Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight: Aruba

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight: Aruba

Aruba: One Happy Island

Our Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight this week features Sue’s recent trip to Aruba.

This past May I visited the island of Aruba, also known as “One Happy Island”!

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight: ArubaIt has been on my list of “want to see someday” for a very long time, so I was ecstatic when this opportunity arose.

A Favorite Beach Destination

I moved into my home for the week “The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino” which is right on Palm Beach and I knew instantly that this trip was going to be one of my favorite beach destinations as the white sand beach and very calm ocean waters were just steps away from my room – not to mention the incredible pool!

So Many Dining Options! 

More than 90 nationalities influence Aruba’s cuisine!  Since the resort is centrally located I was able to walk to many great dining options, in fact, some of them are right on Palm Beach!  The day time activities and the nightlife in this area are just amazing!

Touring AruCoon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight Arubaba

I was able to do some touring on the Island and visited the California Lighthouse, the Natural Bridge and the Rock Formations.  I also visited Flamingo Beach, Machebo Beach and Eagle Beach and they were all just amazing.  There are so many excursions you can do while visiting Aruba.  Choose from options like  ATVs, Natural Pool Jeep Adventure and the Atlantis Submarine just name a few.

Are you ready to book your own Aruba adventure?

I toured 11 different hotels on the Island and I have great information on all that they have to offer. I know you’ll find Aruba is definitely “One Happy Island”  and very friendly too!

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight: Ireland

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight: Ireland

Almost all of us dream of some day crossing the ocean and visiting Ireland. Our Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight on Ireland by Mallory Hershey will help you envision your trip to the Emerald Isle.

Exploring Northern Ireland

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight Northern Ireland

On this trip, I wanted to see the other lesser known side of Ireland – Northern Ireland. In Belfast, the history is deep. I took a Black Cab Tour with a private driver guide. Hearing the history of conflict between the Irish and British and how it has affected the daily lives of those that live in Northern Ireland was so interesting. The “Peace” wall still stands to separate the two neighborhoods. This was one of the best tours I’ve ever experienced and I’d recommend it to everyone.

Experiencing the Coastal Scenery

Next, we took a  road trip as we drove away from Belfast following the Coastal CauseCoon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight Northern Irelandway Route. This is considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. Driving on the left side of a winding coastal road proved to be an adventure in itself. There were so many great spots to see along the way. On this north coast, Giants Causeway is the most windy spot in all of Ireland. At this site, rocks formed from millions of years of volcanic activity into interlocking columns that look unreal.

On Location with the Game of Thrones

Many sites in Northern Ireland are gaining popularity as they were used in the filming of Game of Thrones. Another stop on the route is the Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge and the Dark Hedges. The Rope Bridge connects the main land from a former hotspot for Salmon fishing. Crossing that bridge while it’s windy was a little crazy,  and of course, I had to look down! The Dark Hedges another gorgeous spot on the trek, were made famous from Game of Thrones and now you’ll see people stopping to take pictures in front of these gorgeous trees.

Customize your Ireland Trip

Overall, Ireland and Northern Ireland has so much to offer.  I could go back again and again and still experience new sights every time. The shades of green you see are unbelievable – it’s hard to believe how beautiful the countryside is. Whether it’s a golf trip, relaxing spa vacation, adventure of hiking and biking, or experiencing as many local pubs as you can,  the vacation options in Ireland are never-ending.

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight: Jamaica Anniversary Trip

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight: Jamaica Anniversary Trip

If you’re thinking about an anniversary trip, our Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight on Jamaica may be just the idea you need for planning.

Celebrate Your Anniversary

To celebrate our anniversary, we went back to the place we got married Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The island is just as lovely as it was when we got married, 10 years ago. The people are still very welcoming. Our driver from the airport to Ocho Rios was like having a personal tour guide.  He gave us great information about the island and his love for it truly showed. We tried a restaurant he suggested called Scotchies, it was delicious jerk chicken with a great atmosphere.

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight Jamaica Anniversary Trip

A Romantic Beach Vacation

From the beginning to the end of this trip, the days were mostly spent on the beach or by the pool. We did venture off the hotel site to shop and do a couple of tours. We took a tour that included a fire show at the end and it was amazing. The scenery is stunning in Jamaica. We stayed at the Riu Ocho Rios  – where we stayed 10 years ago.  This time its going under some renovations. But,  it was still beautiful, and we had a wonderful time.

Something for Everyone

Jamaica has something for everyone. On your own trip , you’ll see mountains and pristine beaches and have your choice of sites to see and activities to enjoy like Dunns River Falls, Zip line/canopy tours, ATV up in the mountains, and horse back riding on the beach. We know you’ll enjoy your trip to Jamaica as much as we did.

As the locals like to say in Jamaica, ” Love and Peace” which was a hello and see you next time saying.

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight: River Cruise from Prague

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight: River Cruise from Prague


Did you know that Riverdale Travel, your Coon Rapids Travel Agent books cruises all over the world? In our travel agent spotlight, we uncover the beauty you can find when you travel the world.

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Prague River Cruise

River Cruising on the Rhine River

River Cruising from Prague

What better way to start an adventure than in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and one of my personal favorites, Prague.  Our journey began with 3 days in Prague. Prague is not only beautiful and romantic, but unlike other Central European Cities, it was not bombed during World War II.

Prague City Highlights

Certainly, two of the highlights were an afternoon private beer tasting tour with our favorite local guide and a sobering excursion to the Terezin Concentration Camp.  We also enjoyed seeing the Charles Bridge, the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, walking in Wenceslas Square, wondering in the Jewish Quarter and of course shopping.

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Prague River Cruise

The wedding church from the Sound of Music

Cruising and Wine Tasting

From Prague we took a motor coach to Nuremberg where we boarded our Avalon ship the Expression. Our stateroom had wall to wall panoramic windows allowing us incredible views of the Danube River. The cruise ports included, Regensburg, Passau, Melk, Vienna and Budapest.  In Passau, we did an optional excursion to Salzburg for a Sound of Music tour. It took my breath away, and brought tears to my eyes, to see and walk down the aisle of the same church where “Maria” married Captain VonTrapp in the movie.


Must See Stops Along the Cruise

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Prague River Cruise

Melk Abby

The Benedictine Abby in Melk is a must see – truly a magical place.  We loved strolling the streets of Melk in the quiet early morning and popping into a small church to listen to an organist practice.  Another must see stop? The city of Budapest is stunning.  We took advantage of one of Avalon’s optional excursions, a wine tasting tour in the

countryside.  We visited two quaint vineyards and loved meeting with their owners and getting to know them. And for a special bonus, the second vineyard owner took us “next door” (10 steps) to his neighbor who makes his own cheese.

Getting Started with A River Cruise From Prague

Visiting Budapest

Riverdale Travel can partner with you to create a travel package to Prague including a river cruise down the Danube River. Working together, we can help you customize your trip and include those tour stops that are a must see for you and your family.


Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight: Alaskan Cruise

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight: Alaskan Cruise

Rugged, pristine, beautiful Alaska.


Our Coon Rapids Travel Agent spotlight features travel destinations around the world. One of our favorite spotlights is Alaska.

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight: Alaskan Cruise

Barbara’s Alaskan Cruise on the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight Alaskan Cruise

I found myself cruising the beautiful Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas this past June 2017 into uncharted waters for me……Alaska.

Sailing from Seattle, I started my adventurous cruise sailing past the San Juan Islands, which I have always wanted to see because ofthe many books I have read that set the story in the San Juan Islands (two vacations in one).

From the Alaska inside passage through the 7 night Alaska Sawyer Glacier cruise, I found myself in awe enjoying Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord and Victoria-British Columbia.

Book Your Own Alaskan Cruise

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight Alaskan Cruise

When you book your own cruise through Riverdale Travel, we’ll partner together to help you design the Alaskan cruise vacation that works best for you and your family. Touring Alaska can include seeing waterfalls, Fjords, icebergs, rugged terrain, sea otters, and even an Eagle, passing by your cruise ship balcony.

From my own experience, I could not have asked for a more beautiful vacation, even more so, because I shared it with my sister and her husband.

Experience the beauty of Alaska and get started today on planning your Alaskan cruise.