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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

The festive city of San Juan is the perfect place to experience true Puerto Rican culture. Get to know its roots by exploring the vibrant neighborhood of El Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan), which consists mostly of Spanish colonial buildings. Flesh out your self-guided history lesson with a visit to El Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a 16th century citadel that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then reward yourself with a cooling dip at Luquillo or Carolina Beach, then a tasty tour of the Bacardi rum plant. The beaches in Puerto Rico are exquistite, the people are wonderful and very friendly, the culture is unique and the cities are very colorful.  Not only is the fort in San Juan a site to see, but the bay walk around the fort both during the day and evening are well worth the effort.
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HAWAII

This is one place that should need no major explanation or introduction.  Hawaii is the dream vacation of many because of it’s continuous warm temperatures, beautiful lush greenery, fantastic beaches, and historic landmarks. Whether you are planning to visit the fantastic beaches and blue waters that make Hawaii so famous, or to visit the landmarks of Pearl Harbor, see the whales, do some deep sea fishing, or just relax on holiday with the family - Hawaii provides something for everyone and with so many beautiful islands to visit, there is truly something for every interest.  Whether you visit only one island, or choose to do a scenic cruise to where you can visit all of the islands, we can help you plan that special vacation, honeymoon, or adventure travel.

HAITI

If you like history, culture, adventure and you want to be stimulated by the new and the different, it’s time to EXPERIENCE HAITI. Ayiti means mountainous land in Taino language, a community who lived in Haiti for 700 years before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492. Today, Haiti’s landscape continues to be one of her strongest assets. Green verdant mountains rise 2,763 metres in to the sky on the south and west coasts providing a rich flora and fauna, 26 endemic birds, 120 varieties of mangoes and spectacular water falls. While Haiti had suffered dramatically from the earthquake in 2010, Haiti has bounced back and become a popular tourist attraction.  It sides with the Dominican Republic to the east,on the same body of land.

GRAN TURKS

Probably one of my personal favorite beaches in the Caribbean, Grand Turk is the capital island of the Turks and Caicos, its historical heartbeat, and home to a state of the art luxury cruise ship center. It is here that Christopher Columbus first made landfall on his initial voyage to the New World in 1492. Almost 500 years later, US astronaut John Glenn “discovered” Grand Turk himself, after he became the first American man to orbit the earth and landed near Gran Turk. One of Grand Turk’s main attractions is diving. With its many dive operators it can cater to novice snorkelers to experienced divers. There is an outstanding protected coral reef, which drops to 8,000 feet and is close enough to shore for beach dives. There are several accommodations as well as casual restaraunts which feature local entertainment. During whalewatching season visitors can watch the humpback whales pass from Grand Turk’s shores as well as from the surface of the water.

COSTA MAYA

Another favorite Mexican port of mine is Costa Maya.  Costa Maya is a small tourist region in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, the only state bounded by the Caribbean Sea to its east. This municipality is close to Chetumal on the border with Belize. Costa Maya, located on a peninsula along Mexico's Caribbean coast, about 100 miles south of Playa del Carmen, feels like a private island created from scratch expressly for cruisers. That's because it was; developers created the port terminal/faux village complex not far from the Belize border solely to woo cruise lines, and everything -- from the manmade malecon, a beachfront pedestrian path in nearby Mahahual, to the beach club used for shore excursions -- has been created with passengers in mind.  For travelers who just want to get into the "don't worry, be happy" mindset, the lure of the area's beach clubs can pretty much consume the day.

TORTOLA

This exotic, peaceful island is home to both towering mahogany trees and white-sand beaches. The region offers a challenging hike that extends 1,780 feet up Sage Mountain. A great spot for great birdwatching and breathtaking views of Tortola and neighboring islands. Swim or stroll the white-sand beaches, explore ancient ruins or the delectable local cuisine, or drop anchor and rock with the rhythm of the azure ocean.  Tortola and most of the British Virgin Islands are mountainous, and while they boast verdant-green hills, the climate and vegetation are much drier than many Caribbean isles. In Tortola, cactus and succulents are more common than ferns, and rushing streams and waterfalls are virtually nonexistent. The dry climate of the islands has a beneficial side effect: because of the lack of runoff, the water clarity is dependably higher than many other places in the Caribbean.  

Caribbean Destinations

No matter which island you visit, each one has it’s own unique characteristics, it’s own fabulous beach with beautiful turquoise waters, and warm tropical climate all year around.  There are things you can do that are common on each island such as diving, snorkeling, swimming with the dolphins and so on - and some have historical sights to visit, some have personable industry like cocoa, sugar cane, etc. - each has it’s own unique culture with their own unique foods and drink to try while visiting.  AND, don’t forget the duty free shopping available on every island - some are more famous for jewelry than others.  That is why a cruise is the best vacation, you can visit several on one trip while cruising.
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© Cruise & Vacation Travel, 2015-2016

Caribbean Destinations

No matter which island you visit, each one has it’s own unique characteristics, it’s own fabulous beach with beautiful turquoise waters, and warm tropical climate all year around.  There are things you can do that are common on each island such as diving, snorkeling, swimming with the dolphins and so on - and some have historical sights to visit, some have personable industry like cocoa, sugar cane, etc. - each has it’s own unique culture with their own unique foods and drink to try while visiting.  AND, don’t forget the duty free shopping available on every island - some are more famous for jewelry than others.  That is why a cruise is the best vacation, you can visit several on one trip while cruising.
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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

The festive city of San Juan is the perfect place to experience true Puerto Rican culture. Get to know its roots by exploring the vibrant neighborhood of El Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan), which consists mostly of Spanish colonial buildings. Flesh out your self- guided history lesson with a visit to El Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a 16th century citadel that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then reward yourself with a cooling dip at Luquillo or Carolina Beach, then a tasty tour of the Bacardi rum plant. The beaches in Puerto Rico are exquistite, the people are wonderful and very friendly, the culture is unique and the cities are very colorful.  Not only is the fort in San Juan a site to see, but the bay walk around the fort both during the day and evening are well worth the effort.
See Photos

HAWAII

This is one place that should need no major explanation or introduction.  Hawaii is the dream vacation of many because of it’s continuous warm temperatures, beautiful lush greenery, fantastic beaches, and historic landmarks. Whether you are planning to visit the fantastic beaches and blue waters that make Hawaii so famous, or to visit the landmarks of Pearl Harbor, see the whales, do some deep sea fishing, or just relax on holiday with the family - Hawaii provides something for everyone and with so many beautiful islands to visit, there is truly something for every interest.  Whether you visit only one island, or choose to do a scenic cruise to where you can visit all of the islands, we can help you plan that special vacation, honeymoon, or adventure travel.

GRAN TURKS

Probably one of my personal favorite beaches in the Caribbean, Grand Turk is the capital island of the Turks and Caicos, its historical heartbeat, and home to a state of the art luxury cruise ship center. It is here that Christopher Columbus first made landfall on his initial voyage to the New World in 1492. Almost 500 years later, US astronaut John Glenn “discovered” Grand Turk himself, after he became the first American man to orbit the earth and landed near Gran Turk. One of Grand Turk’s main attractions is diving. With its many dive operators it can cater to novice snorkelers to experienced divers. There is an outstanding protected coral reef, which drops to 8,000 feet and is close enough to shore for beach dives. There are several accommodations as well as casual restaraunts which feature local entertainment. During whalewatching season visitors can watch the humpback whales pass from Grand Turk’s shores as well as from the surface of the water.

GRAN TURKS

Probably one of my personal favorite beaches in the Caribbean, Grand Turk is the capital island of the Turks and Caicos, its historical heartbeat, and home to a state of the art luxury cruise ship center. It is here that Christopher Columbus first made landfall on his initial voyage to the New World in 1492. Almost 500 years later, US astronaut John Glenn “discovered” Grand Turk himself, after he became the first American man to orbit the earth and landed near Gran Turk. One of Grand Turk’s main attractions is diving. With its many dive operators it can cater to novice snorkelers to experienced divers. There is an outstanding protected coral reef, which drops to 8,000 feet and is close enough to shore for beach dives. There are several accommodations as well as casual restaraunts which feature local entertainment. During whalewatching season visitors can watch the humpback whales pass from Grand Turk’s shores as well as from the surface of the water.

COSTA MAYA

Another favorite Mexican port of mine is Costa Maya.  Costa Maya is a small tourist region in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, the only state bounded by the Caribbean Sea to its east. This municipality is close to Chetumal on the border with Belize. Costa Maya, located on a peninsula along Mexico's Caribbean coast, about 100 miles south of Playa del Carmen, feels like a private island created from scratch expressly for cruisers. That's because it was; developers created the port terminal/faux village complex not far from the Belize border solely to woo cruise lines, and everything -- from the manmade malecon, a beachfront pedestrian path in nearby Mahahual, to the beach club used for shore excursions -- has been created with passengers in mind.  For travelers who just want to get into the "don't worry, be happy" mindset, the lure of the area's beach clubs can pretty much consume the day.

TORTOLA

This exotic, peaceful island is home to both towering mahogany trees and white-sand beaches. The region offers a challenging hike that extends 1,780 feet up Sage Mountain. A great spot for great birdwatching and breathtaking views of Tortola and neighboring islands. Swim or stroll the white-sand beaches, explore ancient ruins or the delectable local cuisine, or drop anchor and rock with the rhythm of the azure ocean.  Tortola and most of the British Virgin Islands are mountainous, and while they boast verdant-green hills, the climate and vegetation are much drier than many Caribbean isles. In Tortola, cactus and succulents are more common than ferns, and rushing streams and waterfalls are virtually nonexistent. The dry climate of the islands has a beneficial side effect: because of the lack of runoff, the water clarity is dependably higher than many other places in the Caribbean.