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14 Apr



April 14, 2014 | By |

Must Experience

Land and Sea

This popular tour provides two contrasting perspectives of the western side of the island. Visit the only drive-in volcano and Sulphur Springs, Toraille Waterfalls and Gardens, and stop for swimming.

Rainforest Sky Rides

Traverse the rainforest in an aerial tram gondola zip-line on this fun and unique tour, and view the lush scenery below. Fruit drinks and water are included.

From Sugar to Rum

This tour focuses some of Saint Lucia's major industries, past and present. Sample over 20 different blends of rum. Stop at Marigot Bay for photos and refreshments.

Must see

Les Pitons

Epic, grand and serene, the two iconic hills of Saint Lucia rise from the shimmering Caribbean, signaling your arrival to this island paradise.

Must do

Snorkelling & scuba diving on the coral reef

The Anse Chastanet reef is home to more than 150 different species of fish and comprises of a marine plateau and dramatic slopes that fall away to a depth of more than 140 ft.

Must try

A Shandy

Light, refreshing and tangy, a shandy is the perfect drink for a hot island afternoon. Mix local Piton beer with ginger ale, lemon or sorrel (a slightly bitter herb). Stir and enjoy.

Must bring Home


Found throughout the Caribbean, these bright prints are the national dress of Saint Lucia. Bring home a full outfit or a traditional headpiece known as a tête-en-l’air.

07 Apr


What to Do on Mexico’s West Coast

April 7, 2014 | By |

While the country’s Caribbean coast collects the bulk of travellers year-round, Mexico’s western Pacific Coast shines with hidden gems and idyllic, beachfront towns worth discovering. Here’s our round-up of what to see and do on the west coast.

Los Cabos

 Visit Los Cabos

Deep Sea Fishing & Whale Watching

Los Cabos is known as the “Marlin Capital of the World,” and deservedly so, as more marlin are caught here than any other place on Earth. Experience the thrill of battling these incredible creatures!

From December to April, look out for (much) larger fish stirring these waters, as that’s when humpback whales and gray whales make their way down to warmer waters. Whale-watching tours take you as close as possible to these spectacular species.

Todos Santos

Designated by the Mexican government as a pueblo mágico for its “magical” heritage and culture, Todos Santos is a former sugar cane milling town turned charming art mecca. Wander through colourful streets, break for a delicious lunch, and pop in to artisan shops.

Seaside Sights

Jump on-board a water taxi to El Arco—the Arch of Cabo San Lucas, a limestone rock formation that straddles the point where the Pacific Ocean becomes the Gulf of California. Book an excursion to Isla Espíritu Santo to swim with wild sea lions, or head to the national marine park of Cabo Pulmo for the best diving and snorkelling.

Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo


Las Gatas Beach

Spend a perfect day on a beautiful, secluded white-sand beach, accessible only by boat. Snorkel or swim in clear waters, or just soak up the rays. Lined with restaurants, it also serves up delicious seafood on-shore!

Surf’s Up

Whether you’re surfing your first wave or seeking out the big wave, you’ll be amped to discover the sublime surf spots. Try Zihuatanejo’s La Madera beach, and Ixtapa’s Las Escolleras or Linda beaches.

Turtle Power

Participate in the preservation of turtles, including Black Sea, Olive Ridley, and Leatherback sea turtles. Depending on the time of year, you can either witness sea turtles nesting and laying the eggs, or help with the release of hatchlings back to the sea.

Puerto Vallarta / Riviera Nayarit

Puerto Vallarta

Discover Yelapa

Sail to Yelapa, a charming fishing village overlooking the Bahía de Banderas. Snorkel in secluded coves, see the work of rosewood artisans, hike to a waterfall, or relax on the beach.

See ya in Sayulita

Just north of Puerto Vallarta, this boho beach town has beckoned surfers to its shores for decades. Make it to the nearby uninhabited Marieta Islands and check out the art galleries for the vibrant art of the indigenous Huichol people.

Rhythm of the Night

Watch the sunset from the malecón (boardwalk) and delve into Puerto Vallarta’s legendary nightlife. From hip beach bars to LGBT-friendly spots, microbreweries and jazz clubs, this city keeps you up till sunrise.



Culture & Traditions

Learn about Huatulco’s artistic and culinary traditions! The region is located in the state of Oaxaca, known for its delicious cuisine and unique culture. Sample its moles, complex sauces made with countless ingredients, and its smoky, agave-based liqueur—mezcal.

Hey bay-by

Bounce from bay to bay! Huatulco includes nine beautiful bays, from the cruise port of Santa Cruz Bay to the luxury resort-lined Tangolunda Bay. Snorkel at La Entrega, reach La India by boat only, bird-watch at Cacaluta or surf at Barra de la Cruz. To each their…bay!

Do Go Chasing Waterfalls

Two Huatulco day-trips take you into the wild. One option is a jaunt to Hagia Sofia, an ecological park completes with botanic garden, riverside trails, and a lovely waterfall inviting a refreshing dip. Alternately, go for a trek to the Sierra Madre mountain range, which, don’t worry, also has a waterfall.

What’s Next

Won over by the west coast? We don’t blame you! Decide which destination fits what you’re looking for and explore our packages for the perfect price. Hot travel tip: check out our last-minute deals on packages to Mexico’s Pacific coast, including all-inclusive resorts or hotels in Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Los Cabos and Huatulco.

01 Apr


East Coast of Mexico

April 1, 2014 | By |

Mexico is the land of colour, flavour, beaches and, of course, fiesta. In Cancun and Riviera Maya, remarkable Mayan ruins and beautiful beaches abound.

Riviera Maya

Chichen ItzaChichen Itza

Chichen Itza is one of the most studied and visited ruins of the Mayan world. Learn about the Castle of Kukulcan, the Ball Court, and much more.

Xcaret Xcaret

Xcaret, or “little inlet,” is an eco-archeological park where you can find underground rivers, a butterfly pavilion, turtle farm, horses, a beach and Xcaret's one-of-a-kind celebration, Xcaret Mexico Espectacular.


Scuba DivingScuba Diving

Cozumel's spectacular reefs are without a doubt the region's best-known attractions. The reefs offer dazzling variety and beauty, and incredible formations. Packages are available for both experienced and non-experienced divers.


Xplor Xplor

From ziplining to underground river rafting, journeying through the jungle, and swimming in an amazing underground cave system, Xplor promises an unforgettable day of adventure!

Tulum and Xel-Ha Tulum and Xel-Há

Discover Tulum, one of the most beautiful Mayan cities, with incredible ruins and historical artifacts. Next, journey to Xel-Há, the world's largest aquarium, and enjoy snorkelling, wall climbing and cliff jumping.

27 Jan


Celebrating in the sun

January 27, 2014 | By |

… just got better. Take your wedding to the sun, and suddenly finding places for everyone to stay, planning the entertainment and finalizing the menu, all become a breeze. Many of our resorts offer fantastic wedding specials and on-site wedding coordinators who can take care of just about everything from the flowers, the food and the music to the seating arrangements and table decorations. The only things left for you to worry about are how many swimsuits to bring and how many people to invite. And the larger the group, the easier it gets. For groups of 10 or more, Air Canada Vacations has travel specialists ready to organize all your travel plans from flights and hotels to great rates and other perks. Celebrating in the sun simply unforgettable.

Forty in Vegas

As if my group of friends hadn’t done enough for my 40th a whole weekend in Vegas with the 10 of us golfing, dining and taking in great shows I found myself on the last day in a helicopter high above the Grand Canyon. Great majestic cliffs and the tiny blue ribbon of the Colorado way down below. It was a stunning sight and perhaps the best birthday present I’ve ever received.

Family Caribbean Cruise

We’d shopped the market in St. Thomas. We’d climbed to Brimstone Hill Fortress on St. Kitts. We’d tasted spicy treats on Grenada. My parents’ retirement had been toasted. My husband had discovered a passion for hot tubs. My sister and her husband had fallen in love again at the piano bar. All the kids, all six of them, had made great friends at the kids’ club. And now, on our way to dive the blue waters of Bonaire, I stood on the bow of our cruise ship and looked up at the glorious night sky—sparkling stars as far as far can be.

The time of my life in London

Still jetlagged, my gang of friends and I clambered into our seats at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The place was electric. Hundreds of ABBA fans all crowded in to see the 10th anniversary of Mamma Mia in London. The curtain went up and I think I sang along with every single song. After the bows and the cheering, I thought it was over and then… Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson actually appeared onstage and I just went berserk.

29 Jan


A gold star for the whole family

January 29, 2013 | By |

Discover Iberostar’s unique collection of Premium Gold hotels offering an exceptional all-inclusive vacation experience for the whole family. Enjoy spacious accommodation in stunning resorts set on the most beautiful beaches. Feel pampered by courteous concierge service and 24-hour room service.

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29 Jan


Star bright for adults only

January 29, 2013 | By |

The award-winning resorts of the Iberostar Grand Collection offer the ultimate in all-inclusive, adults-only luxury. Enjoy all-suites accommodations with luxurious amenities, including European linens with Pillow Menu, a personalized mini bar, personalized butler service and 24-hour room service. For added indulgence experience Grand Star Service which includes ocean-front rooms, private check-in, breakfast in bed, luggage packing and unpacking, nightly pressing service and more.

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29 Jan


Star Dining

January 29, 2013 | By |

We all know that the Maya were accomplished astronomers, mathematicians and architects, having given the world magnificent temples, their famous calendar and lots more. But what many don’t know is that the Yucatan Peninsula was also a hot bed of culinary exploration… and still is.

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20 Dec


Discover the Balmoral Tower at Sandals Royal Bahamian

December 20, 2012 | By |

Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island has unveiled a completely renovated Balmoral Tower—named after the Queen’s private residence in Scotland—featuring all new rooms, suites with oversized balconies, new walkout suites, a new state-of-the-art penthouse gym, and a sophisticated lobby with marble floors and stylish chandeliers.

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20 Dec


Dive into the Blue Bahamas

December 20, 2012 | By |

Ever since Jacques Cousteau changed the world with his revolutionary Aqualung over 60 years ago, the Bahamas has been at the top of the list of the world’s best dive sites. This archipelago’s 700 islands cover 259,000 square kilometres throughout the Western Atlantic and offer an amazing range of dive adventures, including pristine coral reefs, soaring vertical walls, historic wrecks, tunnels, caverns and blue holes.

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29 Nov


Cruise the world in Style

November 29, 2012 | By |

Imagine discover the world on luxurious boat of  Royal Caribbean. Explore the South Pacific, Mediterranean and Easter Caribbean in style with Royal Caribbean.

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