It’s Not Too Late. Make Summer Vacays a Thing

Well…it’s here. Today marks the first day of August and the beginning of the end (of summer that is). There’s only a few solid weeks of summer left before the kiddos head back to school, the nights get longer and a natural chill starts to creep into the air. And you’re probably questioning if it’s too late to catch one last vacation, right? Well the good news is the answer is – no! With these last minute getaways, vacation might just be your best summer idea yet.

Holiday Inn Sunspree Montego Bay, 3 nights starting at $489

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If grabbing the kids and going sounds like an ideal last minute getaway, then Jamaica is calling. Holiday Inn Sunspree Montego Bay is a top-rated family resort and makes our list of plenty of reasons. On top of kids staying and eating for free (yes, you heard that right), there’s plenty to do from parasailing to nighttime entertainment. With five restaurants, a teen club and Kidspree Vacation Club, every member of your family will be able to successfully soak up the last days of summer.

Oh, and 3 nights start at just $489. Does it get any better than that?

“Seas The Deal” Punta Cana, 4 nights starting at $699

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This one goes out to all the spontaneous folks out there. The summer in Punta Cana is so unforgettable (and popular), we’re jumping on the hot 2014 travel trend and keeping the resort a mystery until just a few days before the actual vacation. But don’t fret, you’re guaranteed a high-end resort like Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro, Secrets Royal Beach or Breathless Punta Cana. And if the odds are that we’ll end up at any of these three fabulous resorts, you can pretty much count us in.

The fact that this “Seas The Deal” offer is starting at 4 nights for $699 and boasts an adult-only, all-inclusive paradise; it’s almost a no-brainer. Soak up that last of that summer sun, y’all.

Barcelo Maya Colonial and Tropical Beach, 4 nights starting at $599

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Okay. How does being surrounded by a tropical rainforest and more than 1.12 miles of private white sand sound? Like perfection, right? Well that’s what you’ll find at the all-inclusive Barcelo Maya Colonial and Tropical Beach. On top of the kush surroundings, you’ll enjoy two free-form pools, sun-decks, lounge chairs, hammocks and even a pool bar. And when the sun sets in paradise, find yourself at one of eight restaurants with dancing at the resort’s disco to follow. Don’t worry, kids can hang at the Kid’s Club (fully equipped with a water park and scheduled activities) when mom and dad want to have a summer’s night out.

This whole shebang must be outrageously priced, right? Nope. Try 4 nights, all-inclusive starting at $599. Easy going and easy on the budget – you’re welcome.

Secrets Marquis Los Cabos, 3 nights starting at $949

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Living the life of luxury is probably one of our favorite things about vacation. That’s why Secrets Marquis Los Cabos is on the list of last minute summer getaways. It pretty much reeks of oh, la, luxe and we think you’ll definitely want to be a part of it all. Imagine yourself enjoying a gentle breeze coming off of the Sea of Cortes as a cabana server brings you all the delicious (and free) food and beverages your heart can desire. Tucked in between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, you’ll get the best of both worlds. Look to San Jose del Cabo for the peace and serenity, and out-of-this-world nightlife in Cabo San Lucas.

This high-end luxury option doesn’t boast a killer price tag either. 3 nights start at just $949 and basically includes everything you could ever dream about (especially for a last minute vacay).

See! A last minute vacation doesn’t have to skimp on amenities and promise high price tags. There are plenty of vacation options right at your finger tips and we suggest you click away to find your ultimate paradise. Tell us the rest of your summer vacation plans in the comments below!

Brittany Innes is a travel junkie with a passion for food, trying new things and being spontaneous.

5 Events You’ll Want to Attend This Summer at the Beach

Take a look around you. The grass is starting to look alive; the sun is starting to shine a little bit brighter and the summer season is quickly approaching. Doesn’t it feel wonderful? With school wrapping up, it’s time to solidify your plans for the summer. Maybe you’re one of the ones who’s all packed and ready for your summer vacation. Perhaps you’re still doing some shopping and deciding on the perfect beach for you. Regardless, you’ll want to know what’s going down in the Caribbean & Mexico this summer. These five events are sure to make your beach vacay the best yet.

Julio Iglesias Concert, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana: June 7th

Spanish musician and songwriter, Julio Iglesias is taking on the Hard Rock in Punta Cana next week and it’s going to be a blast. Julio Iglesias is one of the best selling Latin music artists with nearly 80 albums and over 300 million records sold worldwide in 14 different languages. He’ll be in Punta Cana at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Fillmore Ballroom and will be serving up some of his classics. Concertgoers will enjoy the iconic performance of Iglesias, as well as be able to take advantage of the casino that calls Hard Rock home, among the long list of other amenities this 4.5-star resort has.

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Tickets range in price from $95 USD to $260 USD and can be purchased here.

Crop Over Festival, Barbados: All Summer Long

What could be better than a celebration around sugar? Barbados kicks off the Crop Over Festival in the beginning of June and has parties all summer long to celebrate the end of the sugar cane harvest, one of Barbados most prominent crops. Dating back as far as the 1780’s, the summer months in Barbados are usually ones for the record books. You can find a full calendar of events for June, July and August here. Just a few of the events include Bridgetown Market, a huge carnival-like show called Cohobblopot and Calypso, the festival competition that hands out titles like “Party Monarch” and “Sweet Soca Monarch.” There’s even a ceremony to crown a Queen & King of the Crop, or the most productive cane cutters of the season. Barbados is known to be happenin’ all summer long with lots of parties you definitely don’t want to miss out on.

July 4th Celebration, Breathless Punta Cana: July 4th

If you’re like us, soaking up some serious rays on the beaches of Punta Cana sounds like the perfect way to spend your long weekend on July 4th. But if you worry that a beach vacation might not be the best display of patriotism, don’t worry – Breathless Punta Cana is having a full-on celebration. Being that it’s the first Fourth of July for Breathless you can expect a full day and night of activities.

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The morning starts off with tennis, paddle & beach volleyball tournaments, followed by an afternoon parade and pool party fully equipped with a kick-A DJ. As the sun sets, get ready for the party to get even hotter. Enjoy all sorts of traditional American food (hamburgers, hot dogs, barbeque…you get the picture) and prepare yourself as DJ Rhiannon takes the stage after an epic firework show at 11pm. As you can see, your Independence Day at Breathless Punta Cana will be perhaps your best one yet.

Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica: July 13th – July 19th 

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If sweet jams and stunning Jamaica sunsets are your thing, then the Reggae Sumfest is probably a must for you. This is perhaps one of the most well-known music festivals in the Caribbean and occurs mid-summer every year. It’s essentially a week of good music and good vibes. Each year the line-up seems to get bigger and better. This year performers include Future, Tessanne Chin and Sean Paul. The headliners are Jason Derulo and Wiz Khalifa. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to truly experience Jamaica.

Tickets to all of the events of the festival can be purchased here. The official resorts of the event include Secrets Resorts & Iberostar Hotels (both we highly recommend).

La Fiesta de Playa, Cancun: August

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Another event you’ll find us at this summer is in Cancun. It’s exactly what the name of the event reads – Beach Party. On the beaches of Cancun every August, there’s basically a big ol’ party. The 12 miles that stretch on the coast of Punta Cancun to Punta Nizuc host a long list of activities that include: fashion shows, volleyball tournaments, beach dance parties, concerts, etc. All the hotels located on this stretch of beach organize themed parties and party well into the night. La Fiesta de Playa is one of our favorite times in Cancun and we hope to see you all there. Get all the information on La Fiesta de Playa here.

So as you can see, the summer is full of fun in the Caribbean and Mexico. It’s almost necessary that you attend one of these phenom events. Which one are you dying to go to? Is there anything we missed? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 

Brittany Innes is Manager of Social Media at She's a travel junkie with a passion for trying new things and being spontaneous. 

Summer Songs to Live By

Happy Summer! This time of year means lots of warm weather, sunshine and fun with family and friends. It’s the one season where a vacation attitude is often encouraged and accepted. But what’s one thing your summer wouldn’t be complete with? Good music. We’d go as far to say there’s not much better than a perfect song that speaks to your state-of-mind, whether you’re beachside or poolside. Here’s what we’ll be listening to at the beach this summer:

Soak Up the Sun – Sheryl Crow

Who’s up for trading in the laptop for a poolside lounger? Any song that speaks to spending your days in the sun and channeling your inner sun god or goddess is an anthem of ours. We interpret Sheryl Crow’s song to be a direct request to find a pool, or better yet a beautiful beach where the sun is always shinning to fully live up to it's meaning.

So if you interpret the same, may we suggest Excellence Playa Mujeres in Cancun, Mexico?  Two miles of dazzling white sand, cushy loungers and palapas, swim-up bars and hammocks suspended just inches above the pool are just a few of the reasons we’d say this is the perfect place to live out the lyrics to this summer tune.

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And while our friend sings of soaking up the sun, don’t worry – she’s all about her SPF too. So in the words of Sheryl Crow make sure you’ve “got your 45 on.”

Summer Love – Justin Timberlake

The summer just wouldn’t feel complete without a little love. Whether you’re looking for love, looking to celebrate your love or just want to spend a little quality time with your significant other, summer is the perfect time to embrace the feeling.

Following the cues of Justin himself, we’re all for an escape to Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall for just you and your better half. Live it up by your summer love’s side, with thirteen restaurants, full service swim-up bar, beach cabanas and a crystal clear beach to accompany it all.

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So you can chose to decide what type of L-O-V-E it is at the end of the summer, but for now grab a drink and your honey and celebrate each other with a magnificent beach view.

Two Piña Coladas – Garth Brooks

And of course, summer wouldn’t have the reputation it has without a few classics that never seem to get old. Among the many summer jams that can’t be forgotten, Garth Brooks’ “Two Piña Coladas,” is the epitome of the ideal summer day. And why not hold true to the lyrics of this song with two Piña Coladas, one for each hand, at the place the Piña Colada was said to be invented, Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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First made on August 15, 1952 at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar, it’s safe to say that the Piña Colada is this resort’s specialty, making it the perfect place to live up to this song’s lyrics. Enjoy the two infinity pools, two beach view Jacuzzis, six restaurants, three bars and much more at this Puerto Rico and Garth Brooks classic.

But wait, there’s more. While we called out three of our favorites here, there’s a whole playlist that’s got our must-listen “Beach Tunes.” Listen to it here. And now it’s your turn…what are some of your favorite summer or beach songs? Make your recommendations in the comments section below.