Our Favorite Winter Vacation Destinations

The best winter vacations start with being matched to the best vacation destination for your personal needs – and that’s what we’re here for. Our travel agents are pros at making the match for you so that you enjoy the best winter vacation package, ever. Get to know our favorite Christmas vacation destinations and then fill out our quick vacation request form for our agents to be in touch quickly.

Cancun, Mexico

Seemingly carved out of the jungle, Cancun sits at the tip of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, twinkling with big resorts and a boisterous nightlife. Ancient Mayan ruins and beautiful palm-fringed beaches compete for your attention during the sun-soaked days. The nights steam up with delicious food, tantalizing cocktails and an array of clubs. Cancun Mexico resorts offer some of the most luxurious accommodations and best all inclusive resorts in Mexico at a highly competitive value. All inclusive resorts in Mexico are easy to find – and we’ll happily recommend our favorites. Christmas in Mexico is always a client favorite.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Entry requirement: Passport that’s valid for at least six months from the date of entry and a tourist card (usually included in the price of your flight)
Language: Spanish
Currency: The Mexican peso is the official currency, though US dollars are accepted at some places.
Flight time: 4 1/2 hours from New York City; 5 hours from LA; 4 hours from Chicago; 2 1/2 hours from Dallas
Getting around: Taxi and bus

When to Go: Cancun at its best

Best weather: Cancun is reputed to have an average of 253 sunny days a year. Trade winds temper the average 84-degree temperature. The rainy season runs from September through November, and hurricane season swirls from June to October.
Best prices: September to November (exact dates vary by hotel)
Festival highlights: Carnival rocks the city in February; the thee day Cancun Food & Wine Festival heats up March; Santo Christo de las Ampollas is celebrated with fireworks, dancing and music from late September to early October.

What to Do

Explore Mayan ruins: Cancun’s big resorts offer a comfortable nest from which to explore ancient Mayan ruins. The seaside Mayan city of Tulum is closest. Good day trips include Coba, a quiet site with towering temple pyramids, and Chichen Itza, a prominent city from the 8th to the 12th centuries. El Castillo, Chichen Itza’s pyramid centerpiece, is a must-see.

Cool beaches and hot nightlife: Masses of lively folks gather to soak up the sun on the ever-popular beaches along Cancun’s “Hotel Zone” — this is the place to grab a volleyball, learn to windsurf and browse the malls along the strip. For a more laid-back, oceanside experience, head over to the nearby beach at Akumal, a popular snorkel spot known for its cenotes (natural sinkholes), azure waters, and underwater caves and corals. When the sun slides out of sight, kick up your heels with the American party crowd at one of the many bars at the three-level Coco Bongo, or relax with cocktails and live music at Roots Jazz Club.

Go shopping: Colorful shopping stands can be found everywhere, but Ki Huic on Tulum Avenue in Cancun is the place to go for crafts. For silver, visit Flamingo Plaza and Plaza Caracol on Kukulcan Boulevard, Cancun’s main drag. Look for the “925” quality stamp, and don’t hesitate to bargain at outdoor markets.

Jamaica

Fun-loving couples and families who want a “no problem” getaway will revel on a happy-go-lucky Jamaica vacation. The third largest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica is easy to reach, economical, and blessed with a bevy of sports and natural offerings as well as a thriving nightlife. Surrounded by the bright blue sea, the “land of wood and water” has three mountain systems, more than 120 rivers, 200 miles of beaches, 25 indigenous bird species, 3,800 flowering plants — 720 of which are unique to Jamaica — and over 500 types of ferns. Jamaica all inclusive resorts make your dollar go further – and who doesn’t want that?

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Language: English and patois
Flight time: 4 hours from New York City; 7.5 hours from LA; 6 hours from Chicago
Getting around: Licensed JUTA taxi recommended

When to Go: Jamaica at its best

Best weather: December to April. Rain (called “liquid sunshine”) is common, especially in October.
Best prices: Mid-April to mid-December; exact dates vary by hotel. Hurricane season swirls from June to November.

What to Do

Montego Bay: Located near the airport on the northwest side of the island, “MoBay” is perfect for golf getaways and short vacations. You can pack a lot of window shopping, beach bumming and rum punches into a short period of time.

Ocho Rios: Garden strollers and nature lovers should make the trip from the airport to Ocho Rios, called “Jamaica’s Garden,” where you’ll find awe-inspiring waterfalls, tropical flora, sugar plantations and quaint fishing villages.

Port Antonio: Called the “most exquisite port on earth,” Port Antonio is a less developed seaside gem on the northeast side of the island near where jerked cooking was invented, and The Blue Lagoon was filmed. Need we say more?

Negril: Legendary for its hedonistic happenings, this once-sleepy secret on the west coast is out. The main draws here are the beautiful Seven Mile Beach, cerulean sea, glorious sunsets and two miles of colorful reef.

Kingston: Although Bob Marley’s home base is culturally rich, we don’t recommend Kingston for vacationers, unless you seek the roots of reggae (visit the Bob Marley Museum) or a starting point to the spas and hikes in the beautiful Blue Mountains.

St. Lucia

Scenic peaks and lush vegetation are just a few things that make this southern Caribbean island so idyllic. St. Lucia’s symbols are the jagged Piton peaks, rugged mountains that climb from the sea to lofty heights. Located on the island’s southwest coast, the verdant slopes of Gros Piton and Petit Piton are among the Caribbean’s most recognizable landmarks.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Entry requirements: Passport valid for six months beyond your departure
Language: English
Currency: Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollar and US dollars
Flight time: 5 hours from New York City; 11 hours from LA; 8 hours from Chicago; 8 hours from Dallas
Getting around:
Bus, rental car (drive on the left!), ferry and taxi

When to Go: St. Lucia at its best

Best weather: St. Lucia’s climate is mild, with almost constant northeast trade winds. The mean temperature is 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainy season runs from July to November.
Best prices: May to June; exact dates vary by hotel. Hurricane season swirls from June to November (September is the trickiest).
Festival highlights: The four-day St. Lucia Jazz Festival is held in May; Carnival is celebrated in extravagant style in July.

What to Do

Stroll through a rainforest: You’ll need a guide to enter the restricted rainforest region, so sign up for a tour to walk through the dense foliage and swim in a tropical waterfall. If you’re lucky, you may see the rare St. Lucian parrot.

Tour a volcano: Walk to the edge of the Sulphur Springs volcano, which last erupted two centuries ago. Lounge in the nearby mineral baths, built among ruins of the first baths commissioned by French King Louis XIV for use by his troops.

Go snorkeling: Don your fins and enjoy the underwater scenery via lazy drift dives, coral walls (some plunging 200 feet deep!) and a 165-foot freighter sunk near Anse Cochon. Keep your eyes peeled: Barrel sponges, angel fish, sea horses, spotted eels, stingrays, nurse sharks and sea turtles all call the area home. Beach entry is best at Anse Chastanet, a hotel on the southwest coast.

Go shopping: Castries, on the island’s north side, is St. Lucia’s capital and offers a lively Saturday market, where vendors sell everything from fruits and local spices to crafts. Choiseul, on the south side, is home to the Arts and Crafts Development Centre, perfect for finding locally made straw, wood and clay handcrafts.

Go dancing: Gros Islet, at the northern point of St. Lucia, is known throughout the Caribbean for its Friday night “jump-up.” Street-side music blares as residents and locals jam to the sounds of reggae, soca and calypso.

Turks & Caicos

Less developed and more upscale than many other spots in the Caribbean, this collection of 40 islands, 8 of which are inhabited, gives Turks and Caicos an intimate feel. Many of the islands are surrounded by a natural reef, making the turquoise waters clean, calm and full of sea life. And there’s plenty to do. Turks and Caicos has some of the best underwater sightseeing around, so snorkeling and scuba diving are a must. Whale and bird watching are two other popular activities, and sunsets over Grace Bay are unforgettable.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Entry requirements: Passport
Language: English
Currency: US dollar
Flight time (to Grand Turk): About 4 hours from New York City; 13 hours from LA

When to Go: Turks & Caicos at its best

Best weather: The climate is sunny and dry with highs in the 70s in the winter. In the summer and early fall, daytime highs range from 85 to 90, and sometimes reaching the mid-90s in the late summer.
Note: Hurricane season runs from June to November.

What to Do

See the sunset: Try to catch the elusive “green flash” at sunset. This split-second burst of emerald light sometimes happens along the horizon on a clear day.

Get a history lesson: Explore historic Cockburn Town on Grand Turk — some say it’s the spot where Columbus first landed in 1492. On top of that, the quaint Bermudian-style houses will catch your eye, and you may be tempted to take an impromptu walking tour through town.

Go to the spa: Unwind at COMO Shambhala with a wide range of holistic therapies, including hot river stone and Thai massages, acupuncture and marine mud therapy.

Ride horses: Between all the snorkeling and the lounging, go horseback riding on Grace Bay beach, one of the highest rated beaches in the western hemisphere. Plan your equestrian adventure for morning, afternoon or evening under the moonlight.

Maui, Hawaii

It’s obvious why Maui is one of the Magic Isles of Hawaii: Rainbows are regular occurrences and artists swoon over the dreamy vistas. By day, sunny shores, palm-fringed golf courses and the largest dormant volcano in the world — filled with hiking trails and lush valleys — battle for your attention. At night, you can try swanky restaurants, watch a luau or simply sit on your starlit lanai and listen to waves break upon the moonlit shore. Hawaii vacations are a fabulous choice for couples and families alike. With your customized Hawaii vacation package, you can lounge on Maui the whole time or split your stay across the islands.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Language: English, Hawaiian and Pidgin (a Creole language that blends English, Hawaiian, Japanese and Portuguese)
Flight time: 6 hours from LA; 11 hours to Honolulu from New York City, plus a 30-minute flight from Honolulu
Getting around: Car, moped, shuttle (at some hotels) and taxi

When to Go: Maui at its best

Best weather: Mild year-round, though summer temps can reach the low 90s. Southern shores generally receive less rainfall than those in the north.
Best prices: Comparable prices year-round
Festivals: The three-day Celebration of the Arts, featuring Hawaiian music, dance concerts and art workshops, occurs in May; Maui Onion Festival peels out in May; and Maui County Fair happens in September or October. All islands celebrate Lei Day on May 1; Kamehameha (named after a Hawaiian king) Day in June; Obon season (Buddhist temples have festivals featuring Japanese folk dancing) in July and August; and Aloha Festivals (a celebration of Hawaiian culture) in September and October (Maui’s is usually the last week in October).

What to Do

Take scenic drives: Hop in the car and have your camera ready for a cruise on the Hana Highway, one of the most enchanting coastal routes in the world. Its 52 miles along the eastward shore is distinguished by 600 curves framed in lush jungle- and waterfall-covered cliffs and ocean drop-offs. Stop at Waianapanapa State Park to stroll a black-sand beach, hike or explore a nearby lava tube. Hana, a quaint and friendly community, gives you a peek at old Hawaii. Continue just outside town to beautiful Hamoa Beach and to the Pools at Ohe’o Gulch, to hike and swim.

Explore volcanoes: Haleakala National Park is the largest dormant volcano in the world, and within it is a huge crater filled with hiking trails and lush valleys. Start at the base and drive from sea level to more than 10,000 feet. On your way up through the clouds, the weather will change and you’ll pass many overlook ops, including Kalahaku Overlook, at 9,324 feet, where you can gawk at the five-foot-tall silver sword plant, found only in Hawaii.

Stroll through cute towns: Check out Lahaina, a whaling town and Hawaii’s former capital; it’s where missionaries wrestled to save the seafaring souls of whalers in the 1800s. Wander the Baldwin Home to see how the locals lived, or lounge under the massive Banyan Tree for shade or sunset mynah bird serenades. At night, enjoy an authentic feast and show at Lahaina Lu’au, or, if it’s Friday, stroll the streets for Aloha Friday, when galleries stay open late.

Westin Maui Hawaii

Overlooking the cobalt-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on legendary Ka’anapali Beach is the perfect island resort for an inspiring Hawaiian vacation. With its beachfront setting, magnificent aquatic playground with five pools and tropical gardens, this Maui hotel appeals to honeymooners and families alike. From uplifting renewal at the Heavenly Spa to world-class dining in oceanfront restaurants, cultural fun, golfing and watersport adventures – the choices are endless.

Oahu, Hawaii

The scene is instantly familiar — a sparkling white beach with an unmistakable crater at the far end. Palm trees lolling lazily in the breeze. It’s the epitome of tropical paradise, the quintessential beach vacation. It’s Honolulu’s world-famous Waikiki Beach on the island of O’ahu. Honolulu proper, which includes Waikiki, is a city of nearly one million people. But it takes up only about one eighth of O’ahu, the second-most northerly isle in the Hawaiian chain. Hawaii vacations are a fabulous choice for couples and families alike. With your customized Hawaii vacation package, you can lounge on Oahu the whole time or split your stay across the islands.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Language: English, Hawaiian and Pidgin (a blend of English, Hawaiian, Japanese and Portuguese)
Flight time: 11 hours to Honolulu from New York City; 6 hours from LA
Getting around: Car, bike and taxi

When To Go: O’ahu at its best

Best weather: Trade winds keep things comfy all year-round. The average temperature is between 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer is drier and has higher temps (April to November) while winter (December to March) is a little cooler.
Best prices: Mid-April to June and September to November

What to Do

Bountiful beaches: Sandy shores rim the island; there’s literally a beach or state beach park every five minutes as you drive around it. Some to check out when you’re taking a leisurely coastal drive: Sandy Beach, with its mongo waves for surfing; Makapu’u, thick with seaweed and kind of rough, but its black-cliff backdrop is famous for its cameo in From Here to Eternity; Kailua Beach, in a pretty, sheltered residential area as you follow the coast north; and Chinaman’s Hat, an islet off of Kualoa Beach near the village of Kaawa you can reach swimming during low tide, or by kayak to get to the tiny beach on its backside.

Swimming and snorkeling: Widely known for some of the very best snorkeling and diving on the island, Hanauma Bay is home to all kinds of fish and coral, and the clear turquoise, shallow cove, reached after a walk (or ride) down a steep trail, is beautiful. Make a quick stop at the Halona Blowhole, just another few minutes by car past Hanauma Bay, where foamy waves flow through a lava tube and spew 30 feet into the air.

Get a history lesson: No visit to O’ahu is complete without a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. You’ll take a boat out to the monument, located in the middle of harbor directly over the wreckage of the warship, which commemorates the Japanese attack that brought the US into World War II. Go back even further in history, to the time before Hawaii was a US state, and visit Iolani Palace, home of the Hawaiian monarchy until 1893 and the only royal palace ever to stand on US soil.

Antigua

Once a British naval hot spot, Antigua offers a genteel take on the leisurely life. Located in the middle of the Caribbean Islands, Antigua is loved for its chalky white beaches, boating (featuring the Caribbean’s largest regatta) and ideal weather year-round. Barbuda, just 25 miles north of Antigua, features 17 miles of beaches, a bird sanctuary and colorful offshore wrecks and reefs ripe for exploration.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Language: English
Flight time: 4.5 hours from New York City; 9 hours from LA; 7 hours from Chicago; 7 hours from Dallas
Getting around: Car (drive on the left!) and taxis
Entry requirements: Passport and return ticket (a departure tax is due when leaving the country)
Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC) and US dollar

When to Go: Antigua at its best

Best weather: Anytime. The Antiguan climate is one of the most idyllic in the Caribbean, thanks to constant sea breezes and trade winds. Temperatures hover around 80 degrees but can rise to 93 degrees during the hot season from May to November.
Best prices: May to November; exact dates vary by hotel. Hurricane season swirls from June to November (September is the trickiest).
Festival highlights: Cheer more than 300 racing yachts during Antigua Sailing Week in late April and early May, or take in one of the Caribbean’s most intoxicating Carnivals, which runs from late July to early August.

What to Do

Abundant beaches: Rimmed by 366 public beaches — one for each day of the year, plus one for luck — there’s a sandy paradise for every beach personality. Some of the best include Half Moon Bay for windsurfing, Dickinson Bay for restaurant hopping and people watching, and Five Islands Peninsula for a clothing-optional experience.

Seafaring lore: History lovers and yachters shouldn’t miss Nelson’s Dockyard National Park at English Harbour in Antigua. Built in 1784, this former naval headquarters now hosts charming old restaurants, craft shops and historic buildings.

Shipyard views: For a stunning panoramic view — of English Harbour and the island of Montserrat — plus steel-pan music, barbecue and a superb sunset, spend your Sunday afternoon at Shirley Heights Lookout, a restaurant perched on a bluff at the south side of the island.

Aruba

Flat, arid and outside the hurricane belt, this Dutch island off the coast of Venezuela is the “A” island of the so-called ABC Islands (Bonaire and Curacao complete the trio). A true paradise, Aruba enjoys low humidity and breezy blue vistas year-round. The island’s not much for tropical foliage — instead, you’ll find rocky deserts, silky sand and the trademark divi-divi tree (bent at a 45-degree angle by strong trade winds). It’s tough to miss the “ka-ching” of casinos, and you’ll be rocking to the infectious steel-band beat of beach barbecues and fish fries. This is, as car license-plates proclaim, “one happy island.”

Before You Go: Need-to-Know Info

Language: Dutch and Papiamento are the official languages, but most Arubans speak English.
Flight time: 4.5 hours from New York City; 11 hours from LA; 9 hours from Chicago; 8 hours from Dallas
Getting around: Taxi, bus and rental car (follow the southwestern-pointing divi-divi trees if you get lost)
Entry requirements: Passport and return ticket
Currency: Aruban florin (AFl)

When to Go: Aruba at its best

Best weather: Aruba enjoys a mean temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit, a fairly constant 10 mph to 20 mph breeze, and blissfully low humidity year-round. July and August are less windy, and short showers occur more often from mid-October through December.
Best prices: April to August; exact dates vary by hotel
Festivals: Colorful Carnival events whirl through the streets each winter (during the two months preceding Ash Wednesday)

What to Do

Underwater sightseeing: Sunken ships include the eye-popping, bombed-in-half German freighter Antilla — its shallow wreckage is easily and eerily visible in the clear ocean waters — and the Jane Sea, a freighter lying in an almost vertical position. Baby Beach is best for shore diving, while Mangel Halto Reef offers fascinating night dives.

Hit the jackpot: Feeling lucky? Aruba has the games for you: blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, baccarat, slot machines and an island original, Caribbean Stud Poker, invented in 1988. This high-stakes game is like blackjack, but tempts players with a progressive jackpot that can skyrocket!

Our Favorite Family Resorts

Whether you’re looking for the best kid friendly all inclusive resort in the Caribbean or Mexico, or luxury Hawaii resort on the beach, we have a favorite in mind for you. We’ve done all your research on the best vacation spots (and visited, too!) so that you don’t take an expensive gamble on your winter vacation.

Beaches Negril, Jamaica

Carefree & Casually Cool. The moment you walk into Beaches Negril, you officially enter a carefree zone. Negril is the place where “laid back” was invented, and that vibe is totally contagious. Before long, you’ll be footloose and cheerful in a paradise where everything is included. When you’re located on the widest stretch of Negril’s famous 7-mile Beach, the best place to be is at the water’s edge. That’s why they’ve even put a waterpark there. Everything you can possibly imagine is beachside at Beaches Negril — from lively pools to restaurants and bars. Seek adventure, relax, or do both. It’s all about spending time with those you love… any way you want.

If you’re looking for the ultimate beach resort in Jamaica with endless choices for everyone in the family including Pirates Island Waterpark, an all-inclusive family vacation at Beaches Negril is for you.

Beaches Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Beaches Ocho Rios has something for everyone in the family. If you’re game for “surf & turf,” from a huge action-adventure waterpark to championship golf for the whole family, look no further than Beaches Ocho Rios all-inclusive resort, voted among the Top 10 Best Beach Resorts by Parents magazine. Twenty-two acres of lush tropical gardens, a gorgeous private white-sand beach, seven gourmet restaurants, three fantastic swimming pools, a dedicated scuba practice pool and an entire ocean of watersports are just a few of the places & things to explore.

Beaches Turks & Caicos

Dive into a one-of-a-kind, unbelievably exciting Beaches all-inclusive Turks & Caicos vacation for the whole family. A 45,000 square-foot waterpark; four magnificent villages, boasting the architecture and ambiance of Italy, France, the Caribbean and Key West; a 12-mile beach lapped by clear turquoise waters; endless fun activities for everyone, from tots to tweens and teens, featuring Sesame Street® characters, the Xbox Play Lounge and a sizzlin’ teen disco, Liquid at Beaches-all located on one of the world’s best beaches.

If you’re looking for the most comprehensive all-inclusive family vacation on a resort that offers every imaginable amenity and the Caribbean’s largest water theme park, Beaches Turks & Caicos is for you.

Generations Riviera Maya, Mexico

Welcome to the quintessential family resort – the All Suite, All Butler, All Gourmet Generations Riviera Maya. Here, you will discover everything from Gourmet Inclusive® à la carte cuisine to infinity pool balcony suites and attentive butler service.

With its beachfront Gourmet Tower featuring four Gourmet Inclusive® restaurants with 180-degree views of the Caribbean Sea, dining at Generations Riviera Maya is an adventure unto itself. With our Eko Kids Club™ offering supervised activities, parents can run off and play all by themselves. And with everything from beach watersports to nightly live entertainment, there are plenty of adult activities to run off to.

Guests ages 18 and over also enjoy full privileges at El Dorado Casitas Royale and El Dorado Royale, our adults-only sister properties located right next door.

Azul Fives, Riviera Maya Mexico

Whoever said youth is wasted on the young has never experienced Azul Fives Hotel, by Karisma. Because for tots, teens, couples, groups, honeymooners and even brides-to-be, this Gourmet Inclusive® playground will bring out the playful side in everyone. At the same time, Azul Fives’ luxury accommodations and impeccable service will satisfy the most discriminating adult tastes.

At The Fives Plaza, you’ll discover trendy shops, live entertainment, four restaurants and two bars. Then make your way down to Azul Fives’ white-sand beach, where swim-up bars, waterfront activities and gourmet à la carte eateries satiate even the heartiest appetite for food and fun.

Aulani Ko Olina Hawaii

Aulani is perfectly positioned on the beautiful beaches of Ko Olina on the leeward coast of O‘ahu.

The Resort sits on 21 oceanfront acres, nestled between verdant mountains and serene ocean waters. Here, you’ll be removed from the crowds of Waikiki, yet close enough to enjoy the wonders of the island.

Aulani is part of the Ko Olina Resort Community & Marina, which features:

  • Spectacular beaches and serene lagoons
  • A championship golf course
  • Shopping and dining venues
  • Water sports, like snorkeling, sports fishing and more

The Ko Olina Area
“Ko Olina” means “Place of Joy.” Part of an original royal land division, Ko Olina was once a sacred area for Hawaiian monarchs and leaders to rest and unwind. Today, the area is an inviting vacation destination for those seeking relaxation.

Our Favorite Resorts for Couples

For couples, friends, or anyone who just isn’t up for hanging out with kids while enjoying their winter getaway, we’ve got plenty of options for you. From the best Caribbean all inclusive resorts, to the shores of Hawaii or overwater bungalows in Bora Bora, we’ll certainly find your paradise getaway.

Sandals Grande Antigua

Discover the World’s Most Romantic Resort

Voted the “World’s Most Romantic Resort” year after year, Sandals Grande Antigua is located on Antigua’s best and most famous beach, Dickenson Bay. Explore the Caribbean Grove, a charming seaside garden oasis graced by meandering pathways, majestic palms and cooling Trade winds. Then step into a realm of chic sophistication where European grandeur unfolds from the hillside to villas-by-the-sea at the Six-Star, all-suite Mediterranean Village. Come relax on silky-soft, pure white sands and let the warmth of the Caribbean fill your senses. Create your own lover’s legend as you share the most romantic holiday of a lifetime. Two perfect worlds. One grand resort. All included.

Sandals Ochi Beach, Jamaica

No place embodies the soul of Jamaica like Ocho Rios. Wrapped in the lush beauty of rolling mountains, meandering rivers, cascading waterfalls, and a picture-perfect coastline, Ochi—as “those in the know” call it—inspires those who seek out its adventurous spirit and chic attitude. This essence of cool Caribbean is found at Sandals Ochi—a distinctive fusion of the French Riviera, with all its savoir faire, and the laid back rhythms of a Jamaican beach resort.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Ideally located on its very own peninsula, Sandals Grande St. Lucian is often described as the “closest vacation to a picture-perfect postcard.” Cradled to the west by Rodney Bay – boasting the calmest waters in all of Saint Lucia – and to the east by the majestic Atlantic Ocean, this magnificent resort showcases awe-inspiring panoramic views that will linger in your heart forever. Volcanic mountains draped in blankets of green rise majestically from an impossibly clear blue sea. A sheltered mile-long beach extends an open invitation for days of endless water play. This is paradise as it was meant to be, full of natural beauty, rich in history, and resplendent in pure romance.

El Dorado Royale, Riviera Maya Mexico

The ultimate in service in the ultimate setting; an exclusive experience that fosters togetherness at Mexico’s premiere adults-only beachfront resort.

Voted one of Conde Nast Traveler´s Top 100 Hotels in the world, El Dorado Royale, a Spa Resort, is an exclusive destination where couples, wedding parties, and honeymooners savour a Karisma Gourmet Inclusive Experience, surrounded by the dreamy landscape of Riviera Maya. Awarded with Four Diamonds by the American Automobile Association (AAA) thanks to its upscale services and luxurious suites which were designed to guarantee rest and comfort.

Let yourself be pampered by the unparalleled Gourmet Inclusive® concept that will take you to enjoy sophisticated delicacies: gourmet dishes at its seven à la carte restaurants, premium beverages at its eight bars, private Jacuzzi in the suites, a spa with luxurious services for couples, personalized service, and six swimming pools… The perfect romantic getaway at this paradise creating amazing moments that you will always remember.

Sun Palace, Cancun Mexico

A couples-only playground in the Mexican Caribbean, Sun Palace is more than a getaway resort – it’s your dream destination. As TripAdvisor’s Top Hotel for Romance Travelers’ Choice Award recipient, two years in a row, Sun Palace is the place for romance in the Mexican Caribbean.

Westin Maui Hawaii

Overlooking the cobalt-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on legendary Ka’anapali Beach is the perfect island resort for an inspiring Hawaiian vacation. With its beachfront setting, magnificent aquatic playground with five pools and tropical gardens, this Maui hotel appeals to honeymooners and families alike. From uplifting renewal at the Heavenly Spa to world-class dining in oceanfront restaurants, cultural fun, golfing and watersport adventures – the choices are endless.

Don't Be Shy

If we didn’t answer all of your questions, feel free to drop us a line anytime.

Get In Touch
w

Plan Smarter, Not Harder.

You’ve got questions; we’ve got answers. There’s a wild amount of vacation information out there – Google may not be able to hold a conversation, but we can.

Commit to Shop Small

When you book your winter vacation this year, choose to Shop Small. When you work with us, not only are you supporting a family business, but also the community we live in.

Learn More >>

Save Time... And Money.

We know what is worth spending on… And what isn’t. Lean on us to cut through the noise and find your best matched holiday vacation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Well, how much will using a travel agent cost me?

Nada. Zip. Zilch. Nothing. FREE. You won’t have to pay us a thing for our planning and negotiation services. Limited exceptions: airfare only and some large or extensive groups.

Excuse me?! Why is Vacationisms free? How do your agents get paid?

As a general practice, we pass no fees on to our clients. There are some exceptions to this rule (air only ticketing, large groups and events, etc) but in most cases, we charge no fees. In an effort to increase the value of your travel, our travel agents reduce fees where we can. In most cases we charge no fees but there are a few exceptions when it comes to air only tickets, deposits on large groups for events and a few more less frequent exceptions that will be discussed as needed pertaining to your needs.

You’re telling me you work for free?

No, we certainly don’t work for free- you just aren’t the one paying us! You can read a little more about how that works in the travel industry here.

Our agents don’t work for free either. In most cases, it’s the travel suppliers that will provide us with compensation for every trip. Fun fact: you’re already paying for this compensation whether you reap the rewards of a travel agent or book it yourself online – these commissions are included in the base price of a trip and paid out from the hotel, cruise and airline companies. They don’t affect the price of your trip and make sure that our travel agents can continue planning great trips!

Now that we got that settled, what do you do exactly?

We do a lot. Choosing our travel agency to book your travel takes all of the work out of your vacation. We do your research, planning, coordination and make sure you are getting the best value possible. Most importantly, we play matchmaker for you. You tell us what you’re after, we tell you what meets all of your hopes and dreams. Easy peasy, right?

Each one of our travel agents has experience in our industry and their own additional specialty. You give us our requirements and your budget and we will do all of the legwork to help prepare options for the trip of your dreams. Then we negotiate the best possible price and extras that you can get out of a trip. We really are interested in getting you the best possible deal and remaining one of the most competitive ways to book a trip.

Any other fun facts for me?

Super cool – usually, you can book your trip with us with just a small deposit instead of paying in full at time of booking. $250-$500 can generally lock down your reservation and protect you from price increases. Final payment isn’t due until within 45-90 days of travel. We will chat more specifics as we go along and they relate to your personal travel plans.

In Their Own Words

Don’t just take it from us, let our clients do the talking!

I requested a quote with no idea where exactly I wanted to go, and was less than helpful in narrowing down the options. My travel coordinator was patient, kind and extremely knowledgeable while working with us and her responsiveness can’t be beat!

Mary

Our agent at Vacationisms is more than just a travel agent – she took the time to really get to know us, and stayed in touch every step of the way. I highly recommend working with them on your travel planning!

Carol

Just a little shout out: if you are thinking about a trip soon or in the future, we had an exceptional experience with our travel agent at Vacationisms! She was with us every step of the way and checked up during our trip.

Lee Ann

Meet more of our favorite places.

Blue Haven Resort

Learn More

Marriott Frenchmans Reef

Learn More

The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

Learn More

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

Learn More

Four Seasons Resort Lanai

Learn More

Andaz Maui at Wailea

Learn More

Aqua Skyline

Learn More

Beach Palace

Learn More

Cozumel Palace

Learn More

Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort

Learn More

Meet Our Brands

Visit BookBetterTravel.com

Let's Plan Your Dream Vacation

Get Started

When you plan travel with Vacationisms, you're shopping small and supporting a privately owned business based in Goffstown, NH.

We're owned by a husband and wife power duo living locally with their two-nager. Yes, two-nager. When you plan your travel with us, you aren't only supporting our amazing team, you're supporting the community, too. We reinvest heavily in our community in social advocacy, youth development and athletic programs, and we too shop small. We believe that our community is important and we appreciate your business to allow us to continue.