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

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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.


Apple Vacations “People to People” Trip in Cuba!

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I recently had the opportunity to travel to Cuba on a “People to People” trip.

With the recent relaxation of regulations to obtain required licenses for travel to Cuba, the island nation has become more available to eager travelers from the United States. On our trip, we visited several different regions of the country, starting in Trinidad, then on to Cienfuegos (both in central Cuba). We also visited Havana and Old Havana (both in western Cuba).

It was an unforgettable experience and I can’t wait to share my blogs with you, including travel tips and highlights of each region.

First off, my overall impressions and favorite experiences in Cuba.

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Where is your dream destination wedding spot?

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

Written by Juliana Gover, AVDW Specialist.

Everyone has the perfect picture of their dream wedding.

What do you want to see around you while you stand up there saying “I do” to the person of your dreams? A castle for the grandists, a church for the traditionalists, a field for the boho types, a beach for the romantic? Where you first met for those sentimentalists or a secret garden for those naturalists?

The options are literally limitless. As long as the two of you are together and there is someone there to conduct, it is a wedding.

But for those of you who want to follow the amazing trend and get away, maybe save some money, and have a destination wedding — where do you go?! When it comes to selecting that dream destination wedding, how do you choose where you are going to stay and share that special kiss? You could have a beach or garden wedding on every coast and anywhere plant life can grow, so where in the world do you want to go?

Let us help you decide…

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Launching Luxury Villas Online

Villa, Bird of Paradise Caribbean, Anguilla

Villa, Bird of Paradise -Caribbean, Anguilla

Written by Su-Jit Lin & Robert Eastman, Managing Director, Luxury Villa Program

Decades ago, we had Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and today, the AWE channel. Growing up, MTV Cribs was the seedling of our nesting instincts.

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Phillies Phancation 2015 from Now Jade

Phancation 2015

Apple Vacations recently hosted 150 Phillies fans, players and alumni for a week at Now Jade Riviera Cancun for Phancation 2015!

Phancationers from across the country participated in a fun week of crazy games, autograph sessions, photo sessions, talent contests, breakfast with the Phanatic and much, much more!

Phillies 1980 World Series’ Alumni Greg “The Bull” Luzinski and 1993 World Series’ Alumni Tommy Greene , along with current Phillies pitchers Justin De Fratus and David Buchanan, who took part in all of the events and had a great time with vacationing with the fans. The Phanatic along with Phillies broadcasters Gregg Murphy and Scott Palmer hosted all of the events.

The Phanatic breakfast is always a Phan favorite of the this group, and Phancationers have talent reached new levels this year!

Click the link below to see photos from the event!

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It’s Apple Vacations Great Winter Event!

Winter is the hottest time for travel to Mexico & the Caribbean. And now that most of the U.S. is experiencing snow and freezing cold temperatures (I just saw 6 degrees in Chicago forecast this week!!), there has never been a better time to book an Apple Vacation!

Every New Year it’s “out with the old and in with the new,” well make you resolution, “out with the cold and in with the sun!”

Book before January 29th and you can save up to 40% at some of our most popular resorts, including Secrets Resorts & Spa’s, Dreams Resorts & Spa’s, Now Resorts & Spa’s, and Riu Resorts & Spas! Book by January 29th to save hundreds!

Check out our Great Winter Event Page (Click Here) or call Call your Travel Agent today!

WOGL 98.1 Live From Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa!

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If you are in Philadelphia, don’t forget to tune to WOGL 98.1 The Breakfast Club ”Live From Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa” all this week! (Listen Here)

The Live broadcast kicks off the year-long promotion where WOGL listeners can win a trip a day!

Don’t warm ocean breezes and crystal blue waters sounds perfect right now!?