U.S. Virgin Islands

U. S Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John provide outstanding vacation choices for all tastes.

St. Thomas:

Once the refuge for the infamous pirate Blackbeard, features world-class resorts and some of the best golfing in the Caribbean. Most of the action is found in the capital, Charlotte Amalie, with its renowned duty-free shopping and nightlife. St. Thomas hotels are famous for their romantic atmosphere and seclusion, yet adventure is never far away. From snorkeling, scuba and deep-sea fishing, to walks along a quiet cove; there is something for the whole family to enjoy.

St. Croix:

Boasts massive stone forts and elegant Danish and Victorian buildings for exploration. For water lovers, Buck Island Reef National Monument is a must. There are 880-acres to explore in this reserve and a snorkeling trail revealing the island’s diverse marine life. St. Croix also offers an impressive casino on the island for those wishing to test their luck – the first and only casino in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Include a few rounds of golf while in St. Croix …two St. Croix hotels have award-winning, challenging championship 18-hole golf courses. Other activities include tennis, horseback riding, diving and fishing.

Looking for more solitude? You will love

St. John:

Once the playground for the Rockefellers, the island maintains its secluded atmosphere, and a series of national parks protects the land from development. There are endless opportunities for outdoor and underwater adventure or for simply relaxing on a secluded beach. St. John is also an ideal honeymoon escape. Activities include hiking through lush tropical forest, snorkeling, fishing or bike touring.

With St. Thomas only a twenty-minute ferry rider away, you can easily spend a day strolling through the fabulous shops and restaurants, or take an excursions to the nearby British Virgin Islands. With all of St. John’s charm and romance, it’s understandable if you find it hard to leave.

If you explore one island or all three, you can’t go wrong. Each has gorgeous sugar white beaches nestled in secluded coves with lush tropical forests and flowering foliage everywhere you turn along with magnificent diving and fishing, water sports for the whole family, outstanding duty-free shopping and friendly locals.

Some of our suggestions:

* The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas

* Marriott Frenchma’s Reef

* The Buccaneer

* Wyndham Sugar Bay

Give us a call to plan your next escape to U.S. Virgin Islands at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

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Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya Map

The Riviera Maya is a paradise for those seeking the infinite beauty of the Caribbean Sea without the fast pace of Cancun. A quiet, romantic getaway; tours of ancient Mayan ruins; a ferry ride to Cozumel; or explorations through national parks, the Riviera Maya offers you an opportunity to experience nature and history. Just south of Cancun, and an hour drive from the airport, the Riviera Maya offers a “laid-back” vacation experience.

Bahia Petempich to Punta Bete

Punta Brava is a solitary stretch of white sand beach where you will experience unparalleled peace and tranquility in a nature lover’s paradise.

Today Puertos Morelos is known for its low-key lodging and seafood restaurants. Its beaches are uncrowded and the section of the Great Maya Reef lying offshore has just been declared a national park.

Playa Del Carmen, Playacar

Playa del Carmen is the largest town in the Riviera Maya. The town is filled with handicraft stores, sidewalk cafes, international cuisine and the flair of Caribbean music.

Just a short five-minute drive south of Playa del Carmen, Playacar was built to provide comfort within a tropical paradise.

Its location is perfect for those who love to explore. Xcaret, Xel-Ha and Tulum are all within a short driving distance for a day packed with adventure. Xcaret is an exceptional eco-archaeological park filled with underground rivers, diving, snorkeling, a coral reef and lagoons, just to name a few. Perhaps you’ll enjoy the natural aquarium at Xel-Ha. One of the most delightful spots in the Riviera Maya, Xel-Ha is surrounded by a thick jungle and caves, perfect for exploration.

Puerto Aventuras to Tulum

Puerto Aventuras is a charming village 20-minutes south of Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya. The first resort settlement built south of Cancun, the center of town is a marina filled with boats and surrounded by restaurants, coffee shops, handicraft stores and bakeries.

Just 10 minutes south of Puerto Aventuras is Akumal, very diversified and known for its ecological center, Ukani-I – perfect for the seeking rest and tranquility.

Kantenah, a lovely beach located just north of Tulum, is home to the secluded El Dorado Seaside Suites.

The ancient Maya port of Tulum is a two-hour drive from Cancun. Tulum’s greatest attraction is its location. On a bluff facing the rising sun, these sixty buildings surrounded by hug walls make up the most important archaeological site on the Quintana Roo coast.

Some of our suggestions:

* Grand Velas All Suites and Spa Resort

* Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso

* Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera

* Gran Bahia Principe Resort

Give us a call to plan your next escape to Riviera Maya at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

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10 Ways to Plan a Perfect Vacation

 

Couples Swim-up Pool Bar

10 Ways to Plan a Perfect Vacation

 1. Ask yourself what you really want out of this trip. Is it relaxation only or will you be bored after one night at a remote island resort?

2. Are you truly exhausted from your job? Do you need rest and relaxation? If so, a cultural jaunt to three cities in seven days is not right for you at this time.

 3. Do you have a dream destination in mind? Is it based on real facts or is it based on your fantasies of what you hope this place will be like? You might be letting yourself down if you’re just keeping your fingers crossed that a place will be fabulous.

4. Is your dream trip based on the fact that your neighbor, sister, co-worker just came back from there and you’re just a tad envious? If you’re paying big bucks for your vacation, go where you want to go; don’t make your selection based on what you want to brag about at the country club.

 5. Sort through all the deals that are out there with skepticism. Be sure you’re getting a great room and not some tiny hole in the wall overlooking the dumpsters in the parking lot because you’re paying just $99 a night. Believe me, those rooms really do exist. Opt instead for the deals that include free breakfasts, transfers from the airport and a room upgrade. Those add ons have real value and may be worth the $50 or $100 more you spend per night.

 6. Consider reserving a room on a Concierge or Club floor. For a bit extra, this amenity will likely provide you with free breakfast, Afternoon Tea and cocktails in the evening, as well as a service that’s dedicated to making you feel comfortable. These perks also have value if you’re traveling with a child whose dining habits tend toward small portions, or, if you yourself are a grazer and like a little drink now and then.

7. Be wary of some of the photos you see online of the hotel you’re interested in. A telephoto lens can make a tiny room look large in cyberspace.

 8. Be aware of added fees and taxes. Some cities have tariffs that add nearly 20 percent per night onto a room bill. Certain hotels have resorts fees starting at $15 a day that include services that are matter of fact, such as using towels by the pool and picking up the phone to make a local call, in other words, stuff that should be included in your room rate to begin with.

9. Read customer reviews on sites like TripAdvisor but take them with a grain of salt. Some information can give you tremendous insight but other tidbits may be generated from a single bad moment at a hotel.

10. In the end, go to a trusted travel agent. They can provide information based on the fact that they’ve actually been there. They can tell you if a fabulous hotel is located across from a disco that will generate a lot of noise at 3 a.m. or if a resort with a famous name is resting on its laurels and hasn’t been renovated for 20 years. They can also get you excellent upgrades and help you sort through all of the deals that are out there. Don’t leave your precious vacation time to fate. Get the services of an expert, as you would with an attorney or accountant. (Provide your information here)

Aruba

Aruba - Renaissance Hotel

An island of enchanting contrasts.

Aruba is blessed with turquoise waters, radiant beaches and prevailing trade winds ensuring a near perfect climate all year-long.

Aruba lies just 18 miles off the coast of Venezuela and covers an area of 70 square miles; 20 miles at its longest and 6 miles at its widest. Visitors to this Dutch-influenced island paradise will experience a dramatic juxtaposition of cactus-clad desert hillsides, a Dutch windmill and world-class resorts with palm-fringed beachfront.

You’ll find beautiful hidden beaches, windsurfers gliding across the waves, dazzling casino action, a championship golf course and irresistable shopping in the charming capital of Oranjestad…all the ingredients for a perfect island escape!

Some of our suggestions:

* Bucuti Beach Resort

* RIU Palace Aruba

* Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort & Casino

* Occidental Grand Aruba

*  and so many more …

Give us a call today to book your vacation escape to Aruba at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

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St. Lucia

St. Lucia

Lush St. Lucia sits at the southern tip of the Windward Islands.This ruggedly beautiful island is embellished with towering mountains, tropical rainforests, secluded beaches and acres of banana plantations.

A St. Lucia vacation package will rejuvenate your spirit. The island offers world-class hotels, including many popular all-inclusive resorts, and breathtaking scenery.

Honeymooners can bask in St. Lucia’s quiet romance, while families can enjoy an abundance of land and water activities. Everyone will love the traditional French Creole cuisine and the colonial French ambience of this stunning island paradise.

No vacation to St. Lucia would be complete without exploring the island’s natural beauty. The most famous and well recognized landmarks, rising to more than 2,400 feet, are the majestic twin peaks of Petit and Gros Pitons. A visit to the Soufriere Estate and a spin through La Soufriere, the world’s only “drive-in volcano” , top off your vacation.

Music lovers can schedule their trip around the International St. Lucia Jazz Festival each May. There is truly something for everyone in St. Lucia – romantic escapes, golfing getaways, nature hikes and water sports of all kinds including superb diving and snorkeling. From lively cafes, golden sand beaches, amazing natural sites, and of course, shopping… St. Lucia is ” Simply Beautiful”!

Some of our suggestions:

* Jade Mountain

* The Bodyholiday At Le Sport

* Anse Chastanet

* Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Resort

* and so many more …

Give us a call today to book your vacation the lustful St. Lucia at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com.

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St. Martin/St. Maarten

St. Martin/St. Maarten

Intriguingly diverse, St. Maarten/St. Martin is actually one tiny island with two distinctly international cultures.
Dutch on one side and French on the other, the island offers a European flair with a lot of Caribbean flavor. White sand beaches, cozy bays, refreshing lagoons, charming world-class hotels and fine international cuisine define this unique island.
St. Maarten promises snorkeling, windsurfing and water sports of all types along wtih great duty-free shopping and exciting nightlife complete with glitzy casino action. St Maarten hotels invite couples, families with children and groups of all kinds to experience the fun Dutch side of the island.
Across the “border”, French St. Martin offers incredible cuisine in trendy cafes and scrumptious pasty shops plus an endless array of exclusive duty-free boutiques and jewelry and giftware shops. St. Martin hotels welcome guests of all ages to experience a little bit of France on your next Caribbean vacation.
The beaches on the French side and the nightlife on the Dutch side are world famous, so you’ll want to spend time on both sides during your vacation – two uniquely different experiences!
Some of our suggestions:
* Grand Case Beach Club
* Le Flamboyant Hotel & Resort
* Hotel Beach Plaza
* and so many more …
Give us a call today to plan your next vacation to St. Martin/St. Maarten at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com
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