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EDR map sign-reducedIt seems that All Inclusive resorts are getting more and more popular among travelers these days but is it the right vacation for you?

Let’s look at the pro’s of an all inclusive resort:

1.  Budgeting– when booking an all inclusive resort, you’ll know your costs up front.  You don’t have to figure in what you’ll spend for meals, drinks and resort activities.

2.  Dining- you know where you’re going to eat.  You’ll have your choice of a number of restaurants on the resort grounds (or perhaps at sister resorts) and the most you need to think about is which one to go to.

3.  Activities- things like non motorized water sports, daytime and evening entertainment and more are included.  You might not ever need to leave the resort grounds.

4.  Put your wallet in the safe for the entire vacation– with the exception of spa treatments, purchases at the gift shop or specialty beverages, there is little if any out of pocket expenses- even tipping.

Let’s look at the Con’s of an all inclusive resort: 

1.  You may never leave the resort– if you like to explore the destination you are traveling to, you might not get to explore if you feel like you need to get your money’s worth of food and beverages at the resort.

2.  The food may not be “local”- if you are the kind of traveler who likes to eat like the locals, the food you will get at an all inclusive resort is not going to be what you are looking for.  The food at many all inclusive resorts are prepared to please the palates of the travelers- not necessarily the locals.

3.  Activities- if you prefer not to be bothered and prefer not to have the “entertainment staff” encourage you to participate in beach volley ball or salsa dancing lessons, some all inclusive resorts may not be for you.

4.  Food allergies or you’re a picky eater- Not all all inclusive resorts are created equally when it comes to food.  We noticed this on our last vacation to Mexico.  Since I follow a gluten free diet, we were able to see how some all inclusive resorts handle this food allergy very well, while others were not as good.   Also, if you are a picky eater, some all inclusive resorts may limit the number of times you can eat at their “a la carte” or sit down (waiter service) restaurants for dinner.  This may not be for you if you are a picky eater or a foodie.

When it comes to your vacation, My Vacation Lady can help you figure out it an all inclusive resort is the right vacation for you.   We’ve been helping our clients plan their dream honeymoons and vacations since 1994 and we can help you figure out what will make all of the difference in the quality and experience of your next vacation.