5 Tips on Packing For The Caribbean

When visiting the Caribbean, there is much more to packing than remembering sunscreen, a bathing suit and a camera. Most travelers choose the Caribbean to relax, but it is hard to do so if important details are forgotten. Keep these helpful tips in mind when packing for a visit there.
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  1. Bring bug spray with DEET. This is a must for any tropical climate. There are tiny flying insects in tropical climates that can easily wiggle through screens, but only spray with DEET will keep them away. Be sure to buy pump bottles that are TSA compliant, or pack a larger pump bottle in a checked bag.
  2. Pack comfortable shoes. Flip-flops will work for short distances, but most people want to walk on the beach, wade in the water or take a hike while on vacation. Choose lightweight shoes that are breathable. They should dry fast as well if they will be worn in the water.
  3. Bring light clothing. The sun is intense in the Caribbean, and dark colors will absorb it and intensify it. Lighter colors are advised. Bring lightweight clothes that breathe easy, because it is also humid. Avoid bringing anything camouflage, which is actually illegal in some parts of the Caribbean.
  4. Take an umbrella and coat. A raincoat with a hood and a light umbrella may be needed. There are often evening storms in the Caribbean, and sometimes they happen during the day as well. Be sure to bring plastic or waterproof bags for any items that cannot get wet such as important travel documents, cameras, cell phones and other electronics.
  5. Remember a first aid kit. First aid supplies are not always readily available in some areas. Be sure to pack a kit, but make sure it is TSA compliant when bringing only a carry-on bag.

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Travelers who have prescriptions for controlled substances should advise their doctors of travel in advance to discuss a plan of action if medications are lost or stolen. Also, make sure identification and travel documents are kept close at all times.

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Holiday Shopping at Your All Inclusive Vacation Destination

Holiday Shopping at All Inclusive Vacation Resorts

Holiday shopping plans do not have to include crowded malls and cold weather. Why bundle up and visit local stores when you can browse exotic locales and enjoy tropical sunshine? Let this be the season for finally enjoying an all inclusive vacation. Just be sure to pack that gift list along with your favorite straw hat.

Start With the Best

The best vacations are about more than an exciting change of scenery. You want a beautiful destination that caters to your special taste in food, drink and entertainment. You don’t have time to juggle restaurant bills and spa charges and you won’t have to when you choose one of our outstanding all inclusive vacation accommodations. As established leaders in the travel industry, we’ve developed solid relationships with the finest resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. We offer exclusive deals that make it all affordable. Why not take all that money that you save with you on a tropical shopping spree for gifts you’d never find back home?

Splurge on the Islands

Duty-free shopping is your ticket to fulfill that holiday wish list, and we offer Caribbean bookings to world-class resorts within easy distance of boutiques, emporiums and high-end outlets. Yes, you’ll fall in love with sunsets over the Cayman Islands, but you’ll also swoon over the prices on luxury watches, exquisite jewelry and designer clothing. From Rolex and Swarovski to Vera Wang and Versace, you’ll find duty-free bargains in St. Martin, St. Thomas and Curacao. The list of island destinations goes on, and our travel professionals know them all.

Treasure Hunt in Mexico

Have you set your giving heart on the perfect piece of Huichol art? This incredible native beading is a specialty in shops all through Puerto Vallarta. Are hand-blown glass and crafted ceramics high on your holiday list? Make Los Cabos your destination for these unique gifts. Spice up the season back home when you return with hot sauce from Cancun and tequila from Ixtapa. An all inclusive vacation stay in one of Mexico’s finest resorts opens up unique doorways to gift giving and our smart booking plans make all those treasures truly affordable.

Your sense of adventure and our expertise in booking the trip of your lifetime add up to a perfect holiday shopping plan. Our travel specialists have been making wishes come true for more than 20 years, so contact All Inclusive Vacations today. Put yourself at the top of that gift list, and indulge your fondest tropical dreams.



Top 5 Caribbean Resort Pools

Just last week, we highlighted the Top 5 Resort Pools in Mexico, and we thought it only fitting to bring you the Top 5 Resort Pools in Caribbean! Everything that you have heard about the Caribbean luxury is completely true. What is better than All Inclusive Vacations near crystal clear sea water and beautiful sandy beaches? Having a resort and swimming pool that matches the magnificent setting! Lets look at the Top 5 Resort Pools in Caribbean. You be the judge, are they are as divine as we think they are?

Breathless Punta Cana

breathless punta canaIn a recent post, we took time to explain some of the unique attributes that Breathless Punta Cana has to offer. Aside from their Xhale signature lounge and pools, Breathless Punta Cana features a one-of-a-kind two-story pool. This main resort pool includes a large infinity pool that trickles into a massive pool below it. Surrounding the pool are lounge chairs and outdoor padded furniture accompanied by a huge jacuzzi. 

 
 

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe

Barcelo Bavaro Palace DeluxeWhile Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe is not the only resort that features a wave pool, if all you do is visit the Pirate Island Wave Pool you are hardly getting your feet wet with all that this resort has to offer. Slides, fountains, jacuzzis, water sports, waterfalls and so much more will keep your children entertained all day long. Not only is there plenty to do but all the water fun is top-notch and beautiful! Jump in and have some fun while you’re away on vacation!

 

 

Sandals LaSource Grenada

sandals-la-source-grenadaPools on your balcony. You heard that right, at Sandals LaSource Grenada there are literally pools on resort room balconies. You will not find luxury like this anywhere else because this is entirely distinct to Sandals Grenada. Imagine being on the fourth floor and walking onto your patio to take in the evening sea air breeze. Rather than lounging on a chair, you can take a dip in your own private pool and overlook both the resort and the beach coastline. Enjoy this breathtaking and one-of-a-kind experience!

 

 

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda Punta Cana

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda Punta CanaThe Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda in Punta Cana has a hidden gem to it that is unlike many other luxury resorts. The resort includes a beautiful main lake-style pool for general use, but there is an additional area for those who seem to always be battling for a jacuzzi pool. The jacuzzi area is a large wading pool-like space that includes three separate deep and relaxing jacuzzis. You will never have to worry about finding a seat at a jacuzzi with so many to choose from.

 
 

Galley Bay Resort & Spa Antigua 

Galley Bay caribbean poolsThe last pool that we are listing here is by no means the least. While the smooth edges and skillful architecture of other pools listed speak to fine-tuned finesse, the main pool at Galley Bay Resort & Spa perfectly matches the 20-acres of tropical gardens which house the resort. The landing around the pool is made from natural, rugged stone that climaxes at a multi-level and incredibly captivating waterfall. It seems to be designed perfectly for this resort alone — you have to see it to believe it!

 
 

With hundreds of beautiful, relaxing and exhilarating pools to choose, these are our Top 5 Resort Pools in Caribbean. Have you visited any of these pools? Is there one that you would like to visit? We want to hear from you!



Why Stay at Breathless Punta Cana?

Opened in 2013, the new and beautiful Breathless Punta Cana is out of this world. Anything and everything that you could want or need, from relaxation to recreation, is offered by Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa. Allow me to show you around a bit.

Relaxation

Finding your own private place to relax is far from difficult. The resort houses 750 ultra-contemporary suites, which include bother private and public pools.

breathless punta canaPrivate pools include balcony jacuzzis and the public pools are made up of six public resort pools, a swim up bar and two exclusive Xhale club pools (restricted to Xhale members only). A unique and stunning addition to Breathless Punta Cana includes a raised infinity pool that flows into the large main resort pool.

Is the pool not your style? Schedule time for the sauna, steam room, a manicure or a facial. While there is plenty of space for hundreds of people to gather from around the world, you will have no issue finding plenty of personal space to either nap in the sun or read in the shade.

Recreation

Since Breathless Punta Cana is not a couples-only resort, you may want to exercise or reconnect over daily recreational activities and evening entertainment. Get out and have some fun by snorkeling, horseback riding, keeping up with the aerobics class or trying your luck at sea fishing and windsurfing. If golfing is more the style of you and your partner then take a swing at two nearby courses, Punta Blanca Golf and Cocotal Golf & Country. If you are looking for even more of a thrill, Breathless Punta Cana offers guests an on-site casino!

After getting a sneak peak at all that Breathless Punta Cana has to offer, the question is not why stay but why not spend time in All Inclusive luxury? Enjoy your stay!



Inside the RIU Palace Bavaro

Riu Palace Bavaro is a modern style resort with beautiful scenery and arrangement. It’s located on the beautiful Arena Gorda beach and is a great place for adults and families with children.

Resort Grounds and Guest Rooms

The hotel is split into two sections including a VIP adults only section with its one pool and another section dedicated to family.

The rooms are decorated in a modern fashion and include Jacuzzi tubs. The rooms are cleaned up to three times a day to ensure relaxation and a carefree environment.

Aside from the main pool and an adults only pool, the hotel offers a pool with adjoining Jacuzzi’s and a swim up bar, giving you the option to easily switch from one pool to the next.

Guest Insight: VIP Benefits

One of the Riu Palace Bavaro’s guest from New Jersey wrote about their experience with their fiancé staying in a beautiful VIP room on the first floor.

“We stayed in the VIP section which was well worth it. We were on the ground level overlooking the beach—it does not get any more beautiful than that. Yes, there were some newly planted palm trees but how often can you say that you walked out of your room and onto the beach?! Or that you watched the sun set over the water while in the Jacuzzi?! Not to mention, we were also only a few steps away from the VIP pool and bar.”

Resort Activities

This resort is lively and there is always music playing both inside the bars and outside on the beach. Every afternoon they have a big barbecue featuring BBQ lobster by the pool area.

Dominican Republic is known for its cultural dances, which is why the RIU Palace Bavaro provides dance lessons for guests delivering a fun activity and a touch of culture to your vacation.

If you are looking for an even more relaxing and quieter escape, you are allowed access to Riu Palace Macao or any of the other Riu hotels in the area.

Nearby RIU Hotels

  • Riu Palace Punta Cana
  • Riu Palace Macao
  • Riu Bambu
  • Riu Naiboa

Overall, this is one of the best experiences anyone can have with family or friends. Whether you are trying to enjoy a more relaxed quiet adults only experience, or a livelier, full of entertainment experience with family and friends, this is the perfect place.



Inside the RIU Palace Macao

One of the best parts about going to an all-inclusive resort is that everything you could ever want is at your fingertips. From a cafe in the lobby to a swim up bar on the beach, the Riu Palace Macao in Punta Cana makes sure your vacation is nothing shy of the best. As the first adults only resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, it stands out as one of the best places to enjoy a relaxing vacation completely child-free.

Resort Grounds and Guest Rooms

When you walk into the Riu Palace Macao, one of the first things to catch your eye is the cafe located right in the lobby. After checking in, enjoy a delicious pastry or an iced coffee with ice cream.

The suites at the Riu Palace Macao are unique because the living room and bedroom areas are semi-separated like an apartment. The 24 hour room service is a nice amenity and the fridge is stocked with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

After you’ve settled into your room, it’s time to check out the pool. There is a swim up bar doubling as a regular bar on the other side providing a great place to enjoy a drink while feeling the warm tropical breeze from the palm trees.

Guest Insight: The Beach

A guest from Amsterdam wrote about her stay in Riu Palace Macao and her amazement of the beautiful beaches the resort has to offer.

“What a truly stunning beach it is! I loved the beach and it was one of the best I have seen in Punta Cana. The beach is divided in two sections. There is the part that is lying directly after the pool, the volleyball net is on that stretch too. There are a lot of tall palm trees that give lovely scattered shade and as this a quite a large area there is a lot of place to put your lounger.”

Read more guest reviews. 

Guest Amenities and Services

The service at the Riu Palaca Macao is wonderful and the staff is very friendly and outgoing. If you want to visit other Riu locations there are plenty nearby. Such as,

• Riu Palace Punta Cana

• Riu Palace Bavaro

• Riu Bambu

• Riu Nairobi

In the evening, the Riu Palace Macao offers a beautiful dining experience right near the beach featuring a live piano to serenade you through your meal. There is also a nightclub and casino nearby for any Riu Hotel guest to test their luck.



Inside the Grand Palladium Montego Bay

Between Montego Bay on the northwest coast of Jamaica is the Grand Palladium, an all-inclusive resort sure to impress!

This resort offers a reduced rate to families with kids.  The first child under 12 is COMPLETELY free.  Yes, this included stay, food and games! For the second child under 12, they will stay, eat, and play for 50% off! It is easy to see, why this resort is popular for families wanting to relax in beautiful Jamaica!

Guest Insights: Traveling with Kids

A Grand Palladium’s guest from the UK took to Trip Advisor to tell about her traveling experience with her four kids and her husband.

“Our 11 year old son spent most of his time with the entertainment team. There was always something going on with Tugg Ras, Triple X and N-tune at the activity centre or with Pudgy at Sunset Cove.”  

Read more guest reviews

Room Set Up

Spacious, comfortable, and fully equipped, the modern junior suites allow for a pleasant stay, with all the luxuries, built into the exotic, natural environment Jamaica has to offer.

If you are looking for something even more spacious Grand Palladium offers 90 suites besides their 450 junior suites!

Resort Highlights

  • Located almost one hour away from the Montego International Airport.
  • Offers a variety of restaurants and a casino.
  • The royal suites are like villas boasting large rooms and Jacuzzis.
  • The Grand Palladium is one of the only hotels topless areas in the adults only pool area.


Inside the Barcelo Bavaro Palace

Barcelo Bavaro Palace in Bavaro, Dominican Republic is located on one of the nicest beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. Almost like a small city, the Barcelo Bavaro Palace is a mega resort and caters to anyone looking for any type of vacation experience.

Resort Highlights

One of the best features of the resort is all deluxe junior suites have Jacuzzi’s on the balcony so you can enjoy the sunset or gaze at the stars in complete relaxation and comfort.

If you are traveling with kids and would like your privacy, this resort offers 2 bedroom suites and town houses overlooking the golf course.

If you’ve booked a Club room, you become a VIP guest which allows you free access to the Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, and spa area.

Guest Insights: Traveling with Kids

One of Barcelo Bavaro Palace’s guests from Maryland wrote about her trip on Trip Advisor, and her experience her and her daughters had at Barcelo Bavaro Palace.

“They have pools for adults and kids. The pool for kids have some slides and my daughters 3 and 4 years all enjoyed it a lot. We also liked the shows at night. See the schedule for every night. Kids can also have fun since they have a show for kids. The night club was really good too. We reserved a baby sitter for 3 hours and went out to have some drinks and dance.” 

Barcelo Bavaro Palace strives to make every member of your family happy with their stay in paradise.

Entertainment & Dining

The Barcelo Bavaro Palace resort includes an amazing steakhouse and delicious Spanish and Italian restaurants. Their one of a kind sports bar is open 24 hours with huge wall to wall TV screens. The cafe includes a variety of teas and coffee and is located right next to the piano bar creating an inviting atmosphere.

The amphitheater is technically indoors, but the sides open up so you can feel the breeze while enjoying the 10 piece live band that performs at the Barcelo.

The spa offers an elevated pool area offering a very nice view of the beach right from inside the pool itself.

If you’re looking for shopping, the Barcelo Bavaro Palace is the best place. From more affordable items to luxury goods, it’s up to you how much you spend on yourself (or loved ones) on this vacation.

There is always some sort of activity going on at this resort so you will never be bored.

Guest Insight: Golfing at Barcelo Bavaro

Barcelo Bavaro Palace also has great golfing for the avid golfers in your family.  A guest from Canada wrote on Trip Advisor applauding the course Barcelo Bavaro offers.

“It is rare to find a brand new five star complex in such lush surroundings, on the best part of the Bavaro Beach. I was there 6 years before construction, in the old complex. I commend the Barcelo chain for designing the new buildings within all the existing mature vegetation and enormous palm trees. The new 19th hole is excellent, as is the new course. Since 2012, they have cleared away 50% of the bull rushes and really opened up the course. Considering there is water parallel to all but 2 holes, I consider myself a better golfer now, since on my last round I used the same ball on all 18 holes!”

Read more guest reviews.

Resort Extras

This resort offers credit so be sure to check with your travel agent to see if this is available during your stay.



Inside the Riu Palace Macao, Punta Cana

One of the best parts about going to an all inclusive resort is that everything you could want is at your finger tips. From a cafe in the lobby to a swim up bar on the beach, the Riu Palace Macao in Punta Cana makes sure that your vacation is nothing shy of the best.

As the first adults only resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, it stands out as one of the best places to enjoy a relaxing vacation completely child-free. Even if you don’t have children, and you’re just looking to get away from the family style vacation spot, this is the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate without the hustle and bustle that kids bring to the culture of a resort.

Resort History

Riu Hotels are known for offering family oriented all inclusive resorts on one of the nicest beach fronts in Arena Gorda. In 2012, they opened the Riu Palace Macao completely redesigned and renovated to fit the style and feel of a top-notch adults only resort.

Resort Grounds and Guest Rooms

When you walk into the Riu Palace Macao, one of the first things that might catch your eye is the cafe located right in the lobby. After checking in, enjoy a delicious pastry or an iced coffee with ice cream.

As you walk to your room sipping on your cappuccino, you will notice beautiful modern architecture and scenery.

Every room contains a jacuzzi, and if you’ve booked a suite, your jacuzzi will be located on the balcony. The suites at the Riu Palace Macao are unique because the living room and bedroom areas are semi-separated making you feel like you could be in an apartment. The 24 hour room service is a nice amenity and the fridge is stocked with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

After you’ve settled into your room, it’s time to check out the pool. All around the pool area there are tent like structures and couches that guests can lounge on and open or close to block the sun. There is a swim up bar that doubles as a regular bar on the other side – A great place to enjoy a drink while feeling the warm tropical breeze from the palm trees.

In the evening, the Riu Palace Macao offers a beautiful dining experience right near the beach featuring a live piano to serenade you through your meal. There is also a nightclub and casino nearby that can be used by any Riu Hotel guest.

Guest Amenities and Services

The service at the Riu Palaca Macao is wonderful and the staff is very friendly and outgoing. We were pleasantly surprised at how full of life the staff is and how committed they are to making your vacation fun.

Nearby RIU Hotels

Riu Palace Punta Cana
Riu Palace Bavaro
Riu Bambu
Riu Naiboa