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Lima Vacation: Top Things To Do In Peru'S City Of Kings

Lima Vacation: Top Things To Do In Peru'S City Of Kings

When tourists plan a vacation to Peru they tend to skip over Lima. Instead of planning a Lima vacation they’ll look at Cuzco with Machu Picchu nearby, or the Amazon jungles of Iquitos to satisfy touristic curiosity. Lima isn’t even given a second thought. For tourists Lima is simply used as a stop-off point at the international airport before heading off to the more publicized attractions that Peru has to offer.

There is a fog that hangs over Lima for most of the year which seems to cover the tourist’s eyes from seeing what hides beyond. When a person gets past the smog and the bustle of nearly 10 million inhabitants on its crowded streets, one finds a gem of cultural history going back to times when the Inca Empire ruled the country and afterwards the Spanish conquistadors.

Lima was known to the Spaniards as the “City of Kings” and was the capital city of Spanish South America. The Incas made Lima a major part of their Empire, who had trading routes going from Cuzco to Lima. There are still colonial buildings and remnants of ancient civilizations in Lima. The city also offers a wide variety of Peruvian food, dance, theater, art and culture.

When planning a vacation to Peru consider taking a Lima vacation to experience another flavor of this mystical land.

There are two main areas in Lima that are of interest to the tourist:

Historic Center of Lima and Downtown Lima

The historic center of Lima is a UNESCO World Heritage site which includes a number of things of interest to the tourist. The Plaza de Armas, or Plaza Major (Main Square), is the central focus of Lima. This was a part of the Spanish Inquisition after Inca rule and is now a place to take a stroll and see the magnificent colonial architecture that the Historic Center has to offer. On the four sides of the Plaza de Armas stand the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace and City Hall. For a small fee you can be taken around the Square in a horse-pulled buggy.

Many of the old buildings have beautiful balconies that were once famously used by the Tapadas, the covered women of Lima, who elegantly wore clothing that covered everything but their eyes.

The Iglesia de San Francisco is a remarkable church that is most famous for the catacombs beneath it that hold the skeletal remains of 25,000 people who were laid to rest during the 16th and 19th centuries. No Lima vacation would be complete without a visit. The Museo de Arte has exhibits of ancient and modern Peruvian art.

Take a stroll just off the Plaza de Armas to discover a wide variety of restaurants offering some of the finest Peruvian cuisine, which is considered to be one of the best in the world holding several Guinness World Records. Handicraft stores sell a wide assortment of souvenirs at very reasonable prices and of high quality.

The Plaza de Acho bullfighting …

Florida Yacht Charter; Top Five Marinas to Dock your Yacht

Florida Yacht Charter; Top Five Marinas to Dock your Yacht

Today’s upscale marinas are offering more than just dockage, they are now providing a full range of amenities that enhance the yachting experience. With new acquisitions, multi-million dollar renovations and some of the finest amenities, most upscale marinas are making the Florida Yacht Charter into a grand experience.

Since Labor Day has passed, the majority of luxury vessels will be migrating south to the Florida Region. For those booking a Florida Yacht Charter, some of the ports of call are just as important as the boat itself. Listed below are the top five marinas in the state that cater to the most elite ships on the water.

Rybovich Marina, Palm Beach FL

The Rybovich name has been a cornerstone in the South Florida luxury sport fishing industry since the 1940’s. The name has been synonymous with some of the sport’s most innovative vessel construction and design. The facility located in Palm Beach has been a pillar in the Palm Beach & Riviera Beach community for decades.

The facility has recently completed a $100 million dollar renovation that built a state-of-the-art mega-yacht service facility and marina. The marina will boast a 600 Ton Marine Travelift making it the only one of its kind on this side of the hemisphere. The lift has the capability of hauling vessels up to 240′ feet in length. It is largest transient dock in Florida with high-speed fuel. The marina also has a waterfront restaurant, retail shops and available commercial office space for lease.

The marina features floating concrete docks up to 230′ feet with dockage for vessels up to 250′ feet. The facility is open 7 days a week and is secured by a staff 24 hours a day. There are concierge, laundry, restroom and shower facilities on site as well as trade shops, which feature the latest technology. This marina is the ideal location for travelers, captains and crewmembers to relax.

Sunrise Harbor, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Westrec is one of the largest owner operators of marinas in the U.S. It has an impeccable proven track record when it comes to efficient marina management, and Sunrise Harbor in Fort Lauderdale is no exception. Sunrise Harbor offers the mega yacht community a state-of-the-art marina with amenities, services and leisure activities for the entire family. This upscale marina includes several areas for families to kick back and relax poolside. The health center includes top of the line fitness equipment with sauna and therapeutic massage facilities.

Once you dock at this marina you are within steps of Fort Lauderdale beach, first class resorts, luxury shopping on Las Olas or the Galleria Mall and fine dinning at five star restaurants such as Seasons 52, Capital Grille and the Blue Martini. This marina has everything you’ll need on land or sea to enjoy your Florida Yacht Charter vacation.

The Galleon Resort & Marina, Key West, FL

The Galleon Marina is one of the finest places in the keys to dock. The resort and marina offer exclusive amenities for their guests …

Top 10 All-Inclusive Vacation Destinations

Top 10 All-Inclusive Vacation Destinations

Any kind of “top 10” list is bound to be subjective. There’s no way around it. It is impossible to account for everyone’s tastes and address every possible variable of a vacation and a resort. However, the following “Top 10 All-Inclusive Vacation Destinations” turn up again and again in listings on the Internet and in travel magazines, too. To make sure you are making the right choice, you should talk to as many people as you can who have actually been to the resort you are considering.

The idea of all-inclusive vacations is not that old, but it has caught on like wildfire because it takes much of the worry out of trip planning. It is not likely you could put together a vacation package for less than the “all inclusives” charge, but not everyone goes this route to save money. The high-end resorts of the all-inclusive variety are pricey, but there are also some bargains to be bad if you do not expect five-star amenities at three- or four-star prices. The following are not in any particular order, but many are clustered in the Caribbean because of its longstanding popularity.

1. Goldeneye Resort, St. Mary, Jamaica: James Bond fans have made the Goldeneye a top pick in many resort listings. This Jamaican retreat was built by Bond novelist Ian Fleming in the 1950s and he is said to have written 14 of his “007” thrillers there. The “short report” on Goldeneye is that it is “a magical place” that provides simple luxury along with carefree, casual comfort. Many celebrities flock to this spot for the privacy, and Goldeneye’s main beach is clean, uncrowded and private with fluffy white sand and warm, crystalline waters. The 007 cachet, great privacy, good food and fabulous grounds combine to make Goldeneye a favorite all-inclusive resort.

2. Sandals Royal Bahamian, Bahamas: As a chain, the Sandals Resorts have been voted “World’s Best” for the past 10+ years by travel professionals worldwide. Many longtime travel agents, who should know, believe that Sandals does “all-inclusive” better than anyone, and they should – they invented it. Sandals does everything with an unsurpassed emphasis on quality, so it is by no means a “budget” destination. This particular Sandals resort – with its offshore island, eight restaurants, seven pools, valet service and Rolls-Royce airport shuttles – will meet the demands of the most discriminating travelers.

3. Sandals Antigua Resort & Spa, Antigua: Situated on Dickenson Bay, the island’s premier (and most famous) beach, this is the chain’s “romantic getaway.” It offers Caribbean village charm plus the refinement and luxury of a world-class, all-inclusive resort, and was voted the “World’s Leading Honeymoon Resort” for four straight years. Crystal clear air and winding paths welcome you to hidden hammocks for the happy twosome.

4. Secrets Excellence, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: Situated far from city crowds on a remote portion of Caribbean shoreline – in its own palm tree forest, no less – Secrets Excellence has everything from live stage shows, hot …

Top Ten Honeymoon Destinations to Choose From

Top Ten Honeymoon Destinations to Choose From

If you are about to get married and are having a hard time deciding where to go on your honeymoon then you are not alone. A wedding adds plenty of stress to your life and trying to plan your honeymoon around all the other things you have going on can be difficult. If you are currently unsure of where you and your future spouse would like to go here are the top ten honeymoon destinations for those living in the United States.

1. Hawaii – A Hawaiian honeymoon is one of the most desired and romantic destinations for those who are newly wed. Maui is normally the island of choice with its lush tropical hillsides, long white sand beaches, cloud covered mountains, and world class accommodations that cater to newlyweds. It is truly a honeymoon that will create a lifetime of memories.

2. Mexico – A Mexican honeymoon is a great choice as a destination. There are a number of world class resorts to choose from with a large majority of them being all inclusive. The people are warm and friendly and if you’re on a budget you can’t beat the prices. Plus it is easy to get there with many daily flights to choose from.

3. The Caribbean – A trip to a Caribbean island, or multiple islands if you choose a honeymoon cruise, is a truly romantic experience. The great thing about a Caribbean honeymoon is the sheer number of islands you can choose from, each with its own distinct cultural attractions.

4. Florida – The sunshine state has a little something for everyone. From long stretches of sandy beaches, to the night life of big cities and everything in between a Florida honeymoon is a truly memorable experience. Even Walt Disney World in Orlando has packages for the more adventurous honeymooners.

5. Key West – Technically this secluded little island is in the state of Florida but it deserves a mention all its own. With Anti-bellum homes that have been turned into cozy bed and breakfasts and its New Orleans atmosphere Key West is a well kept honeymoon destination secret.

6. Las Vegas – There is nothing quite like a honeymoon in Sin City. With many world class hotels to choose from your every want and whim will be catered to. And no matter the time of day or night there is always something to do, whether it’s eating at a five star restaurant, seeing a show on the strip, dancing the night away, or relaxing pool side.

7. California – The golden state offers many honeymoon choices. There are large cities such as San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles that have first rate hotels and restaurants. You can spend time at the beach or in rustic mountain towns. And for a truly romantic experience the Napa Valley with its vineyards and small town atmosphere.

8. The U.S. Virgin Islands – With beautiful white sand beaches and warm tropical waters these three islands are true romantic …

The Top Ten Beaches Of California

The Top Ten Beaches Of California

Despite the fact that more famous actors and actresses live in this state than any other, the beach, according to those polled, is the main reason why people travel to California. This is no surprise when you consider the fact that some of the most beautiful beaches in the world can be found on the coast line of California. One does not have to go far to find the sand and surf that they are looking for.

High Bluff beach is probably the most popular of all the beaches in California. Once a place where industry ruled, the High Bluff area is now one of the most breathtaking areas on the planet. The white sand beach is the place where thousands flock during the heat of summer to soak up the rays and swim in the cool ocean. Make sure you arrive early to avoid the rush or you may not be able to find a spot to lay the towel.

The Wilson Creek Beach is one of those spots that seems to attract the higher class of people. One of the playgrounds for the rich and famous from as far away as Los Angeles, the Wilson Creek beach offers some of the finest in views and sunbathing that one could hope for. The beach is alive in the summer months and is the site for a good many yearly festivals and events.

Enderts Beach is small but that is just fine with those that frequent it. One of the smallest in the state, Enderts allows for a more peaceful vacation when sunbathing and swimming. Surrounded by some of the more popular attractions in the state, this beach is a popular stop off on the way back to the motel place. Take part in the free snorkeling lessons that are given from May to August to enhance the experience.

The Crescent Beach is another smaller area but very popular. This site is one of the many in California where some feature films and television shows have been shot. The small area fills up fast in the heat of summer so plan on leaving early to get one of the prime spots.

Pebble Beach is probably the most well known of all beaches in California. Home to some of the finest swimming and relaxing areas in the world, Pebble Beach is also where you will find the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course, a top stop on the masters and other professional golf tournaments.

Point St George is also highly popular with the rich and famous because of the seclusion of the site. There is no real easy access to the beach and people are often times put off by the long walk from parking to the beach. This does nothing to take away from the sight of the beach and the ocean as it crashes in.

Kellogg Beach is great for the occasional tourist. Small and out of the way this beach is one of the more beautiful but also one …

Top Five Destinations, Value for Your Money!

Top Five Destinations, Value for Your Money!

As a travel writer for a web based travel portal company, I come across quite a few travel destinations and deals and decided to share my top five travel destinations that offer the best deals including value. My focus is always value, not the lowest price. As we all have different budgets, I like to choose from a range of budget accommodations to deluxe. I sifted through everything from little known destinations for a quiet romantic getaway to all-inclusive resorts for the whole family to cruising.

The destinations and properties or cruise make my list when I see true value in the “deal”. For example, if someone says the sale price is $100 per night at 50% off, and I do my homework and realize that the property is always $100 and not really worth it – there is no value. It is when I see they are truly offering a deal that is rare, either a great price that is actually less than you would expect for the level of service and accommodations or if I see tons of added value, I want to recommend it to everyone!

My top destinations and the best deals that go with them:

1) Mexico: All-inclusive resorts continue to be a great value – you just have to be careful that it offers everything it says it does. A one price for all drinks, food, water sports (at most resorts) and activities can save hundreds on your vacation.

The Riu Palace Riviera Maya in Mexico is my first top pick for price-friendly getaway. The Riviera Maya is about 20 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Cancun and a 100-mile long stretch located along the coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula. The center of this beautiful area is Playa del Carmen, just across the ocean from Cozumel Island, and half way between Cancun and Tulum (amazing Mayan Ruins). Playa del Carmen is the perfect home base for exploring Mexico’s Caribbean Coast. The Caribbean reef off shore is a big attraction for travelers as well.

The Riu Palace offers a wide variety of suites on miles of white sandy beachfront property. With restaurants, bars, and snacks available to you 24 hours a day, this four star rated resort marks high when you’re counting pennies. Their current deal: Air & 4 nights from $606. Please note most air inclusive packages give you a sample price from Florida, assume it will be a bit more from other states – the pricing is right on the web site.

I actually found a number of great deals in Cancun as well, and yes, I checked them out through a number of sources. Just go to this site and you will see 50% off (for real) all inclusives in Cancun. During College and University school breaks, it is the Mecca of partying for 18-25yr olds, but during other times of the year it is a good place for everyone. Cancun is a big hotel strip, with tons of bars and …

Santa Barbara Vacation Rentals' Best Kept Secrets: Top 8 Family Spring Break Vacation Tips

Santa Barbara Vacation Rentals' Best Kept Secrets: Top 8 Family Spring Break Vacation Tips

If you’ve got kids in school, your family spring break vacation has special meaning for you. The kids get a week off and it’s probably the only real vacation they (and you) get during those six long months between the winter holidays and summer. Everyone needs a family spring break vacation. You’ve marked off the family’s spring break vacation dates on your calendar months in advance, and everyone is jonesing to hit the road.

How can you make the most of this precious spring break? You want something fun, enriching and affordable. What you need for your family spring break vacation is a Santa Barbara vacation rental home.

Santa Barbara Vacation Rentals’ Family Spring Break Vacation Tip #1 – Escape The Rowdy Crowd: The phrase “spring break vacation” conjures up TV news footage of drunken bashes and out of control college students trashing hotels. When you’re planning a family spring break vacation, party central is the last place you want to be. The simple way to avoid these rowdy spring break revelers is to go where they aren’t. Santa Barbara is a great place to take your family on spring break, and a Santa Barbara vacation rental is the ideal place to base your trip.

Santa Barbara Vacation Rentals’ Family Spring Break Vacation Tip #2 – Control Your Environment For Half The Cost: For a family, the simple tactical advantages of a Santa Barbara vacation rental are enormous. You get double the square footage for your family spring break vacation dollar. You get a two- to three-bedroom beautifully appointed home, instead of a generic hotel room with paper thin walls that will allow you and your children to hear everything the party animals are doing in the next room. (Aside from the noise level, there are some discussions you don’t want to have with your young kids: “Mommy, what’s a Jell-o shot?”).

By using a Santa Barbara vacation rental home for your family spring break vacation, you control the environment. You share no walls, you have your own porch, your own backyard, your own place to breathe without having to keep an eye on questionable hotel guests.You have your own media center, your own big screen TV, a place where you and your family can have all the loud fun and wholesome games you want without having to worry about someone banging on the wall. You get your choice of Santa Barbara vacation rental home each with its own view, unique style (Greek, Spanish Mission, Modern, Italian, French, etc.). Beyond doubling your family’s spring break vacation space for the same money, a Santa Barbara vacation rental home has a unique character so your kids will recall the details of your family spring break vacation for years to come.

Santa Barbara Vacation Rentals’ Family Spring Break Vacation Tip #3 – Santa Barbara Is Family Friendly Destination: A Santa Barbara vacation rental home is more than just gorgeous house to have spring break fun in. What makes a great Santa Barbara …