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Must See Top 10 Vacation Spots

If a vacation is in your near future here are the top 10 vacation spots to consider. Although it is still winter, many people are taking last minute vacations or planning Summer trips in upcoming months. Right now is one of the best time to travel because it is still quite winter, so there are plenty of savings to be had.

Resorts in the Maldives.

For a romantic getaway, planning a retreat in the Maldives should not be overlooked. There are hundreds to choose from, each one offering a unique experience not to mention the white sandy beaches and onsite spas. One of the most popular resorts is The Taj Exotica Resort & Spa where visitors can choose from one of 64 villas that over look the ocean. Here you can whisk away into a tropical paradise, enjoy private dining and take advantage of private or group massages and other spa treatments. The villas have a wide range of amenities such as satellite cable, Internet connection and big screen televisions. The Maldives covers approximately 26 atolls and there are over 1,000 small islands all offering getaway packages. A closer look at what the resorts in the Maldives have to offer will show why they made the top 10 vacation spots list.

Tuscany Cooking Vacations

This idea is a little off the beaten path, but for something different and unique a Tuscany cooking vacation can offer visitors a unique chance to enjoy the Italian countryside, villages and wine tours. There are dozens of hotels and villas that offer comfort and a relaxed setting where you and guests can take guided tours of surrounding towns and villages and learn about local history and embark on wine tasting events. All trips include hands-on cooking classes and the meals are the ones that vacationers have prepared. Cooking classes are taught by some of Italy’s most infamous master chefs.

Chattanooga Rock City

For a vacation that incorporates the outdoors, shopping, cocktails and live entertainment, Chattanooga Rock City seemingly has it all. Those who have visited rave about being able to see in panoramic view 7 different states. Every month Rock City boasts a host of activities and attractions such as Earth Dayz, The Bloom Festival, and Rocktoberfest. Here vacationers can embark on numerous adventures from around the globe; one minute you can celebrate the Irish heritage and down scrumptious Irish meals and green beer. During other months, German fare, music and ale are celebrated. Christmas time is also festive at Rock City and many flee to this area to take in The Enchanted Garden of Lights festivities with Santa Clause and enjoy a LED lighting show.

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is also known as the Five Lands and millions of tourists each year flock to this area which actually incorporates five small towns. For hiking enthusiasts there is no other place where you can witness such beautiful mountainous views, plush vineyards and enjoy a mirage of local cuisine while visiting with the locals. The five separate trails which are usually hiked over a couple of days equal to a 11 kilometer journey that begins in the town of Riomaggiore and ends in the picturesque village of Monterosso. Along the way there are wine tastings, shopping and plenty of outdoor activities to take part in all while admiring the breathtaking views. Lodging includes cute and comfy villas and a range of hostels that this time of year can be found at a bargain. There are also many guided tours available to visitors.

Villa Caprice, Barbados

This is a vacation spot that is perfect whether you are planning a family retreat or a romantic vacation for two. What better way to spend a vacation than walking along awesome sandy beaches along the Caribbean ocean and star gazing at night? At the Villa Caprice each guest is treated like family and each room is alarmed with 24 hour onsite managerial staff to assist in any amenities you may need during your stay. The rooms are fully equipped for meal preparation or you can step out onto one of the many social verandas and enjoy outdoor grilling, dancing to the local disc jockeys or take a dip in the pools if the ocean is too cold. Local towns which are only a few miles away like Speightstown offer myriad day and nighttime activities like water parks and shopping as well as grocery stores and laundry mats.

Atlantic Resort and Casino

The Atlantic Resort and Casino is a vacation that can be taken as a family, solo or is a fun couple’s getaway. Located in the Bahamas, it offers miles of beach to relax and sunbath on, as well as having over 11 different waterslide parks and numerous lagoons to discover. With over 20,000 rooms to choose from, there are also babysitting centers so parents can enjoy some adult time in the casino or dipping their toes in the ocean with cocktails. Shopping and site seeing are plentiful here as well and the hotel which recently has updated amenities to its already 850 million dollar resort area promises that the sea shows will be a winning experience for animal and sea lovers.


Located nestled next to the Santa Cruz Mountains, the CordeValle is the perfect vacation for those who want a nice balance of relaxation and plenty of adventures. Many of the rooms offer such things as in room Jacuzzis and a host of unique and relaxing spa treatments and services. With 45 different rooms to choose from, they range from basic to totally divine and distinctive, and guests can partake in the area’s nightlife and excursions. Take a few mile hike one day and the next enjoy a game of tennis with on site courts. Shop to your heart’s content or play a few games of 18-hole golf. No matter what your tastes are, there is plenty to do at the CordeValle.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Canada

This Canadian getaway is perfect for those who are campers at heart but still want some pampering. Located in the city of Tofino in the British Columbia, the outdoors centered folks will love the heated campgrounds where they can pitch their tents, enjoy onsite spa services and take in the rustic and peaceful views and landscaping. To escape the brisk weather sit in the heated saunas and Jacuzzi tubs while sipping a glass of wine. Later you can sunbath on one of the many decks before you hit the town’s shopping venues where there are plenty of 5 star dining facilities to choose from. Canada has seen a drop in visitors this year so many of the sites are having awesome savings and deals for those who want to take an adventurous vacation.

New York City

If sticking closer to home is your plan, New York City is among one of the top locations for vacations. Though you won’t get an oceanic view or tropical paradise, this city has a ton of things to see and do that are less seaworthy but equal in comparison. The nightlife in New York never dies and there are many cultural sightseeing adventures to take part in, as well as museums, Broadway shows and shopping. Some of the city’s most trademark sites include the 9/11 memorial, the Chrysler Building, Radio City Music Hall and The Statue of Liberty. In the city that never sleeps, even a weeklong trip will not expose visitors to everything this town has to offer culturally and visually.

Puerto Viejo

It is not a secret that Puerto Rico is a fabulous vacation spot if you know where to go. This year why not try the quaint village of Puerto Viejo where the lodging is super affordable and the streets are lively and lined with musicians? Sit on a cute veranda and take in some reggae music while dining on the local, spicy fare and sipping cocktails or spend the day on the sandy beaches and participate in a guided tour of the outlining rainforests. Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and Cahuita National Park is nearby as well and vacationers can take a solo or guided hiking tour and see some of Puerto Rico’s most amazing wildlife and endangered species.

Robert Kempster