2021 has begun better than 2020 did. Most people had to cancel their March vacations last year with the pandemic biting hard, but we can all admit that there is an overwhelming sense of optimism this year. March break is the time to shake off the cold with a fun-filled vacation in a heaven of your choice. We know you have been waiting impatiently for the snow to melt away and for the flowers to blossom again. Just like the flowers, it is time for people to remerge in a warmer climate. Whether it is a long-extended visit or a short breather, take your pick of adults-only, family-friendly, business, and romantic resorts that will have you looking up to the rest of the year with a refreshed vigor.
Since prices are bound to go up, the best time to book is now to lock down a vacation at an affordable rate. Here are some packages to make your search for the perfect March break packages a breeze, or would you opt for a walk in the park instead? My rumblings aside, you will find the best deals in amazing destinations here. Read on to find out more.
Spring break is fast approaching, which means it’s time to pick your next fun escape destination. Mexico is popular among spring break vacationers because of its luxurious resorts, and intense party vibes that are second to none in the region.
Mexico is a great escape for many because of its affordability, accessibility, and the number of people who travel here (which makes it fun). Mexico’s diversity is intoxicating, Expect carnivals, beach parties, live performances in most Mexican cities.
So, you’ve set your budget, planned your traveled documents, and found a team to go with you. Here are some packages that will make your tour of Mexico easier.
Azul Ixtapa Grand All-Inclusive Suites & Spa All-Inclusive stay for 7days/6 nights at $954 per person
Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo on Mexico’s Pacific coast are two worlds known for their deep-rooted foundations in Mayan culture. This is why many people are looking to explore the authentic Mexican Culture or just come to soak up on its beaches. Their beaches are picturesque, with the sunset draping them a cool shade of gold in the evenings. From being a coconut farming hub, Mixtape has transformed itself into a contemporary town with high-end resort villages. Still, Zihuatanejo has retained much of the charm and character of historic Mexico. Nowadays, the area offers plenty of attractions, activities, and amenities for tourists to enjoy in an ambiance provided by nature and the Pacific Ocean. Some fundamental interests include water sports like sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving, cruises, and sport fishing.
For an all-inclusive price of $954 at the Azul Ixtapa Grand All-Inclusive Suites & Spa, you will be at the heart of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo to enjoy all of this. It is an affordable luxury, and if you want stylish, spacious, and modern furnishing, no better option will beat that price. Consider this, this hotel has three of the best upscale restaurants in Ixtapa, and if that is not convincing enough, perhaps the fact that it is also family-friendly and romantic may sway you. Likewise, you get bang for your bucks with a standard suite starting at a whopping 700-square-foot floor plan.
Secrets Aura Cozumel – Optional Unlimited-Luxury experience 4days/3nights island life starting at $252 pp
Cozumel is a place of beauty and rich cultural heritage. It is a relaxing place mainly because much of it is pristine and untouched. There are vast jungles, pristine shorelines, something that is hard to come by in mainland Mexico. Here hardcore partying and noisy gaming just seem uncultured. The city of San Miguel is also relaxed with sprawling nature along its eastern shores. Just a short distance from Cozumel’s Southwestern coast is the world’s second-biggest coral reef ecosystem. The reef spans a whopping 175 miles, and you know what that means—they’re bound to be epic snorkeling and scuba diving excursions here. From sponges, herds of coral, tropical fish, underwater caverns, and tunnels, there is plenty to see. The mild cold and dry seasons, the security of the area, and the fact that Cozumel is one of the largest cruise ports are all great reasons to visit this region.
Secrets Aura Cozumel has 238 spacious suites with different types of suites depending on views and size. Standard features in the rooms include fully-stocked minibars, a coffeemaker, a TV, a furnished balcony or terrace, and a king-size bed. With an all-inclusive package at the Secrets Aura Cozumel, you sign up to experience an adults-only romantic and party heaven on a secluded island. This package includes all meals and drinks at its 11 restaurants and bars, discounts at the spa, Wi-Fi, and free gear for snorkeling and kayaking. Furthermore, there are special deals for honeymooners and those celebrating anniversaries. However, you will note that some of the best services are reserved for club members, but this won’t be a dealbreaker given the value you are already getting.
Camino Real Zaashila-Luxury experience in Southern Mexico 7days/6nights starting at $594 pp
Oaxaca is an exciting part of Mexico; there’s a lot to see and a lot more to eat and drink –really. On the off chance that you’re not moved enough on why you should go, here are some highlights you will not have any desire to miss. If you love your drinks, you probably know about Mezcal—tequilas smoky relative. In Oaxaca, it flows in plenty, and you can plan a tour of a local distillery when you visit. Besides this, you can take a culinary time in the region and enjoy some of the local delicacies like Oaxacan chocolate and egg bread, Quesillo, Tlayudas, or Caldo de Piedra. How about a tour of Monte Alban to see the Zapotec Pyramids or the Oaxaca Carvings and as? If that is not enough, how about a tour of Oaxaca’s religious architecture, Hierve de Agua waterfalls, or Oaxaca city itself. There are plenty of reasons to visit Oaxaca, but before you get exploring, the right package for your march break is what you need for a good start.
The Camino Real Zaashila is an eclectic resort in Tangolunda Bay, Mexico. It has sprawling views of the pacific, and thanks to its 151-room capacity, it is one of the best places to be if you want to explore Oaxaca. It offers contemporary suites with sweeping views of Rincon Sabroso Beach and its hypnotizing golden sand. There is limited room service, but with fast internet, a minibar, and other creature comforts in the room, this is hardly a problem. On the property are two pools, four restaurants, a lit tennis court, and a fitness center, making it ideal for families and couples. All meals and drinks at any of the four restaurants are part of the all-inclusive package. Additionally, you can get discounts at the spa and renting equipment to enjoy water sports in the pacific.
With most people itching to get away for their march break, Cuba could be the destination for your sunny holiday this year. Not only is it full of wonder, but it is easily accessible by flight from major cities across America and Canada.
It is a top destination because of plenty of resorts, over 300 beaches,11 world heritage sites, and almost an equal number of national parks. It the country of colonial charm with historic architecture, quirky taxis, and everything is laid out for you to see. To see Canada in its full splendor, there are plenty of packages to choose from. Here are some of them.
Residencia Santa Clara stay in the heart of Havana for 7days/6nights starting at $690 pp
The history and character of Havana are defined by politics, art, colonialism, and migration. So everywhere you look in the city, you will probably find a talking point about it. If you want your march break to have a dash of history, art and culture, stunning scenery, and a unique party scene, then Havana is the place for you. Given its central location, it is the best place to explore regions like Varadero and other day trip possible locations of Cuba. Within city limits, you can explore the local car culture or visit one of Cuba’s most famed social clubs—the Buena Vista Social Club. Just outside the city, you can explore the black sandy beach of Bibijagua Beach and others or head to Playas del Este for a day by the beach. Before you leave the city, you can visit one of the famous Cuban cigar farms to see the production process of one of Cuba’s most famous exports. Again, this is just a small list of things you can see. The best way to experience these and more is to be up close with them in your March break to Havana.
Residencia Santa Clara Camino does not offer all-inclusive rates, but since you will be using it as a springboard to explore much of the city and its environment, it is a sweet deal. Luckily, they will offer you free continental breakfast and Wi-Fi to catch up after your long days. Touring room service is available, and you can also choose to wind down in the rooftop terrace and bar. If you don’t want to eat at the hotel’s deli, you can easily take a stroll to Malecon or Plaza Vieja, where there are plenty of restaurants and cafes. The hotel also provides free bottled water and water safes during your visit.
Jamaica is a popular spring break destination because of its great weather, great food, intense party scene, and rich culture. For its advantages, it is easy to find yourself in a crowded-out resort or address.
Luckily it is not only its beaches that attract people. There are plenty of awe-inspiring waterfalls, national parks and museums, and landmarks to visit. Jamaica feels like one large resort given its outgoing people, laid back vibe, and great music all around you. Luckily, there are also many resorts to match the immense number of people and different budgets. Here are some deals you could take advantage of when planning your Jamaican getaway.
Riu Palace Tropical Bay stay on Seven Mile Beach for 5days/4nights starting at $649pp
Good vibes, good food, and fantastic music, what more could you ask for from Jamaica? I’ll tell you—Negril. Forget the stereotypes and more touristy parts of Jamaica, Negril is much less developed like the much better-known Montego Bay. The splendor of Negril’s beaches, especially the famous Seven Mile Beach, is up there with some of the best in the world. Consequently, it has seen more people opting for it of late. The warm Caribbean water and the beautiful ribbons of golden sand make for an inviting holiday destination with plenty of things to see and be a part of. Local code prevents Negril from being reconstructed, which means it is likely to preserve its character for a long time. If you are uncertain of what to do in Negril, you could start by visiting Mayfield Falls or the Blue Hole mineral spring. After you are done with the touristy stuff, you could check out the Roaring River Park and Cave, snorkel or dive at Bobby’s island, take a zip-lining canopy tour, try sport fishing, a catamaran cruise, enjoy live reggae, horse ride on the beach among many others.
The Riu Palace Tropical Bay Hotel puts you at the heart of the action in Negril. This expansive property is the textbook fun factory offering plenty of entertainment options, great food, and affordable suites for a vacation. There are five restaurants on the property with 24-hour room service. It is a family-friendly establishment with supervised activities for the kids, including a kiddie pool, playgrounds, and other family-friendly entertainment options. It is also close to Rick’s Café, where most of Negril’s nightlife happens, and as many local eateries to sample Jamaica Delicacies like jerk chicken and Jamaican spins on cocktails. In the rooms, expect to find a stocked minibar (restocked daily), large closets, safes, coffeemakers, air conditioning, among many other conveniences. The most significant advantage of this resort is that windsurfing, catamaran cruises, paddle boats, and sailing provide no cost, unlike most spas in the region.
Tropical Lagoon Resort stay in Port Antonio, Jamaica, for 6 days/5nights starting at $640 pp
If you are not into the traditional tourist circuit or have no love for crowded beaches but still want to enjoy Jamaica, exploring Port Antonio is the option for you. It is idyllic heaven full of arts and crafts, tranquil waters, jungle trails, and misty mountains. Thanks to its seclusion and unpopularity among partygoers, it is perfect for weddings, honeymoons, and other romantic escapades. Port Antonio also has stunning scenery to see Folly Mansion, Frenchman’s Cove Beach, and the Blue Lagoon, making it one of the more satisfying places to visit. For this reason, it has formed the set of many movies and even become an escape for many A-listers.
Let’s face it, anytime a location involves plenty of Hollywood and the celebrity world. The prices tend to be unreal. Luckily, the Tropical Lagoon Resort is one of the few properties that still charge an affordable rate. Nested in the lush country and perched up on a hill overlooking the Blue Lagoon, this resort brings modern living to the rainforest without trying too hard. It provides breathtaking views of the Blue Lagoon and, by extension, the Caribbean Sea—it better you see it for yourself. The Lagoon is always inviting, and thanks to unrestricted access from the resort, you can have your fill of these blue waters. With its 12 apartment-style houses and two swimming pools, the resort’s sophisticated design compliments its surroundings. The restaurant follows a similar design language with alfresco dining on the large terraces. The air here is crisp and full of unique scents from the forest, and the beach is only a three-minute drive from the resort. So you can smell it as well if the wind wafted it your way. If you want to explore Port Antonio, you will be happy to know that it is also within easy reach. People come to Tropical Lagoon Resort to slow down the pace of life and detach. So, grab your drink sight on the balcony and watch the sun and the bay as it changes during different times of the day.
If you are tired of snow and miss seeing dry places everywhere, you will be happy to know that Aruba is among the countries with the least rainfall in the Southern Caribbean. Despite this, it doesn’t get unbearably hot and because trade winds create a cooling effect all through. This means that you can expect friendly weather for all the partying, eating, playing, and socializing you want to do. The people are friendly, and the relatively untouched wildernesses make it feel like a proper trip to nature—even if you spend your time lounging on the beaches.
Security here is the among best of the Caribbean with very little petty and violent crime—the peace of mind you need when exploring. If you have romance on your mind, Aruba is home to some of the most popular honeymoon sports because the weather makes the perfect backdrop to enjoy love. Aruba will indulge most of your fantasies and passions you have. Use these packages to get the most out of your march break in Aruba.
Courtyard Aruba Resort stay in Palm Beach for six days/5nights starting at $760 pp
Palm Beach is undoubtedly Aruba’s most famous beach. Be it for the powder white sand dotted the palm trees, it is intensely beautiful and has become one of the biggest playgrounds in Aruba. Swimming and snorkeling are popular thanks to the calm water of the Caribbean Sea. For romantics, the star of the show is the golden sunsets, beachfront dinners, which is a befitting send off to a perfect day in an idyllic location. At night the beaches come alive with parties, swanky clubs, and plenty of shopping o opportunities in one of the country’s biggest 24-hour malls. If you are into active leisure, there are sailing excursions and sport fishing expeditions you could join. Aruba is one of the more friendly gay destinations in the Caribbean circuit so feel free to be yourself here.
With an all-inclusive package from the Courtyard Aruba Resort, you will be based in a hotel with direct beach access, great shopping opportunities, and a similarly thriving nightlife. The resort provides a beach shuttle if you don’t want to walk, and if you don’t feel like the beach, it’s okay. The hotel has three massive pools you could lounge in and get drinks service. As standard, all the 192 rooms on the resort come with creature comforts like coffee makers, air conditioning, flatscreen TVs, and Wi-Fi. The in-room entertainment includes premium subscriptions of Apple TV and Netflix on the TVs. Housekeeping service is provided daily with 24-hour room service as standard as well. The large windows may provide light during the day, but they may be a problem at night if you can sleep with lights on. Luckily, the resort provided blackout curtains to give much-needed privacy and to have you relaxed to sleep quickly.
The Bahamas as a top vacation destination is one of the worst-kept open secrets. Made of 700 islands, this country manages to be a big draw for tourists worldwide. People travel to come and enjoy the eclectic collection of tantalizing Bahamian food, enjoy the sun, take part in festivals, snorkel, and scuba dive in some of the clearest Caribbean water, and relax on some of its trademark pink beaches. There are several food festivals to get lost in, but best of all, there are world-class hotels that support people who come to vacation here.
As a popular travel destination for people globally, it is convenient to travel here given the number of international airlines that serve it. It has a mixed bag of goodies for everyone, couples families, and friends will not run out of fun activities to indulge in. From water sports to wildlife and exotic places to visit, there is so much to do and be a part of. For example, if you are not swimming with pigs, you can be on a catamaran, making your own candy at a chocolatier, or enjoying a horseback tour of a beach.
A vacation in the Bahamas is a memory you will hold on to for life. Take advantage of these packages to make these memories affordably.
The Royal at Atlantis stay in Paradise Island for six days/5nights starting at $1695 pp
Paradise Island is one of those must-experience bucket list items. While it may be a small Island, it may be the most exotic you may come across. It is made up of resorts, restaurants, shops, casinos, and golf courses, and better yet, white sand beaches surround the whole island. Recently it was connected with New Providence with whopping 2600-foot bridges, which means now you have more places to explore. From the island, you can sign up to go on a romantic dinner cruise, sail tour Eleuthera and Rose island by boat, take a snorkel tour of Nassau or tour the region in a powerboat. The major attractions on paradise island include Aquaventure, the marine habitat at Atlantis, Dolphin Cay, Predator Lagoon, Versailles Gardens, and French Cloister, Marina Village, Waterscape, and many more.
Atlantis Paradise Island is the biggest development on the island. With a whopping 2300 suites, it is the colossus that can be seen from a distance as you approach the island. Besides, it is an 18-hole golf course worth checking out. Cabbage Beach is the mega-resorts biggest attraction. It has a 3-mile ribbon of white sands on the north side of the island, just extending your play space if you are at the resort. There are 11 pools to get lost in, which is not the only thing the resort does on a massive scale. The rooms have large flatscreen TVs, iPod stations, stocked minibars, and coffeemakers. As a result of the property’s sheer size, the resort offers shuttles to move within different parts of it. Its exquisite design means that the fun activities are also in plenty. Private providers will provide you with parasailing, kitesurfing, boat rentals, and snorkelling kit rentals. Despite these, the pools and most outdoor entertainment amenities close quite early, so it’s advisable to plan your usage early.
The Dominican Republic is one of those countries that are achingly beautiful and begging to be toured. With eight international airports, it is easily the most connected Caribbean country. This infrastructure means that it is easy to save on flight given the sheer number of flights that arrive each day. Likewise, entry regulations are not prohibitive because with a valid passport and a tourist card. You get access to the country for 30 days—this is enough for you to look at everything you have always wanted to in the country.
What’s better is that it enjoys constant weather. So, if you are getting cabin fever from being locked up in icy conditions, then you will fall in love with the steady 78°F to 88°F (25°C to 31°C) in the Dominican Republic. Here you can participate in passive leisure, visit national parks, enjoy endless adrenaline spiking water sports, snorkel in some of the clearest water in the world, enjoy delicious food or even explore caves(spelunking). As you’ll soon find out, the country has a rich arts and culture scene, tons of options for festivals, partying or visiting museums, and trying the vibrant night scene.
Dominican Fiesta Hotel & Casino all-inclusive stay starting at $58 per night
The first city you will probably land in the Dominican Republic is the capital city—Santo Domingo. While for most people, it is a transit town to the more touristy Punta Cana, Santo Domingo is a charming city that is worthwhile to explore. The Santo Domingo Balances aspect of the Old Dominican Republic and the modern sleeker version and the resort Barceló Santo Domingo exemplifies this. It is an upper-middle-class resort on the seaside. While it is frequented by business people due to its proximity to the city center, however, since it is also located by the beach, it does not feel stuffy, and most people who want a quick stay in Santo Domingo to explore the city and its environs stay here. Outside, it has a large pool with recessed sunbeds, with enough alfresco spaces and an open-air lounge that oozes proper resort vibes. The rooms could do with a little cheering up because I may feel dated but well-maintained and clean. The rooms all come with large TVs. Stocked minibars, coffeemakers, ironing apparatus, hair dryers, and other typical hotel amenities.
Given its central, i.e., 30 minutes from Las Americas International Airport, and a shorter 15 minutes’ drive to the colonial zone, it is convenient for anyone to explore San Domingo. Even if San Domingo has a vibrant nightlife for a few days, great food, and incredible places to shop, unlike other counties where the capital city is often the most culture eroded, Santo Domingo is quite intensely cultural compared to resort laden areas like Punta Cana. It offers an authentic taste of the Dominican Republic, something that those who like going off the beaten path will enjoy. The oldest part of the city, the colonial zone, curates much of the city’s history, dating back to the times of Christopher Columbus. It is an excellent place to enjoy authentic Dominical food and to socialize with people. Before you leave the city, don’t forget to grab a picture at dusk to capture the city with an incredible backdrop of the setting sun.
The Level at Melia Punta Cana Beach Adults-Only All-Inclusive stay for five nights at $1478inclusive of flights
Punta Cana has an infectious tease that most people who have been here become repeat guests. The powder sand beaches, warm weather, and refreshing breezes make it a nice getaway from northern winters. The waters here are friendly and crystal clear, and sweet rhythms of Latin music play gently everywhere. This makes it the ideal place to just soak up in the sun, order a drink poolside or beachside, and wish that the weather changes for this back home. It is a fantastic location for weddings, family travel, and romantic excursion. The beaches here are some of the most immaculate in the Dominican Republic, and no wonder most people make a beeline for it once they land in the country. There are tons of excellent accommodation and equally as many if not more things to do. From water sports, like snorkeling, kayaking, golf, tennis, and spas, there is simply no room to get bored here. The nightlife is pretty epic, and if you are keen on eating the flavours that make the Dominican republics, you will find an outdoor café in almost every street. Likewise, the high-end restaurants around bring international standard dining, and you are in for a treat if you were to go to one of these restaurants.
What’s better is that with $1478, you will get an all-inclusive package of a five-night stay to and fro flights and your fill of food and drinks at The Level at Melia Punta Cana Beach. While this is an adult-only package, the resorts, like many in Punta Cana, have a family-friendly section. Following the precedent of other hotels in the area, the adult Level at Melia Punta Cana Beach is the high-end sister to the Melia Caribe Tropical resort. Set across a mall, this resort is a 10-minute drive from downtown Bavaro’s eateries and drinking spots. The rooms are large and chic, and each has a furnished balcony, TVs, a fully stocked minibar, coffee makes, Wi-Fi, and soft robes. Your all-inclusive package allows you access to food and drinks (local and international brands) as well as access to the fitness centre and discounts in the onsite spa.
Iberostar Costa Dorada All-Inclusive stay for 7days/6 nights at $1059 per person.
Did you know there are direct flights into Puerto Plata…well, now you do! Besides that, Puerto Plata has dreamy beaches that change from idyllic retreats to surf heaven. Playa Dorados is one of its most known beaches, thanks to the golden sand. Cabaret is where all the high adrenaline activities like kitesurfing, laser sailing, and regular surfing happen. In fact, it is so prominent that it has been dubbed kite beach, and people travel globally to come and play here. Playa Sosúa is another famous one that offers intense beach vibes with the backdrop of Mount Isabel de Torres.
Being a tropical region, fruits actually feature heavily in the food, but there is much more Dominican Quinine to enjoy from StreetSide karts. Rum is in plenty, and because of the largest rum factory—the Brugal Rum Factory is in town. City amenities aside, the while countryside around the city is exceptionally gorgeous. Since Mount Isabel de Torres is close by, take a funicular to the top of the mountain to appreciate the regions’ natural beauty.
When you take an all-inclusive package from Iberostar Costa Dorada at $1059 per person, you are getting yourself a quiet beachside, family-friendly resort. Iberostar Costa Dorada is not pretentious about attempting to be a high-end restaurant by clout. Instead, it executes what most clients will look for best. The interiors could do with a little more imagination, but since you will be spending the bulk of your time outdoors. It doesn’t bother as much. It has a large stretch of the beach to its claim, and the colonial-style buildings are accentuated by palm trees to create a unique aesthetic.
Standard amenities for the rooms include minibars, coffee makers, ceiling fans, safes ironing apparatus, and Wi-Fi. The upgraded suites get free spa access and a fully stocked minibar. The full-size basketball court and tennis courts are lit at night, but there are also ping pong tables, billiards, soccer, and volleyball courts on the ground. The basic all-inclusive package coves food (Buffet only) and drinks, but here is a once-a-week allowance for dining in the a la carte restaurants. With an upgraded package, there’s open access to everything.
Dreams Dominicus La Romana All-Inclusive stay for 7days/6 nights at $1672 per person.
La Romana is a lesser-known area by tourists, but it has the other highlighted areas’ best features. Because it is understated among most tourists, it has almost become an exclusive space for A-listers. The people are friendly, and the town is safe. It is a place to watch beautiful sunsets but is also kid-friendly. For activities, there is everything from sailing to sunset catamaran cruises and other staples like kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, etc.
With an all-inclusive package from Dreams Dominicus La Romana, you get massive TVs, fully stocked minibars, safes, steamers, and balconies. This resort oozes sophistication, which shows from its white marble bathrooms, seven restaurants offering Asian, French, and Italian while the rest offer buffest with continental American dishes. There are also six bars the whole resort is designed to look like a Greek villa, and since it just opened in 2016, it is yet to be discovered by lots of people. The rooms are airy and chic and come fitted with most features expected from a resort of its class. Some of them include spas, saunas, steam rooms, fitness centers, etc. While this basic package allows access to almost everything, an upgrade package means you are pampered with amenities like private beach access and upgraded room features. However, unless you have to upgrade, the basic package will suffice—plus it comes at a deal.
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