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.

Top 10 Spa Experiences

Spa Experience

Relax, Unwind, Rejuvenate

1) Conquer jet lag with an aromatheraphy bath and deep-tissue massage

2) Drift away with a nighttime treatment including in-room massage, turn-down service, and warm tea

3) Bring out your golden tan with a tropical oil exfoliation

4) Hydrate with a luxurious black pearl facial

5) Rejuvenate tired feet with an energizing lemon and lime soak

6) Polish skin to a silk glow with an exfoliating lime and ginger body rub

7) Detoxify with a warm volcanic mud wrap

8  ) Share a romantic beachfront couples massage

9 ) Smooth and shine locks with a lustrous palm oil hair treatment

10) Soothe tired eyes with calming collagen and rice powder

Whatever your idea of the perfect experience, whether for a week or a weekend, there’s a destination to meet your need. So go on, reward yourself!

When you are ready to have a spa getaway, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Island

An American island that’s truly blessed with culture, history, and natural beauty, Puerto Rico welcomes you with open arms and encourages you to explore beyond the shore.

Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island with a difference. It has pristine beaches, tropical climate, crystal-blue sea, and coconut palms characteristic of its counterparts, but along with is unmistakable Spanish colonial heritage, the island is today part of the United States Commonwealth, meaning it has American-style infrastructure mixed in with its traditional Latin American culture.

Hamburgers are as endemic as island dishes like sancocho, and freeways connect shantytowns to strips of high-rise beachfront hotels. The second thing that makes Puerto Rico different to other Caribbean vacation meccas is that it remains largely undeveloped, except for the coastal region around its capital city, San Juan. The island is edged with some magnificent beaches featuring coral reefs, most not commercialized and easily reached from the capital and large resort hotels.

Exploring Puerto Rico, both around its coast and the interior, is a delight. Roads are excellent, and there are numerous interesting attractions and unrivalled experiences, from the world’s largest radio telescope, to the magical experience of swimming at night amongst tiny phosphorescent creatures on the offshore island of Vieques.

Historically, Puerto Rico, like many other Caribbean islands, was originally inhabited by Taino Indians until the arrival of Christopher Columbus and the instigation of Spanish rule and settlement. The island’s capital and larger towns have preserved their Spanish heritage as “old quarter” tourist attractions, full of charm and interest. Puerto Rico is a hybrid of old and new, which makes it an intriguing destination, rather than just another tropical island paradise.

Some of our suggestions:

* Gran Melia Golf Resort Puerto Rico

* Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa

* Rincon Beach Resort

* El San Juan Hotel & Casino

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

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Destination Wedding Spotlight: St. Lucia

Bay Gardens Beach Resort Wedding on the Beach

Come to St. Lucia and it will not take you long to see why the island became known as the Helen of the West Indies – and why the French and British empires spent almost two centuries fighting to possess her. The island’s French legacy can still be heard in the local patois, seen int he many Gallic place-names and enjoyed in the irrestistible French Creole cuisine to be found in hotels, restaurants and bistros.

St. Lucia is large enough to provide visitors with breathtaking contrasts and small enough to ensure that those who want to laze their days away in peace and quiet can do just that. The climate on the island is tropical with temperatures ranging from 70 – 90 Fahrenheit. The rainy season is June – November, but don’t expect a constant downpour; rather, there are numerous short but incredibly intense showers. Trade winds provide breezes year-round, regardless of the season.Perfect for a day at the beach!

You’ll see banana and cocoa plantations, the crater of a dormant volcano, bubbling sulphur springs, mineral springs where visitors can bathe, 18th century forts and sleepy coastal villages. And could you really leave St. Lucia without seeing the Pitons, the massive twin volcanic cones that have become the island’s signature image? Lovers will search out secluded beaches, night-owls will find entertainment in the hotels, and bars, and yacht crews will find dozens of safe harbors, from small coves to an 83-acre marina and the large natural harbor, once the world’s 14th busiest port, which is overlooked by Castries, the lively capital town where French Creole houses can still be seen. Divers, snorkelers, hikers and golfers will all find happiness on St. Lucia.

St. Lucia is the perfect destination for Caribbean weddings and honeymoons. The natural beauty of this Caribbean tropical island seems to have been created for romantics. Palm fringed beaches, elegant old plantation houses, the soft tropical air, hypnotic steel band music, the tantalizing aroma of the cuisine all combined to make weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries popular on St. Lucia. St Lucia offers you the freedom of having your wedding just the way you want it. Wonderful climate, astounding beauty and friendly islanders make St. Lucia simply perfect, Simply Beautiful for your special wedding day.

Here is a list of the documents that you need to obtain a marriage license in St. Lucia:

* Valid Passport & Original Birth Certificate

* Divorce Decree Absolute (if one of the parties is divorced)

* In the case of a widow/widower a Death Certificate of first spouse is required

* If a name has been changed, a Deed Poll is required

* If one of the parties is under the age of 18, evidence of a consent of parents is required in the form of a sworn affidavit stamped by a Notary Public

* Residency requirement of 2 business days unless an express fee is paid

* If any required documents are not in English, an authenticated translation must be available

Now is the time to all Carter Elite Travel to assist in making your Destination Wedding/Honeymoon come true. We are Certified Destination Wedding and Honeymoons Specialists and truly enjoy assisting our couples to make their dreams come true.

Call one of our Romance Experts to get started at 310-722-3099 or send a email to DW@carterelitetravel.com!

Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Specialist

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Caribbean

The Brimstone Hill Fortess in St. Kitts

Cuba: Cuba has the lion’s share of UNESCO heritage sites with eight cultural and historic sites. 

Dominican Republic: The colonial town of Santo Domingo, founded by Christopher Columbus in 1498. 

Haiti: The National History Park comprising the ruins of The Citadel, San Souci and Ramiers are monuments to independence, which was declared in 1803. 

Dominica: On this rugged and mountainous island, The Morne Trois Pitons National Park was established in 1975. It’s name means “Mountains of the Three Peaks.” 

St. Lucia: The Pitons. These dual volcanic cones are located on the southwestern coast of the island. The highest Gros Piton looms over the town of Soufriene, and its black sand beach. 

San Juan, Puerto Rico: The enormous fortifications at La Forteleza and El Morro are part of the US National Historic site in Old San Juan. 

Curacao: Founded in 1634, the city of Willemstad is the most historic in the Netherlands Antilles. It features superb Dutch architecture situated along a deep water bay. 

St. Kitts: The Brimstone Hill Fortess, called “The Gibraltar of the West Indies”, stands high on a promontory overlooking the Caribbean Sea. 

Bermuda: The Town of St. George, founded in 1612, is an outstanding example of the earliest English urban settlement in the New World. 

Belize: The longest barrier reef in the Americas. 

When you are ready to travel to any of the wonderful Caribbean islands listed above, just give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

Top 10 Reasons to have a Destination Wedding

Barcelo Maya Palace Wedding Gazebo

1. Save Money – Traditional wedding can cost several times the amount of a destination wedding 

2. Do Something Different – Forgo a typical wedding in favor of a unique and memorable experience 

3. Have the Best of Both Worlds – Combine your wedding and honeymoon into one beautifully planned celebration 

4. Crowd Control – Bring along the whole family for a fun celebration, or make it just the two of you 

5. Stress-Free Planning – Your Travel Consultant will work directly with the resort’s wedding coordinators 

6.  Perfect for Second Marriages – Scale it down the second time around and go somewhere special to wed 

7. Neutral Setting – Instead of getting involved in potential family drama, choose a neutral setting 

8. So Much to See and Do – With the many on-site activities at resorts, plus off-site fun, your guests will keep busy 

9. Celebrate Longer – Traditional weddings last 5 hours while a destination wedding fun can go much longer 

10. Expand on a Theme – Incorporate your love of the beach, the snow, your heritage, or something else special to you 

When you are ready to get started planning your beautiful Destination Wedding, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or send us a email at Info@carterelitetravel

 We are certified Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Specialists, so we treasure each and every bride we have the opportunity to assist in making their wedding a dream come true! 

Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Specialist Certificate