Are you tired of spending lots of time at the beach when you take family or friend vacations? I know that many people love the beach, but I also understand that all that sand and water can become a little boring after a while! But that is why mother nature gave us a whole world of nature to explore and someone was smart enough to use that beauty for natural family fun parks in Cancun and Riviera Maya!
The Two Natural Family Fun Parks in Cancun and Riviera Maya
There are more than fifty natural and cultural attractions within Xcarat in Riviera Maya, so no one should be bored during a visit there! The underground rivers are the most popular, but you can also spend hours wandering through the Aviary, seeing the marine life at the Coral Reef Aquarium, and spotting your favorite butterflies at the Butterfly Pavilion.
This eco-archaeological park is within the Mayan jungle, but it faces the Caribbean Sea to create the perfect atmosphere. Xcarat has been open since 1990 and it has spent those years becoming one of the top destinations within Cancun and Riviera Maya.
When you spend time at this natural family fun park, I recommend you begin at the underground rivers before relaxing at the lagoon or the beach. After lunch, you can wander over to the aquarium and aviary if you wish, but you may be ready for more of what the rivers have to offer.
This is the twenty-fifth year that Xel-Ha has been open to the public, so you can expect a little more during a visit within the next few months. It is easy to go between all the attractions and water areas, while stopping for food and drink in between at this natural family fun park in Riviera Maya and Cancun.
The nature lover in you will love the Xel-Ha Nursery, as well as Chacah’s Garden, the Queen Conch Sanctuary, and the Jungle Trails. However, you will want to make sure you have time to experience the best of the Scenic Lighthouse, discover the beauty during a snorkeling adventure, and explore the Xel-Ha Cave.
I do recommend you tackle the Cliff of Courage too, because you will feel so exhilarated when you are finished.
It is time to get away from all those jam-packed theme parks and spend time in nature as you have fun on your next vacation. I would love to help you plan a trip to Cancun and Riviera Maya that includes at least one of these natural family fun parks! Although, I personally think that you should go to both if you want the best experience! Give me a call today and let’s get you ready for the vacation of a lifetime!
Have you considered the Mexican Riviera for your next family vacation destination? Years ago, it used to be that adults-only all-inclusive resorts lined the beaches of the Mexican Riviera. However, that has changed with the influx of family vacations and parents’ desires to take their children with them to make memories to last a lifetime.
While you can choose a basic hotel in the Mexican Riviera for your family vacation, I recommend one of the newer all-inclusive resorts that welcome children of all ages. This option will ensure that all your children, including those sulking teenagers, have an incredible time when you are traveling.
Reasons You Must Choose an All-Inclusive Vacation in the Mexican Riviera for the Entire Family
Kids and Teens Clubs
All-inclusive resorts always have kids and teens clubs that cater to everything children of those ages want to do. Little ones can spend hours playing with new friends, while teenagers can conquer the latest video game when they are not out learning how to do a new water sport.
No One Will Go Hungry or Thirsty
When you are on vacation, do you get tired of the “I’m hungry and thirsty” game? I know I do, which is why I love all-inclusive resorts! Your entire family can find something to eat and drink whenever they are hungry or thirsty and it won’t cost you any extra money.
Most all-inclusive resorts create numerous special events throughout the year, so there is always something to do when your family has a little downtime. You can choose which events interest your family the most and skip the rest if you wish.
All the nightly entertainment is right on the resort’s property, so you can always leave the teenagers with the younger children and feel safe since you can reach your room in a matter of minutes. Of course, babysitting is also offered at many of the all-inclusive resorts in the Mexican Riviera, so you can enjoy a night out without the kids. The nightly entertainment is often acceptable for children too, so there is no reason why your kids cannot go with you for a little extra fun and a later bedtime.
Plethora of Water Activities
Whether your family wants to swim in the ocean or the swimming pool, you will always be near the water when you stay in an all-inclusive resort in the Mexican Riviera. There are also many different water sports going on every single day, so one child can be swimming while another is learning how to jet ski or playing a rousing game of beach volleyball.
Are you ready to book your all-inclusive family vacation in the Mexican Riviera yet? I know you will have a fabulous time, while staying on budget, and no one in your family will complain that they are bored either! Give me a call and let’s get your fantastic family vacation planned right away!
5 Things to Do in Cancun Your Whole Family Will Love
When you think of Cancun, do you only consider the stunning beaches, or do you think of all the adventures you can have there with your family? Most people only think about the beaches and then cross this destination off their list, because they think their kids will be bored. I can tell you from experience though that Cancun is a part of the world that your kids, even your teenagers, will love!
5 Things to Do in Cancun Your Whole Family Will Love
It is so easy to stay in the area called the Hotel Zone when you are in Cancun, because it has everything you should need for an incredible time. However, if you want your kids to have more adventures in Cancun, you must venture further out into Downtown Cancun. This area has a plethora of restaurants, as well as shops and the Parque las Palapas. As you are walking around, you may even have the chance to see Mexican Wrestling before your eyes. And yes, your kids will love that!
2. Go Snorkeling
One of the best places in the world to go snorkeling is Cancun. While you can snorkel almost anywhere, I recommend visiting the Underwater Museum. There are at least five hundred sculptures there and they are all designed to help the coral reef grow and flourish. You never know what you will be swimming near, but you are guaranteed to see quite a few different marine life species, as well as an old Volkswagen!
3. Go Ziplining Through the Jungle
There are a couple different ziplining parks near Cancun and each one will have you flying through the jungle at record speeds. There are ten ziplines over at Selvatica, while two ziplines with a total of seven different routes for each will be waiting for you at Xplor Adventure Park.
4. Go Sailing on a Catamaran at Sunset
You are going to love the romantic feeling that fills the air when you go sailing on a catamaran at sunset. Your kids might not be too thrilled, but if you wear them out with enough activity during the day, they may be too tired to care!
5. Spend Time at Playa Tortugas
Playa Tortugas is the beach where all the locals hang out, so you may find yourself meeting new friends when you are there. The less adventurous family members can swim or relax on the sand, while those who seek thrills will want to bungee jump from the end of the pier. At the end of the day, you can walk into a nearby restaurant to grab some dinner before watching the sun setting in the sky and heading back to your hotel.
These are the five things that everyone in your family will love when you are vacationing in Cancun. Yes, you will be near, or on the beach, for some of them, but most of them will have you experiencing adventures you may never experience anywhere else in the world. Give me a call and we can get your Cancun vacation planned in no time at all!
The past few months everywhere you have heard of the Coronavirus. It’s been on every TV station, social media, and just about anywhere that you look. People have been raiding the stores in purchasing surgical masks, buying up supplies in case they are in their homes, canceling their travel plans and just living in fear of this.
In today’s day and age with news and information coming at you 24x7, it is so easy to get into a panic. And that’s normal, but before we do let’s take a deep breath, get the facts and then move forward. First, we should look at the W.H.O. (World Health Orgranization) and to the C.D.C. (Centers for Disease Control) for the proper and up to date information on the disease. And if you are traveling you can also look to the US Department of Travel about any travel bans in that area, and in this case about the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
For day to day concerns on the Coronavirus, I wanted to share some links from the experts.
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As of March 1, 2020, CDC recommends travelers avoid all non-essential travel to China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy. Now, this list could change as things develop. However, at this time, it is not bad enough to restrict travel to all areas of the world, or even within the US. The CDC and the WHO still feels that it is safe enough for you to take your vacation to the Caribbean, Alaska, or Hawaii. You will need to take some precautions. See the video below from the WHO about travel.
As your travel professional, I wanted to let you know that I can not tell you if you should travel or not, that decision is yours to make. However, you should make that decision with facts. For all of my clients, as I receive them, I’ll be passing them along to you.
When you do decide to travel, you should always follow the CDC guidelines. The good news about that is the cruise lines, airlines, and travel operators’ driving force for setting their current policies.
I was asked the other day about cancellation and cancellation fees. If you do decide to postpone or cancel your reserved trip, know that canceling out of fear of the virus is not a reason to avoid the cancellation fees imposed by the travel providers. Most standard travel insurance policies and credit card insurance policies exclude epidemic as a covered reason for trip cancellation benefits.
Some policies have a “cancel for any reason” benefit on their policies. That can you peace of mind when purchasing your travel plans.
I know that there is a lot of hype out there about the Coronavirus right now. It’s always best to get the facts and remain calm. Right now it’s flu season, and the best defense for all of us is to keep washing our hands, cover that cough, and turn off the news and watch a light-hearted TV show for a bit. After all, laughter is the best medicine.
Are you in the process of trying to plan your next family vacation with teens? I totally feel your pain, knowing that you must get this right if you want to experience peace with all your adventures when you are away from home.
I am a big fan of vacationing in Punta Cana with teens, because who can resist the warm weather, sparkling water, and soft sandy beaches! I know, teens will even balk at this, but I have four reasons why they will love this destination as much as you do.
4 Reasons the Entire Family Will Love a Vacation in Punta Cana
1. The Possibilities at All-Inclusive Resorts
There are plenty of all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana and that means your teens will never go hungry or have a lack of things to do. Your teens, or even younger kids, can spend hours at the kids’ clubs, but they can also use some of their time to participate in competitions or learn how to snorkel.
2. Numerous Excursions to Choose from
It may seem almost impossible to find an excursion that your entire family will love, but it is completely possible to do in Punta Cana. Yes, you may end up doing a couple different excursions to keep everyone happy, but at the end of the day, every single person will have had an amazing time.
3. Beach Time and Swimming Time
Most of the resorts in Punta Cana are right on the beach, so you will never be more than a few steps away from the water and the sand. Add in the incredible swimming pools at the resorts and your teens may never find themselves lacking refreshing water to swim and goof around in.
4. Alone Time
You, and your teens, will love the fact that alone time is a possibility when you are vacationing in Punta Cana. With so much available for individual family members, there will be times during the day when you are all doing your own thing. Afterwards, you can meet up to share what you did, as you reconnect and spend a little time together as a family.
These are the four reasons why the entire family will love a vacation in Punta Cana, although once you are there, you are going to find many more. I would love to help you plan your Punta Cana family vacation, so let’s connect and I will share all my vacationing with teens secrets with you!
Considering a Family Vacation in Punta Cana? Choose These 5 Off the Beach Activities Everyone Will Love!
Do your teens roll their eyes at the first mention of a family vacation? Even when you are just asking them what they want to do? I hear this all the time, but I can assure you that it is easy to plan a vacation in Punta Cana that your entire family will love. Okay, you will still get a few groans throughout the trip, but your kids will be having so much fun, they will forget about it for longer stretches of time when you are there!
Choose These 5 Off the Beach Activities for Your Family Vacation in Punta Cana
5:) Visit Monkeyland
Monkeyland is one of the must-see attractions when vacationing in Punta Cana with teens. Hundreds of squirrel monkeys live within the five acres at Monkeyland and you will have ample opportunities to interact with them during your tour of this attraction. You may want to avoid wearing bright colors when you take this tour, because the squirrel monkeys love to try to steal anything bright and colorful!
4:) Go on a 4WD Tour
Almost every teenager will love the bumps and turns of a 4WD tour and there are a few different tour locations that you can choose from. Imagine zooming through the city streets before hitting the sand dunes and other off-road sites that will really get your blood pumping.
3:) Swim with the Dolphins
I do not yet know a child to turn down any time in the water with dolphins, so this type of excursion might rank higher on your list than many of the others. Over in Dolphin Island Park, you can swim with the dolphins or do a little snorkeling with the manta rays and sharks if you feel a little braver. You can also find time with the dolphins over at Dolphin Explorer if you are looking for multiple ways to interact with these creatures.
2:) Hike Through Reserva Ecologica Ojos Indigenas
The Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve contains fifteen hundred acres of space. There are twelve freshwater lakes scattered throughout the forest and a hike along the trails will have you seeing many of them. Along the way, you will discover a sugarcane exhibit, an iguana habitat, and even a petting zoo filled with native animals.
1:) Visit Altos de Chavon
If you want your family to learn more about the people who have lived in the Dominican Republic for centuries, you must take the time to visit Altos de Chavon. This may seem boring to teens at first, but once they arrive and see this replica of a 16th century village, they will have a change of heart. Time in Altos de Chavon can be spent exploring the archeological museum and the cultural theater. Design aficionados may want to wander through the Altos de Chavon School of Design since it is part of the infamous Parsons School of Design in New York City.
These are the five best activities in Punta Cana that do not involve spending time on the sandy beaches. Your entire family will love each and every one of them during your vacation in Punta Cana and you may finally have hope that all future vacations can be just as amazing. Let me know when you are ready to book, because I have a few more ideas when it comes to keeping teens happy on family vacations!
Punta Cana might be bustling with activity, but that doesn’t mean you should put this gorgeous destination at the bottom of your romance list. Instead, you should move this sun-kissed beach area to the very top, because your love life will improve just moments after you arrive.
Let me give you my top 5 reasons to take a vacation to reignite those sparks of romance.
Room Service 24/7
Okay, so you left the kids back home and you are planning to live a little on your romantic vacation. What is the one thing that you think will be the hardest to do every single day of your trip? Go to the pool? Nope! Get a massage? No again! The answer I am looking for is venturing out of your room to grab a bite to eat!
There are going to be some mornings, and nights and afternoons, where you are so relaxed inside your room that you are not going to want to leave, even if you are starving. This is when room service swoops in, saves the day, and the romance you currently have going on keeps going.
Long Strolls Along the Beach
Most hotels and resorts in Punta Cana have their own private beaches or are at least on the beach. Therefore, it is very easy to walk out of your room and get to the beach in record time for a long stroll. You can choose to do this in the morning, as the sun is rising, or you can wait until the sun sets at the end of the day. Of course, there is no rule that states you can’t walk on the beach at anytime in between either.
State-of-the-Art Spa Treatments
There are quite a few world-class spas down in Punta Cana and that means that you and your significant other can get a few amazing treatments during your romantic vacation. These spas are located in all the hotels and resorts, but you may want to check with the concierge to see which one screams romance the most.
Reconnect Out in Nature
There are so many places out in nature in Punta Cana and you can explore them all, as you reconnect with the person you love the most in the world. Whether you are standing in front of a waterfall inside the rainforest, or scaling a limestone cliff, nothing will be more special than being with the person that you connect with so easily.
You may not even think twice about booking a stay at a resort in Punta Cana that welcomes kids. However, I would like to recommend that you consider one of the many adult-only hotels and resorts. A stay at any of those will ensure that you never need to listen to a crying child or have a little one zoom past you on your walk along the beach. You may not mind these little interruptions but think of how wonderful your time will be if you can simply focus on each other and nothing else.
These are the five reasons why you must take a romantic vacation in Punta Cana, but I know you will discover many more when you are there. Don’t worry, I will plan this one first and then you can share all your newfound knowledge with me when we are planning your next romantic vacation down there in the future. After all, I think after you go once, you will turn this romantic getaway into a yearly adventure that you won’t want to miss!
The resort town of Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic, is the perfect sandy beach location when it comes to romance vacations. While you can spend hours participating in one water sport after another with the love of your life, there are so many other things you can do during a romantic trip to this part of the world.
Here are four romantic activities to bring the romance from the beach to land and beyond.
Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride
One of the best ways to experience the sights of Punta Cana is to go on a hot air balloon ride. These rides normally take place in the morning hours, as the sun is rising, and that creates a gorgeous backdrop for any romantic vacation. At the end of the ride, you can toast with a glass of champagne before eating a delectable breakfast.
Take a Helicopter Ride at Night
If mornings are not your thing, then you may want to consider going up in a helicopter as the sun is setting in the sky. Most of these flights are only fifteen minutes long, but that is plenty of time to see the extraordinary beauty of this area from above as you drink a glass of wine.
Participate in a Photo Shoot
There are so many amazing locations in Punta Cana and you can have romantic pictures taken at almost all of them. Simply hire a professional photographer and choose a few of their recommended locations and you will have memories you can look at forever!
Take a Stroll through the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park
This spectacular ecological park is comprised of fifteen hundred acres of land and it is filled with plants, flowers, and many native animals. As you are walking around, you will see many of those animals, as well as many different exhibits like a petting zoo and an iguana habitat. There are also twelve lagoons, but you can only swim in five of them when you are ready to cool down.
These are four of the most romantic things to do in Punta Cana when you are ready to stay away from the beach. You can plan to do one of them, or all of them, during your romantic vacation. If you need to choose, let me know and I will help you make the best choice, as we plan the rest of your romantic trip in paradise.
Planning a family vacation can be one of the most stressful things to manage. It seems like everyone wants to go in a different direction and no one wants to go to the same place. Teenagers are notoriously hard to please, sullenness guaranteed if you ask them to leave their room and wi-fi connection. Planning a vacation that will make everyone happy can seem impossible.
There is an easy solution that will make everyone in your family happy, especially the person who is in charge of organizing the family vacation. Take your family to an all-inclusive Caribbean resort and let them plan the vacation of a lifetime for you! Your teen will love the many activities and experiences that are available, and you will love making lasting memories with your family.
There are many reasons to take your teens to an all-inclusive Caribbean resort, but I've have compiled a list of the Top 7 reasons.
1:) Spending Plan
All–inclusive vacations are usually less expensive, when you add in all the costs associated with travel. Lodging, food, and entertainment is all included in one easy price so you don’t have to worry about surprise expenses when you arrive.
2:) Food is included
This isn’t even a joke about how much teens eat. No one, especially not mom, wants to worry about feeding the entire family during vacation. Just turn them loose on the buffet and relax.
3:) High – energy activities
All-inclusive resorts have a wide range of activities for every interest. Anything from swimming with dolphins to zip-lining, water sports to river rafting, there is something to quench the thirst of the most adventurous in your group.
4:) Lounging by the water
For those with less adventurous spirits, there are plenty of opportunities to work on that tan, or just relax on the beach or pool. Make sure and take enough tanning lotion and beach towels!
5:) Making memories before they move out
On a more serious note, if your children are teenagers the clock is ticking on the chances you will have to take family trips and make lasting memories. What better way to do that than to take a memorable vacation together.
6:) Age appropriate activities
Often when traveling with a family activities are geared toward younger kids, or adults. The teens get left out. All-inclusive resorts make sure to have activities that appeal to all ages – even teenagers!
7:) Exposure to another culture
It is a memorable experience to be immersed in and get acquainted with people from another culture. This will broaden the world view of your children and help them to view the world as a more diverse and beautiful place.
Take your family on a Caribbean vacation, make some memories that will last a lifetime!
Your honeymoon, it’s that once in a lifetime special vacation. It’s your first vacation as a married couple and your first family vacation. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Honeymoon as; 1 : a period of harmony immediately following marriage. 2 : a period of unusual harmony especially following the establishment of a new relationship. 3 : a trip or vacation taken by a newly married couple.
So should you take your honeymoon right after you get married or should you wait? More and more couples are choosing to wait a few months and even longer after they are married before taking their honeymoon. But why is that such a growing trend? Is that a good idea? Well, there are some plusses to waiting.
First, you just threw the biggest party of your lives. You’ve just planned for months, if not a year or so to plan this major event in your lives. And today’s wedding is not just one day, it can be a long weekend event. From the welcome drinks, the night before, to the wedding day, to the brunch the day after. It’s a lot of work and a lot of entertaining.
Plus, there’s the expense of the wedding. It is reported, from The Knot, that the average wedding can cost $29,000. With the average honeymoon costing $5,000 that’s a lot of money to put out all at once.
Then there are couples who have Destination Weddings. Even though their wedding is somewhere other than home, and they are celebrating with friends and family, they may want to have a honeymoon alone. One of the benefits of a Destination Wedding is celebrating your big event together away as a big group. However, when it comes to your honeymoon, you most likely are going to want that to be just the two of you. And that’s a lot of pressure, to put on on vacation.
Some couples have newer jobs and only have so many vacation days that they can take off and between wedding commitments, and assisting guests they wouldn’t be able to take all of the time off that they want for the wedding and honeymoon.
You are a newly married couple, even if you wait for 6, 12 or even 18 months. There are so many things that you can do. Some couples have the “mini-moon” where they plan a long weekend after the wedding somewhere to just relax and enjoy each other’s company. Then the recuperate both financially and emotionally and plan the big honeymoon. Sometimes when you delay the honeymoon it gives you something new to anticipate, and plan together. This is where working with a romance travel advisor can help you find the best vacation value, find those special romantic spots that you are looking for, and take the load off of planning this vacation all alone. Instead of spending hours and hours researching on the internet, they can do that part for you. You can give them the spending plan, what you are looking for and they can go to work to put the perfect honeymoon in place for you.