Deals can be had at Mexico's Royal Solaris Cancun (rooms start at $176 a night, airfare packages for $610), Grand Oasis Riviera Maya (rooms for $189; airfare packages for $699), Royal Solaris Los Cabos (rooms for $179; airfare packages start at $556), or the Sun Village Resort & Spa in Puerto Plata, DR (rooms start at $175; airfare packages start at $965).
The puzzle here is mulling through the mixed reviews on Tripadvisor and determining what's right for you. Lazing on the beach in the Dominican Republic, a kid's water park at Los Cabos, eight restaurants and five bars in Cancun?
AIs aren't this blogger's cup of tea, but if pressed, we'd pick the Grand Oasis Riviera Maya (pictured above) -- if only because you're near all those wonderful Mayan ruins like Tulum and Coba, and cenote adventures at places like Xel-ha and Hidden Worlds. Forget the rooms, climb an ancient pyramid and swim in a subterranean cave!
[Photo: Jesus Abizanda]