In our last article, we looked at some of the countries that are currently accepting American tourists despite COVID-19. We will now highlight some of the best places to stay in these countries. We encourage responsible traveling and that you follow all the necessary COVID-19 safety protocols to keep yourself and everyone around you as safe as possible.
Best Places to stay in the Caribbean
There are several accommodation options available to visitors in the Caribbean. The rates for hotels and other villa type accommodations are among the lowest that you would have probably seen in years. Many places to stay in the region are all-inclusive resorts that offer guests everything they need in a vacation, from unlimited dining, entertainment to unlimited premium drinks. There are also small villa and Airbnb operations that are available if you desire more privacy and want to be away from the larger number of people that are inevitable at a larger resort. Here is a country by country break of best places to stay in the Caribbean during COVID-19.
Aruba is known for its pristine beaches and is home to some of the most beautiful beach resorts in the Caribbean. Some of the resorts currently open to American tourists include The Manchebo Beach Resort, The Bucuti, and Tara Beach Resort, Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort, Holiday Inn Resort Aruba, and Renaissance Aruba Resort. If you desire a villa or Airbnb’s privacy, you can stay at Golden Villas Aruba, Aruba Guest House, or the ultra-secluded Pista Q Villa.
The friendly island of Antigua is also welcoming American visitors during COVID-19. When you visit, you can stay at the luxurious Sandals Grande Antigua, Hammock Cove Antigua, Coco Bay Resort, Cocos Hotel, and Siboney Beach Club. If you are interested in private stays, The Villas at Sunset Lane, Tamarind Hills Villas, and Lamblion Apartments are great options.
The Dominican Republic currently has more hotels and resorts available to visitors than any other Caribbean island. American visitors are likely to get great deals on vacations to the Dominican Republic right now. Some of the Dominican Republic’s top resorts that are currently accepting American guests include Westin Punta Cana, Dreams Palm Beach, Iberostar Punta Cana, Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, and JW Marriot. Available villas and residencies include Villa Serena, Villa Sunset Coson, and The Peninsula House.
The island of Jamaica has been welcoming American visitors since July 1, 2020 and is one of the first Caribbean countries that started accepting visitors during COVID-19. All visitors must stay at a resort along “the resilient corridor,” a special zone created by the Jamaican government that stretches from Negril in the West of the island to Portland in the east. Some of the resorts that are gladly accepting American guests include Hilton Rose Hall, Hyatt Ziva and Zilara, Royalton Negril, Sandals Montego Bay, Jewel Paradise Cove, and many others. Smaller villa operations accepting guests are Jamaica Inn, Silent Waters Villa, and Idle Awhile Villa.
Other Caribbean Islands such as Barbados, the Bahamas, St. Lucia, Saint Maarten, Turks, and Caicos Islands, St. Vincent, and the US Virgin Islands all have fantastic accommodation options available to the American traveler currently. The opulent Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort and Sandals Grande St. Lucian in St. Lucia are just a couple of the many safe and COVID-19 compliant resorts that you can stay in these islands.
For American tourists who want to venture a little further away from home, the South American countries of Brazil and Ecuador are currently accepting American travelers. In Brazil, some of the hotels that are operational right now include Hilton Sao Paulo, Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro, Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel and Resort, Americas Copacabana Hotel, and many others. For Ecuador, La Mirage Garden Hotel and Spa, TRYP BY Wyndham, Hilton Colon Quito, JW Marriot Quito are just a few of the properties that are currently accepting American visitors.
Mexico is one of the most accessible destinations if you are an American traveler. If you want a vacation that is close to home, especially now when COVID-19 is so rampant, there is no better destination to visit than Mexico. Mexico, currently have several of its best hotels open to the public; some that you can stay at include Playa Grande Resort and Spa (Cabo San Lucas), Marival All-Inclusive Resort and Suites (Nuevo Vallarta), Fiesta Americana Acapulco Villas (Acapulco), Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara (Guadalajara) and Princess Mundo Imperial (El Marques). Some villa type accommodations that currently available to American tourists are Villa Lontananza (Las Brisas), Palmilla Dunes (Palmilla), and Villa Veronica (Acapulco).
If you want an Asian vacation and do not mind stringent COVID-19 protocols, Cambodia could be your destination of choice. This is one of the few Asian countries that are accepting American tourists at this time. Some noted hotels that you can stay in Cambodia are Mane Family Vacation Hotel, Angkor Miracle Resort and Spa, and Memoir d’Angkor Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap. If you stay in Phnom Penh, The Bridge Club Hotel and Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel are great options. For a more secluded accommodation option, you can stay at Java Wooden Villa and Residence in Siem Reap, Golden Vishnu Villa in Siem Reap, or Villa Borann in Phnom Penh.
French Polynesia is one of the places that we all aspire to vacation. The good news is that they are accepting American tourists during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in a vacation to this beautiful part of the world, some of the best places to stay are Conrad Bora Bora Nui, Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, and Blue Heaven Island in Bora Bora. If you wish to visit Tahiti, the Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort and Hotel Royal Tahitien provide exemplary accommodation and service to all their guests.
These are some of the places that you can stay when you visit some of the countries that are currently accepting American tourists. We cannot overemphasize the importance of adhering to all COVID-19 protocols and doing some research before booking your vacation during this pandemic.
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