Give it a try and tell us what you think in the comments below
Give it a try and tell us what you think in the comments below
Our very own tripcentral.ca travel agent, Lee-Ann Barker, enjoyed a 7-night all-inclusive Jamaica vacation just a couple of months ago. She and her husband stayed at the 4* Braco Village Resort & Spa, which features lots of entertainment day and night, as well as several dining options and great food.
“The hotel is a moderate size and is divided into two sections,” she said, “along with a pool in each section. One section is considered the ‘quiet side’and the other the more ‘lively side,’ which is where the activity staff spends most of the day playing games with guests.”
“The quiet side is for those who want to relax with a good book, or take a nap under the shade of the palm trees. The property is kept very clean and well kept.”
“While the Braco Village Resort & Spa may not have the absolute best beach in Jamaica, it is still a great walking beach and also has a great little area for those who like to snorkel. If you’re interested in the very best of the best beaches, you’re better off heading toward Negril’s famous 7 Mile Beach.”
“The food was great, which I always find in Jamaica. Mixtures of international and fine dining are both something you can find at Braco Beach. There is also a cafe open throughout the day serving great international coffees and baked goods. For those who love pasta and pizza, the cafe turns into an Italian restaurant in the evening and has some of the best pizza I’ve ever had. They have a wood-burning oven serving up the best pizzas and calzones. The only thing that was a bit of a disappointment was that there wasn’t enough local cuisine.
My husband and I stayed in a one-bedroom ocean-view suite, which was very clean. It featured a beautiful balcony looking over the gardens and ocean. All rooms, no matter which category you decide to go with, are all just steps away from the beach. The property offers beachfront suites as well, which I would recommend to those who spend a little more time on their balcony so they can enjoy the views.
“YSFalls & Blake River Tour is by far the best excursion in my opinion. Everyone raves about Dunns River Falls, and yes, it is nice but YSFalls is truly breathtaking. It feels as though you are in a tropical forest with this majestic waterfall, truly a beautiful site. The cost of the tour was approx $80.00 per person and is a full day tour.
First you start at the Blake River for a boat ride through the mangroves and you see many crocodiles along the way. After that, you have a local lunch and then drive further inland to experience YSFalls. I went with my husband on this tour but it’s great for everyone of all ages. Also, once at YSFalls, you can zip line or river tube but this is at an additional cost and is done locally within the park.”
The helpful, friendly staff at this resort makes it a great value for your Jamaica vacation dollar. Lee-Ann said, “I chose this destination because I have been to Jamaica several times in the past and I am never disappointed with the service, food and the many things to do off property, like shopping, nightlife and local sights.” She said it’s a great place to relax and meet new people.
Have you ever been to Jamaica? Where’d you stay, what’d you do? Tell us all about it! If you’re interested in booking a jamaica vacation, email Lee-Ann or giver her a call at 1-800-665-4981 ext. 7274.
Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans. ~John Lennon
I asked our travel agents where are some of the most exotic places around the world? What are some of the most exciting excursions? What are some of the must-see and must-dos in the world. While some of their answers were more exotic than others, they were all worthy of making this list: 18 Things I Want to Do & See While I Still Can.
Here are some of the highlights!
#17: Galapagos Islands. Our very own Debbie Maguire recently visited the Galapagos Islands and was lucky enough to swim with sea lions!
#16: NYC Deli. Ya, that sounds about right to me! You haven’t had a real sandwich until you’ve been to a New York City Jewish deli. I recommend Carnegie Deli on 7th Ave at 55th St.
#15: Le Lido in Paris, France. You don’t hear as much about this one, I think simply because there are so many sights to see in France. But the cabaret show at Le Lido is not to be missed.
#14: Speaking of Paris shows, Moulin Rouge is another must-see when visiting France. This show features world-renowned showgirls and Cancan dancers!
#13: Gorillas in the Mist. Remember the Sigourney Weaver movie about naturalist Dian Fossey? Imagine walking the same Rwandan jungle with the mountain gorillas, quietly gazing upon these gorgeous creatures. Top of my list for sure!
#12: Inca Trail Hike: This is one of the most famous hikes in the world. The 4-day walk takes you through 45 kms of mountain scenery, subtropical jungle, Inca paving stones, tunnels and ruins. This journey is not for the faint of heart.
#11: Jamaican Jerk Chicken. Another one of life’s simple pleasures, Jamaican jerk chicken paired with beach-side reggae music and tropical bevvies — try me!
#10: Farm Stays. Seriously? Why not! There are “luxury” farm stays from New Zealand to New York, where you can get your hands dirty and lounge at the pool. Check out some of these ultimate farm stays to see what I mean.
#9: The city below me from a hot-air balloon. Now that sounds like fun! If you’re not afraid of heights, a hot-air balloon ride is an experience of a lifetime – one that too many of us miss out on, I think.
#8: Niagara Falls. I forget about this one at times because it’s practically in my backyard. But for those who aren’t lucky enough to live here, Niagara Falls is a site that absolutely must be seen.
#7: Ski the Swiss Alps. This was my contribution to the list. One of my greatest regrets in life is that I didn’t ski the Alps while I was in Switzerland. At least I have a solid excuse to return!
#6: Take a river cruise. It’s true what they say, river cruising is without a doubt the best way to travel through many of the world’s most fascinating places. Cruise Europe, Russia, Egypt, China … so many spectacular sights to see on a river cruise.
#5: Take any cruise! Yes, a river cruise does sound tempting with its more intimate setting, but cruising is cruising, and if you’ve never been on a cruise ship, you are definitely missing out. If you like the water, a cruise really can give you the best bang for your travel buck.
#4: The Great Barrier Reef in Australia. This is one of the best vacation destinations in the world. Better still, it is arguably the most well-known and well-loved places to go scuba diving and snorkeling … on the entire planet!
#3: The Luxor. No, not the hotel in Vegas. The Luxor in Egypt. Travellers have been visiting this destination for hundreds of years to gaze upon its magnificence. For anyone interested in ancient history, monuments and culture, the Luxor is a must-see.
#2: Iceland – the land of fire and ice. Did you know that Iceland is one of the most volcanic regions in the world? In addition to whale-watching, hiking and fishing excursions, one of the most famous attractions is the Gullfoss double-tiered waterfall and the spouting hot springs of Geysir.
#1: Cesme Peninsula, Turkey. Here are some of the world’s most picturesque villages with crumbling Greek facades and seemingly endless miles of sparsely populated beaches. Vacationers can relax in the thermal spas, stay at one of the many bayside resorts, or book a romantic boutique hideaway.
Now it’s your turn! Tell us about your favourite vacation destinations of all time…