Wallet-friendly resorts to visit this winter

Wallet-friendly resorts to visit this winter

Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Laura Cooper

Vacation doesn’t have the break the bank: depending on what you’re looking for in a vacation, and what destination you’re hoping to experience, we can help you find a wallet-friendly resort to visit this winter. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing Cuba vacation, or looking to explore the beaches and ruins of Mexico, there is a resort that will fit your budget.

We’ve taken the best of our wallet-friendly resorts, and bring you a list of 7 all-inclusive vacation deals for under $1000* this winter:

Barcelo Punta Cana, 4-star

Where? Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The Barcelo Punta Cana has great vacation deals for winter 2016

Experience a Dominican Republic vacation along the famous Bavaro Beach, where your resort is nestled into 100 acres of tropical gardens and along the white sand and turquoise blue waters of Bavaro. A 4-star vacation here doesn’t need to have the price-tag attached. Choose from six room categories, 800 rooms, and countless daytime activities including a trapeze, wall-climbing structure, diving lessons, and non-motorized watersports included in your stay. Looking for something different? Try Japanese, Tex-Mex, or Dominican cuisine, keep hydrated at 9 bars on site, and opt for one of many excursions in the area, including safaris and boating trips. Experience all this and more in Punta Cana for between $690 and $960 per person this winter.

Playa Cayo Santa Maria, 4.5-star

Where? Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

Cayo Santa Maria

The Playa Cayo Santa Maria all-inclusive resort caters to all types of travellers, whether a romantic escape to the beaches of Cuba, or a family vacation on a budget. Totally relax hopping between the resort’s 8 pools, spa, 5 restaurants, white sand beaches, and quench your thirst for Cuban rum at the 10 bars on site. Experience all that the area and the ocean has to offer with non-motorized watersports ranging from catamaran tours to scuba diving, and enjoy the Cuban beats with nightly music and entertainment. With plenty of options for visiting families, the Playa Cayo Santa Maria has great bang for your buck: all-inclusive packages here range from $750 to $1060, depending on winter month.

Be Live Collection Marien, 4.5-star

Where? Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

punta cana all inclusive resorts be live marien

This resort is located along the warm beaches of the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, known for its blue waters and stunning landscape: look one way to the ocean, and another to the mountains of the countryside. Enjoy 4 restaurants, 4 bars, 2 pools, and almost 600 guestrooms at this all-inclusive Dominican vacation resort. Watersports here include kayaking, canoeing, diving, and floating in the crystal clear waters. This all-inclusive resort is nestled between the green palm vegetation that dots the 125 kilometres of Costa Dorada beach. An escape to Puerto Plata at this resort ranges from $700 to $1040, December through April.

Grand Bahia Principe Coba, 4.5-star

Where? Mayan Riviera, Mexico

The Mayan Riveria's Grand Bahia Principe Coba has great vacation deals

The Grand Bahia Principe Coba is known for its location on the beautiful Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. Your all-inclusive vacation here – whether you’re looking for a family escape or a couples escape or friends getaway – will be full of sunshine, days by the pool, and time at the beach (with a short shuttle ride) or taking part in countless watersports, including snorkeling and scuba diving. With a golf course, spa, and a hydro massage tub in each of the over 1000 rooms, on-site casino, and 5 restaurants offering a range in dishes and cuisine, a getaway here has everything you could want in a Mexico vacation. For the traveller looking to experience the Tulum ruins, this resort is one of the closer hotels with regular excursions. The Grand Bahia Principe is an economical option for any type of traveller, with vacation deals between $815 and $1080 in high season.

Playa Costa Verde, 4-star

Where? Holguin, Cuba

Playa Costa Verde vacation deals in Holguin Cuba

For the traveller looking for vacation deals for winter 2016, the Playa Costa Verde along the sandy shores of Holguin is an excellent option. This Cuba vacation won’t break the bank, but instead, offer beautiful grounds and amenities. With 480 rooms, 2 pools and a Jacuzzi, 8 bars, and 5 restaurants, your options are plenty: relax poolside or at the beach, or opt for one of the many daily and nightly activity and entertainment choices to round out your vacation. A week-long all-inclusive package at the Playa Costa Verde ranges from $680 to $845 through the winter months.

Sandos Caracol, 4-star

Where? Mayan Riviera, Mexico

Vacation deals at the Sandos Caracol 4-star Mexico

This relaxing paradise for couples or families is along the Playa del Carmen beach in the beautiful Riviera Maya. Known for its beach vacations and tranquil spa, a week to de-stress and unwind at Sandos Caracol. Complete with a kids Aquapark for the little ones with 17 water slides, games, and a snack bar, the resort offers some of the best value for your money with plenty of daily activities, large selection of food options, and eco-friendly focus at the resort. Expect to pay between $840 and $1100 for Sandos vacation deals December through April.

Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda, 4-star

Where? Mayan Riviera, Mexico

Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda vacation deals for the Mayan Riviera Mexico

Experience Playa del Carmen at the 4-star paradise that is the Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda resort. Seek shade under towering palms, and enjoy the landscaped grounds that include 2 pools, bright blue waters at the beach, and almost 1,000 rooms available. Indulge at one of 6 all-inclusive restaurants, on a private beach, and by leaving the kids in the kid’s club area for true relaxation. Just 60km from the Cancun airport, the resort features average on-resort nightlife, and plenty of daily activities and excursions available for an added fee. Expect to pay between $690 and $990 for a vacation at this Mayan Riviera vacation haven.

*Prices considered for Toronto departures and are subject to change based on supply and demand


  1. We have booked our annual Samana DR vacation through Wendy Van Zandwyk for the past four years and each time we are very happy with her efforts on our behalf. We highly recommend her to our fellow travelers.

    • Thanks for the recommendation Norm! We’re glad you had a great experience with Wendy.

Post a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *