Cabo – Where the Land Ends

Cabo – Where the Land Ends

At the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula are the two small towns of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. Between these two towns is Mexico’s most interesting corridor of world-class resort properties. Cabo San Lucas, famous for its oceans teaming with sport fish and whales features a large marina. This is the center too of the region’s famous nightlife. Further east is San Jose del Cabo, with quiet, picturesque streets and buildings, small restaurants and cantinas, lovely folk-art boutiques and a laid back atmosphere. Just off-shore, the green blue waters of the Sea of Cortés with the famous stone formation of El Arco that so distinctly graces the shoreline. Here, where the Pacifc Ocean meets the Gulf of California, the rich and famous have come to play.

The 20 mile road between the two towns is known as the Tourist Corridor, forming a extended recreation playground. Here, the desert comes to an abrupt halt and disappears into the sea. The four-lane highway strung between the communities of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo is dotted with championship golf courses and luxury resorts that stretch in every direction along the sandy beach. The area is also home to a well-developed arts community. Cultural and modern art boutiques and galleries are plentiful and well appointed. The arts available range from ancient cave drawings to modern figurative and abstract paintings and sculptures.

The surf here is heavy. The convergence of the waters create giant swells and the currents are colder than one might expect at this southerly latitude. The desert landscape is a startling and stark contrast to the azure blue water. The cacti, yuccas and creosote bush in this mountainous setting is home to deer, bighorn sheep and antelope as well as big cats like mountain lions. Truly this area forms one of the most magnificent ecological regions of the world. Although the resorts and million dollar mansions leave no doubt that the financial resources of the world have found a home here, there is also much for those interested in ecotourism to see and do. Tour operators offer jeep safaris into the mountains and deserts, through the canyons and riverbeds of the mostly dry, arid landscape. However, here and there you will see freshwater flowing down the mountainsides from underwater aquifers that provide cool waters to local wildlife. Kayaking and ATV tours, ziplines and educational eco-tours will give every member of the family an activity to enjoy.

The Baja calls the visitor to spend time out-of-doors. The waters here are known worldwide for trophy deep sea fishing and several professional tournaments are hosted here each year. Charters are readily available at very reasonable day rates. Surfing is also a popular passtime with the crowd that follows the endless summer, and lessons are available here in an atmosphere more friendly to the novice than that found in Southern California or Hawaii. No fewer than ten spectacular beaches awaits the visitor to Cabo San Lucas, ideal for romantic walks,kayaking, picnics and photography. Not all are ideal for swimming because of the infamous undertow that results from the strong currents, but swim spots are plentiful and well marked. If golf is your game, Cabo offers up a selection of world-class courses. Indeed, the area is known as one of the world’s premier golf destinations. Set against the Sea of Cortés, many of the courses have few equals for spectacular locale.

As one might imagine in such a setting, the nightlife, dining and spa facilities in Cabo are first rate. The dining is excellent not only at the resorts, but in the village taverns and restaurants. Local cuisine is authentically Mexican and wonderfully prepared. The numerous venues for late night dancing and party cater to an upscale crowd as well as to a more relaxed clientele, so take your pick. It’s all here in Cabo, so leave the world behind and join us there.

Contact Island Time Travel and enjoy your Cabo vacation.

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Update: Vacation Express Charter Flights From Cincinnati to Cancun

Sunwing AirlinesUpdated Fall 2013 and 2014 CVG Flight Schedule

Atlanta – May 3, 2013 ­- Vacation Express is pleased to announce the opening of its fall 2013 and 2014 schedule from Cincinnati/North Kentucky International Airport (CVG) to Cancun International Airport (CUN). Vacation Express will charter an AeroMexico aircraft B737-700, which seats 112 within coach and provides 12 First Class seats. The flight offers complimentary bar, select snacks, in-flight entertainment, headsets and one free checked bag.

For the period of October 27, 2013 to February 23, 2014, Vacation Express will operate a Sunday 6 Night Program with morning departures and afternoon returns.

From March 2, 2014 to May 11, 2014 a Sunday 7 Night Program will be offered.

Vacation Express will resume use of Sunwing Airlines May 18, 2014 to October 19, 2014; the airline which is currently operating all of the CVG charter programs.

AeroMexico is currently operating the company’s Nashville to Cancun program and will also operate the new Cancun service from New Orleans effective May 26, 2013. “Vacation Express has had a long lasting relationship with AeroMexico and I am certain the company will operate a very successful program from the CVG market starting later this fall,” says Gantt Cookson, Vice-President of Operations.

Out of the Cincinnati (CVG) market, Vacation Express currently operates a Sunday 7 Night Program through October 20, 2013. From October 27, 2013 to February 23, 2014, Vacation Express will operate a Sunday Six Night Program with flights leaving CVG around 10:45 a.m. and returning from Cancun on Saturday around 4:00 p.m.

“Our flights are scheduled at times that are still very convenient for our important drive markets from Kentucky and Indiana. Traditionally, the period of November through early March is a shoulder season from the Ohio area and the Six Night Program saves clients one night at the hotel, while still being able to maximize their beach time thus creating value priced packages,” says Kevin Hernandez, Vice-President of Sales and Digital Marketing.

Effective March 2, 2014, Vacation Express will revert back to its current Sunday Seven Night Program, operated by AeroMexico through May 11, 2014 with Sunwing Airlines resuming May 18, 2014.

Flights from Cincinnati (CVG) to Punta Cana (PUJ) are on sale now until the end of October. The winter schedule from CVG to PUJ as well as charter flights from Atlanta, Nashville and New Orleans are expected to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

New CVG/CUN Schedule At a Glance:

October 27, 2013 – February 23, 2014 March 2, 2014 – May 11, 2014 May 18, 2014 – October 19, 2014
AeroMexico AeroMexico Sunwing
Six Night Sunday Program with Morning Departures and Afternoon Returns Seven Night Sunday Program with Afternoon Departures and Morning Returns Seven Night Sunday Program with Afternoon Departures and Morning Returns

Vacation Express, part of Sunwing Travel Group Inc. and TUI Travel PLC has been in existence for 25 years and has sold well over 2 million vacation packages. Vacation Express offers quality vacation packages to over 30 destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica with a focus on value and client satisfaction.

Congratulations to Funjet Vacations for 39 Years!

Funjet Vacations

This week marks an important anniversary for Funjet Vacations–for 39 years, they have worked with travel agents to provide unforgettable vacation experiences to millions of customers.

Since they opened their doors, a lot has changed in the travel industry.  Other competitors are now owned by an airline, online travel agency, competing retail travel agencies, and invested in by a venture capitalist firm. Funjet Vacations remains the only large scale tour operator that is still owned and operated by the family that founded the business. Click the logo to price and book a complete vacation online!

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More Awards for AMResorts (Dreams, Secrets, Now, Zoetry, Sunscape)

AMResorts

AMResorts Continues Award-Winning Tradition with More Industry Recognition for its Luxury Brands–58 awards won year to-date in 16 categories

AMResorts (Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, and Secrets, Dreams, Now and Sunscape Resorts & Spas) continues to receive the travel industry’s most important distinctions by demonstrating high levels of performance and exceptional guest services.  In 2012, AMResorts’ five brands have received 58 awards in 16 categories, with the most recent awards including the prestigious Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Awards and the Expedia Insiders’ Select 2012. Other award highlights include four Conde Nast Traveler: 2012 Gold List designations and seven 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. Below is a list of the most recent accolades received by the resort collection this year:

  • Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Awards 
    • Secrets Marquis Los Cabos, Top Resorts in Mexico
    • Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Top Resorts in Mexico
    • Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay, Top Resorts in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas
  • Expedia Insiders’ Select 2012
    • Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun
    • Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay
    • Secrets St. James Montego Bay
    • Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa
  • TravelAge West 2012 Wave Awards
    • Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana, Best New Property or Major Renovation Caribbean
  • Distinctive “H” Award 2012
    • Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa, Food Hygiene
  • TripAdvisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence
    • Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya, Zoëtry Casa Del Mar Los Cabos, Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana, Secrets Marquis Los Cabos, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun, Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay, Secrets St. James Montego Bay, Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort& Spa, Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa, Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa, Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana, Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta, Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa, Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa, Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, Now Jade Riviera Cancun, Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun, Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa   
  • 2012 MDC Magazine: The Meeting Planners Magazine
    • Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya, Top 20 Small Luxury Hotels in Mexico for Meetings for 2012
  • Conde Nast Traveler: 2012 Reader’s Choice: Top Spas
    • Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Top 20 Spas in Mexico & Central America (#6)
    • Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, Top 20 Spas in Mexico & Central America (#16)
  • 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards
    • Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Top 25 All Inclusive Resorts in the World (#14) and Top 25 All Inclusive Resorts in Mexico (#5)
    • Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun, Top 25 Trendiest Hotels in Mexico (#8) and Top 25 Best Relaxation/Spa Hotels in Mexico (#14)
    • Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, Top 25 All Inclusive Resorts in Mexico (#17)
    • Zoëtry Casa Del Mar Los Cabos, Top 25 Best Relaxation/Spa Hotels in Mexico (#20)
    • Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana, Top 25 Hotels for Families in the Caribbean
  • Conde Nast Traveler: 2012 Gold List
    • Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya
    • Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun
    • Secrets Marquis Los Cabos
    • Secrets Capri Rivera Cancun
  • Travelocity Excellence Award Winners 2011
    • Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana, Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun, Secrets St. James Montego Bay, Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay, Adults Only All-Inclusive
    • Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa, Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa, Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa, Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana, Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa, Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, All-Inclusive

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New Secrets Puerto Los Cabos (Adults Only, All-Inclusive) Opening November 2013

Secrets Puerto Los Cabos

AMResorts (Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, and Secrets, Dreams, Now, and Sunscape Resorts & Spas) will introduce its second Secrets resort in Los Cabos with the opening of adults-only Secrets Puerto Los Cabos in November 2013.  The new build resort will join three other AMResorts properties in the destination.

Located in the exclusive Puerto Los Cabos area, where the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains meet the ocean, and only 15 minutes from San Jose del Cabo, Secrets Puerto Los Cabos will have 500 spacious suites, all with stunning views and a Jacuzzi for two on their private balconies or terraces.  Added amenities will be available in the 150 Preferred Club level designated suites, including a private lounge, complimentary in-room internet access, pillow menu, upgraded mini bar service, and more.

Guests of Secrets Puerto Los Cabos will enjoy the benefits of Secrets Resorts & Spas’ signature Unlimited-Luxury® vacation concept, which offers limitless access to gourmet a la carte dining and premium beverage brands, 24-hour room and concierge services, countless daytime activities, live evening entertainment, and more. The resort features two main swimming pools, five á la carte gourmet restaurants, a buffet venue, a café, a grill, and six bars offering a variety of experiences.  NO restaurant reservations, NO towel cards, NO wristbands!

The resort’s 12,000 square-foot signature Secrets Spa by Pevonia will offer 22 treatment rooms, a selection of specialty treatments and hydrotherapy circuit, and the perfect atmosphere for those seeking relaxation. A fitness center facility and full service beauty salon also are available.

Additionally, Secrets Puerto Los Cabos will have more than 16,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. The resort also caters to the destination wedding and honeymoon market with signature beachside ceremony and reception locations, dedicated group event planners offering personalized attention, and romantic environments throughout the property. A host of honeymoon and anniversary packages also are available.

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Apple Vacations Announces New Non-Stop Vacation Flights from Detroit to Jamaica

Good news!  Apple Vacations has announced some new non-stop vacation flights for next Spring from Detroit to Jamaica on AirTran Airways.  They will also continue their non-stop charters to Cancun and Punta Cana.  See below chart for exact dates and days of week.  Contact Island Time Travel for more information.
Apple Vacations new Jamaica Flights from Detroit
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Funjet Anywhere Under the Sun – Everything is On Sale!

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