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Old 01-10-2017, 11:50 PM
 
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Try Bayahibe in the Dominican republic. This resort is 45 minutes from the Punta Cana Airport, and 15 minutes from Laromana Airport (limited flights).

Dreams Laromana Bayahibe, located in Bayahibe Village. Off beach snorkling, and many dinning options. a 7 minute walk along the beach takes you into the village where you will find a dock for all the boating excursions, and a nice number of restaurants to try. A mix of Italian, seafood, and Dominican food. This area offers Sunset views, and the perfect location with no need for a cab!

The village next door, Dominicus, offers more resort options, for lower prices, and less than 10 minutes away in taxi ($10) or guagua($1 per passenger). The beach at dominicus is better than Bayahibes, but both locations are fairly unknown to most travelers, and awesome vacations.

do some research in this area, you wont be disappointed .

Aruba gets my second vote, as that place has guaranteed good weather year around. You want to go non all inclusive in Aruba as there is just so much good food, every night can be treated like a date night, they take there sunset parties seriously, such a good time over there. English is spoken in Aruba as well, versus spanish in the DR.
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Old 01-11-2017, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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Would you be open to going somewhere that is not All-Inclusive?

If so, last year I stayed at a condo in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.

Hard to explain, but, someone moved there years ago, bought property, and built a building that holds 5-6 condos. All are nice, the outside has a really nice pool area with a waterfall. It also has an amazing outdoor kitchen and grill area. While obviously not all inclusive, there are tons of stores and restaurants in easy walking distance (the place has a trail behind it that goes through a "nature" area, we saw huge iguanas, monkeys, etc. Other than a transfer to/from the airport, the only taxi we took was back from a large grocery store (we had too much to carry)

You could save a lot of money and have a great time. If you are interested, let me know and I can send you the link to where I stayed. You might be able to find other similar places as well.
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:17 PM
 
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Iberostar is a great chain of AI resorts. I've stayed at their adults only a bunch and one of their family resorts once. Cannot really complain about value with Iberostar. I've tried their resorts in Jamaica and Mexico. I'm partial to Jamaica because of the people.
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Old 01-12-2017, 11:07 PM
 
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Iberostar is a great chain of AI resorts. I've stayed at their adults only a bunch and one of their family resorts once. Cannot really complain about value with Iberostar. I've tried their resorts in Jamaica and Mexico. I'm partial to Jamaica because of the people.
Iberostar is a very good chain, gotta check out Iberostar Hacienda!
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Old 01-16-2017, 05:27 AM
 
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WE have been to a few all - inclusives and generally love them.
We were most recently at RIU in Costa Rica-(Guancaste Palace). RIU is another "brand" that is very good, and has several in the locations. What we really like about Costa Rica is- there are direct flights to Liberia airport which is maybe 30 ish minutes to the resort. The area is extremely beautiful (as they all are) but in addition, quite SAFE.
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Old 01-16-2017, 09:04 AM
 
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WE have been to a few all - inclusives and generally love them.
We were most recently at RIU in Costa Rica-(Guancaste Palace). RIU is another "brand" that is very good, and has several in the locations. What we really like about Costa Rica is- there are direct flights to Liberia airport which is maybe 30 ish minutes to the resort. The area is extremely beautiful (as they all are) but in addition, quite SAFE.
I've been to the RIU next door in Costa Rica.. I love CR! The RIU Guanacaste we stayed at was probably the worst one I have ever stayed at, yet was pretty nice!
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Old 01-16-2017, 09:46 AM
 
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Finding the best deal will depend a lot on airfare too. We found the best deals for airfare/all inclusives combined were to Cancun and DR (at least from the city where we live). We've been to Riveria Maya (outside Cancun) twice and loved it. We stayed in a Catalonia AI once and a Grand Pallidium once. Both very nice and not super expensive.

We used All Inclusive Vacation Outlet to book our most recent trip. We were going with 5 people in our group, and it was the only website we could find that would help us configure a group size bigger than 4 into a suite. Even though the suite held 6, most sites were set up to only put 4 per room.
And their prices were lower than places we called.
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