Savvy Travel Ideas for the Ultimate Island Getaway
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We’ve all been there before… we get bogged down with the details of trying to decide where to go for our next vacation. Consider island hopping in Hawaii, climbing Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica, snorkeling in the longest coral reef in the Dominican Republic, or taking a sunset cruise in the U.S. Virgin Islands. And you can do it with Delta Vacations®, which offers incredible packages to four exciting destinations, and in most cases, each package includes your airfare, hotel, transfers to and from the hotel, or add a car rental for those who want to explore further. That’s perfect for travelers who just want to book and go without the stress of the trip-planning process.
Delta Vacations® also offers packages for destination weddings and honeymoons that include VIP services such as fabulous room upgrades, an in-room bottle of sparkling wine and/or a wedding coordinator. Now, you just have to make the decision on where you want to go: Hawaii, Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) or Jamaica. This choice is yours!
Plan Your Hawaiian Island Getaway
Whether you stay for a week on one island or travel between them all, you’ll never run out of things to do or places to explore during a vacation to Hawaii. Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture from traditional luaus and hula performances to exploring the natural beauty of these tropical islands – all with their own distinct personalities.
Start your Hawaiian Island vacation in Maui – the second-largest Hawaiian island. This island paradise offers a blend of laid-back, small-town feel with island sophistication, attracting all types of travelers including adventurers, golfers, spa enthusiasts and families. Unpack your sense of adventure! Rent a car and travel along the Road to Hana to explore breathtaking vistas with trickling waterfalls; watch the sunrise from atop Mount Haleakala; or go diving at Ahihi-Kinau National Area reserve to see dolphins and or sea turtles. For parents looking for a nice excursion without the kids, we recommend a wine tasting at Tedeschi Vineyards, which sits 2,000 feet above sea level. And relax at the end of the day with a lomilomi massage or renew your skin with a papaya facial at one of the island’s world-class spas.
Continue your trip farther north to Oahu – home to the state capital Honolulu and iconic settings like Waikiki Beach and historic Pearl Harbor. And the experiences here are so varied! Hike up to Diamond Head crater; visit the royal palace and former home of Queen Lili’uokalani; browse the latest designer and local fashions at the world’s largest outdoor mall, the Ala Moana Center; and sample local flavors at the hottest farm-to-table restaurants.
Hop to the next island of adventure – Kauai! This island’s picturesque views have become the backdrop for several movies, including “Jurassic Park” and “South Pacific.” Now, experience its secluded beaches, fragrant flowers and cascading waterfalls for yourself! Take a helicopter tour to view the 17-miles of the island’s beautiful coastline (Napali Coast recommended); enjoy local restaurants serving authentic Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese and Hawaiian food; or engage in one of the most spectacular golf experiences at the Prince Golf Course in Princeville.
This island's picturesque views have become the backdrop for several movies, including "Jurassic Park" and "South Pacific."
And for travelers who want the full Hawaiian experience, plan a visit to the Big Island. Stay in luxe accommodations nestled among the island’s natural wonders and in one of the island’s major resort areas, including the Kailua-Kona, Kohala Coast and Keauhou. In case you didn’t know, Kailua-Kona is home to popular shops, restaurants, nightlife and King Kalakaua’s historic summer house. For the adventurous, chase the island’s jaw-dropping waterfalls, such as 442-foot Akaka Falls, or when things have settled down, consider a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore the Tropical Oasis of Punta Cana From Sunrise to Sunset
Looking for a luxurious beach getaway? Pack your bags for Punta Cana, known for its upscale hotels, romantic settings, amazing golf courses and a 19-mile stretch of amazing coral reef – the longest in the Dominican Republic. This island paradise is perfect for a wide variety of outdoor activities, including snorkeling and diving to explore reef caverns and the nearby Catalina and Saona Islands. Nature lovers will enjoy strolling through the Caribbean’s best botanical gardens, or hopping in a car to escape the busy town of Santo Domingo to witness rare bird sightings.
While you’re in Santo Domingo, history buffs shouldn’t miss out on a visit to Zona Colonial. This 12-block area is where you can trace the footsteps of Spanish explorers such as Christopher Columbus, Juan Ponce de Leon, Hernando Cortes and swashbuckling pirates who once called this place home. And most of the monuments to mark the European influence here have been preserved.
Experience Jamaica, the Quintessential Western Caribbean Vacation
White-sand beaches, laid-back locals, grand all-inclusive resorts, celebrated rum, cool reggae venues and a variety of attractions make Jamaica the quintessential Western Caribbean destination. Start your island vacation in Kingston to visit the Bob Marley Museum, located at the reggae star’s former home. Don’t miss out on visiting Kingston’s Hope Gardens, tasting a cup of world-famous Blue Mountain coffee or dancing the night away in a reggae nightclub.
On the opposite end of the island, in Montego Bay, visitors can explore Jamaica’s culture with a visit to the Bellefield Great House and Gardens; go biking along the scenic Martha Brae River; indulge in a game of golf on world-class courses designed by legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer; or go scuba diving along six miles of protected coast. Looking for a little R&R? After a relaxing day on Doctor’s Cave Beach, head to the Harbor Street Craft Market to splurge on souvenirs and tasty dishes like jerk chicken and pepper shrimp. And after sunset, enjoy Montego Bay’s lively nightlife and dance to the sounds of reggae and steel drums.
On the far west tip of Jamaica, Negril is a mecca for outdoor adventure, including watersports, snorkeling, golfing, biking and kayaking. It’s also perfect for families, honeymooners, couples and active travelers who are looking for a carefree atmosphere that’s off the beaten track. Ride the waves at this town’s star attraction, Seven Mile Beach, or avoid the crowd and enjoy a romantic picnic at Long Bay Beach Park. Negril Lighthouse, Mayfield Falls, Sunshine Plaza and Kool Runnings Adventures Park are just a few popular attractions. But the perfect ending to any day is a stop by Rick’s Café for delicious Caribbean fare while you take in the breathtaking views and spectacular sunset.
A three-hour drive east of Negril, on the other side of Montego Bay, Ocho Rios was once the preferred hangout for James Bond creator Ian Fleming; in fact, you can rent a car and take a 20-minute drive to James Bond Beach, where he penned the famous spy novels. Ocho Rios is known for its vibrant strip of resorts and hotels, but it also offers some of Jamaica’s most breathtaking natural wonders, such as White River, Blue Hole Secret Falls, Green Grotto Caves, Dunn’s River Falls and Dolphin Cove, where you can have close encounters with dolphins, sharks and stingrays.
Explore the Natural Beauty of St. Croix, the U.S. Virgin Islands’ Largest Island
Plan an Eastern Caribbean getaway to St. Croix – the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. This island features rich cultural heritage, world-class recreational activities, breath-taking natural wonders and a landscape that’s surprisingly diverse. There’s no shortage of things to do here! Go snorkeling at Monk’s Bath; see artifacts spanning 4,000 years of history at the St. Croix Archaeological Society Museum; hop in a kayak for a scenic voyage down Salt River; go diving beneath the waves to discover underwater treasures, colorful fish and coral reefs.
For beachgoers, you’ll enjoy the island’s beautiful beaches in all shapes and sizes, including Cane Bay, Buck Island and The Buccaneer Hotel’s three beaches. Couples can plan a stay at an upscale resort on a hilltop with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. Make your stay extra special and book a sailboat ride for two to watch the sunset. It’s one of many thing you can do to plan a romantic getaway with that special someone, and Delta Vacations® and one of Vacation’s expert travel agents can help customize the perfect trip itinerary for you!
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