20 Best Caribbean & Cancun Resorts to Visit in 2021

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If you’re like us, you can’t wait to travel in 2021! And there are plenty of destinations open to visitors throughout the Caribbean and Mexico’s Riviera Maya region.

We’ve curated this list of new, updated and popular resorts in the Caribbean, Cancun and the Riviera Maya to get you started.

Happy and safe travels!

Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana

Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana was open for just months before the Pandemic struck, but the family-friendly resort impressed visitors with sprawling infinity pools, swim-up suites, and a lively water park with lazy river. The all-inclusive resort shares the same beachfront location as adults-only Hyatt Zilara. | CHECK PRICES & PHOTOS

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Excellence Punta Cana

Excellence Punta CanaThe secluded adults-only Excellence Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic features swim-up suites, suites with private plunge pools and a wide variety of dining options ranging from seafood to tapas. | CHECK PRICES & PHOTOS

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Hard Rock Punta Cana

Hard Rock Punta CanaHard Rock Punta Cana might be the perfect all-inclusive resort to visit in 2021. There’s something for everyone here – 15 pools, a lazy river, stylish suites with spa tubs and an exciting casino. The resort is located on the beach, with access to plenty of activities for kids and adults. | CHECK PRICES & PHOTOS

Royalton Splash Punta Cana

Royalton Splash Punta CanaRecently rebranded, Royalton Splash Punta Cana features one of the largest water parks in the Caribbean. Additional perks of this all-inclusive resort include upscale suites with hot tubs, diverse dining options, and access to the neighboring Royalton Punta Cana. | CHECK PRICES & PHOTOS

Sandals South Coast

Sandals South Coast Swim Up SuitesSandals updated some of their resorts during the Pandemic closures, including Sandals South Coast in Jamaica. The adults-only resort now boasts swim-up Rondoval Suites that resemble upscale Tahitian bungalows and feature private infinity-edge plunge pools, soaking tubs and butler service. | CHECK PRICES & PHOTOS

Sandals Royal Caribbean

Sandals Royal CaribbeanSandals Royal Caribbean – known for introducing the Caribbean’s first overwater bungalows – also underwent renovations, including updated suites in several buildings, and a new hot tub and new cabanas in the South Pool area. The resort also opened three new restaurants – Spices, La Tavola, and Bombay Club, the brand’s popular Indian offering. | CHECK PRICES & PHOTOS

Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa

Three-bedroom villa at Jewel Grande Montego BayThis all-inclusive resort on the beach in Montego Bay offers plenty of room for social distancing. Families can choose from spacious one- and two-bedroom suites, or three-bedroom villas with fully equipped kitchens and private plunge pools. Additional perks at Jewel Montego Bay include two oceanfront pools, private beach cabanas, and activities for kids and teens. | CHECK PRICES & PHOTOS

El Dorado Casitas Royale by Karisma

El Dorado Casitas Royale by KarismaEl Dorado Casitas Royale by Karisma is made up of upscale casitas — or bungalows — located directly on the beach in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Highlights of this adults-only resort include romantic suites with open air showers, personalized beach butlers, and private pool suites featuring infinity pools overlooking the ocean. | CHECK PRICES & PHOTOS

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El Dorado Seaside Suites

El Dorado Seaside SuitesEl Dorado Seaside Suites is an adults-only resort in Riviera Maya. The all-inclusive resort features Bali beds on the beach, luxe suites with oceanfront swim-up pools and infinity pools on each balcony, and a variety of dining and bar options, including tequila tasting. | CHECK PRICES & PHOTOS

Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Cancun

Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Cancun

This new resort is scheduled to open at the end of January in Costa Mujeres – a secluded peninsula just north of Cancun’s Hotel Zone. In addition to resort perks like a lazy river and a splash park for kids, all-inclusive Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Cancun will debut the first-ever Adult Scene – a new adults-only ‘resort-within-a-resort’ concept with exclusive suites, dining and beach access. | CHECK PRICES & PHOTOS

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The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun

Swim-up suites at The Grand at Moon Palace ResortThe Grand at Moon Palace Cancun is a luxury resort located within Moon Palace Cancun. The all-inclusive resort features upscale perks like in-suite hot tubs, a spa and swim-up suites. There are ten restaurants at The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun, serving French, Mexican and Lebanese cuisine, and more. There’s also a steakhouse and a Tapas & Wines Bar. | CHECK PRICES & PHOTOS

Royalton Antigua

Royalton AntiguaThe family-oriented Royalton Antigua features the first overwater bungalows on the island, 24-hour room service, and a variety of restaurants and bars, including the brand’s first microbrewery, Score Brewhouse. | CHECK PRICES & PHOTOS

Sandals Grande Antigua

Private plunge pools at Sandals Grande AntiguaOne of the first Sandals resorts to reopen during the Pandemic, Sandals Grande Antigua features suites with private plunge pools – perfect for social distancing – plus direct access to one of the island’s best beaches and 11 restaurants ranging from tacos to sushi. | CHECK PRICES & PHOTOS

Hammock Cove Resort

Hammock Cove Resort Plunge Pool

Last year’s debut of Hammock Cove Resort on the northeast coast of Antigua unveiled luxe details like villas with private infinity pools and Michelin-starred dining at the resort’s restaurant, Lighthouse. The all-inclusive resort overlooks a protected cove near the Devil’s Bridge National Park, and also features a stylish spa, yoga and afternoon tea. | CHECK PRICES & PHOTOS

Secrets St. Martin

A rendering of the large infinity pool at Secrets St. Martin

Secrets St. Martin was only open for a few months before the Pandemic forced it to close, but the resort is currently scheduled to reopen at the end of January. It was one of the most anticipated all-inclusive debuts in the Caribbean, bringing traditional all-inclusive amenities to the exotic French side of St. Maarten/St. Martin. Highlights include swim-out suites, a huge infinity pool and tons of water sports. | CHECK PRICES & PHOTOS

Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Rosewood Little Dix BayOne of the Caribbean’s most iconic resorts has reopened after a four-year hiatus. Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands originally closed for renovations in 2016, but a series of setbacks – including Hurricane Irma and the Pandemic – delayed its reopening. The luxury resort’s powder-white beach and sea view suites with private pools make it worth the wait. | CHECK PRICES & PHOTOS

Radisson Blu Aruba

Radisson Blu ArubaRadisson returns to Aruba this April, when the Hilton Aruba rebrands as Radisson Blu Aruba. The resort enjoys a prime location along Palm Beach, within walking distance of shopping and dining. Highlights of the resort will include an infinity pool along with separate adult and children’s pools, a hot tub, and multiple pool bars. | CHECK PRICES & PHOTOS

Baoase Luxury Resort

Baoase Luxury ResortFor the ultimate in seclusion consider Baoase Luxury Resort in Curacao. This luxury resort features villas with private pools and a private island villa— complete with private beach, infinity pool, and private boat. | CHECK PRICES & PHOTOS

Beaches Turks & Caicos

Beaches Turks & CaicosThe sprawling all-inclusive Beaches Resort on Grace Bay in the Turks & Caicos islands is geared towards families, with a huge water park, events featuring Sesame Street® characters, an Xbox Play Lounge, and a teen disco. | CHECK PRICES & PHOTOS

Coconut Bay St. Lucia

Coconut Bay Splash Pool

All-inclusive Coconut Bay St. Lucia on the island’s south coast features an adult section (Harmony) on one side and a water park and playground (Splash) for all ages on the other side. Adult travelers can upgrade to the luxe Serenity at Coconut Bay and enjoy suites with private plunge pools. | CHECK PRICES & PHOTOS

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