So, You are looking for an affordable Caribbean vacation, well, you have two viable options. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Cancun, Mexico are the best two cheap Caribbean destinations worth checking out.

Each vacation spot have their pros and cons but overall, these are the best bets for cheap Caribbean travel. Sitting on either side of Cuba, these gorgeous resort areas have similar year round weather, picturesque white sand beaches and virtually the same resort chains.

I’ll breakdown why you should visit each and hopefully I can help plan your beach vacation.

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Flights

Getting to each destination are both relatively easy and both are accessible.   Cancun is the second largest airport in Mexico, funneling over 20 million passengers each year. This is a crucial aspect to this city, as there are direct flights from all over the states.   The popular Hotel Zone is only 20 minutes from the airport and most resorts have free shuttles. Some visitors will have to take taxis, which can overcharge tourists.

Punta Cana is a little harder to reach, as its airport is much smaller, so less direct flights. With only 6 million yearly passengers, this airport handles much less volume, so expect a higher price tag.   Most resorts here offer free shuttles and only a few make you find your own way, so that’s a plus for Punta Cana.

Advantage Cancun.

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Beaches

Both locations have incredible serene beaches covered in white sand and lined with palm trees. The water is turquoise, warm and crystal clear, so both locations will suit a paradise seeker. There are amazing coral reefs for you to snorkel around and these reefs keep the waves to a minimum. Swimming and watersports dominate the coastline of each hot spot.   Not all of Punta Cana’s waters are swimmable, as there are severe rip tides in many areas. Check out the resort first to see if it has a swimmable coastline.

Advantage Cancun.

 

Activities

Cancun is close to many historical tourist attractions as it is near the ancient Mayan Civilization. Punta Cana isn’t near any real cultural attractions, so people typically stay at the resorts.   Cancun has plenty of off site activities like motor sports and shopping. Punta Cana has some shopping but most activities are located at resorts, so why leave them. If you were doing all-inclusive resort life, then I would stay in Punta Cana, because you won’t feel bad about not leaving resort.

Advantage Cancun

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Nightlife

Both locations feature all-inclusive resorts, so nightlife is included often. If you are in the mood to party down, then Cancun has way more options. Cancun is known for its spring break shenanigans, so prepare yourself for drunken idiots vomiting and peeing everywhere. Most all-inclusive resorts have clubs, so if you want a party and don’t want to deal with leaving the resort, Punta Cana may be for you.

Advantage Cancun

 

Food

Cancun has plenty of off resort options to eat, especially in downtown Cancun or on the Nichupte Lagoon, where sunset dinners are a specialty. Dining in Punta Cana is almost strictly done at the resorts. Major difference between the two is the amount of off-site dining options. If you are going to an all-inclusive resort, make sure you see some reviews of the food, if you are paying for it, you may as well like what you eat.

Advantage Cancun

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Hotels

Both vacation spots have over 100 all-inclusive resorts along its coastlines, so your options are numerous. Overall, Punta Cana is more affordable and has more international guests, so it feels very diverse.   Cancun has so many Americans and is very Americanized, so it feels less like an international location.

Advantage Punta Cana.

 

Both these Caribbean Destinations are great choices for your budget and have all around beautiful resorts. The choice is solely up to you; hopefully I helped make your decision easier. Enjoy paradise friends.

 

 

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