Does the end of summer have you yearning for one last beach fling before the chill of autumn settles in?

I’m in the midst of writing about the Dominican Republic and Mexico this week and have stumbled upon some amazing last-minute travel deals in the process.

Here are three affordable hotel deals in Punta Cana and the Riviera Maya offering exceptional last-minute savings that just might tempt you to hop a flight.  


Riviera Maya, Mexico

FAMILY FRIENDLY: Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa is offering up to 30% off from now until December 20, 2013. Rates start at $74 per person, per night all-inclusive based on double occupancy. Second child stays, eats and plays for free.  

FREE UPGRADE: Barceló Maya Colonial is offering a 45% off last-minute escape with free upgrade to a Junior Suite Club Premium guest room. Rates start at $100 per person, per night all-inclusive based on double occupancy. Offer valid thru October 31, 2013.


Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 

FREE AIRPORT TRANSPORT: Barceló Bávaro Palace Deluxe (family-friendly) is offering a 40% off last-minute escape deal that includes free transportation to/from the Punta Cana airport. Rates start at $88 per person, per night all-inclusive based on double occupancy. Offer valid until October 31, 2013

If You Go:

Find complete trip planning information for the Dominican Republic and the Mexican Caribbean at and


[photo credits: Intro) photo by casadequeso via Flickr CCL, 1) courtesy Sandos Hotels & Resorts; 2) courtesy Barceló Hotels & Resorts; 3) courtesy Barceló Hotels & Resorts.] 


About Ellen Barone: Consumer travel journalist Ellen Barone is the founder and publisher of and She’s currently at work on her first book - I COULD LIVE HERE. Click here to learn more or stay connected on Twitter at,FacebookPinterestGoogle+ and LinkedIn