Would you reserve entire all inclusive resort?

We all have dreams of being able to buy a private island or at least rent one for a vacation with family and friends. Maybe you are a company that does incentive trips and sometimes find it hard to choose a place or a place you can afford.

Now you have a way to “Buy Out” an all inclusive resort in the Riviera Maya/Tulum area of Mexico. Oasis Resorts is now allowing you to book the Oasis Tulum Lite as part of their new program. This resort has 60 rooms total on site and when you do buy out this resort - no outside guests are allowed. Plus you will also have some access to its sister property - Grand Oasis Tulum, which is a short 5 minute walk.


Mexico Immigration Tourist Card - Now Online

Does this scenario sounds familiar to you...You are heading to Mexico for that much needed time away but just before you land the flight attendants walk down the aisle to hand you the immigration form to fill out.  You are search for a pen or call dibs on the pen when then passenger next to you is done.  Once you have the pen, hopefully you have all the information readily available and that you don't make an error.

Well, that is all changing! You can now fill out the immigration/tourist card online 30 days prior to your arrival. 

I've provided two different links - one is the from the Mexican Immigration Department and the other is from the Cancun Airport.  Forms look different but the end result is the same.

Here’s what you need to complete the form:

  • Contact information
  • Passport information
  • Full Name of the Hotel in Mexico (Address is asked, but not required)
  • Arrival flight information
  • Email address to send you the Tourist Card
  • A printer to print the Tourist Card
  • Don't forget to sign the form!!

More All Inclusive Resorts Coming to Mexico and the Caribbean

In the past couple of weeks, many resort parent companies have announced expansion plans. 

Sunscape Resorts announced that they will be opening its fist property in Cancun on December 1, 2018.  It will be names Sunscape Star Cancun situated between Puerto Cancun and Playa Mujeres.  The Star concept is designed to offer clients an elevated level of service and amenities, along with its signature Unlimited Fun inclusions.

Playa Resorts not only went public in the last 30 days it also sealed a huge deal purchasing five large resorts in the Montego Bay and Ocho Rios area in Jamaica.  The resorts it purchased was the Hilton Rose Hall, and all four Jewel properties - Dunn's River, Runaway Bay, Paradise Cove and Jamaica Grande.  It currently operates two Panama Jack resorts in the Cancun/Rivera Maya area in Mexico, the two Hyatt properties in Jamaica, as well as the Sanctuary resort in the Cap Cana area in the Dominican Republic.

Temptation is expanding it's "sexy vacation" options as it released the news that is spending $70 million to build a new resort in the Dominican Republic, which is scheduled to open at the end of 2019.  Temptation just recently reopened its Cancun location after a major renovation closed it for several months.  It also announced it will be offering the first ever topless Temptation Caribbean Cruise out of Tampa schedule to set sail on February 13, 2020.  There will be theme nights, VIP performance and celebrity DJ's on board.

Royalton Resorts is opening a new property in Cancun scheduled to open at the end of 2018 and another resort in Antigua in early 2019. The Cancun resort will offer oceanfront luxury suites and the first Royalton Rooftop SkyClub.  Antigua will have very modern accommodation and situated on a private beach. 

Sunscape Star Cancun

Sunscape Star Cancun

*Update* Travel Warning to Playa del Carmen

Many of you heard about the travel warning that was released back on March 7th.  The US Consulate was shutdown due to explosive devices found on the ferry from Cozumel.  In fact, one of the devices did detonate back in February injuring 25 people.

Since then, there have been updates but none of it has been release by the US media. It was announced that the consulate has since reopened in Playa del Carmen and the warning/restriction has been eased.  In other words, there is no more warning.  Like many other US tourist destinations, you still need to use common sense when traveling - whether domestic or international. 

It was discovered that the devices found were not terrorist in nature but in retaliation toward one of owners of the ferry company.  Who, at one time, was the governer of the state who was brought up on charges of corruption.  This was someone who was upset with the owner and the company and did what he could to get back at him.  Sounds familiar these days, I'm sorry to say.

For those of you, who are have already booked your travels or have been on the fence about booking since this warning/restriciotn was announced, you are gonig to be safe gong to the Playa del Carmen area.. 

No matter where you travel internationally, we do recommend that you do register your travels with the State Deparment, in the event that something should happen abraod in your area.  This way they know who is in the area and can reach out to you.

If you have more questions or would like to talk more about this topic, please email or call us.


New Terminal and Ship for Carnival in Los Angeles

Growing up in Los Angeles most of my childhood, there were lots of things to do.  One of those things was taking a quick trip on #Carnival out of #LongBeach (Los Angeles) for a 3 or 4 night cruise.  We've seen lots of new ships and renovations to many of the Florida ports but never for Los Angeles.  Well that has changed!  Carnival has updated and renovated it's terminal at the Port of Long Beach and now for the first time in 20 years, there will be a new ship coming to make its new home - #CarnivalPanorama.  It is scheduled to arrive in November 2019 with a tentative itinerary to the Pacific side of the Mexican Riviera.

With the news of Southwest now going offer year round nonstop flights to Los Angeles, to complete with #AmericanAirlines you may have easier access to these cruises.

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Make a "Nude" Year's Resolution?

Okay, I know, this may seem taboo or sexist to some but the reality is there are many more people these days that are taking the plunge to experience a clothing optional resort.  In the past, we came up with images or heard stories about resorts like Hedonism in Jamaica or Desire in the Riviera Maya where it is "anything goes".  While there is some truth to that isn't always the case - especially today!

Many adults are now embracing the concept of "less is more" in their lives and took it to the next level by experiencing a clothing optional resort.  The stigma is not there as much as we see teachers, CEO's, and those in high stress jobs along with everyday people shed their outside skin. A resort that is vert popular is Hidden Beach by Karisma.  This is a gourmet 5 star all inclusive clothing optional resorts that caters to this niche market. We see the success of these resorts as they sell out regularly.  It is a way now for many to truly disconnect from their lives and relax. 

While we know it isn't for everyone, a step outside of your comfort zone isn't always a bad thing and you never know what you might learn about yourself.


Cabo San Lucas Group Trip - October 7-21, 2017

We have tried the past couple of years to host a trip to somewhere warm and fun but it never seemed to work out mainly from a timing stand point.  This year we got everything to line up and made our first host trip to Cabo San Lucas this past October.  It was a short and sweet trip of 4 night to the Riu Santa Fe in Cabo.  

The cost seemed to be a great motivating factor for couples and friends - being under $1000 per person.  For a single traveler, it was just over $1009 but still not bad considering you were getting an Oceanview room.  Overall, the time away was perfect for most - an extended weekend.  For others, it worked out even better as it was over Columbus Day so a free day of vacation.  

Talking with the group - everyone had a good time overall.  There were a few concerns but nothing from a safety standpoint when it comes to alcohol.  Some said that it tasted a bit more watered down but you kept a good "buzz" throughout the day - and not something that made you ill or pass out.  The biggest concern was the quality of the food at some of the restaurants.  The best meal I was told was at the steakhouse, which is a bit surprising but not totally.  Besides, who doesn't love a good steak!?

Some of the group did an excursion off property - a sunset booze cruise.  It wasn't the huge boat that had you in like sardines but a smaller catamaran style with just enough people to interact but not claustrophobic.  No big meals but simple finger food - of course enough chips & salsa for everyone.   Those who went said it was a lot of fun.  In fact, was told that one of the "bigger" booze cruises there needed up being stopped by the local police because they had too many people on board.  Not sure what happened in the end but I'm sure many people were upset.  

One of the big things I was told by the group was that they had more fun off property than onsite.  That they would bring more money next time to go explore the town and places to eat.  One said, they had to leave the resort to find something  more to their taste and dietary needs.  Again, they said, that the resort was nice but wouldn't be a choice for them in particular in the future.  

Also, during this time was a huge event - for those of you rock fans - it was Sammy Hagar's 70th birthday party.  Yes, many of us are old or not old enough to know the name.  Cabo was practically sold out for a week and this with a tropical storm that had come in a month prior which dumped a year's worth of rain.  The big thing to take from this is that there were no security issues at this time.  People were going into town and having a great time.  So no matter what the government may say about "travel warnings", you need to talk with those who have been there or deal with this on a day to day basis.  Remember, the media and government's job is to scare you - and they do a good job most of the time.  If you hear of news about warning or safety issues, get in touch with someone, like myself, who is in the travel industry.  We have our contacts in these areas who can give us first hand knowledge of what is really going on.  

Thank you to everyone who went on this group trip and had a great time in Cabo plus made a few new friends at the same time.  We will be doing this again and hope to have details shortly after the new year.

Safe Travels - Bon Voyage!


Gran Caribe & Gran Porto Rebranded

This Fall you will find two new resorts - one in Cancun and one in the Riviera Maya.  Gran Caribe & Grand Porto resort have been re-branded as Panama Jack Resort.  Panama Jack has been know for it's beach attire and sunglasses.  Now they have thrown their hat (pun intended) to join the all inclusive experience.  They are calling this new venture as "all inclusive re-imagined".  These resorts still remaining family friendly resorts but know with the touches you find with all of their products.  It's about entering a tropical paradise where you will find both recreation and relaxation.  The adventure begins when you are a traveler and not a tourist.