Jurmala, Latvia

<b>Place: Jurmala, Latvia</b><br>
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<b>Why it's a hot ticket in 2009:</b> The dollar may have gained ground against the euro lately but it still doesn't go far on the other side of the pond -- unless you head way off the beaten track. Ever heard of the Jurmala Riviera? It's a 20-mile chain of beaches on the Gulf of Riga not far from the Latvian capital and touts its mud and mineral water. It was once favored by Communist Party officials, including Leonid Brezhnev and Nikita Khrushchev. It's hit on hard times but is now coming back; prices are low and many spots fly blue flags, the ecological seal of approval granted by the not-for-profit Blue Flag Program of Denmark.<br>
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Information:  <a href="http://www.jurmala.lv/en/turistiem/Information/Default.aspx">www.jurmala.lv/en/turistiem/Information/Default.aspx</a><br>
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-- Susan Spano<br>
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Place: Jurmala, Latvia

Why it's a hot ticket in 2009: The dollar may have gained ground against the euro lately but it still doesn't go far on the other side of the pond -- unless you head way off the beaten track. Ever heard of the Jurmala Riviera? It's a 20-mile chain of beaches on the Gulf of Riga not far from the Latvian capital and touts its mud and mineral water. It was once favored by Communist Party officials, including Leonid Brezhnev and Nikita Khrushchev. It's hit on hard times but is now coming back; prices are low and many spots fly blue flags, the ecological seal of approval granted by the not-for-profit Blue Flag Program of Denmark.

Information: www.jurmala.lv/en/turistiem/Information/Default.aspx

-- Susan Spano

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