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How to Have a Destination Celebration

Silky sands, turquoise waters, frozen concoctions, delicious local bites, warm breezes and some good old fashion relaxation – sounds like the perfect way to take it all in and celebrate the beach. So where should you go if you’re looking to experience all of this for yourself? Here are a few destinations that are perfect for this kind of celebration.

Bávaro Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic, Bávaro Beach is located in the heart of Punta Cana. It’s home to all the things you need to get your destination celebration on. The first necessity is a top-notch resort that’s got a great location and ton of perks to help you celebrate.

Best Party Beach - Iberostar Bavaro - CheapCaribbean.com

Iberostar Bávaro is 4 stars of all-inclusive luxury and located right on the coveted Bavaro Beach. Your stay here could consist of swimming in the large freeform pool, playing in the onsite water park or taking an afternoon nap on the beautiful beach. And when you get hungry, stop into one of 10 restaurants or grab a drink at one of the 10 bars. You can also go for a round of golf at the Iberostar Bávaro Golf Club onsite. And as nighttime falls, enjoy DC-6, a disco styled after an airplane where the DJ spins international hits in a cockpit. Did we mention you’ve got access to 24-hour all-inclusive here?

While you shouldn’t need to leave your resort for hardly any reason, if you’re looking to get out and explore some of the beach – we recommend having lunch at Jellyfish Restaurant. Their world-class menu of fresh seafood and beachfront views makes it an experience you don’t want to miss out on.

And for the thrill seeker in us all, perhaps you should rent an ATV and explore the lush, natural terrain that calls the Dominican Republic home. While you’re off exploring the lands of the DR, you can also venture to one of the many coffee and cocao plantations and learn how the beans turn into the deliciousness that is our beloved coffee. And of course, you can grab a few organic samples to bring home with you.

Bahia de Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico 

The beaches in Cancun are known to be pretty, clean and in a near perfect location to many of the resorts here. Known as the hotel zone, the hot beaches of Cancun are home to over 80 all-inclusive resorts. If this doesn’t sound like you’ve got options, we’re not sure what does. One of our choice resorts for celebration central is Hard Rock Hotel Cancun.

Best Party Resort - Hard Rock Hotel Cancun - Cheap Caribbean

What’s more fitting than a resort that’s built around throwing one heck of a party? The ultra-modern interior speaks to its party vibe, as well as its fun nightlife and kid-friendly perks. Grab a seat at the Beach Bar and order a signature cocktail before heading off to the freeform infinity pool for a dip. The kiddos can enjoy the waterslides in the kids’ pool while you oversee it all from one of two swim up bars. And enjoy the teppanayaki show at dinner or the samplings at any of the other four restaurants. Kids can hang at the supervised kids club while you catch a show at the amphitheater, all before calling it a night in your rock’n’roll suite.

And since Cancun is known as a beach hotspot, you’ll want to see what all the buzz is about. Be sure to check out Señor Frogs or Carlos’n Charlie’s. Either of these fabulous spots will give you a dining experience unlike any other. Don’t be surprised if the staff asks you stand on your chair and do a crazy dance, or better yet, jump on stage and participate in a fun contest. These are just two of the many places in Cancun’s downtown area that are action packed and full of fun.

Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica

Taking on the island of Jamaica is sure to promise memorable experiences full of vibrant culture, beautiful beaches and high-end luxury. That’s exactly what you’ll find on Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Jamaica. This is one of the Jamaican beaches that attract visitors looking for a quiet retreat. You’re also in a perfect location to experience all of Jamaica, if you’re feeling adventurous.

Best Party Beach - Sandals Negril - Cheap Caribbean

Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect place to call home while experiencing the 1,700 feet of Seven Mile Beach located on resort property. With ample amounts of pool or beachside loungers and palapas, we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the surf, while munching on jerk chicken quesadillas from Café Sandals. And cool down in the pool with a Coco Loco from the swim-up bar at one of the four pools before dinner. With seven restaurants, nightly entertainment and out-of-this-world service, it’s no surprise that this resort has won the coveted Five Star Diamond Award.

But if experiencing off-the-beaten-path adventure is more your way of celebrating Jamaica, make sure to go for a dip in the Blue Hole. Located 40 minutes from Negril, this mineral spring swimming pool is a hidden oasis. If you’re feeling braver than ever, jump 22 feet into this natural spring pool. Then enjoy some local food and a good cocktail as a reward for unleashing your inner daredevil. You might also consider stopping by the open air Craft Market on your way home for some authentic souvenirs.

So it’s fairly obvious that no matter where you chose to go in the Caribbean or Mexico, it’s all about destination celebrations. There are always plenty of things you’ll experience that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. It’s just another reason we love celebrating it all at the beach. Where would you go for the perfect destination celebration? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 

 

The Best Beach for Your Budget

Believe it not, there’s a white sandy beach and empty chair with your name on it. There’s a hotel bartender longing to concoct his signature beverage just for you. And there’s even plenty of cool breezes and warm sunshine that’s just drying to wrap around you. So what are you waiting for? A trip to the beach is calling…and the good news is you’ve got plenty of options, no matter your budget. Here are a few suggestions of fabulous vacations that will accustom every pocketbook.

Quick Weekend Getaways Under $700

Sometimes the perfect vacations are ones that happen spur-of-the-moment and allow you jet set out of town for a few days. That’s what a great weekend getaway is all about. And you’d be surprised to find out that a lot of these fab getaways run under $700 per person.

The first favorite of ours is 4.5-star Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun in Riviera Maya. This luxury resort offers Unlimited-Luxury® all-inclusive, which includes in-pool lounges, adult-only pool access, premium-stoked bars and seven five-star gourmet restaurants. Don’t worry; this feature comes standard at this 496-guest room resort tucked perfectly on 5,000 feet of the whitest sands and bluest waters in Mexico. Even better, three-night getaways start at $519 per person.

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Another nice quick getaway option comes to you from sunny Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Holiday Inn Sunspree Montego Bay is THE place if you’re looking for somewhere to spend some good quality time together. Better yet, kids stay and eat free here. This all-inclusive beachfront property comes complete with a half-mile, sugar-sand beach, Kidspree Vacation Club, Sol Mer Spa and adults-only swim up bar. With something for everyone, five-night getaways start at $599 per person (not including the kiddos who stay and eat free).

Just the Vacation You Had in Mind Under $1000

Vacations are supposed to be just that – vacations. You shouldn’t have to stress over all the details. That’s why these recommendations have it all and include airfare, food & beverage, as well as accommodations. Any of these great getaways should run you around $1000 per person and make it even more of an excuse for you to get away…

Punta Cana is the premiere hot spot in the DR and that means it’s surely not lacking. That’s the case for the all-inclusive, adult-only Barcelo Bavaro Beach. Indulge in the scrumptious gourmet dining options, hang out at the Bohio pool bar during the day and head over to Disco Bavaro for dancing and entertainment or see a Las-Vegas inspired show at Gran Teatro Bavaro at night. Prices start at $819 per person for four nights. And one extra perk – you’ll have access to its’ sister property, Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe, making it feel like two vacations in one.

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In Mexico, the Iberostar Paraiso Maya is known for having it all. Located on the Playa Paraiso beach in Riviera Maya, this breathtaking resort is fully equipped with five pools, including one indoor pool and a Mayan palace-style wave pool, as well as a lazy river made perfect for floating.

Cheap Punta Cana Vacations from CheapCaribbean.com

There’s Lucy's Miniclub for the kids and there’s also a “dine around” program, which allows you to venture to all the sister hotels’ restaurants and bars for limitless all-inclusive options. Five magnificent nights here begin at $869 for August through October 2013 travel.

Go Ahead…The Vacation You Deserve Under $1500

There’s no denying you work hard and deserve a serious break. So why not take the ultimate break with a luxury, top-notch vacation? With a starting price point under $1500 per person, one of our luxury favorites will be the best escape you’ve had to date.

Le Blanc Spa Resort is the 2012 Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice for a reason. It’s also been recognized as an esteemed AAA Five Diamond Resort for 2013, which is awarded based on service & staff. This resort lies along a 250-yeard beach of powdery white sand on Cancun Island’s eastern shore. Because you’re so deserving of a treat, stop by the spa which offers a full menu of treatments, 24 indoor and outdoor treatment rooms and five outdoor couples suites, making it the perfect indulgence for you and your sweetie.

Luxury Cancun Vacations on a Budget from CheapCaribbean.com

With ample gourmet dining options, evening entertainment and even better service, you’ll enter such a state of relaxation you might never want to leave. And with travel dates through August, prices start at $1499 per person.

If you still want to shop around for the right vacation for you, make sure you take advantage of our Beach Budget Finder, which can be found on the right-hand side of our homepage. It’s the perfect tool to build the vacation of your dreams.

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Prices may vary and price points are based on Ft. Lauderdale, FL departures. 

Save the Date: #CheapCaribbean Best Beaches Twitter Party, May 21st, 1-2pm CST

Mark your calendars, CheapCaribbean.com is hosting its first ever Twitter Party! This Tuesday from 1-2pm CST, join us and special guests, Matt Long, @LandLopers from LandLopers, Kara Williams, @KaraSW from The Vacation Gals and Katie Dillion, @LaJollaMom from La Jolla Mom on Twitter, as we discuss the best beaches in the Caribbean & Mexico. We'd love to hear your favorite vacation spots and what you love about the beach, as we'll be sharing insider tips on all of our favorite beaches and all the reasons why we love them.

Use the hashtag #CheapCaribbean to join in on the fun!

Use the hashtag #CheapCaribbean to jump in on the conversation!

Here's how to jump in on the fun:

  • On Tuesday, May 21st at from 1-2pm CST, log onto to Twitter and make sure you're following us at @cheapcaribbean.
  • Jump in on the conversation by answering our questions & tweeting your thoughts about the best beaches, using the hashtag #CheapCaribbean.
  • Three lucky partygoers will win the ultimate beach bum package valued at over $300! To be eligible, participants must follow @CheapCaribbean on Twitter and tweet using the #CheapCaribbean hashtag at least one time during the party. Winners will be selected at random.
Prize package includes Ray Bans, iPod Shuffle, beach bag, oversized beach towel and other beach accessories.

Prize package includes Ray Bans, iPod Shuffle, beach bag, oversized beach towel and other beach accessories.

 

Be sure to follow Matt Long at @LandLoper Kara Williams at @KaraSW and Katie Dillion at @LaJollaMom, as they share their travel insights with us. We're excited to hear what you have to say and we'll see you there! Happy Tweeting!