When the seasons change and you begin to feel the chill stay in the air, there is often a nostalgia that comes along with it. Perhaps you are a PSL lover…or maybe not. In any case, there is a brief period that the change of seasons brings us to a place of new, fresh, refreshing change in our own lives. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long before many of those who live in the Northern and Eastern parts of the United States quickly tire of the whole “Pumpkin Spice” and “Crisp Fall” smells and feel and, snow is falling (or perhaps blowing wildly) and the uninvited, bitter cold North winds move in and take over, inevitably sending a chill through your bones that makes you run for cover of a big, warm, soft blanket—or a fireplace— and a cup of cocoa with melting marshmallows to escape and warm yourself.
Or, perhaps you are running to grab your computer, tablet or phone to search and dream of all the warm and tropical places you could go and visit to escape this dreaded white and bitter cold that is fast surrounding you. Sand, sun, surf, culture and great food.
Let’s talk about the beautiful southern escape known as Cancun.
HELLOOO SUNSHINE and sandy beaches!
Mexico has a lot to offer for visitors. Culture, music, celebrations, food and many fun excursions and adventures whether you’re an introvert who prefers to sit in the warm sun with a good book, or take a nap by the pool, or maybe you prefer the outdoors and love exploring the Mayan Ruins. Or taking a ride across the gulf to spend a day on Isla Mujeres, just 13 kilometers off the coast from Cancún to enjoy some more of the local cuisine, tropical flora and crystal blues and turquoise waters that take your breath away as you ponder if it’s really real!
The weather in Cancun is tropical “wet and dry” and maintains its heat and temps around 80°F year-round. If you like the heat, you’ll enjoy your surroundings here.
Restaurants to celebrate! When we traveled here for our anniversary, we were surprised and delighted when the wait staff brought a special treat to our table to recognize our special event (see below). THIS restaurant was one that even served champagne in the women's bathroom!!! I know, not sure how to look at that but I must say, it WAS impressive and took me quite by surprise when I walked in!
Pull up a chair and lounge on the beach or take a romantic stroll with someone you love on the water’s edge as you feel the warm sands squish between your toes. Perhaps you will even discover some great souvenir that will fit in your pocket to take home. Or, build a sand castle or sculpture to watch as the tide comes in and gently smooths it away. If you’ve had enough sun, you will find there are local markets with beautiful and vibrant colors surrounding you as you explore. When you are ready, you can pause for a nice lunch or early dinner and “people watch” as you listen to the local chatter and music. Perhaps even polish up on your own Spanish as you visit with the locals! Then resume your walk, take selfies to post and look for hidden treasures that you can bring back home to make your friends wish they had gone on vacation with you! If you prefer, you can visit the El Rey archaeological site right near the hotel zone, or travel to the mainland nearing the city limits and see El Meco. Whatever your interest, you’re sure to find something wonderful to keep you smiling for the duration of your stay.
Okay, now it’s time. Time to wake from the dream or take action—this is the PERFECT time to plan your winter getaway. Spring Break is not far off…or maybe you NEED to prepare for the dreaded resurgence of winter that comes every year in February and March (and even April for some!) that brings you to your knees begging for nature to have mercy and for the sun to appear to warm the earth around. You know the saying goes, “..plans fail for lack of planning..”
SO, avoid this epic FAIL this year—give us a call at Palmer Preferred Travel and let’s get you set up—your dream doesn’t have to end, it can just be getting started! Then YOU will be the one to escape the long, cold winter months as you await the spring’s arrival.
See you on the hot sands of Cancun!
This Central Pacific archipelago includes hundreds of islands and a diverse range of activities to partake in. With huge waves, volcanoes and an interesting culture, Hawaii will keep you busy and entertained. These are eight top things to enjoy while visiting the beautiful atoll.
Whale Watching – The ‘Big Island’ is the most popular destination for whale watching in Hawaii. The peak season to catch a glimpse of Humpback whales is from January to March. You have the option to view via a cruise or private boat tour.
Luaus – These traditional ceremonies are a major source of entertainment on all islands within Hawaii. Take the opportunity to enjoy live dancing, learn about Hawaiian as well as Polynesian culture and enjoy a delectable cuisine.
See a Lava Show – Hop aboard a World class catamaran to get up and close to the volcano fingers as they enter the sea. You will have thoroughly trained staff aboard and safety is paramount. You can select from a tour in the morning, sunset, day or twilight tour.
Helicopter Tours – There are various tour lines that offer unique aerial journeys that allow you to view the breathtaking Hawaiian scenery. From volcanoes and waterfalls to hidden valleys and majestic coastlines. A helicopter tour is truly an ideal way to sightsee.
SUP (Stand-Up Paddle Boarding) – This activity originated in Hawaii and is a derivative from surfing. SUP is soothing and allows you to explore the waterways on your own terms. A great paddle path to take is from the Lanakai Beach to the Mokulua islands.
Horseback Riding Tours – Explore the coastline or venture to hidden trails on an exploratory horseback tour. Most companies offer private as well as group tours. There are countless ranches and stables that accommodate tourists. Paniolo Adventures is one of the largest, with an 11,000-acre cattle ranch located in Waimea.
Mauna Kea – This dormant volcano is a unique wonder to explore and erupted over 4,000 years ago. You can hike the summit but be sure to stop by the VIS (Visitor Information Station) to check for weather and safety tips.
Kona Coffee Farm Tour – Kona coffee is some of the best gourmet coffee that you can find and is world-renowned. Kailua Kona, which is located on the ‘Big Island’, is the heart of Kona coffee. When taking a tour, you will get to see processing facilities as well as the coffee fields. Don’t forget to take some time to indulge in the popular beverage.
Okay, C'MON and grab your gear and take charge of your getaway with these great suggestions that will be sure to make your experience fascinating. Contact us at Palmer Preferred Travel and let us get you going. Before you know it you will be touring the tropics!
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