The first all Inclusive vacation I ever went on was spring break, senior year of college. I wasn’t sure about it at first, to be honest, but my roommates really wanted to go the all inclusive way so I decided to hop on board.
All inclusive vacations are awesome. They really are. If you want to go to a beautiful resort (most likely in the Caribbean) and sit on a white sand beach, and if you don’t really care to venture off at all, and are just looking to relax and eat and drink all day, then I absolutely recommend an all inclusive vacation.
However, even though I have a few all inclusive vacations under my belt, there are some pros and cons you should know about before you decide what type of vacation you are looking for.
1. Great prices. You can find amazing deals in the Caribbean if you are looking to do an all inclusive vacation. You just have to do a little research. You can stay at a 4 or 5 star resort for 5-7 days for around $1000/person. This includes flight, hotel, food, and beverages.
2. Unlimited food and drink. It’s nice to not have to carry around a wallet or a purse or any cash when you are on vacation. Hungry? Head over to the buffet or pool side restaurant. Want a drink? Order a pina colada at the swim up bar. It’s all included in your stay anyway.
3. The Caribbean beaches. You are not going to find a nicer beach than in the Caribbean and a lot of the resorts in the Caribbean are all inclusive (especially in the Domincan Republic).
4. There is very little planning involved. Once you book the vacation, that’s pretty much all you need to do besides show up.
5. You don’t need to leave the resort. Everything is included, even some or most of the entertainment, depending on which resort you stay at. There are multiple bars, restaurants, and activities to choose from each night of your stay.
1. The food can be very average. This is a matter of opinion, but I’ve found that sometimes the food at all inclusive resorts is not always the best. This isn’t always the case, and there are certainly some very good dishes to choose from, but sometimes I find the food is of a lower quality. Obviously this depends on the resort. Be sure to research reviews of the resort before you make your final pick
2. You won’t leave the resort. This is both a pro and a con. Speaking from experience, there was not much to see and do outside of the resort. The resort had plenty of entertainment, and sitting on a beach is a wonderful way to spend a vacation, but there were times I wished I could venture off of the resort property. There just wasn’t much out there. Again, depends on where you decide to go.
Basically, if you are looking for a very low-key, relaxing, EASY vacation, then an all inclusive vacation is the way to go. If you are looking to explore, eat 5 star local cuisine, and experience history and culture I would not recommend an all inclusive vacation. It depends what mood you are in and what you want to get out of your vacation.