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Beach Foodie Favorites & Top Resort Chefs

Vacations are meant to be a time where you can indulge and live the good life. This often means hours spent hanging poolside, swimming in the ocean, relaxing at the resort spa and of course, eating. Your dining options often times are a deciding factor when planning your perfect getaway, especially if you’re considering an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean or Mexico. So we’ll make it easy for you – here’s a handful of top-of-the-line resorts that are known to have it all, including fabulous, well-known dining options.

Paradisus Playa Del Carmen, La Perla 

Playa del Carmen is known for having some of the clearest waters and softest sands in Mexico. And the 5-star Paradisus Playa del Carmen, La Perla is the perfect accessory to this incredible Mexico destination. Located near Playa del Carmen’s famous 5th Avenue, this adults-only resort offers a total of 11 restaurants and nine bars, including the full access you have at its sister resort, Paradisus La Esmeralda - so your options are limitless.

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In addition to the four swimming pools and beachfront location with a beautiful, swimmable beach, Paradisus La Perla has been made famous by Spanish, 7-Michelin-star winner, Martin Berasategui’s restaurant, Passion. With a touch of retro accompanied by elegant signature cuisine and dramatically decadent desserts, Passion is Berasategui’s interpretation of the perfect romantic evening for you and your special someone.

After a dinner you could only dream of, head over to the chic M Bar, with its stellar wine selection and martini menu. And end the night in your Royal Service Suite with an in-room aromatherapy treatment or a soak in your Jacuzzi. Don’t worry - your personal butler is on hand, should you need anything at all.

Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza, Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, you can expect to find a lot of luxury resorts with an array of dining options and featured chefs. One of our top picks can be found at Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza. This resort straddles the Condado Peninsula giving you a view of both the Atlantic and Condado Lagoon, as well as boasting a saltwater pool, freshwater pool, lap pool and two spa Jacuzzis. You’ll have no problem soaking up the rays at any of these water options or at the swim-up bar.

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And when the sun sinks behind the Puerto Rican horizon, slip into something a little more elegant and prepare yourself for a meal that can be described as “a fusion of exotic ingredients” from Puerto Rico, Africa and East Europe at Pikayo. Owned by true Puerto Rican chef, Wilo Benet this fine dining restaurant has been in business for 22 years and received honors from publications like Gourmet, Bon Appétit, Conde Nast Traveler, Caribbean Travel & Life, Miami Herald, and the New York Times. With a menu that often changes with the tastes of the season, sample things like Alaskan king salmon or truffle-cheese empanadillas. Finish out the night by trying your chance with lucky lady in the 24-hour casino on the premises.

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, Oranjestad

Perfectly placed in the center of downtown Oranjestad, Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino is an absolute paradise. A stay here comes equipped with access to Renaissance Island, a 40-acre island boasting two private beaches, Dive Center and Marina offering snorkeling and scuba diving adventures, two casinos, 24-hour entertainment and a long list of activities to keep your itineraries full of fun and excitement.

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But now onto why it’s one of our foodie favorites. Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino offers eight restaurants including a signature tapas menu at Blue’s and L.G. Smith’s Steak and Chop House featuring Chef Edward Zievinger. Named after the late L.G. Smith, Vice President of Lago and the man responsible for turning a “useless” island by the Spainards into one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world, this steak house offers juicy cuts of aged, USDA Inspected Certified Angus Beef among delectable appetizers and extensive list of signature desserts. Their boundless wine list is also a 2012 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence recipient, so no need to worry about what you’ll drink with dinner. The award-winning staff will be sure to provide you with the dinner of your dreams.

So if you're mouth is watering and begging you for a taste,  it's time to plan that much-needed and well-deserved Caribbean or Mexico escape. With these being just a few of our fabulous foodie favorites, you can check out more of our favorites here. And if you've got a favorite of your own, be sure to share with us below.

Top 3 “UN-Spring” Break Destinations from CheapCaribbean.com

Spring Break 2011Looking forward to basking in the Caribbean sun and enjoying the crashing of crystal-clear waves in a sandy paradise not overrun with spring breakers? Here are three spots that will soothe your craving for a cheap spring break vacation...without the spring breakers.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

If your ideal Caribbean vacation includes a 20-mile stretch of beach and soothing Bachata music playing as you enjoy the sight of a majestic sunset and the company of the friendliest people in the Caribbean, look no further than Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Located in the east coast sector of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is home to many all-inclusive resorts, including the newly opened Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, which is the first Hard Rock hotel to open in the Caribbean. When looking for a cheap spring break vacation that you will not soon forget, consider Punta Cana as your destination of choice.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

There is no island in the Caribbean with more history, culture and flavor than Puerto Rico, and there is no Caribbean destination that offers more bang for your buck than San Juan. With its all-inclusive resorts like the Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, and the Intercontinental scattered across the gorgeous beaches and incomparable historical locales, San Juan, Puerto Rico offers an inexpensive, passport-free experience with a relaxing array of places to go and faces to see. Visit El Yunque, the only rain forest registered under the U.S. National Parks registry, or go to the many clubs, casinos and beachfront celebrations on the island. Come bask in the sun on the shores of Isla Verde. One day in the magical scenes of San Juan and you’ll never want to go home.

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Exotic, festive and hauntingly beautiful, Playa Del Carmen in the Riviera Maya region of Mexico is an unforgettable and inexpensive hideaway from all of the spring break madness. Worried about the recent not-so-sunny reports coming from Mexico? Never fear. The Riviera Maya region is located far from the locations making headlines, so you won't find any news crews here. What you will find is sunny beaches, breathtaking landscapes, amazing food and incredible people, all at a destination that stays warm and breezy all year long. And with packages starting at $499 per person, who can say no to a spring break vacation spent in Playa Del Carmen?

Travel Questions

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So what are you waiting for? Spring Break 2011 will only happen once! Enjoy the Caribbean without the crowds, and visit www.cheapcaribbean.com for more information on how to make your dream vacation a reality today.