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Take Me To The Tropics

By May 15, 2023No Comments
After a rainy winter you might be craving endless sunshine, tropical landscapes and warm ocean waves.  Whether you’re considering a getaway to closer destinations like Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean, or dreaming of Asia, Australia or Europe- our travel advisors can help take you to the tropics!

As always, you can count on Santa Barbara Travel Bureau experts to deliver exclusive extras and experiences that take your vacation to the next level. Each destination offers its own sultry charm and natural beauty, waiting to be admired. Add cultural attractions to the mix, with exotic customs, architecture, and local cuisine to complete the experience.

From modern chic resorts and tented camps in the jungle, to exotic sailings on expedition cruises, we’ve got you covered.  Divers flock to thriving coral reefs, and surfers seek the perfect wave. It’s just a matter of finding the perfect fit.

Fiji’s Finest 

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is a five-star luxury, eco-friendly resort and an award-winning island vacation destination in the South Pacific. Guests discover the truly amazing resort experience — focusing on rest and relaxation, authentic cuisine and culture, and exploring the incredible secrets of nature and the local environment. A variety of unique interactive activities, lifestyle-enriching experiences and attractions make this Fiji’s Best Family Resort in addition to a Romantic Luxury vacation for couples.  Anyone with a sense of adventure and the desire to experience one of the most beautiful places on the planet will love Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort.

Savusavu Bay, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji.

Beautiful Bahamas

The Reef at Atlantis.The Bahamas offers countless sun-kissed adventures and hosts nine luxury Virtuoso resorts – from private-island, 12-room Musha Cay to the grand 497-room Reef at Atlantis. Nonstop flights depart from numerous East Coast hubs daily, or try a day’s sail from South Florida to the Caribbean’s most popular cruise port, Nassau.

Images courtesy of Bahamas Tourism.

John Watling’s Distillery, Nassau

Give yourself a history tour just walking around downtown Nassau. Visit eighteenth-century Fort Charlotte to see its moat, dungeons, underground passageways, and 42 cannons. The Queen’s Staircase features 66 steps carved by enslaved people from solid limestone, while the pastel-colored parliament building represents modern democracy in Rawson Square. The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas showcases local art in the nineteenth-century Villa Doyle.

Harbour Island has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, not just in the Bahamas. We recommend a day trip with a seafood lunch at Rooster Tail Bar & Grill at the island’s marina.

Rum lovers can also tour John Watling’s Distillery in downtown Nassau’s Buena Vista Estate. Head bartender, Wilfred “Uncle Will” Sands, crafts a fabulous hand-shaken piña colada. Watch for roosters, hens, and exotic birds wandering the lawn of the colorful eighteenth-century building with a history of bird-conservation efforts.


You could also island-hop to the Exumas to see the swimming pigs. No one knows quite how the aquatic pigs got to uninhabited Big Major Cay, but the stories are colorful, the piglets are adorable, and the iguanas are just as friendly.

When you get up close, the beauty of the Exuma cays are brimming with life. Experience sharks hands-on to collect conservation research. You’ll watch in amazement as the famous Exuma Swimming Pigs greet your arrival, and endangered sea turtles perform an elegant ballet.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Book by May 31 to save up to 40% when you fly Premium Economy. Plus, enjoy exclusive Santa Barbara Travel Bureau benefits on select sailings.

Indulge in all the amenities that come with your upgrade, be it a Concierge Suite with a FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Hotel Package or the personalized attention of your own butler in a Penthouse Suite.

Promotional voyages are subject to change each week as they reach capacity, so reserve your Upgraded Suite with 20% Savings before it’s gone! Then, look forward to awakening each day in the unrivaled space of your elegant accommodations and all-inclusive luxury.

  • 20% Savings Across Multiple Destinations
  • FREE 2-Category Suite Upgrade
  • 50% Reduced Deposits
  • Over Two-Dozen Incredible 2023 Voyages
  • Offer ends May 31, 2023

The Best Hotels in Bermuda

  • Rosewood Bermuda

    Rosewood Bermuda

    The 88-room Rosewood Bermuda sits on a hilltop overlooking Castle Harbour, a short drive from Hamilton. Seven restaurants and bars, four pools, a golf course, a tennis center, and a private family-friendly beach club top the on-site amenities list, or hop aboard The Castaway catamaran to explore sunken shipwrecks and coral reefs during a private snorkeling excursion. Santa Barbara Travel Bureau travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 resort credit.

  • St. Regis Bermuda Resort

    St. Regis Bermuda Resort

    Located in Saint George’s Parish next to the seventeenth-century Fort Saint Catherine, the 120-room St. Regis Bermuda Resort is the island’s newest five-star property. Twenty-one suites and a selection of two- and three-bedroom private residences give multigenerational groups ample options. Santa Barbara Travel Bureau travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 resort credit.

  • Now, for a limited time, when you book a sailing with Celebrity Cruises to the incredible Galapagos Islands, you’ll enjoy 20% off your cruise fares.*Plus, when you book a vacation package, we’ll get you there with airfare included* as part of your all-inclusive experience.There’s no better time to discover one of the most awe-inspiring corners of the world—on the first luxury mega yacht designed exclusively for the Galapagos Islands.*Contact Santa Barbara Travel Bureau for promotion details and restrictions.
Europe requiring ETIAS form in 2024 – Americans who plan to travel to the 26 members of Europe’s Schengen Zone in 2024 will have to apply for a new travel authorization called ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System). This new travel authorization form will be required upon entry and is another layer that the European Union is using to protect and strengthen its borders. The U.S. currently requires an ESTA for people entering the U.S. and this is to mimic our system. The application form will take about 10 minutes to fill out and yes, there will be a 7 euro fee to get your ETIAS approval.  For a list of all the countries you will need an ETIAS in 2024 please CLICK HERE
The State Department has a very helpful map you can use to see the number of travel advisories around the world. CLICK HERE to see the map. 

Santa Barbara Travel Advisors are now Belmond Bellini Club members!

In addition to being Virtuoso Advisors, we are happy to announce that all of our Advisors are also Belmond Bellini Club members.

Belmond has some of the most well-regarded luxury hotels, trains, and river cruises in the world. If you’re going to book a Belmond experience, you should absolutely go through a Belmond Bellini Club travel advisor. They can add perks like complimentary upgrades, free breakfast, hotel credits, and much more.