Category Archives: Caribbean

10 Reasons You Need to Book a Royal Caribbean Cruise to Experience Perfect Day at CocoCay

Royal Caribbean has completely upgraded and reimagined their private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, to offer a variety of experiences for visitors of all ages. From the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool and tallest water slide to the only private overwater cabanas in the Bahamas, everyone will love the Perfect Day at CocoCay.

This isn’t vacation days spent. This is bragging rights earned. Conquer the tallest waterslide in North America and snap a shot from up to 450 feet up in a helium balloon. Grab a drink at the swim-up bar and soak up the scene in the largest freshwater pool in the Bahamas. Or get a taste of Bora Bora with your own overwater cabana. This is Perfect Day at CocoCay — only on Royal Caribbean®.

  1. Thrill Waterpark: Daredevils Wanted

This is a drench a minute thrill-a-thon for every adventurer. From giggle-worthy tides to shriek-inducing slides towering high into the clouds. Bounce, climb and swing your way through the obstacles in Adventure Pool. Get swept up by the biggest Wave Pool in the Caribbean. Or if you’re up for a true rush, take on the tallest waterslide in North America — Daredevil’s PeakSM. Whatever your thrill threshold, you’ll find firsts to test your bravery at Thrill WaterparkSM.

2. Coco Beach Club: Elevate Your Perfect Day (Opening December 2019)

Welcome to Coco Beach ClubSM, where every moment is elevated. It’s just you and endless blue, lounging in the only overwater cabanas in the Bahamas. Savor new Mediterranean flavors, then drift along the finest line between poolside and seaside, in an infinity edge pool overlooking the ocean.

Photo: Royal Caribbean International

3. Up, Up and Away: Way Above the Ordinary

Take your adventure to the skies aboard a helium balloon and see the islands like never before from the highest vantage point in The Bahamas — Up, Up and Away. Feel your heart race while soaring up to 450 feet above land and sea, then let the wonder wash over you as you coast on the breeze.

4. Oasis Lagoon: A Refreshing Change of Place

This is no mirage, you’ve found it — the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean. Make your way through the different coves of Oasis LagoonSM, each with a vibe all its own. Splash right in at the kidfriendly sloping entry. Take your first sip of a cold Coco Loco at the swim-up bar before lounging on one of three swim-up islands. Or treat yourself to total relaxation in the privacy of your own cabana, complete with attendant service.

5. Harborside Drinks and Dining: Hang Like a Local at Captain Jack’s or Fuel Up for Fun at Skipper’s Grill

We’re not sure where Captain Jack was headed when he marooned on this island, but we’re glad he brought the wing sauce. The legend lives on at the rum-runner’s harborside dive. Grab a Coco Loco at the rowboat bar and settle into a rope swing seat. Or snack on the house specialty — chicken wings and fries dipped in signature sauces like mango-habanero and Caribbean jerk. Live jams and water views will put you in an island state of mind in no time at Captain Jack’sSM.

Delicious eats with harborside views — Skipper’s Grill is the spot to relax, recharge and refuel for adventure. Tuck into tacos with guac, enjoy some barbecue chicken hot off the grill or treat your taste buds to a juicy burger. Then indulge in double chocolate chip caramel brownies and fresh baked cookies, or keep it light with fresh tropical fruit.

Photo: Royal Caribbean International

6. Splashaway Bay: Even More Fun by the Gallon

The coolest aqua park at sea is breaking out beyond the deck and coming ashore at our largest Splashaway BaySM yet. Now kids can enjoy bigger buckets of fun than ever before with more fountains, pools and water cannons — plus five waterslides, and two massive drench buckets.

7. Captain Jill’s Galleon: Small Hands on Deck

From slides and interactive water cannons, to rope features and a splash pad, this interactive galleon is loaded with swashbuckling thrills for kids of all ages.

8. South Beach: Amp Up, Wind Down

Get ready to fuel your competitive fire, because on South Beach action is everywhere you look. Volleyball, beachside basketball, paddle boarding and glass bottom kayaking — it’s all here. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, grab a bite at the Snack Shack or wade out to the floating bar and cool off with a drink. Or kick back in a photo-worthy teepee cabana, perfect for napping and snapping in the South Beach shade.

9. Zip Line: High Flying Hangout

Leave your cares on the ground and soar above Perfect Day at CocoCay on 1,600 feet of zip line — with a splash landing in the harbor.

10. Chill Island: Out-of-Office Oasis

This is the beach day you’ve been dreaming about — crystal clear tropical waters and powdery sands. Kicking back with your whole crew in a private cabana. And just steps away, you can fill up your plate with tasty BBQ right on the beach at Chill Grill. Once you’re feeling recharged, check out the island sights from a jet ski or on a guided snorkel tour.

Please note that images and messaging for Perfect Day at CocoCay reflect current design concepts and may include artistic renderings. All destination features and experiences, and related delivery timing for these features, are currently in development and are subject to change without notice. Perfect Day and CocoCay are trademarks of Royal Caribbean.

You can view a map of Perfect Day at CocoCay here to start planning your perfect day.

Are you ready to experience Perfect Day at CocoCay? Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information or your free, no obligation quote.

Top 10 Bermuda Shore Excursions with Disney Cruise Line

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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In honor of Disney’s first-ever cruise to Bermuda, setting sail this month from New York City, here are the top 10 Bermuda shore excursions, so you can experience the best of this unique tropical island.

1. The South Shore beaches boast the island’s famous pink sand and turquoise surf. Spend the day relaxing at a pink-sand beach on the Horseshoe Bay Beach Transfer.

2. Bermuda is a cultural melting pot that harbors an eclectic blend of British, American and West Indian influences. While many Bermudian customs appear European (driving on the left side of the road, playing cricket, local pubs serving ale by the imperial pint), Bermudans share similarities with North America in their dialect and currency. Taste the European influence on the Dockyard Brewery Tour and Tasting.

Waterway near entrance to Hamilton harbor in Bermuda.

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3. When it comes to fashion, the island has a style that’s all its own—distinctive for Bermuda shorts, often worn with a jacket and tie as formal wear. You can get a glimpse of the luxurious Bermuda lifestyle on the Famous Homes and Hideaways Cruise.

4. At Admiralty House Park, you can watch cliff divers perform their graceful acts of remarkable athleticism. Or become a cliff diver yourself on the Hidden Gems Exploration Adventure.

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5. The island is home to massive caves featuring stalactites and underground saltwater pools. Descend into a cavern on the Crystal Caves and Pink Flamingos excursion.

6. St. Peters Church, the oldest Anglican Church outside the British Isles, is home to a cultural treasure—the antique altar carved in 1615 by Bermuda’s first governor. Check it out during the Bermuda Island Drive.

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7. Numerous coral reefs are in relatively shallow water, with virtually unlimited visibility, and are readily accessible from shore. Do some underwater exploring on the Snorkel Park Beach Adventure.

8. Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, built in 1846, is the oldest remaining cast-iron lighthouse in the world. Visit the lighthouse and other landmarks on the Scenic South Shore sightseeing excursion.

The boats and homes as seen from the harbor.. St. Georges, Bermuda.

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9. The historic British settlement of Bermuda is dotted with colorful British Colonial architecture, fountains, gardens and plazas. Stroll the 400-year-old cobblestone streets of a picturesque colonial town on the Haunted History Tour of St. George’s.

10. Bermuda’s climate is sub-tropical, with an average annual temperature high of 81° F and low of 60° F. Enjoy the island’s comfortable temperatures with a round of golf at Belmont Hills Golf Club.

Each of Disney Cruise Line’s five- and six-night cruises from New York City to Bermuda include at least two days on the island, giving you more time to soak up the Bermuda lifestyle. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore.

Soak Up the Sun in Aruba with Disney Cruise Line

Soak Up the Sun in Aruba with Disney Cruise Line

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Starting this summer, for the very first time the Disney Fantasy has premiered longer itineraries – new 10- and 11-night cruises to the Southern Caribbean, sailing from Port Canaveral to incredible destinations such as Aruba, Curaçao, Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts and Tortola. Two of these special cruises take place this summer, and a third will set sail next summer.

There are many exciting Port Adventures in Aruba with Disney Cruise Line. The island is home to miles of beautiful white-sand beaches, sunny skies and stunning views. It is an independent country approximately 18 miles north of the Venezuelan coast, known for a dry climate and an arid, cactus-dotted landscape. Here are just a few of the ways for your family to have fun in the sun during your day in Aruba…

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4 X 4 North Coast Adventure and Beach Break – Aruba’s sun-kissed weather makes it the perfect place to explore with an off-road adventure. On your journey, you’ll see the rugged natural beauty of Black Stone Beach, Ayo Rock Formations, the Natural Bridge and much more. Other points of interest include Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, Alto Vista Chapel, the California Lighthouse and an ostrich farm, which all provide the chance to learn about the past and present culture of the island. The adventure-filled day concludes at Arashi Beach where you can swim or snorkel in the crystal-clear waters or simply relax on the warm white sand.

De Palm Island Beach and Snorkeling – Want to escape to a small private island? A short ferry ride takes you to the colorful resort island of De Palm, Aruba’s only all-inclusive destination, where you can enjoy all the beach activities the island has to offer, including snorkeling, beach volleyball, water slides and more. Your unique passport to the island includes a lunch buffet, open bar, lounge chairs, freshwater showers and snorkeling equipment. Talk about the perfect beach day for the entire family!

Catamaran Sailing and Snorkeling – This catamaran adventures takes you to Aruba’s west coast to two great snorkeling locales, the reef off Boca Catalina Beach and the famous Antilla shipwreck that sunk during World War II. After swimming in the beautiful waters teeming with tropical fish, you’ll enjoy a relaxing sail back to the pier while listening to music from the islands and enjoying a scenic view of Aruba’s coastline.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and member of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). She would love to help you plan your next cruise at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Black Friday Travel Deal: Receive Up To $100 Disney Gift Card

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We are having a Black Friday sale to help you save even more on your next Disney World vacation! When you book a Disney World vacation package or transfer your Disney World vacation package to us, you will receive a Disney gift card, valued up to $100! With an extra $100, you could treat yourself to a Disney Dooney and Bourke, a spa treatment, special surprises for your kids, and more!

  • If your packages total is between $2500-$4000, you will receive a FREE $50 Gift Card
  • If your package total is between $4001-$5500, you will receive a FREE $75 Gift Card
  • If your package total is $5501 or more, you will receive a FREE $100 Gift Card

I would be happy to prepare a quote for you and I guarantee I can match or beat all Disney prices! All you need to do is send me your dates, number of people including ages of any children, and which resort you are interested in. I am also be happy to discuss resort options with you to help you decide which would be best for your family! You can contact me at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or request your free quote on the right side of the page!

This offer is available through Monday, November 28, 2016 (Cyber Monday)! Your package must include a minimum of three days of theme park tickets and total package price is considered before airfare.

We are also running a Cyber Monday sale if you are planning to visit any other vacation destination! If you want to visit Universal Orlando Resort, take a cruise, or visit an all-inclusive resort, you will receive a $50 resort or on-board credit, plus a $50 travel voucher! To qualify for this offer, your package must be at least $2,500 before airfare. Hurry, this offer must be booked by December 2, 2016!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an authorized Disney vacation planner. She is a graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge and would love to help you plan your next magical vacation at no cost to you! Contact her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote! 

Exciting Adventures Await at Harvest Caye with Norwegian Cruise Line

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New Harvest Caye development set to be the Western Caribbean’s premier resort-style port of call
featuring Belize’s only pier, expansive white sand beach, 15,000 sq. ft. pool, multiple dining options and easy access to the Belize mainland for unforgettable adventure tours
Norwegian Cruise Line has recently revealed new details on Harvest Caye, Belize, the new highly-anticipated premier Western Caribbean destination experience. Norwegian Cruise Line is developing Harvest Caye to offer an authentic Belizean environment that features easy access to beautiful Southern Belize, coupled with luxurious amenities; a variety of eco-activities; the country’s only cruise ship pier for guest convenience and comfort; the opportunity for guests to easily depart to mainland Belize for the adventure excursion or cultural immersion of their choice; and much more.
This spectacular resort-style port of call, set to welcome guests in November 2016, will be the only port in Belize that features a cruise ship pier.  Rather than having to spend time tendering to shore, guests will be able to walk off the ship and immediately step into paradise.  Harvest Caye will offer guests the beauty and nature of Belize along with all that guests could desire from a tropical destination experience, and also serve as a gateway to the many eco and cultural adventures that lie in mainland Belize. Harvest Caye offers a large marina, where guests can depart for a wide variety of shore excursions to explore this rich destination, including spectacular Mayan ruins, river rafting, nature tours and more.
“Belize is one of the most ecologically and culturally rich gems in the Caribbean, and Harvest Caye will be the perfect destination for guests to experience all that the country has to offer in authentic, unique ways,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief operating officer for Norwegian Cruise Line. “There is so much to do on the island from the spectacular seven acre beach and watersports to interactive wildlife programs. Beyond Harvest Caye, we will strongly encourage our guests to explore Belize through the spectacular eco-adventure and cultural tours this incredible destination has to offer visitors.”
Harvest Caye’s seven acre pristine beach will be the heart of the destination, with white sand and crystal clear waters as the star. Guests who wish to enjoy the day in privacy can opt to rent one of the island’s 11 luxurious beach villas. These indulgent enclosed villas can accommodate up to 10 guests and are the ultimate beach escape, equipped with every comfort including air conditioning, dedicated lounge and dining areas, a private restroom, indoor and outdoor showers, hammocks, and exclusive dining and beverage options with dedicated concierge service so guests never have to leave the beach.
For those that prefer a resort-style experience, Harvest Caye will offer a tranquil, lushly landscaped pool area as the perfect retreat.  The sprawling 15,000 square foot pool features a swim-up bar with stools and lounge tables right in the water, surrounded by elegant lounge chairs and umbrellas, along with 15 canopy pool cabanas. The plush pool cabanas, available for rent, feature upscale lounge furniture, privacy drapes and beverage service. A footbridge spans the center of the pool, with a soothing waterfall feature below.
Adventure will be in no short supply for guests who opt to spend their day on Harvest Caye, with the island featuring a 130 foot tall Flighthouse as the central area for a variety of aerial activities including zip lining, suspension bridges, free fall jumps, a tandem “superman” style zip line and stunning views of the verdant hills of the mainland. Harvest Caye’s zip line course will have more than 3,000 feet of zip line, allowing guests to soar through the air with a bird’s eye view of the island and the sea, with stops at three different platforms. To top off the adventure, the Flighthouse will include a challenging but fun ropes course located on a platform in the saltwater lagoon. For a lower adrenaline adventure, guests can also enjoy watersports such as kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing in Harvest Caye’s shallow lagoon area.
In true Norwegian fashion, Harvest Caye will feature a myriad of dining and bar options, available à la carte. Guests will enjoy five dining and bar outlets that feature a variety of cuisines, including a two-story indoor/outdoor Landshark Bar & Grill. An expansion of Norwegian’s partnership with Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, the Landshark Bar & Grill is sure to be an island favorite, with a scenic upper deck and a swim-up pool bar for the ultimate way to enjoy a “boat drink”. Those who want to indulge in authentic Belizean cuisine will be able to enjoy casual street style dining in the shopping village. Additional dining options will include the Laughing Bird Bar & Grill serving the beach, the Manatee Marina Bar & Grill in the marina, the Horse-Eye Jack Bar & Grill servicing the island’s cabanas as well as food and drink delivery throughout the pool area.
No port-of-call would be complete without superior shopping options, and Harvest Caye will offer a shopping village, which will feature popular name-brand retailers as well as items from local Belizean craftsmen.
Guests with an affinity for wildlife will marvel at Harvest Caye’s many opportunities for an up close encounter with this rich eco-destination’s local plants and animals. To learn about the native flora and fauna in this stunning destination, guests can
  • participate in manatee observation tours at the lagoon to learn about the gentle giants
  • get up close and personal with endangered Scarlet Macaws and Toucans, Belize’s national bird, in the island’s Aviary
  • wonder at the striking beauty of insects at the Butterfly Garden
  • learn more about and view Belize’s indigenous reptiles such as boa constrictors at the educational center
Harvest Caye’s conservation programs and education efforts were developed by award winning author and wildlife expert Tony Garel, the destination’s Chief Naturalist. He will lead many of the island’s educational tours and be available to chat with guests about the incredible array of wildlife in Belize.  The island’s aviary will also house a breed and release program for Scarlet Macaws, in an effort to increase the population of the native birds. Harvest Caye features a cornucopia of native plants and trees that all play a part in the destination’s eco-system. To help further the island’s conservation efforts, more than 10,000 new mangroves have been planted throughout the island, serving to increase the natural estuary system that serves as a critical habitat for birds, young fish and other marine species.
            Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy Harvest Caye beginning November 2016 on Norwegian’s Western Caribbean itineraries, and on Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ sister brands Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises, which will also offer calls at Harvest Caye on select Caribbean sailings.
Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Top 10 Vacations for 2016: #4 Hard Rock All Inclusive Resorts

Happy New Year! Now is the time to start thinking about your vacation and getaways for 2016. What is on your bucket list? What memories do you want to create with your family this year? I have picked the Top 10 Vacations for 2016. These are my favorites for this year.

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#4 Hard Rock All Inclusive Resorts

With four resorts in places like Mexico and the Caribbean, Hard Rock All-Inclusive Resorts are the perfect choice for a couple getaway or a family vacation. The Hard Rock Resorts offer everything you are looking for, including amazing beaches, cool pools, world-class restaurants, high energy nightlife, and much more. These are the resorts you and your family will never forget!

Where do you want to go this year?

Stop by tomorrow to see the #3 vacation for 2016!

Contact Siera today to book and plan your 2016 vacations at 734-771-1290 or siera@destinationstoexplore.com

Top 10 Vacations for 2016: #6 Punta Cana

Happy New Year! Now is the time to start thinking about your vacation and getaways for 2016. What is on your bucket list? What memories do you want to create with your family this year? I have picked the Top 10 Vacations for 2016. These are my favorites for this year.

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#6 Punta Cana

Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic has everything you need for the perfect Caribbean vacation. From amazing resorts to stunning beaches and world-class golf courses, there is something for the whole family. No matter your budget or dreams, Punta Cana is the place for you and your family.

Where do you want to go this year?

Stop by tomorrow to see the #5 vacation for 2016!

Contact Siera today to book and plan your 2016 vacations at 734-771-1290 or siera@destinationstoexplore.com

Top 10 Vacations for 2016: #8 Beaches Turks & Caicos

Happy New Year! Now is the time to start thinking about your vacation and getaways for 2016. What is on your bucket list? What memories do you want to create with your family this year? I have picked the Top 10 Vacations for 2016. These are my favorites for this year.

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#8 Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Village and Spa

This all-inclusive family filled luxury resort is perfection for all types of families. With four magnificent villages that represent Italy, France, Key West and the Caribbean. The resort hosts a 12 mile long beach with the turquoise water for hosting snorkeling wind surfing, paddle board, sailing and kayaks. Your teens and tots will busy from morning tonight with the endless fun in the water park, Xbox lounge, and the dance club. This island resort is the perfect setting for those multigenerational family gathering to bachelor/bachelorette weekends to a much needed girls weekend getaway all available at Beaches.

Where do you want to go this year?

Stop by tomorrow to see the #7 vacation for 2016!

Contact Siera today to book and plan your 2016 vacations at 734-771-1290 or siera@destinationstoexplore.com

Top 10 Vacations for 2016: #9 Sandals Emerald Bay

Happy New Year! Now is the time to start thinking about your vacation and getaways for 2016. What is on your bucket list? What memories do you want to create with your family this year? I have picked the Top 10 Vacations for 2016. These are my favorites for this year.

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#9 Sandals Emerald Bay, Golf, Tennis and Spa Resort in Great Exuma, Bahamas

Join in where intimate seclusion meets the golfer’s paradise on this outer island in the Bahamas. This paradise island is just 50 miles off the Florida coast; allowing it to be the perfect romantic getaway. This easy going luxury resort has the supreme service of club level and butler rooms only. Three impressive pools, including a dramatic fireplace in the center of a pool and zero depth entry. There are seven exceptional restaurants to satisfy anyone palate. An exotic adventure can begin right from the shores of this resort, from snorkeling to experiencing the wild pigs swimming out to meet you. This resort has the attitude of do as much as you want or nothing at all the perfect mixtures of both in 2016.

Where do you want to go this year?

Stop by tomorrow to see the #8 vacation for 2016!

Contact Siera today to book and plan your 2016 vacations at 734-771-1290 or siera@destinationstoexplore.com

$1,000 Air Credit When You Book a Sandals Vacation

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You can receive up to $1,000 air credit when you book a Sandals vacation at one of their beautiful, all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.

Sandals Barbados

  • Stay 7+ nights and receive $1,000 instant air credit
  • Stay 3-6 nights and receive $500 instant air credit

Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis, and Spa Resort

  • Stay 7+ nights and receive $1,000 instant air credit
  • Stay 5-6 nights and receive $550 instant air credit

Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort and Spa

  • Stay 7+ night and receive $1,000 instant air credit
  • Stay 3-5 nights and receive $335 instant air credit

Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore Island

  • Stay 7+ night and receive $755 instant air credit
  • Stay 3-5 nights and receive $250 instant air credit

Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa

  • Stay 7+ night and receive $355 instant air credit
  • Stay 3-5 nights and receive $135 instant air credit

Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort and Spa

  • Stay 7+ night and receive $355 instant air credit
  • Stay 3-5 nights and receive $135 instant air credit

Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa and Beach Resort

  • Stay 7+ night and receive $355 instant air credit
  • Stay 3-5 nights and receive $135 instant air credit

Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia

  • Stay 7+ night and receive $355 instant air credit
  • Stay 3-5 nights and receive $135 instant air credit

Sandals Montego Bay

  • Stay 7+ night and receive $335 instant air credit
  • Stay 3-5 nights and receive $135 instant air credit

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island

  • Stay 7+ night and receive $335 instant air credit
  • Stay 3-5 nights and receive $135 instant air credit

Sandals Grande Riviera Beach and Villa Golf Resort

  • Stay 7+ night and receive $350 instant air credit
  • Stay 3-5 nights and receive $135 instant air credit

Sandals Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

  • Stay 7+ night and receive $335 instant air credit
  • Stay 3-5 nights and receive $135 instant air credit

Sandals Negril Beach Resort and Spa

  • Stay 7+ night and receive $335 instant air credit
  • Stay 3-5 nights and receive $135 instant air credit

Sandals Whitehouse European Village and Spa

  • Stay 7+ night and receive $335 instant air credit
  • Stay 3-5 nights and receive $135 instant air credit

The above air credits are only available for new US/Canadian bookings. The offer is available for travel now through December 26, 2015.

Would you like to plan your stay at a luxury included Sandals Resort in the Caribbean? We can help!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations to Explore. She would love to help you plan your next vacation