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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Beach Bum Vacation Honored at Prestigious Sandals Resorts S.T.A.R. Awards

Sandals Resorts has recently recognized Beach Bum Vacation for their outstanding achievement by Sandals Resorts at the 11th Annual Travel Agency Recognition S.T.A.R Awards held recently at the elegant Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island, Nassau, Bahamas.

This prestigious event honoring travel agents from across the U.S., Canada and Latin American and recognized top travel agencies for not only their exemplary sales performance and marketing expertise but for their commitment to using their extensive product knowledge of the world’s best Luxury Included® resorts in creating dream vacations for their clients.

Beach Bum Vacation’s awards included:  Best of the Best, Top Suite Concierge, Top Producing Sandals Agency, & the prestigious Chairman’s Award appointed to Founder & President/CEO of Beach Bum Vacations: Hayley Whorrall.

“Each one of our resorts is unique and offers more quality inclusions than any resort on the planet – from luxurious suites with exclusive butler service, to 17 dining options per resort, to unlimited land and water sports – even golf’,” says Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts.  “A Certified Sandals Specialist and a Preferred Sandals Agency is specially trained and qualified to best recommend the resort that is perfect for you.”

Whether you’re planning a destination wedding, honeymoon, romantic getaway or a family vacation at Beaches Resorts, Beach Bum Vacation has all the latest information on developments and services at Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts.

Beach Bum Vacation specializes in Caribbean vacations, honeymoons, family reunions, corporate incentive travel, & destination weddings.  Beach Bum Vacation is based out of Fishers, IN but operates nationwide, 7 days a weekPlease call 317-577-7775 or toll free 1-877-943-8282 to find out more about Sandals & Beaches Resorts.

The End of the World According to the Mayans

By: Beach Bum Rachel

It is right around the corner and everyone is buzzing about it – December 21, 2012!  What’s going to happen?  Will anything happen?  Why does everyone think the world will end on December 21, 2012?  Who says something is going to happen?  With so much uncertainty in the world, we went straight to the source for answers about the speculation around 12.21.12 and asked a true expert in all things Mayan. Deep into the jungle of Riviera Maya in Mexico we found the answer to the question of the year. We learned about how the Mayan calendar is structured and why it ends on December 21, 2012.

So, will the world be ending on December 21st, 2012?  Whatever your thoughts may be on the 21st, don’t let the stress of an apocalypse get to you.  Beach Bum Vacation knows exactly how to let you release all your cares.  Take a look for yourself and share this wealth of knowledge with your family and friends!  If it ends up the world keeps on going after tomorrow, why don’t you come visit the Mayans yourself?  We know the perfect place for you to soothe your end of the world worries.

If you could only go on one more vacation before the world ends, what would be your dream destination? Comment on this post & tell us by December 21, 2012 at midnight. We’ll choose a winner at random to go to paradise… Cheeseburger in Paradise that is! A Cheeseburger in Paradise gift card will be awarded to one winner.

Kauai, Hawaii’s Garden Isle

December 13th, 2012 | By carey | Posted in Adventures, Beach Bum Vacation, Beach Bums, Hawaii, Honeymoons, Resorts, Tours | Leave a comment

By: Beach Bum Carey

Even if you’ve never flown across the Pacific, you’ve probably visited Kauai many times! Countless blockbusters have been filmed on the Garden Isle; from Elvis’ Blue Hawaii to Jurassic Park, King Kong, Tropic Thunder, The Descendants, Raiders of the Lost Ark, South Pacific and Pirates of the Caribbean.

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In October, I had the opportunity to visit this majestic isle and take in its beauty firsthand. Honestly, the movies don’t do it justice! No visit to the Isles of Aloha would be complete without spending a few days on Kauai. This island is the furthest north of the eight main islands of the Hawaiian archipelago and just a hop, skip and a jump away from Oahu, Maui and Hawaii’s Big Island, easily accessible via Hawaiian Airlines.

Kauai is lush with beautiful rainforests, the famous Fern Grotto, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” – Waimea Canyon, and the Napali Coast (which you will probably recognize from many movies!). The landscapes, garden design and construction is truly breathtaking; photos and movies capture a bit of it, but to truly appreciate the majestic scenery, you simply must visit! The island offers plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, but you can also enjoy a round of golf at 10 renowned courses, or for something a little less challenging, experience one of the most unique mini golf courses anywhere! This island is also home to a coffee plantation where you can sample Kona coffee’s more affordable and every-bit-as-tasty cousin Kauai Coffee. If you prefer to indulge in a stronger beverage, head on over to the Historic Kilohana Plantation where you can take a train ride through tropical fruit fields and participate in rum tasting at Koloa Rum Co.

After a long day of sightseeing (I do recommend a rental car for that!), you will certainly want to rest your head on a comfy pillow.  Kauai has a variety of hotels to choose from. Some of my favorites include the St. Regis Princeville for its view that cannot be beat & impeccable 5 star service, the Courtyard Kaua’i at Coconut Beach for its casual, comfortable accommodations, beachfront location and proximity to shopping & dining, and the Sheraton Kaua’i Resort in the Poipu area for its gorgeous beach and recently renovated, spacious accommodations.

Get in touch with your favorite Beach Bum when YOU are ready to experience the Garden Isle! We are here to make sure you have an exquisite experience in paradise!

The Hawaii Island

By: Beach Bum Jaimi


I am so thrilled I was finally able to get to experience this amazing island!  I had always wanted to see the more popular islands, Maui, Kauai and Oahu but just like most others, the Hawaii island was not first on my list. After finally experiencing this island I have to say I have fallen in love!  It is so much more than a place to vacation, it’s about family and culture as well as beauty and adventure.


The island of Hawaii is truly fascinating. It has all but two of the world’s climate zones generating everything from lush rain forests to volcanic deserts, snow-capped mountaintops to beautiful black sand beaches. It is the youngest and largest of all the Hawaiian islands and is still growing.  Hawaii has become known as the Big Island which is very fitting since this island alone is more than twice the size of all Hawaiian islands combined! It is the home of one of the world’s most active volcanoes (Kilauea), the tallest sea mountain in the world at more than 33,000 feet (Maunakea), the most massive mountain in the world (Maunaloa), and the largest park in the state (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park).

While on the island of Hawaii I was able to experience its beauty. I zip lined over waterfalls, walked through lava tubes, toured and tasted Kona Coffee, hiked through the cloud forest, visited the last temple built in Hawaii, but my favorite of all was viewing Kilauea spit lava. Everything I experienced was truly incredible.


Not only is this island perfect for the adventurous but also for those that loves culture and history. Hawaii Island is home to some of the most historic places in all of Hawaii. From the birthplace of King Kamehameha and the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy), to restored heiau and the site of Captain Cook’s death, Hawaii Island offers visitors a chance to walk in the shadows of Hawaiian history.


This island has active volcanoes, star-filled nights, diverse climates and the legacies of Hawaii’s original settlers. It permits visitors to experience nature in its most powerful and raw forms. There’s no other island in the world that has this blend of environments, history and fiery drama than Hawaii Island!