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Have an Adventure in Antigua

July 31st, 2014 | By admin | Posted in All Inclusive Travel, Luxury Vacation Travel | Leave a comment

Adult vacations should always be filled with new experiences & limited time opportunities to ensure you have a trip that stands out in your mind long after you return home. Rather than lying by the pools outside 5 star hotels, go on your own adventure in Antigua where there are many physical activities to help liven up your trip.

Step away from the benefits of all inclusive travel for just a couple of your vacation days to explore the raw side of the island, delve into its history or test your limits on both land & the water. No matter what you prefer, a wide variety of options guarantees you'll find something to do that suits your fancy. Although Antigua is most famous for the large yachts that are moored at Nelson's Dockyard, if you journey around the island, you'll find that it offers much more than a prime location for water sports.

Go out & experience the thrills of Antigua
If you want to deviate from the traditional, relaxing nature of a tropical vacation you can search the island for any of its thrilling activities that catch your eye.

An array of natural features & wildlife give you the opportunity to embark on endeavors such as bird watching, mountain biking, horseback riding & even helicopter tours, according to Active Caribbean. If you want to witness the biological diversity of the island's ecosystem, you can either go out by yourself to test your observational skills or get a guide to show you the best locations. Special excursions can bring you face-to-face with some of the exotic animals that make Antigua their home like dolphins, whales & sea turtles, reported Adventure Antigua.

Antigua is also one of the only places in the Caribbean with a shooting range, giving you the chance to shoot at clay targets flying close to the ground, stated The Guardian. This replicates the movement of the wild mongooses that are known to quickly dart out from the brush all over the island. You can also practice some archery at the shooting range, immersing you in a world of thick tropical vegetation with a time-tested weapon in hand.

Leave the beaches to hit the waves
If you came to Antigua to be as close to the water as possible, then any one of the island's water activities can help you transform a casual beach day into an exciting challenge against the sea. If you've always wanted to check out kite-surfing, then Jabberwock Beach and Nonsuch Bay are places you might want to visit, the source asserted.

Kite-boarding gives you the chance to catch some air & lift your speeding self off of the waves as you glide at high wind-induced speeds. For a slower approach to seeing the Caribbean Sea from a new vantage point, stand-up paddle boarding is just as exhilarating as kite-surfing except you never leave the water's surface.

The low depths of Nonsuch Bay make this spot an excellent place to master these skills without worrying about falling off of the board the first time you try to stand up.

Boats & sailing are a large part of Antigua's atmosphere & many specialized recreations have developed for you to enjoy revolving around the vessels. Private tours can bring you to some of the most reclusive & secret spots of the area to relax, or you can spend a whole day on an eco-tour, traveling around the tiny islands off the coast for a day filled with snorkeling, hiking & exploring seaside caves, added Adventure Antigua.

The Junkanoo Festival Brings Dancing Into the Streets of the Bahamas

July 30th, 2014 | By admin | Posted in All Inclusive Travel, Luxury Vacation Travel | Leave a comment

Traveling to the Caribbean at any time can be a rewarding & relaxing experience. Some people would rather time trips with their hometown's winter so they can get a temporary escape from the cold snow while others prefer to coincide it with the release of school for family vacations. However, one of the best occasions to visit the Caribbean is when the region you're vacationing at is at its liveliest.

In order to see the real culture of a destination, you have to experience it through the native population. Festivals combine the food, music & celebrations of an area. On your next luxury travel vacation, make an effort to synchronize it with a local event.

One of the most popular festivals in the entire Caribbean has taken place throughout the Bahamas for hundreds of years, reported the Bahamas Tourist Office. Every Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, and again on New Year's Eve, the festival of Junkanoo fills the streets with music & dancing. If you're planning to get away from the chills of next winter, consider a tropical getaway with some thrilling spirit in an exotic setting.

The mysterious origins of Junkanoo
​During the days of slavery in the Caribbean, it's said that a captured African chief named John Canoe demanded three days off to celebrate with his family and friends around Christmas, according to Bahamas Getaway. This resulted in every slave on the island celebrating openly in the streets, wearing costumes and playing music with makeshift instruments.

The true origins of the event are shrouded in time & mystery with many locals having their own version of the story's history. One such theory is that the name of the occasion has its roots in the French phrase, "gens inconnus," meaning "the unknown people," because of the masks that many of the attendees don, the source added.

Another legend says Junkanoo got it's name from a twist on Canoe's name.

Whatever the reason for its beginning, Junkanoo is now one of the exhilarating events to be a part of while visiting the Bahamas. Parades & good times erupt everywhere from Nassau to the Abacos, so it doesn't matter where you are, take a walk around town go see people having a good time.

What to expect at Junkanoo
Over 1,000 people prepare for months to ensure they're ready for the Junkanoo festival, stated Bahamas Tourist Office. Though the traditional celebration almost faded away when slavery was abolished, a few locals kept it alive, allowing it to grow into what it is today.

Judges review all of the groups that perform & present the musical numbers, dance routines & costumes they've developed all year for prizes awarded to the first, second & third best contenders. An overall theme is selected for the entire procession & neighborhood teams work together to bring their own designs to life, often keeping their ideas secret until the day of the festival, stated Bahamas Getaway.

In the earlier years of the festival, people used to make their costumes out of objects taken from the very environment around them such as sea sponges & leaves, but now they have evolved to be primarily composed of crepe colored paper & fabrics fixed to cardboard or wood frames.

People still use instruments reminiscent of the ones the first celebrators used, including cowbells & goatskin drums, so people can dance to the same music that got their ancestors swaying.

Sometimes a Junkanoo festival takes place in the summer as well, so no matter when you plan to travel, you'll have the chance to see the region at its liveliest. Wherever you go in the Caribbean, make sure to look up the special celebrations that will help give you some insight to the region unlike any time of year there.

Eleuthera: An Ideal Place to Learn & Surf

July 17th, 2014 | By admin | Posted in Family Vacations, Luxury Vacation Travel | Leave a comment

Whether you're going to the Bahamas on luxury travel or for one of your family vacations, if you're interested in surfing, the island of Eleuthera is for you. During any tropical vacation, tourists can see and join surfers gliding along the turquoise water. If you've ever wanted to learn how to move along the sea on a surfboard, then there's no better place than Eleuthera to gain the firsthand knowledge & experience the freedom of soaring over the waves before you head home.

The location of the island has highly conducive conditions for surfing thanks to a sharp 3,000-foot descent in the sea floor just before the coast, according to USA Today. The shoreline protrudes out into the water before the drop-off, causing exceptional waves for surfers to exploit.

Numerous beaches on the island provide plenty of opportunities to test out the tides, but the popular Holiday Beach is home to waves that grow tall enough to surf before they crash into the coasts with a giant splash, the source said.

If you or your family don't know how to surf yet, then the Bahamas Out Island Adventures group can teach you in a style not found anywhere else. You don't just spend a few hours at the beach with a surfboard and instructor either on Eleuthera. Bahamas Out Island Adventures hosts a surfing camp for tourists of all ages that not only helps people tame the waves, but makes an overnight trip of it, according to the group's official website.

You can camp out on the beach & under the Caribbean stars at night while mastering your new hobby during the day for an experience that encompasses the spirit of a tropical vacation. Eleuthera is one of the best places in the Bahamas to find a variety of surfing possibilities on both family and adult vacations. By the time you're done at the surf camp, your memories of the trip will accompany the skills you've learned along the way.

Ride the Natural Waterslide in the Dominican Republic

Luxury travel to the Caribbean is often filled with exotic escapades, but if you find yourself staying in the Dominican Republic, there's one particular journey you might just have to make to see an area of the island where the most adventure awaits.

If you're daring enough, make your way to the 27 Charcos, a series of 27 waterfalls naturally formed on the side of a mountain that cascade all the way down to the ground, but not before collecting in pools & lagoons tourists of all types can enjoy, reported USA Today.

The northern shore of the Dominican Republic is filled with mountains, rivers & waterfalls along with tropical beaches that give you the chance to either explore the dense vegetation or engage in other thrilling activities.

Fields of sugarcane & forests of coconut trees blend in with the foreign backdrop, presenting many opportunities to appreciate the natural beauty of the country, but there's another way you can enjoy it that's a bit more demanding.

A secret treasure of the Dominican
The 27 Charcos weren't discovered by travelers until as recently as 1994 because the area was kept largely hidden for the use of locals that knew about it, reported Colonial Tours. However, in the short amount of time that's passed, the natural wonder has become one of the best adventure tourism locations on the whole island, 27charcos.com stated.

People from all over come to this protected nature reserve to test their strength at climbing to the top pool. The Damajagua River feeds these pools & waterfalls as it makes its way all the way down the side of the Northern Corridor mountains, carving the lagoons out of limestone over countless years.

The area is in close proximity to the main highway connecting the city of Santiago the nearby Puerto Plata, making it relatively easy to reach from any 5 star hotels on the island, stated My Destination. There are even public transportation options that can take you to the site for a low cost.

Once you're there, you'll realize getting to the 27 Charcos was the easy part. Now you have to climb them to experience the real fun & thrills of this natural attraction.

Making it to the top is no easy task
If you wish to climb all the way to the top waterfall of 27 Charcos, you need to be prepared for the challenge. You won't be walking up a steep path, but climbing up the very river itself. Most of the normal tours only take you as high as the first seven pools & falls, but a private guide can be arranged to reach the top.

While the spot is unique & beautiful, it's not necessarily a place for family vacations. Children under the age of 8 are usually only allowed to climb to the first pool due to safety concerns, added Colonial Tours.

The hike up the waterfalls will be difficult for even the most seasoned adventurers with the slippery surfaces & rushing water flowing all around you. Everyone who makes the climb is required to wear life vests & helmets to ensure their safety, according to USA Today.

If you endure the struggles of reaching as high up as you desire, rest assured the downward journey is much more exhilarating than the hike up. The guides will show you how to properly lay in the water so you can use the waterfalls & pools as a natural waterslide for your descent. The cool water combined with the shade from the treetops make this voyage a relaxing one after the strenuous hike up.

No matter how high you climb, the fun will be all the same as you experience nature in a new way.

Enjoy the Wild Sides of Aruba

There are many activities to do in Aruba while there on luxury travel with family or peers on adult vacations. Whether it's the thrilling night life on Palm Beach or the raw nature of the tropical environment, there's something for every traveler. You can get in touch with your more adventurous side in the unique natural surroundings of your location or immerse yourself in a different jungle: the nightlife.

Whatever type of vacation you want to have, Aruba covers both sides of the spectrum with numerous options. You only have to decide what kind of excitement you want every day you're there.

Experience Aruba's nature away from the resorts
If you're interested in some kind of physical activity on this vacation, chances are Arikok National Park can deliver whatever you need to make it happen. There's a wide array of options available, ranging from hiking to snorkeling within the park, reported 10Best USA Today.

The national park has recently received funds & is in the middle of construction & recreation on the premises to make the area more accessible to tourists & locals alike, the source stated. A new visitor center will help inform guests of the native species & efforts being made to conserve this delicate and exotic ecosystem. Inside the new facility is a terrarium that displays many of the local animals as well as a souvenir shop & new media room.

Some of the more popular methods for traversing the park are either by bicycle or four-wheel drive vehicle with tours available that can take you through some of the highlights of the grounds. The trails are the main attraction with caves scattered along the route & images drawn on the walls by the natives long ago, according to the source.

Into the untamed nightlife
Many venues line the streets of Aruba near the 5 star resorts, all offering something different to set them apart from the rest. Because of this, a wide variety of options have sprouted up in this tropical paradise for travelers seeking the thrill of tropical nightlife.

You can hang out at the Zombie Room with a blend of tiki island flavor & rock 'n' roll, or you can hop on the Kukoo Kunuku party bus for a night of seeing all of the island's venues on a tour, stated 10Best USA Today. Tourists from all over will be moving though this modern jungle, showing you a very different side to the natural Aruba.

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