2 Exotic All-Inclusive Vacations

By Lorraine Loveland

Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Celebrate with a taste of the exotic — from the colorful culture of Mexico to the lush landscapes of the Dominican Republic. Going on an all-inclusive vacation means you can spoil yourself on days outside of the resort with the money you saved, if you wish. Whether you select the golden glow of Mexico or the dazzle of the DR, you’re in for a heady cocktail of colors waiting to be discovered. 

Relaxing On The Riviera

There is something ever so enchanting about Mexico's Riviera Maya region, which includes ever-popular Cancun and Playa del Carmen. With numerous all-inclusive resorts sprinkled along this glorious section of coast, what better way to wake each morning than with the gentle hush of the sea?

Chichén Itzá is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, and is a real treat to witness. Book a guided tour and you can find out all about the Mayan people and their history. Sacred to the Mayan culture, the stepped pyramids and temples reveal much about the Mayan people's perception of the universe. An urban trade hub for centuries, Chichén Itzá met a mysterious end when its inhabitants moved into the jungle, leaving behind magnificent wonders for us to cherish today.

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There are a huge variety of beaches to choose from in the Riviera Maya, fringed by calm and inviting waters. Playa Paraiso Beach is a good choice if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy the sunshine in relative solitude. Relax under a palapa, armed with a good book and a refreshing drink, and admire the cobalt blues and aquamarine scenes where the clear skies meet the Gulf of Mexico. If you like a little more buzz, Mamitas Beach is your best sandy option with lots going on, particularly in November when it hosts the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival. You'll find an eclectic selection of bars and restaurants to escape the midday heat, or simply find a place to relax with a sundowner before dinner back at your resort. Discover more ways to chill in Cancun

De-Stress In The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has a bountiful treasure chest of gems waiting to be discovered within its lush landscapes, with plenty of all-inclusive resort options.

Santo Domingo's Colonial Quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it's clear to see why (pictured above). From the beautiful cobbled streets — the Calle Las Damas is the world's oldest paved street, dating from 1502 — to the imposing buildings, it is a fantastic destination to visit. Take a guided tour of the area and uncover 500 years of history in and around the quaint cobblestone streets. From the impressive architecture to stories of the region’s most interesting inhabitants, the history of the European city of the Americas will open your eyes and heart to the island’s heritage.

Playa Bávaro Beach in Punta Cana is like a real-life postcard with powder white sand, palm trees, and crystal-clear waters. If sun worshipping is not your thing, take to the water with a spot of snorkeling to observe the superb coral reefs up close or book a boat trip, as there are a few kiosks along the beach to entice you with their water sports offerings. This part of the world boasts some of the most incredible coral reefs in the world, so head under the waves and experience everything it has to offer.

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*These vacations are limited and subject to availability.

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