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Summer Lovin’ Falls into Fall

3 days and counting. This weekend marks the last official week of summer. On Tuesday, autumn will be here and it’ll be time to start thinking about all the things that come during the colder months – the leaves change, the days get shorter, and of course, the holidays will be here before you know it. We don’t bring up the holidays to intimidate you—we just want to make sure you’re prepared. So what’s our suggestion for the holidays this year? The beach, of course!

But this isn’t a typical “OMG…you HAVE to go to the beach” blog.  We’re proposing turning the holiday season into a special occasion for you and your honey. So often it’s easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of it all (yes, even in mid-September). So why not surprise your sweetheart with a beach vacation that’s meant for just the two of you?

For the spontaneous couple:

If there happens to be something called an anniversary that falls during the months of September to December, or you just like to pack a bag and go; the surprise travel trend everyone is talking about might just be perfect for you.’s Seas the Deal package lets you pick your destination, we’ll pick a resort for you (a top quality one that we keep a secret until just a few days before you travel), and you’ll save tons of dinero. It really is a great option for someone looking to save some dough but also keep the lady happy (and hopefully surprised).

Surprise Travel Trend - Seas The Deal - CheapCaribbean.comBest part: there’s even an adult-only resort option so you won’t have to worry about any children prancing around while you’re trying to enjoy your romantic (and spontaneous) rendezvous.

For the couple who works too hard:

Okay, what couple doesn’t work hard? Life gets crazy and juggling work and family can be very overwhelming. If you and your one-and-only are pretty much stretched to max, some quality time at Zoetry Villa Rolani Isla Mujeres is calling your name.

 Best Resort for Couples - Zoetry Villa Rolani ISla Mujeres - CheapCaribbean.comLet us set the scene: You arrive in Cancun. You jump in a car that takes you to a dock where a private, deluxe yacht awaits. A staff member who assists you as you board your yacht to the private island that Zoetry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres calls home greets you. You arrive and officially toast to the start of your vacation with a welcome bottle of tequila or rum. Once you’ve settled in, you grab a bite at Casa Rolandi (an organic-, vegetarian-, and gluten-free-friendly restaurant) and then head to one of two pools & Jacuzzi combos. Oh, and we can’t forget to include: you’ll have access to a complimentary wellness consultation and the Kimberly Art & Gem Gallery.

This 35-suite, boutique hotel experience is exactly what someone who’s craving complete mental and physical euphoria needs. What are you waiting for?

For the honeymooners:

Specializing in the honeymoon experience, Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana is just what you and your new bride envision when planning this special vacation. Located right on the white shores of Bavaro Beach, your days will be spent with ample beach/pool time with bottomless (should you chose that they don’t stop) cocktails being delivered right to you. And since you’re on an once-in-a-lifetime type of vacation, a customized couples spa treatment at the 17,000-sq-ft Secrets Spa by Pevonia would be a GREAT way to truly unwind after all the crazy wedding planning you both had to do.

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Evenings at Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana can include dinner at any of the six on-site restaurants or try a taste at the sister resort, Now Larimar Punta Cana with the Sip, Savor, & See option. The perfect end to a perfect day might include a nightcap on the beach and retiring to your swim-up suite. Sounds pretty perfect, huh?

For the overall “couple” experience:

Don’t sound shocked when we tell you that if you’re looking for a romantic getaway that really offers it all, we’ll suggest Couples Sans Souci in Jamaica. The name literally spells it out for you. This 4.5-sun rated resort is centered on maximizing the vacation experience solely for couples. In fact, those are the only other guests you’ll find at the hotel.

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You can choose to include in your trip itinerary deep tissue massages in one of the secluded cliff-side Hide Away Spa huts with a gorgeous view of the ocean. Or stroll hand-in-hand as you follow a new path each day, and you just might happen upon one of the hidden hammocks or a mineral hot tub. Don’t forget to check out Sunset Beach, not only for the 'au naturel' sunbathing, but also for the spectacular nightly sunsets. There’s a reason why Travel + Leisure just named Couples Sans Souci as the number one spa hotel in the Caribbean, and you’ve got to get there to experience it for yourself, don’t you think?

If we haven't convinced you that you're in desperate need of a romantic getaway, here are a few more recommendations to draw inspiration from. Tell us where you're headed this holiday season in the comments below!

Brittany Innes is a travel junkie with a passion for food, trying new things and being spontaneous.

Best Beaches to Celebrate Special Occasions

The beach doesn't have to be just a place to get in some R&R and take in the stunning views; it can also be a place where special memories are made. That’s why we think it’s time to celebrate – time to celebrate all the reasons why the beach might be the perfect place for you and your friends or family to create stories and memories that will last a lifetime. Check out our favorite special occasion beaches below:

Best Destination Wedding Getaway: Half Moon, A Rock Resort in Jamaica

It’s your big day – the day you will pledge to spend the rest of your life with that special someone. And better yet, you’ve decided pearly white sands and crystal clear waters would make for the perfect backdrop for this ultimate occasion. But which beach is just as perfect for you as you are for your honey? While there are plenty of great answers to that question, a top pick of ours is Half Moon, A Rock Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Serving guests for over 50 years, Half Moon, A Rock Resort is home to two miles of private beachfront property and 400 acres of resort sure to offer everything the happy couple needs, as well as accommodate those you chose to include in your big day.

Enjoy a morning cup of coffee, breakfast with a view of Sunset Beach at Seagrape Terrace, as you calm your nerves and prepare yourself for what’s to follow. After a quick dip in one of the three pools, head off to get yourself ready for the event of your lifetime. Don’t worry, your guests can enjoy snorkeling, kayaking and pedal boats, among other things, as they wait in anticipation for your special event.

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After you've exchanged your vows and are ready to begin truly celebrating, drop the kids off at the Children’s Village and eat, drink and be merry at one of six restaurants or seven bars. May we suggest the contemporary Caribbean cuisine at Sugar Mill or Italian option, IL Giardino for your first meal as husband and wife.

Best Honeymoon & Anniversary Getaway: THE ROYAL Cancun & THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen

What’s more special than celebrating you and your significant other, especially when it’s celebrating the beginning of your journey together or commiserating the time you’ve spent together and looking towards the future? Whether you’re looking to celebrate your honeymoon or honor your anniversary, we highly recommend THE ROYAL Cancun & THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen.

THE ROYAL Cancun is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort located in the heart of Cancun’s hotel zone and perfectly placed on the pristine sands of the Caribbean tides, making it the place to spend some quality time with your better half. The Olympic-sized infinity pool, among the resorts oceanfront pool and 2 heated in-pool Jacuzzis make for ideal poolside and beachside lounging. Don’t worry, this resort is also home to exclusive Royal Beach Cabanas®, a convenient flag system for waiter service and beach butlers to provide cold towel service, suntan lotion, ice water and even reading materials delivered straight to your beachside canopy bed.

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And as the sun sets on this perfect day, have dinner at one of nine restaurants with features ranging from authentic Spanish tapas at Tapas and Pinxtos to unique Caribbean seafood fusions that can be found at Pelicanos. Also, be sure to take advantage of THE ROYAL Cancun offerings of tequila & beer tasting sessions once a week, educational wine tastings hosted by hotel sommelier and nightly entertainment that includes Cirque du Soliel-style shows.

And if you’d like to embark upon a more private, secluded version of what you’ll find at THE ROYAL Cancun, let us suggest a stay at THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen. Still located in a prime spot near Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue, this resorts offers all its Cancun sister property does, just on a beautiful stretch of beach in the very heart of a quaint fisherman’s village.

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You’ll still find an Olympic-sized lap pool, beach-front infinity pool and beach cabana service to help pass the time during the day. And when it’s time for dinner enjoy the nine restaurants, all offering a signature menu or custom feature that’s unique to THE ROYAL and the island of Playa del Carmen. In addition to Trade Winds, the swim-up bar and the lobby bar, perfect for wrapping yourself up in conversation with your honey, make sure to take advantage of the 24-hour, all-inclusive lounge that will cater to your need, no matter the time of day.

Best Singles Getaway: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Grab your homies and get to the beach. Whether the celebration is for a groom-or bride-to-be or just a group of friends looking for some good old-fashioned fun, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana is the perfect setting for the beach party of a lifetime.

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Being the first all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel in the world and recently named a 2013 AAA Four Diamond hotel, this joint is sure to please. This resort does everything big, offering 13 restaurants and snack bars, seven bars, and 15 pools – if that doesn't spell out time of your life, we’re not sure what does.

After spending the day tossing between the lazy river and four swim-up bars, try the fare at Ipanema, the Brazilian steakhouse, Isla, the Caribbean-inspired a la carte option or Zen, the Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant. And end the night by making big bets in the 45,000-sq-ft casino, wagering on major sports events at the Sports Book Bar or dancing the night away at Oro Nightclub with nightly entertainment and special guests.

So while we all want to go to the beach for different reasons, there's definitely a few times a trip to the beach means more than just vacation. What did you most recently celebrate at the beach?


Are you perusing spots for the perfect romantic oasis, planning a destination wedding or looking for creative date night tips for your next beach vacation with your honey? If so, join us Tuesday, June 25th for a fun Twitter Party on romantic getaways in the Caribbean and Mexico. Our friends, Vera Sweeney, @VeraSweeney from Lady in the Blog and Carol Cain, @CarolAGain from Girl Gone Travel, are our VIP Travel Bloggers and are eager to share their thoughts on romantic vacays. Come ready to tweet because three lucky winners will win a couples beach prize pack valued Romantic Getaway Twitter Party

Here's how to jump in on the fun: 

  • On Tuesday, June 25th from 7pm – 8pm 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 romantic destinations, using the hashtag #CheapCaribbean.
  • Three lucky partygoers will win the ultimate couples beach prize pack 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.

Be sure to follow Vera Sweeney at @VeraSweeney and Carol Gain at @CarolAGain, as they share their romantic getaway insights with us. We're excited to hear what you have to say and we'll see you there! Happy Tweeting!

Love Birds, Your Romantic Vacation is Calling…

It’s that time of year, folks. Yep, you guessed it. It’s time to celebrate all things love. At, we pretty much in love with love and we hope you are too. So when you’re thinking about the best way to show your significant other that you care, how about planning a super romantic getaway? Here are a few of our top-of-the-line resorts that will leave you and your better half feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and more connected than ever before.

For the Honeymooners in Us All

Riviera Maya is the ultimate romantic destination because its tucked perfectly outside of Cancun, but is still a short drive from the Cancun International Airport. Once you reach Riviera Maya, you’re transported to beautiful, lush greens and white, sandy beaches without having to fight a crowd. Whether you’re a true honeymooner or simply looking for an ideal romantic getaway, our pick here is Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun.

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Take advantage of the Unlimited-Luxury® that's a staple of this Secrets resort.

This adult-only, all Preferred Club resort knows how to spoil their guests. The Unlimited-Luxury® that is a staple at all Secrets resorts includes a concierge on each floor, refreshed mini bars, cooking demos, tequila tastings and Vegas-style shows, just to name a few. Don’t worry, with unlimited premium beverages and seven restaurants all offering a different type of cuisine, you’ll spend your days here nothing but satisfied. During the day, lounge by the pool, grab a drink at the swim up bar or post up on the white sandy beaches that call Riviera Maya home. May we also suggest a spa treatment at Secrets Spa by Pevonia. And for those of you actually honeymooning, be sure to ask about the complimentary Wedding in Paradise package that comes standard with booking a Honeymoon suite.

An Exotic Destination Your Sweetie Will Love

St. Thomas is one of the U.S. Virgin Islands and is known for its beautiful beaches and stellar views, making it an ideal setting for your next romantic getaway. Looking over the Charlotte Amalie Harbor, Marriott Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort is the perfect place to spend a few unforgettable days with your hunnie.

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These two pool loungers are simply dying for you and your love to come spend some quality time.

Imagine it…you wake up with the calming beach breeze blowing in through your patio and the island's beautiful harbor lends you a stunning view. After a decadent breakfast at Aqua Terra Oceanfront Grill or simply room service if you’d prefer some quality time with your spouse, you venture off to one of the three pools or beach, fully equipped with plenty of sun bathing options. Then you make a stop into LAZULE Spa to receive a customized spa treatment. And after a day spent in ultimate relaxation, have dinner at one of six restaurants with cuisine options ranging from American, Latin to Caribbean. Finish the night with a nightcap at Rum Bar or simply head back up to your fully stocked bedroom and transport to a state of pure romance.

A Couples Only Resort for Your Couples Only Getaway

Named by Travel + Leisure in 2011 as the “World’s Best Hotel Spa in the Caribbean,” this couples-only beachfront paradise is something you’ve got to experience for yourself. Located in Ocho Rios, Jamaica,  this resort is fully equipped with everything you'll need for your ideal couple's romantic rendezvous. Couples Tower Isle gets its name from Tower Isle – the private island, accessible only by boat and the only place where couples can enjoy sunbathing, au natural.

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Show us what a romantic, luxury getaway means to you by building a Pinterest board and enter to win a free trip here. All the details:

In addition to uncrowded, pure white-sanded beaches and a 1950s-style freshwater pool that makes you feel like a Hollywood celeb, we’re giving you the opportunity to take this romantic trip on our dime. By entering our Pin to Win the Luxe Life giveaway, you’ll have the chance to win an all-inclusive, six-days/five night trip, airfare included to this couples-only haven. It’s as simple as following us on Pinterest and following a few small steps to show us what a luxury, couple's vacation looks like to you.

So as you can see, we’re all about romantic vacations just like you. This time of year is meant to share your love with your special someone and show him or her what they really mean to you. Say “I love you” with a romantic escape and we can almost guarantee this will be a Valentine’s day neither one of you will forget.