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The 11 Best Cheap Tropical Vacations

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Are you ready to get out of the house and go somewhere but short on funds?  We’ve scoured travel sites to find some truly inexpensive stunning sunny surf and turf trips that won’t break the bank.  So, without further adieu, here are the 11 best cheap tropical vacations.

1. Cozumel, Mexico

If you like good weather and great prices, the best time to visit is between late March and June. You can spend all day on a Cozumel beach for free.  If you’d rather swim in a pool, buy a day pass at a local luxury resort.  You can use the pool and sun chairs and don’t have to pay to sleep there.  You can pick up a cheap souvenir and a bite to eat at the local mercado – a little market in the local plaza.

2. Dominican Republic

Visit the Dominican Republic from April through June and enjoy warm weather and discounted rates of up to 50 percent on flights and accommodations.   Avoid Punta Cana and Santo Domingo.  Instead, avoid the beaten path and stay in Bahia de las Aguilas or Samana.  In a lot of places, staying at an all-inclusive resort will save you money because there’s a 16 percent government tax and even a 10 percent service charge added to the check at many of the local restaurants.  

3. Palawan, Philippines

June to November is the off-peak/monsoon season.  Which means that some afternoons there are heavy but short downpours.  If you visit before October, you’ll miss the heavier storms.

The hotels and airlines offer discounts as much as 80 percent.  El Nido and Puerto Princesa are right on the coast too.  The bungalows are low on luxury amenities but the beaches are free.  You can also explore the Tabon Caves and swim in the natural pool at the popular Estrella Falls for free too.    

4. Bali, Indonesia

Avoid such southern locations as Seminyak, Ubud, and Kuta.  Stay in the central hills or somewhere up north where you’ll pay much less.  If you visit in the off-season though, you’ll save money wherever you stay.  

While it can be a bit rainy in March and April, you can get great deals on accommodations and airfares from October to April.  Veteran visitors confirm you’ll still have “plenty of sunshine” during your stay.  You can explore the beaches, mountains, palaces, rice paddies, and temples for free.  

5. Luang Prabang, Laos

In Laos, you can grab a quick meal from a street stall for $2.00 or less.  Outside of Vientiane, even four-star accommodations will cost you roughly a third less than what you’d pay in Europe.  Visit from February through November and you’ll find lowers prices and smaller crowds.  

Visit the temples in Luang Prabang for free.  Hike nearby Mount Phu Si.  You can see the national monuments, the Great Stupa Temple, and the garden of Buddha statues in Vientiane for free too.

6. Koh Rong, Cambodia

The ancient temples in Angkor Wat are famous but if you want an inexpensive tropical vacation, head to Koh Rong.  Resort prices here are cheaper than those in nearby Thailand or even Malaysia.  If you want to do more than kick back on the beach, fret not.  For what you’d spend for a night at the movies, here you can take a full-day boat tour, eat lunch in a local restaurant for an entire weekend, or even rent everything needed for a day of snorkeling.

7. Costa Rica

The best time to save money in Costa Rica is from May to mid-December during the rainy “green season.”  The truth is there are still enough sunny days to relax on the beach.  Stay outside of the tourist towns–Arenal and San Jose.  Most of the national parks charge a low entrance fee but you can spend the day hiking at the Volcano Arenal.  Avoid the guided hikes and simply follow the signs.  You can also go canoeing, horseback riding, or relax in the hot springs.  

8. Koh Samui, Thailand

This popular beach destination experiences its low season from October through mid-December.  Avoid rainy afternoons by visiting in early December when it’s drier and sunnier.  You can get great prices on both airline tickets and hotels.  If you want to go scuba diving or snorkeling off the neighboring isle of Koh Tao visit from March to May (the shoulder season) when prices are great, you will avoid the rough seas and still be able to spot whale sharks close to the coast.

9. Hoi An, Vietnam

This private, romantic ancient trading port is perfect for an affordable tropical honeymoon location.  You can explore the entire old town on foot too.  It’s mere minutes away from the white sands and turquoise water of Da Nang too.  The low season here is between September and March (during typhoon season) so expect heavy but short afternoon rains.  You can save 50 percent or more on vacation packages and the beach hotels offer numerous amenities and are especially budget-friendly.

10. Langkawi, Malaysia

This is a 99-isle tropical archipelago in the Andaman Sea.  The accommodations here are quite affordable all year.  If you visit during the rainy months of September or October, you can save 50 percent.  This is actually the best time to go shopping, explore the local caves, check out the stunning seven pools of Telaga Tujuh, stroll the awesome Sky Bridge 660 meters above the verdant rainforest, or hike through the lush mangrove forests of Kilim Geoforest Park all for free.

11. Aruba, Caribbean Sea

The cheapest months to visit this tropical location are September and October when the trade winds are down and the temperature rises.  If you don’t mind sweltering heat and spend a lot of time in the water, you can get discounts of 50 percent or more on rooms.  Bring your own beach towel and stock up on snacks at the local supermarkets to cut down on costs.  Stroll across the California Dunes, explore the famous Balashi ruins, and ride the free tourist trolley through Oranjestad town too.

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MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack: Defending the Galaxy for 20 Years and Counting

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

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“You can choose from these three rides.”

“Let’s go with Men In Black,” I said. “I can rock a necktie.”

This was 10 years ago when I interviewed for a job at Universal Orlando Resort. I was given the choice of which attraction to work, and I chose MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack. Admittingly, I based my choice solely on what wardrobe I thought I would look best in. Little did I know that this would become one of the biggest life-changing moments for me…but more to come on that later.

Fast forward 10 years and I find myself now writing for the Universal Orlando blog about this attraction turning the big 2-0. 20 YEARS. It’s no wonder to me how this ride has endured and remains one of the fan-favorites at the parks. I mean, who doesn’t love the idea of joining a secret agency that defends Earth and the universe from alien scum? And with new movies released over the years, the viral sensation of storming Area 51, and the recent confirmation of unidentified objects, it only continues to remain relevant.

Join me on a trip down memory lane (if you haven’t been wiped by a neuralyzer) to see how this attraction first came to be, all the way to present day as the fandom continues to grow. Here’s why MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack is one of the best of the best of the best in Universal Studios Florida.

It Opened at the Right Time

Photo Credit: Steven J. – UOAP Facebook Group

On July 2, 1997, the first Men in Black film hit theaters with wild success. It had the perfect formula; an incredible cast, great comedic and action-packed writing, and a storyline that hooked into the age-old question of does intelligent alien-life exist? It was just begging to be made into a theme park ride, and who better to make that a reality than a destination that touted the tagline “Ride the Movies!”

Five years later on April 14, 2000, the ride opened to a wave of fanfare. Following the grand opening of Universal’s Islands of Adventure the year before, it was great timing to open a new ground-breaking themed attraction to Universal Studios. But you may be saying, “Deni, there were other laser-shooter style dark rides before this one. What makes this one so special?”

Well, let me tell you.

When the ride opened, it was the most ambitious in regards to animatronics at Universal Orlando. It had the largest one in the parks with the big bug you defeat at the end.

And not only did it bring an interactive element by hooking into the competitive nature in all of us, but it expanded upon the universe of Men in Black with a unique storyline and theme.

Welcome to The Universe and You!

After seeing the movie in theaters, I think we all wanted to believe there’s a secret alien agency that monitors and protects us from extraterrestrial activity. I also think we all wish we could be one of those agents in the black suits, rocking a pair of shades and giant bug-blasters. MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack makes that real, but the storyline behind the attraction makes you believe you’re experiencing something completely different… at first.

As you walk through the World Expo through the ride entrance, you see posters advertising  The Universe and You. This is the entertaining “ride” you think you’re about to experience where you discover the truth about what lives beyond our solar system. But that would-be experience is over before it begins when it’s interrupted by Agent Z, and you’re recruited to train as a MIB rookie.

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In the queue, you’ll see familiar scenes like the “worms” having coffee in the breakroom, the main headquarters where you see the two recognizable twin aliens, and even a weapons room, complete with the Noisy Cricket.

After you board the ride and your training begins, you’re interrupted again and told that your help is needed with an alien invasion that has hit New York. It’s your job to zap those alien bugs and save Earth! The more aliens you defeat and the more points you get, the closer you are to earning your very own MIB suit.

999,999. That’s the magic number. The precious sequence of digits that gives you bragging rights for “maxing out” on the ride. I’ve gotten it a few times, although I’m lucky if I break 700k nowadays as I’m a terrible shot. You can check out my tips blog post if you’re looking for how to get a high score. But no matter what you do, don’t forget to push that red button!

MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack Ride

The theming and storyline don’t stop with the ride. It extends to MIB agent characters that will periodically make their presence known in-park for meet and greets. You can also enjoy a special tour of the downstairs level of the main headquarters room if you ask one of the agents working (pending availability).

Details That Are Out of This World

Have you ever stopped and really appreciated the level of detail put into this ride? Well, I have and it’s AMAZING. The creative teams developing the ride made the perfect blend of iconic scenes and details from both the film and our very own Universal designs. You may recognize the sleek, futuristic design of the architecture from the movie, complete with the iconic towers from the New York World’s Fair. And keep an eye out for the posters advertising The Universe and You in the beginning of the ride. These were designed by our creative teams, as well as the lyrics for the song playing in the attraction (I got the song stuck in my head all the time when I worked!). You can also find fun notices, news clippings, and advertisements on the bulletin board in the break room where the worms are grabbing their coffee.

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The ride also expands on the diverse MIB universe of alien species, many of which were exclusively designed for the ride. You may recognize the little green and blue guy with the long arms below, the giant tentacled eye alien waving the ray gun, and of course the giant bug at the end. We’re talking a whopping 120 different kinds of aliens, with a large number of them being the animatronics I mentioned earlier. Something I loved to do when I walked the track after closing is look for a new alien I hadn’t noticed. Some of my favorites are just the eyes you see hidden in the bushes or on the walls, but of course, my all-time favorite is Frank the Pug.

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You can even find fun easter eggs cleverly disguised. In the main headquarters room, if you look down at the desks, you can find unique paperwork and alien phenomena on the screens. Our horticulture team shapes the trees outside to resemble UFOs. There’s even an alien using a certain famous filmmaker’s head as a disguise reading a newspaper in the New York area of the ride.

20 Years and Counting of Training Agents

Many of us have a Universal attraction that holds a special meaning in our lives. Whether it was the first ride you ever did as a kid during your family’s first vacation to the parks; stepping into your favorite fantasy world you’ve only ever seen on the big screen; or even making lasting relationships with friends or loved ones that you met there. For me and many other fans, MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack is that favorite attraction.

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Photo Credit: Chelsea W. – UOAP Facebook Group

Throughout its 20 years, there have been guests who’ve gotten engaged there, designed shirts and outfits themed to the ride, and countless couples or friends who ride to settle bets or prove who’s the best. And it continues as the fan base grows! I just recently learned about a group of fans who call themselves the MIB 900 Club and meet up to ride. I even met my husband during my year of working the ride, and we took our pregnancy announcement photos there.

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Photo Credit: Denielle R.

Even the Team Member agents get caught up in the fandom, bringing a passion and dedication that gives our guests a unique experience. From offering tips on how to get a high score to epic elevator spiels to even joining guests on the ride for some 1-1 training. I have fond memories of taking breaks and hanging out downstairs in the main headquarters room at a desk, or work friends who would take theming to the next level by carrying around a Noisy Cricket or having a little bug perched on their shoulder.

So, here’s to many more years of laughter, competitive banter, zapping bugs, saving the universe on a daily basis, and forever earning the last suit you’ll ever wear. MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack, you make 20 years look good.

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Photo Credit: Mikey M. – UOAP Facebook Group

What’s your favorite memory from MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack and when are you coming to make new ones? Share below and on social by tagging us on Twitter @UniversalORL and Instagram @UniversalOrlando.

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Four Reasons Why We Love The Dominican Republic

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

From our friends at Funjet Vacations. Call us to get your reservations made today! 810 877 1814

 

Can’t get enough of the Dominican Republic? Discover why this Caribbean hotspot continues to remain a Funjetter favorite!

 

 

Four Reasons Why We Love The Dominican Republic

There are so many reasons why we love the Dominican Republic. Beautiful beaches, endless adventures, and thrilling entertainment are only a few of them!

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The 25 Best Things To Do And See In Ireland

By MM Travel and Tours in Destinations to Travel


Ireland is apparently one of the more popular destinations in Europe. It’s both a historic and contemporary country.  With all the options available there, you could probably use some help with your travel agenda.  Here then, for your perusal, are the 25 best things to do and see in Ireland.

The Best Things To Do In Ireland

1. Enjoy A Cruise On The River Shannon

First up is this relaxing boat cruise on the River Shannon from Cuilcagh Mountain to Limerick City.  Take in the scenery along the 500-kilometer long waterway.  From Limerick to the Lower Lough Erne in Northern Ireland is especially noteworthy.  You can rent boats of all sizes and take the most popular route from Portumna to Carrick.  If you’re a nautical nut, extend your adventure by visiting the lesser-known gems further north.

2. Explore The Irish Castles

Start with Dublin Castle in the capital.  The guided tour also includes the exotic Chapel Royal and the historic State Apartments.  If you want to stay in a castle, register at popular Ashford Castle in County Cong.

There’s also legendary Blarney Castle.  Here you will see the famous Blarney Stone too.  Legend has it that if you bend over to kiss this ancient chunk of rock and you’ll be blessed with the “gift of gab.”

3.  Visit The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

Take the eight-kilometer hike to the top of the majestic Moher Cliffs.  Experience the adrenal thrill of standing mere centimeters from the edges where you could slip and fall to your death in the ocean.  The highest point here is awesome O’Brien’s Tower, located not far from the quaint Doolin village.  On a clear day when you can see the impressive Twelve Pins mountain ranges of County Galway in the distance. 

4. Catch Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

Visiting a prison can be an exciting history lesson.  The former prison, Kilmainham Gaol is now a museum.  Thousands of travelers come here annually to learn about the men responsible for the Easter Rising of 1916.  Here you can even stand inside the actual cells where real civil war prisoners spent their final moments prior to their execution.  You can also visit the art gallery where you can see the sculptures and paintings of once-incarcerated prisoners.  

5. See The Slieve League Cliffs, Donegal

The Slieve League Cliffs are not as well-known as the Cliffs of Moheroften ignored by the tourist crowds.  Thus, you can enjoy the natural beauty without having your view obscured by tons of tourists.  Additionally, they are, at some points, three times as high as their more popular competition.  It’s Europe’s sixth-highest sea cliff.  Take in the awesome sight of the mighty waves crashing against the huge rocks 2000 feet below you.

6. Visit The Bend Of The Boyne, County Meath

The megalithic Bend of the Boyne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It actually predates the Egyptian pyramids.  It harkens back to the famous Neolithic period in the 32nd century B.C.

It’s highlighted by numerous chamber tombs, grave passes, henges, and standing stones.  The sophistication of the construction here is amazing since it seems impossible for people back then to have had the knowledge to build this place.  Tours are available.

7. Enjoy Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park is reportedly the only park where you will spot red deer in the wild.  As you hike through the park, past gardens, moorlands, and waterways, you will also see up to 141 bird species.  If you are into fishing, Lough Leane, the glacial Lower Lake, is home to perch, salmon, and trout.  See Torc Waterfall and the Ring of Kerry, too.  Veteran visitors say it includes the best scenery in the country.

8. Shop ‘Til You Drop In Ireland

Ireland may be beautiful but there are plenty of gift shops, local markets, and modern malls for shopaholics too.  If you’re a clotheshorse shop the boutiques of Limerick, Kilkenny, Galway and Cork City.  DO you enjoy antiques? 

Visit Dublin’s Francis Street.  Visit during April and you can catch Dublin’s annual Antiques and Collectables Fair where you can pick up genuine Irish-made goods.  You’ll find something for everyone in Ireland.

9. Drink Up At The Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

This popular remodeled fermentation plant features seven stories that surround a gleaming glass atrium in the form of a pint of Guinness beer.  Beyond its unique architecture, you will also learn everything about brewing beer including malting, fermenting, and even barrel making.  Tours here end on the top floor at the great Gravity Bar.  Here you can not only enjoy the panoramic view but suck down some cold, original Guinness.

10. Explore Inishbofin, County Galway

You’ll find the isle of Inishbofin only five miles off the rugged coast of Connemara.  There’s a lot to do here on this lovely island.  This is a great place for hearing traditional Irish music.  Both tourists and locals alike also enjoy birdwatching, fishing, swimming, and even windsurfing here too.  If you’re feeling energetic, hike the rocky coastline.  If you like photographing wildlife there are rare birds and seals that live here as well.

11. Attend A Gaelic Football Or Hurling Game

Gaelic Football and Hurling are Ireland’s most unique sports.   Gaelic Football is a hybrid between rugby and soccer.  Hurling is like fast field hockey with a twist.  Visit in the summer and you can see live matches of both these outdoor sports.  The best time to visit is in the month of September.  The All-Hurling Final is held on the first Sunday of that month and the third Sunday is the All-Ireland Football Final.

12. See The Mourne Mountains, County Down

This resplendent granite mountain range is one of the best places to go hiking in the country.  If you’d rather not explore on foot, you can rent a bicycle.  It will certainly provide you with a unique perspective of the stunning mountain countryside.  If the granite outcrops attract you, by all means, answer the call as the cliffs here are said to be great for rock-climbing as well.    

13. Explore The Dublin Zoo, Dublin

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The Dublin Zoo is fun, educational, and family-friendly.  You can get up close and personal with numerous animals as this zoo is home to a variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles from around the world.  Not only will you see the exotic breeds typical of exceptional zoos but you will also see animals that call Ireland their native home such as the great Galway sheep that have no horns.

14. Visit The Wild Atlantic Way

The well-known Wild Atlantic Way is situated along Ireland’s west coast and is bordered by quaint villages.   Drive along this picturesque panoramic coastline.  You will discover a total of 156 different specially-selected viewpoints where you can stop and see the local sights and culture.  The route is 2400 kilometers in length.  It runs from Kinsale in County Cork to Malin Head in County Donegal.

15. Experience Holy Cross Abbey, Tipperary

Holy Cross Abbey is famous for being a prime wedding destination.  It is found in a classic Cistercian monastery.  Travel experts report it is the ideal location to get married and to seek God’s blessings in general.  Backed by an abundance of greenery, this ancient structure is also full of history.  It harkens back to the 1100s.  If you wish to learn of its spiritual heritage you can tour this monastery.

16. Take In Lough Tay Lake, County Wicklow

Also known as Guinness Lake, you’ll find this scenic body of water south of Dublin between Luggala and the Djouce mountains.  The turquoise water presents a stark contrast to the surrounding green and brown vegetation.  Frequent flyers say this lovely lake is best viewed from one of the nearby mountains.  The surrounding area is actually edged by a span of imported white sand and is owned by the famous Guinness family.

17. Visit The National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, County Mayo

This shrine is perfect for those seeking a spiritual experience.  It was here that 15 individuals reportedly saw apparitions of St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist, and the Virgin Mary at the south gable of the famous Knock Parish Church back in 1879.  Since that day in August, this place has been a famous holy pilgrimage destination.  As many as half a million spiritual people come here annually.

18. See The Burren, County Clare

The Burren is unique.  It actually includes a portion of south Galway.  A true Mecca for hardcore hikers, its name was derived from the Gaelic term “Boireann”, which means “rocky place.”  There are roughly 45 kilometers of hiking trails here.  Veteran visitors say the best time to visit is from April to October when you can take in the strange sight of colorful flowers and plants growing straight out of lifeless rocks.

19. Stop By The Dingle Peninsula

Situated at the base of stunning Slievanea Mountain on a harbor, the Dingle Peninsula is not only beautiful but it is also officially the most Western point on the island.  Here you can take dolphin tours or even take a sailboat to see the neighboring  Blasket Islands.  Other attractions include Conor Pass, the Eask Tower, Oceanworld, and Rahinnane Castle.  Be sure to go into town and see the pubs, shops, and restaurants too. 

20. Visit Galway Cathedral, Galway

The Galway Cathedral is one of the most impressive landmarks in the city.  Its architectural designs were influenced by several different sources  It features impressive pillars and a huge octagonal copper dome indicative of its Renaissance style.  The interior is highlighted by fine Irish workmanship such as the wall murals and the cut stone carvings.  You will also be impressed by the mosaics and rose windows that are indicative of traditional Christian art.

21. Escape To Glendalough, County Wicklow

Glendalough is roughly an hour and a half drive from the heart of Dublin.  If you need a brief break from the hub-bub of the city, this glacial valley is quiet and peaceful.  Hermit priest St. Kevin thought this place was perfect for his medieval monastic settlement.  Stroll the tranquil countryside at your own speed and rediscover your inner-self as you explore the local lakes and the interesting ruins too. 

22.  Climb Muckross Head, County Donegal

If you love rock-climbing this is the place to be in Ireland!  You can climb as high as 20 meters here.  Ah, but be aware that the overhanging mudstone and sand crags here can make the climb more strenuous than one would imagine.  If you’re not into scaling the cliffs, head for the nearby beaches.  The tidal and wind conditions here make this a great place for surfing as well.  

23.  See Clonmacnoise, County Offaly

This Instagrammable historic monastery can be found south of Athlone off the beaten track at the crossroads of River Shannon and Esker Way.  Founded by the Celtic Church, it is their most prominent monastery in Ireland.  The ancient ruins here harken back to the 500s.  You will see remnants of not only multiple churches but also a castle.  The highlight here though is the numerous priceless, striking stonework sculptures.

24.  Savor Authentic Irish Cuisine

Dine on hearty Irish food.  Most dishes include cabbage, potatoes, and meat–such as pork and lamb–with fresh local ingredients to boot.  Try  boxty (potato pancakes), colcannon (cabbage and mashed potatoes), seafood pie (fish chunks with mashed potatoes and melted cheese), and, of course, Irish stew (al lamb stew that includes carrots, celery, onions, and potatoes.  Don’t forget to wash the whole thing down with a cold glass of Guinness too.

25. Attend An Real Irish Festival

The best time to catch a festival in Ireland is . . . any time!  Some of the highlights of their social calendar include The Galway Arts Festival.  This annual occurrence occurs every July.  More than 400 different international artists attend this big event.  If you arrive sometime in September or October you enjoy the Dublin Theater Festival.  In June there’s the Kilkenny Cat Laughs comedy festival held during the well-known June Bank Holiday Weekend.

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Aloha Friday Photo: After sunset at Waikiki – Go Visit Hawaii

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Mahalo to Jennifer Zammikiel for sharing the nice shot with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Jennifer took this shot in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village at Waikiki Beach while visiting in July of 2017. She said, “Hawaii is always breathtaking and never disappoints.”

Happy Aloha Friday!

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Social Distancing Is Always A Luxury At Sandals Resorts | Sandals

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

Yes, Sandals has taken safety measures to another level. But take a long look and you’ll notice that the qualities travelers crave more than ever have actually been at these resorts all along.


Image: The pristine Sandals Grande Antigua Resort, providing the space you need, with the luxurious all-inclusive privacy you want.

Just before midnight, the navigation lights on American Airlines flight #2405 could be seen descending onto the island of Antigua. The landing of the plane at V.C. Bird International Airport carried so much significance on this night that local television showed the event. Matthew Cornall, General Manager of Sandals Grande Antigua, was among those watching.

“It’s difficult to put into words the emotions,” says Cornall, who had gathered dozens of his team members around a TV. “When I looked around, I saw tears in their eyes.”

The arrival of the commercial flight meant Sandals Grande Antigua would be the first of 15 Sandals All-inclusive Resorts to re-open to travelers since COVID-19 forced the world economy to shut down in mid-March. Given a panoramic view of the property, you’d never know it had been closed. In the stillness of the previous 10 weeks, crews kept the landscaping and pools in their Instagram poses — a constant state of readiness, same as the resort team.

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Image: Beach huts adorned in the sand make for the perfect seaside napping spot.

“Do you hear that?” Cornall asks about the sounds in the background. “The laughter and the singing? That’s who we’ll always be. We’re a team and… I don’t want to overstate this… we really are family.”

The environment is casual and warm. It’s as normal as normal can possibly be, given the protective masks and gloves worn by team members, reminders of the headlines that say: “Travel will never be the same.” True. You can’t turn a corner at any Sandals resort without passing a hand-sanitizer dispenser or seeing someone wiping down touch points every 15-30 minutes, whether the points have been touched or not.

But before diving deep into the “never the sames,” Cornall wants to stress something else that is just as important at all Sandals properties:
“For us, some things will always be the same.”

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Image: The Sandals Grande Antigua resort is situated on Dickenson Bay’s longest stretch of white sand beach.

A Wide-Open Perspective

Cornall walks more than ever. He says “Good morning… Good morning… Good morning” as he passes team members; many responsible for sanitizing air ducts every time guests depart a suite and using black lights on surfaces to make sure there are no stray imperfections.

He stops at the elevator and allows two people to take the next ride. “One couple at a time,” he says politely. When he arrives at the third floor, he steps onto the landing and stops again.

“I think we’ve all learned to be less hurried and more aware of our surroundings,” he says.

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Image: Built for romance and relaxation, the Mediterranean Village Pool is just one of 6 captivating freshwater pools at Sandals Grande Antigua and home to Sandals’ iconic swim-up pool bar.

From where he stands, your eyes can follow one couple strolling along an extra-wide path of pavers toward a humongous pool and beyond that to a perfectly blue sky and an even bluer sea. All of it merging into a space that’s spectacularly infinite. The view itself is just as it’s always been, but the perspective might “never be the same” because doesn’t everyone crave space more than ever?

“Six months ago, couples would pause here and say ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ for maybe half a minute,” says Cornall. “Now it’s five minutes. They just stare and breathe it all in.”

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Image: Feel the Caribbean’s ocean breeze from your own private balcony overlooking the idyllic sea at Sandals Grande Antigua.

With that comment he’s awakened perhaps the most ominous concern for travelers: breathing used air. Which must explain why one couple after another pauses in spots like this. Allowing the Caribbean sunshine to melt away the concern. The constant trade winds disintegrating whatever’s left. Taking time to breathe.

“Honestly, I felt more safe at the resort than I do in my hometown,” says Joanna Baumann, who traveled to Sandals Grande Antigua with her husband, Andrew, in June to celebrate their wedding anniversary. “The staff made us feel more protected than ever, but at the same time we didn’t lose that relaxed Sandals vibe.”

The open views, open minds, and open spaces are not just phenomena on the 3rd-story balcony in Antigua. What’s true here is also true where couples breathe 1,000 miles away, all the way to Sandals’ home island of Jamaica.

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Image: The romantic Sandals South Coast Over-the-Water Bungalows, perfect for privacy and seclusion.

The long swath of sand framing the western side of Sandals South Coast in Jamaica is still cool under the feet at 8:30 a.m. Secluded as the beach is, the overwater suites at the end of a long boardwalk are as visible-yet-distant as the moon. It’s impossible to tell if anyone is home out there, where the sea breeze flows over the outdoor soaking tubs and eventually into the open-air restaurants along the beach. These “always the sames” — the seclusion, the breeze, the tropical air — are just as disinfecting as the stringent protocols found in the thick handbook on Sandals’ Platinum Protocols of Cleanliness.

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Image: As part of the Sandals Platinum Protocols of Cleanliness, all team members wear protective face gear and can be seen smiling through their warming eyes.

We have dedicated inspection teams at each resort that follow the strictest guidance from medical professionals, the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the local Ministries of Health in each country we call home,” says Sandals Resorts’ Founder and Chairman, Gordon “Butch” Stewart.

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Image: Sandals has always adhered to the highest standards of cleanliness and safety protocols, and now with additional measures in place, guests can have peace of mind when enjoying their romantic escape in the Caribbean.

Among the hundreds of details: The water in the pools is checked every hour. Every surfacedoor handles to coffee makers — is inspected at least three times a day. Bar stools and tables are pulled farther apart. Dive gear is immediately stored in sanitization solution. The spraying and wiping are continuous, as is the presence of the black light.

But perhaps the most effective “protocol” is one that’s been in place for decades:
Our commitment to romance. To us it has always been synonymous with seclusion… luxury… privacy” Stewart continued.

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Image: Couples enjoying personal beach cabanas, because love has always required privacy and seclusion – a concept that Sandals Resorts has built its brand on since the very beginning.

Another term comes to mind: Social distancing. Look again at the overwater villas, alone over the Caribbean Sea. Or the Rondoval Suites spaced along the beach in St. Lucia. Or the skypool suites reachable only by a wind-blown feather in Grenada. “Social distancing” might be new to the everyday language, but it isn’t a new concept at these resorts.

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Image: A Sandals Grenada Skypool suite, so private that a breathtaking view and swim are only as far your balcony.

“Actually, we’ve never felt like we’re in a crowd at Sandals,” says Baumann. “It’s as exclusive as we want it to be, but now it’s at a whole different level. They’ve put a lot of thought into spacing everything out, and that made us comfortable about safety the minute we arrived. And then… it felt like the resort was all ours.”

Ideas called innovative, even radical, in Sandals’ quest for the ultimate romantic experience now appear fortuitous. Private infinity-edge pools. Private tubs on the verandas. Private in-suite bars. On beaches two miles long, couples can practically claim an acre of sand to remain distant. The decisions to include as many as 105 private pools, up to seven expansive main pools, and 16 restaurants on one giant property have never been for the sake of attracting crowds. It’s to diminish them.

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Image: Plunge right into a Sandals Royal Barbados Royal Rondoval Butler Suite; a romantic escape that comes with its own private pool and a luxurious tranquility soaking tub for two.

Occasionally, one other person does appear: The butler. For couples in such a suite, the butler is the only human touchpoint — using white gloves. What the guests do not notice is that each butler, and every single team member, goes through a new daily routine upon arriving on property. There’s a temperature check, mandatory changing of clothes, and a “shoe bath” to clean and disinfect shoes.

Being squeaky-clean extends beyond the staff and into all guests’ suites, too. It’s another stop-and-take-it-in moment. The soft fabrics have just been steamed, the sanitizer station filled, the bathroom disinfected with hospital-grade products. Every nuance, from bedframe to sliding veranda door, has passed the tests.

“Now, even the bottles of Appleton Estate Signature Blend and Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks are shining,” says Cornall.

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Image: Sandals Grande Antigua, where privacy has always been a luxury, and white sand and turquoise waters are standard.

Whenever Joanna and Andrew Baumann would walk to a restaurant or to the beach, they’d look around and listen. Taking in, as Joanna says, “the familiar Sandals vibe that we came for.” If anything, the vibe is thicker. It’s inescapable. And — let’s just be honest and say the word — it’s contagious. The freedom to breathe and move and drink in the casual mood is fantastically contagious. Take it from those who have been among the first to return: It’s the same as always, and just maybe it’s even better than ever.

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The 30 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in the US

By MM Travel and Tours in Destinations to Travel

“Chasin’ those waterfalls/Chasin’ waterfalls”–Mary J. Blige, “Rainy Dayz” (2001)

No matter how often we see them (or even write about them), waterfalls are always a favorite.  Maybe it’s the crash of the water as it thunders down from high above or the sight of the falls as in their entirety.  Whatever the case, here are the 30 most beautiful waterfalls in the USA.  

1. The Multnomah Falls, Oregon

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You’ll discover the Multnomah Falls, about 30 minutes out of Portland.  It’s the tallest waterfall in the state.  It’s 611 feet high.  

The surrounding area is also Instagrammable.  Magnificent Multnomah Falls are ensconced amidst sprouting maple trees and basalt cliffs.  The falls are spanned by the well-known stone arches of Benson Bridge which was constructed back in 1914.

2.  Mesa Falls, Idaho

Mesa Falls is 115 feet high.  Here, near the city of Ashton, you’ll witness the water washing over the results of an old volcanic eruption at the neighboring Upper Mesa Falls prior to its traveling downriver for a mile to the Lower Mesa Falls.  Watch as the waters of Snake River flow through the solidified ash and lava there.

3.  Cumberland Falls, Kentucky

Cumberland Falls are known to some as the “Niagara of the South.”  Take in the sight of the water dropping 125 feet to crash into the gorge.  If you’d like to see a moonbow the best time to visit is during a full moon.  This is one of the only places in the world where you enjoy an actual lunar rainbow.

4.  The McWay Falls, California

Big Sur is one of the best portions of California’s beautiful coastline.  With the redwood and pine-clad cliffs, lovely beaches, and the Pacific Ocean, a waterfall would have to be something special to actually stand out here.  The majestic McWay Falls pours 80+ feet from the rugged bluffs at popular Julia Pfeiffer State Park, before emptying onto the fine, honey-hued sand.

5.  Tahquamenon Falls, Michigan

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Tahquamenon Falls consists of a pair of waterfalls, the broad, caramel-colored  Upper Falls, and the comparatively smaller Lower Falls.  They drop down along the river of the same name.  It is located in stunning Tahquamenon Falls State Park, close to famous Lake Superior.  There within the undeveloped, overgrown woodland, you will discover their true charm is in their unique imperfection. 

6.  Burney Falls, California

Burney Falls is ensconced amidst thick, lush ferns and mossy volcanic rock.  Fed by snowmelt and underground springs, President Theodore Roosevelt unofficially deemed these northern California falls to be “the eighth wonder of the world.”  The water here truly seems to rush out of the green, tree-filled ledge and fall hard into a stunning icy-blue-tinged pool.

7.  Grand Falls, Arizona

You’ll find Grand Falls in the striking Painted Desert in Navajo Nation close to Flagstaff.  This waterfall is 181 feet high.  Of course, what is special about it is not its height but its color.  Nicknamed the Chocolate Falls, the water is actually an appetizing and unusual milk chocolate hue.  This isn’t Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory though as the color is caused by sediment.

8.  The Palouse Falls, Washington

The 200-foot tall Palouse Falls are situated in southeastern Washington.  If you look at the falls from the right angle, you might think the water is coming right out of the rocks.  In fact, the water comes from the Palouse River.  Deemed the state’s official waterfall, this cascade was actually created by various floods that occurred back during the Ice Age.

9.  Yosemite Falls, California

This is the continental USA’s tallest waterfall.  It is a favorite tourist stop in popular Yosemite National Park and the water here drops 2,425 feet.  Yosemite Falls features three different sections amidst the meadows and granite cliffs.  Upper Yosemite Fall is reportedly one of the highest on the planet and rushed from a height of 1430 feet above the ground.

10.  St. Mary Falls, Montana

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St. Mary Falls comes complete with multiple tiers.  The falls are found in Montana’s magnificent Glacier National Park and have three individual levels.  The trio of levels actually zig-zag over the gorgeous gorge’s red-tinged rock.  The water empties into an exceptional aquamarine pool.  While the neighboring Virginia Falls is noisier and higher, St. Mary Falls won out for its multiple levels.

11.  Ruby Falls, Tennessee

Ruby Falls is literally a 145-foot tall, sheer waterfall that plummets through a shaft deep within Lookout Mountain into a cave.  The waterfall is lit by LED lights and fed by a comparatively deep subterranean stream. It is also an official part of Chattanooga’s Lookout Mountain Caverns complex.  It was discovered by Leo Lambert in 1928.  He named it for his spouse, Ruby.

12.  Ramona Falls, Oregon

See rainbows in the mist around rushing Ramona Falls.  You will have to venture deep into the lovely landscape of mighty  Mt. Hood National Forest.  Here the water runs over velvety green moss-covered rocks and flows a total of 120 feet over basalt rock columns.  Veteran visitors say it’s a beautiful place to be at any time of the year.

13.  Seven Falls, Colorado

This stunning series of seven waterfalls fall 181 feet.  The water winds, weaves, and crashes through the light apricot-colored rock there in Colorado Springs’ South Cheyenne Canyon.  Take in the impressive sight of the perpendicular stairways, different disrupting lookout points, and the towering top platform that looks out over the meadows, prairies, and rough rock formations.

14.  Yellowstone Falls, Wyoming

There are many different beautiful spots in stunning Yellowstone National Park.  You really must not leave the world-famous park without heading for the Instagram-perfect Grand Prismatic Spring.  Here you will discover a trio of connected waterfalls that runs through the apricot and gray pine tree-studded cliffs and eventually flows into the great Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.  

15.  ‘Akaka Falls, Hawaii

This 442-foot waterfall on Hawaii’s beautiful Big Island is made even more awesome by it’s lush, verdant natural backdrop.  Located in exotic ‘Akaka Falls State Park, the water here through a lush rainforest complete with ferns, banana trees, and bamboo and empties into a rugged round gorge.  You can see the smaller 100-foot Kahuna Falls here as well. 

16.  Niagara Falls, New York

While it’s not the highest waterfall, or even exactly in the US, Niagara Falls is arguably the most famous in the world.  Situated in New York State near Buffalo, three thunderous, wide cascades of water splash across the border into the country of Canada.  Here you will see the Bridal Veil Falls, American Falls, and Horseshoe Falls.  The water has a distinctive blue-green tint.

17.  Elakala Falls, West Virginia

Elakala Falls is situated within a park that’s named after another waterfall, Blackwater Falls State Park.  While beautiful Blackwater Falls is taller but Elakala Falls makes this list because of its gray, staggered steps.  Its naturally sculpted beauty makes it stand out.  A combination of tannic acid from red spruce and hemlock needles also gives the water here an unusual amber color.

18.  Shoshone Falls, Idaho

While your rovin’ writer tires of the Niagara nicknames, the truth is the Shoshone Falls deserves its moniker. It really is “‘the Niagara of the West.”  This terrific Twin Falls tourist attraction is comparable both audibly and visually.  Witness multiple cascades of rushing water crashing together and then emptying into the green Snake River.  It’s actually 36 feet higher than its East Coast “relative.”

19.  Waimoku Falls, Hawaii

Waimoku Falls is located in Haleakalā National Park on Maui.  This waterfall is 400 feet high.  The steep cascade rushes down a lava rock face into a pellucid pool.  Veteran visitors say that seeing this waterfall is the high point for those hiking the favored Pīpīwai Trail, which leads through a wild bamboo forest past the comparatively smaller 185-foot Makahiku Falls. 

20.  Bridal Veil Falls, Alaska

There are many Bridal Veil Falls in America.  This one is located outside of Valdez, the famed Land of Waterfalls.  The snowmelt cascades down the walls of the Keystone Canyon.  Indeed, dozens of these flows that will freeze in winter and leave a milk-white, thick trail of ice.  This makes it a favorite of ice climbers and fans of winter landscapes too.

21.  Whitewater Falls, North Carolina

Some travel writers say that Whitewater Falls is the most imposing cascade east of the famous Rocky Mountains.  It’s 411 feet high.  What makes it special to some is the way it flows over numerous tiers of protruding rocks.  This fall is bordered by precipitous, tree-covered slopes deep within the well-known Nantahala National Forest found in the southwest area of North Carolina.

22.  Bushkill Falls, Pennsylvania

Beautiful Bushkill Falls in the pretty Poconos Mountains is nicknamed “the Niagara of Pennsylvania” for a reason.  It’s not as dramatic, but those who have been there concluded this waterfall definitely has its own “beguiling beauty.”  This grand group of eight waterfalls has a 300-foot drop.  See the water flow through this diverse landscape of wooden bridges and declivitous rock faces.

23.  Great Falls, Virginia

Located near Washington, DC, what Great Falls lacks in height it makes up for with its stunning beauty.  The cascades are only a little over 20 feet with a total height of only 76 feet in less than one mile.  What is most impressive is the volume and speed of the water as it rushes down the famous Potomac River.  

24.  Potato River Falls, Wisconsin

While the Potato River Falls seems like it should be in the spuds-famous state of Idaho, it is actually situated in Gurney, Wisconsin.  Ensconced within a thick, green forest, It is not all that famous but it is quietly elegant and attractive.  The water plunges for a total of 90+ feet along the lesser-known Potato River.

25.  Bond Falls, Michigan

“The name is Bond” . . . Bond Falls.  The beautiful Bond Falls is no real secret.  You will find it in the state’s Western Upper Peninsula.  With a drop total of only 50 feet, these falls are certainly not the highest.  They are, however, stunning as the water runs through the surrounding pine forest and over sheer rock ledges along the awesome Ontonagon River. 

26.  Lower Calf Creek Falls, Utah

This is perhaps one of the nation’s most unique waterfalls.  You can actually see two falls in Calf Creek, off Scenic Byway 12.  There are the upper and the lower falls.  While they are both attractive, the Lower Calf Creek Falls surges a total of 126 feet down the mineral-stained sandstone into a gorgeous, great, green-tinted swimming hole.

27.  Snoqualmie Falls, Washington

You’ll find Snoqualmie Falls off the bustling I-90 interstate close to Seattle.  The roar of the water is so tumultuous it can reportedly “drown out” the honking hub-bub of the traffic.  Snoqualmie is actually a Salish term for “moon.”  Despite the mighty 268-foot cascade, this has been a spiritual spot for 100s of years.  It was featured in the  television program “Twin Peaks.”

28.  Brandywine Falls, Ohio

The caramel-colored, captivating Brandywine Falls are found in the rambling, thickly forested Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  the water plunges down 60 feet.  If you visit during the drier months you will be able to spot a specific bridal veil pattern upon the rocks.  Stay in the area during the winter, you might notice how it strangely freezes in mid-flow.

29.  Rainbow Falls, New York

Rainbow Falls is perhaps the best of the 19 different falls found in New York’s Watkins Glen State Park.  It is named for the way the afternoon sunlight actually infuses the stunning, shimmering sheet of freshwater with a cornucopia of colors.  Visit in the winter and you’ll see the scintillating sculptures created by the frozen falls.

30.  Havasu Falls, Arizona

Last but not least, is this world-famous Grand Canyon waterfall features a combo of colors that make it a “must-see.”  The pink and orange rocks truly become even more vibrant when seen along with the blue-green water in the pool below it.  It is only one of the five separate waterfalls you can see on the well-known Havasupai Indian Reservation.  

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Norwegian’s Staycation – Elements

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

From our friends at Norwegian Cruise Line. Call us to get your reservations made today! 810 877 1814

 

Pull up a seat for dance and aerial acrobatics performed within a mesmerizing soundscape. Elements revels in the four elements of earth, air, water and fire. Enjoy this jaw-dropping performance! #NorwegianStaycation #CruiseNorwegian

 


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The 15 Top Things to Do in Key West

By MM Travel and Tours in Destinations to Travel


Are you heading to Key West in Florida?  Good choice!  There’s a lot to do there from water adventures to the social scene.  Here is a list of the 15 top things to do in Key West.

1.  See The Southernmost Point

The Instagrammable Southernmost Point is found at South and Whitehead Streets. This place is significant because from here you only need to travel 90 miles to reach Cuba.  In 1983 the City of Key West erected a special concrete oversized buoy here.  Ever since then this peculiar landmark has become one of the isle’s most photographed places.    

2.  Take A Tour Of The Hemingway Home

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Key West might be small but there’s a lot of history here.  There are also a lot of museums.  Why not begin your visit with the popular Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum.  You’ll find it in Old Town Key West.  Explore the former home of the Nobel Prize winner and pet one of the famous six-toed cats too. 

3.  Walk Down Duval Street

Veteran visitors confirm that Duval Street is the place to be in Key West.  This popular passage runs north and south from thriving Mallory Square to the Southernmost Point.  It features funky boutiques, outdoor cafes, art galleries, restaurants, and some of the nation’s most well-known bars and saloons too.  The American Planning Association declared it an official “Great Street” in 2012.

4.  Enjoy A Paddle Adventure

Try taking a stand-up paddleboard or kayak through the many mangroves and beyond to the sun-kissed crystal clear water.  Then you can go for a little swim with tropical fish, sea turtles and possibly a dolphin.  Take a class in PaddleYoga.  There are even companies that offer private charters and guided tours.  Rentals are as low as $30.00 each.

5.  Visit The Key West Lighthouse

Again, Key West has a lot of history.  Part of that is the Key West Lighthouse & Museum.  It harkens back to the 1800s and is managed by the Key West Art and Historical Society.  So climb those 88 steps up to the top.  Learn about the first lighthouse keeper, Barbara Mabrity, who was one of the only ladies who had the position. 

6.  Hit The Beach

This one’s a no-brainer!  Smathers Beach has everything you need for a day of fun in the sun.  Hit the beach and enjoy yourself!  Swim in the aquamarine water.  

Rent a mini-sailboat.  Play a rousing game of volleyball on the sand or simply relax.  You can rent chairs, rafts, umbrellas, and even more for as little as $10.00 a day.

7.  Set Sail In Sunset

Another well-known natural attraction here in Key West is the stunning sunsets.  Naturally, you really must make time to set sail for an exceptional evening that is both beautiful and traditional.  There are businesses here that specialize in a number of different sunset cruise opportunities.  They range from peppy run and reggae parties to rather romantic champagne-style cruises.  Rates start at $40.00.

8.  Go Barhopping

Not big on water sports?  Key West has plenty to do for partiers too.  It’s home to numerous unique clubs and bars as well.  

Frequent flyers suggest starting at Captain Tony’s Saloon.  Opened in 1851, this pub was originally an icehouse that also served as a morgue.  This historic hot spot once hosted such celebs as  Jimmy Buffett, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and the infamous Captain Tony himself.

9.  Browse The Local Art

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Some travelers believe that the local artists are often inspired by the beautiful tropical landscape and the eclectic culture too.  Whatever the case, Key West has many artistic residents.  Browse the numerous art galleries along Duval Street.  The best place to start is at Gallery Uno where you can check out the work of well-known local artist Alberto DeAndrea.

10.  Taste The Key Lime Pie

Foodies and folks with a sweet tooth simply must sample a slice (or more) of the delicious Key lime pie.  Those in the know suggest stopping in at Kermit’s Key Lime Shoppe.  It has been a popular place for dessert for decades now.  Be sure to try their citrus salsa, lime mango chutney, and homemade taffy too.

11.  Catch A Great Show

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Don’t forget!  Key West offers visitors great entertainment choices too.  See a drag queen show at Aqua Key West or take in the nightly celebration held at Mallory Square.  It features many local artisans.  You can even catch one of the popular COAST Projects’ live concerts.  Don’t forget the Waterfront Playhouse or the Red Barn Theatre either.

12.  Go Biking Around Town

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If you’d like a little exercise, travel the isle via bicycle.  It’s a nice way to enjoy the Key West sunshine and warm tropical breezes.  In fact, several of the hotels in town even rent bicycles to their guests.  It’s an invigorating way to take in the sights and avoid the hassle of hunting for parking spots.

13.  Try Dining al Fresco

Again, Key West has plenty of options for anyone looking to eat his/her way around the isle.  Begin your food run on Duval Street at Caroline’s Café at the Dr. Joseph Y. Porter House.  Try Caroline’s Famous Fish Sandwich or some Key West conch fritters.  Finally, have a tasty handcrafted cocktail at Caroline’s Other Side. 

14.  “Butterfly Kisses”

Visit the popular Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory.  It’s a great place to see especially if you like vibrant butterflies and nature in general.  There you will discover not only 50+ species of butterflies but also waterfalls, and gardens as well.  Admission here is as low as $412.00 per adult and only $8.50 for children.

15.  Take The Ferry To The Dry Tortugas

Take a 70-minute Yankee Freedom ferry ride to the Dry Tortugas National Park.  If you like boat rides then charter a boat.  Highlights here include one of the country’s biggest 19-century fortresses.  The Ferry rides are as low as $175.00 per adult and $125.00 per child.  Prices include the entrance fee to the park.

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