The Top Family Vacation Spots For 2016

Summer vacation is right around the corner. Your kids are ready. Are you? Give yourself and your family a much needed break this year: no lunches to prepare, dishes to watch, clothes to clean, or beds to make. Just fun in the sun with your spouse and children. (P.S. These resorts have kid’s clubs so you can enjoy some alone time with your husband or wife).


Riviera Maya     Jamaica     Punta Cana     Bahamas

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Riviera Maya beach

South of Riviera Cancun, Riviera Maya is home to many of Mexico’s best hotels and all-inclusive resorts. Stretching 100 miles, the area offers endless white sand beaches, lush jungles and ancient Mayan cities.

Where To Stay

Grand Sunset Princess All Suite Resort

Grand Sunset Princess All Suite Resort

Complemented by natural surroundings of fascinating beauty, this impressive resort is located along a pristine white sand beach in Playa del Carmen and offers an unforgettable 24-hour all-inclusive vacation experience. The resort offers 7 a la carte restaurants including Mexican, Italian, Asian, and seafood. There are 12 pools including eight main pools and four kids’ pools. Kids also have their very own mini-club, and the teen club provides fun from 4pm until 11pm.

What To Do


Xcaret Park is an expansive eco-complex situated just off the gorgeous Caribbean Sea. Swim in underground rivers, snorkel in protected inlets, observe exotic animals in natural habitats and visit a cool coral reef aquarium in this fabulous park!


Runaway Bay, Jamaica

Boats in Jamaica

Nothing is a problem on this island paradise, where the sounds of soft reggae harmonize with the lapping waves on soft shores. The theme of every vacation, regardless of which corner of the island, is relaxation to the max.

Where To Stay

Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica

Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica

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This spectacular Victorian-style resort is located on the beachfront in Runaway Bay. Both adults and children alike will enjoy the three interconnecting lake-style pools that surround the main building that includes two children’s sections and three Jacuzzis. Also included are free non-motorized watersports and a Mini-Club for kids 4-12.

What To Do

Dunn’s River Falls

The setting is truly breathtaking, and the incredible cascading falls challenge, refresh and delight visitors of all ages. Enjoy everyone’s favorite activity, which is climbing up the falls. This is relatively easy. But if you prefer, you can take a swim or walk alongside the river all the way to the top and appreciate the beauty of the tropical vegetation.


Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana

Known best for its endless stretches of white sand beaches, Punta Cana is often referred to as the Coconut Coast. No resort in Punta Cana is higher than the highest palm tree, and there is no shortage of palms on the 40 miles of white sand beaches.

Where To Stay

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe

At Barceló Bavaro Palace Deluxe, family is always first, with a full day’s activities awaiting your crew. Take the kids to the Barcy’s Kids’ Club where they will take part in games, movies, arts and crafts, and more. Come and practice your swing on the 18-hole miniature golf course, enjoy 4 swimming pools for all types of entertainment, and watch your children play on castles, water slides, and waterfalls at Barcy Water Park!

What To Do

Marinarium Tour

Set off in a glass bottom boat to the Marinarium Marine Park for a Punta Cana snorkeling adventure. After some time exploring the reef and underwater marine life of the Caribbean Sea, you’ll be given the opportunity to swim with nurse sharks and stingrays. But don’t worry! This shark and stingray excursion is completely safe!


Paradise Island, Bahamas


By far, sparkling turquoise waters and white sandy beaches stretching for miles have always been one of the most alluring features of The Bahamas. The ocean ranges from absolutely clear and colorless turquoise to all imaginable shades of blues.

Where To Stay


The Atlantis

Unleash a world of magic and wonder as you discover Atlantis, Paradise Island. World-class restaurants, luxury shopping, the Caribbean’s largest casino, fantastic water sports, thrilling slides and rides, Dolphin Cay, hundreds of species of sea animals at the Marine Habitat, and so much more, all ready to discover, right at your fingertips.

What To Do

Aquaventure at Atlantis

Atlantis Paradise Island’s water park is a one-of-a-kind 141-acre waterscape. This non-stop aquatic thrill ride features over twenty million gallons of water, incredible Atlantean-themed towers, thrilling high-speed water slides, a mile-long river ride with rolling rapids and wave surges, 20 swimming areas, a spectacular kids water-play fort and 11 unique and refreshing swimming pools.


The Most Important Travel Tip: Check your Passport!  

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I’ll just go ahead and say it (without mentioning names).

We all make assumptions when it comes to our Passport. We are all soooo sure it is valid and we are ready to travel. We are so sure it has our middle name on it and not our middle initial.

We are so sure we checked it twice. You get the idea?

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10 Fun Facts About Breathless Punta Cana

Breathless Punta Cana

Breathless Punta Cana

Written by Lynn H. Coughlin

What you probably know about Breathless Punta Cana is that it’s an all-adult destination that features chic style combined with non-stop adventure and Unlimited-Luxury®.

But do you know about these 10 fun facts about Breathless Punta Cana?

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Say Hello to Summer with Dreams Tulum & Apple Vacations

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

OK parents…it’s final exam time…then field day…then IT is coming…the inevitable last day of school! I am actually looking forward to it! I’m planning our summer fun, including our summer family vacation!

Like many, I have narrowed down a week and am deciding on location. Last year we went on a great vacation to Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa with friends and family. We were going for a little bit longer of a stay, so we decided to venture down further in the Riviera Maya corridor to Tulum.

I stayed at Dreams Tulum many years ago, when it first opened, and wow — it’s great and perfect for groups and families!

Dreams Tulum does not require wristbands, dining reservations or towel cards, like other AMResorts. I’ve mentioned before how that makes life easier when travelling with a family. You don’t have to be on a dining schedule or worry about losing extra items.

Here are some of my favorite things about the resort:

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72 Hour Sale: Yes, you CAN  … CUN!  

Secrets the Vine

Secrets the Vine Cancun

Calling all procrastinators and those of you who just love a last-minute deal!

Apple Vacations is launching a 3-Day Sale TODAY. WOW – The rates are amazing, especially if you can travel in June. Cancun and Riviera Maya really have some hot, hot deals. But don’t worry, Punta Cana, Aruba, Curacao, Cozumel, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Nassau, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Ixtapa, Huatulco, and St. Thomas are also all included!

Book: 6/9/15 – 6/11/15
Travel: 6/10/15 – 9/30/15

Just imagine: You can be sitting with your toes in the sand, gazing at the sea, under a palapa, with a frosty beverage this month.

So, who’s in?

If you are, contact your favorite travel agent or Click here to pick out your Apple Vacation! That’s right – Click, Book, GO!

Welcome to June! The month of Weddings, Weddings, Weddings!

Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

Winter is officially over.

The weather is nice (but not too hot) and it is one of the most popular times of year for weddings and honeymoons. With so many choices of both destinations and resorts in the “Adults Only” category, I wanted to share two of my absolute favorites for destination weddings and honeymoons.

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WJRZ New Jersey Broadcast Live in Riviera Maya

Matt Knight and Debbie DuHaime broadcasted from Grand Palladium Colonial Resort and Spa

Matt Knight and Debbie DuHaime broadcast from Grand Palladium Colonial Resort and Spa

Apple Vacations partnered with 100.1 WJRZ for a live broadcast in Riviera Maya from May 18-22! Matt Knight and Debbie DuHaime broadcasted from Grand Palladium Colonial Resort and Spa and promoted the resort and its amenities throughout the week.

Five lucky listeners won a trip of their own to Grand Palladium Colonial! A big thanks to Palladium and Amstar for making the trip possible.

Listen to hear the Morning Show’s interview with Amstar Rep, James McGraw!