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1. Posted by cassie1108 (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y


looking to go away first two weeks in April next year and have become stuck between caribbean coast of mexico or cuba

The main purpose of the trip is to swim with dolphins other that that we are pretty easy!

For the cost - would like somewhere which feels luxurious, is hot and is beautiful which they both look amazing. From researching I can find no deff pros or cons of either! I love the beach

They are both coming out at the same price which has made the decision even harder - as the trip will be expensive its our once in a life time holiday which we will not be doing again for many many years!

does any one have an oppinion (good or bad) on either of these destinations?

Thank you for you help

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 4y

1.) Where are you flying from?

2.) Since you mention "luxurious" I assume you're interested in an all-inclusive resort vacation?

3.) Do you speak Spanish?


3. Posted by TeflonCDN (Full Member 129 posts) 4y

If you are going to an all inclusive resort, then it really doesn't matter what Country you are in as you are very insulated from the "real" world. Just make sure you get at least a 4 1/2 star resort. Enjoy the sun, beach, and the endless drinks and relax...

4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 4y

It makes a big difference if you're going to Cuba though. Star ratings are wacked compared to elsewhere and off-resort excursions and exploration can be waaaay different too.


5. Posted by cassie1108 (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y

Thank you for all of your replies !

Would be flying from any london - we live in east anglia

luxurious as in self induldgent - crystal clear sea, sandy beaches, the wow factor - makes you feel good

no sorry do not speak any spanish

we will be going all inclusive but would prefer an all inclusive in the middle of no where which quite a few are that I have looked at - would like the option to be able to walk/take a cab somewhere - i.e playa da carmen in mexico looks like that kind of place? - cancun would be too much for us. no idea as to cuba?

by star ratings are wacked - does this mean that they are rated higher than they should be ??

6. Posted by TeflonCDN (Full Member 129 posts) 4y

Middle of nowhere? Try the Gamboa Resort in middle of the mountains in Panama. Your are about 1 hr away from the Atlantic, the Pacific, and Panama City => but no beach on site.

This place has the best FOOD of any resort I have ever been to. You can get all inclusive deals from some of the tour operators.


No beach, grt food, isolated, no crazy beach party people!!!

7. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2477 posts) 4y

Since crystal clear sea and sandy beaches is top of the OPer's wish list then I doubt the Gamboa Resort will be of interest - it has none of those options.

Cassie, since you're looking for all-inclusive luxury in the middle of nowhere then the destination country is immaterial. A high end resort in Mexico or Cuba (or anywhere else) is still just a resort when you have no interest in interacting with the locals.

For Cuba have a look at the The Royal Hideaway on Cayo Ensenachos and the Paradisus Rio de Oro in Holguin.

Have fun with your research.