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by on March 13, 2013 |
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An equinox occurs twice a year (around March 20th and September 22nd), when the sun, in its orbit around the earth, passes directly over the Earth’s equator making the length of the daylight and evening hours equal. Most of us refer to these dates as the First Day of Spring or the Last Day of Summer. Not a normal, celebrated day for people in the U.S. But it is in Mexico.

In September of 2011 my husband and I took our first vacation to the Riviera Maya. Wanting to be sure and see ‘Mexico’ we had pre-booked an excursion to Chichen Itza – an ancient Mayan City and archaeological site on the Yucatan Peninsula. The main pyramid is known in Mayan as “El Castillo” or the castle and since July of 2007 has been listed as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. On the day before our excursion, we were contacted at the hotel and advised Amstar (our tour guide) wanted to move our date up 1 day so that we could take advantage of the Summer Solstice Celebration. We agreed but did not fully understand the significance of this occurrence to the Mayan people. We quickly found out this is huge there. Thousands of people were there that day. After a guided tour of the ruins everyone gathers in the center of the city to witness a phenomenon of light and shadow on the steps of El Castillo pyramid. The shadow of the ‘plumed serpent’ of light descending the steps is said to be the ancient ‘serpent’, Kukulkan, making his way to the well of sacrifice nearby. How does this work? As the sun passes over, seven isosceles triangles are formed and compose the body of the 37 yard-long serpent that creeps downward until it joins the serpent’s head carved in stone at the bottom of the stairway. Don’t worry… there was and is no sacrifice conducted… today. This could not always have been said. Definitely a wonder to be seen and experienced.

A normal person would think just being at a beautiful resort with unlimited food, drink, entertainment,   incredible beaches…non-stop luxury would be enough of an amazing vacation. Then all us ‘normal people’ would be wrong. While you are on your amazing vacation there are some pretty amazing excursions that are a must, depending on where you are. Chichen Itza is rich in it’s history and grandeur. You won’t be disappointed if you include this in your vacation.

Once you have your trip booked, ask your agent what there is to do where you’re going. Each of our agents have either been there or know where to send you to guarantee a wonderful time.

by on March 6, 2013 |
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Summer vacation is just around the corner and the deals are heating up!  If you’re dreaming of sunny skies, sparkling waters and luxurious beaches now is the time to turn that Dream into a reality.  Call us today to add airfare to your city and take advantage of these great specials!

Cancun, Mexico
Golden Parnassus *adults only $616 per person
Crown Paradise Club Cancun $700 per person
Riu Caribe $889 per person
Iberostar Cancun $969 per person
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Ocean Maya Royale *adults only $532 per person
Grand Bahia Principe Akumal $658 per person
Grand Palladium White Sands $763 per person
Dreams Puerto Aventuras $938 per person
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Royal Decameron Complex $427 per person
Golden Crown Paradise *adults only $560 per person
Riu Vallarta $692 per person
Dreams Puerto Vallarta $833 per person
Los Cabos, Mexico
Hola Grand Faro $616 per person
Riu Santa Fe $767 per person
Melia Cabo Real $882 per person
Barcelo Los Cabos $959 per person
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro $483 per person
Ocean Blue $560 per person
Grand Palladium Palace $637 per person
Now Larimar $770 per person
Jamaica
Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica $658 per person
Grand Palladium Jamaica $714 per person
Riu Negril $888 per person
The Jewel Dunn’s River *adults only $910 per person

 

Prices valid for 7 nights June 22-29, 2013 and based upon adult double occupancy. Prices include transfers to/from the destination airport, all meals and beverages, nonmotorized watersports and taxes. Prices valid as of 2/5/2013 and do not include airfare.

 

by on March 6, 2013 |
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Christmas deals can go fast!  Book early to save big on your Dream all inclusive vacation! Call us today to add airfare from your city and lock in your trip with just a deposit. Get the best prices and specials by booking now!

Cancun, Mexico
Riu Cancun $1384 per person
Iberostar Cancun $1473 per person
Golden Parnassus *adults only $1502 per person
Riu Palace Las Americas $1619 per person
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Sandos Playacar $1025 per person
Ocean Coral and Turquesa $1108 per person
Iberostar Paraiso Del Mar $1276 per person
Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun $1422 per person
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Grand Palladium Vallarta $951 per person
Riu Vallarta $1142 per person
Riu Palace Pacifico $1457 per person
Dreams Villa Magna $1611 per person
Los Cabos, Mexico
Riu Santa Fe $1112 per person
Melia Cabo Real $1423 per person
Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas $1581 per person
Dreams Los Cabos $2009 per person
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Ocean Blue $996 per person
Melia Caribe Tropical $1108 per person
Majestic Colonial $1275 per person
Now Larimar $1312 per person
Jamaica
Sunset Jamaica Grande $1098 per person
Riu Ocho Rios $1412 per person
Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica $1428 per person
Iberostar Rose Hall Beach $1673 per person

 

Prices valid for 7 nights Dec 22-29, 2013 and based upon adult double occupancy. Prices include transfers to/from the destination airport, all meals and beverages, nonmotorized watersports and taxes. Prices valid as of 2/6/2013 and do not include airfare.

by on February 15, 2013 |
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I like a great beach but I love a great pool.  I spend most of my day pool side so I think  pools are a key factor when selecting your all inclusive hotel.  Here are a few all inclusive resorts that have really cool pools.

The Iberostar Paraiso Maya and Iberostar Paraiso Lindo in the Riviera Maya of Mexico actually share an enormous lagoon style pool.  The pool has an amazing swim up bar, ample seating and shaded lounge chairs.  The pool winds through the complex starting with a lazy river and a wave pool and ending up at the beach access.

  

Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas in Cabo San Lucas Mexico.  Look at the view !   Not the biggest or the newest pool but the view is to die for.  Sip on a cool drink as you look out to Lands End.  The Palace swim up bar has the same view of the Arch.  The Riu Santa Fe is a moderate priced hotel next door but it also boasts some amazing pool views as well.

  

The main and quiet pool at the Iberostar Grand Paraiso in the Riviera Maya of Mexico.  The Grand has an amazing inifinity pool with a swim up bar and food service one of the most photographed pools in Mexico but their quiet pool might be one of my favorite pool hangouts ever!  You usually have the entire pool and wait staff to yourself !

  

Dreams Punta Cana  located in Punta Cana,  Domimican Republic.  The Dreams showcases one of the largest free form pools anywhere.   The pool winds its way from the lobby down to the beach and is complete with waterfalls, a swim-up bar and venues throughout.  Each person seems to get their own little pool area so even though the pool is enormous it feels very private.

  

Many of our hotels have incredible pools these are just a few that I thought I would highlight.  The adult only hotels have some wonderful set ups and many of our top family friendly hotels have child waterparks, waterslides and more.  Call me and we can find the right pool for you.

by on February 8, 2013 |
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The Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort and Spa  all inclusive has it all in the Riviera Maya. From a 18 hole Nick Price golf course to a water park with 17 slides for the kids this resort has something for everyone. It sits on 100 acres of Mayan jungle only 3 miles from the town of Playa Del Carmen where visitors can experience shopping and dining.

The resort itself is very lush and tropical and has tons of activities from snorkeling through the rivers running through the property to bike trails for a scenic ride in a jungle atmosphere. This resort offers plenty of dining and entertainment options to fit any taste, it has 10 restaurants to choose from and 8 different bars including a popular piano bar. There are over 600 rooms for families and over 300 rooms just for adults and staying in the adult section has its perks, you receive private check in, one exclusive restaurant, and a private section of beach. So if your looking for a resort where you can have not only a great time but a great experience look no further than the Sandos Caracol All Inclusive Eco Resort in the Riviera Maya.

The Sandos Hotels & Resorts chain was born in Spain in the 1990′s and is widely know for their innovative environmental programs, quality facilities, and their consistent commitment to improving and maintaining their services and properties. The three pillars of Sandos’ business strategy and mission are differentiation, environmental sustainability and innovation.

by on February 6, 2013 |
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We receive many calls throughout the year with the same question; “When is the cheapest time of the year to travel?” Answering that question can be somewhat difficult simply because prices can literally change every day but, in this blog you will be able to see an idea of average prices for the first 10 months of the year on a person price range for some of our most popular All Inclusive Resorts.

As you will see in this graph, the most expensive time of the year to travel (other than Christmas and New Years which is not listed in this graph since those prices are not yet available) would be the months of February, then March, then April and then back up a little in June. Why would those dates be the most expensive? In February, many of us are tired of being stuck in the cold for the past few months and we simply want to get out of town to a wonderful warm sunny beach as well as many travelers try to take vacation over Presidents Day to try and avoid using an extra vacation day from work or school. Thus, the third week of February fills fast and can become very expensive if booking last minute.

For the months of March and April, prices are higher each year simply because of the popularity of Spring Break Travel. Whether you are a teacher planning a romantic getaway with your spouse and you want to travel when your students are out of school or maybe you are a parent wanting to take you kids on vacation during the same time frame and not wanting them to miss school, your best bet each year is to try and book early for these popular travel dates. Easter break tends to be the most popular week of Spring Break Travel.

The rates for All Inclusive travel tend to come down between April 15th and the end of May while prices start to jump back up to Spring Break like rates on the 2nd or 3rd week of June through early August. Rates tend to start dropping like a rollercoaster ride at the end of August through the middle to first part of November. So, to answer the question “When is the cheapest time to travel?” all you have to do is think about the popularity of the travel season and then consider if you can travel when others don’t. Again dates such as mid April to late May and then late August through the first week of November are the least expensive months to travel on average.

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