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Friday, May 1, 2015

Packing Tips for Some of our Favorite Destination Vacations

Summer vacation is so close that we can feel the sizzle in the air. We know a lot of people are planning their vacations now, so we thought we should share some packing tips for a few really popular vacation destinations.

Manchester, England

Manchester is a bustling city known for its sports, museums, and cultural activities. With art galleries, shopping centers, cultural festivals, canals, and gourmet restaurants — Manchester is a thriving, beautiful city, steeped in history and rich with attractions.

When packing for a vacation in Manchester be prepared for drizzly weather. Bring a rain coat, rubber boots, and an umbrella. Also be aware that Manchester is a very posh city. Pack your stylish clothing, accessories, and (for the ladies) the on-trend make up colors.

While there, be sure to visit Sea Life Manchester — read about the amazing aquarium here — and participate in Sea TREK. You can rest assured that your makeup won't smudge and your hair will stay in place, so after your amazing experience you can prance off to a fancy dinner.

Xcaret, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Xcaret is a spectacular eco-archaeological theme park that guides guests through the nature and culture of Mexico. Beautiful cenotes, jungle trails, Caribbean snorkeling, and animal encounters make Xcaret a very popular vacation destination. 

Packing for Xcaret requires care. You will have the ability to use small size lockers to store some things, but you need to make sure you bring the necessities. The weather is hot in Mexico. Be sure to pack a bathing suit, and towel for water activities. Protect your skin with sunscreen (please note: Xcaret requires guests to wear biodegradable sunscreen to protect the ocean and its creatures). Bring Chapstick, sunglasses, and DEET free bug-spray. Make sure you pack light clothing and comfortable shoes.

Right now Xcaret is having a special that includes optional activities. Check out the deal and be sure to Sea TREK in the Caribbean Sea.

Xel-Ha, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Xel-Ha is another beautiful resort in Mexico. Great for the entire family, you can enjoy activities ranging from river tours and zip-lining to amazing dolphin interactions. The beauty of the Riviera Maya allows snorkelers and hikers alike to see sights they have only imagined. The delicious food and drinks, and spectacular views make this destination one-of-a-kind.

When packing for this vacation be sure to carry a light bag. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen will protect your skin from the sun's warm rays. To participate in water activities you will need your suit and a towel. Only bring what you need so you are free to move about the park.

Also, be sure to check out Dolphin TREK. You have never experienced anything like it. Kids 8 and up can participate in this amazing educational dolphin interaction. They will love sharing their dolphin kiss selfie with all of their friends. What a vacation to remember!

Ochos Rios, Jamaica

Jamaica is a beautiful tropical island in the Caribbean. With adventure tours, green grotto caves, landmark restaurants, and a marine park — Ochos Rios runs the gamut of eco-tourism, adventure, and leisure travel. One day you can kiss a dolphin, and the next you can fill your suitcase — shopping to your heart's desire. Jamaica has a lot of activities that are fun for the whole family.

Jamaica is an island in the Caribbean sea, so pack clothes that will allow you to feel as cool as possible. Swim trunks, rash guards and flip flops are perfect for water activities. The practical packer will include snorkeling gear, a towel, and sunglasses. Of course we always recommend sunscreen. 

For the children in your life we recommend packing some pirate gear. SHARKS! Interactive at Dolphin Cove allows guests to hold, pet, feed, and swim with sharks in a fun pirate themed show. Say Arrrrgh! and bring home a photo of your children swimming with sharks.

Paradise Island, Bahamas

Atlantis Bahamas is a water park resort boasting luxury hotels, casinos, white sand beaches, and marine exhibits. From lazy days in the sun to exhilarating water slides shooting through shark infested water tanks — this resort is truly unique. The whole family can float down a lazy river on an inner tube or interact with dolphins in Dolphin Cay. The cuisine is divine, and the night entertainment exceptional. 

Depending on how you plan to spend your days in the Bahamas, packing for this trip can be tricky. As always recommended for a tropical destination, bring a swimming suit and sandals, but you may also want to pack a fancy dress for the night life or nice slacks for fine dining. 

Whether you choose to stick to the night life or enjoy all 18 water slides, we recommend renting a FunCat Electric Catamaran. You must use at least one day on your Bahamian vacation to relax, and what better way than to float on the bay. Bring a good book, a few magazines, some snacks, water, and your earbuds. Play a favorite song and write in your journal. There is nothing better than reflecting on all of your adventures while luxuriating in the sea breeze.

Waimanalo, Hawaii

Hawaii is a magnificent example of exotic tropical beauty and crystal clear aquamarine seas. With lush foliage and fragrant flowers, sandy beaches and verdant volcanoes, just the landscape draws thousands of tourists every year. But there is so much more to Hawaii: adventure travel, amazing cuisine, cultural luaus, and surfing — to name a few.

Packing for Hawaii requires very little. Swim trunks, a bikini and sarong, sandals, towels, sunscreen and a beach bag should be all that you need for this trip (of course, if you are going hiking, we recommend some comfortable shoes). Be sure to bring home some sea shells and hawaiian leis for souvenirs.

We also advise you to visit Sea Life Park Hawaii. It is an amazing aquatic park with educational and interactive activities — learn more about the park here. While there seek out Shark TREK. It is a thrilling underwater experience that allows guests to walk on the bottom of a 300,000 gallon aquarium filled with Hawaiian native sharks. Only a wire mesh separates guests from the amazing creatures. What an adventure!

Miami, Florida

Miami is an energetic metropolis with a vibrant nightlife and amazing beaches. From day spas and golf courses to live music and luxurious restaurants — Miami has it all. Get a massage and a pedicure, tan on the beach, and dance to latin music while sipping fruity cocktails — enjoy all that Miami has to offer, but also make sure to visit Miami Seaquarium. The educational aquarium has fabulous shows, informational animal interactions, and a splendid 28 acre facility. Learn more about their manatee rescue efforts, and find out additional details about the aquarium here

To pack for Miami be sure to bring a camera and a selfie stick! You will want to capture all of those amazing moments! If you do get the chance to visit Miami Seaquarium, a map, a towel, and a few sourvenirs are necessities! Also, book a Sea TREK tour — don't worry about bringing a wetsuit, Miami Seaquarium will provide one for you!

Do you have any tips or tricks for vacation packing? Please share them in the comments below. Happy Planning!

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