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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.




$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.




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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Discover Maui

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Hyatt Regency Maui

You at the Hyatt Regency Maui

Discover Maui, Get a Free Car

That’s right.  Book your tropical vacation to Maui before June 30; and get a FREE, 7-day midsize rental car.

When is the best time to discover Maui?  Basically, there isn’t a bad time to visit the beautiful alluring Hawaiian Islands.  But, there’s no time like the present to take advantage of some awesome deals to the Aloha State.






FREE Night & FREE Car!

Seven nights from $1,225 pp
– Fresh flower lei greeting
– Resort view room w/ 5th Night FREE
– Daily breakfast for two
– FREE 7-day midsize rental car

Ask me at 619-944-5202 for the All About HAWAII package discount or search at your leisure at Discover Hawaii.


Enjoy a Maui Sunset

Enjoy a Maui Sunset

However, we know all good things must come to an end so BOOK BY 6/30/14.  No worries, you have a lot of options for travel dates, 5/1 – 6/14/14 & 8/17 – 11/21/14.

Terms and Conditions apply.

Okay, not interested in heading to Maui?  Call me for other island specials.

As usual, all booking through us receive a FREE gift.

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Kapalua Wine & Food Festival

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Indulgent Wine & Food Festival

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival

Kapalua Wine & Food

Head to Maui between June 12 – 15, 2014 for the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival.  There are myriad wine regions represented, so you’ll definitely be able to “get your drink on”.

You’ll enjoy pours from Central Otago, North Canterbury and Marlborough.   Michael Jordan, a Master Sommelier will lead the tasting with wines from these amazing New Zealand regions.

Talbot Audrey Chardonnay

Talbot Audrey Chardonnay

Top winemakers from Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH) will host a seminar and tasting for wine enthusiasts.  You’ll be in luck when you attend a Friday the 13th tasting at the Ritz-Carlton.  One of my favorite SLH wineries, Talbott will be pouring bottles of their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

You’ll hit a wine and culinary home run attending this event. This festival is a foodie and wine lover’s paradise.  Fresh produce, locally and humanely caught seafood, as well as top-notch wine from all your favorite regions.  You may also discover some new favorites.

Epicurean treats from Kapalua-based restaurants including The Plantation House, Sansei Seafood & Sushi Bar and Montage Kapalua Bay will

Locally Fresh Caught Fish

Locally Fresh Caught Fish

be served. Tantalizing cuisine by local chefs provides a platform to savor locally grown food and sample various culinary styles.

Of course, if you need air, a car or accommodations, (shameless plug) give me a call at 619-944-5202 so I can work my magic for for you.  Rooms are booking quickly for this fun-filled, wine and food extravaganza.

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Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

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The 4th Annual Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

Aug. 29th – Sept. 7th, 2014

Breaded Sushi with Caviar

Breaded Sushi with Caviar

The Hawaiian Islands is hosting a premier wine and culinary event.  The multi-day Hawaii Food and Wine Festival features more than 75 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers.  Foodies and wine enthusiasts will be rewarded with wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and  farm-to-table movement advocates.

The Aloha State’s two native sons and James Beard-winning chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong are the festival creators.  Their aim is to showcase the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef and poultry,  highlighting the unique cuisine.

Upscale Hawaiian Cuisine

Upscale Cuisine with Hawaiian Touch

Yamaguchi is the owner of the world-renown Roy’s, with more than 30 international locations.  Alan Wong’s Restaurant was honored with a place on the “Top 10 of America’s Best 50 Restaurants”.

The majority of the events will take place on O’ahu, as well as Maui, which was added to the itinerary last year.  Recently, organizers announced that The Big Island, for the first time, will have a day added to the culinary- and wine-focused schedule.

Sushi Plate

Sushi Assortment

The Big Island is home to amazing grass-fed beef, coffee, abalone and kampachi.  It’s also known for creative dishes inspired by locally sourced ingredients.


Maui Winery

Wine is produced on Maui

The Waikoloa Resort on the Big Island, in partnership with the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Hilton Waikoloa Village, will host a sit-down gala.  The Modern Honolulu, a magnificent hotel located on the famed Ala Moano Blvd is another host property.  This cosmopolitan resort has its finger on the pulse of the culinary scene in Hawaii.  Iron Chef Morimoto has a signature restaurant on the premises.


Poi Made from Taro Root

Poi Made from Taro Root





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Kauai, The Perfect Honeymoon

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Kauai, The Perfect Honeymoon for Rejuvenation & Relaxation

Glass of ChampagneKnown as “The Garden Isle”, Kauai is the Perfect Honeymoon Escape. Kauai will give you so many unforgettable memories that you’ll want to relive them on subsequent anniversary trips. The Garden Isle offers outdoor enthusiasts unparalleled access to nature with secluded beaches, soaring sea cliffs and winding, mountainous trails. Talk about romance. Kauai offers honeymooning couples ample opportunities to rejuvenate, relax and reconnect with each other in an idyllic paradise. It will help you unwind, relieving all that built-up stress from the hectic wedding planning, dealing with relatives and of course, the whirlwind of the Big Day.

Unbelievable Beauty

 In Kauai, you can experience the most amazing thrill adventure of your life on a helicopter tour through the dramatic Waimea Canyon. You’ll be mesmerized by hundreds of waterfalls, spilling down the massive canyon walls.   As you float in mid air, you’ll become engulfed with majestic, up-close-and-personal water-works display as you glide through the Grand Canyon of the West.

For the active traveler, a Na Pali kayak and snorkel excursion can provide extraordinary access to isolated beaches and remote hiking trails.  But if you have a more subdued itinerary in mind, a catamaran sail or sunset dinner cruise will not leave you disappointed.


Romantic Oasis

Kauai has tasteful, well-appointed accommodations ranging from upscale, boutique hotels to cosmopolitan resorts to top-notch condos to contemporary villas.   Villa in KauaiWe can set you up in an oceanfront resort located just steps from Poipu Beach, known for having world-class snorkeling beaches and year-round sunshine. Does enjoying a sunset on your private lanai with the love of your life sound like the perfect honeymoon?  Then snuggle up in a Waimea Beach bungalow or cottage with breathtaking vistas.

Maybe you’d like to settle into a peaceful escape in a luxurious, Princeville condo/hotel.  This option will allow you to enjoy the convenience of a home but with the amenities and services of a hotel.  You’ll appreciate the convenience of having your own gourmet kitchen to prepare home cooked meals or light snacks.  But if cooking isn’t your idea of a perfect honeymoon, then sample the cuisine at one of the on-site restaurants or walk to a variety of nearby dining options.

Gay Couple MarryingAlthough gay / lesbian marriages are not currently legal in the state of Hawaii, the islands are LGBT friendly.  However, the Governor of Hawaii is urging legislators to vote in favor of gay marriage.  In the meantime, same-sex couples may still celebrate their love by taking their gay/lesbian honeymoons in a tropical paradise.  No island whispers romance like The Garden Isle.

In addition to being steps from white, sand beaches, all of the resorts we offer have exquisite grounds including a host of amenities such as:

  • adult-only pools
  • snorkeling coves
  • luxurious day spas
  • meandering lagoons
  • waterfalls
  • tennis courts
  • putting greens
  • bike rentals
  • yoga classes
  • kayaking
  • privileges at world-class golf courses

Kayaking in Hawaii

Maintain your Independence

Our car/hotel packages give you the freedom to get around the island at your own pace.  Driving on Kauai is carefree; although you will have a bit of traffic in the more populated areas of Lihu’e and Kapa’a.  However, you will not be able to drive around the entire island due to the topography.  But don’t worry; you will be able to navigate a little more than three-quarters of the island, ranging from Waimea Canyon in the west to the Na Pali Coast in the north.

You have the ability to book any of our vacations yourself. But if you have any questions, just send us an email or give us a quick call; and we’ll be happy to provide that human element that can be missing in today’s electronic age. The most important thing is for you and your spouse to have a dream honeymoon.  And if your travels become the envy of your family and friends, then all the better.

If you want to learn more about the numerous vacation options on the pristine island of Kauai, then just go to our dedicated All About Hawaii site, to plan the perfect honeymoon of your dreams.  Feel free to give us a call if you have questions.  After all, we are Hawaii Specialists. Mahalo!

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Common Hawaiian Words & Phrases

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Common Hawaiian Words and Phrases to Use on Vacation

Hawaiian Language As an experienced traveler, you’ve probably learned that locals appreciate it when visitors make an attempt at speaking the indigenous language.  Hawaii is no different.  When shopping in stores or eating in restaurants, many locals will use Hawaiian words and phrases when they interact with you.  But you don’t have to feel intimidated.  You probably know some of these words from watching TV or listening to others speak.  But I’m sure there are some phrases you may have never heard but they could come in handy when you reach the beautiful Hawaiian Islands.  Fine Living Enthusiast and our travel partner, All About Hawaii, have some great Hawaii vacation packages for you.  While you are on your amazing Hawaiian vacation, use these key words and phrases to help you during your stay.  Not only will the locals feel that you are trying, it will get you in the Aloha Spirit. You’ll want to give us a Mahalo shout out upon your return.

  • Hello, Goodbye; a feeling of love or kindness – Aloha (ah-LOW-ha)
  • Thank you – Mahalo (mah-ha-low  )
  • Woman – wahine (wa-hee-nee) typically seen on the door to the women’s restroom
  • Man – kane (KAH-neh)  typically seen on the door to the men’s restroom
  • Child – keiki (kay-key)
  • Malihini – visitor or newcomer – (mah-lee-hee-wee)
  • Patio – lanai (la-nie)
  • Undergrounding cooking – Kalua (kah-loo-ah)
  • Feast – lu-au (loo-owa) literal translation is taro leaves
  • Appetizer – pupu (poo-poo)
  • Necklace made from flowers –lei (lay)
  • Ocean – moana (moh-ah-nah)
  • Shuttle at the Honolulu Airport – wikiwiki (wee-kee-wee-kee) Also, means hurry up
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Hawaii – An American Paradise

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Hawaiian Islands are an American Paradise

Hawaiian DancersI think the Louisiana Purchase was the best land acquisition America ever made and the second best deal was making Hawaii a state.  When you visit Hawaii, you know you are not in Kansas anymore or any other state in the United States, for that matter.  No, Hawaii is truly unique; and blessed with unbelievable beauty.  The Hawaiian Islands are an exotic, American paradise.

There are more than 100 islands that make up the Hawaiian Islands.  However, when people talk about “going to Hawaii”, they are probably going to vacation on one of the eight primary islands, which are Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii, nicknamed, the Big Island.  The last-four listed are the islands with a major focus on tourism.

The Hawaiian Islands are a superb destination for enjoying a vacation, celebrating a honeymoon, anniversary or birthday.  It’s a great vacation option for girlfriend getaways, couples, families and multi-generational get togethers.   Hawaii has natural, awe-inspiring beauty, providing an exotic vacation option but without the requirement for a passport and minus the hassle of long waits in customs lines.

If you want to experience a great, exotic vacation, go to our dedicated Hawaii section of our site. Here you will find great options on hotels, condos and resorts.

This striking tropical paradise will provide an abundance of outdoor activities for all age groups and fitness levels.

  • Here are some ideas for the myriad of activities you can enjoy.
    • Land – Golfing, hiking, camping, off-roading (ATV); tennis, horseback riding
    • Water – Deep sea fishing, surfing, snorkel/scuba/snuba, jet skiing, waterskiing, whale watching, windsurfing/kite surfing, kayaking
    • Air – Helicopter tours, hand gliding, parasailing


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