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For over 30 years, Gold Star Travel has been delivering dream destinations to the world’s most discerning travelers. Pleasure seekers. Jetsetters. Bucket-listers. Round-the-world romantics. Let desire lead the way, as we create your custom itinerary for an unforgettable journey. What are you waiting for?

Going Back in Time: Visit Cuba

As a travel agency in Miami, we’re often asked about Cuba. And finally, with the lifting of the 1960 U.S. embargo, American tourists can more easily visit. It’s a great time to start planning a trip for this winter or spring (December through May) to avoid hurricane season.

Since many aspects of the island are unspoiled by modernization, visiting Cuba is like going back in time. The only cars legally owned by Cuban citizens date back to the 1950s, there is limited Internet service, and you’ll find no American fast food restaurants or retail chains.

The best way to explore Cuba will be by sea on one of several upscale cruise lines that will begin sailing there later this year. You’ll travel and sleep in world-class comfort aboard a luxury ship or private yacht, as hotel options in Cuba are basic and limited. Then disembark at various ports to tour cigar factories, sugar cane plantations and discover the history, music and arts of both indigenous and Spanish cultures.

But make sure to plan your trip soon, before tourism takes over and Cuba becomes more commercially developed. This country won’t remain undiscovered for long!

Insider Tip: Dine al fresco in a garden setting featuring peacocks and ocean views at the Hotel Nacional in Havana. Travel an hour south to visit Las Terrazas, an eco-village and biosphere reserve protected by UNESCO.

Fun fact: Ballerinas are so popular and highly regarded in Cuba that they earn more than doctors!

New Zealand: Adventure Capital of the World

If you’re thinking about a trip “down under,” consider New Zealand, just a four-hour plane ride from Southeastern Australia. Due to its location in the Southern Hemisphere, its seasons are opposite those in the U.S., so now is the optimal time to plan a winter getaway. Whatever level of adventure you’re seeking—from heart-thumping thrills to breathtaking vistas—Queenstown, New Zealand is the ultimate destination.

Located at the edge of crystal blue Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by mountains, scenic Queenstown sets the stage. Hike or camp along the magnificent alpine Routeburn Trail. Sip champagne on a glacier. Jet down a gorge by speedboat. Enjoy spectacular wines from local vineyards. Or immerse yourself in the funky vibe of Queenstown’s fine dining, shopping, art galleries and nightlife.

Whether you pack your hiking boots or dancing shoes, Queenstown is the perfect fit for every sense of adventure.

Insider Tip: Head to Fergburger for the best burgers in town. It’s worth waiting in line!

Fun fact: New Zealand is home to the world’s smallest dolphin species and clearest body of water, Blue Lake.

“Thanks to Gold Star Travel, we’ve cruised the Caribbean, explored the cobbled streets of Europe and found romance in the remote beauty of California. But it’s Sheryl’s personal recommendations that make the trips so memorable. When I needed a haircut in Venice, Italy, Sheryl sent me to Benito, an amazing local barber. We have never gotten this level of service from anyone else, and we’d never plan a vacation without Gold Star Travel!”

— Barry S. Yarchin, P.A. // North Miami Beach, FL

“Gold Star Travel has been our sole travel agent for close to 30 years. And hands down, Sheryl Gold is the very best in her field! Personal, efficient and customized service—not to mention the occasional troubleshooting—are the cornerstones of Gold Star Travel.”

— Paul Engler, President, Temple St. Clair Fine Jewelry // New York, NY

“You don’t know what you’re missing if you haven’t planned a trip with Gold Star Travel! On our family vacation to New Zealand and Australia, each experience was more spectacular than the last. From the helicopter landing on a glacier to a wild boat ride on the gorge to New Year’s Eve at the Sydney Opera House, it was the most amazing journey of our lives. We look forward to our next Gold Star Travel trip of a lifetime.”

— Valerie & Michael Katz // Coral Gables, FL

“Sheryl Gold is one of those agents who travelers really need on their side because of how deeply she cares about her clients. Working with her to build a personalized itinerary is comparable to starting a painting destined to become a masterpiece. With her sense of humor, she makes the entire process truly enjoyable and is an absolute delight.”

— Izzy Naveh, Senior Travel Consultant, Swain Destinations // Ardmore, PA

“Sheryl’s extensive knowledge and network spans the globe, and she has sent us to destinations ranging from Poland to Easter Island. She is very responsive, really listens to what we want and always makes the perfect suggestions. It is nice to have such total confidence in someone. We can’t recommend her highly enough!”

— Dayle B. & David S. // New York, NY

“Gold Star Travel has been at the top of their game for the two decades we’ve been working with them. We are consistently impressed with their thorough attention to detail and first-hand knowledge of the top Central American destinations. Their highly-trained specialists are meticulous in qualifying a client’s needs and wants, making the custom tailoring of our getaways the perfect fit.”

— Dan Conaway, President, Elegant Adventures // Atlanta, GA

“For more than a decade, Sheryl Gold has been indispensable in providing customized luxury travel planning services for me and my companions. Her professionalism, attention to detail, seasoned experience and great disposition have helped to create lasting memories. I wouldn't plan any travel without her!

— Jo-Ann Marinaccio // Armonk, NY

“I have been using Gold Star Travel for business and personal travel for more than 30 years. Because Sheryl has visited so many destinations herself, my vacations are filled with her personal recommendations, which ensures I am always dining at the best restaurants and visiting all the local hot spots.”

— Scott Fagan, CEO, Metropolitan Management Corp. // Narberth, PA

“Sheryl helped us realize our dreams by planning our trip to Croatia and Slovenia where we explored the Dalmatian coast by yacht. We enjoyed a private tour to a winery, performances by local musicians and a farm-to-table luncheon at a 500-year-old farmhouse. Every detail was planned and executed precisely. It was the smoothest and least stressful trip we have ever taken!”

— Dr. Marvin & Elyse Diamond // Sarasota, FL & Beach Haven, NJ

“In over two decades working together, I have found Sheryl to be a true travel professional. It is uncanny how she always plans the perfect vacation to fit her clients’ dreams and desires! With her extensive world knowledge and attentiveness to detail, she is a rare luxury in today’s travel market.”

— Becky Tate, Customer Relations Manager, GOGO Vacations // Miami, FL

“Whether for a group or individual booking, Sheryl is tenacious when it comes to addressing her clients’ needs. She never overlooks any details large or small and has the conviction to ensure that all special amenities and requests are always met. Any client would be well served having Sheryl as their luxury cruise specialist.”

— Gene Shulman, District Sales Manager, Crystal Cruises // Miami, FL

“For more than 30 years, Gold Star Travel has been sending its most discerning clients to our exclusive seafront property in Positano, Italy. Sheryl possesses a passion for travel and a special gift for catering to her clients’ needs. We respect and admire her for the dedicated efforts she makes on behalf of her clientele.”

— Manager, Il San Pietro Hotel // Positano, Italy

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