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Vacation Planning Made Easy

Vacation season is almost here. An approximately two hour plane ride can land you in Panama City, Cancun or the Carolinas. Eight hours later, you can be as far as Lisbon, Buenos Aires or Casablanca, Morocco. Coral Gables is just a short ten to fifteen minute drive from Miami International Airport and a jaunt to a new place is just a few clicks away.

A trip to a new place, whether it’s on a breezy beach or discovering a new city, means it’s time to start planning!

Even with all the resources available on the internet, planning the perfect vacation can be an overwhelming task; that’s where the resources available right here in Downtown Coral Gables come in handy. Book through an expert travel agent, get to know a new place through a travel book, exchange money before you go and more right here, in walking distance, in Coral Gables.

Start where so many great adventures do – with a bit of inspiration from a book. Whether you’re looking for a travel guide book, a cook book to inspire your taste buds or a fiction novel that will set your imagination in a faraway place, a trip to Books & Books is a must-stop as you start to brainstorm your next vacation.

Wyllys Professional Travel is an elite travel agency, based out of Coral Gables. Their team is made up of industry veterans, each with a specialty ranging from golf destinations, cruises, honeymoons, exotic tours, safaris and just about any kind of trip, anywhere in the world. Considering a river cruise up the Rhine? Or a culinary tour to Israel? Get the most out of your vacation when working with a professional who has access to special rates, insider information, hard-to-get reservations and transportation expertise.

For more than forty years Ecuatours has been helping individual and businesses travelers book their trips from their offices in Coral Gables and beyond. You’ve probably spotted their office on Giralda when eating at The Local or The Bar. They provide services such as 24/7 points of contact, low fee travel booking, preferred hotel rates, and, perhaps most importantly, passport, via, and travel insurance services. Their sister company, Planet Corporate Events is a must-know if your business has travel needs ranging from a destination convention to an on-site special event.

Now that you’re inspired, booked and ready to take off you’ll need to focus on packing. A good camera, is an essential for an experienced traveler. Yes, your Smartphone can snap a great photo, but invest in the best at the Leica Store Miami. While Leica is known for their luxurious, top-of-the-line, cameras, they also offer novelty items like elegant binoculars, perfect for an avid bird or whale watcher to pack with them. Stop by their section of bags for your gear and you’ll be investing in the very best quality travel goods on the market.

Before you go, don’t forget that you can exchange currency at Foreign Currency Express on Aragon. Have money with you when you land in your destination so that you don’t have to stop at the airport and can get to your comfy hotel room and onto exploring as quickly as possible. Plus, you can trust their fair rates.

Can’t get away for a trip just yet? Treat yourself to a staycation in Coral Gables at the newly renovated Hotel Colonnade, where you can borrow a bike to ride around the Downtown area, and see Coral Gables from a different point of view. Or at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables.