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How to Have a Destination Celebration

Silky sands, turquoise waters, frozen concoctions, delicious local bites, warm breezes and some good old fashion relaxation – sounds like the perfect way to take it all in and celebrate the beach. So where should you go if you’re looking to experience all of this for yourself? Here are a few destinations that are perfect for this kind of celebration.

Bávaro Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic, Bávaro Beach is located in the heart of Punta Cana. It’s home to all the things you need to get your destination celebration on. The first necessity is a top-notch resort that’s got a great location and ton of perks to help you celebrate.

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Iberostar Bávaro is 4 stars of all-inclusive luxury and located right on the coveted Bavaro Beach. Your stay here could consist of swimming in the large freeform pool, playing in the onsite water park or taking an afternoon nap on the beautiful beach. And when you get hungry, stop into one of 10 restaurants or grab a drink at one of the 10 bars. You can also go for a round of golf at the Iberostar Bávaro Golf Club onsite. And as nighttime falls, enjoy DC-6, a disco styled after an airplane where the DJ spins international hits in a cockpit. Did we mention you’ve got access to 24-hour all-inclusive here?

While you shouldn’t need to leave your resort for hardly any reason, if you’re looking to get out and explore some of the beach – we recommend having lunch at Jellyfish Restaurant. Their world-class menu of fresh seafood and beachfront views makes it an experience you don’t want to miss out on.

And for the thrill seeker in us all, perhaps you should rent an ATV and explore the lush, natural terrain that calls the Dominican Republic home. While you’re off exploring the lands of the DR, you can also venture to one of the many coffee and cocao plantations and learn how the beans turn into the deliciousness that is our beloved coffee. And of course, you can grab a few organic samples to bring home with you.

Bahia de Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico 

The beaches in Cancun are known to be pretty, clean and in a near perfect location to many of the resorts here. Known as the hotel zone, the hot beaches of Cancun are home to over 80 all-inclusive resorts. If this doesn’t sound like you’ve got options, we’re not sure what does. One of our choice resorts for celebration central is Hard Rock Hotel Cancun.

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What’s more fitting than a resort that’s built around throwing one heck of a party? The ultra-modern interior speaks to its party vibe, as well as its fun nightlife and kid-friendly perks. Grab a seat at the Beach Bar and order a signature cocktail before heading off to the freeform infinity pool for a dip. The kiddos can enjoy the waterslides in the kids’ pool while you oversee it all from one of two swim up bars. And enjoy the teppanayaki show at dinner or the samplings at any of the other four restaurants. Kids can hang at the supervised kids club while you catch a show at the amphitheater, all before calling it a night in your rock’n’roll suite.

And since Cancun is known as a beach hotspot, you’ll want to see what all the buzz is about. Be sure to check out Señor Frogs or Carlos’n Charlie’s. Either of these fabulous spots will give you a dining experience unlike any other. Don’t be surprised if the staff asks you stand on your chair and do a crazy dance, or better yet, jump on stage and participate in a fun contest. These are just two of the many places in Cancun’s downtown area that are action packed and full of fun.

Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica

Taking on the island of Jamaica is sure to promise memorable experiences full of vibrant culture, beautiful beaches and high-end luxury. That’s exactly what you’ll find on Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Jamaica. This is one of the Jamaican beaches that attract visitors looking for a quiet retreat. You’re also in a perfect location to experience all of Jamaica, if you’re feeling adventurous.

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Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect place to call home while experiencing the 1,700 feet of Seven Mile Beach located on resort property. With ample amounts of pool or beachside loungers and palapas, we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the surf, while munching on jerk chicken quesadillas from Café Sandals. And cool down in the pool with a Coco Loco from the swim-up bar at one of the four pools before dinner. With seven restaurants, nightly entertainment and out-of-this-world service, it’s no surprise that this resort has won the coveted Five Star Diamond Award.

But if experiencing off-the-beaten-path adventure is more your way of celebrating Jamaica, make sure to go for a dip in the Blue Hole. Located 40 minutes from Negril, this mineral spring swimming pool is a hidden oasis. If you’re feeling braver than ever, jump 22 feet into this natural spring pool. Then enjoy some local food and a good cocktail as a reward for unleashing your inner daredevil. You might also consider stopping by the open air Craft Market on your way home for some authentic souvenirs.

So it’s fairly obvious that no matter where you chose to go in the Caribbean or Mexico, it’s all about destination celebrations. There are always plenty of things you’ll experience that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. It’s just another reason we love celebrating it all at the beach. Where would you go for the perfect destination celebration? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 

 

Beach Bars You’ll Be Dying to Order a Drink From

Is there anything that goes together better than peanut butter & jelly, Sonny & Cher or salt & pepper, just to name a few? Well, we’d suggest that there isn’t anything more perfect for one another than a beautiful beach and an ice cold drink to compliment the view. So, this week we’re all about the places you can get a signature concoction and bask in the sun. Best beach bars…ready, set, go!

Nikki Beach, ME Cabo by Melia

Perfectly placed on Cabo San Lucas’ only swimmable beach, ME Cabo by Melia is one of the area’s hottest resorts and known to throw some of the best beach parties. Playa del Medano, the beach ME Cabo is located on, is near Los Cabos landmarks, Land’s End & Lover’s Beach and visible from the Bali beds and two pools at Nikki Beach. With pool DJs all year long and a swim up bar serving up the best beach drinks around, Nikki Beach is a luxurious beachfront utopia that Los Cabos has come to be known for.

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This trendy hotspot has an entire schedule of parties planned for the rest of the summer, like a Pirate themed party on August 17 or it’s weekly events, such as Nikki Beach in the House that takes place every Friday or Soleil @ Nikki Beach, every Saturday through the end of the summer. And after an afternoon full of bottle service and handpicked DJ tunes, head out on the town as you’re in walking distance from some of the most legendary clubs and lounges in the area. There’s no denying that your time at Nikki Beach and ME Cabo by Melia will leave you feeling like the a-list party goer you’ll be surrounded by here.

Rick’s Café, Negril, Jamaica

Quite possibly one the most well known bars in Jamaica and with good reason, Rick’s Café is a hotspot serving up signature cocktails and offering an unforgettable time. Since 1974, this bar & grill has come to be a Jamaican staple. Rick’s Café was the first public bar in the quiet fishing town of Negril years ago and still boasts unforgettable views from it’s naturally formed cliffs.

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At Rick’s, you can spend your day by the only cliff side pool and take advantage of the cabana service as your bask in the Jamaican sun. Or after spending the day at Negril’s iconic Seven Mile Beach, settle into the patio at Rick’s for possibly the best view on the island of the Jamaican sunset. Oh, and we can’t forget to mention the cliff divers that regularly jump from the West End Cliff where Rick’s Café sits.

Infiniti Bar, Grace Bay Club, Turks & Caicos 

How does sipping a beverage served at a bar that stretches all the way onto Grace Bay Beach and the crystal clear waters of Turks & Caicos sound? If you agree that this sounds like pure heaven, then we’ll save you a seat at Grace Bay Club’s Infinity Bar. This five-star resort is home to the longest bar in the Caribbean, stretching over 90 feet long and boosting some of the best views on the islands.

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Spend your afternoon at either the family friendly main pool or adults’ only pool, or take advantage of the free watersports offered, such as snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing. And as the sun sets into the picturesque horizon, sample some of the tapas dishes and Caribbean cocktails at the bar that seems to disappear into the ocean. After a cocktail hour at Infinity Bar and dinner at one of the resort’s four restaurants, head to hip on-the-beach oasis, The Lounge for an evening of sizzling fun. And as you retire to your oceanfront suite, mentally prepare yourself to live this dream all over again the next day.

While these are just a sample of our favorites, there’s no denying that the Caribbean & Mexico are known to have some of the best bars with the best views. Let us know your favorite spot to catch some sun and a drink in the comments below. Cheers!

Five Fiesta Vacations You Won’t Want to Miss

Would it surprise you to know that the U.S. celebrates Cinco de Mayo more so than Mexico? Unless you call Puebla (the city where the Mexican army defeated the French on the fifth of May) home, the likelihood that you’ll find a slew of designated Cinco de Mayo festivities in Mexico isn’t high. But that’s okay; we’ll argue you don’t need an excuse to party in paradise. And what’s better than an ice-cold cerveza, some clear blue waters and some serious rest & relaxation to ring in this holiday?

Let’s start the party in Playa del Carmen. This Mexican hot spot is known for its stellar beaches and even spicier nightlife. Our pick here is 5-star THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen. Not only will you be submersed in luxury during your stay here, but you’re also mere steps from Playa del Carmen’s famed Fifth Avenue. This area of Playa del Carmen is home to plenty of hip nightspots and trendy cafes, making it the ideal area to put on your dancing shoes and party all night long.

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Don’t worry; your days spent at THE ROYAL will be full of numerous all-inclusive dining options, sunbathing at both of the enormous freshwater swimming pools with built-in Jacuzzis, hanging out at the in-pool lounges and lively swim-up bar, and maybe even a tennis match on the rooftop tennis court.

Puerto Rico is the next party spot we’d recommend. With plenty of options for nightlife and even more things to do and places to see during the day, El San Juan Resort & Casino is an ideal home-away-from-home. Located in the city’s fashionable Isla Verde district, stop in at the resorts’ Club BRAVA nightclub or if you’re feeling like rattling Lucky Lady, hit the slots at the 13,000-sq-ft El San Juan Casino.

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When you’re not busy perusing around the 15 acres of hotel grounds, including pools and beach, plan a day trip to Casa Bacardi, the famous rum factory in Old San Juan. You’ll learn all about the history of sugar cane in the Caribbean, as well as the origins of rum making. And, of course, there are plenty of free samples to go around.

Ready to rock? We are too. That’s why your next vacation party spot should be hosted at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana. This Dominican Republic hot spot was recently named a 2013 AAA Four Diamond hotel and is the first all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel in the world. This resort does everything big, offering 13 restaurants, seven bars and 15 pools. As the sun goes down, stop into the 45,000-sq-ft, Vegas-style casino or grab bottle service at Oro Nightclub, open daily from 11pm – 3am.

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And if you’re all about thinking ahead, make plans to attend the Enrique Iglesias Concert on July 23. Tickets can be purchased at the hotel. Your party options are endless here and with a hotel that embraces a rock ’n’ roll attitude, we can’t think of a better place to party hardy.

Another destination known for it’s great nightlife and “party in paradise” attitude is Los Cabos. And why not live it up in Cabo at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, All Suites Resort & Spa. This resort has five free-form swimming pools, five Jacuzzis, endless amounts of shady loungers and six swim-up bars, making your days spent poolside unforgettable. And when you’re looking for a beach that’s straight out of a magazine, catch the complimentary shuttle that takes you to Pueblo Bonito’s sister resort on Medano Beach, the perfect setting for continuing the party vibe. When night falls, dress up for one of the resorts’ themed dinners and have a nightcap at the ocean-view terrace of The Lobby Bar.

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And since you’ll be busy partying the day away, reward yourself at the Spa at Sunset Beach. This resort spa was named the “#1 Top Hotel Spa in Mexico” and among the “Top 10 Hotel Spas in Mexico, Central and South America” by Travel + Leisure. We recommend the Honey Sugar Glow, where an exclusive formula of crystallized honey hydrates, exfoliates and soothes the skin.

Our fifth and final recommendation for a good, quality place to party is on an island that’s name says it all. Riu Palace Paradise Island is the Bahamas resort that rests on three miles of satiny sand and crystal clear waters making it a true island of paradise.  If you love feeling like a VIP, plan your next trip to this 24-hour all-inclusive spot equipped with a long list of some of our favorite amenities.

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Hang by the Romanesque pool and Jacuzzi or grab a bite at one of the five delicious dining options. And as nighttime approaches, head next door to the Atlantis Casino and end the night groovin’ at one of four bars, including the Sports Bar open 24 hours a day. Live like the Bahamians do at this Paradise Island must-stay.

So as you might agree, partying can mean a little something different to everyone. Whether you’re looking for iconic nightlife or simply want to waste the day away with a cold one in your hand, celebrate Cinco de Mayo the right way this year – in the Caribbean or Mexico!