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Top 3 Attractions Only Locals Would Know About

When planning travel to a new destination, trust the locals to show you the sights and attractions that aren’t written about in the latest guidebooks. From visiting exhibitions and speakeasies to hidden gardens and hole-in-the-wall restaurants, locals always seem to know best.

Luckily, our partners at Vintage House and Villagio Hotel in Napa, Azura Benguerra Island and Azura Quilalea Private Island in Mozambique, Azura Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania and CasaSur Recoleta Hotel in Argentina have shared the top 3 attractions only locals would know about near their properties:


Top 3 Attractions Only Locals Would Know About in Napa

1. Promontory Winery: Arrange for a $200 per person tasting by appointment only at Promontory, a winery tucked amongst the hills straddling Yountville and Oakville. Read more of the story behind the “new blockbuster winery” here.

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2. Patland Estate Vineyards: Book a $100 per person tasting at Patland, a stunning Tuscan Estate with the most gorgeous view that leads your eye all the way to San Francisco. The vineyard boasts a unique art and exotic car collection as well that is part of the VIP tour.

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3. Hamel Family Wines: Reserve an appointment at Hamel Family Wines in Sonoma to experience an outstanding food and wine pairing in the executive tasting room, led by an Estate Ambassador. The winery’s beautiful, modern estate overlooking its vineyard is quite the spectacle.

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Top 3 Attractions Only Locals Would Know About in Mozambique & Tanzania

1. Azura Quilalea’s Marine Walk: On the private island of Quilalea, there is an unknown and secret area where at low tide, Turtle Beach’s marine world is exposed to the naked eye. Upon this adventurous walk, you will discover small pools containing a variety of small fish, soft corals, and other natural wonders. Stumble upon beautiful leopard printed cowrie shells, sea stars and even the occasional salt and pepper moral eel. The well-camouflaged rocks come alive as the giant rock crabs that inhabit these areas scurry away. You will be in for a marine treat when discovering these hidden wonders.

Azura Quilalea Private Island

2.  Azura Selous’s Walking Safari: Walking safaris offer guests the rare chance to get up close and personal with the “little five,” as well as learn about the relationship between flora and fauna, and the medicinal values of the plants that thrive in the Selous. A highly educational and uniquely enlightening experience, walking safaris follow the tracks, sights, smells and sounds of animals big and small into the wilderness of Africa, accompanied by an armed Park Ranger and your guide. Here is a video taken during a walking safari encounter with wild dogs.

Azura Selous Game Reserve

3. Azura Benguerra’s Beach Picnic at South Point: Walk through the mini sand dunes and arrive at our swimming and beach picnic spot. Swimming here is some of the best you’ll find on the island as the waves are broken-up by the sand bars off the southern tip of the island. Have a wonderful picnic lunch set up for you, allowing you the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine and tranquil atmosphere.

Azura Benguerra Island


Top 3 Attractions Only Locals Would Know About in Buenos Aires, Argentina

1. Rose Garden at Palermo Forest: Spend time away from the city crowds by walking through Palermo Forest’s Rose Garden, El Rosedal. The impressive grounds near CasaSur Recoleta are set beside a freshwater lake and are home to over 15,000 rose bushes from over 1,200 different species.

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2. Floralis Generica: Make your way to the Plaza de las Naciones Unidos to see the Floralis Generica, a stunning steel and aluminum flower sculpture. The flower, by the Argentinian architect Eduardo Catalano, magically opens and closes its petals in the mornings and evenings to symbolize the hope that is reborn each day.

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3. Recoleta Cemetery: The Recoleta Cemetery’s incredible architecture features graves of Argentina’s past, well known artists and politicians, like Evita Peron. Having been listed as one of the 10 most beautiful cemeteries in the world by CNN a few years ago, the grounds are not to be missed.

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We hope you get a chance to experience these attractions only locals would know about in California, Tanzania, Mozambique and Argentina!

– The JG Black Book Team