When you’re finally ready to stop dreaming and start planning your perfect beach vacation, there’s much to consider. Location, food, accommodations, romance, nightlife and amenities to name a few. While health and safety also remain top-of-mind, luckily a unique and enriching vacation experience is possible without having to leave the sanctuary of the resort complex.
Check out our list of the top 9 on-property must-do’s, curated from the best all-inclusive resorts around Mexico and the Caribbean – all with CleanComplete Verfication™ for your peace of mind. Staying in one place isn’t so bad when you’re in paradise!
✓ Best Horseback Riding on the Beach
Is there any image that better captures paradise than riding a horse along a pristine Caribbean beach, breeze blowing through your hair, listening to lapping waves, with beautiful views in every direction? Indulge in the dream by visiting Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana, where you’ll be treated to a 45-minute complimentary equestrian experience as part of your Endless Privileges® at this adult-oriented, wellness oasis, followed by a relaxing massage to sooth your riding muscles.
✓ Best Beach Bathing
A sun-seekers delight; one of the most beautiful stretch of beaches in the DR is undeniably Bávaro Beach in Punta Cana. Powdery white sand, swaying palms, perfectly calm and turquoise waters ready for swimming or sun bathing. Our choice venue? Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana is perfectly-situated in the heart of Bávaro, offering a stunning view, water sports, and mini aquatic adventures right off shore like scuba diving and deep-sea fishing.
✓ Best Beach-Bod Workout
Vacation is a time to indulge – and what better way to dive in guilt-free to unlimited gourmet delights than by starting your morning off strong with the ultimate high-intensity workout? No boring treadmills for us - our favorite way to get fit is with the music-fueled, STRONG 30™ found at Breathless Riviera Cancun. Every single move in this 30-minute class is synced to a custom-crafted beat, so you can train to the music, get pumped for the rest of your day and finish with a well-deserved mimosa.
✓ Best Family-Fun Rides
Calling all thrill-seekers, the new Dreams Natura has some of the best water slides and roller rides on the Yucatan Peninsula. Loop de loop down three exciting water chutes, or soak in the view and take flight, zipping down the Rollglider, an aerial roller coaster zip line that offers a beautiful view of the ocean, mangroves and resort. Catch your breath on the Lazy River, winding through the lush foliage and dazzling pools and top it off with some fun with your little ones in the splash pool.
✓ Best Underwater Views
Whether you are a novice or an expert, exploring the enchanting life under the sea can be exhilarating. Our go-to spot for underwater views is the stunning coral reef at Cozumel. Check out Secrets Aura Cozumel or Sunscape Sabor Cozumel where you can go on a snorkel tour, learn to scuba in their 5-star dive center with a training pool and private pier, or explore solo right off-shore. Don’t miss “one of the most beautiful scuba diving areas in the world,” according to famous oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau.
✓ Best Place to Swim with Turtles
Protected by a large barrier reef, Akumal bay, or land of the turtles, is the perfect place to peacefully and respectfully swim with an abundance of majestic green sea turtles. While there are many access points to this public beach, make sure to select a resort that takes extra precaution to ensure the well-being of the turtles – such as Secrets Akumal Riviera Cancun, who is a proud participant in the Akumal Bay Management Plan, encouraging safe and responsible snorkeling practices.
✓ Best Stress Relief and Soul Rejuvenation - Temazcal
Relieve stress and learn about local customs with the Aztec and Mayan Temazcal ritual, which heals and purifies the mind, body and soul. The ceremony represents a return to the womb of Mother Earth, and is still used today for spiritual and health reasons. You can experience the endless physiological and psychological benefits of this ritual as part of your stay at several resorts throughout the Riviera Maya region, including Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun, Dreams Tulum, and Dreams Playa Mujeres.
✓ Best Whale Watching
Imagine relaxing on your private terrace, drink in hand, peering out into the expansive horizon to see a family of whales gracefully arching through the ocean below. From late December through April, visitors flock to Los Cabos resorts, like the luxurious, all-inclusive Breathless Cabo San Lucas, Dreams Los Cabos, and Secrets Puerto Los Cabos to witness the migration of these magnificent animals.
✓ Best Local Tasty Treats
Turn up the heat and prepare your taste buds for a Jamaican kick! Check out Jerky Jo’s authentic jerk hut located right on the beach at Zoëtry Montego Bay. Savor the unique local flavors of Jamaican jerk chicken and pork accompanied by a refreshing Red Stripe beer. Set yourself to the pace of the island and enjoy these local treats.