Generally, beaches are considered to be a romantic location. However, Playa Del Amor or Hidden Beach seems to beat them all, as it is a small paradise hidden by the rocks of the Marieta Islands in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This is one of the few places in the world, where a man-made mistake combined with the beauty of nature resulted in a breathtaking scenery.

The main reason why the Hidden Beach, or Playa Del Amor, is such an interesting location, is that it’s literally hidden. The only way it can be seen is from up above. And the only way to get to the beach is through a water tunnel connecting the beach to the Pacific Ocean.

Most of the Marieta Islands were never inhabited, thus leaving room for a nature to follow its course and create a fairy tale-like place. At the beginning of the 20th century, Mexicans began to create and test bombs to prepare for World War I and the only way to test them was by detonations in the ocean. It is believed that some of the bombs landed on the small Marieta Islands, including the Hidden Beach.

Although these pieces on information have yet to be verified, it’s the only logical explanation for the perfect round hole formed right in the center of the island. Even more interestingly, it seems that the small piece of land with water has formed below the land long before the bombing.

With a distance of 6 feet between the beach and the top of the island, Playa Del Amor is the ideal place for swimming and kayaking. Due to the massive hole that remained intact for over a century, there is enough sun and shade for laying on the sun or for taking a nap.

Since 2005, the Marieta Islands have been officially declared as a National Park, known as the Parque Nacional Islas Marietas. Even though islands cannot be inhabited, they can be visited any time by tourists, who dream of a unique getaway in nature.

Submitted by Hamid Bagha. Thank you.

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Weekly Market Outlook

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Markets are having something of a turnaround Tuesday, the Brexit political fallout continues, and Draghi calls for global policy alignment. Here are some of the things that people in markets are talking about today.

Markets, pound rise

After taking a pounding over the last two trading sessions, global markets and sterling are recovering somewhat this morning. Overnight, the MSCI Asia Pacific Index was little changed, having traded 1.2 percent lower earlier in the session. Japan’s Topix index closed 0.1 percent lower with optimism over further stimulus increasing following a report in the Nikkei newspaper that the chairman of Prime Minister Abe’s party proposed a 20 trillion yen package. In Europe, the Stoxx 600 Index had rallied 2.5 percent by 5:40 a.m. ET while the FTSE 100 was 2.3 percent higher. The pound also rose, gaining 1 percent to trade at $1.3350 at 6:00 a.m. ET as the record selloff following the U.K. referendum abates. S&P 500 futures were 0.7 percent higher.

Brexit fallout

Away from today’s market bounce, the fallout from the Brexit referendum continues. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who has already announced his intention to resign, is due to attend a dinner with his fellow EU leaders this evening with questions over the timing of the invoking of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty remaining unanswered. This morning, in a speech to the German parliament, Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that there could be no “cherry-picking” by the U.K. in negotiations over the country’s future relationship with the EU. Ratings agencies have also responded to the vote, with both S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings downgrading the U.K. yesterday.

Draghi calls for coordination

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has called for greater alignment of policies to address the root causes of the challenges facing the world’s economies in a speech this morning that made no mention of the U.K. vote. At his introduction to the annual ECB economic forum in Portugal yesterday he said that “sadness” best described feelings over the referendum result. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who was scheduled to attend the forum, pulled out yesterday without explanation.


The Shanghai Stock Exchange is no longer top-dog in Chinese equities as Shenzhen’s Small and Medium Enterprise Board is now leading it on turnover. Worryingly, the change of fortune has been mostly driven by a huge drop in volumes on the Shanghai exchange, rather than any massive increase in Shenzhen turnover. For the moment, Chinese authorities are probably more concerned about the unraveling of their yuan policy in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, with the currency slumping 1.2 percent to a five-year low versus the dollar and rallying 2.4 percent against the euro since last week’s vote. Analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., meanwhile, are looking at the domestic bond market for clues as to the strength of the Chinese economy.

U.S. politics gets a turn in the spotlight

Presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may face a test today as the House Benghazi panel is set to unveil its long-awaited report later. CNN is reporting that the panel will say that she should have realized the risks involved in the mission. Polls are showing Clinton maintaining a strong lead over Republican Donald Trump ahead of the report release.