The clear azure sea is warm and inviting. Dazzling white beaches stretch for miles under palm trees swaying lazily in the breeze. You can’t beat the unique marine life, spectacular sunsets or diverse culture, and you’d be hard-pressed to find friendlier people.
In short, there’s much more to a Caribbean vacation than steel drums, jerk chicken and strong rum, but those aren’t bad either.
We all deserve a vacation, so what are you waiting for? Below are some of the top-rated, all-inclusive resorts for fun, relaxation and lots of pampering; We’re confident you’ll find one that suits your needs!
Dream Sands Cancun Resort and Spa
This is the ideal spot for vacationers with a wide variety of interests. In addition to Cancun’s beautiful white beaches, it boasts the Great Mayan Barrier Reef, which is second in size only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It’s also home to three of the largest underwater cave systems in the world.
If you’re looking for a more tailored experience, the Interactive Aquarium Cancun and Museo Maya de Cancun are great places to explore Mexico’s natural resources and colorful history. Dream Sands offers one complimentary round of golf per day. And if you’d rather browse for interesting souvenirs, there are plenty of shops within walking distance of the hotel.
Along all the aforementioned features, a variety of water sports are also available to keep you cool. These include:
- Scuba diving
If you work up a thirst or an appetite, you’ll be in good hands. There are five bars, including a swim-up, and seven outstanding restaurants that offer unlimited dining. Italian, Asian and French cuisine are just three of the options available to you.
When it comes to being pampered, you’ll be covered on all fronts. The hotel’s rooms and suites have breathtaking views of the sea and Isla Mujeres. Make sure to set aside a morning for pampering in the spa.
Dream Sands is especially kid-friendly. The Explorer’s Club has supervised water activities, daytime campouts, outdoor movies, and arts and crafts. Look for special dates when two children under 12 can stay for free.
Price and accessibility aren’t outside your reach either. There are typically great deals between August and November. Five days and four nights might cost around $600 per person. Flights to Cancun are available from just about every major city in the U.S., and most large hubs have regularly scheduled nonstop flights.
Turks and Caicos Islands
Venetian Luxury Resort
If it’s serenity and privacy that you seek, look no further than this luxurious resort on the east side of Grace Bay Beach. The Venetian consistently appears on lists of the best beach resorts, family getaways and honeymoon destinations. Each of their exquisitely decorated condos is located on a secluded shore with a beachfront view, modern kitchen, full-size living and dining area, as well as a private balcony.
Take in the colorful coral reefs. Stroll the soft white sand to fine boutiques a short distance away. Have an elegant dinner out, or arrange for your own private chef to prepare a candlelit dinner in your suite. Dance the night away.
Children like this resort for paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling and cycling. Couples appreciate its remoteness; you won’t find many chain restaurants or other commercial ventures here. Other attractions include the world-class Provo Golf Club, a fitness room, tennis courts and a first-rate swimming pool.
One, two, and three-bedroom condos are available and are priced at roughly $875 to $2000 per night. This may seem steep, but the resort frequently offers promotional rates and free nights.
Flights to the area are scheduled on certain days of the week from Dallas/Fort Worth International, Logan International, John F. Kennedy International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and other major airports.
Aruba is known for gentle trade winds and some of the most well-maintained beaches in the world. Since temperatures stay in the low 80s year-round, visitors can comfortably enjoy the outdoors for the whole day.
Aruba also is home to some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. The waters are fairly shallow, so the beautiful coral reefs and mysterious underwater creatures are easily visible. And speaking of water, the Tamarijn resort features oceanfront views from all rooms. Here are some of the interesting things to see and do either on the premises or in the vicinity:
- Sailing in a catamaran
- Rock climbing on the beach
- Attending Kids’ Fun Club with supervised activities
- Exploring the beaches that surround the entire island
- Scuba diving at the sites of plane crashes and shipwrecks
At $200 to $400 per night, rates at the Tamarijn Aruba are fairly reasonable. One-stop connecting flights are available from a number of U.S. cities, and 14 gateways offer 100 nonstop flights.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Ocean Blue & Sand
In Punta Cana, it’s not hard to imagine that you’ve been transported to paradise. The pristine beaches, aquamarine waters and many amenities make this diverse five-star resort a destination for families and lovers alike.
Adults can find rejuvenation in the hands of skilled beauty experts and massage specialists in the elite spa. After cocktails in the piano bar, there’s a wide range of international cuisines to try. Finish up the night dancing cheek to cheek in the ballroom, or if you’re feeling lucky, playing roulette in the top-notch casino.
Ocean Blue & Sand is especially popular with active people who like staying fit, even on vacation. Some of the amenities offered are:
- Tennis courts
- Beach activities
- Climbing walls
- Fitness centers
- Tai chi
- Various watersports for all ages
Room rates are approximately $200 to $600 per night. American, Delta, Frontier, United, Southwest and other airlines have flights from most major U.S. cities.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Royalton White Sands Montego Bay
With the Royalton All-In Luxury program, you’ll enjoy unparalleled service with attention to detail. Outstanding room amenities, 24-hour concierge service and unlimited dining are just the beginning.
Jamaica is a frequent destination for those who love taking to the water. Sailing, fishing, snorkeling, parasailing, scuba diving or touring the coastline at sunset tend to make one forget all about the office. The region is also a cultural mecca with many fine art galleries and lots of live music and dancing venues.
The resort boasts five restaurants, a cafe and six bars. Whatever you’re craving, you’re in luck, and you don’t even need a reservation. You can work off overindulgence at the fitness center, in a dance class or with a lively game of beach volleyball. Cool off afterwards under a fresh rain shower right in your suite.
Children stay amused at the water park or in the supervised Kids’ Adventure program. There’s even the popular Hangout Teen Lounge for older kids who are experiencing Facebook withdrawal.
Room rates are typically around $290 to $330. American, US Airways, Continental, Northwest, Southwest, Delta and several other carriers can get you to Jamaica from almost anywhere in the U.S.