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Fall has many fun travel options for seniors

Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2017 10:30 am
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Updated: 3:07 pm, Thu Oct 5, 2017.

Fall has many fun travel options for seniors

by Lloyd Carroll, Chronicle Contributor

Queens Chronicle

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Historically, the best time of the year for seniors to travel is when the leaves start changing colors. Autumn has long been known in the leisure travel trade as a shoulder season because school is back in session and the cold of winter has not yet arrived which of course drives demand up in palm tree destinations.

The unusually active hurricane season took a heavy toll on a good chunk of the Caribbean, southeast Texas and parts of Florida.

Puerto Rico was particularly hard hit as its infrastructure was left in shambles. Puerto Rico is a year-round popular destination because of its tropical climate and the fact that, since it is an American commonwealth, you don’t need a passport to go there.

The island’s capital, San Juan, is also a major port/stopover for almost every well-known cruise line and that has added a serious complication for that industry. Nevertheless cruise lines as MCC Cruises USA, Norwegian and Carnival are sailing to the parts of the Caribbean that were not damaged by Hurricanes Irma, Juan and Maria. It’s a safe assumption that demand has decreased from what was expected before September’s devastating weather events so good deals should be plentiful.

If you are looking for a Caribbean vacation spot that wasn’t affected by hurricanes, look no farther than Grenada, which is served by Queens’ own JetBlue. The Spice Beach Resort has just undergone a major renovation and is reopened for business.

Another popular destination for Americans is our neighbor to the south, Mexico. Its capital, Mexico City, was rocked by a earthquake that measured over 8 on the Richter scale and obviously caused massive destruction.

Mexico’s legendary Pacific beach towns were not affected by the quake. Cabo San Lucas, located on the southern tip of Baja California, is a great place for doing anything you can imagine in tropical weather. The Pacifica Golf Spa Resort is a highly regarded boutique hotel that is located ten minutes from downtown Cabo.

If you want to work on your golf game a little closer to home, the PGA Resort located in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. can help novices work on the basics as well as offer challenging courses for those who are accomplished at the world’s most frustrating sport. Aside from golf, the PGA Resort has all of the amenities that you would expect from a high-end property.

There is never a bad time to be in Southern California but a little known fact about autumn there is that temperatures are usually higher than they are in the summer. That makes it the perfect time to relax on any of the beaches that are mentioned in the Beach Boys’ 1963 classic, “Surfin’ USA.”

West Hollywood is an independent city that is located between LA and Beverly Hills and is at most a half-hour drive to either the beaches, downtown and the San Fernando Valley when traffic is not at a standstill. Buses run frequently so you don’t need to use your car if you don’t want to.

West Hollywood is famous for its night life as evidenced by the Sunset Strip but a little-known fact about it is that it’s home to one of the most competitive dodgeball leagues in the USA and spectators are welcome.

The West Hollywood Ramada Suites located in the heart of the action on Santa Monica Boulevard has friendly rates and is offering a “stay four nights and get the fifth free” promotion.

San Diego has long been renowned for having the best climate in the country and it also has a sophisticated bus and trolley system that reduces the need to drive everywhere.

The Hyatt Regency La Jolla located just off I-5 has a heated Olympic-sized pool that is ideal for doing laps which is a great exercise for those of all ages. You can also walk to the nearby University Town Center Mall which also serves as a major mass transit hub. The hotel is also a 10-minute drive from the most beautiful race track in the county, Del Mar, where the Breeders’ Cup will take place the first week of November.

It should be noted that Southern California is one of the few warm weather destinations where the Christmas week is considered off-season. Keep that in mind if you are thinking of taking your grandchildren to Disneyland and/or Knott’s Berry Farm.

There are few regions more spectacular than New England if you are a fall foliage fan. The Loews Boston Hotel is located in the heart of that city. It’s highly regarded BAR restaurant attracts as many locals as tourists. You get a 5 percent discount on your bill if you show your AARP card.

LM Tours has bus trips that are for the day to nearby places and three- and four-day trips to further destinations. There are two Queens pickup stops: one in Rego Park and the other in Bayside. For more information log onto lmtours.net

If you are looking for more getaway ideas at great prices check out cheapoair.com and jetblue.com/vacations.

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