I do a lot of travel booking for clients, but the trips typically fall into one of three categories: family vacations, romantic getaways, and bonding trips with friends. The best part about specializing in an area as great as the Caribbean is that there are so many wonderful locations that will fit the bill for my clients. I keep up to date on the best islands and resorts in the area and guide my clients accordingly. Today, though, I wanted to share some of my thoughts with you. Here are my top recommendations for each type of trip:
- The family vacation: Bahamas. There are so many resorts in the Bahamas that you can find something to fit your family’s budget. Atlantis is the absolute coolest place to take kids of any age. They have everything from available cribs and cots to kid’s camps and a program where the kids get to shadow the hotel marine life trainers. They have a tween/teen dance club, an arcade, and even a movie theater. Plus there’s the water park, kid pool, and the beach. If the idea of spending that much time in a kid-centered environment makes you concerned you’ll never get any sleep, here’s a tip: you can stay at their sister resort, the One & Only Ocean Club. You get all the amenities of Atlantis but get to stay in a fabulous resort just a free shuttle ride away. If you’re not into these, I also recommend Grand Lucayan Resort. It has everything—babysitting, kid’s club, super easy access to a fabulous beach, and stuff for parents too, like a golf course and spa.Everyone wins!
- The couple’s vacation: Jamaica. I could spend weeks talking about all great getaway locations available to lovebirds in the Caribbean, but there is a reason this laid-back island has its romantic reputation! There are accommodations appealing to every taste and budget. There are romantic and secluded places like Geejam in Port Antonio, which is so private and exclusive that there isn’t even a hotel lobby (yet you have around the clock room service, plus a private driver to take you wherever you may want to go); and classic all-inclusive places like Sandals or Couples Resorts, or lovely historic places like the Jamaica Inn, whose private beach is world-class.
- The Girls/Guy’s Trip: Puerto Rico. I know everyone thinks of Las Vegas for friend getaways, but Puerto Rico also has casinos and nightlife, along with the added bonus of being in the Caribbean instead of a tourist mecca in the middle of the desert. You get beautiful beaches, interesting night clubs, great water sports and more. And all without that “Vegas, baby!” attitude. This small island boasts some of the best, most consistent fishing grounds in the world, and you can catch everything from tuna and wahoo to marlins and sailfish. San Juan has a variety of hotel/casino options (my clients seem to like the Marriott’s Stellaris Casino, which even offers lessons for beginners). Then there are the golf courses, which are some of the best in the Caribbean. The courses at Dorado Beach, part of the TPC network, has been a winner for my clients in the past, so I usually recommend the Plantation Resort. If you’re looking for quality time with the girls and some serious pampering, there’s the Gran Meliá and the fabulous Ritz-Carlton in Dorado Beach. Both offer great spa services and are sure to leave you relaxed and refreshed.
Based on my experience, these are some of the best places to achieve the type of vacations my clients are usually looking for. Hope this was helpful!