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Best All Inclusive Resorts in St. Thomas

April 17, 2015

St. Thomas ResortsWhen it comes to islands in the Caribbean that offer some of the best all inclusive resorts for a vacation, one to consider is St. Thomas. St Thomas is a beautiful island with a lot of different activities to do as well as amazing beaches to checkout. For those that have taken a vacation to St. Thomas before, they know to book their stay at an all inclusive resort as it allows you to save as everything is included in their travel package. If you’re planning a St. Thomas vacation and are wondering which all inclusive resort to consider, these are some of our favorites:

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort – Best for Families

Bolongo Bay is one of the best all inclusive resorts on any island. This resort is located on the South Coast, and offers excellent views of the beach and ocean. It is located near plenty of different activities you and your family can enjoy and offers something for everyone. For those who have stayed at this resort say that the food and drinks are absolutely to die for and the kitchen staff is very, very specific about following any diet concerns. With there also being a lot of on site activities, there will be surely something your kids will enjoy doing.

Frenchman’s Cove – Great for Traveling with teens

Frenchman’s Cove initially wins a lot of people over because it comes from Marriott, a trusted name in hotels. However, it will win your heart with the beautiful views and amazing activities for you to enjoy during your stay. Located in Charlotte Amalie, the hotel comes with the amazing palm beaches, crystal clear pools, and amazing places to dine and enjoy drinks. The hotel also offers special programs for children and teens, which allows them to do the things they want to do (swimming, snorkeling) while giving parents some alone time.

Crystal Cove Beach Resort – Best for the Penny Pincher

For those who don’t want to break their wallets for their Saint Thomas vacation but still want to experience everything there is to experience, the Crystal Cove Beach Resort is an option that meets your needs. The rooms are clean and well taken care of, and the beach is just a few steps away. While this won’t have all the grandeur of the other places on the list, it is still an excellent spot for your all inclusive vacation.

Bluebird’s Beach Club and Villas – Best for Couples

While the Bluebird’s Beach Club and Villas doesn’t offer activities for kids, it offers a lot for couples who want a romantic trip for two. The rooms are sizable and the food is tasty. However, the magic of this specific hotel comes when you walk outside. There are plenty of wild animals that will have you looking around, including fish, birds, and lizards. If you’re looking for a resort that is perfect for a romantic getaway in Saint Thomas, this may be the resort for you.

No matter what, vacationing in Saint Thomas is going to be an absolutely remarkable experience – take it for all it has to offer! If you’re interested in booking an all inclusive trip here, give us a call so we can help plan it.

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Best Beaches in St. Lucia

April 12, 2015

St. Lucia BeachesIn a place such as St. Lucia, it is hard to believe that there are any bad beaches to visit while on vacation. St Lucia has always been known as one of the better spots in the Caribbean for a beach vacation as it offers so many different ones to checkout while visiting.  With there being a lot of beaches you can checkout during your vacation in St Lucia, there are certainly beaches that stand above the others when it comes to safety, cleanliness, water conditions, and just overall fun factors. Here are some of our picks for the best beaches in St. Lucia that you might want to consider checking out:

Jalousie Beach – Best for those looking for crystal clear water

When you think of a tropical paradise like St Lucia, you expect to see crystal blue water that almost looks like a screensaver. If you are looking for a beach with crystal clear water, I recommend checking out Jalousie. Jalousie is the beach of choice for snorkelers, scuba divers, and boaters who love to see the natural beauty underneath the water. The beach sits between Gros and Petit Piton, two volcanic peaks that make this a favorite for photographers.

Pigeon Island National Park – Best for people who want some quiet

This state park is one of the best for those who want to get away from the crowded beaches and are looking for something more secluded. The beach sits on the north end of the island and is a great place for swimming and sunbathing. It also doubles (if you are traveling with someone who doesn’t love beaches) as a historical trip, as you are able to see the historic Fort Rodney ruins and visit a small museum. The beach still has amenities you can checkout while visiting that includes two places to eat and a bar.

Grande Anse – Best for nature lovers

Grande Anse is one of the favorites for locals and visitors alike because of the turtles that travel up and down the sand to lay their eggs. The water and sand may not be as white and clear as some of the other beaches in St Lucia, but it is still a beautiful spot to checkout where you can enjoy nature as well as being able to work on your tan.

Anse de Sables Beach – best for the adventurer

With the constant winds at Anse de Sables in Vieux Fort, it makes for one of the best beaches for those who want to get a little daring and try windsurfing or other types of water sports. If you are looking to something more adventurous and don’t want to just lay on the beach, this may be the best beach for you.

You can’t really go wrong with the beaches in St. Lucia, but finding the one that suits your needs will help make your trip extra special.

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Vacation Tips for 50 Plus Travelers

March 15, 2015

Riu Palace LobbyTraveling the world at any age can be a great experience that leads to some of the best moments of your life and can create memories you’ll always remember. However, as you get older there are some changes that you will need to make when going on a vacation. These changes won’t really affect your day to day actions, but will change some of the ways you get ready for your travels. As you age, it becomes more and more important that for any trip that you go on, you plan ahead as it will make it easier for you. Here are some things that you should consider doing if you’re over 50 and are wanting to go on a vacation.

Discuss your trip with your doctor. Your doctor will be able to tell you if you will need to change anything about the trip you want to go on, your travel plans, or your medication. Moving to different time zones or elevations can significantly change the effectiveness of your medicine so it’s important to talk to your doctor first to prevent any issues.

Plan for your feet. One significant problem with traveling on planes for a long time is something called deep-vein thrombosis or DVT. This is when blood clots form in your veins, typically in the legs. This is often caused by sitting on a plane or car for too long without being able to walk around. Purchase compression socks if you think it will be a problem.

Keep any medication in a container. When you are traveling, you must keep your medicine in the containers from the pharmacy, whether your pills are prescription or OTC. If you don’t have them in the container, airport security may throw them away, which could cause major issues for you.

Use hand sanitizer. Even if you are in first class, planes and trains are almost always full of germs. Use hand sanitizer to clean them off before you eat or touch your face. Remember that tourist areas sometimes see thousands of people each day, and that is a lot of germs so you should consider taking precautions to avoid getting sick.

Stay hydrated. Jet lag and constant movement that you aren’t used to can lead to dehydration. Make sure you constantly drink some water no matter wherever you go. Don’t drink tap water in strange places though as it may be contaminated so it’s best to have bottle water with you.

Learn the language. Some people in other countries prey upon older individuals because they know that they don’t have knowledge of the language. Consider picking up a book or video that will at least give you some rudimentary knowledge of the language before you go.

No matter where you are traveling in the world, some of the same tips always ring true: be polite, keep your head up, protect your money, wear a cross body purse, and have a great time. Traveling can be a wonderful experience, but keep yourself safe so that you can make the most of your trip and decrease the potential of problems happening.

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Top Family Resorts for your Vacation

March 5, 2015

Hilton Waikoloa VillageWhen it comes to planning a family vacation, one of the more important things that you need to pick is where you will be staying. Picking a resort that offers everything that you will need while on your vacation will make things a lot easier for you. If you have kids you know how hard it can be to travel with them sometimes so you need to make sure the hotel you decide on offers things they can enjoy. I know that when I go on family vacations with my own kids I need to look for a resort that offers things they will enjoy as it will make my trip more enjoyable. If you are in the process of planning a family vacation and are looking for some of the best resorts your kids will enjoy, these are some of my favorites.

If you are looking for a “mega” resort in paradise that offers a lot of amenities your kids would enjoy, one you should consider is the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Located on the Big Island in Hawaii, the Hilton Waikoloa Village is a massive resort that offers so many things that you may not want to leave the resort. Just to show you how big this resort is, you can take either a boat or monorail to get from one side of the hotel to the other. While staying at this resort, one thing that your kids will probably want to do is swim with the dolphins on the property. When I took my kids here for a vacation, they had the chance to try this out and loved out. Other things you can enjoy while staying here are the many pool as well as an enclosed salt water area that gives you the ability to swim with turtles and fish.

A second resort you might consider for your family trip is the Atlantis Resort. Located in the Bahamas, this again is a big resort that offers 38 restaurants, 11 exhibit lagoons and so much more. If you have never taken a vacation to the Bahamas before, it truly is a tropical paradise with amazing weather and some of the best beaches. At the Atlantis Resort your kids can enjoy swimming in the many pools located on the property as well as enjoying a great water-slide. This resort also offers the ability for your kids to see many different types of animals that include sharks, stingrays and lion-fish. The other great thing about visiting this resort is that it is affordable and offers a lot of great deals throughout the year.

With us talking about favorite family resorts you knew we needed to include one from the most popular family destination, which is Disney. Out of the many resorts that Disney owns, one of my favorites has to be the Grand Californian, which is located at Disneyland. With this resort I will be the first to admit that it is pricey but if you can afford it, I highly recommend staying here for your Disney vacation. One of my favorite things about this resort is the fact that it has its own private entrance into Disney California Adventure Park. This makes it really easy for you as all you need to do is walk downstairs and you can enter the park.

These are just some of our favorite family resorts. When booking your trip before booking your hotel stay, make sure the resort you decide on offers things your family will enjoy.

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Why you should consider an off peak vacation

February 26, 2015

Off Peak VacationWhen it comes to planning a vacation, one thing that most people want to do is find the best deal possible so they can save. Who wants to pay more for the same package when they can get it for a lot less. If your travel dates are flexible and you are able to travel at any time, you should consider booking your trip during the off peak season. I remember before I had my kids my husband and I used to travel during off peak months and had some of the best vacations we’ve every had. Some of the perks for booking your vacation during off peak months include the following things:

For one thing, when booking your trip during off peak times for a destination you should be able to save money. Travel is all about supply and demand, when it is the peak travel season there is a higher demand so prices go up while during the off peak times prices are usually cheaper. During the off peak season, hotels and even airlines don’t want there to be any empty rooms or seats so they sometimes offer lower prices to entice people to book with them. I know that when we used to travel during these times we would sometimes pay almost half the price for the same vacation during off peak months as compared to the peak season.

During the off peak travel season for a particular destination, another thing that you will surely enjoy are the smaller crowds. Whether it being a beach vacation in the Riviera Maya or a trip to Disneyland, traveling during the so called slow times of a destination allows you to to enjoy the destination more in my opinion as you don’t have to worry about others who are also visiting. On a trip I took to Jamaica, we traveled during the off season and absolutely enjoyed ourselves as there weren’t many people on the beaches, we could easily get a table at any restaurant and all of the activities we wanted to do was available even though we didn’t book them in advance.

A third reason why you should consider traveling during this time is because you will have a lot of options. As mentioned above with the prices being cheaper, you possibly have the chance to stay at a luxury resort that you may have not been able to afford if you’ve traveled during a different time. Again this is one of the great things about taking a vacation during this time, it allows you to take the vacation you’ve always wanted to go on but for a price that you can afford. Maybe stay at a luxury beach resort and spend some time at a spa, you have a lot of options as things are going to be more affordable.

If you decide you want to take an off peak vacation, make sure you first figure out when the slower months are for a destination so you get the best price. After that, book that dream vacation and save!

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