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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Day 2 – James’ Journey in Costa Rica continues

friAnother day in Paradise!!!

Apple Vacations offers escorted vacations to Costa Rica! The 7 night escorted “Discover Costa Rica” tour is one of many specialized tours. Fly into San Jose and stay 2 nights, transfer to the Arenal area and stay for 2 nights and then transfer to the Guanacaste area to relax on the beach for the final 3 nights. This tour includes specially selected excursions throughout! You have the option of choosing the Deluxe or Luxury version of hotels.

Arenal Nayara Hotel Boutique — This resort is a component of the Deluxe version of the “Discover Costa Rica” tour. The resort boasts beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano and the surrounding countryside. This little jewel features 44 suites and rooms nestled in a tropical jungle paradise. Continue reading

Costa Rica Day 1

volcanoJames Reese Apple’s Philly Regional Sales Manager just visited — Costa Rica. I asked him to report back and here is what he had to say!

Greetings from Costa Rica!  Or, as they say here — “Pura Vida” — Pure Life! I flew from Philadelphia direct to San Jose via Atlanta on Delta. I was met outside of Baggage Claim by a Swiss Tours representative who “tagged me” with a Swiss Tours badge. Customs/Immigrations was super fast and very easy in this very modern and air conditioned airport. My air-conditioned transfer bus was waiting as soon as I stepped outside.

On the transfer I was able to see a bit of San Jose. This capital city offers everything you’d expect of a big city — many cultural attractions, lots of dining and great nightlife!  The transfer to the Arenal area (about 3 hours) went by quickly as my guide gave me some great background information. We drove through stunning vistas of misty mountains, valleys, sugar cane and coffee plantations. I arrived in the Costa Rica “Green” season  (which is the end of April through the beginning of December). The weather is cooler and wetter. Stopped at a local place on the way called El Jardin (about an hour into the transfer) for a great lunch with the locals!

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