora Bay, Mexico.

The seven-day tennis package includes a daily four-hour tennis clinic, tournaments, parties and free court time for a weekly rate of $899 excluding air fare, and $1099 to $1459 with air fare depending on the U.S. point of departure. American Airlines has direct or connecting service the from most major cities to over 30 destinations in the Caribbean. But, bring your own balls. Video analysis is also offered.

Roy Emerson Tennis Week; Palace Hotel, Gstaad, Switzerland, (Leading Hotels of the World, 800-223-6800; in New York City, 212-838-3110). During the summer months, the ski resort of Gstaad, Switzerland is also the playland for tennis. Besides Gstaad's annual Swiss Open, the other major attraction is the Roy Emerson Tennis Week at the Palace Hotel.

Roy Emerson, former singles and doubles champion of every Grand Slam Tournament (Wimbledon, the U.S., French and Australian Open), is a humorous, charming, and highly skilled tennis director. On four clay courts that sit at the base of the monumental Swiss Alps, he held a captive, happy audience of intermediate and advanced players in the palm of his hand. For 2 1/2 hours each morning and afternoon, Roy and a host of well-trained professionals help experienced players fine-tune their craft. Strokes are worked meticulously, the instruction is positive and the students--mostly European--friendly.

The week included three meals a day (full pension) of the finest French cuisine, served on a terrace with a view of the mountains. Alpine air makes the ball float, so you'll need to hit with a topspin to keep the ball within the base line. For those who can't make it to Gstaad, Roy is the tennis director at the Williams Island Florda Riviera in North Miami Beach, Fla. (305-935-5555) from November to April.

Packages include a daily five-hour instructional clinic (one to four teacher/student ratio), three meals, one massage, use of indoor/outdoor swimming pools, sauna and more. There is a fee for extra court time. But, after five hours of tennis, there are few takers. The clinic runs from June 21-27 or June 27 to July 3 and costs $2540 SF.


If you want absolute silence and are only interested in matching wits with mother nature, then a fishing vacation may be just what you need. Fishing resorts in the Caribbean attract a stream of international guests: entrepreneurs, executives and professionals, all looking for an unhurried "wilderness experience."

Casting Off In Bimini

Bimini, the small Bahamian island where Congressman Adam Clayton Powell wiled away leisurely hours and author Ernest Hemingway spent rambunctious years writing, is known as the "big game fishing capital of the world." Over 50 world records have been set by big game fishermen in waters off the coast of Bimini. Records have been set for 1,000-pound bluefin tunas and supreme blue marlins. The entire island is one big fishing resort.

Only nine square miles, Bimini sits in the path of fish migration at the edge of the Gulf Stream, above the deep canyons called, "the tongue of the ocean." Big-game fishing is its only business. Several times each year, sports fishermen and women descend upon the island for major fishing tournaments such as the Bacardi Rum Billfish Tournament in March and the Adam Clayton Powell Memorial Wahoo Tournament in December.

Like Hemingway and Powell, Gary Hart and President George Bush, professional sport fishermen (and women) and corporate executives often arrive in Bimini on $500,000 fishing boats with state-of-the-art tackle and professional crews to stalk sharks and tackle tunas. Some charter boats in Florida, others from elsewhere in the Caribbean. On Bimini, there is game fishing for everyone, from simple casting and flyfishing to drifting and anchor fishing and deep-water trolling.

Island accomodations range from posh resorts to rustic camps. The Bimini Big Game Fishing Club (P.O. Box 699, Alice Town, Bimini, Bahamas; 800-327-4149 or 809-347-2391), is a 49-room luxury resort replete with two penthouses and 12 cottages with patios, a 100-slip marina and a fish cleaning service. A three-day, two-night stay, which includes round trip air fare on Chalk Airlines from Miami and a half-day of fishing each day costs $543 per person (double occupancy) or $913 for three full-days of fishing. The Blue Water Resort (P.O. Box 601, Alice Town, Bimini, Bahamas; 809-347-2291), is a smaller 12-room fishing camp, with room rates of $90 per night, double occupancy. The fishing package is an extra $215 for two half-days of bonefishing or $465 for two full-days of deep-sea fishing, which includes a half-day of bonefishing.

Fishing On Grand Bahama

North of Bimini, off the east end of Grand Bahama Island is the Deep Water Cay Club (1515 Perimeter Road., W. Palm Beach, Fla. 33406; 809-359-4831 or 407-684-3958), a nine-cottage, private bonefishing camp with 10 expert guides. The resort will pick you up at the airport in Freeport and transfer you by plane or van to this offshore cay fishing camp. Or, take a scheduled charter flight from West Palm Beach on Mondays and Fridays--the only arrival and departure days to the camp--for an additional $250 per person, round trip. The fishing package includes an oceanfront room, meals, fishing guide, boat, and gratuity, hotel and resort taxes. The cost ranges from $995 for three nights and $1,295 for four nights to $2,195 per person, double occupancy for a seven-night stay.

You can arrive on your own boat or charter one from Florida, hire local record-holding guides or charter a local boat with a mate and captain-guide. Charters range from $400 to $600 a day and $200 to $300 for a half day, for two to six guests. For more information and reservations for sport fishing in the Bahamas, contact the Bahamas Sports and Aviation Department, 800-327-7678.

Sport Fishing In The British Isles

The fishing resorts in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) sit on the Atlantic in the aquamarine waters above the dropoff called "the trench," a deep hole six-miles under the sea. Here blue marlin run in May and June; white marlin, tarpon and bonefish in the spring; while wahoo swim from the fall to the spring; and sailfish and blackfin tuna barrel through from May to July. Anglers can take up residence at the Anegada Reef Hotel (Anegada, BVI; 809-495-8002), a 12-room fishing camp on this coral island of only 200 people. The camp includes a tackle shop and a restaurant, which will prepare your day's catch. Room rates are $205 per night (per person, double occupancy) including meals. The resort's specialty is bonefishing, and rates are $30 per hour with a three-hour minimum. Spend the day deep-sea fishing for $850 or $500 for a half day, or $900 for a full-day of marlin fishing. The resort can be reached by flying Gorda Air from Tortola for $27 each way on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


When you really want to get away from it all, head for the great outdoors. Hiking, white-water rafting, even beach-combing--it's all part of camping in one of America's 50 national parks.

There are 29,000 sites around the country for camping out in tents, cabins, lodges and recreational vehicles as well as back country wilderness campsites.

Cinnamon Bay Campground, St. John, United States Virgin Islands (P.O. Box 720, Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI 00830; 800-223-7637). This beachfront campground on St. John is a short ferry ride or seaplane shuttle flight away from the hustle and bustle of Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas. Open all year, the campground at Cinnamon Bay features a nature-walk trail and natural coral reef, ranger programs, a water sports center with sailing, scuba and snorkeling tours and windsurfing gear rentals and a palm-laced beach.

Accommodations include 60, 10-x-14 foot canvas tents, which come with a gas lantern, charcoal grill, use of a picnic table, tent, cot and mattress pad, gas stove, ice chest and cooking and eating utensils. There are also 40 one-room, screened cottages that are equipped with electricity, each with four twin beds. Linen is changed weekly. There are four bathouses with working toilets and cold showers and a camp commissary. For those who want to "rough it," there are a dozen bare-bones campsites where campers must provide all their own gear.

From now through Dec. 15, tent sites cost$40 per night, per couple; cottages rent for $53 per night, per couple; and bare-bones sites are available for $13 per night; rates do not include a 7.5% tax. Reservations, for Cinnamon Bay Campground, which can be made up to 12 months in advance, are a must. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia (Route 4, Box 348, Luray, VA 22835; 703-999-2229). A bit closer to home is the Shenandoah National Park, which extends along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and encompasses 60 mountain peaks ranging in elevation from 2,000 to 4,000 feet.

There are four main campgrounds: Mathews Arm, Big Meadows, Lewis Mountain and Loft Mountain. All are open from May to December, except Big Meadows which opens in March. Campers are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, except at Big Meadows, which accepts reservations from mid-May through October, the busiest part of the year.

Tent and recreational vehicle (RV) accommodations are available at all campgrounds, as is drinking water, working toilets and a camp store. Loft Mountain and Big Meadows, the largest sites in the park, have hot showers, a coin-operated laundry, a snack bar, gasoline station and ranger programs. Big Meadows also features a restaurant, visitor's center and wagon rides.

The park entrance fee is $5 per vehicle and the ticket stub can be reused to enter the park for one week. The camping fee is $9 per night for each campsite, on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, you can reserve a campsite in advance for $11 by calling 800-365-CAMP.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (P.O. Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023; 602-638-7888). Mother nature is in all her glory at the breathtaking earth formations known as the Grand Canyon. The primary campground sites are Mather (320 campsites) and Desert View (50 sites) on the South Rim and on the North Rim (80 sites). The South Rim is the most accessible and popular. Here campers will find the park headquarters, a ranger station, visitor's center, museums, restaurants, gift shops, stores, service stations, a pharmacy, medical clinic, post office and even a bank. All campgrounds have working toilets and water facilities; showers and a coin-operated laundry are available at Mather and North Rim. Although trailers are allowed at other sites, Trailer Village, located on the South Rim, is designed especially for RV hookups.

Intrepid campers can visit the inner canyon by hiking, taking a mule ride to Phantom Ranch, going by river raft or flying over the canyon along specific corridors via helicopter. Tours are available at concession stands scattered around the South Rim.

The North Rim, about 1,000 feet higher than the South, is a magnificent forest of pine trees, green lakes and flowering meadows. It is accessible from the South Rim by hiking through the canyon or taking a five-hour drive around the canyon. A visitor's center, grocery store and restaurant are also located here.

When camping at the Grand Canyon, bring your own gear--tents, sleeping bags, lamps, and utensils, or rent them from on-site concessioners. Entrance to the park is $10 per vehicle or $4 for adults, age 16 to 62, via bus. There is a camping fee of $10 per day, per site. In addition to the vehicle entrance fee, there is a fee of $15 per day at Trailer Village.

For more information, contact the National Park Service, P.O. Box 37127, Washington, D.C. 20013-7127; 202-208-4747. Ask for a copy of The Camping Guide ($4).
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Title Annotation:tennis resorts, fishing clubs, favorite camping locations
Author:Giles, Dari
Publication:Black Enterprise
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Date:Jul 1, 1992
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