Make this the winter you escape to the Caribbean. From the sun-splashed Dutch isle of Aruba, to the nodding palms of Riviera Maya, the Caribbean Sea is home to stunning views, warm waters, rich culture, and, of course, luxurious resorts. If you’re an Exploria Resorts Club Exploria member, you’re in luck–some of the most beautiful resorts in the Caribbean are yours to discover. (Feature Photo: Cozumel by procsilas on Flickr.)

Watersports beckon on Aruba's white-sand beaches. The island's dry climate means sun-drenched days for weeks on end. Photo: Flickr/Goran Ingman

Watersports beckon on Aruba’s white-sand beaches. The island’s dry climate means sun-drenched days for weeks on end. Photo: Flickr/Goran Ingman

Aruba: Always remember your ABCs — Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are the three westernmost islands in the Caribbean’s Lesser Antilles, and they’re all delightfully Dutch. Aruba is home to Occidental Grand Aruba, a spectacular 5-star resort directly on the beach. And since it’s an all-inclusive resort, you can spend all of your time thinking about play, not your tab. Enjoy a swim-up bar from sparkling pools, dine on cuisine both local and international at one of seven restaurants, and dive into an array of recreation on both land and sea. There’s also a kid’s club for ages four to twelve, so everyone gets in on the fun. Visit: Occidental Grand Aruba/Barcelo Aruba

The Occidental Grand Punta Cana beckons with beachfront luxury. Photo: Flickr/Occidental Grand Punta Cana

The Occidental Grand Punta Cana beckons with beachfront luxury. Photo: Flickr/Occidental Grand Punta Cana

Dominican Republic: The coral sands of Punta Cana have become a favorite travel destination for both adult and family vacations, and no wonder! US News and World Report named Punta Cana on its top ten lists for best beach in the Caribbean, best golf destination, best affordable destination weddings, and best affordable Caribbean destinations. Stay there in style at the Occidental Grand Punta Cana, which welcomes travelers with palm tree-studded beaches, limitless recreation, and signature service the D.R. is known for. Visit: Occidental Grand Punta Cana

Cozumel's beaches and rich history go hand-in-hand. Photo: Flickr/Connie Ma

Cozumel’s beaches and rich history go hand-in-hand. Photo: Flickr/Connie Ma

Cozumel: For an intoxicating blend of culture and natural beauty, the island of Cozumel in the Mexican Riviera receives top marks. The site of ancient Mayan ruins (at least 24 sites, including shrines and watchtowers, have been found here) is spectacularly surrounded by white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. The Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park provides incredible views below the waves, while there’s plenty to do above with every watersport imaginable. Two all-inclusive resorts, the Occidental Allegro Cozumel and the Occidental Grand Cozumel, beckon our members and owners. These beachfront beauties offer easy access to everything Cozumel has to offer. Visit: Occidental Allegro Cozumel and Occidental Grand Cozumel

Underground rivers snake through Xcaret, an eco-archaeological park. Grab a floating vest and a snorkel for a trip through time. Photo: Flickr/Richard McGoldrick

Underground rivers snake through Xcaret, an eco-archaeological park. Grab a floating vest and a snorkel for a trip through time. Photo: Flickr/Richard McGoldrick

Riviera Maya: For a fun and unique adventure into the heart of Mexico’s cultures, think Xcaret. This eco-archaeological park blends natural wonders with living history to create a park where families can enjoy everything from snorkeling to traditional Mayan games, with a side of nighttime spectaculars and diverse dining. Guests of the Occidental at Xcaret Destination can enjoy unlimited entry into Xcaret Ecological Park. There’s also all the other benefits of an all-inclusive families and adult travelers love, with 11 restaurants, 10 bars, five swimming pools (including one salt water pool), plus everything from archery to volleyball to keep you busy! Visit: Occidental at Xcaret

So where will you escape winter this year? These Caribbean destinations are just a handful of the offerings available to Exploria Resorts Club Exploria members. If you’re not a member yet, visit Club Exploria’s website to find out more about the destinations that await you!

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