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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Caribbean

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Caribbean

by Hope Heldmar

Did you know that the US has more Cinco de Mayo celebrations than Mexico? Yup, there are more cities in the US celebrating the defeat of the French by the Mexican army at the Battle of Puebla than in Mexico. So consider yourself a cultural ambassador by celebrating Cinco de Mayo while you stay at one of these two terrific, all inclusive resorts! A frosty cerveza and a white-sand beach are made for each other.

You might think we're going to highlight resorts in Mexico as the best places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but only the state of Puebla really observes this holiday. Instead, head for Punta Cana and the spectacular Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana. You'll find it easy to party since there are five bars serving unlimited premium-brand beverages as part of the Unlimited Luxury(R) service. You can brush up your high school Spanish with a complimentary class, dive in with an intro to scuba in the pool or show off your Latin dance moves in the nightclub. TripAdvisor named the resort's beach as #8 on its "Best Beach in the World" list, and once you see the white sand, swaying coconut trees and gorgeous water, you'll agree. It's the perfect vacation beach for a little partying, a little sunning and non-stop fun. Whether you spend the weekend or the week here for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations, don't miss a chance to sample the authentic Mexican cuisine at El Patio. We think the peach margaritas deserve a special holiday of their own!

Our other nominee for best resort to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa in Jamaica. The resort shares facilities with neighboring Grand Palladium Resort & Spa Resort, which caters to families. The Lady Hamilton offers adults a chance to join the party or escape it at the adults-only beach or at the adults-only Coral pool, which is open until midnight and has a built-in Jacuzzi. In search of others celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Jump in the massive main pool, the largest in Jamaica, and swim up to the bar for your cerveza. When the sun sets, there's no better place to move the party and catch those fiery hues than from the Infinity Bar on the second floor overlooking the main pool. If you're looking for more than a fabulous beach and pool scene, this resort features a world-class spa, a championship golf course and a lively list of daily activities that will have you going from sun up to sun down and into the wee hours of the morning. The only tough decision will be what to do next!

No matter if your personal tradition is nachos and beer or a community festival, US Cinco de Mayo celebrations are fun. But celebrating Cinco de Mayo in the Caribbean, with a white-sand beach and an all inclusive resort, is even better.