No matter the season, all-inclusive beach getaways are the perfect way to spend a long weekend—or a long week. When deciding which tropical paradise at which to relax, consider the destinations serviced by nonstop flights, thereby saving yourself the time and aggravation of layovers and plane changes.
Here are the best all-inclusive beach getaways that are easy to get to.
From New York City
Flight time from NYC: 3 h 45 min
Nonstop flights from NYC arrive near Montego Bay (MBJ) on the Jamaica’s northern coast. In addition to Montego Bay, Jamaica’s popular resort destinations are Runaway Bay (1 h 8 mins from the Montego Bay airport), Kingston (KIN), Negril (NEG), and Ocho Rios (OCJ). Jamaica’s mountainous scenery and laid-back vibe are world-famous, as are many of its first-rate hotels and resorts—all of which can be enjoyed at any time as temperatures keep to the mid-70s to high-80s range throughout the year. All-inclusive resorts in Jamaica feature swimming pools, spas, and even private beaches in addition to included meals at restaurants serving local and international cuisine.
Flight time from NYC: 3 h 47 min
The DR’s most popular destination (and airport) is Punta Cana (PUJ), thanks in no small part to its top-rated golf courses and gorgeous white sand beaches—Bavaro Beach being among the world’s most beautiful. Nearby La Romana (LRM) is another picturesque locale perfect for golfers, honeymooners, and divers. Further afield are destinations Santo Domingo (SDQ) and Puerto Plata (POP), which are on the south and north coasts, respectively. All-inclusive beach resorts throughout the country provide the ideal settings for R&R, offering sandy beach access and pools as well as multiple dining options included in their packages.
Flight time from NYC: 4 h 05 min
Bordering the Caribbean Sea, Mexico’s Cancun (CUN) is known for its beaches, nightlife, and superlative all-inclusive resorts featuring ocean views, entertainment, and impressive restaurant meals included in their packages. With year-round daytime highs in the 80s, Cancun can be enjoyed anytime (and not just during spring break). Nearby Riviera Maya (45 mins from the airport) is an adventurer’s wonderland, offering opportunities for exploring historic Mayan ruins, world-class fishing, and a range of water sports, some of which are available in resorts’ all-inclusive lodging, entertainment, and fine dining packages.
Flight time from NYC: 2 h 59 min
The Bahamas is just a 3-hour flight from NYC, making it the perfect quick getaway. Nassau is the capital city of The Bahamas and is home to one of the island’s two international airports (NAS). The other is the Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport (FPO). As part of an archipelago, The Bahamas are more spread out than other Caribbean destinations, but there are quick flights (less than 40 minutes) from Nassau to Freeport and to the Exumas—tropical islands with exclusive luxury hotels—and leisurely sailing trips to any of the other 700-plus islands. Wherever you land in The Bahamas, you’ll find silky sand beaches and some of the clearest water in the world, accessible from expansive resorts featuring casinos, water parks, and restaurants serving delicious food included in your all-inclusive package.
Flight time from NYC: 4 h 31 min
With highs in the 80s and cool breezes year-round, Aruba (AUA) is a promising destination no matter the season. Top-rated meals, drinks, and ocean views are all included at the island’s many beachfront all-inclusive resorts, while Aruba itself offers dozens of unique experiences—horseback rides along the white-sand beaches, excellent snorkeling and deep-sea diving, ATV tours, and windsurfing, to name a few.
From Los Angeles and San Francisco
Flight time from LAX: 2 h 25 min
Flight time from SFO: 3 h
Los Cabos (SJD)—San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas—is the most convenient tropical beach destination for Californians and other West Coasters, making for some of the cheapest weekend getaways. It’s worth the short trip, as a vacation here can include everything from swimming with dolphins to hang-gliding to sipping drinks seaside. All-inclusive resorts in Los Cabos serve up exquisite cuisine as part of their packages, in addition to the spectacular views and perfect weather of the southern Baja.
Flight time from LAX: 4 h 35 mins
Flight time from SFO: 5 h 20 mins
For descriptions of Cancun and Riviera Maya, see “Cancun,” above.
Flight time from LAX: 3 h 05 min
Flight time from SFO: 3 h 40 min
Old Mexico meets modern luxury at the resorts of Puerto Vallarta (PVR), an enticing coastal city. There are activities for everyone: boat trips; horseback riding; diving; excursions into the state’s interior. But the pools, local cuisine, drinks, and entertainment available as part of the all-inclusive resort packages may be hard to tear away from. Still, the quaint old town and hidden sandy beaches are calling…