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My Favorite Cruise Destinations

April 21, 2014

cruise vacationWhen taking a vacation, there are a lot of options to chose from that include the destination you visit as well as the type of package you book. For me, one of my favorites is going on a cruise. For my honeymoon, my husband and I took a cruise vacation to the Caribbean on Disney Cruises and had an absolute blast the entire trip. One of the reasons why I love going on cruises is because it allows you to see different destinations easily on one trip. While on vacation a “regular” vacation you very rarely get the chance to visit other destinations. On a cruise you can make port in multiple destinations allowing you to explore new areas.

With there being so many different places you can take a cruise vacation to, one of my favorites is Alaska. For those that think going on a cruise to Alaska would be to cold, don’t worry as most ships only go during the Summer months, which mean the weather isn’t that bad. If you have never had the chance to visit Alaska, it really is the nations last frontier and is a beautiful place. While on a cruise, you are able to go on different excursions in the city you make port in and in Alaska one activity we did was a canoe ride down a river. If you go on an Alaskan cruise and this activity is available, I highly recommend booking it. On our ride, we got to see all types of animals in the area including bears and a bald eagle. If you love nature, Alaska is probably the best spot for you.

Another destination that I enjoy taking a cruise vacation to is Europe. A couple years back I was able to go with my family as we were having our family reunion and must admit that this is one of the best ways to see Europe. With the ship making port in great destinations in Europe, I was able to visit all of the destinations I wanted to visit. Out of all of the destinations that I have taken a cruise to, Europe was the most expensive as you also need to pay a lot for your airfare to get there. If you are able to afford it, you possibly will get the chance to visit destinations like Italy and have a trip that you will never forget.

The third destination on my list for best places to go on a cruise vacation is the Caribbean. Like I mentioned already, I spent my honeymoon on a cruise here and loved it. The great thing about a Caribbean cruise is the fact that you get to visit so many great beach destinations, so if you love laying out and getting some sun, this is the type of cruise for you. Another thing that I enjoyed about taking a cruise to the Caribbean is the shopping. In most ports, there are a lot of local merchants with interesting crafts that will try to sell you things, sometimes aggressively, as soon as you get off the ship.

If you have never had the chance to take a cruise before, I highly recommend doing it and considering one of these destinations for it.

 

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Tips for Booking Cheap Activities in the Caribbean

April 14, 2014

Caribbean ActivitiesWhen you go on vacation to the Caribbean, one of the great things to do is trying out some of the activities offered on the island. I know for a lot of people that go on vacation in the Caribbean, they go to experience the beaches but you can only lay out on the sand for so long. The great thing about the islands in the Caribbean like Jamaica and Aruba is that they offer so many great things for you to do besides just the beaches. For instance in Jamaica you can go on an exhilarating bobsled ride down a mountain or enjoy going on a nature hike in Belize. By doing different activities while on your trip, you not only get to experience more from the island but you also get to try new things. When it comes to booking your activities, there are certainly things that you can do to help you save.

One of the best ways to save on activities is to go all inclusive with your vacation. If you have ever taken a vacation to the Caribbean before, you know that there are some great all inclusive packages for you to book that are not only cheap but offer a lot more besides just your resort stay and food. When you are beginning to research for your trip and are looking for a package to book, make sure you look at all of the different things that are offered in each. Even though one package may be more expensive, in the end you could save more by booking it due to the different things offered in it. On a recent trip I took, in our all inclusive package it offered a day at the spa as well as the ability to do a lot of water activities like kayaking for no extra cost since it was already included in our package.

Another way you can save on the activities you want to do on your trip is to book them early. I know you hear this a lot when it comes to travel but it really is true. For some destinations especially during the busy seasons, the more popular activities can get booked up quickly and with this there could be an increase in price or even it being sold out. As soon as you figure out what you want to do on your trip, try to book it.

You can also save on activities for your trip by booking them with the travel company you booked your trip with. For some travelers, when it comes to booking the things they want to do they wait until they get to the actual destination and book it through the concierge desk at the resort. While this is an OK option, you can most likely save more by booking them through a travel agent. While these resorts do offer some decent pricing, a majority of the time you will save by booking them with your travel package. Also another thing to consider if you are on a tight budget but still want to tryout different activities while on your trip is to do some of the less popular activities. Just like anything in life, the higher the demand for something, the more the price will be. If you are willing to be adventurous and try unique things, you will be able to do different activities for a cheap price.

Going on vacation to the Caribbean is always fun and by doing these things, it can help you save on different activities for your trip.

 

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Enjoying the Beauty of Kauai

April 8, 2014

Kauai vacationSurrounded by the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean, Kauai is a beautiful island to enjoy your vacation in Paradise. While visiting, you can indulge in the island’s lush tropical environment and explore the Hawaiian heritage. A lackadaisical spirit abounds this heavenly garden of fascinations and is the reason why so many vacation here.

Although Kauai is a rather small island, it has unlimited attractions, outstanding geographical features, marvelous landscapes and so much more. One of the most beautiful spot is the Hanalei Valley Lookout, reining the North Shore of Kauai. The Hanalei Valley is one mile long and six miles wide. On the floor of the valley, lies a truss bridge built in 1912. If you want to see the natural beauty of Kauai, this spot is a must do. Another famous attraction that is a must do on Kauai is the Maniniholo Dry Cave. This cave is about 300 yards deep and leads to a small outlet on the side of the mountain. To reach the Maniniholo Dry Cave, you will first need to go to Ha’ena Beach Park on route 560 and look for the cave on your left.

Another popular spot to visit while on your trip is the Waikanaloa Wet Cave. This cave was discovered 100 yards under water by scuba divers and is a beautiful spot to checkout. Another cave to explore, called the Waikapalae Wet Cave, is located about 100 yards from the Waikanaloa Wet Cave and is also a cool spot to visit. While on your vacation, you should also consider visiting the picturesque Wailua Falls. With a sheer height of 80 feet, these dramatic falls can be viewed from Highway 583 or Maalo Road. An interesting spot to visit as well is the Bell Stone. The reason this rock got this unique name is because when struck sharply, a sound reverberates over the entire Wailua Valley.

When vacationing on Kauai, one of the more difficult things to do is deciding where to begin and where to end, as the opportunities are endless. If you are a true adventure lover, then there are various outdoor sports for you. Some of Hawaii’s best golf courses are found on Kauai where you can spend the day enjoying a challenging round of golf. Besides the different resort courses, there are a number of public courses as well to try out. One of the great things about most of these courses on Kauai is that they have panoramic ocean views with a mountain backdrop. Of all the other activities available in Kauai, horseback riding is probably one of my favorites. If you enjoy fishing, Kauai is noted for both freshwater and saltwater anglers. Marlin, ahi, and aku are found aplenty in Kauai. If you enjoy hiking, Kauai is most likely the best Hawaiian island for you as there are so many different trails to explore.

If you are planning a trip to Hawaii and want to experience the natural beauty of it, Kauai may be the best island for you as it is a nature’s lover paradise.

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Is Punta Cana the Top Vacation Spot in the Caribbean?

April 1, 2014

Punta Cana VacationWith a landscape marked by numerous palm trees and gorgeous beaches, Punta Cana is one of the most beautiful places in the Dominion Republic. While on vacation here, you can indulge in activities galore from relaxing at world class spas, testing your luck at some of the casinos, or just working on your tan.

Punta Cana has mild climate conditions all year round and is one of the reasons why so many vacationers escape here to getaway from the cold. Punta Cana does experience notable climatic variations with the change of seasons. Travelers visiting Punta Cana during any time of the year may be greeted by extensive periods of sunshine and azure skies, which is one of the reasons why it has become of the more popular destinations in the Caribbean for a beach vacation.

Punta Cana has ample options for your enjoyment while on your trip. Manati Park is an amusement theme park with exhibits of reptiles, birds and fish. You can also catch a show with parrots, dancing horses and dolphins with all of this being included in the park’s main admission fee. Another activity that you might enjoy is a short boat ride down to Dolphin Island where you will get the opportunity to swim with trained dolphins right in the middle of the sea. If you are a nature lover than Punta Cana has activities for you as well. One thing you could consider doing is visiting the Punta Cana Ecological Reserve. It comes with a short-guided tour and the option of taking a bath in the cool spring at the end of the reserve.

Make sure you also visit the Cueva de la Linea and Cueva de las Arenas caves located off the San Lorenzo Bay. You will have to take a boat trip to get there but along the way you will get to enjoy the beauty of the area. Another interesting place to visit is the large island off the coast of La Altagracia province called Isla Saona. This island is a beautiful spot where you can spend the whole day exploring it. Those who are truly interested in plants can think about visiting the Tropical Plantation, which is a nursery with scores of exotic species to checkout.

The nightlife in Punta Cana is truly amazing. After a fantastic dinner at your restaurant of choice, it’s easy to find yourself dancing the night away to the fresh tunes of Merengue. The local bars and clubs in the area will make sure that you have a great time on your getaway.

If you are looking to do some shopping while on your vacation, Punta Cana has you covered. Punta Cana has two primary shopping centers, Plaza Bavaro and Plaza Punta Cana, both having a wide collection of Dominican and Caribbean crafts and unique gift items like silver or hand made souvenirs, hand-rolled cigars, ceramics and rum.

As you can see there is a lot to do while on vacation in Punta Cana and is the reason why so many are choosing this spot to getaway from it all to let loose and relax.

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Getting Away from it All With a Trip to Los Cabos

March 24, 2014

Los Cabos VacationIf looking to break free from the daily stresses of your life, you might consider going on a vacation to Los Cabos, where you can peacefully leave everything behind and indulge in ultimate relaxation. Here, you will get everything you need – from adventure sports to beach side relaxation, fine dining to top class all inclusive resorts. Los Cabos is truly the perfect destination for those who know what enjoyment is all about. You will find everything you need to leave behind the hassles of your everyday life.

GETTING THERE

You can get to Los Cabos by about any possible way you can think of – by land, air or sea. There is an international airport in Los Cabos, where you can arrive from your hometown via air. A 3 to 4 days drive southward from San Diego, will also take you to this wonderful place. All along the way, you will get a host of towns offering fine accommodations if you decide to go this route. You can also arrive here by sea, from the west coast of the US and Canada.

ACCOMMODATION

When vacationing in Los Cabos, there are plenty of fine accommodations waiting for you. From luxurious hotels to all-inclusive resorts, Los Cabos hosts them all. You can choose from a wide range of rentals in Los Cabos as well. These accommodations are perfect for families, couples, or friends seeking absolute bliss and solitude. If interested, you can also think about staying at a villa while on your vacation. These villas will be totally yours with no one to interrupt in your peaceful moments. You can cook your own food, relax in the garden adjoining your villa, or play with your kids in the large swimming pool. One of the great things about taking a trip here is that you will most likely find the perfect accommodations that matches your taste.

THINGS TO DO

In Los Cabos, there are a lot of different activities you can do off the coast. On the main beaches, you can take part in jet skiing, kayaking, canoeing, water surfing, para-sailing and wind surfing. If you are interested in some deep sea fishing, Los Cabos has you covered. In fact, in Los Cabos, sport fishing is a widely sought activity. At the place where the sea of Cortes meets the Pacific, you will find all types of fish including snapper, roosterfish, swordfish, dorado, wahoo, cabrilla, marlin, etc. If water activities aren’t your thing, you can consider golfing on the Baja Peninsula. Golfing here is like golfing in a tropical paradise with amazing views and challenging holes.

DINING AND NIGHTLIFE

If you’re anything like me and like to eat while on vacation, when Los Cabos can help you with that. The restaurants in Los Cabos serve wonderful Mexican dishes that you will surely love. Fresh seafood cooked with fresh ingredients and spices have turned out to be extremely delicious to visitors from all over the globe. Apart from the wonderful Mexican delicacies, you will also find fine American, Italian, Pan-Asian and European dishes at the many restaurants which have thrived in Los Cabos for ages. The food that is served here will surely remain as a wonderful memory, as they are just so very unforgettable.

As daytime rolls past you and the time for the sunset creeps in, glimpses of the nightlife start unfolding before your eyes. With a number of cafes and bars turning out to be the hotspots after dark, you are sure to have a fun night. The nightlife in Los Cabos is strikingly identical to those fun-filled and indulging Mexican nights.

With so much to do in Los Cabos while on your trip, you will never need to worry about getting bored. Los Cabos is the perfect vacation spot for those who seek peace and solitude, and want to take a break from the mundane routine of their lives.

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