New Orleans is famous for its jazz, the extravagant carnivals and parades, and the ‘Big Easy’ lifestyle. The atmospheric French Quarter is filled with the strains of jazz and blues echoing through the streets. Bourbon Street, famous for the annual Mardi Gras, comes to life at night as it plays host to a giant street party throbbing with music, people and excellent restaurants; the party atmosphere fuelled by the bars that stay open all night.
In addition to all the partying, New Orleans has plenty of serious sightseeing options to offer. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is a great place to experience ‘bayou life’ in Louisiana. It offers a variety of activities, including bayou cruises from the Acadian Cultural Centre and paddlewheel boat trips from New Orleans to the historic Chalmette Battlefield sites. New Orleans itself is full of interesting museums. The Audubon Insectarium is a fine example, located in Custom House, the historic, white marble columned structure on Canal Street, it houses over 900,000 species of insects. The small but fascinating New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum has artefacts and exhibits depicting the history of the practice in the region.
Visit Miami, famous for its Art Deco architecture, Latino vibe and South Beach, the “American Riviera”. There is so much to see and do in Miami. Explore Little Havana, home to a large Cuban community. Hang out with the trendsetters and enjoy some shopping in Coconut Grove, or join the sun lovers on one of Miami’s famous white sandy beaches. Crandon Park is a favourite for families, the kids will love the amusement centre with carousel, roller skate rink, splash fountain and the playground.
After exploring Miami it’s time to kick back and relax in Cancun, Mexico. Cancun’s reputation as a world-class beach holiday destination is well deserved. The pristine white sand and crystal azure waters of Cancun’s beaches are picture perfect.
Arguably the best coral reef diving in the world is found around this Caribbean paradise. Water sports are a popular activity and all levels of experience are catered for, from beginners who want to try snorkelling, to experienced reef and wreck divers. Aside from the beaches and water sports Cancun is also known for its vibrant and energetic nightlife. You will find numerous clubs, bars and cocktail lounges to experience during your stay.
New Orleans - As Bourbon Street has filled with frat-boy-style antics, the citys music scene has shifted to Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny, a historic neighborhood within walking distance of the Quarter. Clubs like DBA, Snug Harbor, and The Blue Nile draw renowned jazz bands and solo performers.
Miami - Dont leave Miami without checking out their vibrant and growing food truck scene at Tropical Park in South Miami for every kind of mobile, edible and deliciousness - from cubano burgers to Asian-inspired wings to tatter tots and beyond
Cancun - Tequila is to Mexico vacations as deep-dish pizza is to Chicago its just one of those things you have to experience on its native soil. If you want to find out more, head over to the Tequila Herradura Sensory Museum.