While lounging in an oceanside hotel feasting on good food and and fine drink may sound out of financial reach, a week-long stay at an all-inclusive resort doesn’t have to break the bank—provided you time it right. We’ve scoured the Internet and found four tempting deals for all-inclusive resort vacations under $2,000 for two adults (food and drinks included)—a price most can afford. The key is to avoid times when the kids are out of school—Family Day, Reading Week and March Break are high season, “which means high prices,” says Joanne Thachuk of Travel Sensations Downtown in Toronto.
1. Mercure Playa de Oro, Varadero, Cuba
Located in a town known for its popular resorts, the four-star hotel is right by the beach, just five km away from the city and a 30-km drive from the airport. It also offers plenty of outdoor activities like kayaking and wind-surfing—all included in the one low all-inclusive price.
Cost: A five-day trip for two from Toronto in March would cost $419 per person ($1,510 for two, taxes included) on SellOffVacations.com.
2. Posada Real Los Cabos, Los Cabos, Mexico
Take a dip in the beaches of Los Cabos. While you’ll be privy to the regular vacation destination fare—water sports, jacuzzis and swimming pools—this hotel is oceanside and just a couple of kilometers away from the historic town San José del Cabos. Cost: A five-day trip for two from Vancouver in March would cost $689 per person ($1,686 for two, taxes included), with SellOffVacations.com.
3. Be Live Hamaca Garden, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Want a killer view? Then soak in the Caribbean beauty at this four-star Boca Chica resort. Just steps away from the white sands of Playa Boca Chica, stay at the hotel and enjoy its nightly music and entertainment, or take a dip in the spa jacuzzi.
Cost: A seven-day trip for two from Calgary in February goes for $555 per person, ($1,870 for two, taxes included) on SellOffVacations.com.
4. Brisas Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia (Camaguey), Cuba
The Brisas Santa Lucia offers value for the price—and a small extra fee of $100 per person gets you two extra days at this beachfront hotel, just a hop, skip and a jump away from the second-largest coral reef in the world. Dive in!
Cost: A seven-day trip for two from Toronto in March costs $555 per person ($1,690 for two, taxes included) on Sunwing.ca.