I’m so excited yet sad about today’s post! It is my last post on my trip to Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort. But I’ve saved the best for last—all about the incredibly stunning beaches right on the resort! Beaches Turks & Caicos is set in one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen—Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos. The icing on the cake of this beautiful resort is the incredible beach setting! I know I am going overboard on the adjectives, but I cannot help myself! It is truly that stunning!
Whether you have an oceanview or oceanfront room, layout on a beach lounger, or sit in a beachside bar—there are an abundance of spots to admire the incredible beach scene at the resort. The resort boasts a long stretch of white sand with a beautiful Instagram spot, water sports activities, beach canopy chairs, and endless beauty! Along with the day, you’ll definitely want to spend at least one evening strolling along the beach to catch one of the incredible sunsets!
I can’t help but let the photos speak for themselves today, and just leave you with the beauty in photographs. If you are interested in seeing this incredible beach and resort in person, I would love to help you! Just complete the form on my Plan a Trip page, and I will be in touch.
Happy Halloween & last day of October! It also happens to be the last day of #ChooseCruise month, and today I’m sharing a very important reminder when cruising.
Just like heading to the airport, we must plan ahead for cruise departures. But when our cruise is leaving from a far-off destination, it takes a little more time effort to prepare. What do I mean? Well, I’m talking why you should arrive for your cruise at least one day ahead of sailing! Why? So, so many reasons why! That’s what I want to talk about today.
I’ve put together a list of a few of the most important reasons why you should fly in a day or two before your cruise. If you’re planning to cruise soon, you’ll definitely want to keep reading!
I was recently on a flight to Miami sitting next to a very sweet, yet frantic lady. Our flight was due to depart from Dallas by 7:15am and arrive in Miami around 11am. However, it was 11am Texas time, and our flight was just taking off. That meant we wouldn’t land in Miami until 3pm. So why was this woman freaking out? Well, she was catching a cruise to the Caribbean set to sail at 4pm—the same day! I’ll never know if she made it or not, but if I were betting, I’d bet not. Unfortunately for her, she didn’t take flight delays into account when planning for her cruise departure, something I am always very adamant that my clients should plan for. Don’t take the chance on a flight delay—you will NOT want to watch your ship sailing away while you’re coming in for landing!
Almost as bad as missing your ship all together due to flight delays is delayed luggage! Flying in the same day as your cruise departs adds in another stressor—if your bags are delayed, how will you get them if you are in the middle of the high seas?! You won’t. Or you won’t until a later port, IF you book flights with the cruise line.
Arriving a day or two ahead of embarkation gives you time to explore your departure port. If you’re flying in, chances are you haven’t been to the departure port area before, and this would be a great chance to get in some extra sightseeing. Departure ports such as Seattle, LA, Miami, and more are chockful of sights to see that could take up a whole vacation but mark a few musts off your list by arriving a couple of days ahead.
No one wants to start their cruise by actually missing it. All in all, arriving to your departure port at least one day ahead of sailing eliminates so much stress! Without having to worry about delayed flights, rushing the day of your cruise, or other travel mishaps, you’ll be able to take your time, breathe easier, and state your vacation on a stress-free note! Which is the whole point to a vacation, right? To relieve stress!
These are great and very important reasons to arrive for your cruise vacation early, and I truly hope you’ll take my advice! Don’t be that lady sitting next to me on the plane! Are there any other reasons you’d add to the list? Or do you have your own horror story to share that we can all learn from? I’d love to hear!
I'm back today to share my last Cruise Guide for #ChooseCruise month. Cruises are a great way to explore all of the islands of Hawaii, and get a taste of the vast offerings of each unique island. Hawaii is one of my very favorite places, and I truly believe everyone should visit Oahu if even for one day to experience the Pearl Harbor sites. So I am excited to share ideas for a cruise stop on Oahu!
Many Hawaiian cruises begin and end on Oahu giving you ample time to explore. Oahu has endless activities, but here are a few musts dos on the island known as "The Gathering Place."
If you haven't booked a Hawaiian cruise yet, I would love to help you make that dream a reality! Pop over to my Plan a Trip page, and let's get started.
We are in the last few days of #ChooseCruise month, and I'm excited to head it off with a bang! Hawaiian cruises are a great way to explore all of the islands, and get a taste of the vast offerings of each unique island. Hawaii is one of my very favorite places, Maui being in the highest regard. So I am excited to share ideas for a cruise stop in Maui!
Many Hawaiian cruises have overnight stays in the Maui giving you ample time to explore my favorite island! Maui has endless activities, so you'll definitely want to come back to stay just on the island, but here are a few of my absolute musts on the Valley Isle.
You won't regret making the winding & steep drive to the summit of Mt. Haleakala, which means House of the Sun in Hawaiian, to watch the sun come up (or go down). I recommend taking a tour, as the drive can be a bit treacherous in the dark, but the journey is worth it! Be sure to dress WARM. Yes, it will be COLD. Likely a cold you have never experienced. But my goodness, that sunrise is nothing short of breathtaking! If your cruise has an over night stop, try to catch the incredible sunrise, but if not you can also take a tour to watch the sunset above the clouds. This is my #1 pick for a tour in Maui!
The Road to Hana
I've dubbed it the greatest adventure on Maui! The road to Hana is packed with adventure at every curve and one lane bridge, and there are a lot! Rent a car and follow my Road to Hana itinerary found here or go on a tour to hit all the highlights. Be sure the drive as soon as you can in the morning, and plan to be gone all day. So you'll want to pack a cooler and towels for swimming. The road to Hana has 620 curves and 59 bridges, many one land, so it is a good idea to be back off the road before dark.
There are 3 places on earth that have my heart—home, New York City, and Lahaina, Maui! It boasts the cutest little shops with unique art, fabrics, and paintings, yummy restaurants with views to die for, and history galore, including a thriving banyan tree planted in 1873! This was hands down our favorite area on Maui. We frequented here nearly everyday during our 10 day stay on the island. Whether for tours, eating, shopping, sight seeing, or just relaxing watching the boats go by between islands, it's an amazing, quaint spot for just about anyone.
The Valley Isle of Hawaii is full of so many beautiful sights at every turn! Nature and adventure are in abundance in Maui, and I have no doubt you will love your cruise stop there! If you haven't booked a Hawaiian cruise yet, I would love to help you make that dream a reality! Pop over to my Plan a Trip page, and let's get started.