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Top Touristy Stops

Top Touristy Stops

by Hope Heldmar

When you're visiting another country, sometimes you just want to be a tourist and check out all the "must see" sites. Plus, visiting popular tourist stops will make your vacation even more memorable. Isn't being a tourist just a little bit fun, anyways? So gather up the family, grab your camera and plan on checking out these top tourists spots.

If you're vacationing in the Riviera Maya, you'll love the cultural entertainment at XCARET. You will spend your day visiting marine turtles, bright pink flamingos and spider monkeys, as well as hiking through the jungle trails, snorkeling in the pristine waters and swimming through the underground lagoons and pools and seeing a live musical show. The kids will love this nature-filled theme park, and you'll love enjoying the day with them! When you book your vacation at Grand Bahia Principe Akumal, you can add XCARET tickets to your trip.

When your travels take you to Jamaica, YS Falls is a natural wonderland tucked away on the southern coast. Seven cascading waterfalls, miles of gorgeous green fields and activities for all to enjoy make this tropical playground one of a kind. The highlight of your day might be zip lining through the trees and over the waterfalls, or it might be splashing around in the pools or tubing down the river. However you spend your day, being surrounding by the gorgeous Jamaican landscapes will be just as tranquil as spending the day on the white sands along the beach. If you have kids 12 and under, then planning a stay at Holiday Inn Sunspree at Montego Bay is a great savings because the kids get to stay and eat for free! But, if you're vacationing with a special someone, then take a look at Couples Negril for a romantic getaway.

Heading to the Dominican Republic on vacation? Then Dreams La Romana is just the place for you to visit. This picturesque resort is located on a palm-lined cove on the Caribbean Sea and protected by a coral reef, which makes the beach perfect for all of the resort's activities. You can kayak, windsurf, and bounce on the ocean trampoline until you get a great tan, then head indoors for a cooling body wrap. But if you need a thrill unique to this corner of the world, then head out on the 8.7 mile journey to the nearby Cueva de las Maravillas. The Cave of Wonders, an underground cavern measuring nearly 3,000 feet, is over 100,000 years old. Visitors can explore the 800 feet of stalactites, stalagmites, tapestries, pisoliths, and columns that are open to the public thanks to a series of expertly lit concrete path-ways, ramps, and elevators. You'll even get to see hundreds of pictographs created by native Taino Indians!

There are so many tourist attractions in the Caribbean and Mexico, why not start with these? With over 75 islands and destinations to visit, you'll have to check back at for more touristy ideas. Until then, have fun seein' the sights!


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