Honeymoon Style: Action and Adventure

Sandals Grande Ocho Rios, Jamaica

The two of you like to grab hold of the good life every chance you get. There’s no activity you think is too daring. What better way to invoke your adventurous spirits then with an action-packed honeymoon?

If you want to do more than hang out during your honeymoon, head to Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic.

Eco-tours thrive in Mexico where you can rappel down a cool cave into a natural cenote. In Jamaica, take invigorating zip-line ride through the vibrant hilltops.

Non-stop adventures make for a honeymoon experience you surely will never forget.

Action and Adventure Destinations

* Costa Rica

* Dominican Republic

* Ixtapa

* Monetgo Bay

* Oahu

* Ocho Rios

* Riviera Maya

When you are ready to book your Action and Adventure honeymoon, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

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Honeymoon Sytles: Wrapped in Romance

Acapulco Beach

You’re a not-so-hopeless romantic and are always thinking of delightful ways to woo your true love. For you, the ultimate honeymoon of your dreams is one cloaked in romance.

Think charming European cities and luxury Caribbean beach stays for you romantic honeymoon. Hold on to your love and take an exciting ride through Italy’s winding streets on a Vespa Scooter. Or snuggle your sweetie high atop the St. Lucian rainforests during a breathtakingly beautiful tram-ride.

Wrapped in Romance Destinations:

* Acapulco

* Aruba

* Bora Bora

* Madrid

* Maui

* Moorea

* Paris

* Santorini

* St. Lucia

* St. Martin

* Venice

When you are ready to book your honeymoon to a Wrapped in Romance destination, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

Honeymoon Style: Solace Seekers

Caracao Beach

 

You’re a laid back couple who feel that the word vacation is synonymous with relaxation. Or maybe the two of you have just been busy planning the wedding that nothing sounds more appealing right now than a quiet honeymoon in a secluded spot.

Water Bungalows at Lemeridien in Bora Bora

Off the beaten path honeymoon accommodations can range from luxury over water bungalows  in French Polynesia to quaint cottages in St. Barths.

Spend days swimming in turquoise waters, getting in-room spa treatments, and napping in hammocks under shady palms.

Look forward  to serious alone time and return home refreshed and renewed.

Solace Seekers Destinations:

* Bora Bora

* Curacao

* Kauai

* Moorea

* St. Barths

* St. Martin

When you are ready to book your honeymoon give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com.

Destination Wedding Spotlight: Aventura Spa Palace

Gazebo at Aventura Spa Palace

This romantic, adults-only resort offers both civil and symbolic ceremonies, as well as a complimentary wedding package and the six new packages from the “Precious Wedding Collection.”:

* Amber

* Sapphire

* Ruby

*Amethyst

* Rose

* Emerald

* Diamond

Wedding Reception set up at Aventura Spa Palace

Enjoy the assistance of your personal wedding planner, say “I Do” from a gazebo overlooking the sparkling sea, then sit down to a decadent dinner in any of the resort’s ballrooms.

Aventura Spa Palace, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Professional photography, a gourmet wedding cake, and horse-drawn carriage ride round out the perfect details.

When you are ready to book your destination wedding at Aventura Spa Palace, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

Destination Spotlight – Why Martinique

 

The beautiful island of Martinique

 

The Caribbean island with French flair, The Isle of Flowers, The Rum Capital of the World, The Isle of the Famed Poet (Aimé Césaire) – by any one of its many names Martinique remains one of the most alluring and enchanting destinations in the world; as unforgettable as a summer romance or a first kiss.

The Isle of Flowers - from the island of Martinique

Named “Best Gourmet Island of the Year 2008” by Caribbean World Magazine, Martinique is an overseas region of France that stirs the passions with distinctive culinary delights, awe-inspiring natural beauty, a rich cultural history, warm smiles and so much more.

Named “Best Gourmet Island of the Year 2008” by Caribbean World Magazine

Napoleon’s bride, Empress Josephine, was born and raised on Martinique.

 

The Pompeii of the Caribbean, St. Pierre, is found on Martinique.

 

The finest French products, from Chanel fashions to Limoges porcelain, are readily available at Martinique stores.

Rums of Martinique

La Route des Rhums, a tour of the world’s finest rum distilleries based on France’s famed Route des Vins, is offered on Martinique.  A special place, to be sure, with so much to offer – Martinique c’est magnifique!

New Orleans – the basics of Big Easy lingo

Bourbon Street, French Quarter

Lagniappe” is a Cajun word for “something extra,” like the extra doughnut in a baker’s dozen, the 13th ear of corn in a bag of 12, or a free cup of coffee. It’s an unexpected nice surprise.

The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau has put together a lagniappe for clients headed to the city, a pamphlet of tips and terms used in the Big Easy.

A sampling:

• Bayou: It’s a Choctaw Indian word for “small stream.” It’s a creek with a slow current, flowing from a river or lowland lake, often through swamp areas. Among its many nicknames, Louisiana is called the Bayou State for its many wetland regions.

• Bananas Foster: Brennan’s restaurant in the French Quarter was the first to concoct and serve this flaming ambrosia of bananas and rum, spooned over vanilla ice cream.

• Cajun: Nickname for Acadians, the French-speaking people who migrated to Louisiana from Nova Scotia, starting in 1755.

• Directions: There is no east, west, north or south in New Orleans. Locals head uptown, downtown, lakeside, riverside and anywhere the music is.

• Gumbo ya-ya: “Everybody talking at once.”

• Cajun vs. Creole: Cajun food is the earthy, robust creation of fishermen and farmers in the bayou country of southwest Louisiana. Creole food is the cosmopolitan food of New Orleans, a mix of European, African and Caribbean cuisines.

• Jambalaya: New Orleans’ answer to Spain’s paella, a Cajun rice dish full of sausage, seafood, rice and spices.

• Muffuletta: A meal packed into a pizza-sized Italian bun with salami, ham and provolone lavished with olive relish. The CVB recommends going to the source: the Central Grocery on Decatur Street, an Italian import store where the sandwich was invented about a century ago to satisfy hungry Sicilian stevedores on the nearby docks.

• Parish: The equivalent of a county in the other 49 states.

• Po-boy: Hero. Sub. Grinder. Hoagie. Native New Orleanians eat po-boys, a staple at lunch counters across the metro area. Must be made with fresh French bread with a crunchy crust and light center. Roast beef and shrimp are the most popular fillings for a po-boy, but just about anything can be put inside a loaf of French bread and taste good.

• Streetcar: This is New Orleans’ name for the world’s oldest continuously operating electric street railway, which has been around since 1893. Before that, the city had a steam engine train and a horse-and-mule-drawn line. Today, more than 20,000 people a day ride to and from work and play aboard 35 original electric cars.

• Vieux Carre: French for “old square” or “old quarter,” it refers to the French Quarter. Its 90 city blocks contain about 2,700 European- and Creole-style buildings, housing residences, stores, cafes, restaurants and a lot of bars.

Visitors can pick up the pamphlet at the CVB office in the Garden District, at 2020 St. Charles Ave.