Beach vacations are one of the most popular types of trips we are asked to organize for our clients. Besides the opportunity to chill out and sunbath on the beach, there is an abundance of activities everyone can enjoy, including swimming, surfing, snorkeling, diving, beach combing and many others on offer at each location.
There is a lot to think about when you are booking a vacation. You should make sure these areas are considered to ensure you have the best possible trip.
You need to know what you want and make sure that what you’re going to get match. We want to avoid disappointment.
You also need to consider the best time to travel. Is the weather going to be good?
What do you need to organize for all members of your travel party?
What type of accommodation are you looking at?
Are you thinking of going to an all-inclusive resort?
If you’re staying in a resort, does it offer the amenities that you want?
Are you looking for a quiet beach location, or one with more life with nightclubs, shopping and restaurants?
Another consideration is the total cost of your trip, including flights, accommodation, and activities.
Are there beach vacation packages you can take advantage of?
Understandably booking a vacation can be overwhelming, and that's where we come in. We can recommend the best locations and accommodation options for you and your travel party, depending on what your travel requirements and budget are. It's always peace of mind to know that your upcoming holiday is well planned and suited to what you want.
You'll find some of our beach recommendations and vacation options below. These are our recommendations for adults. If you are looking for family vacation ideas suitable for younger kids, you'll find them here.
Some of our favorite beach locations can be found in these countries. Each offers visitors something different, and you'll find that a vacation to any of these destinations will be a relaxing and memorable holiday.
Aruba is one of the Lesser Antilles islands in the Southern Caribbean sea, 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela. As part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands with over 90 nationalities living on the island, there is a rich cultural history, The pristine white sandy beaches and clear blue waters attract beach lovers who enjoy the balmy on average 82 degree sunny days. Aruba offers holiday makers a fantastic year round beach destination.
Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos is a tropical archipelago located 575 miles southeast of Miami, Florida and 75 miles north of the Dominican Republic. This British Overseas Territory has over 100 islands and cays, with the population spread over nine inhabited islands. There are two island groups, the Turks Islands and the Caicos Islands archipelago. Visitors enjoy the year round great weather, turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and healthy marine environment. With easy access from the USA, it’s a popular destination for vacationers.
The Dominican Republic is the second largest Caribbean country and is easily accessible from the USA. Only two hours from Miami or four hours from New York you can be sunning yourself on amazing Caribbean beaches in no time. The rich cultural diverisity combined with stunning beaches, a wide variety of accommodation, entertainment and recreation options for everyone makes the Dominican Republic a great vacation destination.
TOP BEACH LOCATIONS
Booking an all-inclusive vacation takes much of the stress out of planning your trip. Your resort provides most of what you need for your vacation at a predetermined price. As long as you stick to included activities and dining options, you will know exactly how much your vacation will cost before you leave.
With an all-inclusive resort, you know what your final price tag is going to be; with pay-as-you-go travel, budgeting is foremost in your mind the whole time, and so you can never fully relax. This can be very stressful, diminishing the benefits of a getaway. Eating safe food and staying hydrated are travel essentials, and with an all-inclusive stay, they're always available. If you choose a non-All inclusive deal, you may end up spending half your day trying to find water at non-tourist (aka astronomical!) prices and restaurants that appeal to you.
When vacationing in a foreign country, knowing the proper amounts and times to tip becomes challenging. All-inclusive vacations often include necessary tips and gratuities in the cost of the trip. This not only helps you budget, but it also keeps you from facing uncomfortable social situations with your service staff at the resort.
If you are traveling on a strict budget, there is simply no room for mistakes with a DIY package. If you choose a local restaurant and discover you hate the food, too bad — you've blown the lunch budget on it. Now your options are: starve until dinner, or skip another fun activity to buy a more edible lunch.
All-inclusives not only offer reliable food, but often a variety of it. Most packages include several resort restaurants and a couple of bars so you don't wind up eating the same thing every night. This variety normally offers at least one "American-style" restaurant with food that you can be sure you'll like. This is great for families and groups as it means there'll be something for everyone's taste. Many resorts also have a reciprocal dining offer, allowing guests to eat at a nearby resort or restaurant for increased variety.
Not only do all-inclusive resorts include food and lodging, but they also include on-site activities. Resorts on beaches give guests snorkeling gear, non-motorized watercraft, and even sand pails and shovels for the kids. Cooking, Scuba Diving, Stand up paddle boards, yoga and fitness classes may be included as well. If you have your children with you, access to supervised children’s programs, camps and clubs may also be included. Some resorts even provide their guests with off-site tours as part of their vacation packages.
Of course, the benefits of these resorts are contingent on picking a good one, so make sure you do your research and check out user-based message boards like Trip-Advisor to get honest reviews. And be sure to check our travel deals for all the latest offers.
Sandals (Adults Only)
Come experience the very pinnacle of luxury Caribbean all-inclusive vacations with Sandals Resorts. Sandals delights couples in love with supreme vacation packages at 16 all-inclusive resorts on the Caribbean's best beaches. These luxury resorts can be found in St. Lucia, Jamaica, Antigua, the Bahamas, Grenada and Barbados. Note, if you're a diver, diving is included at no extra cost, which is a huge bonus.
Secrets Resorts & Spas (Adults Only)
Secrets Resorts & Spas offer adult couples and honeymooners an extra measure of romance and sensuality in exquisite luxury settings. Lose yourself in the array of adventures and immerse yourself in Unlimited-Luxury®, where everything is included. Resort locations are in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cost Rica, Jamaica, and Saint Martin.
Couples (Adults Only)
Each Couples Resort is adults-only and an unsurpassed model of the all-inclusive concept, all are located in Jamaica. Bold design elements and local inspiration create a laid-back, natural setting infused with an authentic Caribbean spirit. Transform your Jamaican vacation into a couples-only getaway at 1 of 4 all-inclusive Couples Resorts, where world-class amenities blend effortlessly with idyllic beach settings and local charm. Enjoy the finest island-infused cuisine. Dive into a paradise of sports and activities, or indulge in total privacy. At Couples Resorts, it's all included and inspired by you. Diving included at no extra cost.
Get in touch with any travel questions you have. We'd love to help you with your upcoming beach vacation. Please note, we do not charge booking fees for creating customized itineraries.