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Quintana Roo’s New Tourism Tax
On April 1, international travelers visiting Quintana Roo will be required to pay a new tourism tax. According to Mexico News Daily, travelers will pay $11 to visit popular destinations across the state like Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Cozumel.
The payment is required for all international visitors over 15 years old. Travelers can expect to pay the new tax electronically while booking their trip, during their stay or upon exiting the state via a new website called Visitax (which does not seem to be live as of this article publishing). Additionally, there is an option to pay in cash at terminals in airports. “It’s expected to be an agile and simple transaction that won’t complicate visitors’ stay,” said Rodrigo Diaz, director-general of the state tax administration.
The new tourism tax was implemented to help fund more development within the tourism industry across the state. This mainly consists of generating tourism jobs and economic centers to make their state a strong visitor attraction. Governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez proposed the tax and it was approved by the state congress last year. It was originally estimated to generate $43.6 million but with the delay of the tax’s implementation because of COVID-19, it was reduced to $29 million in 2021.
Europe, Where to Go?
With the number of people in the United States vaccinated against the coronavirus climbing, Americans are starting to explore their prospects for international travel this summer, a season when Europe is traditionally a big draw.
Most of Europe has been off-limits to most U.S. citizens for over a year, and the continent is currently grappling with a third wave of coronavirus infections and a surge in new, more contagious variants, making it unclear when its borders will reopen. But some European countries have started to welcome vaccinated travelers, including American tourists, and others are making preparations to ease restrictions in time for the summer season.
Surrounded by the Aegean, Ionian and the Mediterranean Seas, Greece gently cascades into thousands of islands with gentle breezes, clear waters, and sandy beaches.
The Greeks are known for their friendliness and hospitality and you will be warmly welcomed wherever you go. There is magic to the country of Greece that is exhilarating and a destination definitely worth discovering for yourself.
One of Europe's Ancient capitals, Athens has undergone significant change in recent years. A modern metropolis with an old town feel, this is where antiquity meets futurism, and ancient monuments fuse with a trendy, cosmopolitan scene. The heart of its historical centre is the Plaka neighbourhood, with labyrinthine streets leading to all manner of ancient wonders.
Chania (pronounced “Hanya”) is considered the loveliest port town in Greece. Swallows soar in sheer blue skies above the semicircle of tall Venetian houses around its picture-perfect Old Harbour. The tables of scores of bars and restaurants line the quayside. Behind the harbour front, narrow, traffic-free shopping lanes thread through the atmospheric Old Town. On either side of the town, sandy beaches stretch along the coast.
Corfu is considered by many to be the most beautiful of all the Greek islands. The island offers a beguiling landscape of wild flowers, cypress trees, olive trees and luxurious sandy beaches. The west coast of the island boasts some of the prettiest countryside and small coves with sandy beaches surrounded by cliffs and trees. The north is defined by a rocky coastline where the crystal-clear water has chopped into pebbled bays and coves.
Crete, the largest Greek island, is a place where Myth meets History, where the age-old Cretan culture teems in modern villas, where the sea meets the mountains and unspoiled nature coexists with modern tourist infrastructure. Crete has a thousand faces: one for each and every sort of traveller: the nature-lover, the explorer, the cosmopolitan, the lover of history and the classic vulture.
Kos is one of the most visited islands in the Dodecanese, and teems with activity every summer.
Mykonos is an eclectic place - pristine beaches, elegant boutiques, fine dining, and rowdy bars are all packed onto one tiny piece of land, a mere 15km long at its widest point. Partying is a round-the-clock affair here, against a scenic backdrop of whitewashed houses and Little Venice, Mykonos Town's most charming neighbourhood.
Rhodes, the pearl of the Mediterranean area, is a cosmopolitan island, combining unique natural beauty and archaeological wealth with great beaches and intensive nightlife. This is a place for everyone: simultaneously youthful and family friendly, romantic and modern.
Rising out of the crystalline waters of the Aegean Sea, Santorini's otherworldly volcanic landscape of black and red-sand beaches and enormous caldera meet quintessentially Greek white-washed houses and blue-domed churches.
Byzantine churches, crumbling ruins, modern architecture, intense nightlife and stunning beaches -- this is the essence of Thessaloniki. Being the second largest city in Greece, Thessaloniki combines more than 2,300 years of history with every facility a modern European city can offer a visitor.
Called "the Flower of the East" by the Venetians, Zakynthos is still one of the lushest and most-loved Greek islands, with green hillsides covered with flowers in spring and early summer, cliffs dropping to dazzling turquoise waters, and some of the country´s best beaches.
At Tyus Tours & Travel we can arrange airfare, transfer services, sightseeing tours, rail tickets, and car rental for all of your Europe Travel. Additionally, we offer a tremendous variety of hotel accommodations – whether you wish to stay in standard 3-star hotels, countryside B&B's, medieval palaces, charming villas or luxurious 5-star properties. We have a wide variety of off-the-shelf transfer and sightseeing services, and also have the ability to special request custom product. Arranging all of your transportation and hotel needs in Europe is easy and quick. To find out more contact Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 or visit https://bit.ly/3rEw6lJ.
When choosing a Caribbean destination, it’s easy to think that one island is just like any other. But with more than 35 captivating cove beaches, a diverse heritage spanning 55 different cultures, a “live and let live” attitude, and unrivaled traditional European architecture, Curaçao sets itself apart from the rest as an island to be explored. Curacao-Feel It For Yourself.
Ideal for insatiable curiosities, this Southern Caribbean island destination offers a rugged terrain as the perfect backdrop for all types of travelers: adventure seekers, beach bums, divers, history buffs, epicureans and modern city explorers. Wherever your journey takes you, you’ll know you’re seeing the Caribbean the way it was meant to be seen. Perfect for those seeking the warmth of a tropical vacation with added European flair, culture, delicious cuisine, and history, Curaçao is a Caribbean island where you can truly feel free.
Wherever your journey takes you, you’ll know you’re seeing the Caribbean the way it was meant to be seen. Perfect for those seeking the warmth of a tropical vacation with added European flair, culture, delicious cuisine, and history, Curaçao is a Caribbean island where you can truly feel free.
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• Getting there – Travelers can easily fly into the Curaçao International Airport from many major U.S. cities. It’s only 2.5 hours from Miami and direct flights are available from Miami, Charlotte, New York and many other major cities. U.S. citizens don’t need a visa to travel to the island.
• Location – Curaçao is located just off the coast of Venezuela in the southern, Dutch Caribbean and on the outer fringes of the hurricane belt. It’s an autonomous country within the Kingdom of The Netherlands.
• Climate – Weather is rarely an issue in Curaçao because it’s warm and sunny year-round with an average temperature around 81 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Currency – When it comes to money, the Antillean Guilder (ANG), also called the Florin, is the official currency used. However, you can use U.S. dollars everywhere in Curaçao. The exchange rate is 1 USD to 1.80 ANG although it fluctuates depending on whether you're buying or selling, and where you are exchanging.
• Language – English, Dutch, Spanish, Papiamentu and occasionally Portuguese are all spoken in Curacao.
Puerto Rico’s Picture-Perfect Postcard Regions
There are many reasons to explore beyond San Juan and truly discover everything Puerto Rico has to offer. This Caribbean island measures approximately 100 by 35 miles, so in a couple of hours you can drive around the whole island, but allow yourself plenty of time to discover its six different regions. Each one has a unique identity featuring local cuisine, diverse cultural activities, tourist attractions, adventure tours and more.
Travelers planning a vacation in 2021 should consider the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, as visitors will not be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test before returning home to the mainland U.S.
The metropolitan area of Puerto Rico is where history and culture intersect with bustling city life. Explore the urban side of Puerto Rico with food, drinks and shops in the seven towns that make up the “downtown” scene: San Juan, Cataño, Toa Baja, Trujillo Alto, Bayamón, Guaynabo and Carolina. Old San Juan is a city with over 500 years of history, so everywhere feels like you’re walking through a museum. San Felipe del Morro and San Cristobal castles are hot spots for soaking up the unique architecture of the city. Cataño is the place to be if you want to learn about the history of rum, especially at the Casa Bacardi distillery. The Metro area also has the largest shopping center in the Caribbean, Plaza Las Américas. Hotel and resort recommendations in this region are the San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino and the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino.
Puerto Rico’s east region offers secret and secluded sceneries of beaches, a legendary rainforest, historical museums, botanical gardens and intimate island excursions. Explore a combination of coastal and inland life in this region made up of 15 towns and two small islands: Loíza, Gurabo, Juncos, Las Piedras, San Lorenzo, Caguas, Canóvanas, Río Grande, Luquillo, Fajardo, Ceiba, Naguabo, Maunabo, Humacao and Yabuco.
Since the waters off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico are full of marine life, this is the ideal spot for adventurous travelers wanting to snorkel, dive, fish and boat. If you’re seeking a secluded, relaxing day, visit Balneario La Monserrate. This beach is one of the best on the island and is filled with calm waters, on-site rental chairs and umbrellas, and kiosks within walking distance with local fritters, savory seafood and ice-cold beverages. Nature lovers can find comfort in the eastern region too by visiting the only sub-tropical rainforest in the U.S., El Yunque. Panoramic vista views, leisurely hikes around trails and canyoneering along waterfalls make it a nature lover’s wonderland. That continues with the Jardín Botánico y Cultural de Caguas which connects visitors to museums, historical sites, monuments and art galleries inside the eastern region. Hotel and resort recommendations in this region are Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort, the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort Puerto Rico and Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve.
The western region is where visitors can catch a wave and see some of the best sunsets while enjoying Puerto Rico’s beautiful beaches. The west region is also the undisputed surfing capital of Puerto Rico. Towns in this region – Aguada, Aguadilla, Añasco, Cabo Rojo, Guánica, Hormigueros, Isabela, Lajas, Las Marías, Maricao, Mayagüez, Moca, Quebradillas, Rincón, Sábana Grande, San German, San Sebastián, Lares, and Yauco – have a more laid-back, relaxed approach to living. Surfers are known to flock to Rincón to ride its waves at iconic beaches like María’s beach and Domes. Beginner surfers can find lessons in Isabela or Aguadilla.
The west region is the place to be for all types of water activities. If you prefer staying on dry land, visit Los Morrillos Lighthouse, a natural stone bridge (the Puente de Piedra), the salt flats and a white-sand beach, Playuela; all of which are located at the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge. La Parguera should also be on your list. It’s a quaint fishing village in Lajas which is home to one of the five bioluminescent bays in the world. Hotel and resort recommendations in this region are the Royal Isabela which features a noteworthy golf course and a modest inn like Combate Beach Resort.
Puerto Rico’s northern region offers impressive, captivating caves and beautiful beaches. The nine towns in this region – Arecibo, Barceloneta, Camuy, Dorado, Hatillo, Manati, Toa Alta, Vega Alta and Vega Baja – are known as the “northern karst belt” because of the area’s large limestone hills. If you love to shop, you’ll love Barceloneta which is home to the Puerto Rico Premium Outlets; an impressive collection of designer and name brand outlet stores that offer fantastic deals. Mar Chiquita has won the Travel Influencer Award and is the place to be for amazing panoramic views and an incredible beach day in Manatí, just 45 minutes away from San Juan. Hotel and resort recommendations in this region are the amazing Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Embassy Suites by Hilton Dorado del Mar Beach Resort, and the Punta Maracayo Resort.
Immerse yourself in the island’s culture and history hub filled with colorful architecture, historic art scenes and stunning natural beauty. Puerto Rico’s southern region is comprised of 11 towns – Ponce, Coamo, Salinas, Arroyo, Guayama, Guayanilla, Juana Díaz, Patillas, Peñuelas, Santa Isabel, and Villalba – that offer remote and romantic beaches along the calm Caribbean waters and marinas. In Ponce, you can visit Museo de Arte de Ponce, which offers an impressive European art collection from the 19th century. Other attractions to appreciate in Ponce are el Parque de Bombas, la Cruceta del Vigía and the Castillo Serrallés. If you’re looking for a relaxed and rejuvenating afternoon in a unique outdoor spa to cool off from the southern heat, visit the hot springs of Coamo, aka the “fountain of youth.”
Puerto Rico’s interior mountain region, la Cordillera Central, runs from the east to west through 15 towns – Adjuntas, Aguas Buenas, Aibonito, Barranquitas, Cayey, Ciales, Cidra, Comerio, Corozal, Florida, Jayuya, Morovis, Naranjito, Orocovis and Utuado. This region is filled with history and agricultural culture, made up of diverse vegetation and home to where most of the island’s coffee is produced. Adjuntas is the place to be for some local flavor when it comes to coffee. Visit Hacienda Tres Ángeles for a tour of the facility, taste samples of locally grown coffee and enjoy amazing mountain views.
From plains, canyons and rivers to mountains and caves, this area is comprised of various scenery, which is great for travelers seeking adventures of all types. One of the biggest towns in Puerto Rico, Orocovis, is home to Toro Verde Nature Adventure park which is where one of the longest ziplines in the world is located. If you’re looking for another popular activity in this region, consider Tanamá River cave-tubing tours which offers a perfect mix of deep adventure and leisurely rides along the waterways through subterranean chambers.
Contact Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 to book your Puerto Rico vacation or visit www.tyustours.com to request more information.
An Authentic Jerk Chicken Recipe
At Sandals®, our Jerk Shack serves up the most mouthwatering authentic Jamaican jerk chicken, but since you can’t be here right now, Sandals chef Glenroy Walker is sharing his secret recipe. Whether you like it flaming hot or mildly tongue-tingling, making your own jerk is the perfect way to get into a Sandals State of Mind. To view video click here.
Our Jerk Shack serves up the most delicious authentic Jamaican jerk chicken. Now Chef Glenroy Walker shares Sandals famously mouthwatering recipe so you can give it a try at home. This is just one of the many internationally-inspired gourmet dishes that our highly-trained chefs prepare at our resorts. To view video click here. To visit Sandals visit http://bit.ly/2NHF6pI.
Your Space In The Sun
We have countless deals and perks for your vacation to Antigua & Barbuda - all you have to do is choose your view! Here you'll find everything you need to upgrade your view from your backyard to the beach. Visit http://bit.ly/2RoyDhG or call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362. View video.
8 Reality TV Vacation Hot Spots in Mexico and the Caribbean
Reality TV stars: they’re just like us! But really, they are, especially on vacation. Sure, there are some real over-the-top destinations and accommodations (like the La Vida Dolce, the luxury Punta Mita property visited by The Real Housewives of New York in season nine), but there are many luxe vacation spots attainable by regular people like you!
1. El Dorado Casitas Royale – Riviera Maya
This was the vacation spot in season six of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. You might remember this trip as the one where two of the housewives’ husbands actually started the drama - oh my!
2. Dreams Tulum – Tulum
This romantic resort was home to the very first season of Bachelor in Paradise, which aired in 2014. Sadly, neither of the two couples that resulted from the season are still together.
3. Moon Palace Jamaica Grande – Montego Bay
The Real Housewives of Atlanta headed to Moon Palace Jamaica Grande in season eight to film a commercial for Cynthia Bailey’s new eyewear line. Groundbreaking.
4. The Gansevoort – Turks & Caicos
In arguably one of the best vacations in the Real Housewives of New York franchise, the housewives stayed at this luxurious resort and LuAnn said her best line ever: “Be Cool. Don’t be all like, uncool.” One for the history books!
5. Andaz Mayakoba – Playa del Carmen
The Vanderpump Rules cast visited this luxury eco resort in season six (are there really at least six seasons of this show?!). Jax gets yelled at, as he should, for not being good enough for his girlfriend Brittany, which he isn’t.
6. Garza Blanca – Puerto Vallarta
Three of The Real Housewives of Orange County took a quick jaunt to Garza Blanca in season 13 and it was definitely one to write home about. They go to Andale’s (Vicki’s fave PVR bar), eat street tacos, drink lots of tequila and Tamra breaks her foot. They probably should’ve spent more time in Garza Blanca’s world-class spa, which looks amazing (the photo above is the view from it!).
7. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana – Punta Cana
The Real Housewives of New Jersey stayed in this rock n’ roll resort in season 3. Highlight of the trip: the giant sunhat Teresa wore on the beach. She’s never one to be subtle.
8. ME Cabo – Cabo San Lucas
Shahs of Sunset, a totally underrated reality show from Bravo, headed to Cabo in season two, which is a great choice as the resort is situated on the only swimmable beach in Los Cabos. Asa’s daring vacation style and the resort’s incredible views are the only things worth noting from this trip.
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