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Get away and get warm: 5 cheap all-inclusive getaways

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

warm beach chair

It’s cold outside. Unbearably cold, really. So cold there’s no other option than to migrate south, to a place so perfectly tropical it makes you warmer just thinking about it.

All-inclusive resorts across the Caribbean have made it easy even for those of us still a little cash strapped from Christmas spending to find affordable getaways. And with the packages they offer – which often include airfare and a three- or four-night stay – getting time off work shouldn’t be much of a barrier.

Check out our list of five affordable and blissfully warm all-inclusive getaways, but first, here are a few tips to remember before you book:

  • Check around when picking your travel dates and see if the resorts are offering any promotions that could save you some cash. CheapTickets offers a new promo code for hotel discounts every week.
  • Book your reservations and flight at the same time for an even better deal.
  • Factor some extra excursions into your budget. Although some packages do include tours of the area, some excursions you might regret missing out on cost a little extra.
  • Double check which drinks are free and which are included. Typically, you have to pay extra for the more high-end alcoholic beverages.

Majestic Elegance Punta Cana – Dominican Republic

Sunrise in Punta Cana. Courtesy of Sasvata (Shash) Chatterjee.

Sunrise in Punta Cana. Courtesy of Sasvata (Shash) Chatterjee.

On the eastern-most point of the Dominican Republic lies Punta Cana. There, the sea breeze rustles the leaves of the long skinny palms, which reach out high and far over the Caribbean. It’s an oasis of resorts surrounded by the rich culture of the Dominican Republic, and packages at the all-inclusive Majestic Elegance Punta Cana incorporate both aspects of the area. Adventurers can explore nearby semi-deserted islands, visit the historic city of Santo Domingo or traverse the several natural parks that are close by. If venturing out isn’t your thing, there’s really no reason to have to leave the resort. There are six restaurants, nine bars and 24-hour room services. There are rooftop bars with panoramic views of the beach and cabanas to escape under if the sun gets too hot. The resort hosts fashion shows and beach parties some nights, and if guests need a reprise from the salt water, they can take a plunge in the resort’s Turkish baths.

Rooms average $354 per night when booked through CheapTickets.

Riu Negril – Jamaica

Riu Negril in Jamaica. Courtesy of Channone Arif.

Riu Negril in Jamaica. Courtesy of Channone Arif.

The Caribbean water is so clear in Negril, you can see what color your toenail polish is beneath the calm waves. One of Jamaica’s go-to beaches, Negril is nestled between coves on the west side of the island. Riu Negril resort has three restaurants and five bars (three of which are poolside), and they’re open 24 hours. The restaurants are themed – there’s a gourmet restaurant, steakhouse and Italian restaurant – but we recommend trying the local flavors. You’ll never taste jerk sauce like you will in Jamaica, and a taste of that is almost worth the trip itself. Of course, the other all-inclusive perks at the resort don’t hurt. There’s a club (a discoteque, as they call it), with admission and all drinks included in the package (try a Red Stripe, you won’t regret it). Venturing out of the resort is a must as well, with rich Jamaican culture at hand and mountain activities available. From the resort, you’ll have a view of Booby Cay, known for its birds and wildlife. Just up the beach, Rhodes Hall Plantation offers horseback rides along the beach. And don’t forget, Montego Bay is just over an hour’s drive away, teeming with markets and Rastafarian culture.

Note: The wifi in the room is not included in the package. But all that time online can probably wait until you’re back in the cold north, right?

Rooms average $341 per night when booked through CheapTickets.

Omni Cancún Hotel and Villas – Cancún, Mexíco

A beachfront in Cancún, Mexíco. Courtesy of Ricardo Diaz.

A beachfront in Cancún, Mexíco. Courtesy of Ricardo Diaz.

Not only is it warm in Cancún, relaxation is part of its culture. That’s evident in the atmosphere of this ocean-front resort. Tiki huts on the beach mingle with palm trees swaying in the wind. Most rooms offer private, ocean-view balconies with views of the Mexican sunrise. Surrounded on water on two sides, guests can stay in the hotel or in a villa at this Mayan-inspired resort. Three pools connected by waterfalls flow into each other at the resort and are open 24/7. (And there’s a separate pool for the kids). There’s a jacuzzi bar guests can swim to and sit in while imbibing in a drink. The resort has a spa and beach cabanas that can be reserved for the day. The Cancún sands have become home to four of the eight species of sea turtles, and guests can witness their nesting season May through September. Female turtles migrate from feeding areas and lay an average of three nests per season. Cancún’s turtle program keeps guests at a distance safe enough for the turtles, but close enough for the experience.

Rooms average $265 per night when booked through CheapTickets. 

Barcelo Maya Beach – Riviera Maya, Mexíco

Barcelo Maya Beach. Courtesy of kartfamily.

Barcelo Maya Beach. Courtesy of kartfamily.

On the shores of the Yucatán, about an hour’s drive down the coast from Cancún, lies Playa del Carmen. The area was a port for ancient Mayans pilgrimaging to Cozumel, a sacred island with a shrine to the goddess of fertility and childbirth. It is the capital of the Riviera Maya, where open-air restaurants and shops mingle with Mayan ruins. Nearly everything about this resort, located just south of Playa del Carmen, was inspired by the ancient Mayans. The three restaurants and three bars, which were recently renovated with Mayan-inspired architecture, serve Mayan-inspired food, along with other international cuisines. Guests can get a Mayan spa treatment at the resort’s spa. The sand is white and the water is clear – so clear guests can see the stunning coral reef separating the mainland and Cozumel. And on a clear day, guests can see the island so many Mayans visited in their search for fertility.

Rooms average $332 per night when booked through CheapTickets.

Royal Solaris Los Cabos – San José del Cabo, Mexíco

Royal Solaris Los Cabos. Courtesy of Michael Allen Smith.

Royal Solaris Los Cabos. Courtesy of Michael Allen Smith.

San José del Cabo is located on the southern most tip of Baja California, near where the Gulf of California blends in with the Pacific Ocean. If guests get bored of staring out at the Pacific Ocean, they can turn around and enjoy a backdrop of the Sierra de San Larazo Mountains. Touristic growth has remained on the outside of the San José del Cabo town center. Guests venturing out of the resort to experience the Baja culture can see the cobblestone streets, adobe houses and a square that sits in front of a church from the 1700s that remain in the town center. The resort itself is kid-friendly, with a waterpark and an ocean-view hot tub. With Baja being a favorite getaway for American celebrities, you may spot a star among all the tropical beauty.

Rooms average $201 per night when booked through CheapTickets. 

 Story by Ally Marotti

Jamaica carnival: a winter respite in February

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Jamaica's lovely beaches aren't the only draw during the festival-laden winter. Credit: rappensuncle.

By Jennifer Olvera

Let’s face it: Jamaica is a spirited place any time of year. But winter and early spring usher in a host of lively events, making the Greater Antilles island a riotously colorful –not to mention balmy — place to be. And, given the full season is not in full swing, it’s a pocketbook-friendly time to book a cheap Caribbean vacation. (more…)

Three Kings Day: Parades and party time in Puerto Rico

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Three Kings Day (Día de Reyes) is among Puerto Rico's most festive holidays, when parades and gift-giving honor the storied Wise Men, who came to see baby Jesus. Credit: Jaime Olmo.

By Jennifer Olvera

Santa? Santa, who? In Puerto Rico – and much of the Latin world – it’s the Three Kings who foster (or, at least, further) the holiday spirit. Understandably, that makes early January a choice time to plan a cheap Caribbean vacation. (more…)

Budget travel: Holiday vacation in St. Thomas?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Make the season merry and bright with a cheap Caribbean vacation to Point Pleasant Resort.

By Valerie Moloney

A girlfriend spent the days after Christmas and before New Year’s with her entire family — 2 brothers and their girlfriends, 3 sisters and their husbands, parents, 2 nieces and a nephew –  in a Los Cabos hotel. While my first instinct was shock at the thought of all of them traveling at the most stressful of times, she countered with, “It was the best vacation of my life.”  No baking. No cleaning up after themselves. Just sun, sand and catching up. (more…)

Club Kids: Cheap Caribbean hotels with family amenities

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Beachcombing Barbados is a family affair at Almond Beach Village - All-Inclusive.

By Valerie Moloney

To those who have survived a transatlantic flight with a screaming toddler or had to change a diaper in a 4-inch wide airplane bathroom, I commend your plight. Like other parents who travel regularly with their children, I know the highwater you’ve swam just for those precious days on a Caribbean beach.

The good news is, there are plenty of all-inclusive vacations for parents looking for couple time, even if you have to take the kids. Stick with a resort with a decent kids club to keep the tykes entertained and active while you two try something new: say, a couples massage in a beachside palapa. Or maybe just start with a glass of wine. (more…)

Life is suite: 2 cheap Playa del Carmen condo hotels

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Consider a cheap, roomy alternative that's still close to the beach: condo hotels in Playa del Carmen.

By Renee Juszczak

Dreams of heading south-of-the-border to sunny Mexico and tropical seaside resorts don’t have to end in a cramped hotel room or all-inclusive resort.  I’m a frequent visitor to Playa del Carmen and really enjoy the options offered by condo-hotel resorts, like Aldea Thai and Pueblito Escondido.  A living room, kitchen and multiple bedrooms make it perfect for family or group vacations.  Yet, I book the suite just like a normal hotel room.  It’s so simple.  In addition to all the room, I get to enjoy traditional resort amenities, including restaurants and pools with swim-up bars. (more…)

Carefree in the Caribbean: Budget Bahamas and Puerto Rico

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Enjoy alfresco dining and sweeping views of San Juan Bay at Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel.

By Vince Font

You don’t have to be an experienced world traveler to know that you can get cheap Caribbean vacations for rates that are so startlingly low, they don’t even seem to make mathematical sense. Still, many people see these costs and immediately think “What’s the catch?” As you’ll come to learn, there are no catches. Just deals so incredible they boggle the mind. Here are just two of the coolest cheap hotels and vacation packages you’ll find in the Caribbean. (more…)

Cheap Caribbean vacations: Why I love Barbados

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The cliffside Crane Resort tempts with historic hotel rooms, private residences and plenty of pools.

By Vince Font

There’s something that’s always drawn me to Barbados. Maybe it’s the fact that you really can’t get any further east without actually exiting the Caribbean and finding yourself already halfway across the Atlantic to Africa. Or maybe it’s the local culture, and the fact that everyone there speaks English so I don’t have to feel as if I’m coming off like another annoying tourist (which I am, let’s face it). But looking over the bevy of cheap Caribbean vacations that I found online recently, I realized that I might just be in love with Barbados because it’s so darn cheap to vacation there. If you think that’s silly and that maybe I need to perform a reevaluation of my priorities, check out the two  cheap Caribbean vacations I found below and then tell me I’m crazy. (more…)

Save in style at 3 cheap San Francisco hotels this spring

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

A 2009 renovation brought a chic look to Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel, a go-to for cheap rates.

By Susan Johnston

Springtime is one of the best seasons to visit San Francisco, as the weather is usually mild and cloudless, without the rain that typically dampens other parts of the country. And with San Francisco hotel deals galore, now is the perfect time to plan a Northern California vacation. Relax and unwind in West Coast style at one of these three cheap San Francisco hotels. (more…)

Cheap Cancun hotels: The lure of Barcelo Costa

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

With an ocean view room, you're always steps away from the beach.

By Vince Font

As an avid traveler, I’m willing to go to any lengths to find those elusive travel deals — even if it means sacrificing sleep. Lately, I’ve been Googling one phrase on my laptop: cheap Cancun hotels. Granted, it’s a phrase that has always stirred mixed feelings for me. On one hand, it’s a luxury destination for those with a lot more butter on their bread than me. On the other, it’s raises fuzzy memories of past college spring break vacations. Ambivalence aside, my hunt produced one true diamond in the rough:  Barcelo Costa Cancun All Inclusive Resort, which had an amazing nightly rate. While I thought I might be in a dream, I knew I couldn’t pass up such a great deal on a cheap Caribbean vacation.

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