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The Value of a Travel Specialist

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By Julia Chapman

DID YOU KNOW THE AVERAGE TRAVELER spends 60 hours planning their next vacation?

Let a Luxevo Vacations Travel Specialist free up your time to do what you do best because building a client’s vacation is what we do best!

Many don’t realize that when you hire a travel agent to book your vacation, you aren’t being charged a fee for their expertise. The supplier pays us so you don’t have to.  With that being said; there are some things to keep in mind.

Keep an open mind

Our job is to make your dreams come true.

The three E’s of Travel….  Experience, Expectation, Expense.

Your answer to these questions will give us a good idea of what you’re looking for, and make a professional recommendation. Remember, we’ve been to these destinations and have first-hand knowledge of what that destination has to offer.

Air itineraries 

Travel agents know the essentials to booking flights that are the best value.

So often, we have clients that refuse to fly certain airlines; either because of a bad experience or their extra fees.

We want you to spend your time enjoying your vacation and not on an airplane or sitting in an airport due to long connections.

It’s important to see the whole picture; and we help you do just that.

Would you drive 3 hours to save several hundred dollars on a flight that is non-stop both directions? Or is convenience worth the price? 

Did you know that the airlines with extra fees are actually less expensive (including the fees) than most other airlines? Did you know there are charter flights out of select airports across the nation?

We KNOW this information.

So, when we show you options for flights, we are providing you with the best options to make your traveling experience a breeze.

Online booking engines

Such as Expedia, Travelocity, and many other… unfortunately CHARGE FEES!

They are hidden, but they are there.

Why would you book your vacation with an online agency that doesn’t specialize and train travel agents?

These booking engines may pull up a rate that is less; but when you dig into the specifics of the reservation; your flights are impossible, times are limited, and they DO NOT guarantee a certain room category. You may arrive at your destination expecting an ocean front room, and end up in the lowest category.

Did you know we will match whatever you find online apples to apples?

When you get bumped from that ocean front suite, will the thousands of online “agents” be there to help? No. But we will.

In fact, we have relationships with the sales team at the resorts. Usually a phone call from a reputable agent is all it takes to ensure your satisfaction!

International travel

Do you know the passport and visa requirements in the country you are traveling to?

Perhaps you are going to tour Europe. Every country is different. Some countries will deny entry based on your criminal past, even just a DUI. And while you aren’t required to hold a passport for cruise travel; we highly recommend having one. If something happens at one of your ports of call, you won’t be able to board an airplane back to the United States without a passport.

Ask the expert and be informed!

Travel insurance is so important!

We want to protect YOU and your investment.

So, when we offer you travel insurance, it’s because we care.

Keep in mind that something could prevent you from going on your vacation and we want to be able to get you all your money back, if something were to happen.

For your next trip, call a Luxevo Vacations Travel Specialist!

“We are committed to providing you with the most premium travel experience you have ever had. We’ll ensure you are duly informed of everything you need and have a safe and relaxing vacation that will fulfill your needs.”

Julia Chapman
Luxevo Vacation Travel Specialist

Ready to book your next vacation? Get in contact with a Travel Specialist today!

The Luxury Resorts That Have It All!

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ALL OF US HERE AT LUXEVO VACATIONS have two very important things in common: we all KNOW and LOVE travel. I guess you could say it’s part of our job requirements. We’ve been trained in luxury travel, so we understand all of the very different aspects of each resort to fit your needs.

For instance, we know that not everyone has the same idea of their “dream vacation.” Maybe one person wants to spend all day relaxing on the beach, while the other wants attend every tour or yoga class on the schedule, or spend the whole day at the bar. We are all created differently, everyone is diverse and has dissimilar hobbies. But, at El Dorado Spa Resorts by Karisma, there is literally something for everyone! Experience El Dorado Royale, Casitas Royale, Seaside Suites, Maroma, and the Palafitos. These resorts can satisfy all of your different personalities!

1. Fun in the Warm, Mexican Sun!

Whether you prefer natural or man-made bodies of water, El Dorado Resorts has you covered! There are numerous pools hosting swim-up bars or if you prefer to be surrounded by the white sand and the turquoise Caribbean Sea, these resorts are all located with beach front views. The pools and beaches are both home to butlers, cabanas, lounge chairs, and your own paradisiacal oasis. Whether you like to lay out and work on that impressive tan, flip through magazines, read a book, sip on tropical cocktails or local beer, or maybe just relish in the fact that there are no screaming, crying kids to be heard or seen anywhere… These adult only resorts are perfect for you!

2. Kayaking, and Horseback Riding, and Scuba Diving, Oh My!

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have the young-at-heart-no-matter-what-age-adrenaline-junkies who can’t sit still! No worries, friends. These resorts offer over twenty different adventure-filled activities to choose from! If you enjoy being in the Caribbean Sea, seek out kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, take a ride on catamaran, parasailing, riding wave runners, water volleyball, or you can even interact with dolphins or watch sea turtles hatch on the beach! If you’re interested in adventures that keep you on land, check out horseback riding, ride exotic camels on the beach, go on a bike tour throughout the resort grounds, or take an off-grid excursion!

3. Relax, Refresh, and Replenish!

If you’re a person who works hard day in and day out and believes that vacation should be filled with nothing but relaxation and rejuvenation, El Dorado Resorts is also the place for you. How, you ask? Two words: Náay Spa. Combining ancient Mayan principles of the four sacred elements; Fire, Earth, Water and Wind, with new, innovative technology to create balance in rest and renewal. This spa will work wonders to help you find your inner peace. Services include reflexology, hydrotherapy, body treatments, facials, herbal therapy, and a variety of different massages.

4. The Place Where Socialization and Entertainment Meet!

If you’re a “Chatty Cathy” or a “social butterfly”, you probably aren’t the biggest fan of kicking back and just relaxing. You like to get up, get out, and move! Yes, Karisma even has activities perfect for you! These resorts offer an aqua gym, archery, rifle shooting, CrossFit, dance lessons, yoga classes, a cigar-rolling lesson, a greenhouse tour, Spanish lessons, cooking classes, a spinning class, Zumba classes, a tennis clinic, and even a towel decorating class! Not only that, but scattered throughout the resort they have five-star bars and restaurants and the kind of live entertainment meant to make you smile and get you up and dancing!

5. For the Foodie!

Being a “Gourmet-Inclusive” resort, you better believe that Karisma has curated delicious cuisine from all around the world, made for the people who love food more than they love most people. Featuring some of the best jaw-dropping, mouth-watering eateries, there is literally something for everyone. Don’t believe me? Well, let’s see. These restaurants are home to cuisine from all around the world, including delicious Caribbean, gourmet American, authentic Mexican, a-la-carte International, contemporary Italian, and innovative Pacific Rim cuisine! If you’re looking to be wined, dined, and thoroughly entertained, at El Dorado Resorts, you will indulge in these out-of-this-world creations!

I know, I know. This all sounds too good to be true. That’s what I thought at first, too. But trust me, El Dorado Spa Resorts really is this good! When I say they have something for everyone, it isn’t just a blanket statement. It’s a fact. Luxury, adventure, relaxation, entertainment, and gourmet cuisine… What more could you want?

Ready to visit El Dorado Spa Resorts? Contact us today!

Travel: The Natural Remedy for Mental Health

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September 25, 2018
Julia Chapman
TRAVEL… it’s the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.

For most of us that travel; it’s a planned event to have fun, renew family connections, and embark on a new adventure. It’s a time to throw caution to the wind, explore parts unknown, and celebrate friendship!

For others, however, travel is a lifesaver.

Do you or someone you know suffer from mental health, like depression, anxiety, PTSD ~ or all of the above?

Travel just may be the key to lessen the effects. Suffering from a mental illness is lonely. You tend to isolate yourself from family and friends. Who wants to be around someone that’s suffering internally all the time?

Those that suffer from depression tend to lean toward negative thoughts and emotions.

So why is travel helpful?

Traveling forces you to pay attention to your surroundings. You have a heightened awareness of everything around you; which actually opens yourself up to exploring new friendships and experiences. It distracts you from negativity and brings about a sense of calm. Creating new memories may help you to cope when inner negativity approaches.

Traveling creates inspiration. When you engage with fellow travelers ~ you see the life they are living the way they want to live; not the way society chooses for them to live.

You can eat what you want, sleep when you want, do what you want… Travel is the place of YES!

As you create a bond with fellow travelers; sharing similar experiences opens up your heart to see the world in a new perspective. Meeting people from all walks of life, and the friendships you forge while traveling can be a constant reminder of positivity which may help you carve out a new way of life, even at home.

For me; the sound of the ocean, the sand between my toes and sitting in the ocean digging for seashells causes me to focus on this beautiful world in which we live. Every time I travel, my goal is to do something I’ve never done before. Zip lining is top on the list… I CAN do it!
– Julia Chapman, Luxevo Vacations Travel Specialist
Ready to plan your vacation? Just ask Julia!

Surviving Long Flights

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LONG FLIGHTS ARE ESSENTIAL to get to some of the most far out places on the planet. So, even though the entire experience of the trip can be exciting, the flight is what is dreaded by most. How are you supposed to keep yourself entertained in a tiny air space, thousands of feet off the ground, surrounded by strangers? With these 10 tips, long flights will no longer be something you dismay in your traveling experiences!

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Pick Your Seat Wisely

If you plan to sleep most of the flight, then you should pick the window seat because you can rest your head on the side and no one will be waking you up to go to the bathroom. But, if you plan on staying awake for most of the flight then consider the aisle seat, so you can get up as you please.

Ask to Upgrade

It never hurts to ask the flight attendants if you can upgrade your seat to first class or if there is another open seat with the extra leg room, because let’s be honest, that extra leg room on a 10 hour flight could be lifesaving.

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Wear Comfy Clothes

If you are going to be sitting on a plane for 5+ hours, dress comfortably! Wearing lose, stretchy pants or sweatpants is great for sitting for hours and being able to adjust, stretch your legs, and curl up in a ball on your seat. Always wear comfortable shoes for walking purposes, and bring a jacket or sweatshirt because you never know if you are going to be cold on the plane or not.

Bring Entertainment

If you struggle to sleep on a plane, then make sure you bring enough entertainment to keep you busy for your flight. Download movies onto your phone/laptop/tablet beforehand. Bring headphones and make playlists with different genres of music or podcasts. Books are also a great way to kill some time because they are time consuming and always helps with sleep. Cards are a great way to keep yourself entertained, as well, or even make a friend on the flight.

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Sleep is Important

Sleep is important for traveling and we know it’s not the easiest thing to sleep on the plane, so make sure you bring a pillow/neck pillow, blanket or sweatshirt, sleep eye mask, and if needed, a sleep aid helps for flights over 8+ hours. Sleep is essential so when you land, you can start your trip on a positive note instead of feeling exhausted and wasting the day sleeping.

Keep Your Electronics Charged

Before your flight, make sure if you are utilizing your electronics, keep them charging. Also, for the flight, bring a portable charger to keep everything charging. You don’t want to have 6 hours left on your flight, and your tablet died in the middle of the movie. So, be smart, keep your electronics charged and invest in a portable charger.

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Don’t Forget to Eat!

It is important that you maintain your health while on the flight. We know plane food isn’t the best tasting for you, but by eating you are maintaining your nutrient levels, giving you the right amount of energy. So, make yourself sandwiches, dried snacks like nuts or trail mix, crackers, anything solid that can pass through TSA. Pack smart, but pack healthy.

Hydrate or Die!

Just kidding, but not really… Stay hydrated! It is super important to drink lots of water on these flights because the elevation levels can throw you off and being confined to a tiny space can almost make you feel dried out. So, pack an empty reusable water bottle, and keep drinking because you are going to need your energy when you land.

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Refresh Yourself

After sitting on a plane for hours, you might feel a little dirty, like you need to shower or change your clothes, so bring a mini toiletry bag with a toothbrush, toothpaste, baby wipes to clean up, hairbrush, deodorant, face wash, and a change of clean clothes, so you can get off the flight feeling refreshed and new.

Be Respectful

This is the number 1 rule of a long flight or any kind of flight, or airport experience. Be respectful! You are all in this situation together, so being respectful, makes for an easy going airplane experience.

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Ready to book your next vacation? Let us help you with that!

Mondays are for Margaritas

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AS A MILLENNIAL, I love social media hashtags, like #TravelTuesday, #WanderlustWednesday, #TBT (throwback Thursday), #FridayFeeling, #SaturdaySelfie, and #SundayFunday.

So, I thought we would celebrate this wonderful Monday with a popular hashtag on Instagram, #MargaritaMonday by presenting you with the best margarita recipe! These ingredients will have your mouth watering for a margarita by the end of the day.

Use this as your #MondayMotivation to get through the day!

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces blanco tequila
  • 2 freshly squeezed limes
  • 1 fresh squeezed lemon
  • 1 fresh squeezed orange
  • 1 ounce Simple Syrup

Directions

SIMPLE SYRUP:

  • Boil 1 cup of water in a small saucepan and add 1 cup of sugar.
  • Cook over low heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.

NEXT:

  • Squeeze 2 limes, 1 lemon, and 1 orange to make fresh juice.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add tequila, lime/lemon/orange juice, and simple syrup.  Cover and shake until mixed and chilled, about 30 seconds.

OR

  • Blend ice, tequila, lime/lemon/orange juice, and simple syrup in a blender for a frozen margarita.

FINISH:

  • Take a chilled glass, rub a lime slice around rim, then press rim of the glass into kosher salt.
  • Pour margarita into the glass
  • Garnish with a slice of lime, lemon, orange or all 3!
  • Drink up!
  • Repeat.

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10 Best Beaches in Mexico

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EVERYONE LOVES DISCOVERING NEW BEACHES. There’s just something about stepping onto the sand, staring out at the grand ocean, feeling the breeze on your face, and sun on your skin that gives a sense of liberation. And because we eat, breath, and live beaches, we provided you with the 10 best beaches in Mexico that everyone needs to explore at least once in their lifetime.

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Cancun

This popular destination spot is located on the Yucatan Peninsula and has a reputation for bringing in “Spring breakers” and tourists because of the infinite shades of blue of the ocean, there is a wide variety of aquatic activities, like some of the best scuba diving, centuries of Mayan history, and a lively atmosphere! Cancun is 14 miles of dream-like, white sand beaches that overlooks the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico and remains warm all year round, minus a few rainstorms.

Playa del Carmen

This growing coastal town along the Yucatan Peninsula is known for its palm tree-lined beaches, white sands, tranquil waters, and coral reefs. This is still a touristy area because it is located in the Riviera Maya, which is filled with all-inclusive resorts, but you still get to experience the unique culture of this chic town.

Tulum

This bohemian beach is the first beach outside of the tourist locations. You get to enjoy the bluest water and soft sands, but also get to experience peace and quiet because it’s about 90 minutes from Cancun, giving you that freedom to get away from chaos, while still being able to explore the lively atmosphere. You feel a sense of privacy and solitude on this little strip of paradise.

Maroma

This delicate secret in Mexico is settled on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, 30 minutes outside Cancun. Thankful, it is an unfamiliar spot, so it keeps all the “spring breakers” away. Wandering into the world of Maroma, you get to enjoy serenity, warm transparent waters, white sands, and rich tropical foliage.

Los Cabos

This little island known as “Land’s End” is situated between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo which is located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. You get a full contrast of the natural beauty of tranquil waters, fiery deserts, and exploratory mountains.

Sayulita

This island, along the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains, is the ultimate surfing spot in Mexico. Because of the strong pressure under the water, this is the only beach that produces big enough waves for surfers to get adventurous and for newcomers to take surfing lessons. This quiet little spot over the last 10 years has built up due to the high demand of wanting to take surf lessons while in Mexico.

Isla Mujeres

This beach is split into North (the tail end) and the Southern tip. The North end is where you will find white, sugary sand and tranquil waters, while the South end is more adventurous, rocky, and rugged. Because this island is totally out of the tourist zone, so it feels extremely relaxed, making it the ideal for anyone that needs to get away from the hassle of everyday life.

Yelapa

This little beach town is totally off the radar because it is ONLY accessible by boat, so for anyone looking to enjoy a boat excursion, this is the spot for you. Because this little island is secluded from everything else, it makes it for another “sleepy” beach town because it is not top on everyone’s list due to the 30 minute transportation ride to get there. But, that’s okay with us because over the years, this beach has been kept spotless, making it dreamlike when you pull up in the boat.

Mismaloya

This little fishing town is mostly locals only! Which is nice if you want to escape the mayhem of touristy spots and overcrowded beaches. It is surrounded by Jungle-fringed coves keeping it a hidden gem. Mismaloya means “place where you can catch fish with your hands.” This great fishing spot means, the local restaurants along the beach, always have fresh fish available! So, if you like peace and fresh fish, then this is the spot for you.

Bucerias

This is another local spot in Mexico, known for its slower pace. It’s very quiet area, strictly for anyone that needs to relax and just be pampered. It is great for anyone that is strictly on vacation to lay on the beach, with not a care in the world, and no one bothering them, but if you’re looking a lively atmosphere than you have 9 other beach spots to check out!

Ready to visit one of these beaches? Connect with a Travel Specialist today!

Karisma + Margaritaville

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Where are our Jimmy Buffet fans at?

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Well, good news for you! Karisma Hotels & Resorts partnered with Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville! They are in the process of developing a collection of all-inclusive Margaritaville Resorts. These family-friendly resorts will be built on gorgeous, beachfront destinations, scattered all over the Caribbean. The first location will be in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, following that will be Jamaica, The Bahamas, and Antigua. The combination of tropical-luxury architecture, gourmet inclusive foods, premium drinks, and a carefree lifestyle inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of the infamous, Jimmy Buffet, really inspires vacationers to just let go of any life’s stresses.

Doesn’t all you can eat, drink, and endless Jimmy Buffet memorabilia, sound amazing?

“Our partnership with Margaritaville, an esteemed brand filled with flavor, fun, and a likeminded desire to delight travelers with unforgettable vacation experiences, allows us to introduce a collection of new casual luxury resorts set in stunning tropical destinations,” said Mandy Chomat, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Premier Worldwide Marketing, the exclusive representative of Karisma Hotels & Resorts. “Karisma’s expertise in delivering elevated all-inclusive concepts around the world makes this partnership a perfect fit. With Margaritaville, we look forward to delivering a taste of the good life very soon!”

Karisma Hotels & Resorts is a collection of award-winning all-inclusive, luxury resorts in Mexico, Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe. They will have a total of 30 resorts by 2020. The types of resorts that they operate vary anywhere from family-friendly to adults only.

Margaritaville has seven resorts across the Southeast United States and Caribbean, four gaming locations, and more than 60 food and beverage chains, including their signature bar, 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill and LandShark Bar & Grill.

The combination of Karisma’s outstanding service, quality food and beverage, and facility for personalized experiences, with Margaritaville’s unique combination of entertainment and relaxation, signature food and beverages, and iconic tropical elements, makes this a fresh resort model.

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“We are excited to team up with Karisma Hotels & Resorts to create a resort product that will deliver carefree vacation experiences in some of the most beautiful places in the world,” said Tamara Baldanza-Dekker, chief marketing officer for Margaritaville. “Karisma, like Margaritaville, puts the guest experience and employee culture above all else. With these common values, and our shared commitment for first class service and exceptional amenities in a fun, relaxed environment, our partnership with Karisma is a match made in paradise.”

Mandy Chomat, along with everyone else involved in the planning, constructing, and the reveal of these Margaritaville resorts are excited for the turn out.

“This is going to be great for Millennials because Millennials are all about authentic experiences, but Margaritaville is going to attract Parrot Heads and there are Parrot Heads out there from Millennials to baby boomers,” Chomat expressed. “You would be surprised by the demographics and the ages that cater to Buffet’s songs and products.”

Every year, millions of travelers visit Margaritaville and Karisma Hotels & Resorts, to explore new latitudes and change their attitudes.

So, get ready because Margaritaville has begun construction and will be completed by 2019!

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Let Your Taste Buds Take You to Paradise

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DO YOU MISS THE FEELING of sitting on a tropical island, cold drink in your hand, sun on your skin, staring at the clearest blue waters? Do you need a break from your busy schedule to just be able to relax like you’re on a vacation? I think we all do. So, why not try and recreate those delicious frozen drinks that you got to enjoy while relaxing on vacation, to give you that moment of pure bliss?

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Here are 10 frozen drink recipes that you can indulge in at any tropical resort!

Pina Colada

pineapple, banana, coconut milk

Tropical

mango, banana, strawberries, pineapple, coconut milk

Orange Obsession

orange, mango, strawberries, orange juice

Island Breeze

peach, mango, banana, strawberries, guava juice

Passion Paradise

mango, strawberries, peaches, pineapples, guava juice, orange juice

Strawberry Refresher

strawberries, banana, pineapple juice

Berry Good

strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apple juice

Mello Mango

mango, peach, pineapple juice

Hawaiian Holiday

banana, pineapple, strawberries, orange juice, pineapple juice

Papaya Perfection

papaya, pineapple, coconut milk

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Whichever drink sounded the most delicious to you, just add a scoop of ice and blend these ingredients together for a cold, fruity, delicious smoothie break that will bring you back to paradise!

 

(TIP! If you really want to take the edge off, you can add of shot of whatever alcohol your taste palette desires! Like, coconut rum, tequila, or vodka.)

5 Most Beautiful Caribbean Sunsets

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ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR THINGS that nature presents to us every day is the last hour of sunlight. We can all appreciate that a sunset adds a moment of admiration and gratitude to our emotions. We are thankful for the beauty in this world that we get to witness on a daily.

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So for that, we put together a blog of the 5 most beautiful sunsets in the Caribbean, that everyone should take the time to experience at least once in their lifetime.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The weather is consistently gorgeous in the Dominican Republic, with year-round sunshine. Even though you can see amazing sunsets all around the island, the best spot is in Punta Cana. The sun sets every day around 7:15 PM, except for in December, during their winter solstice. The sun will set around 6:00 PM, the earliest. During these sunsets, everyone will experience orange and pink colors blending together, painting us a picture of the most brilliant sunset.

Negril, Jamaica

Jamaica gets to enjoy consistent 13 daylight hours a day. The vernal equinox is from March to June, where the sun will stay out longer and set around 7:15 PM the latest, but most of the year sets around 6:00 PM. Everyone gets to witness the sky transforming from soft shades of blue, into mixtures of purples, pinks, and oranges.

7-mile Beach, Grand Cayman Island

This beach was voted one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Interestingly, isn’t actually 7 miles, in fact it’s only five and half miles long. This crescent shaped shore is a stunning setting for their purple and orange sunsets. So unique, so mind blowing, and just all around an unforgettable moment. During their Winter Solstice, the sun sets around 6 PM, but during their Summer Solstice, the sun sets 2 hours later, around 8:00 PM.

Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos

This island is recognized for its crystal clear, tranquil blue waters, white sand beaches, and dreamlike sunsets. During their winter solstice, the sun sets around 5:00 PM, and during their summer solstice, sets 2 ½ hours later, around 7:30 PM. No sunset is the same. Some will illustrate colors of orange and purples, and some will display yellows and blue. It is a breathtaking location to experience a sunset.

Havana, Cuba

Not only is this island filled with tons of culture and a lively atmosphere but has also blessed us with some of the best, sky melting, sunsets. During the summer solstice, the sun stays out almost 3 hours later, then during the winter solstice. The sun normally sets around 5:30 PM, but during the summer, sets around 8:30 PM. The sky melts into shades of red and orange, reflecting over the city.

To visit one of these locations, connect with a Travel Specialist!

Be Environmentally Friendly On Vacation

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WE ARE CREATURES OF HABIT, when it comes to our personal items or our homes, we maintain a consistent agenda to keep everything well maintained and spotless. We don’t want to live in filth, so for example, we keep dirty clothes organized in a hamper and wash them when the hamper gets filled up, we wash our dishes to be able to reuse them, take the garbage out, preserve a garden or lawn, recycle, and so much more. So, how come when it comes to vacationing, we lose sight of our sanitation and admiration?

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Don’t pause on being respectful and environmentally friendly because we desire to be pampered on vacation. We should treat mother Earth the same way we would handle our own homes because Earth is our home base! Respect the environment and mother Earth and the locals will be thankful.

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Clean Your Trash!

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Just because a housekeeper comes into the hotel room to maintain all the rooms, doesn’t mean it is respectful to leave everything a complete disaster for her to clean or because there are landscapers, they will clean the trash off the land. Especially when it comes to trash! Use a garbage can. If you are walking through the halls of the resort or outside walking the paths to the beach, find a garbage can, don’t just throw your trash onto the ground and if the locals recycle, then you recycle as well. Keep the environment clean, so that it will maintain its beauty. Be respectful to the employees and the resort.

Bring a Reusable Water Bottle

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Bring a reusable water bottle with you when you travel. If it is empty, it will pass through TSA with no problem. But, by bringing your own bottle, you are saving plastic bottles from being used. Which is great because it requires fossil fuels polluting the air to break down plastic in the landfills. So, think green about plastic because you don’t want the beautiful environment, clean air, and breathtaking oceans to be polluted and ruined.

Think Local

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By supporting local business; like farmers markets, local restaurants, souvenir stands, and much more; you are supporting local agriculture which means that they don’t need to outsource to other countries for branded products. Plus, you are keeping the locals happy, supporting their culture, and learning about their history. It is a great way to show them that there are benefits to tourism.

Choose Green Activities

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Earth-friendly activities are great for being environmentally friendly. Plus, they are also super fun. So, look into activities like snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, biking, and hiking. Not only do you get to try new activities, but this is another great way to learn about their culture and what the land has to offer. Most importantly! It will reduce your carbon footprint. (NOTE: A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouses gases produced to support your activities.)

Use Biodegradable Sunscreen

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Save the coral reefs! Save the oceans! Every day we need to remember and appreciate our oceans because without them, we wouldn’t have beautiful beaches to explore all over the world and we wouldn’t have gorgeous marine life to discover. By wearing biodegradable sunscreen, you are protecting the oceans ecosystem.

Continue to think green and keep our environment alive!