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Dominica – Eco-friendly Island

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Nature Island

Abundant Flora & Fauna

Abundant Flora & Fauna

The tiny Caribbean island of Dominica is an outdoor lover’s paradise. No wonder it is called “The Nature Island of the Caribbean”.  And with only 71,000 residents, you won’t feel overrun with crowds.

The azure calm waters are ideal for snorkelers, especially beginners. Much of the marine life can be viewed in waters as shallow as four feet. Off the coast, try to spot bottle-nosed, spinner, and Atlantic-spotted dolphins as they frolic in the sea, along with pilot, humpback, and sperm whales. It’s also home to pirates. Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3 were filmed here.

 

Hikers’ Paradise
Hike to Waterfalls

Hike to Several Waterfalls

Dominica offers hikers an abundance of awesome trails set in lush verdant forests. Locals claim you can hike to a different waterfall everyday. An excellent hiking excursion is Trafalgar Falls, located a short 20-minute drive from Roseau. In addition, the abundant flora and fauna, along with myriad birds, make the island perfect for a photography trip.

If hiking isn’t your thing, then explore the inner island by boat along the Indian River. This protected area has restricted access to certified guides only, who will row the boat for you, allowing sit to back and take in the scenery.

 

Take a Dip

A must-visit is Champagne Beach Reef.  It’s part of a 3-mile long marine park. Here, the water is the warmest in the Caribbean, due to geothermal activity. Gases escape from an active underwater volcano, located about one-half mile off the island. Trapped gas escapes from underwater vents, making loud noises, which will be funny to kids and those who like to act like kids.  Adults will enjoy it also since you’ll feel like you are swimming in a glass of champagne.

 

Dominica Geothermal Pond

Dominica Geothermal Pond

Some of the water in waterfall ponds will have a murky color, giving an appearance of being dirty. However, it is perfectly safe to splash around in these ponds and perhaps even therapeutic. The cloudiness is the result of geothermal activity.

The spring water is saturated with the calcium, magnesium and sulfur. Surprisingly, the water is not super hot. In addition to tourism, Dominica earns income from generating geothermal energy, which it exports to the neighboring islands of Martinique and Guadalupe.

 

Head into Town(s)
Dominica - The Nature Island

Dominica – The Nature Island

If you want a break from the wilderness, then head into Roseau, the island’s largest city with approximately 17,000 residents. Here you can pick up groceries or shop for locally made crafts. And be sure to bring back some delicious Dominica coffee. The Roseau port is home to a cruise ship terminal, so time your trip into town accordingly.

If you want to experience more local life, then head over to Portsmouth, formerly Grand Anse. This previous capital and second largest city has a population of only 4,000.

Dominica was the last Caribbean island settled by Europeans. As a result, it has a more authentic Caribbean feel than other islands. With less interference from outsiders, the native Carib and ethically West African people were able to hold onto more of their own customs, traditions and foods.

 

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Beach Vacations

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Island Getaways

Caribbean Escape

Caribbean Vacation Escape

All too soon the season will change and you’ll begin wishing for dry, warm weather. You can’t change Mother Nature but you can change your situation. Plan now to get away from the winter doldrums. We have perfect escapes for warm-weather beach vacations to the tropical Caribbean or Hawaiian Islands.

And don’t worry. You can thank us later.

 

Dominican Republic

The sugar-white sand beaches of the Dominican Republic are calling your name. And they have beaches galore, with 250 miles of the world’s top beaches for you to enjoy. But what if you want to do more than lounge around?  You’re in luck. A rising Dominican gastronomy scene and a myriad eco-tourism adventures await. Rent a jeep and head to the mountains or a national park. Play on one of the championship golf courses. Then, return to a luxurious resort and relax at the spa.

 

 

We offer great packages from our friends at Classic Vacations.  Call us today to book your winter getaway.

 

 

Hawaii

$2,571 for four people**

A great getaway for two couples to scenic Oahu with an awesome deal from the Beach Villas at Ko Olina, 2-BDR Luxury Villa.  Reconnect, relax or hit the links. 

What’s Included:

  • Alamo Mid-Size Rental Car,
  • 6 Nights Accommodation with 5th & 6th Nights FREE
  • All Applicable Taxes
  • No internet fee, no resort fee and no additional fee for parking

*New bookings made 10/21-10/22/14. **Prices are based on FOUR people for 6 nights in a 2-bedroom.

Travel must be between these dates: 10/21/14-12/15/14*

Can’t decide?  No worries. We have plenty of vacations from which to choose.  Give us a call for more beach vacations and pricing information.

Click here for more information on this trip or to book now.

 

 

Kauai

Deluxe Ocean Club $1,1185 p/p dbl occup

Grand Ocean Club $,1407 p/p ddbl occup

5 Days

Vacation in the Graneur of Grand Hyatt Kauai

Vacation in the Grandeur of Grand Hyatt Kauai

Enjoy your slice of paradise with a luxurious stay at one of the top hotels on the island. The 4-diamond Grand Hyatt has a river-like pool, revitalizing spa treatments, a lagoon for kayaking, and of course ocean breezes. This is an unbelievable deal!

Price Includes:

  • 5 Nights Accommodations
  • 5 Days Alamo Rental Car
  • All Applicable Taxes

Excludes: Airfare

 

You don’t have to freeze.  A balmy beach vacation is only a phone call away.

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Punta Cana Resort

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Adults Only

Breathless  Resort & Spa in Punta Cana

Breathless Resort & Spa in Punta Cana

The all-inclusive resort concept has really taken has  taken off in recent years. This is especially true for the Caribbean and Mexico. One of the new all-inclusive resorts debuted late last year in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (DR).

 

AMResorts’ Breathless Punta Cana Resort and Spa is an adults-only resort for those seeking a bit of adventure. Breathless is a resort design for younger, trendier guests; however, all adults are welcome provided they’re looking to have a great time. This resort is perfect for groups of friends, active couples or even a honeymoon.

It’s sort of a South  Beach meets Las Vegas.   You’ll definitely want to bring your bikini/trucks to splash in one of the eight pools. There are also twelve treatments rooms, a steam room, sun beds, a fitness center and private showers.

 

Breathless Junior Suite

Breathless Junior Suite

If it’s private time you’re looking for, then book an Xhale Club Junior suite which has two private pools. It also comes with exclusive privileges such as club lounges, a private restaurant, concierge check-in/out and an upgraded mini bar.

On-site restaurants serve up  Latin Criollo cuisine, as well as numerous gourmet grilled specialties.  There are also plenty of bars, restaurants and shops on the premises. Rum is the rage in the DR.   So leave room in your suitcase to bring home a few special bottles that you weren’t able to consume while on vacation.

Hurricane season ends the end of October, so call us now to make plans for your winter or spring getaway.

 

 

 

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Top Cruise Destinations

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Cruise Ship Buffet

Cruises offer Gourmet Buffets

The despite the headlines, travelers still love taking cruises.  And why not?  You only unpack once, you get to enjoy gourmet meals each night, the ports of call are fun-filled, and the price is right for any budget.

Nexion, the travel industry’s premier host travel agency, has announced the top cruise destinations its agents are booking for 2014.  In a recent survey, Nexion members indicate that the most popular cruise destination among their clients for 2014 is the Eastern Caribbean, with the Western Caribbean as a close second.

El Morro, Old San Juan

El Morro, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

According to Nexion President Jackie Friedman, CTC, CTIE, this bodes well for clients, given that many of Nexion’s trusted supplier partners have additional capacity in the Caribbean. In addition, 44% of Nexion agents surveyed say they are seeing an increase in bookings made by first-time cruisers as compared to the previous year. Nexion is also proud to announce that they are the recipients of Celebrity Cruises’ Central Region Account of the Year Award for 2013.

Fine Living Enthusiast is a proud member of the Nexion family.

Nexion agents, who indicated that they book cruise vacations, were asked to identify the one most popular cruise itinerary they are booking most for 2014.

Cancun

Mayan Ruins near Cancun

So where are travelers cruising in 2014?  The six top cruise itineraries are:
  1. Caribbean – Eastern 21%
  2. Caribbean – Western 19%
  3. Europe – River Cruise 14%
  4. Alaska – 11%
  5. Caribbean – Southern 9%
  6. Europe – Mediterranean 6%

    An Old Fort's Canon

    Old Fort Canon in Caribbean

Source:  Press Release, Nexion

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