Your Ultimate Caribbean Vacation Guide: Timing is Key!

If you are planning your Caribbean vacation, here is what you need to know!

Time of Year

Peak or non-peak travel dates affect pricing, so look at your calendar and decide when you can travel. This is important so you can get the best pricing during your travel dates. Plus, it is not easy to swap and make date changes after you have booked your vacation. Why pay for unnecessary change fees if you can make sure your original dates work for you.

Will this be an adult only or family friendly vacation? This is important so you know which resort is best for your vacation. If you plan to travel with your kids, make sure the dates work for their school and activities schedule also. The weather is important too. Will it be hot, rainy, or hurricane season?

Choosing Your Destination

Let’s make this one easy. What matters most when you are dreaming about your tropical vacation? Is it the pool with a swim up bar, tranquil blue water, swimming and playing in the ocean, all-inclusive, or lounging by the beach? Do you have any certain activities you want to experience?

Your Resort

Now that you have chosen your dates and Caribbean Island, which resort fits your travel style? Do you care more about the culinary options, the accommodations, the resort vibe, or the location of the resort? Some resorts have sister properties, and you can experience those during your stay. The possibilities are endless, so choose what fits you!

Planning in Advance

If you are a last-minute planner, I suggest allowing more time to book your vacation. This can help the pricing for your airfare and resort. I typically recommend at least six months in advance if your schedule allows it. Your Caribbean vacation is a magical experience waiting to happen, and by carefully considering the information above, you can make it even more extraordinary.

Ready to Plan?

Your Caribbean dream vacation is within reach, and I’m here to make it effortlessly extraordinary. Say goodbye to the stress of planning and hello to a personalized, seamless getaway. Contact me today, and let’s transform your vision of the perfect Caribbean escape into a reality you’ll cherish forever. Your dream vacation awaits – let’s make it happen!

Dreaming about Sandals South Coast

Who doesn’t love a vacation in the Caribbean with amazing ocean views? I recently enjoyed a four night visit to the Sexy Sandals South Coast in White House, Jamaica! I wanted to share my experience because I know you will love it too!

What makes this resort so unique?

This resort is situated in the middle of a nature preserve. You are surrounded by beautiful mountains, lush landscapes, and the spectacular ocean views of the Caribbean in Jamaica, which I feel makes it so special! All the rooms are beachfront with the only exception being the new South Seas Swim-Up Rondoval Butler Suites! This means you have some budget friendly options that are also beachfront! This is an amazing perk to this resort friends!  

There are three extraordinary European Villages. The Italian, Dutch, and French Village, which all offer beachfront accommodations. You also have two unique accommodation options: Over the Water Butler Honeymoon Bungalows and the South Seas Swim-Up Rondoval Butler Suites with your Private Pool Sanctuary! With these amazing accommodation options, it is understandable why many dates sell out quickly!

You will enjoy nine dining options, authentic jerk chicken, and blue mountain coffee, which is my personal favorite! Unlimited land activities that are sure to keep you happy during your Jamaican vacation! Snuba, scuba, and more options are available too (some have fees)!

I have to give a shoutout to the Red Lane® Spa. The Rain Drop massage is my personal favorite and heavenly! I always suggest booking this on your second day if it is available so you can start your vacation completely relaxed and set the mood for the week!

Over the Water!

Over the Water Bar, Latitudes, is the best place to watch those gorgeous Jamaican sunsets! Grab your favorite cocktail and a seat as you prepare to be wowed! If you do not have a favorite cocktail, ask the bartender to make their specialty. The bartenders here always have their own signature drinks!   

Over the Water Wedding Chapel! When you say “yes”, let us help you plan your destination wedding. We know the best spots and all the details you need for your special day. We will work with you and the phenomenal wedding team! They help with everything you need for your special day! After all, when you say “I do”, it should be all about you!

More reasons we love Sandals & Beaches Resorts

They have the highest staff to room ratio. They are perfectly located in the world’s best beaches in the English speaking Caribbean destinations. They offer Butler accommodations so you can feel pampered from the moment you land in your destination. The 5-Star Global Gourmet™  is one of the best perks! You can find something for everyone in your travel party! Your food, top shelf liquor, activities, shows, and most water sports, are all included!

How can we help you get to paradise? We travel and experience the destinations so we have first-hand knowledge for you. We also work directly with the staff and have relationships that benefit you should you have special requests or concerns. We can help match your vacation dreams to the best destinations and room accommodations that fit your travel style!

Ready to request a quote? We are currently offering packages in to 2024 and would love to assist you!

Should You Use a Travel Agent For Your Destination Wedding & Honeymoon?

First, let us begin by saying Congratulations on this special time in your life!

We know that this season can be overwhelming, and we are here to help. Fairytales and Sunsets Travel, LLC is here to design your dream vacation from your bachelorette trip, destination wedding, honeymoons, all the way to your re-tie the knot ceremony. We specialize in luxury concierge services and all-inclusive resorts that cater to your every need.

You may be wondering if you really need to take advantage of these amazing services and that is a valid question.

Here is why you should:

We will assist you in your travel itinerary, accommodation, consultation, and be your liaison with the wedding planner! After discussing with you about what matters most for your big day, we help you select the perfect location. We will make sure that all international paperwork is completed properly so that you don’t experience any hiccups during your travels to a foreign country. We always work on our client’s behalf and apply any promotions applicable to your vacation packages.

Working with a travel designer allows you to focus on you! After all, you should be the center of attention on your special day and not worrying about the details; that is what we are here for! We will make sure your destination wedding and honeymoon are full of romance and relaxation.

We can’t wait to help you celebrate this exciting time with your friends and family in some of the most relaxing and luxurious places in the world! Even you if you want to elope, we can help with that too!

Contact us to meet with one of our wedding specialists today!

St Lucia

We visited Saint Lucia this month and want to share our experience with you. 

It’s important to note they do have COVID-19 entry requirements. Currently, you must have a negative COVID-19 test result within 7 days of your arrival travel date.  We have all the important step-by-step details for our clients so please contact us for your next St. Lucia vacation. 

The Saint Lucia government has restrictions on activities outside of your resort. Currently, there are five excursions available off property. No worries though because your resort has plenty to keep you entertained!

Sandals Grande St. Lucian was the perfect choice for our trip! We enjoyed the gorgeous beach with spectacular ocean views. The water is calm and postcard perfect! You can enjoy sailing, paddle board, diving, water skiing in the Caribbean ocean, and much more. You can pamper yourself with their exquisite spa services, even a massage over the water! It’s also worth noting that you will love an array of dining options.  Our favorite treat was the Nutella and Peanut Butter crepe at Josephines Creperie. Gordon’s steakhouse over the water, Italian, English Pub, or room service, there are a variety of options that will fit everyone’s appetite. Culinary desk also assists with dining reservations and dietary allergies. 

When you’re ready to add St. Lucia to your travel list, contact us. We are experts in all destinations we offer and would love to help you!

Tammy Richardson Certified Sandals Specialist


Nashville, TN, July 3, 2018 – Certified Sandals Specialist Tammy Richardson of Fairytales and Sunsets Travel, LLC has successfully completed ALWAYS NEXT LEVEL, the latest Sandals Resorts’ travel agent workshop and is now fully prepared to share with travelers the most exciting reasons to visit the Caribbean’s leading Luxury Included® resorts right now. 

According to Richardson, the immersive workshop covered all that’s new and exciting across the Sandals Resorts International (SRI) family of brands that include adult couples-only Sandals Resorts; family-friendly Beaches Resorts; Island Routes Caribbean Adventures for fun excursions in the Caribbean and is a critical opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of these distinct brands.  “From the opening of Sandals Royal Barbados, Sandals’ second luxury resort here and the launch of Aisle to Isle, a new destination wedding program to Beaches Resorts’ groundbreaking certified autism centers, travelers can be confident that my counsel is informed and expert,” said Richardson.

Richardson is a Certified Sandals Specialist (CSS), part of an elite group of travel agents recognized by the travel industry as experts in the world’s only Luxury Included® Resorts.  ALWAYS NEXT LEVEL fulfills the crucial educational requirement for travel agents pursuing their Certified Sandals Specialist designation.

“We applaud Tammy Richardson on this tremendous accomplishment.  CSS agents are uniquely qualified to help travelers select their best Caribbean vacation, and it is a sincere pleasure to recognize Fairytales and Sunsets Travel, LLC for their dedication to serving their clients so well,” said Gary Sadler, Senior Vice President of Sales for North America at Unique Vacations, Inc., an affiliate of the worldwide representatives for Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts. 

Tammy Richardson specializes in Disney Destinations, Universal Orlando Resort & Universal Hollywood, Sandals and Beaches, Hawaii, and Saint Lucia. Contact Tammy for your next amazing vacation!