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    BOTTOMS UP...SIGNATURE VACATION DRINKS YOU HAVE TO TRY!

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    Top 5 Caribbean Spas as Recommended by La Jolla Mom!

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    Must-do adventure vacations for the thrill-seekers in us all!

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Jump on the Travel Trend & Seas the Deal

Ever had the urge to go to the airport, pick a destination and just go? Yeah, us too. Being spontaneous is one of our favorite things about traveling. Taking a trip to a new place and embarking on a new adventure isn’t just fun while you’re doing it, it makes for some great stories & memories to share when you get back home.

That’s why you’ve probably seen the trend of “mystery travel” popping up. The year of 2014 is said to bring about a lot of great travel trends and this will most definitely be one of them. And here at CheapCaribbean.com, we’ve made it easy & a little less risky for you to jump on the bandwagon. Instead of offering a package that’s a complete mystery, we’re encouraging you to “seas” the day and pick a vacation package where your destination is a sure thing, but the resort is revealed a few days before you travel.

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Don’t worry, the resort you’ll be staying at is guaranteed to be a 5, 4.5 or 4-star property that’s an all-inclusive paradise. With CheapCaribbean.com’s Seas the Deal offer, we’ll pick one of our best resorts in destinations like Cancun, Punta Cana, Los Cabos, among others and get you all the deets seven days before you depart.

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Read more about what to expect and how to jump in on the hottest travel trend of 2014 here. Get ready for a little spontaneous adventure and book this hot vacation deal quick...it won't last long!

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

Postcard worthy beaches perfect for Spring Break

Although Phil, the groundhog, saw his shadow a few weeks ago, signifying there’s six more weeks left of winter, the snow will slowly start to melt and spring will be here before you know it. With all of the sunshine & new growth that come with spring, also comes the time of year perfect for a little getaway. Yes, we’re talking about spring break. It’s the few days of spring that the kids are out of school and you can take off and jet away to somewhere warm and tropical. For this spring break, we recommend picking a destination that’s not only perfect for memory making, but also takes some pretty stellar pictures. See what’s on our list of post-card worthy beaches and start planning the most epic spring break getaway today.

Eagle Beach, Ojahansted, Aruba

Aruba is known for it’s cooling trade winds, friendly people and breathtaking beaches, making it an absolute must for our list of post-card destinations. More specifically, Eagle Beach is known for it’s pristine, white sand & clear turquoise waters. In fact, Trip Advisor recently named Eagle Beach as one of the top ten beaches in the world. Now tell us that isn’t picture perfect?

Eagle Beach, Aruba - Spring Break Vacations - CheapCaribbean.com

Photo by Aruba Tourism Authority

Not only is this beach a sight for sore eyes, but it’s perfect for tennis fans. On the weekends, tennis matches can be found all along the beach. And if you’re in Aruba at the right time of year, you might even be able to witness the hatchings of four species of sea turtle nests that call Eagle Beach home. If you see the beach lined with red and white markers, turtle nests containing as many as 80 eggs are in the process of hatching and making their way to their more permanent home, the ocean. Our pick for the perfect place to rest your head as you venture to Aruba’s iconic beach is Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa. This boutique, all-inclusive experience offers three restaurants, customizable spa treatments at Spa del Sol, among other things, all perfectly placed right on one of the world’s top beaches.

Playa Negra, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

If one of your spring break requirements is “something different”, Puerto Rico might just be the spot for you. The island is home to plenty of vibrant culture, delicious food, stellar nightlife and of course, unique beaches. For the ultimate family vacation spot, we recommend a stay at Gran Melia Golf Resort. Not only are there two 18-hole, championship golf courses for the avid golfers in your family, there’s an oceanfront lagoon-style pool with swim up bar, five onsite restaurants and a long list of extracurricular activities. This 4.5-star beach resort will surely have something to keep every member of your family entertained.

Gran Melia Golf Resort, Puerto Rico - Spring Break Vacations - CheapCaribbean.com

Now, for the reason this destination makes our postcard worth beaches list: Playa Negra. This black sand beach located on Vieques Island will most certainly make for postcard worthy pictures. The beach gets its black sand from past volcanic activity and a shift in tectonic plates. We recommend a day trip to Vieques Islands to explore it’s other iconic light sanded beaches and then venturing off to Playa Negra for an experience that’ll make your entire trip – and make for some good pictures, of course.

Trunk Bay Beach, St. John., U.S. Virgin Islands

For the adventure seekers on spring break vacation, let us suggest Trunk Bay Beach in St. John. Next to it’s stellar views and clean, clear waters, this spot is known to have some of the most beautiful ocean life. There’s a 225-yard-long Underwater Trail of reefs, made perfect for snorkeling & underwater photography. After lounging under an umbrella on the coral sands, you can take advantage of the water-sport rentals or take a swim in the calm waters of the bay.

Photo Credit: Travel Channel

Photo credit by Travel Channel

After a long day of beaching at Trunk Bay, you’ll want to have a place to call home. Our pick is Westin St. John Resort & Villas. This 5-star resort was recently voted as Best Island Paradise and Best Family Experience by Starwood’s loyalty members. The whole fam can take a dip in the quarter-acre freshwater pool or mom and dad can head over to the golf course while the kids hang at the Westin Kids Club. Enjoy plenty of dining options & even indulge in a spa treatment at the Westin St. John spa. It sounds like your trip to St. John will be packed full of fun things to do and see, all while being surrounding by stunning beauty. Don't forget that you're only a hop, skip and a jump away from the rest of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

With only a few weeks left until spring break season is officially underway, you'll want to get started planning the trip of a lifetime. What do you think of our list? Do you agree? What else would you add to our postcard beaches list? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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

Celebrate National Margarita Day with CheapCaribbean.com

We’re two days out from one of our favorite days of the year. National Margarita Day is this Saturday, February 22nd and all of us here at CheapCaribbean.com couldn’t be more excited (and ready) to celebrate. It’s the one day of the year it’s perfectly acceptable to pay tribute to the drink that got it’s start nearly 70 years ago in Acapulco and has become a staple, especially at the beach. This year, we have lots of fun planned so tune in and celebrate with us!

While you’re busy counting down the days, hours, and minutes until party time, it might be helpful to know what margarita flavor is the perfect fit to your personality. That’s why we recommend quizzing yourself with our helpful infographic:

What Kind of Margarita Are You?

CheapCaribbean.com National Margarita Day Infographic | What Kind of Margarita Are You?

On the actual day of this wondrous occasion, you can bet that we’ll be drinks in hand, toes in the sand. We’re hosting a National Margarita Day happy hour and this celebration just wouldn’t be complete without you!

You’re invited & here’s how to join the party:

  • On Saturday, February 22nd, join us for happy hour from 5-6pm CST. Follow along with CheapCaribbean.com on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram as we share fun facts, drink recipes and plenty of other margarita goodness.
  • Use the hashtag #MargaritaParty to share with us how you’re celebrating National Margarita Day. Mention @CheapCaribbean in any of your posts & we just might share your pictures, videos & comments with our fellow beach bums.
  • We’ll be giving away 4 Margaritaville® Key West™ Frozen Concoction Maker® to our favorite #MargaritaParty submissions.
  • Be sure follow our #MargaritaParty partners @SecretsResorts as they help us host the best margarita happy hour around!

So clear your calendars and get ready to hang with CheapCaribbean.com as we sip on some margs and pay tribute to one of our most favorite signature cocktails. It’s no secret we know a thing or two about margaritas and we can’t wait to celebrate with you. See you there!

Curacao’s Famous Liqueur

Curacao Drink Recipes | CheapCaribbean.com

The “Golden Orange of Curacao,” once a forgotten fruit on the island of Curacao, is now the main ingredient for the popular liqueur Curacao. The Spanish Valencia orange was brought over by the Spaniards in the early 1500s, but plans to cultivate it were abandoned after the climate proved incompatible with the sweet fruit. The sweet oranges evolved into a bitter fruit. The plants were left to grow wild, and were so inedible even the goats ignored them.

Over time, the Valencia evolved into the Lahara tree. While the flesh is left uneaten, the peels retained the pleasant fragrance of the Valencia oranges. People discovered that drying the peels brought out the oils, then soaking them with alcohol, water, and spices created the popular liqueur used today. While the orange-flavored liqueur is naturally clear, popular versions are dyed orange, green, and the popular brilliant blue.

Whether you’re on the beautiful beaches of Curacao or at home planning your next Caribbean getaway, be sure to try out some of these tasty Curacao drink recipes for a little extra color in your life!

Curacao Drink Recipes | CheapCaribbean.com

Blue Sky Martini

Ingredients

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 oz blue curacao
  • 3 green olives (stuffed)

Directions: Fill a mixing glass with ice. Pour in vodka and sweet vermouth. Stir (or shake) and strain into a martini glass. Splash with blue curacao. Garnish with 3 green olives.

Diamond Blue

Ingredients

  • 3/4 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz crème de violette
  • 1/4 oz curaçao ( Blue)
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 3 ozs champagne
  • Garnish: Edible silver powder
  • Glass: Champagne flute

Directions: Add the gin, crème de violette and Curaçao to a mixing glass. Squeeze the lemon wedge into the glass and discard. Fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a Champagne flute. Top with the Champagne and garnish with a light dusting of edible silver powder.

Electric Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ozs vodka (citron)
  • 1/2 oz blue curacao
  • 2 ozs sour mix
  • 12 ozs carbonated beverages (flavored)
  • 1 lemon (- cut into wedges for garnish)

Directions: Fill a Collins glass with ice. Pour in vodka, blue curacao and sour mix. Fill to the top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with lemon wedge, and serve with straw.

Article by: Jeff Mapua

Drink Recipes Fit for a Red Carpet

When it comes to red carpet events, we like to think the best accessory is often your drink. Below are some our favorite drink recipes to help you make any event a success!

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Havana Lights Cocktail, as featured at Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

What you need:
• 3/4 ounce light rum
• 3/4 ounce coconut rum
• 3/4 cup pineapple juice
• 1/2 ounce. melon liquor
• A few drops of grenadine syrup

How to make it: Mix and shake the first three ingredients, then pour into a cocktail glass. Add a few drops of grenadine and then finish the drink off with a splash of melon liquor. Garnish with your favorite fruit and enjoy!

Tropical Rum Punch Drink Recipes from Dreams Resorts & CheapCaribbean.com

Tropical Rum Punch, as featured at Dreams Resorts & Spas

What you need:
• 3/4 cup white rum
• 1/2 cup coconut rum
• 1/4 cup banana liqueur
• 1 cup pineapple juice
• 1/4 cup orange juice
• 1/4 cup pink grapefruit juice
• Garnish: Limes, sliced

How to make it: Fill a pitcher halfway with ice. Add all the rum, liqueur and juices, mix well with large spoon and garnish with lime slices. Serves 6-8. Pour and enjoy.

Fresh Mint Mojito Drink Recipe from CheapCaribbean.com

Fresh Mint Mojito

What you need:
• 4-5 fresh mint leaves
• 1 ½ ounces white rum
• 1/2 ounce agave nectar or simple sugar
• 2 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
• splash of club soda
• Lime wedge

How to make it: Use mixing tin to muddle 4-5 mint leaves. Add rum, agave nectar & lime juice and shake in mixing tin over ice. Pour into glass. Top off with a splash of club soda and a squeeze of lime. Enjoy!

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Infinity Martini, as featured at Grace Bay Club, Turks & Caicos

What you need:
• 4 ounces Pineapple juice
• 1 ounce Malibu rum
• 1 ounce Hypnotiq liqueur

How to make it: Combine all ingredients with one cup of ice in a martini shaker, Shake to blend and pour into chilled martini glass. Garnish with pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry. Cheers!

Drink Recipes - Jamaica - CheapCaribbean.com

Blue Jamaica

What you need: 
• 1 ounce Blue Curacao
• 2 ounces pineapple juice
• 3 ounces champagne
• 1 pineapple slice

How to make it: Pour champagne in preferred glass, add pineapple juice and blue curacao. Garnish with pineapple slice. Cheers!

ultimate-agave

Ultimate Agave Margarita

What you need:
• 1 ounce Don Julio® Reposado Tequila
• ½ ounce Grand Marnier®
• 1 ½ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
• 1 teaspoon of agave nectar
• 1 lime wheel

How to make it: Add agave nectar, lime juice, Grand Marnier & Don Julio tequila together in a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into an ice filled margarita glass. Garnish with salt and a lime wheel. Sit back and sip!

And if you can't wait to mix up all of these concoctions and give them a try, be sure to tune into the Grammy's with CheapCaribbean.com as we live tweet the whole event and share more of our favorite cocktails. See all the drinks here. Cheers!