Post # 1
DH and I want to get away for a few days to celebrate our first anniversary in early October. Originally we were planning on Mexico but the more I think about it, the more I question that decision. We’re open to traveling to Mexico but there are other places that we would rather visit instead. The resort that we’re considering has gotten considerably more expensive since we first priced it out so it’s now right at the top of our budget ($2500). Ideally, we’d really like to spend less than $2k on the flights and resort so that we have some cash left over for spending money.
We’d be open to traveling just about anywhere that won’t require an insanely long flight from NY (this will be DH’s first time flying so we need to ease him into it). We’re not super active so I’m pretty much just looking for a nice beach where we can relax and some sights to explore if we choose to venture outside the resort walls.
Post # 3
I don’t know, I don’t think it’ll be easy to find an all-inclusive and flights cheaper than Mexico..I hear the Dominican Republic is around the same price, maybe cheaper. Definitely doable for $2k but I’d much rather go to Mexico than DR.
ETA: I know there are other places you’d rather go more, but I don’t know how many options you’ll have if you’re trying to stay under $2k.
Post # 4
Check out Groupon, LivingSocial, and Travel Zoo they always have all inclusive vacations at discount prices. I’ve never been to DR but I personally do not like Mexico AT ALL and that was my nice way of putting it…
Post # 5
@AnneTossy: We’d even be okay with Mexico (if we had to) but the resort I’ve been researching for the last however many months seems to be a bit out of reach now. Considering there are like a bazillion options there, I don’t even know where to begin. Deciding on that resort took weeks of research and reading review after review.
Post # 6
Friends of mine went to Puerto Rico for an inexpensive vacation and loved it. I don’t know how PR is doing on the all inclusive front, though.
Post # 7
Try searching orbitz promo codes, the first three years we went to a Mexico AI Orbitz had a promo code for $300 and $500 off. Last time we went it was a 6 night 7 day trip for around $1,100 each.
How long are you looking to go for and when? Also, NY should offer plenty of non stop flights to Cancun and should be around 4 hours or less.
Post # 8
Check applevacations.com. I have traveled to the Caribbean 6 times (5 of them with Apple) and always find the best prices there.
As PP have said Mexico and Dominican Republic are usually the cheapest. I love the Mayan Riviera in Mexico. It has so much to offer and it is beautiful. Punta Cana has an amazing beach, but not much else. You are going in the off-season, I think you should be able to find a good deal.
Post # 9
@UpstateCait: Use bookit.com for Jamaica. There are some great deals there
Post # 10
If you’re an REI member, you could look into that. Honestly, since lifetime membership is only $20 I would consider looking into it anyway. It doesn’t happen all the time, but I have seen all inclusive Europe packages for around $1500-$2000. They’re usually work holidays. I’m not sure if that’s your thing, but I’ve always wanted to do one. As an example, you might go to France and Spain (with a group, they’re all group based) and help do some maintenence work on the Camino de Santiago. You would usually have about 5 hours a day for trail work and the rest of the day for exploring, with 1 or 2 free days during the trip to do whatever you wanted. There’s usually hotel accomodation and meals included. I know it’s not for everyone and it’s not what a lot of people think of when they think of “all inclusive trip”, but that could be a really neat option if you wanted to do something different and are into the outdoors.
If that’s not your thing I would check bookit.com. I don’t look often, but every time I do they’re the cheapest and frequently have really good deals. Often in the $1000 or less category for all inclusive trips, almost always to a sandy beach somewhere.
Hope that helps! 🙂
ETA: The REI route usually includes flights, hotel, food, and ground transportation if I’m not mistaken. I haven’t actually booked through them so it’s possible I’m remembering it wrong. I believe bookit.com is flights, hotel, and car rental. Someone correct me if I’m wrong though, it’s been a while since I looked at either.
Post # 11
We stayed at El Dorado Seaside Suites in Mexico for our honeymoon and it was really inexpensive for the quality. The staff was phenomenal. If you look them up on travelocity you’ll see their outstanding reviews. We went through cheapcarribean.com
Post # 12
I’m not sure about all inclusive, and it’s a gamble, but sooo worth it if you win. Try skyauction.com and see what’s available. We’re going to Pompano Beach in October for 7 nights in a 2 bedroom condo for $400. We won the auction for $89, and it was $400 total including all fees and taxes. We went last year to the same resort and only paid $49 total for the week (got a deal with no taxed and fees). Now, this wasn’t all inclusive, but for our week of hotel at a beautiful resort, flight, and car, it was $700 total for both of us. Good luck finding a good deal!
Post # 13
Jamaica? St. Thomas? (maybe too expensive)
My rule when going to Mexico has always been to stick with 4 and 5 star resorts. I don’t really think you need to research the resort for months, they’re all pretty much the same in what they offer but some are just better at what they do. Do a search for the dates you want to go, pick the top 3 or 5 resorts in your price range, check them out on Travelocity, make a decision and book.
I would stick to Riviera Maya in Mexico – there’s so much to do around there. Los Cabos is also nice but the water is rough on most of the beach.
Post # 14
We went to Punta Cana, DR for our honeymoon and it was really inexpensive compared to all other Caribbean destinations. The beaches were great, hotel was nice, and we had an all around amazing time. We said we will definitely be going back there for a regular vacation again.
I’ve been to Mexico, Bahamas, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and now DR and I think I like DR and Mexico the best.
Post # 15
I went to Majestic Colonial in the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana)! It was absolutely gorgeous! All inclusive costs us right at 2K for both of us including flights from La Guardia.
Sugar Bay Resort in St. Thomas has an all-inclusive option as well, not too sure if you will get it for 2K but its worth looking into! My best friend stayed there for my wedding in St. Thomas and she absolutely loved it! She booked through cheapcarribean.com
Post # 16
sept-nov are great months to travel b/c they are a bit cheaper than the rest of the year.
i always use expedia or other discount travel sites and always find amazing deals for less than $1000/person all inclusive for the weeek incl flights and taxes. i used go to a resort in DR, mexico or cuba 2-3 times a year. i love the challenge of finding a great deal.
i would suggest researching and reading the reviews on tripadvisor too, taking some reviews with a grain of salt.