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lukenick1
01-30-2012, 01:56 PM
Have a budget of $3000 or less. Is there such a place for a family of 4 to go with such low cost? I can go to Atlantis for that price but we have already been and would like to try something different. Can't wait to get some feedback!:goodvibes
Thanks
PS....looking to travel this summer, July or August for a week.

job09
01-30-2012, 02:07 PM
Mexico (best value for you money, great all inclusives) south of Cancun. Iberostar Queztal has a lot of fun animals for the kids to see. Try Fun Jet good prices.

girli565
01-30-2012, 02:33 PM
There are all inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic that would probably fit your budget. We love Punta Cana. I usually read reviews on the resorts on trip advisor to see which is the best and which includes the best amenities like motorized water sports.

lukenick1
01-30-2012, 02:34 PM
Mexico (best value for you money, great all inclusives) south of Cancun. Iberostar Queztal has a lot of fun animals for the kids to see. Try Fun Jet good prices.

My budget of $3000 must include air as well. Yikes, the prices for air to Mexico are outrageous!!!!

Anne34
01-30-2012, 05:24 PM
If you go online to Apple vacations or Funjet and look for your dates -- their prices include air. We have gone with both and have had no problems with either company. We have also booked with Expedia and that has been fine too. Pick where you want to go first and then look into hotels/packages. We have found Cancun/Riviera Maya to be the best prices. We've also been to Punta Cana and Puerto Vallarta. Each is a little different, but fun. August is hurricaine season in the Caribbean -- Puerto Vallarta might be better.

BubMunkeyBles
01-30-2012, 05:34 PM
Cruise? We've found it to be a good option for us.

momto2inKC
01-30-2012, 07:05 PM
My budget of $3000 must include air as well. Yikes, the prices for air to Mexico are outrageous!!!!

Have you considered a Caribbean cruise? You can fly into Florida, then cruise for 5-7 days. This can easily be done within your budget, as long as you stay away from Disney Cruise line. ;) They are about 3 times as much as Carnival i'm finding out (we are in the process of picking a cruise for Thanksgiving week).

scbelleatheart
01-30-2012, 08:36 PM
Where do you find decent air to the Dominican Republic? We've seen several places there we would like to visit but the air is outrageous!

nboicepardee
01-30-2012, 10:06 PM
My budget of $3000 must include air as well. Yikes, the prices for air to Mexico are outrageous!!!!

Where are you flying from?

lukenick1
01-30-2012, 11:36 PM
Where are you flying from?

We can fly out from either Boston or New York airports (JFK/LGA)

lukenick1
01-30-2012, 11:37 PM
Have you considered a Caribbean cruise? You can fly into Florida, then cruise for 5-7 days. This can easily be done within your budget, as long as you stay away from Disney Cruise line. ;) They are about 3 times as much as Carnival i'm finding out (we are in the process of picking a cruise for Thanksgiving week).

I'm scared to cruise....scared of seasickness. I have vertigo :(

DisDiva2
01-30-2012, 11:42 PM
If you pick a big ship you should be fine. It's a fun experience. Or maybe Grand Cayman? you won't get an all inclusive but beautiful beaches. or Jamaica?

lukenick1
01-31-2012, 08:07 AM
If you pick a big ship you should be fine. It's a fun experience. Or maybe Grand Cayman? you won't get an all inclusive but beautiful beaches. or Jamaica?

Still not sure about cruising. We just wen to Grand Cayman this past summer! Beautiful Island!! Jamaica is definitely on the list as well as Cancun or Dominican. Looks like Cancun is winning in price so far but not an all inclusive.

mjkacmom
01-31-2012, 08:35 AM
Still not sure about cruising. We just wen to Grand Cayman this past summer! Beautiful Island!! Jamaica is definitely on the list as well as Cancun or Dominican. Looks like Cancun is winning in price so far but not an all inclusive.

I have vertigo (can't change an overhead light), get very seasick on ferries, and can't ride anything that goes around and around (can't even watch). I'm fine on large cruise ships. We've cruised NCL out of NYC twice, and it was great! The amount of $ you save by not needing airfare is huge. 9 of us took a 7 night cruise out of NYC for about $5000.

nilseks
01-31-2012, 08:40 AM
I have BPPV (vertigo) as well. I cannot so much as look down off a balcony, but I am fine on cruise ships. I agree with PP, you should be fine on a larger ship. We are cruising in Feb. and we only paid $329 pp, well within your budget (that's for a 5 night cruise).

It is generally cheaper to cruise/fly in an out of Tampa, at least in my experience.

tracyz
01-31-2012, 09:27 AM
We vacationed in Jamaica a couple of years ago and the prices were good at the all-inclusives. In addition, JetBlue flies direct from JFK to Montego Bay...definitely the way to go! :thumbsup2

nboicepardee
01-31-2012, 09:36 AM
This isn't all-inclusive, but it includes breakfast and some extras, as well as resort credits (per person!). Just saw this.

http://www.livingsocial.com/escapes/240562-virgin-island-resort-+-kayaking?msdc_id=75-orlando

canadianjovigirl
01-31-2012, 10:24 AM
We love Mexico and travel there frequently. My kids loved the Great Parnassus in Cancun and we thought it was good value for the money - we went on a kids stay free promo. We also have stayed at the Gran Caribe Real and are returning there in 2 weeks as we love it there and they run kids stay free specials in the summer...............have also stayed at other more expensive resorts, but have always had a good time, even at the budget resorts.

girli565
01-31-2012, 10:31 AM
Where do you find decent air to the Dominican Republic? We've seen several places there we would like to visit but the air is outrageous!
For airfare to the DR I fly Spirit air. Their customer service sucks and have no frills but they're safe and get you there for cheap. I fly out of Ft. Lauderdale so that helps in the cheap factor.

disney4us2002
01-31-2012, 11:19 AM
Groupon has a getaway to one of 13 resorts in Mexico (various cities) for $399 for 7 nights. Not sure how much airfare could run but that seems a sweet deal. They only want you to book less than 60 days out but the voucher is good until some time in 2013. Check it out:

http://www.groupon.com/deals/ga-m-resort-stays?p=34

minerva78
01-31-2012, 02:39 PM
If you do decide to consider a cruise, it can be one of the most economical ways to visit the Caribbean. I also have vertigo and I took meds everyday (it's the old Meclizine in OTC form, can't remember the name right now) which helped A LOT on the cruises we've been on. I've heard people have luck with the patch behind your ear, which you can get from your doctor.

If you go on Carnival, they offer 5, 6, and 7 day cruises - usually the 5 day ones go to 2 ports and most of the 7 day ones go to 4 ports. Western Caribbean itineraries are usually cheaper, although if you care to go to the Bahamas again those are usually even cheaper. Cruises out of Miami, FLL and Tampa are good options, and you'd probably have options of several direct flights. Prices usually start to fall starting in late July to early August, so the first 2 weeks in August are pretty good deals.

I really think you can do a cruise and flights within your budget, when you keep the "extra" costs to a minimum - cheaper excursions, limited alcohol and gambling on the ship, etc. Food and lots of entertainment are already included, which is helpful. We've been on two 5 day cruises in the past 2 years, hoping to book a 3rd for early August this year, and the only reason we've been able to go is because it can be so economical. I must admit, though I'm excited about planning for our Disney trip next May, I will miss not going on my cruise next year! And depending on the cost of Disney, probably the year after next as well, lol. Cruising is definitely not for everyone, but it can be a great, inexpensive vacation.

lukenick1
02-12-2012, 07:20 PM
Thank you everyone for all the input. We have made our choice and are booked for this July. We are going to Barcelo Maya Colonial in the Riviera Maya Mexico. Booked a great deal through Orbitz! Air, and all inclusive hotel came to $2,900 for 4! Cannot wait to get there and would love to hear from anyone who has been there.
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