Jul 212017
 

by SBPR

If you want to vacation in the beautiful Caribbean, you might be interested in seeing what all the all-inclusive fuss is about. The Caribbean is well-known for its all-inclusive travel packages and resorts, but you might have a few questions about this type of travel. Keep reading on to get some helpful answers.

Question: Where in the Caribbean can you get all-inclusive travel packages?

Answer: The answer is quite simple – just about everywhere. Most of the islands in the Caribbean are home to all-inclusive resorts. Despite the fact that you have many great destinations to choose from, most travelers just like you tend to opt for the Bahamas, Jamaica, or the Dominican Republic. Your goal is to find an inclusive resort and book a travel package through them.

Question: Do all-inclusive travel packages save me money?

Answer: In most cases, yes you do save money. Honestly, it is hard to tell at first. With that said, most individuals do realize that they saved money by opting for all-inclusive at the end of their trip. This is because they are able to estimate the cost of all their food, all their drinks, all their tips, all the activities they enjoyed as inclusions, and so forth.

Question: What are the other benefits of opting for all-inclusive Caribbean travel packages?

Answer: Aside from the fact that there is a good possibility that you will save money over the entire length of your trip, there are other benefits that you can reap. For example, you need to make just a few travel arrangements and most of your trip is preplanned and prepaid for. Although optional, you can include the cost of your airline reservations in with your travel package to save even more time! Less time and stress spent planning a trip often translates into a better vacation!

Question: What is included with one of these travel packages?

Answer: First it is important to note that you will find some variances. For example, a beachfront resort is likely to have snorkeling or scuba diving listed as an activity inclusion. With that said, an inland resort is not going to have these inclusions listed because they aren’t available. Typically though, you will see that when you book all-inclusive Caribbean travel packages you are paying for your room, many forms of onsite entertainment, qualifying airport transfers, food, drinks, snacks, and tips.

Question: What types of activities are listed as entertainment inclusions?

Answer: Unfortunately, I cannot give you an exact answer because you will find a variance. First, it is important to note that you must stay at a truly all-inclusive resort. A simple hotel that just slaps an all-inclusive onto their name might not have that much to offer except a swimming pool and a fitness room. On the other hand, truly all-inclusive resorts are different. The activities you gain access to might include swimming, golf, working out, tennis, basketball, windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and so forth.

Question: Are there any restrictions on food, snacks, and drinks?

Answer: It all depends on the all-inclusive travel package you buy and the resort in question. Most often, your stay includes all of your food, snacks, and drinks. What you might find a variance with is upscale restaurants. General rule of thumb is that you might be charged an affordable surcharge for restaurants where you are required to adhere to a dress code. Any additional fees should be outlined ahead of time and you can typically find these fees on the resort’s online website.

Question: What about tips? Do I still need to tip?

Answer: As with your activities and with your food, you will find a variance with tips. Typically, your question can be answered right away. On the website of your favorite resort, look for information on their inclusions. Most often, you will find that tips are included as well. Going from there, some resorts do allow you to tip extra for exceptional services but some resorts will actually advise against you doing so.

Question: Where can I buy all-inclusive Caribbean travel packages?

Answer: You can purchase your all-inclusive Caribbean travel packages through a number of different routes. For example, you can use the services of a local travel agent, book your trip through a third-party travel website, or go directly through the resort. While any method will work, you are likely to find better deals and more up-to-date information on inclusions by visiting the resort’s online website.

All-inclusive Caribbean vacations are easy to plan with the help of Breezes.com. Choose from one of their luxury all-inclusive resorts today.
Jul 242017
 

Have you always dreamed of vacationing in the warm, sunny, and tropical Caribbean? If so, it is time to make that dream of yours become a reality. If this would be your first time visiting the Caribbean, keep reading on for some helpful answers to some of the questions that first-time travelers (just like you) have.

Question: Where in the Caribbean should I vacation?

Answer: This decision isn’t one that you should let someone else make for you; it is a decision that you should make on your own. It might be a hard decision to make because you have a lot of great choices. On that same note, you might be interested to hear that popular vacation destinations for romantic getaways, honeymoons, and family vacations include the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica.

Question: When should I travel?

Answer: This is another question that should depend on your personal preferences. On that same note, the Caribbean is just like any other vacation destination in the fact that it does have its peak travel seasons. Typically, you will pay more and find more crowds when you travel from December to April. If you don’t mind the crowds, you will typically find the best weather during these months. If you are looking for less crowds and better discounts, travel from April to December might be within your best interest. During these months, the weather might not be perfect but it will still be better than what you are used to in the United States.

Question: Where should I stay?

Answer: Once again (are you noticing a theme) where you stay should be based on your own personal preferences. With that said, know that most travelers like you were pleased with their decision to go all-inclusive. When you stay at an all-inclusive resort, you get an all-inclusive travel package. Unlike staying at a traditional hotel or resort, the cost of your trip includes a lot more than just your room. For example, your stay should include onsite entertainment, meals, snacks, drinks, tips, as well as qualifying airport transfers. Moreover, it is important to note that these resorts are setup so that everything you need or want is right onsite and within your reach.

Question: What type of activities can you enjoy on Caribbean vacations?

Answer: The better question would be “what can’t you do on a Caribbean vacation.” Honestly, there is so much for you to do and see. Say you opt for an all-inclusive resort stay. Your resort might have a spa, golf course, rock climbing wall, an ocean with tons of beach activities, tennis courts, basketball courts, and more! With that said, you can also enjoy a ton of offsite activities as well. In addition to sightseeing by yourself, you have the option to schedule a sightseeing tour with a guide and these tours can have you traveling by boat, bike, ATV, horseback, or on foot!

Question: How far in advance should I plan my trip?

Answer: It is recommended that you book your travel plans at least two months before your anticipated travel date. However, there are benefits to booking even earlier. Despite what we often believe, you don’t have to wait until the last minute to get the best travel deals and discounts. In fact, many all-inclusive resorts have “Book Now, Save Later” deals that enable you to get some of their best deals of the year by booking your trip anywhere from two months to six months in advance! It is also important to remember, that a valid passport is needed for travel, so be sure to give yours enough time to arrive.

Question: How should I go about booking my travel plans?

Answer: You might be most familiar with third-party travel websites because we see their advertisements on the internet and their commercials on television. You can book Caribbean vacations through these websites, but there are benefits to going directly to the source. So lets say that you decide to stay at a Breezes resort, you want to visit Breezes.com and so forth. Despite what you might have been told in the past, hotels and resorts themselves tend to offer just as good of deals as those third-party travel websites. In fact, you can sometimes find better deals.

Breezes.com can help you plan your upcoming Caribbean vacation. Visit their website and see their large selection of luxury all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.

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Aug 082017
 

A speculator wishing to invest with international property should be aware that the crucial variable is buying at the ideal time. You will want to get in the market once the real estate price is on an upward trend or, if possible, just before prices begin to rise. Now as we emerge from the financial crisis, buyers can find great real estate prospects within Central America on both the Pacific and Caribbean. One particular location that stands out for entry level deals is Nicaragua. Investors are attracted by its low property prices and very affordable cost of living. If you’ve missed out on other emerging areas in the past it makes to see what Nicaragua has to offer.

Another country worth researching with regard to potential property earnings is the little nation of Belize. This is the only English speaking country within Central America and has significant status as a vacation destination. Real estate along the breathtaking coastline, which features an incredible barrier reef, cannot help but be considered a good investment given its inherent appeal. The country is internationally renowned for diving and snorkeling in its dazzling turquoise Caribbean sea which laps the seemingly endless miles of gorgeous beaches and with exotic private islands. Also, there are amazing tax benefits found in Belize which, along with strict banking privacy laws makes it an appealing retirement living choice.

Close to the equator, the Central American country of Costa Rica is known as a relatively established locationa for investment, retirement life or merely for an excellent exotic vacation. The market for Costa Rica property is emerging strongly from the recent economic downturn. The seaside playground of Playa Hermosa delivers surf fanatics world-class waves and draws in expert surfers from throughout the world. With beaches that stretch for miles, Playa Hermosa real estate has solid rental potential. Surfers also flock to close by Jaco – featuring exciting night life and a wide range of amenities and services. Definitely a location to consider if you want to cash in on the tourism boom.

The compact country of Panama lies at the most southern part of the Central America isthmus. Given it’s close history with the US (due primarily to the Panama canal), Panama is emerging as a top spot for international investors and US buyers in particular. But Panama is not just about the canal. It’s a small country but packs a great deal of culture and biodiversity within its borders. Investors take comfort from the fact the the US dollar is the prime currency in the country and that there are no restrictions on capital flows. Panama is currently beating regional economic indicators and with President Martinelli at it’s helm is attracting record levels of foreign direct investment (and not just for the canal expansion). Definitely a country to watch if you’re considering Central America.

In order to reduce your risk in the current market it makes sense to stick to completed property rather than off-plan. Choose quality products in prime locations. Above all take your time and proceed with caution.

Follow these links for more on international real estate in Central America and Belize investment options.