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Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Boston , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

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Overview+

Boston was founded by English settlers in 1630 and today is a destination, where old and new blend happily together. A guided walk or a Boston Duck Tour on-board a WWII-style amphibious landing vehicle is a great way to become acquainted with Boston's famous historical and education heritage - students here, belong to an academic elite as both Harvard and Boston University are in close proximity - and the city enjoys a young, optimistic vibe for this reason. One of America’s most family-friendly cities, Boston’s Museum of Science hosts an interactive range of exhibits whilst exhibits from the Boston Children’s Museum have become national favourites and include the world’s first hand’s on exhibit - the 1960s “ What’s Inside”. Mingle with penguins at the New England Aquarium where if you’re brave enough you can stroke a bonnethead shark. Take chatty children to the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy library, the acoustics of this giant three-storey stained glass globe, are so strange that a mere whisper can reverberate around the entire structure.

General Information
CapitalState: Massachusetts. Capital: Boston. Largest City: Boston.
LanguageEnglish
Time Difference-8 hours
CurrencyUS Dollar
Voltage120V

Health

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.


Visa

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

The web-based Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) requires all passengers (including infants) travelling via or to the USA to apply for authority to travel a minimum of 72 hours prior to travel. You may be denied boarding or refused entry to the US if you have not registered and obtained authorisation. To apply visit the official website: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ A charge of UD$14 per person (subject to change) will apply and must be paid by either credit or debit card. Please note: Any charges levied, are subject to change; all details should be checked well in advance of travel. USA visa requirements for UAE citizens are provided by the Embassy of the United States in Abu Dhabi. For further information please go to http://abudhabi.usembassy.gov/visas

Climate+

Summer is the hottest time of year in Boston, with an average temperature of 80 degrees and high humidity levels. December, January and February are the coldest months, with the most snowfall.  Spring and autumn’s temperatures are the most moderate, and because Boston is part of New England, it is particularly delightful in the autumn (September to early November) when the leaves of the many trees change colour, turning the whole region into a work of living art.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Boston.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January193
February393
March897
April1493
May2085
June2580
July2875
August2785
September2382
October1787
November11111
December4105

Highlights+

Back Bay
An affluent district filled with stunning architecture, including the famous Victorian Brownstone houses and landmarks including Copley Square, Boston Public Library and the Prudential Center, location of the Skywalk Observatory that offers 360 degree sky -high views over the city. There are also stylish boutiques along Newbury Street, Boylston Street - home to one of our our featured hotels Mandarin Oriental, Boston  - and Commonwealth Avenue, amongst the stylish residences, fashionable bars and restaurants.

Beacon Hill 
Hallmarked by cobblestone streets, beautiful doors, gas lights and antique shops - dates back to the 19th century and great care has been taken to maintain its delightful, original charm. Here you'll find the Fifteen Beacon  , a landmark turn-of-the-century Beaux Art building, boasting many splendid Art Deco features as well as  a unique rooftop garden, complete with a hot tub.

Boston Harbor

Site of the infamous 'Boston Tea Party' (that, in part, led to the American War of Independence, which began near Boston in 1775), Boston Harbor has a long history and there are sightseeing boat trips that will tell you all about it as well as dinner cruises and thrilling powerboat rides.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Interactive exhibit, actors dressed in costumes and restored tea ships will transport you back to the historic night of 1773 in Boston Harbor, when American Colonists took action to fight British rule.

Getting There+

Flight Information
Emirates direct from Dubai to Boston.
Qatar Airways direct from Doha to Boston.

Flight Time
From Dubai to Boston: 13 hours, 35 minutes.

Travel Gems+

Fenway Park
Take a guided one-hour tour of Fenway Park, the famous baseball ground of the Boston Red Sox, to learn about its history and players, from its opening in 1912 to the present day.

Boston Movie Tour
Look out for famous locations from the big and little screen including: Good Will Hunting, The Departed, Mystic River

North End
Boston's Italian neighbourhood, is jam packed with restaurants, cafés and bakeries, there is no avoiding the heady smell of freshly baked bread and rich tomato sauce. Absolute bliss.

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