5 affordable tropical getaways to help you escape the cold

Banu Ibrahim
January 31, 2018

Story highlights

  • We've found affordable, all-inclusive getaways from Mexico to Thailand
  • They're available to book right now through GreatValueVacations and Groupon

One bomb cyclone during the year is one too many. So after enduring the frigid temperatures this winter, we can think of nothing better than a tropical vacation, somewhere full of sand and surf and far, far away from any upcoming Nor'easter.

For those seeking warmer locales, the sky's the limit on your travel options. Better yet, there are plenty of destinations you can travel to right now that are budget-friendly. Take, for instance, some of the offerings currently available on affordable sites like Great Value Vacations and Groupon. There are all-inclusive trips to the Caribbean and Southeast Asia up for grabs. These stays include round-trip airfare, hotel stays and even meals. The best part? All of them are under $1,100 — some even start at less than $500.

Ahead, we've rounded up five tropical vacations you can take right now that won't break the bank. Now all that's left to do is book one. Decisions, decisions.

Note: The prices below reflect the listed retailer's price on the date this article was published.

4-night stay in Playa del Carmen (starting at $705; greatvaluevacations.com)

A stay in Mexico's Playa del Carmen features the best of both sightseeing and R&R. There you'll be able to spend your days sightseeing the archaeological ruins of Tulum and your nights strolling along the sea. Another notable activity during the trip is a full-day tour of Xel-Ha, an aquatic ecopark nearby.

11-day tour of Thailand (starting at $1,199; groupon.com)

Between the airfare, accommodations and food, travel to the other side of the world can be prohibitively expensive. But not this trip! On this 10-day trip to Thailand, you can explore the cultural hubs of Phuket and Bangkok for a once-in-a-lifetime journey. Trip highlights include a visit to the Elephant World Sanctuary, a dinner cruise by Grand Pearl in Bangkok and a trip to Phi Phi Island.

4-night stay in Cancun (starting at $1,017; greatvaluevacations.com)

If your ideal vacation is just sitting on the beach and doing not much else, an all-inclusive Cancun stay is right up your alley. With this vacation in particular, you can get some sun and surf for four nights at the Hotel Riu Cancun. During the day you can go canoeing, snorkeling or take an introductory scuba diving lesson -- or better yet, stretch out on the beach. Beats shoveling snow any day.

4-night stay in Martinique (starting at $649; groupon.com)

Another Caribbean stay topping the list is a four-night trip to sunny Martinique. On this island you'll find a rich culture, botanical gardens and even an active volcano to hike. Plus, there are plenty of beaches to explore. You'll be staying at Hotel La Pagerie, which sits next to Anse Mitan beach. There you can sample traditional creole foods as you relax by the Caribbean Sea. Not too shabby for under $700.

4-night stay in Puerto Vallarta (starting at $662; greatvaluevacations.com)

Last but certainly not least is Puerto Vallarta, a resort area situated on Mexico's Pacific coast. The area is known for its iconic beaches and water sport activities such as scuba diving, kayaking and windsurfing. Beachgoers will love the abundance of things to do, and entertainment lovers will enjoy live music and events that go on daily both around the city and at the hotel. Sounds like wins all around.

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