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Value vacations: 9 money saving tropical destinations from Nashville in 2014

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Nashville is a great place – for living, working and playing but everyone needs a vacation and there’s no need to break the bank to take one. Many people are unaware that residents of Nashville and surrounding areas can fly non-stop from the Nashville International Airport to several tropical destinations in Jamaica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic for hundreds of dollars less than published airfares from the major US carriers? In fact, there are several gateway cities within driving distance of Nashville for even more options – more on that later.

Whether you need to get away to relax your stresses at a luxurious spa, indulge in fine cuisine prepared by award winning chefs, experience the rich history of an ancient civilization or reignite the passion with your partner, there are destinations offering vacation packages from Nashville for much less than you can find from the big agencies online and these offer the convenience of non-stop flights and tons of resorts and hotels to meet your every need and expectation. Perhaps you’re on a tight budget and want to take the family along. Nashville specific vacation packages are being offered which allow children to travel for free and stay free at all-inclusive resorts, many requiring no single supplement which is perfect for single parents.

In this article, you'll discover 9 money saving tropical destinations (in no particular order) for your perfect vacation get-away from the Nashville area to various Caribbean Islands and Mexico. You'll also uncover some destination information, recommended activities and available dates but first, you should know about the other gateway cities, which I'll briefly cover next.

In case the closest airport to you is a bit of a drive from Nashville, 12 new cities were added in 2014. In addition to the vacation packages from Nashville, you can score incredible values from other cities as well.

Click on one of the links below for more information, pricing and availability from the city of your choice:

  • BWI - this gateway is brand new for 2014 and requested by thousands of travelers. Offering non-stop flights from Baltimore/Washington Dulles to Cancun, Riviera Maya, Jamaica, Punta Cana or the Bahamas.Choose from a wide selection of resorts for families, adults only, couples only or select an eco resort for those adventure seekers.
  • Memphis
  • New Orleans
  • Newark
  • Raleigh-Durham
  • Richmond
  • New York JFK

The deals are offered by Vacation Express who has chartered out weekly flights operated and serviced by Miami Air, Aero Mexico and Sunwing Airlines which include open bar, free checked bags, headphones for in-flight entertainment and a champagne toast. On the flights to Mexico, you can even upgrade to the first class cabin for only $75! Be sure to check out pricing & availability of these tropical getaways for the dates that work best for you online. If you want personalized service, you can also speak to one of their consultants by calling (855) 822-8747.

Whether you choose to book a complete package or book only air, you'll be amazed by the pricing you'll find. To give you an example, by using these exclusive charters, a flight departing Nashville on April 20th to Cancun or Riviera Maya and returning to Nashville on April 26th is only $199.00! Compare that to the lowest available published airfare found on Google Flights, which came in at $426 on United Airlines requiring a layover in Houston and you'll quickly see the incredible value. As far as the package prices, they were $300 cheaper on average too. You can check out prices on all the major online agencies at the same time with the a search and compare travel prices tool.

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Value Vacations from Nashville: Jamaica
Value Vacations from Nashville: Jamaica Steven Talbott

Value Vacations from Nashville: Jamaica

Travel from the Nashville area to Jamaica

Our first 3 destinations are located on the Caribbean island of Jamaica, home of Bob Marley, reggae and a place where honeymoons reign supreme. It's also a great place to tie the knott. Getting married in Jamaica is easy, too. Jamaica is the third largest Caribbean island and has everything – unspoiled white-sand beaches, beautiful blue mountains, luscious waterfalls, historic, grand plantations and awesome coffee.

Jamaica is also known for its huge selection of all-inclusive resorts and vacation villages where everything you could possibly want to do, need to have or want to see are included and available within the resort. There are many types of all-inclusive resorts which cater to an array of dynamics, interests and desired environments. From adults-only resorts with very romantic or "party til the sun comes up" atmospheres, family friendly resorts complete with full scale water parks and culinary villages where you can taste the finest foods and wines, there’s something for everyone. Typically, you can leave your wallet behind at an all-inclusive resort because all meals, beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), entertainment, activities and watersports are included and many resorts don’t even allow tipping!

There’s no shortage of activities and adventures in Jamaica if you choose to explore outside of the resort complex, either. From hiking to the top of a mountain, sliding down natural water falls, visiting Bob Marley’s estate, zip lining at Mystic Mountain, jumping off cliffs and watching the beautiful sunset at Rick’s Cafe

The 3 destinations in Jamaica are all accessible from the Montego Bay airport. From Nashville, the vacation packages and non-stop flights are done on a 4 night rotation departing every Thursday and returning every Monday from mid-May to mid-September. Choose from these destinations in Jamaica for the ultimate vacation value from Nashville, TN and surrounding areas:

  1. Montego Bay, Jamaica
  2. Negril, Jamaica
  3. Ocho Rios, Jamaica

For a list of available vacations from Nashville to Jamaica and to check pricing and availability, you can visit:

If you're planning on a Jamaican destination wedding, be sure to check out the requirements here.

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Value Vacations from Nashville: Mexico
Value Vacations from Nashville: Mexico Steven Talbott

Value Vacations from Nashville: Mexico

Travel from the Nashville area to Mexico

Our next 3 value vacations from Nashville takes us to Mexico, which has never been more affordable. The economy is still recovering which translates to some awesome deals for you. This destination is the most affordable which is why hotels, villas, restaurants and most tourist services across the country are offering great deals for tourists in Mexico and adding tons of value. Think free room upgrades, additional nights free, complementary dinner, spa services and even excursions.

It’s no secret that Mexico has been getting some bad press lately but the areas below are very safe for US Tourists. As a pillar of the Mexican economy, the safety of its visitors is Mexico’s top concerns. It really boils down to common sense. Just like any city in the Unites States, don’t walk down a dark alley by yourself at night and there won’t be any issues.

There are plenty of things to do in Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Playa del Carmen. So much, in fact, it would take 7 week long trips, and 10 hours each day to spend time at all of them. Whether you want to visit ancient ruins such as Chichen Itza, take a sunset cruise alongside the Rivera Maya or tour the popular nightclubs as a VIP, you’ll never find yourself bored.

In addition to the 3 destinations mentioned in Jamaica, these three Mexican destinations are all accessible via the Cancun airport and happens to offer non-stop flights from Nashville as well:

  1. Cancun, Mexico
  2. Isla Mujeres, Mexico
  3. Playa del Carmen, Mexico

If you're planning to get married in Mexico, perhaps with a beach front ceremony or maybe you have hopes for a big Riviera Maya destination wedding with all your family and friends, you'll be pleased to know that Mexico's marriage requirements are relaxed. 

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Value Vacations from Nashville: Dominican Republic
Value Vacations from Nashville: Dominican Republic Steven Talbott

Value Vacations from Nashville: Dominican Republic

Travel from the Nashville area to Dominican Republic

Our final stop and last 3 destinations are located on the wonderful island of the Dominican Republic. The native language here is Spanish but don’t be surprised to hear quite a bit of French, since its right next to Haiti where their official language is French. If you don’t speak either, don’t worry because many people speak enough English to communicate effectively.

The capital of the DR is Santo Domingo which is the oldest city in the new world, full of history and possibly the most vibrant place in all of the Caribbean. The resort towns of Punta Cana and Puerto Plata boast some of the world’s best beaches and an array of hotels and resorts to choose from.

Things to do in Dominican Republic

As far as things to do, there’s definitely no shortage. Take a sightseeing tour of Santo Domingo, rent a Mini Cooper and tour Punta Cana or spend a half day on a dune buggy adventure if you want. For those who love the energy of nightlife, check out the Oro Nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino or if you love the water, you can indulge in an all-inclusive catamaran cruise to Saona Island.

All 3 destinations in the Dominican Republic are easily accessible by flying into the Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata or Samana airport. Number seven, eight and nine of our value vacations from Nashville, are:

Dominican Republic's entry requirements

You'll have to purchase a tourist card but don't worry, it's only $10. In the past, visitors waited for hours to buy them. Dominican Republic tourist cards are now available for purchase online!

Travel Tips to the Dominican Republic / Marriage Requirements

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