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Brianna
Canada

Mexico, Jamaica, Ocho Rios, Hawaii, Barbados, Cuba, The Caribbean

(Safe!) All inclusive vacation for mid twenty year old females?

My friend and I are looking to go somewhere hot to escape winter in early march, but we don't know where to start our search! If anyone has had any good experiences with resorts in places like Mexico, Jamaica, Cuba etc I would greatly appreciate some input! We want somewhere safe, adults only and geared to young singles or even young couples. We would like to steer clear of snow birds and children if we can :p


7 Answers

top answer by
Ivan from Argentina

Hello Brianna,

An excellent option is  Playa del Carmen in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The town has a fantastic flair with a mix of Europeans, Latinos an American travelers, with  lots of options for dining, nightlife, activities, etc. You fly into Cancun, which has now excellent infrastructure (even Costco is there) and then you have a 40 min trip  on a highway to Playa. You can arrange the transportation directly with the hotel, very reliable destination companies.

Check the Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla as an option, you can also look for all inclusive, adults only resorts. Between Cancun and Playa there are some unbelievable hotels, check out the Grand Velas Riviera Maya or Fairmont Mayakoba These are on the pricy side, there are also several options for different budgets.

Service in Mexico is incredible, you will feel safe and have a fantastic time.

Safe travels,

Ivan


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  1. Playa del Carmen (city)
  2. Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla (hotel)
  3. Grand Velas Riviera Maya (hotel)
  4. Fairmont Mayakoba (hotel)
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answered first by
Andrew from Manhattan Beach

My wife and I have stayed at 2 different villas in Montego Bay.  Both villas were from Villas by Linda Smith.  The villas had a full staff including chef, maid, butler and laundress.  Rather than traditional all inclusive resorts like Sandals Royal Plantation Spa & Golf Resort, we had our own staff looking after us, making sure the drinks were full, the shorts were pressed, and they asked what we'd like for dinner every day.  Most villas have their own pool and in many cases, you only pay for the rooms you use.

As far as safety, they have a driver pick you up from the airport, and in most cases, you'll hire him out for the week if you want to checkout the nightlife or tour to another part of the island.

Our villa vacations felt much more luxurious and relaxing than the all-inclusive, and the costs are definitely reasonable for what you get.


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  1. Montego Bay (city)
  2. Sandals Royal Plantation Spa & Golf Resort (hotel)
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answered by
Brennen from Dallas

Breathless (website) in  Punta Cana is all-inclusive and adult-only. It opened just last month, and it caters to younger adults and appeals evenly to singles and couples. It's chic and modern with lots of cool events, bars, parties, etc. Airport transfers are available to the resort, so you don't have to worry about hailing a cab or anything.

If I can add to Aditi's suggestion, I stayed at Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos in November. It's one of three resorts on that property. The other two, Villa Del Arco Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos and Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa Cabo San Lucas, are more upscale with fewer families and a lower noise level. Though, when I was there, the amenities like the pool and the restaurants closed at something like 10 pm, a little too early for my liking. In general, there wasn't anything going on there after 10:30 pm. But Aditi is right about the good location. The Villa hotels are close to downtown  Cabo San Lucas with all its clubs and restaurants.


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  1. Punta Cana (region)
  2. Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos (hotel)
  3. Cabo San Lucas (city)
  4. Breathless (hotel)
  5. Villa Del Arco Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos (hotel)
  6. Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa Cabo San Lucas (attraction)
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answered by
Gary from Scottsdale

While I like Cabo and love going to Puerto Vallarta, for a feeling of safety, plus an incredible beach and several all-inclusive newish hotels, you can't beat Nuevo Vallarta in my opinion.  It is about a 20 minute cab ride north of the airport, and has about a dozen impressive hotels along the beach.  We've stayed many times over the years at Paradise Village.  Not the newest, but right outside the gate is the only shopping center there, which includes a couple of nice restaurants for breakfast if you don't do all-inclusive.  The pizza place there (out front) is also incredible.  The newer hotels are up the beach a little farther.  And the newest area is actually over the mountain on the other side of Banderas Bay to the north.  It is a long way from PV, where you should go at least one day to shop -- LOTS of brand name stores like Gucci, Polo, etc. Look at the guidebooks for restaurants and shops to see, touristy but very fun!  If you want a little adventure, grab a bus in front of the shopping mall (I don't want to make this place sound bigger than it is, just two levels and maybe 30 shops, but also a terrific supermarket.)  It is a ragtag bus the locals ride, but fun, and it will take you down to the malacon, the center of town.  One last thing -- don't take the deals people offer you on the street to do a timeshare.  We did one from a guy at the airport where they had a counter, and it came with free cab to and from the airport plus a dinner.  The tour was actually fun, but make sure the timeshare is on the north side of the airport so you don't spend an hour in a car going down south!  All the hotels in NV also offer you timeshare tours with freebies.  When you walk into the lobby, the first person to greet you will be the timeshare person offering a drink!

We've always felt safe in PV and in Nuevo Vallarta.  One tip -- learn a few words of Spanish that will come in handy, including asking for the check -- la quinta.  Years ago it took me 20 minutes to be understood in a little café when I wanted to pay the bill.  Have fun!


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  1. Puerto Vallarta (city)
  2. Nuevo Vallarta (city)
  3. Paradise Village (attraction)
  4. Banderas Bay (attraction)
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answered by
Janine from Toronto

You should try the Club Med in Turks and Caicos! It has a beautiful beach, great food and has a young, fun vibe with parties every night. It's a small resort...and everything is included.


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answered by
Aditi from California

Me and my husband went to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico few months ago and stayed at Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos (http://www.villadelpalmar-cabo.com/) with their all-inclusive package. The location is the best when it comes to beaches, activities like para sailing, taking ferry to Lover's Beach etc. Food was ordinary but the sea facing open restaurant is amazing! The time we went was low on noise (less family with kids and more singles/couples) but I have read that during Summer it does get noisy. Overall recommended!



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  1. Lover's Beach (attraction)
  2. Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos (hotel)
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answered by
Eric from Napa Valley

The state of Oaxaca and it's capital is filled with diverse indigenous culture and languages. There's pyramids and archeology. Open markets and the streets are safe to walk. My little sister just got back and the pics were amazing. Puerto Escondido had an amazing beach and got to swim out to see sea turtles


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  1. Oaxaca (city)
  2. Puerto Escondido (city)




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