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Tropical Paradise | Travel & Vacation Tips & Resources

Mexico: Mayan Riviera

Mexico is a vibrant and wonderful place to visit. There are family trips, weekend getaways and even romantic honeymoons, Mexico caters to many different types of visitors.

The Hotel Marina El Cid Riviera Maya is an oceanfront Cancún resort located on the Riviera Maya, within one mile of Puerto Morelos and the National Reef Park. An outdoor swimming pool has waterfalls, a diving platform, and water slides.

The Hotel Marina El Cid has 350 guest suites that are located on four floors. All rooms have a balcony or terrace overlooking the ocean or pool, as well as mini-bars and complimentary bottled water. One-bedroom suites have a kitchenette. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

The majority of amenities, activities, and gratuities at this resort are included in the room rate; guests will usually not be charged extra for them.

Even more enticing than its location are the amenities available for kids. These include a kids’ club for children ages four to twelve, a play zone in the pool including waterslides, a teens’ program including a trip to the Mayan Ruins, kayaking, snorkeling on the Barrier Reef, and windsurfing lessons.

In addition, parents who have vacationed at this resort with their kids have nothing but rave reviews. The food is delicious, fresh, varied, and plentiful. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and the staff is more than accommodating. The kids’ club scored high marks by adults and overall, visitors boast it is one of the best family resorts in the Mayan Riviera.

In addition, you can obtain the lowest rate by checking out this hotel online and clicking on price comparisons. Some hotel rates were as low as $404.00. You can also check with your travel agent to ascertain the air/land package rates.

The Hotel Marina El Cid Riviera Maya is close to shopping, restaurants, and other venues as well. For an affordable family vacation this spring, consider the Mayan Rivera for its culture, history, and an overall experience that you and your family will talk about for years to come.


Travel to Paradise: St. John in the Virgin Islands

Some travelers believe that St. Thomas is a shopper’ paradise, while others know that St. John is simply – paradise.

There are two hotels that are well known on St. John: Caneel Bay and Weston St. John. Depending upon your budget, most visitors to St. John extol the virtues of the Weston because it is more family-oriented.

Getting to St. John requires a flight to St. Thomas and then hopping over to St. John utilizing the Westin ferryboat. In fact, if you select Westin, your luggage is handled by the resort and will await you upon arrival.

With its pristine beaches and a variety of activities, the Westin offers many amenities for the entire family. Its landscape is superb and your kids will have the opportunity to take advantage of the resort’s many fun-filled activities, including the Kids’ Club for children three to twelve years of age.

For adults, the Westin has a fitness center and a spa. The entire family can choose between the four restaurants located onsite. More importantly, however, is how visitors to the Westin rave about the number of activities available for the entire family.

Such activities include paddleboat races, feeding iguanas, arts and crafts, sailing lessons, hunting for seashells, as well as programs offered for half a day or an entire day.

Minutes from the Westin St. John is Cruz Bay. Here you can shop and have lunch while enjoying the atmosphere, people, and beauty that is this island.

Your trip would not be complete without visiting the Virgin Islands National Park. You can book a land tour through your hotel’s concierge or explore the park on your own. Most visitors recommend that you sign up for a tour at the Visitor’s Center where you can go hiking with a park ranger or take a boat ride that includes lunch.

If you have time, you can take a short boat ride to St. Thomas and explore this island as well. Noted for its shopping, St. Thomas is also a great island to visit for a few hours. With its local color and history, a few hours spent here is well worth it.

Check our St. John packages either with your travel agent or online. Remember to book at least two to three weeks in advance to obtain the lowest air fare.


Spring Break South of the Border in Acapulco

Touted as one of the top ten hotels in Acapulco, the Fairmont Pierre Marques can be a college student’s dream Spring Break.

Known as a beautiful luxury beachfront resort, the hotel is twenty minutes south from downtown Acapulco. With its expansive beach and relaxing style, the Fairmont Pierre Marques is the perfect tropical getaway resort. This Mexican resort offers the right combination of activities for any vacation plan.

Recreational activities begin with five outdoor tennis courts and water sports such as scuba diving, water skiing, and sailing.

The recently renovated restaurants and bars offer the best of the Mexican and international cuisine. A typical four night package can run to approximately $637 with air fare included.

Among the amenities available at this hotel are:

  • Breakfast included
  • Air-conditioning with individual climate control
  • Alarm with clock and radio
  • Color cable television
  • Purified water
  • Safety deposit box
  • Telephone with direct dial and voice-mail

Health and safety concerns should be noted. With its hot and humid weather, it is advisable to check with your doctor concerning any precautions you should take.  Bring good sunscreen with you, and your favorite brand of tanning lotion.
It’s best to drink bottled, purified water, and drink ice cubes made from purified water.  Take some precaution to protect yourself from mosquitoes as Dengue Fever is a concern along the part of the Pacific Coast of Mexico where Acapulco is situated.
While you may have heard about crime increasing in Acapulco, it has subsided. However, no matter where you travel, it is always recommended that you stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings.

If you are headed to Acapulco for the sun, sand, and beach – the best advice anyone can offer is to remain at the hotel during the evening hours and have a great time enjoying their facilities.

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