Archive for January, 2011

Cozumel Mexico, Beach Clubs for Day-Play

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Cozumel Beach Clubs

Cozumel is one of Mexico’s small Caribbean islands, located around 12-miles off the Yucatan Peninsula near Cancun and Playa del Carmen.   The flat densely vegetated island is around 30-miles long by 10-miles wide with miles of pristine Caribbean coastline.  The town of San Miguel on the island’s western shore is the main city with a population around 75,000, all very friendly.  Cozumel has warm to hot tropical weather, great beaches, warm crystal clear water, and great food.  The island has Mayan and Spanish history as well as great Mexican culture.

The island has great vacation amenities.  Other than Cozumel’s fabulous restaurants and resort accommodations such as, the Wyndham Cozumel Resort & Spa, the Iberostar, the Melia, Fiesta Americana, and more, you’ll find several great “admission–to-enter” beach parks with an array of fun amenities.  These are really fun and encourage you to really play at the beach.

The most popular beach park in Cozumel just minutes from downtown is Chankanaab National Park. Chankanaab beach park is located within the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park.  Activities at Chankanaab include: Swim with Dolphins, Sea Lion, and Manatee; Scuba, Snuba and Snorkel; or, tour a modern-day reproduction of a Maya village.  The park includes a restaurant and bar with waiter service to your beach lounge.

The Playa Mia Beach Park, just minutes from town, features over 20 services and attractions, such as an underwater Mayan City, lounge chairs, showers, restrooms and dressing rooms, kayaks, paddle boats, an Iceberg water mountain, water trampoline, sailboats, floating mats, volleyball court, beach soccer area, ping-pong tables, swimming pool, Kids’ club, playground, stores, entertainment, wave runners, parasailing, banana boat, snorkel & diving tours, bungee trampoline, tattoo, outdoor massage, and lifeguard with rescue boat.  There is food and open bar to make your day that much wilder.

Located minutes south of downtown, Paradise Beach Cozumel offers free entrance to its beach club.  The club offers lots of activities and attractions like ocean kayaks, water trampoline, floating iceberg, excellent food, drinks and service.  Mr. Sanchos’s beach park is located on one of Cozumel’s best beaches and offers fun activities, such as horseback riding, ATV tours, great Mexican and Caribbean food.  Passion Island is an all-Inclusive and private island located on the northern part of Cozumel, just 25-minutes from downtown San Miguel. Enjoy a white-sand paradise, turquoise Caribbean water open bar and Mexican buffet under a palapa by the shore. Rest on a hammock, play volleyball, pedal a boat, sun bathe, swim, relax, and enjoy!  You can even get a massage.

Celarain Lighthouse Park is a 247-acre ecological reserve in Cozumel, located at the southern tip of the island.   The park has a breathtaking white sand beach, mangrove jungles, lagoon, reef formations, exotic birds, iguanas, giant turtles, crocodiles and more. Guests can visit the Museum of Navigation and go up the lighthouse.  You’ll also find an ancient Mayan structure near the lighthouse.

Cozumel is great fun, online travel booking can get you there.  VoyageMonkey.com Online Travel Booking.

St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands, A U.S. Paradise

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

St. Thomas

St. Thomas has long been a favorite port of call of all the major cruise lines as well as a popular vacation destination in the Caribbean.  Because St. Thomas is a U.S. possession United Stated citizens can visit without a passport and don’t have to travel through U.S. Customs on the way home.

 

Only 32-square miles in size, St. Thomas is filled with great things to see and spectacular beaches and bays to enjoy.  The sparkling turquoise bays and coves are beautiful.  Charlotte Amalie is the Island’s capital city where the cruise ships dock and million dollar yachts fill the quiet bay.  Charlotte Amalie is buzzing with tourists out shopping, dining and doing water sports in the harbor.  Shoppers can find high-end merchandise in town often at bargain prices.  You can enjoy a ride up a 700-foot gondola overlooking Charlotte Amalie and the Caribbean Sea.  Nightlife in and around Charlotte Amalie is boasting with bars and nightclubs as well as other entertainment venues and activities.  You can dance the night away or relax in the comforts of your resort.

 

The active person who prefers not laying around on the beach can enjoy a round of golf with spectacular views of the Caribbean.  The sports fisherman will enjoy the great charter offerings around the harbor featuring professional crew and high-tech equipment.  Divers can also charter offshore dives in beautiful clear waters hosting sunken ships and colorful reefs full of fascinating marine life.  St. Thomas is popular for sailing with its perfect winds and waters.  Getting out on a sail boat is a perfect way to see St. Thomas.  Taking a day sail to the neighbor island of St. John is popular.

 

The Island offers some fabulous resorts.  Whether its 5-star or budget accommodations, St. Thomas has something for every taste.  Here are a couple island favorites.  On the edge of Charlotte Amalie you’ll find the Fisherman’s Reef – Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort which offers all the amenities of a great resort and a good location near town.  Outside of town is the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa which offers fabulous views of the Caribbean from every room and a beautiful lush seaside property.  If you like luxury, the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas will give you that 5-star treatment you’re looking for on the perfect vacation.  With 30 lush oceanfront acres to enjoy at the Ritz, you can really relax.  Indulge in a tropical garden spa treatment in your own personal seaside cabana or soak up the white sandy beach.

 

St. Thomas is big on promoting tourism and packaging enticing vacation offers.  Keeping your eyes open for great vacation package deals and moving quickly is the key to a great value.