Galveston, Texas

Although only a short drive from Houston, Galveston is a Texas-sized beach destination that is a world-away and in a class all its own. This island offers 32 miles of sandy beaches and 36 blocks of unique shopping, art galleries, superb dining and fabulous entertainment. Located near this historic Strand District is an impressive Railroad Museum housed in the neighboringUnion Depot. Not far is Broadway, home to one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of lovingly restored Victorian Mansions - many open to the public. These homes are a tribute to the elegance and refinement of Galveston in the 19th century.

Galveston has an extensive and interesting history offering attractions that highlight each era. To begin, visit the Texas Seaport Museum featuring Galveston;s maritime history and the meticulously restored Tall Ship Elissa built in 1877. Next, venture to Pier 21 and view the amazing documentary on the Hurricane of 1900 which outlines how this storm devastated the island and the determination of the locals to restore their beloved city it to its previous grandeur. Galveston is also home to the Lone Star Flight Museum (one of the best flight museums in the South) and for World War II buffs there is the submarine USS Cavalla and the destroyer USS Stewart. For something more current, check-out Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum. This is a unique opportunity to learn how drilling is a vibrant part of Galveston’s culture and economy of today.

This is also a long list of attractions for all, Galveston offers Pleasure Pier which is an amusement park built entirely on a pier over the Gulf of Mexico offering thrill rides and gravity-defying roller coasters. For those interested in nature, take a harbor tour and meet the dolphins who call Galveston Bay their home. One could spend an entire day just at Moody Gardens with their impressive aquarium in the enormous glass pyramid, perhaps check-out a show at their 3 D theater or cruise the harbor in "The Colonel" an authentic stern-wheeler river boat and more. Obviously Galveston is famous for fresh Seafood but is also well known for mouth-watering southern B.B.Q. and spicy Tex-Mex cuisine. A local favorite is Gaido’s, this elegant seafood restaurant has been owned and operated by the same family since 1911. In recent years, many local chefs have migrated to this seaport community and opened their own restaurants each featuring their own unique and delicious culinary delights. While there is definitely lots to see, do and eat on this popular island, Galveston is perhaps best known for their atmosphere which is warm, friendly and inviting to all. This explains why many visitors to Galveston are enticed to linger longer.

Roatan, Honduras

Located on the second longest coral reef in the world, Roatan is known for some of the best diving in the world. But there is so much more to Roatan's beautiful ocean playground than their famous dive sites. Other attractions include the finest beaches in the Caribbean with reef protected waters ideal for snorkeling, kayaking, swimming with the dolphins and a myriad of other water activities. Or venture inland to Roatan's lush jungle and mountainous terrain which offer breathtaking zip-line and canopy adventures. Horseback riding, botanical gardens, parks and wildlife are just the start of a great adventure in Roatan.

Excursion Highlights

Consolation Bay Zip-line
Take off along a 1,000-foot zip line cable for an exhilarating ride across stunning Consolation Bay just off the coast of Roatan. Your adventure first begins with a quick safety briefing from a skilled guide, who will provide all the necessary gear and instruction you will need. Then climb up to the starting platform 40 feet above the ground, where you will be harnessed in and attached to a zip line cable. Here is where it gets really exciting! Jump off the platform and whiz high above the bay like Roatan’s famous Monkey La-La lizard. Defy gravity and feel the ultimate adrenaline rush all while enjoying a birds-eye view of the bay’s blue-green reef system and panoramic island views. You will come to land at nearby Consolation Fort, and from there you can explore on your own or walk back to port independently. Either way you will have braved one of the most thrilling zip line courses in Honduras.
Best of Roatan Island Tour
Indulge in an island tour of Roatan and see the virgin areas where lush landscapes merge with turquoise waters. You will take a scenic drive along the island's central ridge, looking down at emerald water on both sides. Transferring to an island-style boat, you will meander through Dixon Cove Harbor, past island keys with red mangroves exploring the 2-mile long waterway full of picturesque opportunities. Move along to Punta Gorda and watch performances of the Junkanoo and the Punta, traditional dances of the Garifuna community. Experience the Garifuna culture by meeting the descendants of Black Carib Indians and African slaves who have maintained their language, traditions and lifestyles.
Lobster, Iguanas and Snorkeling
Embark on a half-day adventure combining iguana and lobster sightings, reef snorkeling and relaxing on a sparkling beach. Heading over to French Cay, you will encounter Iguana Hideaway, an ironic name considering you will see dozens of these peculiar-looking lizards in plain sight. Then board a boat and make your way to Lobster City, a protected stretch of shallow ocean extending from the shoreline to the reef wall. Besides panoramic views of Big and Little French Cays, you will spot numerous giant lobsters in their natural habitat, live coral and vibrant tropical fish while spending close to an hour snorkeling. This tour featuring National Geographic Snorkeler gear makes a great snorkeling experience even better. Explore the colorful world just below the water’s surface and see lobsters, large stingrays, barracudas, puffer fish, sea turtles and more. Then, at nearby Big French Key Beach Club, lounge on a serene, white-sand beach or relax in the shade in a hammock swing. Refreshments and snacks are available for purchase at the bar and restaurant.

Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico

Puerto Costa Maya is a relaxing destination where you can swim in the sparkling turquoise seas or enjoy the sun relaxing on the beautiful beach. Adventure to the coral reef offshore or the Maya ruins in the jungle. Explore off the beaten trail to the fishing town Mahahual, which is one of the best beaches you will experience. Stay downtown and experience shopping from local artisans, a beach club, two saltwater pools, many restaurants and bars, and so much more.

Excursion Highlights

Kohunlich & Dzibanche Mayan Ruins
Visit majestic pyramids at Dzibanche and the multi-level Mayan city of Kohunlich for a full day of culture and history. See ruins of two separate Mayan communities, lost for centuries in isolated jungle near the border of Belize. Known for its splendid temples and beautiful pottery, Dzibanche was once a ruling city. A monument to Mayan history, Kohunlich is an immense site exhibiting a broad scope of architecture, with many areas not yet excavated.
Aqua Adventure Park & Beach Break
Let paradise become your personal playground when you explore the water parks and beaches of Costa Maya. A short ride with your guide will take you deep into the dense Mayan jungle to the Mayá, Lost Mayan Kingdom waterpark. Once inside your fun-filled family day will have you slip, slide, splash and zip through the theme park. Get your heart pumping as you coast down the 12 waterslides: such as the thrilling, enclosed Xibalba that may have you shriek at its 90-degree drop. You can also coast past your friends and family as you race down Chaac’s spine. Get an adrenaline rush from an 82-foot fall on the Kisim and Xtabay. Transition into a more laid back experience on an inner tube and float the Jaguar River that goes through the entire park passing beautiful natural scenes. You can also kick back and relax by the Tree Pool. Next, travel to a local beach resort to enjoy the clear warm waters of the Caribbean, soak up the sun, and continue playing in the waters or lounge seaside with a refreshing tropical drink and cool breeze.
Discover Scuba Diving & Beach Experience
First-time and non-certified divers can now experience the wonders of scuba diving. You will be fitted with scuba gear and be given an introductory lesson to scuba diving at an eco-friendly dive center. A short boat ride takes you to the magnificent Meso-American Barrier Reef system, the largest barrier reef system in the Northern Hemisphere. Experience the beautiful coral reef structures featuring marine life including turtles, lobsters, stingrays, eels, king crab, barracuda, dolphins and a variety of tropical reef fish. Afterward, stay in the charming fishing town of Mahahual thriving with wonderful beach shops, restaurants, bars, arts and crafts, booths, and more.

Cozumel, Mexico

At first sight Cozumel might look like any other tropical island with crystal clear waters, spectacular sunsets, and endless beaches, but Cozumel is not just another Caribbean destination. From the moment you arrive to the island you will feel the warmth of its people, because in Cozumel hospitality is not just a practice, it is a lifestyle. It’s an island where you will find adventures that will leave you breathless, with endless memories and unforgettable experiences like no other. With a Mexican heart and a Caribbean soul, Cozumel is a paradise where tradition, flavor, and joy come together. Boasting turquoise waters, pristine white beaches, and spectacular tropical panoramas, Cozumel is the epitome of the Caribbean island. Beyond ranking amongst the world's top diving sites, the island offers plenty of great things to do including great diving, snorkeling and beaches, marine-life encounters, botanical gardens, many trails and shopping in the town of San Miguel.

Excursion Highlights

All Inclusive Dolphin Encounter
Upgrade your tropical vacation with a premium aquatic adventure, as you meet a friendly pod of dolphins during an all-inclusive water experience. Upon arrival at the Dolphinaris dolphinarium, you will be welcomed by a team of professional trainers who will guide you onto a 3-foot-deep submerged platform to begin your 40-minute dolphin encounter. In this safe and shallow space, both non-swimmers and small children can engage in a hands-on program with the park’s resident marine mammals, as they offer fin-to-hand handshakes, show off natural behaviors including jumps, whistles and clicking sounds, and plant wet kisses on your cheek. After your water experience, relish an all-inclusive atmosphere beachside complete with a complimentary lunch buffet and beverages, both alcoholic and otherwise while relaxing along the sunny tropical beach scape. Your day also includes the complimentary use of kayaks, paddle boards and snorkel gear, so feel free to explore the natural aquarium teeming with tropical fish, stingrays and starfish.
Monster Jeep to Hidden Mayan and Virgin Beach
Explore an ancient path accessible only by a 4x4 vehicle, followed by lunch and time to relax on a secluded beach. In your Monster Jeep, you will tackle rugged terrain as you make your way to a side of the island very few people have had the chance to experience — an ancient and bumpy path leading to a Mayan ruin poised in front of the ocean. Then head to a remote beach to enjoy a delicious Mexican lunch and some time to play or simply relax under the warm sun on a beautiful beach. The road to reach the Mayan ruin and the beach has been, until recently, closed. While it is open, the road is still not suitable for cars. Only vehicles like your Monster Jeep can handle the terrain, giving you exclusive access to some of the island’s hidden treasures.
Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins
Home to the great Mayan empire, Chichen Itza extends 6 square miles and includes several hundred magnificent buildings. You will enjoy exploring this legendary wonder of the world, taking in the great pyramid of Kulkulcan, the temple of Venus, the temple of Warriors, the largest and best-preserved Mayan ballpark, tzompantli, and much more. Experience it all with the help of a virtual tablet that brings to life everything you see with audio-visual technology. The perfect companion to your sightseeing, this tablet lets you see what the historic complex looked like centuries ago, as you view the ancient structures that remain today, including never-before-seen images of Kulkulcan, plus the temple’s interior tomb and statues.