Best Beaches–Turks and Caicos

As we continue sharing the USA Today article on the Best Beaches in the Caribbean today we are featuring Turks and Caicos. Let’s jump right in to the warm sand and turquoise ocean fun!

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636232928424384762-1-Siesta-Beach.jpgGrace Bay Beach lives up to the hype. Twelve miles of beach perfection on the eastern crook of Providenciales, or Provo as it is known, Grace Bay is the Louboutin of beaches and one of the top beaches in the world, according to TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2017. Spectacular from end to end with soft ashen sand and wide-open Tiffany blue box waves, the busiest beach on the island is also the backyard of a slew of resorts. Part of the Princess Alexandra National Park, nature-friendly water sports like sailing and snorkeling are popular, while water skis and jet skis are strictly off-limits. To see the most dramatic underwater life, snorkeling is best at Smith’s Reef and Bight Reef.

636232928351063352-2-Ka-anapali-Beach.jpgPopular with kite-boarders and blissfully devoid of everyone else, Long Bay Beach on Provo’s southeast coast is 3 miles of delicious solitude. Four-foot water depths going out thousands of feet are ideal for languid swims and the beach is so wide open, you may not see another soul. What you will see is the blue sea meeting the blue sky. Stop at the stunning Shore Club, which so far is the only resort even close to the beach (the easiest access is the north entrance next to the resort where a boardwalk leads to the sand). On the northwest shoreline, wild and windswept Malcolm’s is the quietest beach on the island, accessible only with a four-wheel-drive but well worth the trip for the superb snorkeling.

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Secrets Vallarta Bay

One thing that sets us apart in the travel world is that including our day trips, we generally have about 1 group trip per month. These trips are always guided by one or more of our excellent staff members, and below we are detailing this year’s trip to Secrets Vallarta Bay in beautiful Puerto Vallarta Mexico. So let’s find out what trip leader Connie had to say about her group trip to Mexico.

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“This year’s Secret’s Vallarta adults only trip was from March 4 – 11, 2017 with Norwegian Air. There are nice budget airline for charters from Milwaukee, for anyone interested in making this trip on their own. This resort is in town and a short cab ride to the boardwalk.  Although you truly don’t need to leave the resort we did go into town for a meal.  The food at the resort was good and my favorite places were the French and Italian restaurants.  You can go to the Now Amber too (this resort is for families) as part of your stay with Secrets Vallarta Bay.  Most of the rooms do have an amazing view of ocean, you can see from the photo above that the view is mostly unobstructed.  They do have a preferred club that has a bar and snacks out for the guest staying in that section.  The bars have a good selection of liquors.  One of my favorite things to do was watching the sunsets from the resort, they were amazing!  The rooms do have the open bathroom concept, but also have a curtain that you can pull for privacy. I love going on excursions when I travel. We did the whale watching tour and saw a ton of whales. I know people get nervous that they won’t actually see whales on the excursion but we saw many. This excursion also had drinks and a meal included while we were out. For more information on the excursion please see the link provided. Another excursion we did was the Rhythm of the night tour. Everyone that took part in this one enjoyed it very much. I have also provided a link if you want more details on this excursion as well.” 
 
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For more information on all of our groups you can visit our website, and make sure to keep checking back here to find out the inside scoop on our past tours!
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Best Caribbean Beaches — Antigua

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Dickenson Bay on the north coast is the island’s most popular beach, where a slew of hotels, water sports kiosks and watering holes keep the beach busy even on a cloudy day. To the south, Runaway Bay is a much quieter wide strip of powdery sand and just as nice 635751624207396124-ant-101l-view-from-shirley-heights-of-english-harbour.jpgfor an afternoon siesta or a day with the kids. Busy on the weekends and when a cruise ship is in port, Pigeon Point at Falmouth Harbour is the main attraction on the south coast.  Weekdays are peaceful with just a sprinkling of swimmers from the nearby hotels.  With calm shallow water, the beach is the go-to for local families who stop by on the weekends with picnic baskets and snorkel gear.

On the southwest corner, a trio of sandy stretches — Ffrye’s Bay, Darkwood Beach and 635751638315527429-ant-090l-view-from-bar-at-cocobay.jpgCrab Hill Bay— come with white sand, small hotels and groovy beach bars where liming with the locals is the real deal. Privacy-seekers will have the beach to themselves on weekday afternoons when the cruise shippers are back on the ship, while weekends are lively with locals. Often deserted, Half Moon Bay east of English Harbour is a palm-tree lined spit of smooth sand. Protected from the Atlantic winds by a reef, the 1-mile stretch is popular with windsurfers who head out beyond the reef.

On the sister island of Barbuda (a 15-minute flight to the north), beaches breathe privacy as only a handful of tourists make the trip and the population of locals is small. Long and wide with nary more than seagrape trees and 3 miles of sand, Princess Diana Beach at the southern tip was one of the few places on the planet where she vacationed with the two young princes and wasn’t followed. At the other end of the island near the Barbuda Belle Resort, the 15-mile strand between Cedar Tree Point and Billy Point has no official name and may be the best off-the-beaten-track beach in the Caribbean.

 

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Best Caribbean Beachs–Nevis

Awhile back we started featuring some of what USA Today is calling the best beaches in the Caribbean. Today we are continuing with the Island of Nevis.1401982672013-ap012.jpg

The best beaches on the sister island across the channel from St. Kitts are on the northern and western shores. Three miles long and covering the distance between the capital city of Charlestown and the Sea Bridge Ferry Dock, Pinney’s is the one photographed for the travel brochures. The beguiling blue water beach on the Caribbean side of the island is carpeted in sand the color of saffron 1401982672024-sea-4-.jpgand a sandy stroll from the island’s luxe resorts like the Four Seasons Nevis and Paradise Beach Villas. For a quieter day on a beach chair, Lover’s Beach is hidden from the road on the northern shore. “This is a lesser known beach known for its seclusion and tranquility,” said Greg Phillip, CEO of the Nevis Tourism Board, “but a popular beach to watch the sea turtles nesting.”  For tranquil tides, Herbert’s Beach is where the Atlantic Ocean starts on the windward side and where marine life is spectacular in the many undisturbed reefs.

Interested in learning more about this tropical escape? Time to contact us here at Ambassador and make sure to check back to see more of the Caribbean’s best beaches!

 

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A Leisurely Day in Paris

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If you want to feel a little travel inspiration and a little wanderlust then keep reading because I got to chat with one of our excellent Travel Consultants, Brittany, about her picture perfect day while traveling around Paris.

“I started my day with a croissant and a morning pastries cook class, which was amazing. The teach was excellent and the food was unbelievable. It was such a fun thing to do, especially getting to go through all the steps of cooking without having to prep or do cleanup!

After my class I headed back to the hotel to drop off my leftovers and map out my day. I started by walking to E. Dehillerin, which is the cooking supply store where Julia Child always went. I bought a rolling pin for 9 Euro, the log wood ones that are even the whole length. And it happen to be the same kind I used in my cooking class! My next destination was walking down the ‘foodie street’. It was truly a dream! You walk and there are all of the cute little restaurants and shops, but it is the smells that I will remember for a lifetime. First you smell meat and you walk past a butcher with delicious rotisseries going, then you smell fish and you walk past the fish market, next the smell of fresh sweet strawberries hit me as I passed the fresh fruit stand. And one of the best smells of all was from the formagerie (cheese shop), yum! I can’t get enough of French cheese. The smell is so strong that it literally pulled me in, I got some cheddar and a baguette from the next shop down and went to sit near the Nelson Mandela gardens. After people watching while I ate my snack I headed back to the hotel to drop off my shopping finds and have a beer. After a quick break I was back at it again, strolling the cobble stone streets of Paris.

When I headed back out I walked down to Shakespeare and Co, which is a GREAT bookstore were I bought Julia Child’s Cooking Wisdom, because I had to by something and if you can’t already tell, I am obsessed with Julia Child. As I made my way back to the hotel I stopped for some Gelato, the food is so amazing here in Paris all I want to do is try everything. I had strawberry, mango and orange and all three were, of course, delicious. And speaking of food I ended my leisurely day back in the room polishing off my baguette with cheese and chocolate cream pastry from the mornings cooking class. If you are looking for a foodie dream then Paris is the place for you.”

Brittany paints a picture, that I literally want to eat up. If wandering around Paris sample food at every stop sounds like your dream vacation, then it is time to give us a call!

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Disneyland Paris

Like we mentioned last week, we are featuring a new way to experience the magic of Disney, this time through Disneyland Paris. Two of our agents just recently visited the park for the 25th anniversary and according to them, Disneyland Paris is the Disney experience you’ve been missing!

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Fairytales take flight across 5 incredible lands filled with classic attractions, shows and street parades. Rub shoulders with swashbuckling pirates, zoom through time and space and look on in awe at the unforgettable firework and light displays over Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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Celebrate the magic with Disney Characters, colorful parades and an award-winning evening extravaganza.

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Discover the secrets behind the most magical scenes of Disney film and television at Walt Disney Studios Park. From legendary moments in motion at Toon Studio to the mind-boggling effects of the Backlot, 5 production zones bursting with thrills drop you and your little stars smack bang in the limelight.

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Learn to animate the Disney way. But not before plunging 13 floors and scurrying through the brand new ‘Rattraction’.

Check back as we will be featuring more on Disneyland Paris once the girls return from their exciting European adventure. For more information on this or anything Disney please contact us today!

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Do Disney a Different Way

If you are a Disney lover, but are looking to do your next Disney themed trip a different way, then it is time to consider a trip to Disneyland Paris. The celebration of their 25th anniversary kicked off last week and we will be sharing some exciting sneak peaks in the next few days. Check out this video below on what you can experience when you hop across the pond in search of magic.

 

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The Music City

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Hi ya’ll (sorry I spent 2 days in the South and it just stuck), I wanted to do a little trip review on my most recent stay in Nashville. Although many of the fabulous Travel Consultants in the Ambassador office have traveled to Nashville before, this past weekend was my first time. One of my favorite ways to travel is like a local. Don’t get me wrong, I love to see the sights and I spent plenty of time doing so, but I also really enjoy smaller experiences that make me feel like I really live in whatever city I visit. So below will be a brief account of what I did this weekend in the Music City.

There are several ways one can get to Nashville, but this weekend I decided to drive from Chicago. It is about 6.5 hours, but there was quite a bit of road construction so I would say it was closer to 7.5. I left first thing Friday morning and pointed my compass south. One great thing about driving to Nashville is that there are a couple exciting cities to stop at along the way. I think the next time I go I may take an extra two days just to enjoy Indianapolis, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky. Because let’s be honest, any city who’s sports arena is called the KFC Yum Center is a city I want to be in.

On this trip to the Music City, I stayed in East Nashville. This neighborhood is about 4 miles from downtown, but also has it’s own little neighborhood downtown that I got to experience. In East Nashville there are tons of shops, restaurants, bars and coffee shops. And there are also hotels and other types of accommodations like Bed and Breakfasts. I stayed near an area called 5 points, which boasts some cool bars each with their own eclectic vibes and tons of options for live music. If you find yourself in this area don’t plant yourself in one specific restaurant or bar, there is so much to see and do grab a drink and head off to your next place. Another cool component of Nashville as a whole is that you never know where a business will just spring up within a residential area. I came upon record shops, clothing boutiques and so much more just walking around. Plus, if you’ve ever been to music row, you know that all the most famous recording studios are simply old craftsman style houses that now turn out the best country music in the world.

Another highlight of my trip was the food, I honestly feel like I ate hardly anything, because there is so much left I want to try. One of my favorite places we went, was for brunch Saturday morning. For this meal we ventured over to the 12 South Neighborhood, which is located just south of the Gulch (one of the most popular areas in Nashville). Here we ate at a very trendy, totally Instagramable restaurant called Flipside. When there is a breakfast item on the menu known as “tatchos” (tater tot nachos) you know that you have found the right place. Plus, they have one of those amazing Bloody Mary’s that comes with enough food in it to make a meal. Afterward we wandered around the shops and various snack trailers, make sure to grab a s’more from the s’more camper.

Of course I also visited downtown, did a little honky tonking on Broadway street and got a tour of Vanderbilt University. I sipped on Jack Daniels, had some fried chicken and listened to plenty of country music. One of the coolest features right now about Nashville, however, are the plethora of murals spread all about the city. If you have Instagram or Pinterest you may recognize ones like the “I Believe in Nashville” or the angel wings set agains a black backdrop. If you want to get your pic in front of these make sure to go early in the day because they have become so popular there are now lines around the block just to get a picture. One of my favorites is featured here in this article and located in 12 South and as a bonus there was no line!

Overall the weekend, like all great trips, went extremely fast and left me only with a desire to travel back to Nashville to do and see so much more of this fun, very hospitable southern town. For more information or if you would also like to check out the Music City, contact us today at Ambassador Travel !

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