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Playa Del carmen, Mexico

A drop-dead gorgeous setting is always a plus, and Playa del Carmen's 664-room, village-style Riu Tequila can certainly lay claim to that. But the resort is also an ideal spot for those who like their all-inclusives brimming with activity.

Its four restaurants, 24-hour snacks, three bars, and disco offer plenty of options for on-site fun. But guests here also have full access (minus...

Aruba, Aruba

When people talk about Manchebo Beach Resort, they tend toward words like "intimate" and "tranquil." Oh yeah, and "gorgeous." The first part is no surprise, given this two-story boutique resort has just 71 rooms. The second comes thanks to a nicely appointed property, but even more so, to its perch on the eye candy that is Eagle Beach.

Visually, the beach—Aruba's...

MARAPICA, Dominican Republic

Iberostar bills its 516-room beachfront Costa Dorada as the perfect vacation for anyone who loves watersports. And with its prime location on the Dominican Republic's northern coast, plus an ample offering of activities—from kayaking to snorkeling and diving—there's no question it delivers.

But there's also an appeal for anyone who appreciates having plenty of activity...

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

For travelers who love a great deal and want an all-inclusive resort that's thrumming with activity, the 463-room Riu Mambo—on the beach in gorgeous Maimon Bay in Puerto Plata—may be the perfect solution. (Travelers, please note, however, that this resort closes for the season from June through October.)

The resort itself has two restaurants and two bars, two lagoon-style...

Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

Tucked away in the heart of the Riviera Maya is the quiet gated community of Puerto Aventuras and the Catalonia Riviera Maya resort. The azure waters of the Mexican Caribbean and a slim-but-pretty white-sand beach are the big draw here, but there's more to love than just surf and sand.

First, although you're staying at the Riviera, you actually have access to all the amenities of two...

Montego Bay, Jamaica

If those 500-plus-room resorts feel like they're brimming with a little too much humanity for your taste, then the 143-room Royal Decameron Montego Beach is your perfect antidote. Big enough to offer variety but small enough to keep it personal, this resort has a loyal following that keeps coming back for more.

Royal Decameron's uber-friendly service is one hallmark, but it also makes...

Akumal, Mexico

If it feels like you're in the jungle here, well, you are. But you're hardly isolated. Cut into the lush vegetation of Mexico's Caribbean coastline, the 288-room, adults-only Royal Tulum manages to create an inviting environment that's secluded, yet flush with options. Indoors, guests can take advantage of a spa, a health club, seven restaurants, four bars, a disco, and nightly entertainment....

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

If you're looking for a bustling resort with nonstop activity, the 590-room Dominicana may be just the ticket. Located on the Dominican Republic's east coast at Playa Bavaro, the colorfully Caribbean Dominicana serves up its dizzying menu of activities against a gorgeous beachfront backdrop.

Since it's one of the resort's finer features, let's start with the beach, which is wide,...

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

If you thought you couldn't do luxe without breaking the $200-per-night mark, think again. The 658-room Majestic Colonial, which opened in 2005, has an undeniable wow factor, especially for hotels in this price range.

With its 400-meter lagoon-style pool, wide white-sand beach, and lush greenery, this resort has no problem pulling off the tropical paradise vibe outdoors. But inside,...