Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Planning your first Caribbean Vacation

People planning their first Caribbean vacation will be amazed at how much there is to see and do.  The Caribbean Islands have a rich and long history of ancient Mayan ruins, pirates with buried treasures, and early explorers in search of the Lost City of Gold.  The beauty of the Caribbean is it’s own treasure and something everyone should see.

I have come up with a few helpful tips to help make sure you are getting the trip you’ve been dreaming about, one full of adventure, romance and relaxation.

The first step to any great vacation is to do all of the research you can ahead of time.  Plan your trip several months in advance so you can take advantage of great deals and all inclusive vacation packages available.  Travelope.com has several great money saving deals running right now for a summer vacation to the Caribbean.

You can save a bundle by visiting the Caribbean during its long off-season which is mid-April to mid-December, so a summer vacation to the islands is the most affordable which makes the Caribbean a perfect destination for your summer vacation.  The downside to visiting the islands during this time is that a lot of the popular resorts close up for the off-season.  There is also the chance of dealing with muggy weather during this time frame due to the fact that the trade winds aren’t as prevalent in the summer.  But if you are mainly interested in the culture of the islands, this can be a great time to visit.

There is an endless amount of things to do on your Caribbean vacation.  Make a list of all the things you’d like to see and do based on the islands you will visit.  Here is also where the research comes in and researching the things you’d like to see and do should go hand in hand with researching your vacation package.  Several packages will help you with this by adding tours and activities to the package to either get you started or plan out your whole stay if you choose.  Some of the more popular activities are swimming, parasailing, scuba diving, and boating.

If you are in the Mexican Caribbean, you won’t want to miss seeing the Mayan ruins, such as Tulum or Chichen Itza which are pre-Columbian archaeological sites built by the Mayan civilization.

Dolphins are a big favorite with everyone and the experience of playing and interacting with dolphins can be a big hit with children and adults alike.  There are several well known and reputable places that specialize in dolphin encounters, look into them first to make sure you are getting the best experience possible.

Many of the leading hotels offer some serious full-service spas for their guests.  However, these spas do come at a price so make sure to check to see what is included in your stay and what is the cost of extras.

A Caribbean vacation can be expensive but this dream vacation doesn’t have to cost your life savings.  With the right amount of research and planning, you can have a vacation that you’ll remember for a lifetime in the Caribbean.

Happy Travels!!!

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