Puerto Rico

Perfect Your Swing: The Best Caribbean & Mexico Golf Resorts

Do you live for putting greens and perfecting your golf swing? Are you busy trying for your next ace? Whether you’re a self-proclaimed or nationally acclaimed golf pro, what’s better than top-notch golf courses and even better rated beaches, all in one. In honor of Golfer’s Day on April 10th, here are a few of our top picks for Caribbean & Mexico golf courses.

Puerto Rico is known for more than just its stunning beach views and Latin vibe. Golf courses in Puerto Rico come highly recommended and that couldn’t be truer for Trump International Golf Club at Gran Melia Golf Resort.

Guests at Gran Melia Golf Resort can tee off at one of two 18-hole championship courses, designed by PGA winner Tom Kite. With putting greens to the left and iconic views of the Atlantic Ocean and El Yunque to the right, this course and resort is an avid golfer’s dream.

Gran Melia Golf Resort in Puerto Rico by CheapCaribbean.com

With views so beautiful on this course, it'll be hard to focus on your golf game.

After a long day on the course, go for a dip in the 335-ft, oceanfront, lagoon-style pool, fully equipped with a swim up bar serving ice cold cocktails to help you celebrate your below par game. When it’s time to eat, choose from Italian, sushi or Puerto Rican fare at any of the five restaurants on-site. Mentally prepare yourself for next day’s golf game with a nightcap at The Avenue Bar, one of the many happening nighttime spots at Gran Melia Golf Resort.

The next of our favorite golf resorts comes from La Romana in the Dominican Republic. Caribbean Travel + Life has named the three Pete-Dye-designed golf courses here, “Top Caribbean Golf Courses”. In addition, Casa de Campo La Romana is a 7000-acre resort located on a quarter-mile of beach dotted with lush greens and palm trees.

Casa de Campo Golf Resort in the Dominican Republic from CheapCaribbean.com

The three golf courses found at Casa de Campo are just as beautiful as they are well-known for the course themselves.

Often called a “mini-country” unto itself, Caso de Campo La Romana includes one of Latin America’s only principal polo complexes, three golf courses, a shooting club, an equestrian center, a marina village and a replication of a 16-century Italian village above a river gorge. Schedule a round of golf at Dye Fore, Teeth of the Dog or Links – the three legendary courses here, designed by Pete Dye himself.

After spending the day in a golfer’s paradise, make sure to take advantage of another feature here – upper and lower deck pools with swim up bars, as well as fourteen other pools scattered around the resort. End your day with an authentic meal prepared with local ingredients from one of several resort restaurants. Your Dominican Republic vacation can’t be beat with a stay at Casa de Campo La Romana.

If you’re looking for a resort that not only offers superb golf courses, but also promises a vacation the whole family will enjoy look no further than Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa. The Cinnamon Hill Golf Course that’s home to this resort has been listed as a top course in Jamaica by Golf Digest. 

Hilton Rose Hall Golf Resort in Jamaica by CheapCaribbean.com

Please the entire family with this Jamaican resort with something for everyone.

Not only will the adults enjoy a round at Cinnamon Hill, the kids will get a kick out of the new Sugar Mills Water Park, or Kidz Club and Teen Zone if the parents need a few hours on their own. There’s even an all-inclusive package that includes snorkeling, kayaking, windsailing and 1,000 feet of beach, perfect for all members of the family. As mealtime approaches, chose from one of four resort restaurants with menu items sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. There’s no denying that your next family vacay would be a win for everyone if spent at Hilton’s Rose Hall Resort & Spa.

So now that you’re in the know on where to go for the best golf vacations in the Caribbean & Mexico, it may not be a bad idea to perfect your back swing before you jet away. If you’ve got a favorite golf resort of your own, be sure to comment and let us know!

 

Fabulous Foodie Destinations

How the Beach and Foodies Go Together

There’s no doubt that vacation isn’t just about the beach. You want your trip to have it all – a great resort, good company, and of course, delicious food. Depending on your destination there are plenty of signature style cuisines you want to be sure to try. Whether you’re a professional or self-proclaimed foodie, these destinations are sure to offer up a full stomach and dishes you can’t stop raving about.

Mexico’s Authentic Cuisine: Fresh & Fire

If you’re a fan of fresh vegetables and sizzling chilies and spices, Mexico is a heavenly destination pick. There, you’ll find plenty of menu options incorporating tomatoes, peppers, corn, beans and signature spices. One example you’ll want to try is Seafood Veracruz or Pescado a la Veracruzana. Typically, a fresh cut of fish or another type of seafood is topped with the Veracruz sauce, which is made with tomatoes, onions, lime, olives, capers, garlic and Mexican spices like canela and marjoram.

Cancun is a perfect place to see some of these signature ingredients incorporated into Mexican dishes. Secrets The Vine Cancun is a new property that features seven different restaurants with something to satisfy every palette. Everyone that stays at this Secrets resort can enjoy Unlimited-Luxury®, which gives you access to a total of 60 gourmet dining options through the Sip, Savor & See Dining Experience at the other Secrets & Dreams Resorts in the Cancun area. During the day, lounge by one of their three free form pools or the sandy white beach. Don’t worry, there’s a full cabana staff that’s ready to assist your every need too.

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This resort is a beach lover’s paradise with ice cold cocktails and delicious Mexican fare that won’t disappoint.

Puerto Rico’s Cocina Criolla

Among its rich culture and vivid history, Puerto Rico is another destination that’s perfect for foodies. Puerto Rico locals call their cuisine “cocina criolla” and has a significant amount of Spanish and African influences. You can expect to taste a lot of tropical fruits like plantains, as well as stews and rice dishes. The signature dish of Puerto Rico is Mofongo – a fried dish where fried green plantains are mashed together with broth, garlic, olive oil and bacon. It’s then filled with vegetables, chicken, crab, shrimp or beef and it served with fried meat and chicken broth soup - a delicious Puerto Rican tradition you don’t want to miss.

If you’re looking for top-of-the-line Puerto Rican cuisine, the InterContinental San Juan Resort, Spa & Casino

is the perfect place to indulge in food native to the culture, as well as some delicious classic dishes. Located on Isla Verde Beach, the InterContinental San Juan is only five minutes away from the airport and offers a beachfront vacation in the middle of the city. Built in the late 1950s by Morris Lapidus the AAA, Four-Diamond resort has been renovated and is a hotspot for a Puerto Rican vacation.

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Take a break by the lagoon-style pool and contemplate which one of the five restaurants you’re going to try next.

While lounging by the waves or hanging by the waterfalls in the cove pool, you can start pondering which of the four restaurants where you’ll have dinner. With options like Ruth’s Chris Steak House or Alfredo’s Restaurant all in the hotel, you’ll never go hungry.  Choose to tempt Lady Luck in the resort’s casino or venture to one of San Juan’s authentic restaurants or bars down the street from the hotel.

Conch & Crab Lovers Unite in the Bahamas

It’s probably no surprise that the Bahamas are known for fresh, great tasting seafood. More specifically, the conch and crab are the Bahamas claim to fame. Conch is a mollusk that is firm and white and can be prepared a number of different ways. Some great dishes to try are conch chowder, conch fritters or conch salad. You’ll also see a generous amount of menu items made with crab or other types of seafood. Fish and grits, for example, is another Bahamian dish you’ll definitely want to try.

A great way to experience all that the Bahamas have to offer is a stay at Atlantis Paradise Island Beach Tower. The Atlantis resort is an iconic part of a trip to the Bahamas and can easily satisfy your inner foodie, as well as everything else.  Enter a food lover’s paradise at Atlantis Paradise Island Beach Tower, with 28 food and beverage options, including Bobby Flay’s award-winning Mesa Grill. Twelve bars ensure that guests are always near a watering hole after dark, while live entertainment, including famous musician and a two-story nightclub, keeps the night going.

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Stop in to one of 11 restaurants for some Bahamian conch fritters or guava duff, a traditional island dessert.

When you're not busy sampling all the different menus, soak up the rays on one of three large beaches, or one of the 11 spacious swimming pools with a lazy river connecting you to multiple waterways and lagoons. Stop in for a swim with the friendly Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins at Dolphin Cay or run around Aquaventure, the 141-acre water park. Watch a video highlighting all this Atlantis resort has to offer here.

Submerse yourself in all things destinational and try these foodie favorites. Whether you’re traveling just for the food or for the whole package, generous servings of island cuisine is a must.

It’s National Rum Month! Let’s Celebrate!

We owe our love for classic rum cocktails, like rum runners and strawberry daiquiris to sugarcane. The first rum production dates back to the 17th century and the Caribbean sugarcane plantations. Plantation workers discovered molasses, which was a byproduct of the sugar refining process, and then fermented it into sugarcane and after distillation, the end resort was rum. In efforts to celebrate this delicious spirit, August has been named National Rum Month. This means you've got an obligation this month to indulge a little bit. But how should you celebrate?

See Rum Come to Life

Today, there are many variations in types of rum and those distinctions all depend on where the rum is produced. For example, Puerto Rico is home to most light rums and houses Casa Bacardi, the home and factory of this popular rum. If you’re planning a trip to Puerto Rico anytime soon, you should plan to spend the afternoon learning about this colorful, rich brand, as well as our beloved rum.

Bacardi Factory Tours in Puerto Rico

Spend some time at the Casa Bacardi and learn about the Bacardi brand and history, as well as the rum making process.

At the Casa Bacardi, you can take an interactive tour through the Bacardi history, watch the rum making process first hand, and of course taste all the wonderful rums that make up the Bacardi Spirit. If your mouth is watering and you’re looking to get to Puerto Rico stat, check out this great deal to Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza.  Depending on departing city, rates start at three nights for $379. This hotel is not only a tropical paradise, but it’s close to the Casa Bacardi and lends a hand to the Bacardi spirit.

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Bring the Bacardi Spirit back to the Conrad San Juan and continue the celebration.

Become a Rum Connoisseur

Don’t worry if you’re celebrating National Rum Month at home. There are plenty of tasty rum drink recipes you can spend your time perfecting. Here are a few classic cocktails you’ll want to make this month:

Fresh Mint Mojito

Caribbean Mojito Recipes

Enjoy the sweet, refreshing taste of rum with this classic mojito recipe.

You will need:

  • 2 parts your favorite light rum (we suggest Bacardi or Tommy Bahama White Sand)
  • Approximately 12 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup or sugar
  • ½ lime in wedges
  • Club soda
  • Crushed ice
  • Muddler

First, muddle 12 mint leaves and ½ lime. Cover with 2 tablespoons simple syrup or sugar and top with ice. Add 2 parts light rum and top with club soda. Stir well & garnish with a sprig of mint or a lime. Finally, sit back and enjoy! For an island twist on this traditional rum drink, throw in a few blueberries and blackberries with your mint. Now you’ve got a Black + Blue Mojito.

Hurricane

Caribbean Rum Drink Recipes

Sip on this fruity beverage and plan your next Caribbean vacation.

You will need:

  • 2 parts light rum
  • 2 parts dark rum
  • 2 parts passion fruit juice
  • 1 part orange juice
  • Juice of half of a lime
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon grenadine
  • Orange slice and cherry for garnish

Start by squeezing the juice from half the lime into a shaker over ice. Pour all of your ingredients, except for the garnish, into the shaker and shake vigorously. Using a strainer, strain and pour into a hurricane glass. Garnish with a cherry and orange slice and enjoy!

Celebrate National Rum Day on Thursday, August 16th

You may have all of August to celebrate this wonderful spirit, but August 16th is an even more important day because it’s “National Rum Day.” It also marks the day the first Piña Colada was made back in 1954 in Puerto Rico. One of our favorite Puerto Rico resorts, the Caribe Hilton San Juan, has the bragging rights for concocting the first Piña Colada nearly 60 years ago. Hotel management asked bartender, Ramón "Monchito" Marrero to come up with a new signature drink and after three months of experimenting and mixing, the first Piña Colada was born.

If that’s not reason enough to stay at the legendary Caribe Hilton San Juan, you can get a great deal to this iconic hotel. Right now, for prices starting at $389 for three nights, you can stay at Caribe Hilton San Juan.

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Plan your trip to taste a signature Piña Colada at the iconic Caribe Hilton San Juan.

In the meantime, practice making this signature drink with this authentic recipe from Caribe Hilton.

Signature Piña Colada

Pina Colada Drinks in the Caribbean

Mix up this delicious, sweet drink and celebrate National Rum Month in style

You will need:

  • 2 parts white rum
  • 1 part coconut cream
  • 1 part heavy cream
  • 6 parts fresh pineapple juice
  • ½ cup crushed ice

Start by adding rum, coconut cream, heavy cream, pineapple juice and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth which is about 15-30 seconds. Serve in a 12-ounce glass and garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge and a cherry.

Rum is an iconic part of Caribbean history and culture. Whether you’ll be celebrating with an island cocktail on the beach or practicing your mixology skills at home, be sure to spread the Caribbean spirit and carry on the legacy of this island spirit.

No passport, No problem!

Your guide to traveling to the Caribbean sans passport!

You’re dying to head to the Caribbean, but your passport has hidden itself in the bottom of a drawer somewhere, or maybe you never even had one. Quick! What do you do? Head to Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands, of course! With no passport, it’s no problem... These two stunning destinations are perfect no passport beach getaways.

With temperatures in that “it feels sooo good outside range,” St. Thomas, USVI, and San Juan, Puerto Rico is simply perfect-o. The tropical mountains on one side, and ocean breeze on the other, create a ridiculous panoramic that pictures don’t do justice.

Marriott Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort

If you’re not interested in the multitude of water activities like snorkeling, windsurfing, zip lining, kite boarding, scuba diving, sailing, fishing, parasailing, and kayaking… there’s also some duty free shopping and superb historical heritage to check out and write home about.

The best part of St. Thomas is the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Resort. It sits on the side of a cliff, which might be the coolest thing we’ve seen in quite some time. We've also got a whole lotta love for the Conrad San Juan, Puerto Rico in no passport paradise. Give us a break, palm tree swaying in the wind… you can’t be this perfect all the time! Or, can you?!

Conrad San Juan, Puerto Rico

Two words. Infinity. Pool. They’re so cool when you look at the edge and it looks like they’re dropping off into the ocean. Especially when the sun is stuck at high noon and you can’t tell which blue is pool and which blue is ocean.

Marriott Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort

See, you really don’t have to wait for a new passport to book your summer vacation to the Caribbean. The options for no passport travel have just arrived!

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