Pros and cons of going to an all-inclusive resort

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There are many decisions to make when you are booking your vacation. For example, where do you want to go? How long do you want to stay? What do you want to do while you are there? What can you afford?

One important question that you need to ask is whether or not you want to stay at an all-inclusive resort. Before you answer it through, you need to weigh the pros and cons of staying at one:

Pros:

  • All-inclusive includes almost everything. An all-inclusive plan includes three meals a day, soft drinks and, typically, beer, wine, and liquor, plus your accommodations and some activities.
  • Your budget is set. Stick to what they are including and your budget is set. No unexpected expenses to derail your budget.
  • No decisions to make. If you’re bringing a larger group on vacation, an all-inclusive has a range of activities to participate in, so there’s no need for everybody to make a decision.
  • Convenience: It’s one-stop shopping or vacationing. Everything you need is here to enjoy. There are dining options, accommodations, nightclubs, activities, babysitting and so much more, so you can sit back and relax knowing that all is taken care of.

Cons

  • All-inclusive doesn’t include fancy drinks. Prepare to pay for the Dom Perignon because most plans don’t include high-priced drinks.
  • Mealtimes are limited. Even if there are multiple restaurants on a resort, it doesn’t mean each restaurant is included in your all-inclusive price. You’re forced to dine where they tell you to go. Anything else and you’ll have to open your wallet.
  • Activities aren’t always available. Sure, you can play tennis or enjoy yoga or a dip in the pool as part of your all-inclusive price. But if you want to participate in other activities, such as scuba diving, snorkeling or whale watching, prepare to pay extra. Most water sports aren’t included.
  • Not everything about kids is free. Some all-inclusive resorts charge for child care services and kids programs, while others include programs, but not babysitting. Check the resort brochure so you know what to expect.
  • Show me the money. While some resorts include spa treatments, others consider this an extra luxury that will add to your bottom line.

So what do you choose? It depends on your financial situation. Do you have extra money to splurge on things when you’re on vacation? If not, an all-inclusive might suit you better, so you have a fixed budget.

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