A Clean Sweep! Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts And Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts All Receive Certificates Of Excellence From Tripadvisor


~ Every Resort in the Company’s Portfolio Receives a 2012 Certificate of Excellence for Top Performance ~

All Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts, Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts and Fowl Cay Resort have recently been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.  This outstanding achievement is a testament to the ongoing commitment to excellence and superior service displayed throughout all of the company’s resort locations.  With an impressive total of 20 certificates, plus six previously-announced Traveler’ s Choice Awards, this year’s top honors include:

Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Montego Bay – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Carlyle Montego Bay, Jamaica – Travelers Choice Award & Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Royal Plantation Ocho Rios, Jamaica – Travelers Choice Award & Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Negril Beach & Resort Spa – Certificate of Excellence

Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa – Travelers Choice Award & Certificate of Excellence

Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Emerald Bay Great Exuma, Bahamas – Certificate of Excellence

Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia – Certificate of Excellence
Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort – Cert ificate of Excellence
Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club – Travelers Choice Award and Certificate of Excellence Award

Beaches Negril Resort & Spa – Travelers Choice Award and Certificate of Excellence Award
Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa – Travelers Choice Award & Certificate of Excellence
Beaches Sandy Bay Resort – Certificate of Excellence
Grand Pineapple Beach Antigua – Certificate of Excellence
Grand Pineapple Beach Negril – Certificate of Excellence
Fowl Cay Resort, Exumas, Bahamas – Certificate of Excellence

TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence award honors hospitality excellence. The accolade is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. Travel Choice Award calculations are based on information submitted from over 20 million reviewers, which are presented in the form of top 10 and top 25 lists.

Congrats to Sandals and Beaches Resorts for outstanding properties!


10 Affordable Things to Do in New Orleans’ French Quarter

New Orleans ~ French Quarters

You don’t need an endless budget to have a great time in New Orleans. Here are a few ways to experience the French Quarter without breaking the bank.

1. Savor beignets at Café Du Monde

Beignets: Are they breakfast or dessert? Does it matter? Pick up a small café au lait and a bag of three delicious French donuts smothered in a cascade of powdered sugar, all for under $4 at New Orleans’ famous Café Du Monde. Happily snack as you stroll through the French Quarter.

2. Attend a free festival

We all know New Orleans can throw a helluva party, but some of its best shindigs won’t even cost you a dime. From Mardi Gras to the French Quarter Festival, there are tons of free events that take place throughout the year.

3. Snap a photo at St. Louis Cathedral

With its gleaming white façade and silver spires, St. Louis Cathedral is at the heart of the French Quarter, and there are plenty of inexpensive activities to keep you busy. Make your way to Jackson Square. Have your portrait drawn, listen to some street-corner musicians or snap a photo of this New Orleans landmark.

4. Eat fresh seafood for cheap

Mudbugs, crayfish, crawdads – there are a ton of nicknames for these lobster-like crustaceans, but we just like to call them “delicious.” Keep an eye out for free crawfish boils, which are offered at a number of nightlife spots and festivals during spring’s crawfish season. Or head to Deanie’s Seafood to sample an order of crawfish tails for under $10.

5. Tour the Old Ursuline Convent

For only $5, you can take a guided tour of the French Quarter’s Old Ursuline Convent, the oldest building in the Mississippi River Valley. You’ll see hand-crafted woodwork, colorful oil paintings, lush gardens and religious sculptures.

6. Join a piano sing-along at Pat O’Brien’s bar

Make your way to Pat O’Brien’s, where there’s no cover charge to enjoy the lively atmosphere and to sing along with the live piano show. While you’re here, you might as well try O’Brien’s famous signature cocktail, the Hurricane, for $8.

7. Browse the Flea Market

Shopping is hardly ever budget-friendly. But when you’re looking for some retail therapy without the hefty price tag, explore the open-air Flea Market inside New Orleans’ historic French Market. This spot is great for scoring unique finds and trinkets without spending a fortune.

8. Walk the French Quarter

Where else can you enjoy two hours of history, architecture and entertainment for only $15? When you take a guided walking tour by the Friends of the Cabildo, you’ll get to explore five historic buildings while learning about the city’s rich past.

9. Gander at voodoo potions at the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

Satisfy your morbid curiosity with a trip to the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, the location of the first licensed apothecary in the country. For the $5 admission, you’ll get to browse an extensive collection of antiquated medical equipment, preserved leeches and, yes, authentic voodoo potions.

10. Step back in history with the New Orleans Historic Collection tour

Get a glimpse into the New Orleans lifestyle – or what it was like hundreds of years ago – with the New Orleans Historic Collection. You can choose from three different $5 tours: the Louisiana History Galleries inside the Merieult House, the elegant Williams Residence or an architectural walking tour.

Information shared with us from the New Orleans Tourist Board

The 10 Must Do’s in Cabo

Los Cabos truly has something for each type of visitor. From beaches to activities, shopping to relaxation, here’s a checklist of “musts” so you can enjoy all that Los Cabos has to offer.


Whether you’re seeking a secluded spot for a romantic escapade or a snorkeling piece of shoreline that’s also great for the kids, Los Cabos and its surroundings offer a multitude of beautiful beaches. Those low-key roads veering off onto the sea often hide a bonanza of prime waterfront.


You’d be wise to take your camera, pencil or even pastels every time you leave your hotel room, as Los Cabos’ natural beauty and man-made élan provide ample options for a lifetime of memories.Whether it’s the orange traces in the sky as the sun goes down or fishermen coming back from a day at sea, Baja’s beauty is meant to be captured in some way or another.


Indulge in a day’s worth of luxurious spa pampering, whip out your sunglasses and stroll about like the Hollywood stars. Don’t be too surprised if you spot a famous singer or actor (or even some paparazzi) “hiding out” beside you, enjoying the warm days and lively nights of Los Cabos.

Even decades after the likes of John Wayne headed here for a little R and R, the glitterati still love this spot of sassy sophistication.


From December to March, Baja California Sur welcomes a flurry of whales seeking warm waters in which to give birth. Visitors may arrange For a tour that takes them just inches away from these gentle mammals, or even spot them from beaches or a strategically built bar overlooking the ocean. You may also spot seals sunning themselves on the rocks around El Arco and loudly complaining about the presence of kayakers nearby.


Don’t neglect Los Cabos’ earthly treasures just because there’s so much to discover at sea. A drive around Baja is an adventure in itself. Having your own wheels will give you access to miles of regal cacti, a forgotten fish taco stand with ice-cold beer and other unexpected surprises.


To the East Cape, that is. This relatively undeveloped area is a favorite spot for surfers looking to get away from the crowds and those who love to fish. With more rustic surroundings and camping sites than its more sophisticated neighbor, the East Cape is a dream come true for nature types, including divers who want to reach the Cabo Pulmo natural reef system.


Even if you don’t consider yourself the fishing type, you must try your luck here. Many hotels and outfitters offer fishing packages and assorted options for fun days at sea. If you’d rather run with the big boys, sign up for one of several championship tournaments.


As one of the world’s most famous golf destinations, Los Cabos glitters with amazing greens.Championship courses have been carved out of an arid landscape that often looks out into the blue beyond. Everyone from Tom Fazio to Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf and Greg Norman has helped design and build what are now some of the area’s most appealing attractions.


Leave your diet behind and get ready to savor some of the best seafood and Mexican delicacies in the entire peninsula. From toe-tingling Pacific tuna to shrimp tacos with a spicy kick, Los Cabos’ range of culinary options offers something for everyone.


You’re in Cabo! Leave your cares behind and embrace the beauty and activity around you.

Now that see all that you can do in Los Cabos, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com to book your getaway to Los Cabos Mexico TODAY!

Top 5 Islands for Food and Cooking

Top 5 islands for food and cooking

  1. Trinidad

    The polyglot nature of Trinidad’s society and culture has influenced its cuisine accordingly and it is probably inarguable that devotion to food and good cooking is greater than anywhere else in the Caribbean.

  2. St Barths

    The polyglot nature of Trinidad’s society and culture has influenced its cuisine accordingly and it is probably inarguable that devotion to food and good cooking is greater than anywhere else in the Caribbean.

  3. Grenada and Carriacou

    The polyglot nature of Trinidad’s society and culture has influenced its cuisine accordingly and it is probably inarguable that devotion to food and good cooking is greater than anywhere else in the Caribbean.

  4. Anguilla

    The polyglot nature of Trinidad’s society and culture has influenced its cuisine accordingly and it is probably inarguable that devotion to food and good cooking is greater than anywhere else in the Caribbean.

  5. St Lucia

    The polyglot nature of Trinidad’s society and culture has influenced its cuisine accordingly and it is probably inarguable that devotion to food and good cooking is greater than anywhere else in the Caribbean.


Coqui ~ Puerto Rico’s own


The “Coqui” is a tiny tree frog, about one inch long an a native to Puerto Rico.

Its skin is smooth, almost transparent, and changes color to blend with its surroundings. The name derives from its melodious song “co-key”, which lulls to sleep children and adults alike all over the island.

Being a nocturnal creature, it hides during the day and emerges at sundown to delight us with its nightly performances. The coqui song is at its sweetest and most joyous after a rainfall.

Many different species of small frogs create the family of the coquí.  More than 16 different species live on the island, 13 of which occur in the Caribbean National Forest.

Beaches Resorts hosts another fabulous Female-friendly Getaway


Beaches Resorts hosted the ever-popular Beaches Friends Forever B.F.F. Girls Getaway from April 26 – 30, 2012. The Luxury Included® resorts for everyone once again offered this package for ladies looking to relax and enjoy a fabulous four-night getaway at the beautiful Beaches Turks & Caicos Resorts Villages & Spa in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos.


This past week, B.F.F’s enjoyed a welcome cocktail reception, skincare classes, a beach-bonfire PJ party, private catamaran cruise, jewelry and  wine soirée, seaside yoga and meditation, and much more.  As a part of the B.F.F. Girls Getaway, these lucky ladies also received a $200 Red Lane® Spa credit, 10% discount at all resort gift shops, a free 5×7 picture, one complimentary Paul Mitchell® keratin treatment, a 10% discount off Dermalogica products at the Red Lane® Spa and a welcome goody bag, compliments of Beaches Resorts and participating sponsors including Harlequin Enterprises Limited, yogaspirit® studios, Colombian Emeralds® International, FitPregnancy magazine, SHAPE magazine, NaturalHealth magazine, Dermalogica® skincare, Paul Mitchell®, Creative Nail Design™, Be. Wine, Kinect™ for Xbox 360® and Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours.


The B.F.F. Girls Getaway provides the perfect way for girlfriends of all ages to enjoy some quality bonding time and fun in the sun, whether for a birthday celebration, bachelorette getaway, mother-daughter vacation
or just a Caribbean escape with friends!


Additional B.F.F. Girls Getaway weekends are available from October 18 – 22, 2012, with rates starting at $1299 per person, or April 25 – 29, 2013 and September 26 – 30, 2013, with rates starting at $1399 per person.

So get your girls together and plan that perfect getaway to Beaches and you will never regret it. Give us a call today at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com


Resort Spotlight: Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club

Located on 22 acres with 223 rooms and suites in 12 categories, this favorite resort for singles, couples and families and caters to everyone’s needs

·         Four Swimming pools, one Scuba pool, Two Whirlpools

·         5 Restaurants and 5 Bars to enjoy at this resort

·         Refrigerator in all rooms.

·         Luxury Family Suites  enjoy the luxury of mammoth balconies and a  sunken living area where the kids can frolic with excitement.

·         Pirates Island Water Park offering eleven slides for all ages.

·         Adults can share time alone, while the kids are pampered by their certified nannies in their  Kids Camp, including a state-of-the-art XBOX 360® Game Garage featuring today’s hottest video games.

·         Kids of all ages can enjoy fun and games with Elmo & friends in their Sesame Street Caribbean Adventure

·         Kids can tee off after 12 noon while adults enjoy great hits at nearby Sandals Golf & Country Club

·         A  magnificent Red Lane ® Signature Spa is located at this resort (spa services are at an additional cost)

All rooms include:

Air conditioning, amenity kit, hair dryer, telephone, fan, private bath and shower, marble bathroom, CD/clock radio, cable TV, coffee & tea maker, safe deposit box, iron and iron board. All rooms contain mahogany furnishing and in-room refrigerators stocked with juices, water and sodas.

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