For many people, when dreaming of a vacation... the beach is their backdrop. It's a place I personally travel most often, and it brings me the most happiness. Sunshine, palm trees, golden sand and crystal blue oceans combine to create my Agency's specialization: The Beach ♥
I hope you'll find some inspiration among the stunning beaches in my portfolio. Each destination offers unique travel experiences to make your own. We'll work together to select the ideal beach for your journey. And, if you have your heart set on a location that's not listed; please let me know, I am happy to recommend a trusted travel advisor who can help with your plans.
“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.”
Islands of Tahiti
Bora Bora, Moorea, Tahiti, Paul Gauguin Cruise*
Tahiti and Her Islands are what you've always imagined the South Pacific to be... an idyllic getaway from the modern world, resembling heaven more than earth. The palm-fringed beaches of Bora Bora are the perfect launch into the striking coral reefs, abundant with colorful marine life. Moorea's deep and spectacular bays are surrounded by green-covered mountains that rise from the bottom of the sea, and the panorama from Belvedere Lookout is breathtaking. Tahiti, the largest island, is for the traveler who wants to sample a little of everything that the modern and natural worlds have to offer.
On each island, you can spend days snorkeling, diving, or swimming side-by-side with turtles and manta rays. Feel the cooling breeze as you parasail or jet ski. Check out the local markets for original art, pearls and wooden carvings. Sample fine dining with influences from France and the South Pacific, and stay in accommodations ranging from beachside resorts to intimate overwater bungalows. No matter which island you visit, you'll find the same untouched beauty that inspired the great paintings of Paul Gauguin, and countless other artistic dreamers.
Riviera Maya, Cancun, Cozumel, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta
The rich land... The dreamy landscape... The warmth of its people... The past and the present in perfect harmony... This is Mexico.
Mexico offers vacationers the tranquility and beauty of its lovely beaches, known and admired all over the world for their eternal sun and warm ambiance. It is one of the only places where you can find spectacular archeological sites and colonial cities that tell stories of glory and tradition. Unmatched landscapes, varied and exotic dishes, and the genius of Mexican craftsmanship all contribute to the wonder of this beautiful country. Mexico is a land of contrast, tradition, culture and fun, all at an excellent price and first class comfort.
Punta Cana, Cap Cana, La Romana
Resting on the eastern portion of the lush island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic offers a vibrant travel destination whose endless charms bring the island’s admirers back to vacation time and again. Punta Cana, our most popular destination in the "DR," is known the world over for stunning beaches, upscale hotels, romantic settings, and amazing golf courses.
Punta Cana is the leisure lover's ultimate getaway. Located on the most eastern cape of the Dominican Republic, the region looks out over the azure seas of the Atlantic Ocean, and dense mangrove forests where a multitude of birds and animals unique to the Caribbean live. But more than beach lounging and relaxing, Punta Cana is a playground for all levels of thrill seekers. From those who find nothing more exciting than a challenging game of golf to adrenaline junkies who′ll go from windsurfing to deep sea diving without blinking, opportunities abound.
Maui, Kauai, Oahu, Big Island, Lanai
It’s hard to believe that a destination so remote, so exotic and so magnificent could be part of the United States. But Hawaii is all of that, and so much more. When you picture a perfect paradise in your imagination, chances are it looks a lot like Hawaii.
The Islands of Hawaii share a great deal, but what is most remarkable is how each Island has a character, flavor, and personality of its own. While the threads of history, culture and hospitality connect the Islands, the geography itself defines the unique feeling of each one.
People who have traveled to Hawaii save a piece of it in their hearts. Let the enchantment of hula, ‘ukulele, slack-key guitar, sweet air, seductive beaches and friendly people capture your heart as you enjoy the Aloha Spirit of The Islands of Hawaii.
Located the heart of the South Pacific, Fiji is blessed with 333 tropical islands that are home to happiness. Each offers an unrivaled tropical paradise with azure waters, white sandy beaches, coral islets and tropical resorts. Romantic island "Bures" are the perfect love nest for your honeymoon accommodations.
A once volcanic region, Fiji is home to rugged mountains, lush green rainforest, waterfalls and remote island villages. Fiji is recognized as a premier scuba & snorkeling destination with year round sunlight and warm waters. It offers superb beaches, gourmet cuisine, and romantic world class resorts. Known as "The Crossroads of the Pacific,” here you'll encounter an exotic mix of people and cultures. And above all, the genuine warmth of the Fijian people will touch your heart.
No other Caribbean island offers as much splendor and diversity as Jamaica. Sugar-white beaches combine with shimmering waters to sooth your soul. Explore a rich island culture that expresses itself in superb cuisine, scintillating nightlife, and the sensual beat of reggae music. Jamaica is large enough to provide for every taste.
Known fondly as MoBay, Montego Bay is the country's lively epicenter of tourism: Cruise ships frequent its port, and the waterfront is lined with white-sand beaches, hotels and elegant resorts. Its main attractions include championship golf courses, excellent beaches, the Montego Bay Marine Park and classic Georgian architecture downtown.
Negril, on Jamaica's west coast, has morphed from a sparsely populated fishing village to the island's most popular fun-in-the-sun city. The laid-back vibe harkens back to the hippie era of the 1970s, and today Negril maintains its reputation as the most chilled-out corner of Jamaica.
Ocho Rios, would seem to be Spanish for "eight rivers," but it is most likely a corruption of the Spanish word chorreras, which means "waterfalls." Jamaicans refer to it fondly as Ochi. Here, you'll find some of the island's best shopping, plenty of regional attractions, varied nightlife and beaches. It sits on the edge of the jungle in a sheltered bay with a mountainous backdrop—truly lovely!
Rising like an emerald mountain from the Caribbean Sea, St. Lucia knows how to grab your attention. From the iconic peaks of the Pitons to the cascading majesty of Diamond Falls and the turquoise sea that frames it all, St. Lucia dazzles the eyes while it seduces your soul.
Boasting a drive–through volcano, world famous diving, gorgeous beaches and lush rain forests, St. Lucia's exotic beauty truly captures the allure of the Caribbean.
Whether it’s romance, natural beauty or adventure you’re looking for, St Lucia is a destination that truly has it all!
Costa Rica is an exhilarating land of luxuriant rainforests, mighty volcanoes, natural hot springs and shimmering oceans. In short, it’s a country where people can easily find their own true bliss.
Nature thrives in Costa Rica and exploring it's ecological wonders is an exhilarating delight for the senses. Watch as exotic birds take wing in all their multi-colored glory. Smell the scent of orchids growing wild in the lush and magnificent cloud forests. Hear the call of the howler monkey as it lazily swings across the verdant canopy. For the adventuresome, there’s hiking around majestic Arenal volcano as it explodes in a regular fiery splendor. For the wildlife lover, there’s Tortuguero National Park, where the beguiling sea turtle slowly makes its way to the sea. And for the sporty, there are the shimmering blue waters of the Pacific and the Caribbean, where surfing, fishing and snorkeling will fill endless sun-drenched days.
The ultimate delight of Costa Rica is its people. Warm and gracious, they unveil a captivating culture of music, art, crafts and cuisine that will enchant, entertain and enliven you.
In the Bahamas, discover a spectacular chain of hundreds of islands, each with its own distinctive charms and striking geography. There’s Paradise Island, where world-class resorts line vibrant beaches teeming with evening activities. Nassau is a bustling city, while nearby Cable Beach is a two-mile stretch of stunning coastline where plenty of fun is to be found. In contrast, the Out Islands of the Bahamas offer a more secluded, sheltered experience. And Grand Bahama Island is a dazzling beauty with ecological marvels and endless beach and golf pursuits.
More than three-fourths of the Bahamas lies underwater, making the islands ideal for an array of water sports and even swimming with dolphins. The Bahamas offers land lover's games of golf and tennis, while nature lovers can hike in the national parks. Energetic Nassau/Paradise Island offers the largest variety of activities, while exclusive Exuma and Harbour Island lure privacy-seekers to secluded beaches.
British Virgin Islands
No golf. No glitter. Not much shopping. The British Virgin Islands (often referred to as B.V.I.) may be only a few miles away from the U.S. Virgin Islands, but don't expect the tourist bustle of St. Thomas. The British Virgin Islands have spectacular sailing waters and coral reefs that surround them, calm and tidy towns, luxurious accommodations and gourmet dining. For many, they are the perfect island getaway.
But, as with most things perfect and luxurious, the British Virgin Islands don't come cheap. The islands' emphasis on small, upscale resorts and their desire to appeal to well-heeled travelers result in a relatively pricey paradise with an exclusive atmosphere.
Although some dozen or so cruise ships visit the islands—with the majority of the cruise vessels visiting Tortola—you're more likely to see yachts. Sailors enjoy steady trade winds, short distances between islands, beautiful views and many sheltered coves where they can drop anchor. These are considered some of the finest sailing waters in the world. Scuba divers and snorkelers also relish the reefs, wrecks and clear waters off the islands.
By whatever means you visit the British Virgin Islands, expect a slow and restorative pace with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. The panorama includes white crescent beaches nestled at the bottom of steep, green mountains and stunning views of neighboring islands from lofty lookouts... tropical and romantic indeed!
Belize is one of the more surprising destinations you’ll visit, sometimes more reminiscent of a Caribbean island than a Latin American country. The British colonial influence is quite evident throughout this small Central American country; and with English as the official language of Belize, you’ll never be at a loss for words.
Unofficially, the national pastime of Belize is enjoying its incredible, and often secluded, natural environment. This island of Ambergris Caye is home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world, an incredible world under the sea, and endless watersports. Visitors can towel off in San Pedro, a casual town of brightly painted houses with only 10 streets and no pavement, where people get around on golf carts and bicycles. Low-key sun worshippers also love Placencia in southern Belize, a sandy peninsula where hiking and the local Garifuna culture give beach life a special flavor.
The Mayan culture is still alive and well throughout Belize. The country’s Cayo region is home to some of the most impressive Mayan ruins anywhere, including the 35-square-mile ancient city of Carocol. Cayo is also home to the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, where natural pools and waterfalls flow beneath the feet of jungle cats and lush vegetation.
Turks & Caicos
Turks & Caicos is the ultimate upscale island escape – where delicious impeccable waters and palm-fringed beaches seem to go on forever. The delicate islands provide unquestionably spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling. Devotees come back year after year to swim alongside miraculous marine life in its natural state. But if your tastes run toward windsurfing, sailing or deep-sea fishing, Turks & Caicos will not disappoint. The relaxing atmosphere of this tropical heaven is picture perfect for golf or tennis, or a leisurely swim through the refreshing sea. And the world-class lodgings with impeccable dining are yet one more reason that visitors return time and time again.
Turks and Caicos is a stunning destination, but before you go, make sure you have a solid understanding of what's there and what's not. Those who want to delve into the undersea world or lounge on the beautiful beaches...and want little else—won't be disappointed. Those who are looking for lush Caribbean island scenery or who can't appreciate a slow-paced, quirky island atmosphere might want to consider another island destination.
Aruba, also known as the "Happy Isle" ... a place where it's always summer! If you are looking for a tropical paradise offering everything from quiet romantic activities to exciting adventures, you've found it. Tons of beaches line Aruba's coastline, ranging from the surfer's beach to the family beach to the private romantic beaches hidden away from the crowds.
The attractions extend far beyond the beaches. There are the coves of Andicuri and Dos Playa. The calm of the Conchi, or natural pool on the windward coast. Restaurants ranging from seafood to Oriental and lots of great places to shop - outlets, collector's shops specialty and antiques shops boutiques - and many more. Located just 15 miles north of Venezuela in the warm waters of the southern Caribbean, Aruba is home to beautiful white-sand beaches, 82-degree days, and some of the warmest people in the world!
Antigua was one of the most important British colonies in the Caribbean. Pronounced "an-TEE-gah," this magnificent coral-ringed island has since become a much-loved destination where travelers often return for its natural beauty. Antigua is the island of 365 beaches – a beach for every day of the year!
Saturday morning is market time in the capital of Antigua, St. Johns. Buyers are expected to negotiate prices on handcrafts and other items. Afternoons are for hiking the trail from English Harbour to Shirley Heights. At the summit of Antigua, mingle with locals, dance to steel band and reggae tunes, and toast the panoramic sunset view. Historic tours and casinos add to the fun on an Antigua vacation. The secluded white beaches beckon you, whether you’re snorkeling, waterskiing, sailing or just soaking up the sun.
Nutmeg ice cream. Nutmeg cheesecake. Nutmeg sprinkled over rum punch. There's even a nutmeg rub that's supposed to cure the common cold. Grenadians are nothing if not resourceful with the spice. And that's understandable: They grow 23% of the world's nutmeg.
But there's more to this country than spices. St. George's, the capital city, is one of the prettiest ports in the region. Pastel-colored houses with red-tiled roofs perch on green slopes overlooking the bay, which includes a lagoon that's actually the collapsed crater of an extinct volcano. Then there's the intensely blue lake atop the rain forest in Grand Etang Park.
Although resort developers have discovered Grenada, this charming island still feels more local rather than touristy. An ideal destination for those seeking a relaxing, tropical vacation, with over 40 white sand beaches with exquisite turquoise waters. Grenada's physical beauty is complemented by its rich history. The island's easy rhythms and the friendly openness of its residents evoke an atmosphere hard to find elsewhere.
Barbados is very British. In fact, the island is commonly referred to as "Little England." Afternoon teatime is observed in some circles, cricket is the national passion and polo is played all winter. And Bajans (BAY-juns), as they call themselves, often possess a bit of English reserve, putting emphasis on good manners.
British aristocrats have wintered in Barbados for decades, and the island reflects their influence in many ways. The resorts are luxurious, and the restaurants provide fine dining. Even duty-free shops are often more upscale than those on other Caribbean islands. Another plus is the people of Barbados. Bajans are some of the best-educated people in the Caribbean (Barbados boasts a literacy rate of 99%), and they enjoy conversing on a wide range of subjects.
Although Barbados lacks rain forests, mountainous terrain and world-class reef systems, the island's natural beauty and scenic variety are magnificent. You'll find dramatic natural caves, rocky cliffs with blowholes by the sea, miles of sugarcane fields and even remote beaches. Those seeking a week of relaxation on beautiful beaches, with a little history mixed in, will likely be pleased with Barbados.
US Virgin Islands
A trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands is the closest thing to a Caribbean sampler that we've come across, as it provides several different island experiences in one territory.
For bustling beaches, nightlife and great shopping, look to St. Thomas. Its heavy development, North American atmosphere and throngs of cruise-ship visitors make it the least distinctive of the islands but also the most visited. This is high-volume tourism—among the highest in the Caribbean.
If you want unspoiled scenery and quiet surroundings, hop the ferry to St. John. About half of the island is a national park, so it feels like St. Thomas' alter ego. The coral reefs, hiking trails and small resorts on St. John have been a model for other ecotourism efforts in the Caribbean.
Somewhere between the extremes of St. Thomas and St. John is St. Croix, which is perhaps the most typical of other Caribbean islands. It balances a fair amount of shopping and attractions with a relaxed atmosphere and historic architecture.
Although it's possible to spend all your time on one island, we suggest you take advantage of the variety. Good ferry and plane connections make it relatively easy to hop between the three islands and discover a variety of experiences.