What is usually included in all-inclusive vacation package?
All meals and drinks, beer, wine, sometimes premium liquor, government taxes, gratuities, entertainment, activities, non-motorized watersports, as well as airfare and accommodations, are generally included in one price. Hotel transfers are optional when buying an all-inclusive package and there is travel insurance to consider as an additional charge as well. One benefit of the all-inclusive resort is that single up-front price that is paid before you leave home.
Most all-inclusive resorts are going to have nice a la carte restaurants with the numbers varying from resort to resort as well as their reservation policies.
Tennis and squash courts may be free and often night-lit courts are no charge, but bring your rackets, as you may have to pay to rent them. Most packages do not include golfing fees. In most cases, you’ll have to rent a golf cart, but compared to the price of play, that cost is negligible. Small sailing crafts are usually free to use as are kayaks, boogie boards and surf boards. Snorkels, masks and fins are usually free, but may have a time limit (note: bring masks from home if you can, keeping in mind that the one-size-fits-all variety is often useless on little faces). On-property snorkeling is free, but the most interesting underwater sights are usually somewhere else. The latter will cost you, if not for the snorkeling itself, then for the transportation to get you there and back. Motorized water sports costs can climb upwards of $60 an hour. Parasailing is another costly venture.
Divers, too, may find an all-inclusive resort cost-effective. Tanks have to be paid for separately, but diving excursions are included in some of these resorts. If you are not certified, most resorts offer a ‘resort certification’ which will allow you to go on closely supervised guided dives. A resort certification is a great introduction to the sport. If, however, you are already a certified diver, some resorts, such as Sandals and Beaches, offer one or two tank dives a day in their all-inclusive packages. A swim with the dolphins, for example, runs about $100 per person — more than small change if you’re traveling with a family of four. Consider carefully these additional factors before purchasing an all-inclusive vacation package. Price is often relative to quality. Check to see what’s included in the price, so you don’t incur any additional costs that you’re not prepared to pay for.
So, is an all-inclusive resort right for you?