Vacation in Mexico for the Holidays, but on a Budget
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Every family, we're sure, is dying to get away for the holidays. If the gas prices and dreary economy kept you stranded at home this summer, you may want to consider traveling down to Mexico for the holidays, but on a budget.
Mexico has several resort towns that are family friendly. All-inclusive Tesoro Manzanillo Resorts (rates start at only $185 per night) offers families a budget friendly resort to stay, with a variety of amenities, including their one of a kind Corsarios Kids Club. It's the only kids club in Manzanillo, Mexico that not only has fully supervised activities during the day, but at night as well.
Check out these five Manzanillo family adventures.
It's No Hurdle to Spot a Turtle
Turtle Sanctuary: Your adventure begins as you drive through miles of coconut palms and the 31-mile-long Cuyutlan lagoon. Before arriving at the sanctuary, you'll see water birds, banana plantations, salt mining and even brick making. Observe turtles of all sizes being raised and studied in pools, then released into the sea. Have your camera ready for a family photo with an alligator (in captivity) who smiles for pictures. Don't forget to save time for the infamous Salt Museum nearby and enjoy lunch on a beach made entirely of black sand. Sand castles anyone? Price: $3.75 per person
Where Fun Erupts
El Volcan de Fuego: Your entire family will be in awe of the majestic mountains and of course the towering 13,000 ft. active volcano. Currently exploding several times a day, and with episodic lava domes and flows, this is definitely an exciting site to see. People come near and far to witness the most active volcano in Mexico and its surrounding lush, forested valley and tranquil lagoon. Price: $74 per person for 9 hour tour
Kids Are Always VIP
Corsarios Kids Club: A special club just for kids and only offered at Tesoro Resorts in Manzanillo. Upon hotel check-in, your little one receives a VIP "Little Treasures" tote full of games, prizes and a personal invitation to join the Corsarios Kids Club, offering everything imaginable -- from pottery lessons, water volleyball games or learning to build a kite to treasure hunts on the beach, water slide action and movies galore. The best part is the club is fully supervised allowing mom and dad time to experience their own kind of fun. *Free for guests at hotel. Price: Rates start at $185 per night/per room
Water Wonders Above and Below
Pacific Paddlers Kayak Tour & Snorkel: Sit-on-top of inflatable kayaks as you tour through the Juluapan Lagoon. There you'll see hundreds of water birds, including herons, pelicans, frigates, ducks, crakes and sandpipers. Mom and dad, no worries, the kayaks have comfortable, adjustable padded seats to make it a great trip no matter what your age. After about an hour's paddle, break for snacks and refreshments before getting wet. Then you’ll head out to snorkel at the 10,000-year-old coral reef, "Aquarium," for an up close eco-adventure. Price: $44 per person
Sounds Fishy... But Fun
Ocean Pacific Adventures Deep Sea Fishing Tour: While staying at the "Sailfish Capital" of the world, take your family aboard a 26 foot boat with a sheltered cabin for a 5 hour excursion of deep sea fishing fun. The veteran crew will escort you into just the right spots where you can catch some savory souvenirs. On your voyage, enjoy cold beer and soft drinks included, along with all licenses, fees, permits, lines and tackle. Price: $245 for boat
Fifth Annual Turks and Caicos Conch Festival for Families
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Turks and Caicos Islands, a burgeoning luxury Caribbean destination featuring world-class beaches, is home to the Island's most famous culinary extravaganza - the Fifth Annual Turks and Caicos Conch Festival.
This full day celebration is a great way for families to get together, relax and enjoy some rich culture and food. Visitors of all ages are invited to join locals, Nov. 29, 2008, on Providenciales' (Provo) powdery white sand beach to indulge in Turks & Caicos' unique flavors. The event, named one of the "Top 10 Festivals of the Year" by MSNBC in 2007, includes music, cultural activities and a cooking competition in honor of conch, a cultural icon and fundamental element of Caribbean cuisine. The day will be filled with events enjoyable for multiple generations including a conch recipe contest, native boat races, live music, a conch treasure hunt and a conch blowing contest.
For the adventurous families looking for an exciting excursion, travelers can also embark on full-day or half-day conch cruises where boat captains will first take guests snorkeling along the Islands' world-renowned barrier reef and then teach visitors how to free dive for conch, get the conch out of its shell, and prepare fresh conch salads, to be enjoyed during a Caribbean BBQ on an uninhabited island.
On the Net: www.conchfestival.com
Adventures By Disney: Eight New Amazing Family Destinations
Sunday, August 31, 2008
We had absolutely no idea that families can travel all over the world through Adventures by Disney. In 2009 Disney will be adding eight thrilling new destinations bringing their total to 23 itineraries around the world. The 2009 new destinations are:
- Alpine Magic -- Italy and Switzerland, Zermatt, and Lake Lucerne
- Beantown & The Big Apple -- Boston, Newport, and New York City
- Bella Italia -- Central Italy: Sorrento and Florence
- Gateway to the Galapagos: Ecuador and Galapagos Islands
- Golden Path to Yosemite -- Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park and San Francisco
- Rocky Trails and Mountie Tales - Montana and Alberta, Canada: Glacier National Park and Banff National Park
- Safari to South Africa- South Africa: Cape Town, The Garden Route and Kampana Game Reserve
- Taming the Last Frontier- Alaska: Fairbanks, Denali National Park and Kenai Peninsula
Launched in 2005, Adventures by Disney provides immersive, hassle-free and exhilarating
guided family vacation experiences in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia. In 2009, families traveling with Adventures by Disney can sample some of the most exotic and remote locations in the world - including South Africa, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, the Canadian Rockies, the European Alps and Alaska. Everywhere guests turn on the "Alpine Magic" trip there are new magnificent vistas to behold.