Endless Wave of BluePosted on 01/12/2021
When it comes to making travel memories to last a lifetime, the pristine natural wonders and unique local cultures of Mexico and the Caribbean always deliver. And while our relationship with travel may look different today, you can relax knowing that the resorts, hotels, and airlines are going above and beyond with the latest health protocols to keep you and your family happy and safe.
The Magic of Mexico
A stunning country full of myths and legends, and the mysterious stone ruins guarding them, Mexico is a vacation playground that’s perfect for all. From cruises and all-inclusive resorts, to weddings, honeymoons, and nearly every type of group travel you can think of, an escape to one of Mexico’s many fascinating destinations like Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, or Playa del Carmen is made effortless thanks to the wonderful hospitality offered throughout the country.
Once just a placid fishing village at the very tip of Baja California, Cabo San Lucas has blossomed into one of the world's most famous spots for celeb sightings, grand scenery, sunning and snorkeling that's unparalleled, and of course, food and drink. Restaurants here offer excellent seafood – many allowing you to bring in your own catch of the day so that they can prepare it for you. And for those with a set of wheels, it is easy to find great surfing, secluded beaches, quaint art towns, pristine deserts, jagged mountains, and coral reefs.
Cancun is a tale of two cities. Here you’ll discover glitzy hotels and famous white-sand beaches, an unabashed party scene, and sophisticated restaurants. Then there's the actual city itself, with incredible neighborhood taco joints and undeveloped beaches. Just a day trip away from Cancun, the pristine national park of Isla Contoy beckons with a fascinating variety of bird and plant species; and Cobá, with its Maya ruins, jungle, and crocodile-infested lagoon, seems like a different world.
Playa del Carmen ranks as one of the Riviera Maya’s trendiest cities. Sitting coolly to the west of Cozumel, the town’s beaches are filled with visitors seeking out the perfect tan. The local experience is there for the taking for anyone who’s willing to veer off the beaten path and embrace the Mexican way of life. The town is ideally located close to Cancun’s international airport, but far enough south to allow easy access to Cozumel, Tulum, Cobá and other worthy destinations. The reefs here are excellent, and offer diving and snorkeling close by. Look for rays, moray eels, sea turtles and a huge variety of corals.
Non-stop Caribbean Fun
Pristine, sugar-white beaches extend as far as the eye can see. Sparkling azure waters glisten, fragrant tropical gardens explode in dazzling color, and picture-perfect sunsets ignite the sky. This is the Caribbean – and this is where dreams of paradise become blissful reality.
Among the Caribbean’s vibrant collection of islands are sundrenched paradises like Jamaica the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and many others. For one flat rate, all-inclusive resorts stays typically include meals, snacks, drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), various activities, and accommodations. These resorts provide something for everyone, be it the relaxing sights and sounds of the surf, the feel of sand beneath your feet, fresh seafood, and plenty of activities both on and off the beach.
Or, if you prefer ever-changing views, a Caribbean cruise is a convenient way to visit multiple destinations all while enjoying the convenience of a “floating hotel.” A cruise vacation allows you to unpack once and settle into your cabin without the hassle of having to move your belongings as you generally would when you are visiting multiple destinations.
For a taste of lush island life, Jamaica’s dramatic mountain scenery, beautiful beaches and one-of-a-kind vibe makes it a perfect stop on Caribbean cruises as well as for longer all-inclusive resort stays. Located on the island’s north coast, Montego Bay’s many restaurants, bars, and shops are centered on the “Hip Strip,” and nearby is the white-sand Doctors Cave Beach, famous for its mineral springs that are said to have therapeutic powers.
Should you prefer a destination rich in history and filled with natural wonders, Puerto Rico has it all: world-class resorts, championship golf, 300 miles of shoreline, fabulous shops, fine dining, and a nightlife that sizzles with nightclubs and casinos. Be sure to tour Old San Juan, the historic town of Ponce, and the 400-year-old forts at San Felipe del Morro and San Cristobal.
Another group of Caribbean islands not to be overlooked are the Virgin Islands. Travelers can experience the unique culture of the Virgin Islands through their arts, crafts, music, and more during a variety of festivals and cultural events throughout the year. Both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands provide gorgeous beaches, world-class recreational activities, fine dining, casino action, and golf.
Tying the Knot
No matter if you’re in search of the perfect traditional wedding, LGBTQ-friendly ceremony, or renewing your vows, you’ll find a welcoming home in Mexico and the Caribbean. And should you prefer to have your nuptials and celebration at sea, nearly every cruise ship offers wedding packages too.
Two of the most highly recommended islands in the Caribbean are Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. These two islands are unmatched by others when it comes to their natural beauty and high levels of service. If your heart is set on Mexico, the Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, and Playa del Carmen are certain to provide a beautiful background to an unforgettable wedding.
Keep in mind that your local travel professional is your best source for helping you plan and book a destination wedding. Only an experienced travel professional will know which resorts, cruises, and wedding packages best fit your vision of a romantic event and honeymoon.
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