Top 5 Spring Break Destinations

Spring Break in Jamaica - Rick's Cafe in Negril

The time is now to book your travel for your upcoming Spring Break. We have quite a few packages designed to make sure you get the most out of your vacation. Our Spring Break Packages are specifically designed for college students.  Packages include: Awesome Daily Events and Wild VIP Parties!

  1. Cancun – is famous for its Spring Break action, making it the #1 pick for Spring Break 2011! The wildest parties are found here. Party in Spring Breaks top nightclubs, including The City, Dady O, Coco Bongo and Bulldog where you can shake it til the break of dawn!
  2. Jamaica – Spring Breakers who seek pure relaxation should visit Jamaica (Montego Bay or Negril) to let the ocean wash away the troubles of the day. The island vibe of Jamaica and its attractions will free your mind and when night-time calls, you better be sure the parties won’t stop.
  3. Panama City Beach – for those of you looking to stay within the states this spring, Panama City in the sunshine state of Florida is a great spot to be. This alternative to the Caribbean offers awesome beaches, parties and plenty of other spring break go-ers, without the need for a passport, making it a great reason to fly south.
  4. Punta Cana – is a non-stop party in the Caribbean designated for you to relax and soak up the sun during the day and then venture out and party at night. The nightclubs in Punta Cana are among the best in all of the Dominican so live it up while you are here.
  5. Nassau – is a great spring break destination for all college students looking to get a break in the Bahamas. Beautiful white sand beaches, endless drinks and all of your fellow college friends will help you forget all about the stresses back in the states.
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Two Faces of Mexico: Ixtapa/Zihuatenejo

Ixtapa Bay

 

It calls itself a two-town destination but, in fact, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is a split personality. Tourism is what links the two but Ixtapa, “the white place,” in Nahaut, one of the many pre-Columbian dialects of the land, and Zehaut: “the land of women,” are nothing alike.

And why we should care is just this: Zihuatanejo is nearly untouched old Mexico – what Mazatlan was like in the 1960s. It’s an old fishing village on undisturbed shores of the Pacific where you can still find a wedding in the town church happening on Saturday nights, right across from the crafts market that delivers stall upon stall of Mexico’s finery and colors in a sleepy covered maze. Drive another 25 minutes north and find Ixtapa, a town of few residents and thousands of tourists with 1980s-style hotels lining the white washed boulevards, mostly offering an all-inclusive hospitality to families, honeymooners and cold climate escapees.

But in an odd way it makes a beautiful whole. The tourists fly into Ixtapa on mass marketed packages via Delta or Westjet or Alaska, Continental or Aeromexico and then hit the party scene, the family scene, and the romancing along Ixtapa’s beaches and cliffs. Neighboring Zijaut is there if you want it – a $15 taxi ride (or $2 bus ride) away along uncrowded streets (except when the cruise ships come in).  You don’t have to feel like a tourist if you don’t want to. People are friendly, prices are fair and there are NO hawkers hustling up the cobbled byways trying to sell you a swamp-facing condo.

Ixtapa got its start in the 1970s when Funatur, the government arm of tourism development, took a place called “stinky beach,” (that’s another story – more about a beached whale than anything else) and turned it into a paradise of whale-sized hotels flanking meandering kids-themed pools leading up to a crowded beach. Since that time, super luxury stays edged into the cracks with such gems as Capella Ixtapa (59 cliff suites – each with its own ocean-view terrace and dipping pool, and a precious spa right above the rocks and breaking waves, starting at $475/night), Las Brisas, and Loma del Mar Thalasso Spa & Resort.

A new spanking white marina, the largest in Mexico, gleams with cafes overlooking the skiffs (Fisher’s is the recommended choice for fresh catch and cervezas) and a few shops adding to the mix. For nightlife and café culture in Ixtapa you’ll have to hit the central square. This is a hodge podge of tony and casual cafes and bars, a few dress shops, a tobacco shop where you can get some Habanas for under $10, and a variety of mariachi acts playing in the gazebo. It is also the focus for Ixtapa’s winter celebration called Fun & Sun on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through April 8 — when sundown brings artist kiosks, Mexican dance classes, live music, food and shows into the sprawling square.

FOOD & WINE HERITAGE

Happening March 26-28, the FOOD & WINE Festival brings superchef Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill Chicago, RED-O in Los Angeles) to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo for three days of cooking demonstrations, tastings, seminars and intimate tours of the local culinary community under the theme, “32 tastes, one history, one soul.”

In November, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added a few new items to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Things, they said, that are cultural treasures worth preserving. Among them was Spanish flamenco, traditional gastronomic meal of the French and traditional Mexican cuisine. UNESCO specifically cited the importance of the food of Michoacán to Mexico’s cultural identity, purely a move for protection of an ancestral way of life.

Flights land at Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport (IATA: ZIH; ICAO: MMZH)

For more information visit www.visitiz.com

Jennifer Hudson named Disney Dream’s godmother

Jennifer Hudson

Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson was named godmother of the Disney Dream, which will be christened on Wednesday in Port Canaveral, Fla.

Disney Cruise Line made the announcement in an email to customers.

Hudson gained recognition as a contestant on “American Idol” in 2004. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film adaptation of “Dreamgirls” in 2006. Her debut album in 2008 won three Grammy Awards.

Disney Dream Cruise Ship

Disney said Hudson was a performer on the Disney Wonder in 2003.

The 4,000-passenger Disney Dream sets sail on its maiden cruise on Jan. 26.

Top 10 Reasons to take a Cruise

Carnival Cruise Ship

1) Choose to cruise for Value. One price pays for your stateroom, dining, entertainment and s much more.

2) Choose to cruise for Romance. Secluded beaches, en suite dining on a balcony overlooking the beautiful ocean and spa services for two are just some of the romantic pursuits avaiable.

3) Choose to cruise for Cuisine. Tantalize your taste buds with gourmet fare that showcases exotic ingredients, old standbys like pizza ad ice cream or spa cuisine for a healthy alternative. Depending on your mood, dine in a traditional ballroom setting,  a small bistro or a casual eatery.

4) Choose to cruise for Variety. With over 200 distinctive ships, 3000 ports-of-call and an unbelievable array of places to see and things to do, there is a perfect cruise for you. For even more choice, consider a pre – or post land tour.

5) Choose to cruise for Activities. Fill your days with sightseeing, sports activities, cultural lectures, educational tours led by naturalists and historians or simply lounge by the pool and relax. At night, enjoy dance extravaganza, musical revues, gaming and or a quiet evening gazing at the stars or the one you love.

Slide on Carnival Cruise Ship

6) Choose to cruise for Simplicity. Don’t come back from your vacation needing a vacation. Planning a cruise is simple, your professional travel counselor can handle all of the details. Once you’ve on board, nearly all expenses are pre-paid…talk about hassle-free.

7) Choose to cruise for New Horizons. Fall asleep in one destination and wake up to a new horizon…and you only have to pack and unpack once!

8) Choose to cruise for Family. Families love cruising. Children’s programs, kid-friendly menus and tours of the ship will keep your children happy, while affording you some time alone.

9) Choose to cruise for Pampering. Regardless of your budget, all cruise lines pamper their guests with first-class service around the clock.

10) Choose to cruise for Satisfaction. It’s a fact that cruises have a higher percentage of satisfied customers than any other vacation experience.

Footzy Rolls

Footzy Rolls - Luxe Collection

FootzyRolls are

Completely rollable and foldable, Fits in the smallest bag, Water proof and Skid proof Sole, Carry as your spare pair, Great for travel, Great to wear in the office, Great to wear outside! Upper is made from a PU that you can easily clean.

You will never want to go out without them! Unroll into Comfort…Footzyrolls Rollable Shoe

Love your Louboutins, but hate the way your feet feel after a few libations!?

Danced the night away in your Diors, and now your feet are on fire!?

Girlfriend, gather up your Gucci’s and worry no more!!!

FOOTZYROLLS roll-up shoes are your new best friend (minus the annoying Facebook status updates). Grab your clutch, throw in your cell, lip gloss and your beautiful pair of ballet flats!

FOOTZYROLLS roll-up shoes take up little to no room in your bag and is your go-to for all those “these shoes are so hot but I won’t be able to walk” moments.

FOOTZYROLLS roll-up shoes are designed for comfort and practicality with maximum style

Footzyrolls…are rollable and foldable. Footzyrolls are being marketed as first aid for the aching feet of female travelers. These ballet-style flats, which are packaged in a cylinder that also contains a Footzybag and a Footzypouch, are waterproof, skidproof and machine washable and they are perfect for slipping on, for example while waiting in an airport security line with stiletto heels in hand.

Footzyrolls are easily stored in a purse or carry-on until unfurled to give tired feet a break.

Generally available in small to extra-large size. Priced from $19.99 to $30.00

You can find them at www.footzyrolls.com