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The Best 2014 Travel Deals Around

It may be hard to believe that 2013 is quickly dwindling away. Naturally as the window to travel in 2013 gets shorter, you’ll need to start thinking about the vacations you’ll be taking in 2014. That’s why this week we’re going to discuss what are some of the hottest deals to be on the lookout for the upcoming year. Since the options are near endless for 2014, you’ll want to hold on to your excitement, vacation shopping is about get fun!

Now Jade Riviera Cancun: Your Family’s Paradise

If you’re in charge of planning the family vacation, you probably get plenty of requests from everyone asking for different things – good food, great beach, activities for the young kiddos and cool, hip stuff for the older ones, right? So naturally it’s important that the vacation you plan has something to offer for every single member of your family. That’s why Now Jade Riviera Cancun is a perfect fit.

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This 4.5-star all-inclusive resort in Riviera Maya is a contemporary interactive hotspot with options for everyone in your group. Now Jade Riviera Cancun sits right on a half-mile of crystal clear beach with three resort pools, including an adults-only pool & swim up bar. There’s also an Explorer’s Club that offers a number of exciting activities for children ages 4-12, such as big screen movies under the stars, treasure hunts & even a ocean trampoline. And with Unlimited Luxury® dining options, you’ll have access to eight restaurants & six bars, as well. After having dinner and hanging out at the themed party on the beach, retire to your modern suite that accommodates the entire family and get ready to do it all over again.

Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort: The Ultimate Couples’ Escape

While family vacations are a blast and definitely something we all look forward to, sometimes you’re looking to celebrate the romance just a bit. That’s why a week away with your significant other can be just what you need to rekindle the romance. Of course, you’ll be spending some quality time with the one who has your heart, but it’s still best practice to make sure that there are things each one of you can fully enjoy.

Best 2014 Couples Resort - Sandals Grande Jamaica - CheapCaribbean.com

When planning your 2014 couples vacation, you should consider Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort in Jamaica. Located perfectly on 100 acres of Ocho Rios’ prime real estate, this resort makes its home on the pure, white sands of the Caribbean Riviera. There are more than 90 private & semi-private pools across the resort grounds, so you can easily find your favorite spot in the rejuvenating Caribbean sun. We also recommend experiencing the onsite golf course located 700 ft. above sea level and one of the courses Golf Digest Magazine has named “Courses to Play While on Vacation.”

And when it’s time to get your grub on choose from one of 11 restaurants with options including Caribbean cuisine at The Reef Terrace, Italian fare at Valentino’s and grill fare at Sandtrap Grille. After dinner, join in on the fun activities and themed nightly parties. You can participate in the couples’ game show, Lovers’ Passion or hang at the Beach Party Barbeque with live entertainment. Whether it’s a honeymoon, anniversary or just a simple getaway, Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort is THE place to visit in the New Year.

Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa: Calling all the Partiers

Now if your vacation is all about catching some serious rays and having the time of your life, then your 2014 vacation spot is Punta Cana – Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa, more specifically. This luxury, adults-only 4.5-star resort caters to the fun, energetic lifestyle of singles, groups and any other occasions in need of a celebration.

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Come see what this Vegas-style energy center has to offer for yourself. Nestled between the jungle and ocean, this beachfront resort offers five swimming pools, including an expansive infinity main pool, two quiet pools and two xhale club pools. You’ll also want to take advantage of the 24-hour Unlimited Luxury® dining & beverage options with a total of 12 restaurants & eight bars. Among the bars, there’s MartinOX, a cigar club & oxygen bar serving top-shelf spirits and After Dark, a late night sports bar & nightclub. Opening November 2013, there’s no denying that this will be one of the hottest all-inclusive resorts in the upcoming year.

So as daylight gets shorter, the weather gets colder and the holidays quickly approach, it’s time to start looking to the future - your vacation future, that is. There’s no denying that 2014 looks to be a promising year full of family, fun and, of course, great vacations!

Where are you dying to go in 2014? Let us know in the comments below. 

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.

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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! 

 

Summer Songs to Live By

Happy Summer! This time of year means lots of warm weather, sunshine and fun with family and friends. It’s the one season where a vacation attitude is often encouraged and accepted. But what’s one thing your summer wouldn’t be complete with? Good music. We’d go as far to say there’s not much better than a perfect song that speaks to your state-of-mind, whether you’re beachside or poolside. Here’s what we’ll be listening to at the beach this summer:

Soak Up the Sun – Sheryl Crow

Who’s up for trading in the laptop for a poolside lounger? Any song that speaks to spending your days in the sun and channeling your inner sun god or goddess is an anthem of ours. We interpret Sheryl Crow’s song to be a direct request to find a pool, or better yet a beautiful beach where the sun is always shinning to fully live up to it's meaning.

So if you interpret the same, may we suggest Excellence Playa Mujeres in Cancun, Mexico?  Two miles of dazzling white sand, cushy loungers and palapas, swim-up bars and hammocks suspended just inches above the pool are just a few of the reasons we’d say this is the perfect place to live out the lyrics to this summer tune.

best summer resort - Excellence Playa Mujeres - CheapCaribbean

And while our friend sings of soaking up the sun, don’t worry – she’s all about her SPF too. So in the words of Sheryl Crow make sure you’ve “got your 45 on.”

Summer Love – Justin Timberlake

The summer just wouldn’t feel complete without a little love. Whether you’re looking for love, looking to celebrate your love or just want to spend a little quality time with your significant other, summer is the perfect time to embrace the feeling.

Following the cues of Justin himself, we’re all for an escape to Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall for just you and your better half. Live it up by your summer love’s side, with thirteen restaurants, full service swim-up bar, beach cabanas and a crystal clear beach to accompany it all.

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So you can chose to decide what type of L-O-V-E it is at the end of the summer, but for now grab a drink and your honey and celebrate each other with a magnificent beach view.

Two Piña Coladas – Garth Brooks

And of course, summer wouldn’t have the reputation it has without a few classics that never seem to get old. Among the many summer jams that can’t be forgotten, Garth Brooks’ “Two Piña Coladas,” is the epitome of the ideal summer day. And why not hold true to the lyrics of this song with two Piña Coladas, one for each hand, at the place the Piña Colada was said to be invented, Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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First made on August 15, 1952 at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar, it’s safe to say that the Piña Colada is this resort’s specialty, making it the perfect place to live up to this song’s lyrics. Enjoy the two infinity pools, two beach view Jacuzzis, six restaurants, three bars and much more at this Puerto Rico and Garth Brooks classic.

But wait, there’s more. While we called out three of our favorites here, there’s a whole playlist that’s got our must-listen “Beach Tunes.” Listen to it here. And now it’s your turn…what are some of your favorite summer or beach songs? Make your recommendations in the comments section below.

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.

Best Honeymoon Resort, THE ROYAL Cancun by CheapCaribbean.com

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.

Best Honeymoon Resort, THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen by CheapCaribbean.com

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?

Beach Bars You’ll Be Dying to Order a Drink From

Is there anything that goes together better than peanut butter & jelly, Sonny & Cher or salt & pepper, just to name a few? Well, we’d suggest that there isn’t anything more perfect for one another than a beautiful beach and an ice cold drink to compliment the view. So, this week we’re all about the places you can get a signature concoction and bask in the sun. Best beach bars…ready, set, go!

Nikki Beach, ME Cabo by Melia

Perfectly placed on Cabo San Lucas’ only swimmable beach, ME Cabo by Melia is one of the area’s hottest resorts and known to throw some of the best beach parties. Playa del Medano, the beach ME Cabo is located on, is near Los Cabos landmarks, Land’s End & Lover’s Beach and visible from the Bali beds and two pools at Nikki Beach. With pool DJs all year long and a swim up bar serving up the best beach drinks around, Nikki Beach is a luxurious beachfront utopia that Los Cabos has come to be known for.

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This trendy hotspot has an entire schedule of parties planned for the rest of the summer, like a Pirate themed party on August 17 or it’s weekly events, such as Nikki Beach in the House that takes place every Friday or Soleil @ Nikki Beach, every Saturday through the end of the summer. And after an afternoon full of bottle service and handpicked DJ tunes, head out on the town as you’re in walking distance from some of the most legendary clubs and lounges in the area. There’s no denying that your time at Nikki Beach and ME Cabo by Melia will leave you feeling like the a-list party goer you’ll be surrounded by here.

Rick’s Café, Negril, Jamaica

Quite possibly one the most well known bars in Jamaica and with good reason, Rick’s Café is a hotspot serving up signature cocktails and offering an unforgettable time. Since 1974, this bar & grill has come to be a Jamaican staple. Rick’s Café was the first public bar in the quiet fishing town of Negril years ago and still boasts unforgettable views from it’s naturally formed cliffs.

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At Rick’s, you can spend your day by the only cliff side pool and take advantage of the cabana service as your bask in the Jamaican sun. Or after spending the day at Negril’s iconic Seven Mile Beach, settle into the patio at Rick’s for possibly the best view on the island of the Jamaican sunset. Oh, and we can’t forget to mention the cliff divers that regularly jump from the West End Cliff where Rick’s Café sits.

Infiniti Bar, Grace Bay Club, Turks & Caicos 

How does sipping a beverage served at a bar that stretches all the way onto Grace Bay Beach and the crystal clear waters of Turks & Caicos sound? If you agree that this sounds like pure heaven, then we’ll save you a seat at Grace Bay Club’s Infinity Bar. This five-star resort is home to the longest bar in the Caribbean, stretching over 90 feet long and boosting some of the best views on the islands.

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Spend your afternoon at either the family friendly main pool or adults’ only pool, or take advantage of the free watersports offered, such as snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing. And as the sun sets into the picturesque horizon, sample some of the tapas dishes and Caribbean cocktails at the bar that seems to disappear into the ocean. After a cocktail hour at Infinity Bar and dinner at one of the resort’s four restaurants, head to hip on-the-beach oasis, The Lounge for an evening of sizzling fun. And as you retire to your oceanfront suite, mentally prepare yourself to live this dream all over again the next day.

While these are just a sample of our favorites, there’s no denying that the Caribbean & Mexico are known to have some of the best bars with the best views. Let us know your favorite spot to catch some sun and a drink in the comments below. Cheers!