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Top Beaches in Cancun

Posted on September 21, 2020 at 1:25 PM

There are numerous public and private beaches in Cancun. Some of the best public beaches are listed below.



Playa Delfines: One of the most visited as it has an amazing view and a Cancun sign for those great Instagram pictures. However, it has strong waves so only we only recommend for strong swimmers. Playa Delfines is a wheelchair accessible beach. There are ramps and footbridges as well as water crutches and chairs.

Chac Mool: This beach also has strong waves, most visitors utilize water skis, sail boats or parasails to enjoy this amazing beach.

Langosta, El Nino, Las Perlas and Ballenas: Recommended for families traveling with children as there are no waves and the water is not deep. Plus, there is a wonderful wide area with lots of sand. There are plenty of services available such as palapas rentals, showers, restaurants and parking lots. Las Perlas is also a wheelchair accessible beach. There are ramps and footbridges to allow wheelchair access as well as water crutches and chairs.

Gaviota Azul, Caracol and Lagarto: These beaches are known for their party atmosphere. They are always packed in peak season because of the beach clubs and nearby stores.

Playa Coral: Is the only pet friendly public beach in Cancun. Dogs must wear a leash and a name tag. Plus, owners are responsible for collecting their pets’ feces and putting them into the corresponding containers.

There is something for everyone wanting the beach experience in Cancun.

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7 Must See Attractions in New Orleans

Posted on July 2, 2020 at 9:45 AM

When you go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras make the most of your trip by doing some exploring and see what else New Orleans has to offer.

Bring your camera, comfy walking shoes, and your adventurous attitude.

 

Here are some of the must-see attractions in New Orleans. This is a little bit for everyone to enjoy, so here we go.

 


1. Jackson Square - French Quarter is the Place to Be

Without a doubt, the most famous spot in the city of New Orleans is the French Quarter. The French Quarter is home to many things that give this area some life such as bars, shops, restaurants, and colorful and vibrant street performers. And of course, since you are coming to Mardi Gras, then you will most likely be spending a lot of time in this area. Explore the French Quarter before all the Mardi Gras festivities begin so you can totally take in the beauty of this area.


2. If You Love Jazz then Go to Tipitina's

Not much has changed at the famous Tipitina’s music venue from the 1970s. This music venue continues to draw in iconic acts who play well into the late hours of the night. Tipitina’s is a place that draws in a unique crowd who love live New Orleans music.

 

3. If You Are Into the Arts Go to Ogden Museum of Southern Art

New Orleans has one of the biggest art collections in the South at the Ogden Museum of Art. This is a must-see art museum for art aficionados and even for anyone with a small interest in art. It’s located within walking distance of many restaurants, shops, and the French Quarter so it is something that you can’t miss out on. Keep warm and look at some beautiful art.

 

4. If You are the Active Type go to New Orleans City Park

One of the biggest city parks in the country is New Orleans City Park. It is so diverse that you need to save a couple of hours to visit all the breathtaking gardens, old oak trees draped with Spanish moss that are 100’s of years old, waterways, tennis courts, the New Orleans Museum of Art can be found there too, and other outdoor attractions. If you are an active type of person then you will appreciate the bike and running paths. Don’t forget the camera for this spot so you can take pictures of the views!

 

5. If You Love Local Culture go to Magazine Street

Magazine Street goes from Uptown to the Lower Garden District. It is a six-mile street that has many flea markets, shops, galleries, restaurants, and bars that you definitely want to miss out. It is recommended by locals for you to explore Magazine Street on foot as it can be difficult to find parking here. You can easily get there by taking the streetcar from the St. Charles Avenue station.


6. If You Love to Explore take a Streetcar

If you’ve got the time and aren’t a hurry to get anywhere or make it to dinner plans on time, then you definitely want to enjoy take a streetcar ride. It’s an inexpensive way for you to see the city. For just $1.25, you can enjoy and soak in the city in a relaxed atmosphere. There are a number of routes. Find a station near where you are staying for a map and schedule.

 

7. If You Are More Laid Back Go to The New Orleans Lakefront

A not so common touristy place is the New Orleans Lakefront. The Lakefront offers beautiful views of Lake Pontchartrain. It also has a number of laid-back restaurants that serves delicious and fresh seafood. Get there in the late afternoon time to enjoy some liquid libations during a happy hour and stay a bit later for a sunset stroll.

 

As you can see there is plenty for you to do in New Orleans besides enjoy Mardi Gras.

 

Hope you found this list to be helpful and you enjoy some of these fun places.

 

Don’t forget to take a picture or two to share online!


 


6 Foodie Places to Visit in New Orleans

Posted on June 18, 2020 at 9:40 AM

New Orleans has food for everyone and of course, world-class Southern Food.

 

Bring your appetite friends because there is so much to eat in New Orleans that you can’t get any place (for real) so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring some stretchy pants to fit everything in. Don’t drool and don’t forget to snap some pictures for Instagram.

 

Let’s see what New Orleans has to offer now...

 



For Beignets and Coffee: Cafe Du Monde

No New Orleans trip is complete without a stop at Cafe du Monde for an order of beignets (a signature French pastry covered in powdered sugar) with a side cup of cafe au lait. Since it is near the Mississippi River, you are able to soak in the sights and listen to the street musicians. You can also purchase some coffee too.

 

For Muffuletta: Central Grocery and Deli

Central Grocery and Deli can be found in the center of the historic French Quarter and is the place where the muffuletta was born. Central Grocery’s muffulettas taste delicious because the sandwich is prepared with fresh in-house sliced meats and locally baked handmade bread. You can’t get the same taste any place else!

 

For Beignets: Café Beignet New Orleans

Café Beignet has three locations in the heart of the French Quarter: Bourbon Street, Royal Street, and Decatur Street. It is a staple in the New Orleans culture. Their menu feature some Southern favorites like beignets and much more.

 

For Pecan Pralines: Aunt Sally’s

Aunt Sally’s has been making Creole pecan pralines since 1935. This iconic local brand has two locations: in the French Quarter and the Warehouse District. You can count on Aunt Sally’s to constantly be cooking up fresh batches of its handmade, hand-poured pecan pralines. Its most acclaimed pralines are the Creole triple chocolate, creamy bananas foster, and the creamy café au lait. Also, they sell some souvenirs so you can do both things at once.

 

For Jambalaya: Mother’s

A popular cafeteria-style place located on Poydras Street’s restaurant row. Drawing in their customers with delicious with their authentic Southern fare. Mother’s is a traditional place that is famous for creating the “debris” dish which is bits of roast beef that have fallen into the gravy. Mother’s also offers tourists Jerry’s Jambalaya, a local favorite and one of the best versions of the dish you’ll find in the city. Jerry’s Jambalaya is cooked with chicken, andouille sausage, vegetables, herbs, and seasonings. It will leave you drooling and wanting more.

 


For Southern Food: Café Maspero

Café Maspero is a French Quarter landmark and is the best way to enjoy a New Orleans classic dish is at a classic, traditional New Orleans restaurant. A simple combination of rice, Gulf shrimp, smoked sausage, chicken, and vegetables is so delicious that you must try when you are in town!

 

Once you eat all this delicious food, it wouldn’t hurt to go for a good long walk at some of the places that we mentioned in our 7 Must-See Attractions in New Orleans post.

 

Snap some pictures and enjoy your stay in New Orleans.

4 Interesting Facts About Puerto Rico

Posted on June 4, 2020 at 10:25 AM

Puerto Rico is an interesting place that doesn’t often get a lot of attention.

 

More often than not it is a forgotten island in the Caribbean.

 

It did get a lot of national media recently due to the devastating hurricane that destroyed many homes and other locales.

 

Here are some interesting must-know facts about Puerto Rico that you should know.

 


1. San Juan is the second oldest European city in the Western Hemisphere

The official name is Municipio de la Ciudad Capital San Juan Bautista and in the English translation, that means St. John the Baptist. The city of San Juan was founded in 1508. The old city of San Juan was a walled city that included two major forts: Fort San Felipe del Morro and Fort San Cristóbal. Fort San Cristóbal was the largest citadel built by the Spanish conquest in the New World.


2. Puerto Rico is not just one island

Puerto Rico encompasses many island chains too. Between the main island of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands lies Culebra and Vieques, which are sometimes known as the Spanish Virgin Islands. There are many other small, uninhabited islands as well.

 


3. The world’s largest telescope can be found in Puerto Rico

The Arecibo Radio Telescope is located in Puerto Rico. It is 1,001 ft in diameter making it by far the largest single astronomical observing object in the world. It is located inside a sinkhole that helps support its massive size. It has appeared in many American movies and TV shows.


4. The origin of their flag is not based on the American Flag

The Americans took over Puerto Rico from the Spanish in 1898. The flag was designed in 1895 in solidarity with the Free Cuba Movement. It is the same layout and design as the Cuban flag but has the colors in reverse. There is one similarity to the American flag though. In 1952, the blue field was changed from a light blue to a darker blue similar to the American flag.

 

There are just some interesting roundup facts about Puerto Rico.

 

We are barely just touching the surface here as there is much to know about this small island that is rich with culture and history!

3 Beautiful Puerto Rican Beaches You Must Visit

Posted on May 21, 2020 at 10:45 AM

Puerto Rico features more than 270 miles of beautiful coastline and an array of beach options for your preferred taste.

 

Whether you like a more secluded beach or a more developed beach near the city - there is an option for everyone.

 

No matter your preference, you will be able to hit the beach on your trip to Puerto Rico!

 

Now here are some of your options so bust out that bikini and get ready to work on your tan and take in some beautiful natural settings!


Luquillo Beach

This beautiful beach is located 30 miles east of San Juan and is well-known for its warm and shallow waters. It typically attracts many families with children so be prepared for a family friendly beach.

 

Good things to know about this beach: you will find bathrooms, lifeguards, and local vendors who sell various snacks and refreshing drinks here. There is a camping area - if you are interested in camping.

 

If you are going to stay in the area then you can visit one of the most popular natural attractions: El Yunque National Rainforest is located right behind Luquillo Beach.


Ocean Beach Park

This beach is a less crowded beach with laid back vibes than the rest. It is conveniently located near the airport and old San Juan.

 

This beautiful mile-long stretch of beach is also great if you are into water activities such as kite-surfing, paddle tennis, or beach volleyball.

 

The main local vendor at Ocean Park Beach that you must visit for a snack is Pamela’s. You can buy tasty sandwiches at affordable prices.


Isla Verde

Isla Verde is the most popular beach in Puerto Rico. Isla Verde is close to some of the finest hotels and high-end resorts. Some people spend their whole vacation here because of its close proximity to their hotel. Meanwhile, others come for one of the main attractions which are people-watching - you never know what you may see at the beach!

Expect to find locals and tourists at Isla Verde. The good thing about this beach is that there are plenty of dining options and beach facilities available. If you are interested in a night out, Isla Verde is a short walk from plenty of nightclubs, bars, lounges, and casinos. There is something for everyone here!

 

What beautiful Puerto Rican beach are you going to check out on your visit?

 

Let us know in the comments!

 


 


Top 6 Foodie's Favorite Places Around the World

Posted on March 19, 2020 at 8:40 AM

As people as a whole, we tend to LOVE food because it revolves a fond memory.

And of course, we have our personal favorites for whatever reason. Whether it is the texture, the spice found in the meal or maybe it was our mother’s favorite recipe to make around the holidays.

No matter what your favorite food preference is - there is food for everyone - WORLDWIDE.

If you are, a little adventurous when it comes to food, and are willing to try something outside of your comfort zone - then your food options are ENDLESS!

Here are five foodie-favorite places around the world that you must visit to try their mouthwatering and delicious food!

1. New Orleans, Louisiana

Since we are state bound, a good place for you to try is New Orleans! You gotta take the Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter. Bring an appetite for everything from beignets to brisket. You won’t be disappointed with what you will discover and see behind the scenes at the most famous kitchens of the French Quarter!


2. Rome, Italy

You must try the local street food in Rome. It is to die for! Street food helps you understand a city’s culture unlike anything else. You must take part in the Street Food Tour in Rome so you can get the inside scoop on local specialties. Added bonus you get to do a bit of sightseeing along the way.


3. Florence, Italy

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and headway to a remote farmhouse on a relaxing Tuscan estate. Here you’ll have the opportunity to master the basics of Italian pizza and gelato with the Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class in a Tuscan Farmhouse from Florence. What a great way to experience the cuisine and then to make it yourself!


4. Venice, Italy

Stray from the touristy areas, and visit five of Venice’s most popular Cicchetti bars instead. These places are known for their Venetian-style tapas and wine. Yum! Take advantage of the Venice Food Tour: Cicchetti and Wine. You won’t regret, we promise!

 

5. Barcelona, Spain

You’ll explore some of the city’s most famous tapas bars around La Rambla, La Boqueria food market and the Gothic Quarter with an expert food guide. By the time you are done with this Tapas Evening Walking Tours of Barcelona, you will know how to order this iconic appetizer like a local.

6. Kingston, Jamaica

Exploring all the amazing food that Kingston, Jamaica has to offer could take a lifetime. Jamaica Cultural Enterprises has amazing tours take you to  authentic local restaurants.


What other types of food are you dying to try?

There are so many options that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Foodie's Favorite Eats

Posted on March 5, 2020 at 7:30 AM

As a well-versed foodie - what is your favorite thing to eat?

What is something that you have to have at least once a week?

Or what is comfort food to you?

For everyone their favorite food is something and that’s okay because the options are endless.

Here is a quick round up of foodies favorites eats around the world.


Foodie Favorite #1: Pho

Pho is a delicious Vietnamese soup that anyone can enjoy on a cold and dreary day. If you haven’t tried this soup - you are missing out on the yumminess of beef cuts getting cooked in its mouth-watering broth with chewy rice noodles and topped with jalapenos.


Foodie Favorite #2: Spaghetti with Meatballs

If you love carbs - pasta is a must especially the spaghetti with meatballs covered in marinara sauce. You can never go wrong with this classic Italian dish that has been a comfort food for many. And of course, you can always get a slice of garlic bread to accompany it.


Foodie Favorite #3: Pepperoni Pizza

You can never go wrong with a slice or two of pepperoni pizza. This universal favorite pizza is a great option for lunch. The best part of pizza is that you can your crust stuffed with cheese or pick the thickness of the crust.


Foodie Favorite #4: Mexican Tamales

Mexican Tamales are the bomb and the best part of them all you can whatever filling you want! Whether that’s pork, beef, chicken, pineapple with brown sugar, peppers and much more. Drench them with some homemade salsa and you are set.


Foodie Favorite #5: Sushi

Sushi can be an acquired taste but it is a great option for vegetarians and vegans too! You can fill sushi up with any type of sea meat or veggies. Dip into soy sauce or wasabi or ginger and call it a day!


 

 

Tell us - what is your favorite thing to eat?

4 Fun Things to Do in Bahamas

Posted on February 20, 2020 at 7:45 AM

Now that you have booked your trip to the Bahamas, you must be wondering what else you can do that isn’t at the resort.

And guess what? There are plenty of options for you - don’t you worry!

We have you covered on some popular things that you can do there.

1. Pig Beach

With purchase to the Pig Beach, you can visit five islands in one day on this powerboat tour. This is a great choice for first-time visitors to the Bahamas and if you are a nature lover.

The highlight of this tour is a stop at Pig Beach to swim with the pigs. On this excursion, you will also see Bahamian rock iguanas, you can swim with nurse sharks, and stop at a secluded beach.

This is great if you are on a time crunch or want a day packed with fun activities!

2. Nassau Shore Excursion: Island Highlights Sightseeing Tour

This Nassau shore excursion tour is the easiest way to get to know the Bahamas’ capital city. This is a great tour to take because YOU don’t have to worry about transportation. It is already taken care of. Listen to the knowledgeable guides as you learn all the rich history of the island.

Visit some of the key points of the city and try different rum, rum cake and chocolates. YUM!

3. Nassau Food Tasting & Walking Tour

On this unique tour, you will go to six different places to try local food that includes conch fritters! Please note that if you are allergic to anything make a note of when you book the tour so proper accommodations can be made.

Also, you will go to downtown and learn its history in a small tour group that allows your guide to give you personalized attention. This is a great and unique way to get to know the island.

4. Funky Nassau Jeep Adventure

Learn everything that you need to know about Nassau's culture and culinary scene on this half-day tour.

Listen to knowledge guides as you travel between some of the island's top highlights, including the Junkanoo experience, Fort Charlotte, the Queen's Staircase, the Nassau Caves, and much more. Your Jeep Adventure will end at Drifters at Da' Fish Fry where you will taste some local delicacies and learn about the islands' cuisine.

This is an adventure that you definitely don’t want to miss out on!

 

This is just a simple round up all the fun things that you can do.

There are certainly many more that you do.

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Your Survival Guide for the Bahamas

Posted on February 6, 2020 at 6:35 AM

The Bahamas is all about fun in the sun without a care in the world.

 

As much as the Bahamas is all about relaxation and having fun, it is important for you to be prepared for what can happen on your trip.

 

Before you pack your bags and hit the airport with excitement - there are some ground rules that we must cover before you actually get there. These ground rules will help you make the most of your Bahamas trip.

Ground Rule #1: Bring Cash with You

 

When you are traveling to a foreign country sometimes, it is better just to have cash on hand. You never know if a place will accept your debit or credit card. To play it safe have cash for when you are out the resort and aren’t in a touristy area.

 

Ground Rule #2: Bring Clothing for All Weather Types

 

Like most typical island weather, all types of weather can happen. So be sure to pack a rain jacket if you plan to be out and about since unpredicted rain is always on the horizon.

 

Ground Rule #3: Protect Your Skin

 

Yes, we understand that you want to work on your tan, but it is equally important for you to protect your skin from the sun and the pesky bugs. So bring a sunhat (a floppy hat works too), sunscreen and bug repellent.

 

Ground Rule #4: Pack at Least Two Bathing Suits

 

We know that you may be hitting the resort pool or the beach throughout your stay. So it is important for you to have at least one bathing suit for each place. That way you aren’t going to the pool with sand in them!

 

Those are some of the major ground rules that you should know before you to go to the Bahamas.

 

We hope that you have a lot of fun on your trip and stay safe out there!

 


Perfect Day at CocoCay Review

Posted on January 23, 2020 at 9:30 AM

There is something for everyone at Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Day at CocoCay. CocoCay is Royal Caribbean’s private Bahamian island.

 

The Thrill side

   - 13 Waterslides including North America’s tallest waterslide

   - Caribbean’s largest Wave pool

   - 1,600 foot Zipline

   - Helium balloon

   - Cabanas by wave pool

 

The Chill side

   - Poolside bar

   - Swim-up bar

   - Beach lounge chairs

   - Pool lounge chairs

   - Captain Jill’s Galleon pirate ship

   - Splashaway Bay kid’s water park

   - Cabanas

   - Daybeds

 


The thrill side had me at hello! I am a sucker for a good waterpark and the slides were awesome. If you are a lounger then definitely hit up the chill side with plenty of options by the pool or the beach.

The island was not crowded because there was only 1 ship at the dock. This will definitely change if there are 2 ships in port at the same time. That could be as many as 10,000 people there at one time. That would definitely change the experience as there would not be enough lounge chairs to go around. This would definitely be the time to purchase a cabana on the island to have a guaranteed space for you and your family/friends.



 

I can also foresee long food lines when 2 ships are in port because there are only a handful of options available without going back on the ship. The food on the island was pretty good. The burgers were definitely better on the island than on the ship. They had burger shops but also a large buffet restaurant for lunch/dinner that was included at no additional cost. If you have a drink package then you will be pleased to know that it works on the island as well.

December 2019, they opened the over the water cabanas and I know those are going to be a hot commodity so if you are interested book now.




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