Alternatives to Resort Vacations

Want to head south, but you’re getting sick of the resort life?  Or perhaps you simply are not a resort person- but you do want to head south? There are a number of alternatives to resort vacations……

For those who have a “healthy” budget- I would consider heading to Cuba on a small group tour, staying in Casa Particulares, touring cigar factories, heading out on a catamaran, and checking out the streets of old Havana.  For trips of this nature, consider Gadventures or Peregrine Travel- although be warned- trips are and have filled up fast for this winter. (Trips are from $999 plus flights)

Itinerary of Mexico in Depth

Itinerary of Mexico in Depth

If there is nothing left for your dates in Cuba, consider touring Mexico and Central America as an alternative to resort vacations. For those who like a bit of comfort by night, and adventure by day, consider this 15 day vacation- Mexico in Depth.  “This is our most comprehensive tour in Mexico. Having explored Mexico City and the great ruins of Teotihuacan we discover the delights of Puebla and Oaxaca. From Monte Alban we visit the ruins of the Zapotec capital before continuing southward to the town of San Cristobal, complete with its traditional Indian communities. The magnificent Palenque Mayan ruins are next and then comes the Yucatan Peninsula with stops in Merida and the Mayan sites of Uxmal and Chichen Itza.” Priced from $3665 plus flights, this trip will truly give you a taste of historical Mexico.

If you are a true adventurer with a much smaller budget, consider this short 8 day trip- Land of Belize- offered by Intrepid Travel- from $1140 plus flights.qvse_2012_0- Belize

Discover the natural wonders and rich cultural history of Belize. This laid back paradise is packed full of lush jungle, spectacular ruins, long sandy beaches and first-class underwater attractions and on this trip you’ll sample them all. From the buzz of Belize City, through the magic of the jungle-clad Tikal ruins and to the beach side island paradise of Caye Caulker, discover the best of Belize and Tikal on this epic adventure to some of Central Americas little-known gems.

  • Discover the creative energy of Belize City
  • Uncover the secrets of the San Ignacio ruins
  • Embark on a jungle adventure in San Ignacio
  • Experience the thrill of climbing the Tikal ruins
  • Laze on Caye Caulker’s sandy shores
  • Swim off the warm coast of Belize
  • Listen to howler monkeys bellow through the jungle

This is what the itinerary looks like:

Day 1 Belize City
Located where the Belize River meets the Caribbean Sea, Belize City is an historic centre with plenty of art galleries and museums to check out.
Days 2-3 San Ignacio
A friendly place with a multicultural feel, San Ignacio is a wonderful base to explore the gorgeous countryside that surrounds the town.
Day 4 Tikal
Once a powerful Mayan city, Tikal was abandoned in the 10th century and sank into the surrounding jungle. It’s now alive with jungle wildlife and awe-inspired visitors.
Days 5-8 Caye Caulker
A small island with no cars, white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, Caye Caulker is an idyllic place to while away some time and soak up the very relaxed vibe.

For more information on these trips, or other trips, please do not hesitate to contact me……remember-  “Travel is the only thing that makes you richer”!

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