By Marley Merrihew at Allen Batista Travel, Inc.
Surrounded by glassy azure waters, three islands – Maui, Turks & Caicos, and St. Lucia – boast miles of beaches to relax on and cool off near the clear blue waters. Allen Batista Travel, Inc. encourages you to escape for an island getaway – enjoy whale watching to hot springs to scuba diving, and more.
These tropical islands offer never ending fun under the sun that you won’t want to miss. Tropical vacation seekers must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination and/or booster shots to enter Turks & Caicos. St. Lucia does not require travelers to be vaccinated, but if you are unvaccinated you must show proof of a negative PCR before entry, and Maui doesn’t require either for domestic travelers.
Maui, one of Hawaii’s many islands, offers more than 30 miles of beaches to enjoy, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg – or should I say volcano? Maui’s dormant volcano, Haleakalā, stands 10,023 feet at its tallest peak and the Haleakalā National Park spans 30,000 acres.
If you’re feeling particularly daring, take a bike ride down the summit, or go for a hike through the crater, or even take a horseback ride with a cowboy – that’s right, a cowboy. Paniolo, the Hawaiians’ word for cowboys, comes from the early Vaqueros on the island who referred to themselves as Españolos.
Whether you’re feeling like a relaxing day with your feet in the sand, or a daring adventure with your feet in the stirrups, Maui has everything to offer. Stay at this five-star hotel, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Kaanapali, for six days and five nights where kids 17 & under stay free for $2,591 per person for double occupancy. Note: Price subject to change.
Turks & Caicos
Explore Turks & Caicos’ many islands and cays that are sure to leave you sun-kissed and sandy. Grand Turk, home to Turks & Caicos’ capital, Cockburn Town, boasts a plethora of activities, from snorkeling, to kayaking, paddleboarding, to whale watching, you’ll never run out of things to do.
If you get hungry, head to the main island of Providenciales, known as Provo by the locals, where every Thursday there is a local fish fry, with music, food vendors, and local artists. Here, you’ll also find Grace Bay Beach, Turks & Caicos’ most well-known beach that spans 12 miles and is home to 170 species of birds as well as warm blue waters and pristine sand.
Book this all-inclusive hotel, Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, for six days and five nights starting at $2,919.50 per person for double occupancy. Note: Price subject to change.
Did you know?
Turks & Caicos is actually located in the Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean as many people think. Though they are most definitely part of the culture, the Caribbean sea is a long ways away.
Take in the lush scenery and local history of the island of St. Lucia, home to an abundance of natural beauty. Change out your hotel bath for the bubbling hot springs found in an ancient volcano crater near Petit Piton mountain. Or, watch dolphins and whales splash among the turquoise water from a horseback beach ride.
The capital of St. Lucia, Castries, is surrounded by rushing waterfalls, dense botanical gardens, and pyramid-shaped mountains rising from the sea. If these views aren’t enough, explore the city’s rich history with landmarks such as the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Derek Walcott Square, and Fort Charlotte.
If you get hungry from all the sightseeing, the city’s delicious restaurants provide fresh local food, which blends African, Asian, Indian, Caribbean, European, and American cuisine.
Book the all-inclusive Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, luxury included for couples, starting at $3,444.50 per person for double occupancy. Note: Price subject to change.
With Allen Batista Travel’s help, you could be kicking back on one of these spectacular islands in no time. Contact us today to book your island getaway.