Friday, January 06, 2012

Michelle's Top 5 Vacation spots of 2012. (Budget Friendly)

 As a Travel Consultant, I come across a lot of amazing destinations. I have a small list here of my top 5 favorite Vacation spots of 2012. I have created this list by choosing my favorite places with the best prices. Take a look.
5. Puerto Plata
Puerto Plata is on the north side of the Dominican Republic. Because it's not on the Caribbean sea, but on the Atlantic, it is a tiny bit colder than Punta Cana. This beach is a "natural" beach, therefore it does not have the white sand like the Caribbean. So now that the cons are out of the way... This area of Dominican Republic is still beautiful, the resorts definitely make up for its lack of beach beautifulness (made that word up). Puerto Plata Gran Bahia Principe San Juan starts at only $655 out of Sudbury, and $507 from Toronto!!!  With prices like that, how can you say no?
4. Santa Clara
Santa Clara is located in Cuba. This quaint area of Cuba, is well known for its spectacular beaches and snorkeling. Santa Clara is in a more quiet area in Cuba, perfect for people who want to have a stress free, quiet vacation. My suggestion for the PERFECT stay, would be at the Iberostar Ensenachos. This 4*, 167 room hotel, has everything to offer in making sure you have the ultimate Cuban experience. (Spa Included!!). This resort is starting at $1 312.50 from Toronto.
3. La Romana
Another destination in the Dominican Republic. This area is considered the "new" Dominican. Punta Cana has always been their main tourist spot, but since hotels cannot be built higher then a palm tree in this country, they've began to develop else where. Punta Cana has basically been completely discovered. La Romana is brand new, preserved and fresh. The Gran Bahia Principe La Romana is on the most gorgeous stretch of beach in the Caribbean. View the photos on the provided link to see for yourself. Starting at $705 from Toronto, I'm sure La Romana will be a smoking HOT destination in 2012.
2. Cancun
Not a Caribbean destination but is absolutely jam packed with gorgeous hotels, pools, restaurants, clubs, beaches, spas, shopping centers, YOU NAME IT. With my experience as a travel agent, Cancun is my #1 top seller. It really does sell its self. Weather you are looking for a party resort, or a relaxation spa resort or even a family resort. Cancun has something for you. Their countless excursions like deep sea fishing, cave exploration, swimming with dolphins are amazing add ons that make the Cancun vacations the best. It's hard for my to narrow down just ONE hotel. But because I am basing this list on value, I will have to go with Crown Paradise. The hotel is a family resort, but also offers an adults only sections. Centrally located, also directly on the beach. Starting at $809 from Toronto.
1. Varadero
Ah Cuba, also will have a soft spot in my heart. When people come see me, its their first trip and they don't know where to go. I use my Cuba card. Can't go wrong with Cuba, mainly because I know the locals will take good care of these first time travelers. The local people in Varadero are what makes Cuba so special. Varadero's beach is without a doubt perfect. A great thing about Varadero is you can take day trips to Havana to learn about their culture and history. It's truly a must. Where to stay where your there? The Iberostar Laguna Azul is my suggestion. This resort starts at $855 from Toronto.
Please be wise when shopping for vacations. Remember that travel is regulated, you get the same prices everywhere, whether its an agency or websites. Websites use trick words to lure you in, even though they're prices are the same as everyone else. Be safe and visit an agency that is TICO certified so that your vacation is completely protected. Happy travels!! 

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