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Old 10-20-2011, 06:17 AM   #21
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We went to the one in...Huatulco ,Mexico
That was the first CM my wife and I went to, soon after getting married. It must have been in the early 90s - lots of fun. CM sold that property soon thereafter...

We have been to both the Cancun and Punta Cana clubs twice each in the past five years...we love CM. My sons are now 13 and 16, and they enjoy the activities and sports available. My wife does the dance/exercise classes. I play beach volleyball, swim, read and enjoy a few cocktails. CM just "works" for our family.

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Old 10-26-2011, 06:02 AM   #22
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While you say price is not important... it still depends on your budget. Providing a range for total trip cost would help.

Package deals that includes meals will help to manage much of the cost up-front. Travel companies that offer those deals have a wide range of resorts (luxury to budget oriented). Most have family oriented resorts as well with activities for the kids.

For the Caribbean... your lowest cost choice might be a cruise (prices are pretty low... luxury cruise are more). Most of them cater to the kids and adults.

But if you want a land based vacation... consider what currency the local currency is tied to... for example: some of the islands have currencies tied to European countries... you will find them to be more expensive than a country that is more closely aligned with the USD.

Transportation can be an issue of cost as well.. Your local airport may not have flights to some destinations... or the round about 3 hop flight makes it long and expensive.

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Old 10-28-2011, 11:44 AM   #23
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We really like the Mayan Riviera and the Dominican Republic (especially Punta Cana). Dominican is less expensive to stay but more to fly to. Not as much to do culturally there, but nice beaches and selection of resorts. Mayan Riviera has a lot of history and great beaches, but it is Mexico which may worry some. There's not been any violence problems down in the Yucatan.

Both areas have a large variety of all-inclusives from cheap to very expensive. We've found the Iberostar chain (moderately priced) to be outstanding for service and facilities, while fairly good for food if you're not a gourmet eater (which we are not). A very well-run chain. But you can go very expensive or pretty cheap. Look at the resort rankings on, view the pictures, and read the reviews.

Re: Cabo San Lucas - compared to the areas mentioned above, Cabo is smaller, much drier (desert rather than humid/tropical). The ocean is pretty but colder water and limited areas for swimming as the waves are huge in most places. While we liked Cabo, we prefer the other two areas more. YMMV.

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