Here I sit in another cold front in the Carolina’s & it’s a steamy 93 degrees in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.  The W Costa Rica just recently opened on a beautiful stretch of beach where the ocean is swimmable.  Two pools are on the property if you’re more of a poolside person that likes to look at the ocean.

Off property nearby is the 2300-acre Reserva Conchal, a nature reserve where you can explore the mangroves & observe wild monkeys.  Any bird lovers like me out there??  I’m sure you can spot some Toucans here too.  Also off property, the surfing scene in Tamarindo is only 20 minutes away.

Of course, one of my preferred tour companies, Island Destinations, has an incredible offer.  This is a land only package so naturally, air prices will vary depending on where you’re flying from.  Happy packing!!  –Jodi

ID’s Vacation Package Includes:

• Exclusive ID Extra!;Guaranteed upgrade at time of booking from Wonderful Escape to Fabulous Escape
• Daily Breakfast at a three-meal restaurant
• Roundtrip Private airport transfer
• 25% off spa treatments of 50 minutes or longer
• USD100 Resort Credit per accommodation, per stay to be used in Spa or B&F
• Late check out at 4pm

Price: 4 nights in a Fabulous Escape from $1,833
Travel Dates: Now through December 22, 2019
Book By: Now through April 30, 2019

Terms: Listed date of travel based on 9/1-10/31/19. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Rate is exclusive of taxes and service. Rate is subject to change.


St. James Morgan Bay, St. Lucia

St. James Morgan Bay in St. Lucia is offering an incredibly generous promotion to First Responders.  This all-inclusive invitation is available to active and retired firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) traveling with friends and family age 12+.


The “First Responders Stay Free” invitation is based on a three-night minimum stay, with first responders staying on a complimentary basis when traveling with a guest. This invitation includes accommodations, all meals, snacks, beverages by the glass, activities, non-motorized water sports, taxes and fees. All-Inclusive rates for accompanying guests start at $200 per night. Children ages 2-11 are at an All-Inclusive rate of $72 per night, while children under age 2 stay free. There is a limit of one free first responder per room.

Offer ends December 20, 2018

Call us at 843-361-5877 or use the ‘Request a Trip‘ form for more information or to book.  –Jodi

Photos: Elite Island Resorts

We found an incredible package to St. Lucia at Windjammer Landing from Myrtle Beach, SC.  What we love about this Mediterranean inspired village is the villas.  Especially the ones with a private plunge pool overlooking the Caribbean.

While researching a honeymoon with flexible dates, we found this for November 25-December 2, 2017:

Air: Myrtle Beach to St. Lucia on American Airlines
Room: 1 Bedroom Villa w/Private Plunge Pool
Dining: All-Inclusive with Alcoholic Beverages
Price: $4705 per couple

Note: Flight times, pricing, availability subject to change at any time.  Contact us via web or call to book.

Photos: Windjammer Landing website.


Resort & Ocean Views from the Village at Wild Dunes

I’ve waited a long time to visit Wild Dunes Resort.  I ‘live’ here part time with family and really have no excuse for not taking a site tour of this property.

The recent 3 day span of non-stop rain caused quite a bit of flooding on the island and golf course so my visit today was mainly of the accommodations and nearby grounds.  There’s so much offered by this resort, I have no complaints on coming back another time (or two) to check out the golf course and event space.  Oh, and the spa!

My favorite way to be greeted upon arrival to a hotel/resort…VALET!  Thank you Richard for being such a kind gentleman in opening the car door.  And thank you, Michael at the front desk for storing my raincoat that I thankfully didn’t need.

The Boardwalk Inn is the host to a variety of deluxe suites and a very frequently booked Presidential suite that I hope is available when I return.  The Village at Wild Dunes has more spacious accommodations with kitchens and gorgeous balcony views.  Private vacation homes for multi-families can also be rented weekly during peak season (summertime) and for fewer nights in the off season.

There isn’t a bad view from any suite, villa, or anywhere really all over the resort.  The grounds are beautifully landscaped and how can you beat a panoramic view of the ocean from the 5th floor?  I love how the homes have been painted to resemble Rainbow Row in downtown Charleston.

If you’re going to spend more than a few days here, go with the Village at Wild Dunes.  They have one, two, and three bedroom villas with kitchens that will make any epicurean drool, living space, incredible balconies, and luxurious baths.

There are small shops, bicycle rentals, plenty of bars and restaurants, an ice cream shop (of course I spotted that) and ladies…the spa boutique has everything you could possibly need if you forgot anything.  Jewelry, Jane Iredale cosmetics, locally made candles, bath products, shoes and wait for it…Escapada clothing!  Escapada is known nationally and founded locally in Charleston.

I saved the best for last…adults only pool and private cabanas.

You’re welcome!