Best Winter Vacation Destinations

If you are the type of traveler that looks forward to a December or January vacation, then you can attest that winter is one of the best times to get away and explore sunny destinations. Regardless of your travel style and what you are looking for, there is an ideal winter destination for you to bask in. Here are my top 3 best winter vacation destinations.

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Belize

This small country is full of endless opportunities. Belize is a tropical destination that is reef and rainforest; ancient and new, and adventurous and relaxing.

Despite being a small, centrally placed American nation (approximately the same size as Massachusetts), only a few winter vacations on this list can match Belize’s mesmerizing natural attractions. The barrier reef and coral hues match the spectacular Mayan ruins.

Belize spent decades hidden beneath Mexico’s shadow, but today, this nation invites visitors from all around the world with its world-class scuba diving, Mayan ruins, and vintage lodges.

Even better, hundreds of tiny islands known as atolls and cays face off to Belize’s sun-drenched coastline. These islands lure tourists with their astonishing cerulean waters and palm trees. Try out Belize this winter and get to experience its unrivaled charms.

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The Florida Keys

With activities for visitors of all ages, the islands of the Florida Keys are the perfect spot for your winter vacation.

Your time in the Florida Keys can be full of adventure, or just relaxing on the beautiful beaches. Test your skills on a fishing charter. Get up close and personal with tropical fish on a snorkeling trip, or dive to explore a famous shipwreck. Dine on fresh seafood. Hang with the locals, or just relax in a hammock.

Key Largo is home to the first undersea park in the country, and the first place you should go when you arrive in the Florida Keys. There are endless ways to explore this aquatic attraction, including kayaking through the mangroves, snorkeling or scuba diving, and taking a glass-bottom boat tour.

Islamorada combines a marine park with the charm of a family-owned attraction. Watch a sea lion show, hold a parrot and enjoy a bottomless boat ride. The park’s animal interaction programs include swimming with dolphins.

In Key West, when the sun goes down, Mallory Square is the place to be for the nightly sunset celebration. Jugglers, tightrope walkers, sword swallowers, and other characters put on a show for your entertainment.

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Roatan

Roatan is part of a cluster of island archipelagos situated ten to forty miles off the northern coast of Honduras. It has long been known by scuba divers, now it’s your turn to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of this island nation.

These islands are a gem in the western Caribbean, and they are surrounded by the largest barrier reef system in the northern hemisphere. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is only second in size to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The waters around Roatan are a combination of open and sheltered. This makes it the perfect place for scuba diving, and also many other water sports. 

Little French Key is one of the most interesting places. They have a mini zoo, beautiful beaches, and the most photogenic spot. The Sloth Sanctuary makes for a great adventure, and there are a few beaches that are a must for snorkeling. West Bay and West End both offer sheltered waters which make for excellent snorkeling. The “wall” is only a few feet away, where spectacular views of marine life are waiting for you.

If you would like more information about these best winter vacation destinations, reach out to me.

Tips for Planning A Destination Wedding

If your dreams of a perfect wedding involve exchanging vows in a tropical rain forest, or during a beachfront ceremony, then a destination wedding is the perfect solution! Below are 4 tips for planning a destination wedding that will help you budget, and plan for your destination wedding.

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1: Don’t be afraid to draw a line

Knowing how much you’re willing to spend ahead of time is an excellent way to keep you on budget. That means setting a firm dollar amount and drawing a line that you don’t cross. Determining the costs you’re willing to cover means deciding if you’re going to support your close family’s travel costs. Suppose you decide to do this; you have to figure out where you can save on other parts of the wedding.

2: The smaller, the better

It’s simple for couples to get carried away when they start writing a guest list. However, the key to staying on budget when planning a destination wedding is keeping guest lists short. Think about the people with whom you want to share the most important day of your life, and build your guest list from there. It’s a gamble to include everyone you know on your guest list, so choose your guests wisely. For example, if everyone you invite shows up, that can quickly inflate your budget.

3: Research when and where your destination should occur

Prices fluctuate throughout the season, so timing is everything when trying to stay on budget. Choose low-key destinations that are outside of their peak season. Look at the weather conditions during these seasons to determine which destination is ideal. For example, not everyone wants to travel to the Caribbean during hurricane season!

4: Look for cash-back and rewards opportunities

Overlooking the way you pay for your destination wedding could leave money on the table. Consider opening a rewards credit card that allows you to earn points for each of your purchases. If you’re concerned about credit card debt, look at a reward checking account where you can earn cash-back each time you use it to pay for your wedding’s expenses. It’s also easier to plan a budget for your destination wedding if you start in advance by saving up as much as possible for your big day.

As a destination wedding planning and travel specialist, I have helped couples just like you, plan their destination wedding. The above list is just a few of the many tips for planning a destination wedding that I have shared with my couples. If you are thinking about planning a destination wedding, I invite you to schedule a free consultation so we can chat about your ideas, and I can answer the questions that you have.

Top 8 Places In Mexico To Get Married

I have helped couples like you plan their wedding in Mexico. Three of my favorite locations are Cabo, Cancun, and the Riviera Maya. There are many venue options available from larger resorts to more intimate private settings. If Mexico is on your list for a wedding destination, let’s take a look at the top 8 places in Mexico to get married.

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Thinking about getting married in Mexico often involves dreaming about sunny, tropical, and warm destinations. You’ll find that many areas throughout Mexico fit this description, including Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, and Riviera Maya. Including its pristine white beaches, Mexico has a lot to offer to those who want an unforgettable destination wedding, or intimate elopement.

Cabo San Lucas

Because Cabo San Lucas was initially designed as a vacation town, you’ll find all the amenities you and your wedding party needs for a perfect destination wedding. For example, couples love hosting their wedding overlooking the mountainous landscape or taking a romantic boat ride to El Arco.

Cancun

In Cancun’s exciting and lively atmosphere, you and your wedding party have many opportunities to create unforgettable memories. In addition to finding 24/7 entertainment, Cancun is also a hotspot for romance and tranquility.

Cozumel

Cozumel’s island is just off the coast of Cancun, and this tropical oasis features incredible reefs and spectacular sunsets. After taking a ferry from Cancun, exchange your vows in a romantic and secluded atmosphere.

Ensenada

Many who visit Ensenada refer to it as “heaven on earth.” Above all, here you and your guests are met by enchanting Pacific Ocean views that mix perfectly with the desert vibes. A popular venue in this area that you will love, is the El Cielo Winery Resort.

Isla Mujeres

If you’re looking for a laid-back vibe, you can’t go wrong with getting married in Isla Mujeres. Because of it’s off the beaten path, you and your guests don’t have to worry about the hustle and bustle of the surrounding vacation hot spots. The venues throughout the region are smaller, and therefore will provide a boutique feel to your wedding.

Puerto Vallarta

With its location between mountain’s and the Pacific Ocean, as a result Puerto Vallarta has breathtaking views and a charming downtown. During your time in Puerto Vallarta, treat your wedding guests to opportunities to explore the country’s culture, cuisine, and adventures. For example, they can bungee jump or zip line in nearby jungles!

Riviera Maya

Not only does this destination have breathtaking views, but you’ll also find bright blue ocean water, calm breezes, and white-sand beaches. Because of its record number of all-inclusive resorts, some of which offer complimentary wedding packages, planning your wedding has never been easier.

Riviera Nayarit

Previously known by locals as a secret surf town. Riviera Nayarit has grown in popularity over the past few years as a wedding hot spot. Throughout the region, venues offer secluded and intimate settings. Couples looking for authentic Mexican romance and charm, choose Riviera Nayarit.

No matter if you’re looking for something fast-paced or laid-back, Mexico has the destination for you!

If you are ready to start planning your wedding in Mexico, let’s chat and find you the perfect location from these top 8 places in Mexico to get married. Schedule your free planning session today.