Picture this: You step outside of your vacation rental and land right on the beach. The soft sand caresses your feet as you walk toward the water, where gentle waves frolic around your ankles as birds soar through the sky. You smile as you glance over at your loved ones, enjoying every moment of this well-deserved vacation to paradise.
Then you remember a terrible fact that jolts you back to reality: Vacations aren’t free.
Sound familiar? It’s a struggle many folks face when they think about planning a trip. Don’t let high travel costs ruin your dreams of relaxing on a warm, sunny beach. We’ve gathered a few budget-friendly beachfront vacation options to help you transform mental images of your perfect vacation into an actual getaway.
Slip into your beachwear and head to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, for a warm dip in the calm Caribbean waters that surround this beautiful country. When you finish soaking up the sun, head to one of the many professional golf courses scattered across the island. Dedicated golfers consider the Dominican Republic one of the best places to golf in the world.
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Devour traditional Dominican fare at local restaurants, such as Pranama or La Yola, or take advantage of free food and drinks from an all-inclusive vacation package. Luxury resorts in Punta Cana offer all-inclusive packages that range in price from $399 to $998 per couple. The La Romana Ultra Luxury Resort is just $399 for a duo and offers unlimited food and drinks from approved restaurants and bars. Guests also receive a $200 resort credit.
Have a larger budget (still only $449 per person for 4 nights)? Book a stay at the Punta Cana Wellness Spa & Resort, which is a renowned 5-star vacation rental just for adults. Yep, that’s right – no toddlers roaming the resort or older kids arguing in the hallways – just legal adults enjoying a relaxing stay. A 5-day, 4-night stay at this all-inclusive upscale resort costs $998 per couple and includes organic, locally sourced food and access to a private beach. This is true paradise.
Need a destination that costs less than Punta Cana? Plan a vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where prices are as low as $249 per couple for a 5-day, 4-night getaway in a deluxe room. Leave the kiddos with the grandparents, or bring them with you – many of the resorts in Puerto Vallarto are just as perfect for families as they are for couples.
If you prefer to mingle with adults, book your stay at the Ultra Adult Luxury Puerto Vallarta resort that sits approximately 15 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport. This all-inclusive adults-only vacation rental starts at $499 per couple for a 5-day, 4-night stay and includes gourmet food and beverages, swim-out suites that overlook the beachfront, and convenient access to shopping on the oceanfront boardwalk.
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While you’re in Puerto Vallarta, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do regardless of which beachfront resort you choose to rent. Lounging on the plush sand is always a popular option, but you can also go for a dive, sign up for a whale watching tour, visit the flea market in Old Vallarta, or enjoy a sunset cruise as you feast on a candlelit dinner with your sweetheart.
If you’ve never seen the sparkling waters and soft white sand of a Bahama beach, you’re in for a treat. Grand Bahama, Bahamas, is adorned with palm trees and vibrant hibiscus. Tourists who stay at Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach, the only all-inclusive resort in the area, receive a warm welcome and a complimentary drink when they arrive. The Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach costs just $399 per couple, which includes lodging in a deluxe room for 5 days and 4 nights.
The resort has a secluded beach, so you can gather shells or dip your toes in the water without fighting for space in the crowd. Get up close and personal with coral reefs or brightly colored fish during a snorkeling excursion, or glide across the calm waters in a kayak with your partner. Beach volleyball lets you unleash your competitive side, and heck – you may as well offer to buy your significant other a drink if they win. Drinks are free, after all.
If you decide to venture beyond the 26-acre property, you can grab a bite to eat at Flying Fish, Agave Lucaya, or Cafe Breeze. After you silence your grumbling tummy, head out for a swim with the dolphins or take a guided horseback tour around the island. Finish your day with live entertainment back at the resort before curling up with your honey for a peaceful slumber.