Finding the right destination for your holiday getaway can be a challenge, but fear not! Our experts have paired four favorite holidays with their corresponding destinations for the ultimate celebration getaway. With limited availability over these specific days, you’ll want to call your travel agent to book your holiday vacation, so you get to enjoy the celebration.
Halloween – Riviera Maya
Halloween, or Día de las Brujas, is seen as a children’s holiday in Mexico, but you’ll want to enjoy this holiday south of the border because Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, starts the day after. This two-day celebration (Nov. 1-2) welcomes back family and friends who have passed, and according to the Aztec, Toltec, and other Nahua people’s beliefs, their spirits are able to return to Earth briefly during these days. Immerse yourself in this colorful holiday, sprinkled with sugar skulls, skeleton costumes, and marigolds. Many resorts start the celebration early on Oct. 31, but unlike Halloween, which showcases trickery and terror, the Día de los Muertos embraces life and love, as mourning was seen as disrespectful in the pre-Hispanic cultures of Mexico.
Thanksgiving – Aruba
Try something new for your Thanksgiving feast. In Aruba, you’ll find a diverse cuisine, influenced by African, Spanish, French, Indian, Chinese, and Dutch specialties. Make your Thanksgiving spread one to remember by indulging at one of the island’s many ethnic restaurants, or try the local Aruban fare. A favorite restaurant of locals and travelers alike, the Old Cunucu House Restaurant welcomes hungry visitors to a 150-year-old house in the countryside, or cunucu, and serves up keshi yena or stuffed Gouda cheese filled with savory meat and various vegetables, and quesillo, caramel custard. For breakfast, try the Crêpe Bar, offering tropical flavors on the traditional French dish.
New Year’s Eve and Day – Cancun
Cancun offers a variety of experiences, from family vacations to relaxing couples retreats, but it’s also the party destination of Mexico. Ring in the New Year at one of the city’s energetic nightclubs with celebrity guests and DJs, or if you’re staying at an all-inclusive resort, grab a schedule of the festivities. Many resorts offer a special event and dinner to celebrate the holiday, and it’s worth checking out and booking reservations, if they’re required. The next day, indulge in the resort’s New Year’s Day brunch, and then chill out on the beach or by the resort pool. It’s the perfect start to a new year.
Valentine’s Day – St. Lucia
One of the top honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean, St. Lucia lures lovers with its numerous adults-only resorts. The island is also the quintessential tropical destination with lush vegetation and flora, creating an ambiance of a secluded romantic getaway. Luxuriate in the natural experiences of the “Hawaii of the Caribbean,” such as the Sulphur Springs mud baths, the Black Water Pool, and the Pool of Love. For lively couples, soar above the trees with a zip-line adventure and get on the back trails with an ATV tour. Then return to your resort to relax in ultimate bliss. Choose a sophisticated and upscale experience, like the pampering Jade Mountain with unparalleled views of the Piton Mountains.
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The best way to plan your holiday getaways is to book early, so you’ll enjoy a vacation with your preferred accommodations and flight itineraries. Together with GOGO Vacations, your local travel agent will get you there.