Over The Top All-Inclusive Vacation Amenities

All-inclusive vacations are undeniably easy; all you have to do is show up and every need is catered to, without you having to open your wallet. Typical amenities include endless buffets and drinks but it can indeed go beyond that. Follow along as we explore 10 over the top all-inclusive amenities you don’t want to miss!

10. Fireplace Butler, New Mexico

Having a fireplace in your hotel room is one of the most romantic touches, but lighting that fire and getting it to stay lit can quickly kill the mood. Luckily for the guests at the Four Seasons Resort Ranch Encantado in Santa Fe New Mexico, there is a fireplace butler. All guests need to do is request a visit from this expert and your butler will arrive at your door dressed in outdoor gear and a red flannel hat, making sure he looks the part. The fireplace butler will go on to light the fire for you and serve you hot chocolate or steaming apple cider in charming camping mugs. And you thought you had heard of every kind of butler.

Photo by: Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe
Photo by: Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe

9. Complimentary Porsche, California

If you feel like going for one heck of a joy ride, make sure to head over to Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa in California where you can take out a Porsche for the cost of nothing. Through an exclusive partnership, the resort is able to offer guests a complimentary vehicle for the day. The concierges are well versed in suggesting where to take this powerful car and feel free to keep it until the evening. For those high rollers who actually fall in love with the car, there is a Porsche certified concierge on site to speak with about taking one of these bad boys home. Whether you’ve got the kids, want the convertible or just need an excuse to test one out, this resort has you covered.

Photo by: Rancho Valencia
Photo by: Rancho Valencia

8. Extensive Rare Book Collection, Kenya

For any book lover out there, the chance to see an extensive manuscript collection from some of the finest writers is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Fortunately there is one resort in Kenya that not only offers an incredible eco-safari adventure but also a library full of unpublished letters, diary entries and unique photographs. Guests at the Segera Retreat will discover artifacts from Charles Darwin, Theodore Roosevelt, David Livingstone, Ernest Hemingway and more. This unique conservation retreat belongs to German entrepreneur Jochen Zeitz who stocked the library full of these priceless artifacts, as well as filling the resort with his personal art collection and vintage antiques. Nightly rates start at $1,070 per person per night and include meals, drinks, retreat activities and access to these rare and priceless books.

Photo by: Segera Retreat
Photo by: Segera Retreat

7. Cirque de Soleil Experience, Club Med

Club Med and Cirque de Soleil have teamed up to bring resort goers the opportunity to fly high at their new fitness program titled Creactive. This dream-like playscape is a program where guests of all ages can try their hand at a variety of artistic and acrobatic activities. Activities include trapeze, tight rope, aerial silk, trampoline, juggling and more. There will be no jumping through hoops to sign up for this program as it is included with the room rate at Club Med in Punta Cana. This one of a kind circus experience is under the direct supervision of dedicated trainers and the activities are inspired by the 20 plus productions that take place all over the world. Dedicated to bringing circus and happiness to the world, if you have ever wanted to fly high, this is the place to do so.

Photo by: Club Med
Photo by: Club Med

6. Extensive Wine Collections, Singita, Africa

Singita is the proud operator of 12 lodges and camps, in five regions across three countries in Africa and is at the forefront of luxury safari experiences. Therefore it should come as no surprise that their wine collections are both incredible and tailored to match each and every dish. The brand’s wine collection in fact may just come in second, perhaps only to seeing the incredible wildlife in Africa. For each lodge the selection is handpicked and although every wine on the list in included in the price; one won’t go wrong trusting the daily pairings. Lodges offer the majority of their red wines at five years and older and there certainly won’t be any typically house chardonnay on the menu. Sommeliers are on hand at each lodge, not only picked for their wine knowledge but also their travel experience, personality and love for the African bush land. Guests won’t find a more incredible experience, complete with outstanding wine anywhere else in the world.

Photo by: Singita
Photo by: Singita

5. Baby/Family Concierge, World Wide

More and more all-inclusive resorts, especially smaller boutique ones are getting on board with including a baby or family concierge with the packages. These personal concierges are devoted to your family’s needs including walkie-talkies to keep in constant touch with one another, cookies and milk turn down service and specialized activities for your family. Some resorts offer play pens, bottle warmers, customized “kids” mini fridges in the rooms, cribs, change tables, baby bath robes, strollers and more. The Paradisus Resorts even offer private pools and beach areas with valet service, a VIP lounge with private check in and a bath time fun program before bed. If you are looking to have all the help you can want, make sure to check out the resorts that really offer it all in terms of childcare.

Photo by: Paradisus by Melia
Photo by: Paradisus by Melia

4. Tennis Academy, Club Med

Club Med has once again stepped up their game in terms of the amenities offered in their all-inclusive packages by offering the Club Med Tennis Academy at select resorts. Guests of all ages will have access to daily, weekly and full-time tennis programs all year round, run by top coaches. At Sandpiper Bay guests will have access to morning and/or afternoon sessions, with a focus on skills, weight training, stroke productions and match play. Players also get the chance to train with the best players and play full-length matches against one another. From kids to adults, beginners to experts, there is a tennis activity for anyone at Club Med.

Photo by: Club Med Academies
Photo by: Club Med Academies

3. Cooking Classes, Karisma Hotels and Resorts

Karisma’s all inclusive resorts are ultra luxurious and offer incredible personalized service to each and every guest. A favorite amenity of guests here are the cooking classes that are included in your holiday. The focus here is on seasonal cuisine and local produce and this educational experience is meant to teach guests about the joys of food and cooking. Guests will work together with experienced chefs to create incredible tasting dishes. At the end of each class guests are invited to enjoy the dishes they created as well as sipping on complimentary wine. If wine is more your style, be sure to check out the wine tastings that are offered by the knowledgeable sommeliers, or take an interactive tequila tasting class where you will learn the history and basics of tequila. With resorts located across Mexico, it is easy to find your perfect cooking vacation.

Photo by: Karisma Hotels
Photo by: Karisma Hotels

2. A Temporary Closet, Berlin

If you have forgotten that little black dress and you happen to be at the Hotel de Rome in Berlin, there is no need to go out and buy another one. That is because this hotel offers Schumacher designer dresses at no extra charge. The Schumacher shop is located just a few minutes away from the hotel and in the snap of a finger; a private shopping trip will be arranged for you. Guests should be aware that they will have to return the dresses, and hopefully no red wine will end up on it. Whether it is a cocktail dress, evening gown or something more elaborate, Schumacher has got you covered. This is one amenity that we think other hotels and resorts need to get on board with!

Photo by: Hotel de Rome
Photo by: Hotel de Rome

1. Private Submarine Rides, Fiji

It might just be the absolute coolest hotel perk and guests of the Laucala Island Resort in Fiji can have the chance to experience a ride in the resorts personal submarine. What cost a guest $2,000 a few short years ago is now included in the price of an all-inclusive package. The futuristic two-seater submarine called DeepFlight Super Falcon is capable of diving up to 1,500 feet down. This winged submarine flies through the water more like a sea creature than a boat and features 360-degree viewing capabilities through its acrylic domes. Guests of the resort can enjoy a one hour trip with the pilot of the sub where they can expect to see an abundance of coral reef and marine life including clown fish, turtles and leopard sharks. Room rates here start at about $4,600 a night and include not only a submarine ride but spa treatments, golfing, butler service and other extreme amenities.

Photo by: Laucala Island
Photo by: Laucala Island

10 Caribbean Foods You Need To Try

Caribbean cuisine has plenty of influences to thank for their amazing culinary creations, including cuisines such as African, East Indian and European. In spite of all these influences though the Caribbean has brought its own gastronomy to the table and produces dishes that are both simple and satisfying. They cook with the seasons and with the freshest of ingredients, delighting visitors from all over the world. There are hundreds of dishes to try when visiting the Caribbean but here are 10 of our favorite foods from this part of the world.

10. Conch Fritters

Considered a delicacy around the world, there is no better place to try Conch Fritters than the Caribbean, especially in the Bahamas. These fritters are small ball so conch snail meat that have been friend in batter with a number of seasonings. Conch is readily available in the Caribbean which makes this the freshest place to taste this delicious local treat. Many chefs put their own spin on this dish and often use ingredients such as onion, peppers and celery along with a variety of spices. Make sure to try this dish at numerous restaurants including the Poop Deck in Easy Bay, Nassau and Head Over to Conch Fritters.

conch fritters

9. Jerk Chicken

It one of the spiciest and well-known and well-loved dishes that originates from Jamaica. The jerk part of the dish is actually a special mixture of spices and can include soy sauce, brown sugar, whole cloves, bonnet peppers, jalapenos and more. The jerk is laced onto the chicken which is than grilled. The grilling process is of most importance when it comes to perfecting this dish and true jerk chicken is actually cooked over coals as well as fresh green wood, most traditionally the wood from the pimento tree. This tree also happens to produce allspice berries which is another component of the jerk marinade. Other meat can also be cooked in the same process and the jerk spice will work its magic by soaking the meat in its flavours.

jerk chicken

8. Aloo Pie

You will find this variant of the samosa on the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago. This soft friend pastry is made from flour and water and filled with boiled and spiced mashed potatoes. Other vegetables inside accompany the potatoes such as green peas or split chickpeas without their seedcoat. A little larger than a typical samosa it looks more like a calzone and is ordered with a sweet and sour type dipping sauce known as imli ki chutney.

Photo by: Calypsos Spice
Photo by: Calypsos Spice

7. Callaloo

This Caribbean dish actually originated in West Africa and was brought to the Caribbean by slaves. This green soup is typically made with amaranth leaves; taro leaves or water spinach. In the Caribbean this dish is often served as a side dish and calls for such ingredients as coconut milk and okra. Callaloo tends to be different from island to island, for example in Jamaica they only use the callaloo leaf, salt, onions and scallions simply steaming the vegetables while in Trinidad they use the okra and coconut milk. Wherever you decide to try it, it is definitely a must and although the dark green soup may not look appetizing at first, it is absolutely delicious.

Callaloo

6. Coconut Shrimp

This easy to make and even easier to eat dish tastes that much better in the Caribbean due to the freshness of the ingredients. Soft shrimp is dipped in eggs and coated with shredded coconut, making the sweetness of the shrimp and the crispiness of the coconut come together in one delectable treat. If you are a health conscious individual, you can opt to have this delicious snack baked instead of fried. Try these shrimps out in multiples islands, each offering its own unique twist of spices and coatings.

coconut shrimp

5. Ackee and Saltfish

Ackee happens to be the national fruit of Jamaica and thus its fitting that Ackee and Saltfish is the national dish. Parts of the Ackee fruit are actually toxic and therefore much caution must be had when preparing this dish. Salt cod is soaked overnight before sautéing it with boiled ackee, onions, Scotch Bonnet peppers, tomatoes and spices. It is often garnished with bacon and tomatoes and can be served as breakfast or dinner. It can be served alongside breadfruit, dumplings, fried plantain or eaten with rice and peas.

Ackee and Saltfish

4. Keshi Yena

Laying at the extreme south of the Caribbean is the island of Curacao and it happens to offer one heck of a local main course dish. Keshi Yena is essentially one giant stuffed cheese ball and although it is prepared differently all over the island, the end result is the same, absolute deliciousness. Essentially a round bowl is lined with Gouda or Edam cheese slices, topped with meaty filling (mostly chicken) and than covered with more slices of cheese. Sometimes the cheese ball is smothered in a Creole sauce with plenty of tomatoes and peppers. Other ingredients are olives, prunes or raisons.

Photo by: The Traveling Table
Photo by: The Traveling Table

3. Jamaican Patty

Although it is most notably found in Jamaica, the Jamaican patty is also commonly found in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. This pastry is stuffed full of various fillings and spices, baked inside its flaky shell that is often tinted yellow with an egg yolk mixture or turmeric. The filling is typically seasoned ground beef but sometimes can be chicken, pork or lamb. In Jamaica the patty is often eaten as a full meal when accompanied by coco bread. This beef patty came to be shortly after the Cornish pastry was introduced in the Caribbean and using the cumin and curry spices along with the Scotch Bonnet, a hot pepper indigenous to Jamaica allowed them to make it their own.

Jamacian Patty

2. Flying Fish

One of the most popular foods in Barbados is flying fish and one can expect to have one land on their plate at some point on this island, which is a good thing considering how delicious they are. Flying fish and cou-cou is actually the islands national dish, featuring the fish steamed and served with cornmeal cooked with okra and water. Many visitors choose to have fish cutters, battered, crispy and fried flying fish that is served on salt bread, normally accompanied by lettuce, tomato, ketchup and mustard. However, which way you choose to eat this meal, you certainly won’t regret it.

flying fish

1. Boca Chica Style Fried Fish

The Dominican Republic boasts plenty of colorful and lively dishes but the most loved may just be Boca Chica Fried Fish. One of the most flavorful dishes in the Dominican, this fried fish- normally red snapper- is marinated in a mix of garlic, onions, bell peppers and paprika. Coated with flour and fried twice, the fish vendors in this part of the Island tell visitors it’s the love that goes into the recipe that makes it so good. Often served alongside a heap of friend green plantains, this dish is big on flavor.

Photo by: Arturo Feliz-Camilo via Dominican Heat
Photo by: Arturo Feliz-Camilo via Dominican Heat

The 8 Cheapest Winter Vacations for 2020

While some of us are still hanging on to our pumpkin spice lattes and savoring the last days of fall, others are already daydreaming about how they’re going to escape the snow. Although lots of vacations are expensive and costs can be prohibitive for some, these 8 locations will help you travel on a budget this winter.

8. Cuba

Cuba has long been a fairly inexpensive vacation spot for Canadians and Americans willing to risk not being able to get back into their country. Although U.S. relations with Cuba have been improving, travel restrictions for tourism are still in place. For Canadians and others, Cuba remains an inexpensive Caribbean option. Havana is the place to go for the most culture, although other popular spots include Manzanillo de Cuba and Varadero. Round-trip flights can be as low as $300 USD, and hotels start at $50 USD per night. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive option, things get even more affordable: a 7-night package deal, including all taxes and fees, starts around $380 USD for 2 people.

Cuba Beach

7. Panama

Here’s a destination not many people would consider when they think about flying south for the winter: Panama. This Central American country doesn’t get a lot of love from sun-seekers. Nonetheless, Panama City is a prime destination. The flight will set you back around $550 USD to the lesser demand and more infrequent flights, but accommodations will run you around $40 USD a night for a 3-star hotel. Package deals are also available, usually running around the $1,000 USD  mark—a little higher than some would like to pay, but worth it to get to a destination that’s off the beaten path for most snowbirds. Unlike high-traffic destinations like Punta Cana and Cancun, Panama City is still economical and less likely to be overrun with spring-breakers, making for a relaxing vacation whether you go all-inclusive or not.

Panama

6. Florida

Your Florida vacation can either be really expensive or really cheap. While people flock to Orlando and Miami, there are plenty of places that offer all the sun and sand with a lower price tag. You can fly to Tampa for the same price as Miami, but you can pick up 3-star accommodations for $65 USD per night in Tampa (compare Miami at $90 USD per night). If you insist on Miami or Orlando, a flight will set you back around $200 USD, and a hotel in Orlando can cost as little as $49 USD per night. If you’re visiting either of these popular locations, definitely check into package deal options offered by travel agencies and vacation companies to see if you can get even better pricing. Other options for those looking to get off the beaten path could include West Palm Beach and Daytona Beach.

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Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.com

5. Bahamas

At first glance, the Bahamas might seem overpriced to a lot of North Americans. First, they’re relatively close to Florida, but flight prices seem to jump, and hotels start around $75 USD. Package deals, in theory, should make a trip to the Bahamas a little more affordable, but the truth is that you’re better to book the Bahamas yourself. Flights can be as little $380 USD and even with the cost of accommodations for 7 days, that’s still cheaper than some of the packages out there. Selecting your own destination in the Bahamas also allows you to best pick the venues suited to your itinerary. While Freeport is an option, it is more expensive than the bigger port of Nassau. This is one destination where looking for last-minute deals and seat sales will save you more cash.

Nassau, Bahamas

4. Jamaica

How much you pay to escape to Jamaica really depends on where and how you go. For some destinations, package deals are your best bet; all-inclusive vacations for Ochos Rios start around $680 USD with all the taxes and fees in. Montego Bay, on the other hand, is better for travelers looking to build their own itineraries: a flight will set you back around $500, but accommodations can be as low as $30 or $40 USD a night. Runaway Bay is another do-it-yourself option; you’ll still need to fly into Montego Bay and accommodations are better booked on your own—a package deal in this area will actually cost you more. Kingston, the country’s capital, is more expensive to fly in to, as its airport is smaller than the one at Montego Bay.

Jamaica

3. Arizona

If you’re looking to escape the cold, why not consider Arizona? Located in the middle of a desert, Arizona is actually more pleasant during the winter months and you can score a roundtrip flight to Phoenix for about $300 USD. At the lower end of things, accommodation hovers around the $40 USD per night mark. While not exactly a high profile destination, Arizona has been gaining popularity with the snowbird crowd who are looking for alternatives to Florida, at a lower price-point than California. Phoenix, in particular, has a lot of attractions—including a number of golf courses. If you want to hit the greens, definitely consider Arizona as your winter escape. While you may not be able to pick up package deals for Arizona like you can for some sun destinations, definitely keep your eyes peeled for deals—seat sales can save you a pretty penny on airfare.

pool arizona

2. Mexico

Mexico has long been known as a haven for snowbirds looking to escape the chill of winter without feeling the pinch of their pocketbooks. While destinations like Acapulco and Cancun are on the lists of every spring-breaker, try nabbing up a cheap destination vacation to one of Mexico’s many other charming areas, like Puerto Vallarta, where a flight will cost you about $380 USD but a hotel will set you back just $35 USD a night, or you can package it up for about $600 USD. Ixtapa and Manzanillo are popular destinations as well, and both come with a similar price tag. Other, less-frequented Mexican destinations can cost a bit more since there’s less demand for flights, but hotel prices remain low throughout the country. Last-minute deals and seat-sales can be your best friends to get to these less-frequented locales.

Mexico 2

1. Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has earned a reputation among snowbirds and travelers as a relatively cheap destination to soak up some sun. Popular with spring-breakers, the Dominican Republic has a few popular destinations like Punta Cana and Puerto Plata. Flights will run you around $500 USD to either destination, but 3-star hotels are available for about $60 USD a night. Like other destination vacations in the Caribbean, you can look for a package deal to maximize your savings; roll your flight and hotel together into a 7-night all-inclusive excursion for about $900 USD. Other popular destinations on the island include Santo Domingo, which is a better book-it-yourself option; the flight is slightly more expensive than other areas on the island, but accommodations will set you back just $35 USD a night.

Punta Cana Dominican Republic

10 Great Winter Vacation Ideas

Whether you love winter or hate the cold, there are many destination choices available to you rather than going into hibernation mode. Hate the cold and snow? Then tropical destinations are out there just waiting for you to enjoy and leave the winter blues behind. Sandy beaches, tropical rain forests and warm sunshine are just the medicine you need for what ails you. Migration is much more enjoyable than hibernation. Or, maybe you can’t wait for winter snowy weather. The world is your playground with many places to go and play in the great outdoors. Winter blues are in the past if you go where you can get away from it all and just have fun. Below are a few suggestions for some winter fun that can be adapted to just about anyone’s budget and desires. You don’t need to travel far to have a great relaxing and therapeutic vacation alone or with your loved ones.

10. Jackson, Wyoming

The town of Jackson is located in the Jackson Hole valley and has a population of around 9,600. It’s in close proximity to many ski resorts and a gateway to well-known national parks like Yellowstone and Grand Teton. In 2009, the town was designated as a Preserve America Community -meaning it’s recognized as a place to preserve and celebrate their historic assets and heritage.

Jackson is rich in culture and natural beauty. Take a tour of the National Museum of Wildlife Art which looks like a natural outcropping, Images of Nature by Thomas Mangelsen featuring nature photographs, The Brookover Gallery, Wild Safari at Spring Creek Ranch, Laurance Rockefeller Preserve, Jackson Hole Tram Rides, Town Square, or the National Elk Refuge. Of course there are also great places to ski like Rendevous Mountain – the most challenging mountain to ski in the country, and Snow King Resort. Other activities could include Teton Ice Park which offers ice climbing lessons for all skill levels. Fun and adventure never cease in Jackson…a little town with loads to offer.

Grand Teton Jackson Wyoming

9. Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville, MI

Located in Thompsonville, MI, Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa is the ultimate destination for anyone looking to enjoy winter with or without their children. You don’t have to be a skier to enjoy this resort because there is plenty to do whatever your age or interest while vacationing. There are condos and cottages on site as well as rooms in the resort itself.

For a romantic getaway with your special someone, Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa offers couples’ massages, an outdoor hot tub and indoor pool. A great way to unwind and relax those tired, tense muscles after a long week at work. There are great meals and amenities and the staff caters to all your needs. For a family vacation, there is cross-country skiing, nighttime laser tag, dog sledding and many other family friendly events. You can also enjoy some snowmobiling through the groomed trails and enjoy the amazing northern scenery all around you.

Photo by: Crystal Mountain Resort
Photo by: Crystal Mountain Resort

8. Ogden, Utah

Ogden is a city of a little over 82,000 people and is located about 10 miles (16 km) from Salt Lake City. Serving as a major railway hub, it’s a convenient location for manufacturing and commerce with large amounts of freight rail traffic. It is also well-known for its closeness to the Wasatch Mountains, its many historic buildings and Weber State University. The city was named Ogden after Peter Skene Ogden of the Hudson’s Bay Company who was known for trapping in the area.

There are museums to visit featuring different interests such as Hill Aerospace Museum for anyone interested in military and aeronautic history, Treehouse Children’s Museum which is a hands-on museum focusing on literature and arts for children, and Dinosaur Park & Museum for a quick trip back in time to explore prehistoric times. For some family fun, you can stop at The Salomon Center a sports complex and gaming center, Kangaroo Zoo for a clean, safe place for your children to let loose and play together, and so many other attractions, outdoor adventures and natural wonders, you’ll leave with memories to last a lifetime.

Wasatch Mountains Utah

7. Aspen, Colorado

Aspen, Colorado is located in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains’ Sawatch Range and Elk Mountains. It was originally founded as a mining camp during the silver boom, and the name was eventually changed to Aspen for all the aspen trees in the area. The White River National forest serves as a summer complement to the four ski areas in the vicinity making it a four season playground.

The John Denver Sanctuary features rocks carved with songs written and sung by the iconic star. Most can be seen in the winter as well as the summer. Aspen Mountain is the prime destination for avid skiers and snowboarders having earned the reputation as “the athlete’s mountain”. Wheeler Opera House offers an intimate setting for a great show and a little culture. Buttermilk Mountain is a great place for skiers of all skill levels or to just sit back and absorb your incredible surroundings. While visiting this winter wonderland, you can also take a snowmobile tour through the White River forest or enjoy some pampering at one of the resorts.

Aspen, Colorado

6. Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, China

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is an annual winter festival hosted in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China and is the largest ice and snow festival in the world. Though it started off primarily with Chinese participants, it has since become an international celebration and includes the world’s largest ice sculptures. The month-long festival begins January 5 each year, however many exhibits can be viewed earlier weather permitting.

The festival is comprised of ice and snow world, the international snow sculpture art expo, the ice lantern art fair, winter swimming watching, ice hotels, dog sledding and safari-style Siberian Tiger watching. You can go snowmobiling, ice skating, skiing or enjoy a beautiful relaxing sleigh ride. There are several ski resorts in Harbin as well if downhill skiing or snowboarding is more your style. The scenery is awe-inspiring with the mountains and countryside you’d never expect to find in such a populous area. Take your own tour or book yourself on one of the many guided tours available.

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TonyV3112 / Shutterstock.com

5. Cuba

Cuba is an island country located in the Caribbean. It’s the largest island in the Caribbean with a population of over 11 million. The country rates very high in human development and high in measures of health and education. The largest city in Cuba is its capital, Havana. In the last decade, Cuba has invested highly in tourism and tripled their share of the Caribbean tourism market with the growth rate expected to continue. Due to the country’s proximity to the Tropic of Cancer, the climate is tropical and warm all year.

Old Havana is a world heritage site preserving the beautiful architecture from 200 years ago. Veradero is a popular beach destination featuring beautiful white sand beaches, caves, flower gardens, restaurants and hotels. The cobblestone streets of Trinidad will take you back in time to colonial times with the incredible architecture. Other beach destinations worth visiting are Guardalavaca, Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo del Sur, and Cayo Coco. The many cities there have historical significance and beautiful buildings and sculptures that will keep you in awe during your vacation.

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Anna Jedynak / Shutterstock.com

4. Miami, Florida

A common destination in the winter is the state of Florida…a tropical paradise. Miami in particular caters to tourists all year-round with plenty to see and do. Located on the Atlantic coast of the United States, there are numerous sandy beaches where you can sunbathe under the hot sun or enjoy a dip in the crystal clear waters. The beaches aren’t the only thing to see and do in Miami however; all of the available attractions are too numerous to mention here though we’ll give you just a taste of what’s to be had…

Some of the attractions you can check out while in Miami, include a Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Boat Cruise, Miami Seaquarium, Zoo Miami, Jungle Island, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Coral Castle Museum, Lion Country Safari and the Key Largo Glass Bottom Boat Cruise to name just a few. There are many incredible resorts to stay in with all the amenities you could ever imagine. You’ll want to take advantage of every moment you spend in Miami and forget the winter while you bask in the warmth and beauty it has to offer.

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Jorg Hackemann / Shutterstock.com

3. Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is part of the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean region. It’s the second largest nation in the Caribbean region after Cuba with a population of nearly 10 million. It is the most visited destination in the Caribbean because of its golf courses which are open year-round, not to mention its warm inviting climate, breathtaking scenery and the cultural uniqueness.

The area is picture perfect, inspiring many a postcard with the lush sandy beaches, crystal clear water, amazing waterfalls, and tropical forests. Parque Nacional del Este offers Saona Island beaches and tropical forest, Bavaro Beach of Punta Cana offers the most popular resort vacations, the Marinarium exhibits off-shore reefs and marine life where you can go on a snorkel tour and get up close and personal or perhaps you’d like to go zip-lining or horseback riding at Scape Park at Cap Cana. Whether you are the adventurous type or more laid back, the Dominican Republic always has something incredible to experience.

Saona island, Dominican Republic

2. Los Angeles, California

The City of Los Angeles, also known by its initials L.A., is a bustling California metropolis and the second largest city in the United States. It’s well-known for its inviting warm climate, ethnic diversity, film and television industry and of course…the celebrities. With all the entertainment, culture, shopping, fashion and media around, Los Angeles is a city of endless possibilities. If you can’t find something to see and do there, you aren’t opening your eyes.

Take a walk down to Union Station on N. Alameda St or stroll down Olvera Street where you can shop for your souvenirs and take in all the cultural displays. Not far from Union Station you can go to the Los Angeles City Hall, which you’ll probably recognize from many movies in which it appeared, and go up to the observation deck for an incredible view of downtown L.A. For a little cultural nourishment, you can visit Walt Disney Concert Hall for some classical music or Jazz or perhaps the Performing Arts Center, one of the largest and most highly regarded performing arts centers in the U.S. There is so much to see and do in LA, you can spend months here and never see the same thing twice.

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Marco Rubino / Shutterstock.com

1. Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, appropriately called “Hawaii’s island of Discovery”, is the oldest and fourth largest of the main Hawaiian Islands. It’s known as the “Garden Isle” and measures 105 miles (169 km) across. The highest mountain on the island is Kawaikini at 5,243 feet (1598 m). The island is home to thousands of wild chickens which were brought there by Polynesians for food. Having few natural predators, the chickens have thrived there and have since mated with European cock-fighting chickens that have broken free.

The Waimea Canyon often referred to as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” though not as big, is 14 miles long, one mile wide and 3,600 feet deep – a geological wonder in its own right. The Napali Coast with its emerald green pinnacles, panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and cascading incredible waterfalls offers boat tours, kayaking, challenging trails and incredible adventure. Zip-lining, kayaking, whale watching, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, and mountain tubing are some of the activities waiting for you on this tropical getaway. The natural wonders on the island are one of a kind and must be experienced to be fully appreciated.

Waimea Canyon Kauai Hawaii

The Best All-inclusive Caribbean Resorts for Kids

Planning a vacation to the Caribbean with the kids is always an adventure. With so many resorts out there promising the “perfect family getaway” it is often hard to sort out what is most important when looking at the vacations. Our choices below stand out in many factors including fabulous kid’s clubs, great beaches, accommodating rooms and suites, water parks and family concierge services. Although not all of the following choices have every single thing on our list; they all excel in brilliance when it comes to the kids enjoying the vacation just as much as you; the parents. Don’t worry we didn’t forget about you; with fabulous spas, trustworthy nannies and cell phones to keep in touch we have taken the worry away. Read on to discover our top choices for the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean for kids.

12. Franklyn D. Resort & Spa, Runaway Bay Jamaica

You won’t find luxurious suites, fine dining or an insanely large property to explore here; instead you will find a home away from home complete with a personal nanny for your entire stay. Welcome to the Franklyn D. Resort & Spa where the friendly atmosphere and staff are enough to make you want to come back. Along with the incredible nanny service that provides each family with a personal nanny or two which is included in your room price, this resort offers a great kids club, plenty of dining options and shallow water beaches for the whole family to enjoy.

Numerous water sports, bicycle rentals, shopping tours, glass bottom boat tours, snorkelling and much more is all included at this resort. Entertainment at night is always family friendly and you can count on the staff remembering your name all week long. Rooms include separate living quarters and kitchenettes that are stocked with crackers, cheese, sodas, juice and fruit that are replenished at no extra price. Discover why this resort is often ranked number one with families.

Photo by: Franklyn D. Resort
Photo by: Franklyn D. Resort

11. Azul Beach Hotel, Mexico

Our next kid-friendly all inclusive resort happens to be in Mexico’s mega resort district of Cancun but has more of a boutique hotel feel to it. The Azul Beach Hotel only has 148 rooms and manages to offer a wide variety of choice for families. From a traditional swim up room to a family suite with a separate bedroom to a fisher price theme room which includes toys and special invitations to activities; this resort can please anyone.

If you happen to forget a piece of baby equipment; have no fear as this resort has anything to loan you that you might need. Looking for amazing restaurants that are kid friendly? Look no further than the all-lobster menu for parents and the enticing kids menu to go with it. With plenty of choices you will never hear the little ones complain. With a separate kids club and teen area you can relax and know they are having fun. A breathtaking beach, a safe and clean environment and a quiet and relaxing resort is the perfect spot to spend your all inclusive vacation; perfect for both the kids and parents.

Photo by: Azul Beach by Karisma
Photo by: Azul Beach by Karisma

10. Dreams Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

A luxury resort where both kids and parents can let go of their worries and indulge in as much relaxation and fun as they crave; sums up our thoughts on Dreams Resort & Spa Punta Cana. Kids ages 3-12 will love the Explorer’s Club with its pirate ship waterslide, indoor game room, movies on the beach, splash fountain and weekly camping adventure. Your teens will enjoy their own space located right in the heart of the sports area of the resort with activities such as bonfires, snack bars, disco nights, batting cages and euro-bungee. Dining options are plentiful with burgers, seafood and pizza being the most popular among families. Or indulge in the 24-hour room service while the kids swim in the pool right outside the room.

Friendly, attentive and amazing are words often used to describe ALL the staff at this resort. From the energetic leaders in the kids clubs to the housekeeping staff that keep the rooms and grounds spotless; don’t be surprised to find yourself engaging in many conversations with them throughout your stay. Dreams Spa & Resort in Punta Cana delivers exceptional service, a beautiful atmosphere and enough activities and fun to keep the kids entertained for weeks.

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dean bertoncelj / Shutterstock.com

9. Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia

Nestled in between the two emerald green volcanic peaks, in the rolling hills of St Lucia sits one of our top all inclusive resorts for kids. Sugar Beach not only boats a beautiful private beach but also a large grotto pool and private plunge pools. The Sugar Club offers younger kids the chance to explore the coves, mini-putt, learn about marine biology and much more with excellent supervision. The teen’s club ensures that the older ones never get bored with zip line excursions, windsurfing, sailing and snorkelling.

With a personalized butler to help you unpack all your bags and be of service throughout your vacation; there is simply nothing to worry about here. Kid’s menus, room service and menus that include pizza and hamburgers assure you won’t hear any complaints from the little ones in your family. Breathtaking spas for mom and dad while the children have the time of their lives in the kids clubs; it’s no wonder so many families choose Sugar Beach as their vacation destination.

Photo by: Sugar Beach by Viceroy
Photo by: Sugar Beach by Viceroy

8. Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Esmeralda, Mexico

Tucked into a hidden private bay lies an oasis for families. The Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Esmeralda in Mexico offers a luxury vacation for kids and parents alike. Swim up suites, exclusive family activities such as swimming and classes, camping, and themed night parties are just some of the reasons this resort is considered to be so family-friendly.

Stay in a two bedroom suite for extra privacy or take advantage of the family concierge experience in which luxury is taken to a new level with special treats such as a personal tour of the resort and a private pool. Kids will love the kids club which is open until 10pm and loaded with activities and excursions that are anything but boring offering crafts, treasure hunts, sports and campfires at night. Restaurants that open at 6am, bottled water in excess throughout the resort and superior customer service are small touches that will have you coming back year after year. Come discover this kid-friendly all inclusive paradise in Mexico.

Photo by: Melia Paradisus
Photo by: Melia Paradisus

7. Beaches, Turks and Caicos

If a 45,000 square foot water park coupled with a kids program that takes the tiniest newborns all the way up to teens isn’t enough to convince you that Beaches in Turks and Caicos is one of the best all-inclusive resorts for kids than read on. Watch as your kids slide down the waterslides or enjoy a soda at the swim up soda bar in Pirate Island Water Park. Let your tweens and teens have the independence they crave at the nightclub specifically designed with them in mind, or watch as they have a go at learning how to scratch vinyl records at the DJ academy.

Your younger ones will love the Sesame Street characters that can be found around the resort, as well as the train that runs through the resort. Stay in luxury at your choice of accommodation and dine at one of many restaurants designed with kids in mind. Enjoy the six pools, 2 kiddie pools, unlimited scuba diving and water sports, 2 huge waterslides and the excellent service Beaches is known for.

Photo by: Beaches, Turks and Caicos
Photo by: Beaches, Turks and Caicos

6. Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa, St. Lucia

Divided into two resorts; one for adults-only and one for families this is the perfect all-inclusive vacation. Families will want to book the Splash wing of the resort which offers colourful ocean facing rooms, a large water park, lazy river and paintball facility.  Toddlers will love the mini water park with water cannons, overflowing buckets and fountain sprayers. For the older kids watch and play along as they shoot down the waterslides or drift under waterfalls through the lazy river.

The Kidz Klub at this resort goes above and beyond in terms of fun. Besides a zip line, rock wall and pirate ship; kids are encouraged to take part in the animal rescue program and learn about St. Lucia through a variety of fun and educational activities. Mom and Dad are given complimentary local cell phones to keep in touch during the day. Family suites are available with connecting internal doors so multiple families or families with older kids can stay connected; yet have their own space. With many great restaurants to choose from, kayak and paddleboard lessons on site and beautiful beachfront to explore; it’s no wonder this resort is so popular with families.

Photo by: Coconut Bay Resort
Photo by: Coconut Bay Resort

5. Hard Rock Hotel, Dominican Republic

One of the largest resorts on this list, the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana is also extremely kid-friendly. Family pools rocking age appropriate tunes and kids pools offering some pretty sweet waterslides are just the beginning. Possibly the best resort on the list for toddlers as it is known for its “Little Big Club”. Characters including Barney, Bob the Builder, Angelina the Ballerina and Thomas the Tank Engine are all present and interactive here. Let the kids take part in helping them to prepare for their live shows or schedule to have breakfast with your little one’s favourite character. Play mini-golf with the family, hit the arcade or tackle the 5-meter climbing wall together.

Unwind in your 2 or 3-bedroom family suite where touches such as kid’s bath products, child-sized bathrobes and an Xbox 360 with a variety of games will not go unnoticed.   From exotic restaurants to 24-hour included room service we promise you will not go hungry and the kids will love it as they dash into the restaurants and the service staff know their names. Small extraordinary details and impeccable amenities makes this resort a must visit.

Punta Cana Dominican Republic

4.  Club Med’s Ixtapa resort, Mexico

Club Med is famous for its amazing resorts and it is no surprise to us that Club Med Ixtapa Resort makes this list. Catering to babies as young as 4 months all the way up to teenagers; the four separate programs really stand out as innovative and amazing. A restaurant dedicated to babies and their parents, a children’s only restaurant with activities throughout, a room dedicated to all of your baby’s needs as well as golf, Zumba, tennis, a teen spa, nature program, pajama club and children-only cooking program… Club Med Ixtapa offers all of the above and most of them at no extra charge!

We suggest splurging and booking one of the deluxe family rooms in the Iguana building. The most central location with adjoining comfortable rooms and a balcony overlooking the beautiful scenery sets the stage for a perfect vacation. From flying trapeze and circus school to tennis lessons, kayaking and beach volleyball the activities are endless for both kids and parents. With every restaurant being kid-friendly, high chairs available and exquisite menus; the resort truly has it all. If you are looking for the perfect place to relax, soak up the sun and give your kids the vacation of a lifetime; look no further than Club Med Ixtapa.

Photo by: Club Med Ixtapa Pacific
Photo by: Club Med Ixtapa Pacific

3. Beaches Negril Resort and Spa, Jamaica

Located on the famous 7-mile Beach sits an all-inclusive resort that practically screams kid-friendly. The first thing we must mention is the amazing water park that’s built right onto the beach. Pirate Island is loaded with water slides, kid-friendly pools, swim up soda bars, an ice-cream bar, shooting water fountains, a lazy river and so much more. Kid’s camps that operate from 9am-9pm are available for babies all the way to teens. With age appropriate activities including but not limited to treasure hunts, sandcastle building, snorkelling, sailing, swimming, pizza making and glass bottom boat rides; your kids will be begging go back each day. The teen’s program is quite exceptional and offers unique activities such as pizza bars, water sports, soda bars and a teen’s only nightclub.

From beachfront suites to family concierge suites you won’t find your family squished into a typical hotel room at this resort. From eating dinner on the beach to classic barbeque to exotic flavours; the food at Beaches won’t disappoint and certainly offers something for everyone. Discover the silky white sand, the turquoise waters and a resort that caters to families with kids of all ages.

Negril Jamaica

2. The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real Resort, Dominican Republic

A private beach, family concierge services, a pool with slides for the kids, an outstanding kids club and with more than half of the rooms being family suites; this resort is clearly made for families. We highly recommend booking the family concierge experience as it will make your vacation seamless. From the V.I.P check in to the luxurious family suites to the personal concierge who will remain in contact with you during your entire stay; you won’t have a worry in the world.

Your personal attendant will book your dinner reservations, take you to the your private beach area or children’s pool, be available to you 24/7 through the free mobile phones provided and leave special surprises for your kids throughout your stay. Mini bathrobes, slippers and personalized hats and t-shirts are just a bonus for the kids. Let them eat at the kids lounge and buffet, scale the climbing wall at Adventure Park and enjoy the nightly children’s magic shows, discos or movie nights. This large resort is filled with so many activities your kids won’t know what to choose first; but whatever they choose know that this vacation is one they will not forget.

Photo by: The Reserve Melia
Photo by: The Reserve Melia

1. Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas

Though not really a true all-inclusive resort we couldn’t leave the famed Atlantis Resort off of this list. With its mythical and enchanting adventures coupled with the exotic experiences you won’t find anywhere else; Atlantis is a dream come true for any kid, or kid at heart. Home to one of the largest water-themed attractions in the world where you can take thrilling rides down water slides, race through the river filled with rapids, swim in one of 11 swimming pools or visit the kids water play fort.

Take the older kids for an adventure and snorkel the coral reef in search of stunning tropical fish, or feed the stingrays in the lagoon or perhaps you are brave enough to come face to face with sharks. Let the younger ones enjoy the action packed adventure camps where theater, outdoor play and marine life interactions are just a handful of the amazing activities to choose from. From affordable hotel rooms to luxurious suites, to elegant restaurants and beachside bars you can customize your vacation to meet any and all of your needs. Check out the dining packages which we suggest adding on as kids under 11 will eat free with you. An incredible experience in an unbelievable paradise; Atlantis is one place you’ll never forget.

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Raul Rosa / Shutterstock.com

10 Great Budget Vacation Destinations

The dream of traveling the world is an image that most people have at some point in life, but one that is not recognized by many due to financial restrictions. With accommodations to arrange, travel to book and sights to see, the cost of a trip abroad can be intimidating to potential travelers. However, many wondrous locations are available to visit even for those on a tight budget. All it takes to plan an affordable vacation is some careful research, a bit of planning and a reasonable expectation of your trip. A little flexibility goes a long way in the world of travel so while expensive destinations may be out of reach there are still plenty of amazing places than can be seen on a budget. Read on to hear about these 10 great budget-friendly destinations:

10. South Africa

In the summer of 2010, the eyes of the world focused on South Africa, as Johannesburg prepared to host the World Cup final. Since then, South Africa has seen a decline in tourism, with rates down 8% from 2013. Now is a great time to take advantage of all there is to see and do. The region is home to a number of great beaches, as it intersects the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Kruger National Park, a popular destination for safari, costs only $20 to visit. Travelers can also visit the Nelson Mandela National Museum where Mandela lived from 1946 through 1962, where bullet holes and scorch marks remain showing the scars of the countries troubled political past.

Cape Town South Africa

9. Latvia

This small hockey-mad Baltic nation is a hidden gem in Europe that is renowned for its great culture. The capital city, Riga, is located right on the Baltic Sea, and in 2014 was named the official European Capital of Culture by the European Union. Not only has the city received that honor, but the city of Riga was also awarded the title of UNESCO World Heritage site. St. Peter’s Church and the famous Riga Cathedral are just two of the many medieval era buildings that can be found throughout the city. Visitors should also consider taking a trip to the Latvian National Opera building to take in an opera, ballet or choral performance.

Riga Latvia

8. Cambodia

A country that has long been preferred by backpackers, Cambodia can be a remarkably cheap destination for tourists. Though the flight to the country may cost a considerable amount, a visitor can find accommodations for as little as $4 a night at a hostel. Food in Cambodia is also relatively cheap, and there are plenty of free things to do for entertainment. The Chroy Changvar Bridge for example, is a suspension bridge built in 1966, and then rebuilt in 1995 after being destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. The centuries-old hilltop temple of Wat Phnom is nearly free since it costs visitors only $1 for admission, however the elephant rides within will cost you, but a stroll through the site itself alone is worth the visit.

Siem Reap Cambodia

7. Spain

News about the current financial status of Spain has significantly lowered the cost for potential visitors. Hotels, attractions and shops are all cheaper than they once were so it’s a great time to visit this treasured European country. Spain boasts a number of world-class cities, such as the capital Madrid, Barcelona and of course, the party capital of the world, Ibiza. The country is home to a number of the finest futbol (soccer) clubs in the world, with a fan-base that is just as passionate as the players on the pitch.

Park Guell Barcelona Spain

6. Northern Ireland

A destination popular for its music, literature and dramatic arts, Northern Ireland is a region often overlooked when considering a location to visit. Budget Travel magazine reported that the country has invested $25-million in its tourism industry, and that since 2012 more flights than ever before have traveled between the capital, Belfast, and London which is good news for passengers as more flights means lower airfare rates.

Derry Ireland

5. Greece

Similar to Spain, Greece is another European destination that has seen financial troubles in recent times. With businesses dependent on tourism dollars fearing empty rooms and airline seats, the price of a trip to Greece has plummeted. For the price it once cost to simply fly to Greece, a pair of visitors could have a week long vacation. Greece is home to many great historic sites all across the country, and can provide sight-seers with a look at buildings and culture dating from the ancient Greek and Roman eras, through the Byzantine and medieval era, all the way up to modern society.

Island greece

4. Turkey

Bordering Greece is another destination for tourists on a budget. Just north of Greece is Turkey and the famous city of Istanbul, once the cultural capital of the world back when it was known as Constantinople, which is home to a number of great attractions such as the Haiga Sophia and Basillica Cistern. Across the Aegean Sea, Antalya has a plethora of beaches and 5-star resorts as well as a number of ancient ruins. Hotel rates have dropped 25% in Turkey, with some premium hotels costing only $100 per night, which makes it a great spot for those looking to save.

Amasra town Turkey

3. Nepal

According to Lonely Planet, a trip to Nepal could cost as little as $5 to $7 dollars a day. It should be noted, however, that this would not be for those with picky taste buds as that price is based on eating local cuisine. Visitors looking to spend in a mid-range would be looking at around $20 a day, and in the top-end around $50 a day. A current lull in tourism has created a situation where businesses are looking to attract visitors, and are forced to lower their prices to do so. This is a destination that at the current rate, is a definite steal.

Kathmandu, Nepal

2. Dominican Republic

Perhaps the most common image conjured up when picturing a vacation is a blue sky, a white sandy beach, and a warm ocean breeze rolling in. The Dominican Republic offers just that, and at a very reasonable $212 per night for a pair of travelers. Most resorts in the country offer packages of activities that include swimming with dolphins, driving dune buggies, snorkeling and much more. A visit to Los Haitises National Park provides a chance to get in touch with nature at a protected forest, and for an additional $3 (plus a licensed guide) guests can rent a kayak and traverse through lagoons and canals to get a glimpse of local wildlife.

Altos de Chavon Dominican Republic

1. Czech Republic

The capital, Prague, once the center of the former communist Czechoslovakia, is a lively city that is one of the top tourist destinations of Eastern Europe. For as much as $30 a day, visitors can sight-see, have three meals, sample Prague’s famous beer and even get accommodations, according to Triplogist. Prague is a city that managed to avoid the bland designs of Soviet era development, and has retained its fantastic culture for hundreds of years.

Charles bridge, Czech Republic

Top 15 Destination Wedding Spots in the World

Getting married is a very personal commitment that people share with their family and friends. Rather than celebrating with a large number of family members and friends in a local reception hall, many brides and grooms are opting to marry farther away from home. Destination weddings usually involve a smaller group of closest family members and friends and are an enjoyable and intimate experience for all involved.

There are many exotic, remote, and breathtaking locales where couples can get hitched. The top 15 destination wedding spots in the world include:

1. Hawaii

There are many destination wedding locations in the Hawaiian Islands. The pristine beaches, exhilarating cliffs, and lush mountains make Hawaii a very popular place for weddings. A fee of $60 and photo IDs are all that are needed in the state.

Hawaii

2. Jamaica

Jamaica provides brides and grooms options of getting married on a white-sand beach or in the mountains. After staying on the island for 24 hours, couples can get married but they have to show their passports, copies of their birth certificates, and $50 for a marriage license.

Beach Wedding

3. South Africa

Perfect for couples who love outdoor adventures, an increasingly popular destination wedding location is South Africa. There are many beautiful spots to get married, including mountaintops and game reserves.

South Africa

4. Costa Rica

Costa Rica provides brides and grooms with many destination wedding settings, including in the rain forest, a volcano or on the beach. Nature lovers and outdoor adventurers can have a wedding of a lifetime in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica

5. Seychelles Islands

The Seychelles Islands are a great place for destination weddings. Large granite boulders can be found on the beaches in the Seychelles, making it unique. Hilltops overlooking ocean coves are options for couples.

Seychelles Islands

6. Bermuda

The pink-sand beaches and clear waters puts Bermuda on this list. The island offers guests English charm. There are many activities for guests to participate in while in attendance.

Bermuda 1

7. Mexico 

The turquoise waters and white-sand beaches draw many couples to Mexico for their destination wedding. Mexico offers couples of all budgets options for their weddings, ranging from the most basic to extreme luxury.

Mexico 1

8. Paris, France

Many consider Paris to be one of the most romantic cities in the world. The “City of Lights” has many landmarks where people like to exchange vows, including the Eiffel Tower, which is especially spectacular at night.

Paris
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9. Barbados

A year-round tropical paradise, couples can get married in temperate weather any time of year in Barbados. This West Indies island boasts beautiful beaches and warm oceans that are second to none. Unlike other caribbean destinations, there is a mild hurricane season in Barbados, making it even more desirable.

Barbados

10. Tuscany, Italy

Riding through the vineyards in Tuscany can provide destination wedding goers with an unforgettable experience. The rolling hills provide for breathtaking scenery, while the rich culture and cuisine make for a satisfying stay in Italy.

Tuscany Italy

11. Ireland

For princesses and their knights in shining armor, Irish castles are perfect sites for their weddings. Castles on cliff-sides are ideal backdrops for a couple exchanging vows.

Ireland

12. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Crystal-clear waters and powder-fine sand are a good combination for a destination wedding in Punta Cana. There are many wedding sites of varying sizes scattered throughout this caribbean paradise.

Punta Cana Dominican Republic

13. Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Amsterdam, also known as “the Venice of the North,” is a popular wedding locale for many couples. The meandering waterways, cobblestone streets, and arched bridges make Amsterdam a very romantic location. Getting married above the city’s canals is an option for the couple.

Amsterdam

14. Phuket, Thailand

Many couples choose to get married in Phuket, amidst the majestic rock formations, golden beaches, and emerald coves. The happy couple and their guests can go on an elephant trek as part of their wedding activities.

Phuket Thailand

15. St. George’s Grenada

Getting married on a private beach can be extremely memorable with very close family members and friends. A Spice Island, Grenada has some of the lushest isles in the caribbean.

Grenada

Top 10 Destinations for a Caribbean Wedding

One of the best ways to have a perfect wedding is to make it a destination wedding. This allows the guests to enjoy a beautiful vacation along with the wedding, and it allows the bride and groom to get a head start on their honeymoon. There are many wonderful wedding destinations around the world, but there is no region that is more perfect for a wedding than the Caribbean. Here is a look at the top ten destinations to have a Caribbean wedding.

1. Antigua

Antigua is one of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world. For those looking to have an upper-crust wedding, this is the place to do it. It is home to some of the highest-end resorts in the Caribbean as well as many yacht clubs. There is room here for every price level, though. There are 365 beaches for visitors to choose from on Antigua, so the perfect beach wedding is a possibility for everyone who wants to get married here.

Caribbean Wedding - Antigua

2. Jamaica

Jamaica is set up for tourists, and it, consequently, has a huge range of resorts for beautiful, tropical weddings. The fabulous energy of the island will ensure that the wedding turns into a success.

Jamaica

3. The Bahamas

This is a Caribbean wedding spot that every couple can be happy with. With more than 700 islands for them to choose from, it will be possible for every couple to find the wedding spot of their dreams in the Bahamas.

Caribbean Wedding - The Bahamas

4. Barbados

Visitors will find Barbados to be one of the most welcoming islands in the Caribbean. That makes it the perfect place to host a wedding. There are also lots of wonderful honeymoon resorts located on the island, which means the couple can have their nuptials and get started on the honeymoon without delay.

Caribbean Wedding - Barbados

5. Grenada

The white and black sands of Grenada make the perfect setting for a beach wedding with barefoot guests sporting huge smiles on their faces. Grenada is a paradise full of beautiful beaches, amazing scuba diving locations and a completely unspoiled landscape. The island offers one of the best getaways in the world, and couples will start their marriage off in an amazing way when they are wed in Grenada.

Caribbean Weddings - Grenada

6. Aruba

Aruba has something to offer for every style of wedding. It is home to some of the fanciest resorts in the Caribbean, but they are located in one small area of the island. That means couples looking for a secluded beach wedding will have lots of places to choose from on the island.

Caribbean Weddings - Aruba

7. Puerto Rico

The island has fabulous beaches, great food and lots of resorts to make planning a wedding easy. This convenient location makes it easy for guests to come to this destination as well, which is a definite bonus.

Caribbean Weddings - Puerto Rico

8. Trinidad and Tobago

This is one of the most popular destinations for weddings in the Caribbean. It has quite a wedding industry built up and it is perhaps the easiest place legally to get married in the region. This country offers the best of both worlds. There are fancy resorts and an amazing nightlife, but there are also many secluded natural wonders to enjoy as well.

Caribbean Weddings - Trinidad and Tobago

9. Dominican Republic

Like Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic makes for a convenient destination for wedding guests to make the trip. It is also full of lots of great resorts and beautiful beaches to hold a wedding. The island offers many charms for honeymooners as well, including some fantastic beaches, warm people and fabulous parties.

Caribbean Weddings - Dominican Republic

10. St. Lucia

The island of St. Lucia is home to some of the most extravagant resorts in the Caribbean, and they love to cater to weddings. They have everything necessary to create the perfect storybook wedding that both the couple and the guests will remember for the rest of their lives. Just remember that this extravagance does not come cheap.

St. Lucia