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WELCOME TO SUMMERS IN PARADISE!!!

After vacationing in Florida, the Caribbean, and the Bahamas since 1982, I began planning family and group vacations to tropical destinations and fell in love with the challenge of making unique travel plans that could satisfy a wide range of personal desires for groups of up to 23 people with very different aspirations and objectives. Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Fishing (Ocean and Flats), Sailing, Kayaking, Historical and City Tours are some of the activities I’ve coordinated with multiple vendors and locations.

My husband is a retired disabled combat veteran with over 24 years of Military Service, and we must travel with his Service Dog, Tanna.  As a former Special Education Teacher for K-12 School students and a certified Special Needs Group (SNG) travel advisor, I’m uniquely qualified to plan incredible excursions and experiences for clients within the limits of their disabilities including accommodations for Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals, if needed.

I completed the comprehensive courses to qualify as a Certified Travel Associate (CTA) with the prestigious Travel Institute.  I’m also a member of the Travel Leaders Network (TLN) and American Society of Travel Associates (ASTA) which provides access to an almost unlimited source of travel experts, vendors, and service providers to ensure the highest quality packages with maximum benefits for each vacation plan.

I have an Advanced Scuba Diving certification with specialties in Wreck, Boat, Deep Diver, Underwater Photography, and Navigation.  My husband is a certified Open Water Scuba Instructor with almost 50 years of experience. Yes, most of his original dive equipment is in a museum, but he keeps it serviced and still uses it!  Planning fantastic ocean adventures is one of my favorite passions both above and below the water. Oh, but there’s so much more I have to offer.

Not only am I a certified Florida Keys and Key West Specialist from the Key Lime Academy, but I also have a Conch Republic Passport (yes, it’s a real passport) and was married on Smathers Beach in Key West. Romantic getaways, Weddings and Private Parties are all great options I can help with. Don’t forget about Theme Parks.  I’m certified to represent Universal Theme Parks and others depending on your personal interests.

I also have certifications for Sandals, Beaches, Hilton, and Marriot Resorts. I’m an All-Inclusive vacation specialist with experiences in the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Mexico with personal visits in Nassau, Andros Island, St. Croix, Tortola, Bonaire, Puerto Rico, and several more remote destinations including some in the Pacific (Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Hawaii, and the US West Coast).

Did I mention Cruises? If you want to combine even more to your Journey, I’m also a certified Cruise Specialist for the following Cruise Lines: Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Celebrity.  But I can also coordinate with any other Cruise Line of your choice, no problem.  I can also coordinate unique River Cruises both in the USA and Europe.  Don’t forget about the option for nostalgic Mississippi River Cruises on an old Paddle-Wheel Riverboat as another option for your adventure or a relaxing river tour of European castles along the Rhine. Just a hint.

And there’s still more. 😊 Guided tours for cities, East Coast Civil War Battlefields and Forts. Ever thought of a haunted ghost tour in Key West? Or a personal guided tour through the historic Gettysburg battlefield?  Drink from the Fountain of Youth? You name the city and I’ll give you details on attractions, tours and the “Must See – Must Do” places and events specific for that location plus some little known, “off-the-beaten path”, recommendations for the more adventurous clients.

Rail tours and trips? Absolutely.  What a great way to connect other adventures on your vacation for a “Journey to Make Memories of a Lifetime.” Carolina Moonshine Express on the Great Smokey Mountain Railroad is an awesome example of a great experience.

Groups, Families, Veterans, Retired, Honeymooners… Even with disability restrictions, there are no vacation plans we can’t accommodate and expand with new possibilities and options at Summers in Paradise LLC.