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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!

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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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!

#INeedaVacation

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I think we can all agree that every once in a while, a moment in life happens, that makes us say “I need a vacation.” Usually it happens at home, in the work place, on a car ride, or you just hear someone say something that literally blows your mind. It’s okay. We have all been there and if you haven’t… you’re lying.Image result for i'm done with this job gif

To prove my point that we have all had moments like this; I searched on twitter, the hashtag #INeedAVacation, and constructed this blog of relatable “I need a vacation” moments, so that we can all laugh about the struggles of adulthood.

“54% of American’s don’t take Vacation…”

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ONE OF THE BIGGEST STATISTICS that will make you say “What!”, is the fact that 54% of America don’t take vacation time!

I know! I thought the same exact thing when I read that.

Not only is vacationing amazing because you get to spend X amount of days on an island, relaxing, while you have servers pamper you all day long, and get to walk around in a bathing suit without being judged… There are also some serious benefits that will improve your quality of life.

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Life is rough. You wake up, go to work all day, take care of your kids (or furbabies), clean and feed whoever is in your household, go to sleep, wake up, REPEAT. There’s no time in there for you to take care of yourself. While you are on vacation, you get to sleep more, eat more, soak in some Vitamin C, and give your body and mind a break. According to science, you can increase your health by 20% by taking one vacation.

 

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Whether it’s the pressure at work, from your family, or just having a super busy schedule; taking a vacation gets you away from all the chaos in your life. It will dramatically reduce stress, anxiety, and mental and physical burnouts that you are feeling.

 

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Just like a battery, if we are over worked without a break, our batteries run low on juice. If our battery is low, we lose our creativity, our patience, are less helpful and hardworking, and make poor decisions. That’s why a few days on a vacation is beneficial, so that you have time to recharge your batteries, refuel and refresh yourself, and return energized.

 

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When your life consists of focusing on everything else around you, but yourself, you are reducing your quality of life. Taking a vacation will give you the opportunity to reflect on yourself and the changes you can make to improve your lifestyle to make it better, make you realize the care you need to give to yourself, and a sense of peace. Experiencing an island escape will be good for your mind, your body, and most importantly, yourself.

 

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Science says taking a vacation improves your happiness, so don’t you want to be happy? Then take a vacation!

Why Everyone Should Unplug While on Vacation

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EVERYONE, FROM GENERATION Z TO BABY BOOMERS, seems to be obsessed with their electronic devices. Whether it is their iPhone, tablet, gaming console, etc., it seems like we are always plugged into our devices more than we are plugged into the actual world around us. That’s why, when we’re on vacation, we need to put the electronics down and try to forget about their existence. Put the devices down slowly, walk away, and actually enjoy the beautiful world that surrounds you!

How often do you go out to dinner, look around, and see a family of five with their noses in their phones instead of actually engaging in conversation? How many times have you been that family?

How often have you gone into a mandatory work meeting, and instead of conversing with your co-workers and asking about their new puppy or their kids, you’re scrolling through social media and praying that nobody tries to talk to you?

How often are you at a party and nod your head at the person who is trying to engage in conversation with you, wishing they would just go away because you want to get back to examining your Instagram homepage?

How often have you tripped over the sidewalk or run into a glass door because your eyes were fixated on your phone instead of on your surroundings (I’m totally not saying this happens to me on a regular basis)?

If you said no to all of these, you’re probably lying.

I could go on and on, but my point is, how often are we “too busy”, wrapped up in the online world, instead of paying attention to the very real, very exciting one right in front of us?

Way. Too. Often.

So, when you’re on vacation, put the phone down and look up. Look around. Take in your surroundings. Enjoy the cultures, the sceneries, the smells, and the activities you’re participating in. The entire point of vacation is to break away from the mundane of your everyday life. But, if you’re still constantly on your device, the only thing that’s different is the ground you’re walking on!

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Believe me, I’m not against technology. I love Instagram and iMessage; it helps me stay in contact with all of my favorite people! But, vacations are meant for us to disconnect from the outside world, to relax, and to reflect on who we are and what we want out of life. Being so connected to our devices means that we’re really only halfway experiencing everything. We’re documenting this activity on Snapchat and posting this picture to Instagram and checking how many likes you got at this “check-in” on Facebook. In doing all of that, we aren’t actually enjoying these experiences… we’re actually just documenting them for everyone to think we are having the time of our life, but in reality, we are just drowning in our phones.

It’s so important to live in the moment—to be present in our own lives. We tend to think that our online presence makes or breaks us. The number of followers we have on Instagram or the number of friends we have on Facebook is somehow equivalent to our self-worth. But isn’t that silly? You aren’t measured by how many likes you get on your latest photo or how many comments you receive on your newest status update.

Carpe diem, guys! Live in the present and enjoy every second of this beautiful thing we get to experience called life.

@TSA

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When traveling, there is always the infamous question, “will that pass-through TSA?”

TSA, alone, is a very nerve racking, nail biting experience; even when you are a harmless traveler. Whether you love TSA or not, they are just here to assist you and keep you safe.

They want to make sure that you comprehend safe and smart packing for a laidback traveling experience and to help with that, that they created an Instagram page, @TSA, with post relating to what can go through TSA and what can’t. The best part about these post is they insert a lot of humor into their responces, (which is surprising because they don’t look like a group of comedians when they are sorting through your bag…)

An even better helpful tool, if you post a picture, with a question, and tag @AskTSA; they will respond to you with an honest, but humerous answer to your question.

Because we are travelers, and spend a lot of time with TSA; we just wanted to share with you some of our favorite TSA posts!

With all the buzz about #420 today, we wanted to offer a #ProTip. If you’re considering traveling with marijuana or cannabis-infused products, don’t. We’re not looking for your jazz cabbage, but if we find it, we’ll have to notify local law enforcement. … TSA doesn’t have any regulations that address the possession or transportation of marijuana and cannabis infused products, but under Federal law and many State laws, it’s a crime to possess or transport any detectable amount of marijuana. … Having a State-issued cannabis card or other documentation indicating that the marijuana is for medical purposes doesn’t exempt you from TSA’s requirement to notify law enforcement. It’s up to the responding officer, not TSA, to determine if possession of the marijuana is authorized under State law, or whether to make an arrest or confiscate it. … This picture is from 2014 when 80 pounds of marijuana was discovered in a checked bag at the McClellan-Palomar Airport (CLD) in California. … #TSATravelTips #marijuana

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These can fly! Well… they can fly on the plane as a carry-on item, but they can’t actually fly anymore. Those days have clearly passed for this swarm. They’ve been pinned down for quite a while on a project. I’m guessing your husband made you ask because he didn’t want to be a pest and bug us, right? … This is a screenshot of a tweet sent to the AskTSA account on Twitter. … Have you ever wondered whether or not you can pack a certain item? If you're a regular follower of this account, I'm sure you can think of many situations where it would have behooved somebody to send us a picture first. Well, fret no more! Now you can do just that… … Simply snap a picture and tweet it to AskTSA (twitter.com/asktsa), or send it via Facebook Messenger (facebook.com/asktsa) and our team will get back to you promptly with an answer. … And that's not all. Contact us about any TSA related issue or question you might have. We can even help you if you don’t see TSA Pre✓® on your boarding pass. … We look forward to answering your questions, 9am-7pm daily. #AskTSA #TSATravelTips

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This is a perfect example of how to do it as long as the bottles are 3.4 oz. or less and the bag can be sealed. Each traveler is permitted to carry-on one sealable bag. Sorry, but unfortunately, drinking these at the gate or on the plane is not permitted. Rules are rules… – This is a screenshot of a tweet sent to the @AskTSA account on Twitter. Have you ever wondered whether or not you can pack a certain item? Fret no more! Now you can simply snap a picture and tweet it to @AskTSA or send it via Facebook Messenger and our team will get back to you promptly with an answer. If you're a regular follower of this account, I'm sure you can think of many situations where it would have behooved somebody to send us a picture first. And that's not all. Contact us about any TSA related issue or question you might have. We can even help you with TSA Pre✓® issues. We look forward to answering your questions, 8am-10pm ET weekdays; 9am-7pm weekends/holidays. #AskTSA #TSATravelTips

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Best Scuba Diving Sites in Mexico

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Cenote Dos Ojos – Yucatan

Located in the Riviera Maya, the Dos Ojos is the world’s third largest cave with over 8 KMs of caverns to explore. Cenote means “sacred well” and Dos Ojos means “two eyes”. Meaning that this is the perfect spot for divers because this combination of various geological events and climate changes created these unique and magical areas in the waters of the Yucatan Peninsula, so they are a must see for divers!

Discovery Bay – Guadalupe Island

This small volcanic island, situated off of the west coast of Mexico, is the number one spot for Great White shark encounters. It is home to a primordial beast for travelers to come see and cage dive with. There are over 200 unique great white sharks to view up-close and personal 30 ft down in the beautiful, clear, blue water.

The Boiler – San Benedicto Island (Revillagigedo Islands)

The boiler got its name from being the remains from an underwater volcano and when the waves hit its surface, the spray can be seen from a distance. The boiler is known for all different invertebrate and vertebrate life; like large Chinese trumpetfish, guineafowl puffers, clarion angelfish, lobsters, creole, octopus, white-tip reef sharks, and most importantly, playful giant mantas. There is so much interaction at this site for divers.

Bull Shark Dive – Playa del Carmen

This is an extreme scuba diving experience, only for certified divers! The bull sharks gather in the cenote waters of Playa del Carmen to breed. They are an aggressive creature, so the diving experience is taken very seriously with strict rules, but once you are positioned properly on the floor of the ocean; bull sharks everywhere! Behind you, in front, besides, swimming all around you. It’s an adrenaline rush that has your nerves all over the place, but a spectacular show to witness.

Afuera – Isla Mujeres

The waters of Isla Mujeres, located off the coast of Cancun, Mexico, is the largest aggregation of whale sharks from May to September. Afuera means “outside” because they gather farther out to sea due to the mass spawning of tuna, laying their eggs all over the ocean floor, for the whale sharks to feast on. Manta rays, golden eagle rays, sailfish, and marlin will also join in this feast.

Manchones Reef – Cancun

The Manchones Reef is home to the biggest underwater museum. For all the history, loving divers can come learn about the ancient Mayan Culture; like the Cross of the Bay, Man on Fire, Dream Collector, and others. Amongst all the underwater history, you can also see the vibrant coral landscapes, elk horn coral, stag horn coral, brain coral, and sponges. The marine life is also very colorful, filled with blue tangs, angel fish, wrasse, trunkfish, grunts, snappers, damselfish, and see breams.

Aquarium I and II – Banco Chinchorro

It is the healthiest marine ecosystem and the largest atoll reef, located in Quintana Roo, Mexico. This biosphere reserve hosts the most beautiful, healthy, and colorful coral reefs, interesting shipwrecks, and warm waters. Because the coral is so healthy, it is home to diverse marine life; like lobster, groupers, stingrays, sergeant majors, French angelfish, queen angelfish fish, nurse sharks, barracuda, and different species of turtles. As a bonus, you may also be able to swim with the manatees.

Gordo Banks – Los Cabos

Located off the southern tip of Mexico, this location is a very seasonal spot. Sightings of the hammerhead shark gathering can be seen June to November. The summit of the bank is a maze of canyons and rocky peaks covered in small gorgonian corals. In the midst of the hammerheads, you can also find jacks, mackerels, tunas, snapper, groupers, eagle rays, devil rays, cow-nose rays and mobula ray, mammoth manta ray, dolphins, silky sharks and whale sharks.

Palancar Reef – Cozumel

This reef is divided into 4 sections; the Palancar Caves, Palancar Bricks, Palancar Horseshoe and Palancar Gardens. The beginning of the reef is the Palancar Bricks which has caves, canyons, overhangs and gardens. Palancar Horseshoe is a large horseshoe shape, bursting with varied corals, sponges and a variety of marine life. The Palancar Caves site has deep buttresses, tunnels, caves and large caverns. Palancar Gardens is a good place to encounter stingrays. The Gardens features towering rock spires and cliffs that are covered with colorful corals and purple and orange sponges. These reefs are filled with diverse marine life, such as corals, sponges, jacks, triggerfish, turtles, snappers, angelfish, Bermuda chub, rays and several species of sharks.

Los Islotes – La Paz

La Paz is a gateway to the Sea of Cortez. When diving in this gateway; you can see orcas, blue whales, bottlenose dolphins, mobula rays, and most importantly, California sea lions, sea lion bulls, and juvenile sea lions. All the sea lions are extremely playful, spinning around, and love to swim with the divers; making them the main attraction. Other sites to see are golden cup corals, king angelfish, seahorses, sally light foot crab, and much more. Lastly, for the birdwatchers; you may see pelicans, boobies, and red-chested frigate birds. The sites are endless at the La Paz gateway to the Sea of Cortez!

10 Incredible Overwater Bungalows Around the World

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The Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma by Karisma - Mexico

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These overwater bungalows situated off of the brightest, white sands of the breathtaking Maroma beach, surrounded by the tranquil, turquoise waters; gives unparalleled luxurious accommodations. Travel channel named Maroma beach one of the 10 best beaches in the world. Each bungalow features; glass bottom floors, private infinity pools, direct ladder access to the ocean, the romantic “Aguas deal Amor” outdoor shower, indoor jacuzzi for two, and oversized deck with lounge chairs.

LikuLiku Lagoon Resort - Fiji

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From the waters it looks like an ancient village, but it is the first overwater resort, in a natural ocean lagoon. It is hidden amidst the flawless environment. Staying true to the Fijian cultural values, traditions, and architecture; the resort is the design of a Fijian canoe house. Surrounded by sprawling ceilings, hand-woven thatch and an exotic mix of natural materials and modern elements. The resort symbolizes the ancient culture.

St. Regis - Bora Bora

 

Nestled in the shadow on Mount Otemanu. These French Polynesian villas feature hand-carved Polynesian sculptures, exotic wooden décor and an Italian-marble bathroom with a rain shower and bathtub. Some villas offer a private plunge pool, a hot tub or an outdoor shower. The balcony provides a panoramic view of the crystal clear, blue lagoon and adjacent islands.

Four Seasons - Bora Bora

This family friendly, exclusive enclave, private paradise, in the heart of French Polynesia is a premier resort in Bora Bora. It possesses striking views of Mount Otemanu. They integrated unique architecture, containing walls made of volcanic stone and decorative accents fashioned from mother of pearl, and plunge pools. This resort radiates natural luxury.

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa - French Polynesia

This gentle vibe Polynesian escape is placed between Moorea’s two iconic bays; Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay. The location is perfect to admire both, the sunrise to the east and the sunset to the west. All the villas come with private decks, a glass floor-panel for viewing the fish below, a marble bathroom, comfortable king-sized bed, and a plunge pool. They resemble a contemporary Polynesian design and offer all the comforts of a luxury hotel.

Vahine Island - Tahiti

The perfect location for these bungalows, gives you a scenic view of Taha’a, Raiatea, Huahine, and Bora Bora. The three overwater bungalows keep its feel from the Islands natural environment, so each bungalow is designed with exotic wood furnishings and quilted Tahitian bedding, direct access into the lagoon, and aquarium coffee table for a view of lagoon. And because there is only three bungalows, the atmosphere is kept peaceful and calm with only a select amount of guests.

Niyama Private Islands Maldives - the Maldives

 

Placed on an incredible crescent out over the ocean and buggy down the path to your private villa; with a private pool, lagoon access right from your balcony, outdoor shower, two dedicated private butlers, a private chef, and a housekeeper to keep your island oasis running smoothly.  This dreamland is amongst the bluest skies and turquoise sea. Here, the island comes alive for you.

COMO Cocoa Island - the Maldives

These Dhoni (local fishing boat) inspired villas are set off of the private shores of Kaafu Island in South Male Atoll. They offer you the most beautiful views of the crystal ocean. Each bungalow is connected by a sinuous planked walkway. Built from New Zealand pine with Kajan thatched roofs, each suite has peaked ceilings and glossy teak floors. Floor-to-ceiling windows open to large decks, obscuring the difference between inside and out. Blue and white décor brings the sea, sand and sky into the soul of every villa.

Song Saa - Cambodia

This private island offers luxury, tranquility and a connection with the environment. The villas resemble the beauty of the Cambodian coastline. It’s a place that inhales the time with nature, constructed from local materials, by local hands, and filled with local art and soul. All the villas have a private sundeck with a private plunge pool, a daybed, direct access to the crystal-clear ocean, and an outdoor shower This pristine private beach takes tropical getaway to the next level.

Sandals South Coast - Jamaica

This heart shaped over-the-water bungalow overlooks the Caribbean Sea and delivers complete fascination of the turquoise waters and marine life below. Your private patio is complete with an extended sun deck, outdoor shower, sun loungers, and a bistro set for two. Couples can appreciate the beauty around them from their private outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tub for two or over-water hammocks. Inside, glass floor panels ensure you can enjoy undersea views any time.