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Melt Your Troubles Away in the Caribbean

Let the stress from the holidays melt away with a vacation in the Caribbean. For the past few months you’ve been scrambling to get the right holiday gifts, planning dinner party after dinner party and have been stressed about saving money. Now, take time for yourself to unwind and relax. Instead of looking at your picture-perfect desktop beach scene screen saver and fantasizing you were there, get out and travel!

The Caribbean is surrounded by sparkling crystal-clear waters, warm sandy beaches and breathtaking scenery. Ed Young knows the importance of relaxation and leisure and preaches to his congregation about how it is actually healing and important to their health. Here are some must see destinations to explore while traveling to the Caribbean:

Aruba

Aruba is No. 7 on U.S. News Travel’s “Best Caribbean Vacations.” The island has stunning beaches, lively dance clubs and countless adventurous land and water activities. One of the best sports for offshore activities, divers and boaters flock to the island. You can explore a wondrous ship wreck with a snorkel cruise, starting at only $48.99 per person. Or for under $50, you can rent a jet ski or waverunner for the afternoon and soak up the sun while riding the waves. If a day of shopping seems more to your liking, explore the many busy flea markets or take in some local artwork while visiting Aruba’s unique art galleries and indoor museums.

U.S. Virgin Islands

If you find yourself itching to travel during the month of April, the U.S. Virgin Islands is an ideal destination. Why? It’s the beginning of the infamous and boisterous Carnival season. St. Thomas is the most cosmopolitan island but manages to make you feel like you’re vacationing in secluded paradise. Although the map shows the island to be only 13 miles long and 4 miles wide, there’s plenty to do: shopping, sailing, snorkeling and a spectacular nightlife all await you.

Although St. John is the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, its breathtaking beauty and inviting waters make up for it. Soak up some culture and visit the Annaberg Sugar Plantation, which offers exhibitions, concerts, craft fairs and self-guided plantation grounds tours.

The largest and most visited island is St. Croix. It’s the perfect spot for honeymooners and vacationers and offers such breathtaking scenery that you will feel as if you’re living in a travel calendar.

Puerto Rico

With a vibrant mix of history, powdery sandy beaches, lush rainforest and a lively culture with friendly people, Puerto Rico is the perfect destination for all tastes and interests. With shimmering turquoise and emerald waters and a culture like no other, this one-of-a-kind experience is very affordable (ranked No. 1 on US News Travel’s “Best Affordable Caribbean Destinations” list). Take a hike through the El Yunque National Rainforest then spend the rest of the afternoon basking on Sun Bay or Condado Beach.

Bahamas

There are 700 islands and cays in the Bahamas scattered over 100,000 square miles of beautiful, inviting ocean. Located just 50 miles off the coast of Florida and with an average temperature in the 80s, it is an ideal location for year-round vacationing. If you want to experience sand, sun and water fun, plenty of water activities await you: kayaking, fishing, boating, diving, snorkeling and parasailing are just a few. And with shore and snorkel excursions starting at just $58 per person, you will be able to enjoy more than one.

If land activities are more your style, there are many things to see and discover. You can stroll through plantations and remote villages, stare into the wonder of “The Fountain of Youth” and take a scenic nature hike, all with the convenience of local supermarkets and shopping centers.

Pastor Young says that leisure and rest are essential and foundational to you and your health. It’s a must. If you haven’t had a vacation in awhile, now is the time and don’t wait so long next time.

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