If you want to vacation in the beautiful Caribbean, you might be interested in seeing what all the all-inclusive fuss is about. The Caribbean is well-known for its all-inclusive travel packages and resorts, but you might have a few questions about this type of travel. Keep reading on to get some helpful answers.
Question: Where in the Caribbean can you get all-inclusive travel packages?
Answer: The answer is quite simple – just about everywhere. Most of the islands in the Caribbean are home to all-inclusive resorts. Despite the fact that you have many great destinations to choose from, most travelers just like you tend to opt for the Bahamas, Jamaica, or the Dominican Republic. Your goal is to find an inclusive resort and book a travel package through them.
Question: Do all-inclusive travel packages save me money?
Answer: In most cases, yes you do save money. Honestly, it is hard to tell at first. With that said, most individuals do realize that they saved money by opting for all-inclusive at the end of their trip. This is because they are able to estimate the cost of all their food, all their drinks, all their tips, all the activities they enjoyed as inclusions, and so forth.
Question: What are the other benefits of opting for all-inclusive Caribbean travel packages?
Answer: Aside from the fact that there is a good possibility that you will save money over the entire length of your trip, there are other benefits that you can reap. For example, you need to make just a few travel arrangements and most of your trip is preplanned and prepaid for. Although optional, you can include the cost of your airline reservations in with your travel package to save even more time! Less time and stress spent planning a trip often translates into a better vacation!
Question: What is included with one of these travel packages?
Answer: First it is important to note that you will find some variances. For example, a beachfront resort is likely to have snorkeling or scuba diving listed as an activity inclusion. With that said, an inland resort is not going to have these inclusions listed because they aren’t available. Typically though, you will see that when you book all-inclusive Caribbean travel packages you are paying for your room, many forms of onsite entertainment, qualifying airport transfers, food, drinks, snacks, and tips.
Question: What types of activities are listed as entertainment inclusions?
Answer: Unfortunately, I cannot give you an exact answer because you will find a variance. First, it is important to note that you must stay at a truly all-inclusive resort. A simple hotel that just slaps an all-inclusive onto their name might not have that much to offer except a swimming pool and a fitness room. On the other hand, truly all-inclusive resorts are different. The activities you gain access to might include swimming, golf, working out, tennis, basketball, windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and so forth.
Question: Are there any restrictions on food, snacks, and drinks?
Answer: It all depends on the all-inclusive travel package you buy and the resort in question. Most often, your stay includes all of your food, snacks, and drinks. What you might find a variance with is upscale restaurants. General rule of thumb is that you might be charged an affordable surcharge for restaurants where you are required to adhere to a dress code. Any additional fees should be outlined ahead of time and you can typically find these fees on the resort’s online website.
Question: What about tips? Do I still need to tip?
Answer: As with your activities and with your food, you will find a variance with tips. Typically, your question can be answered right away. On the website of your favorite resort, look for information on their inclusions. Most often, you will find that tips are included as well. Going from there, some resorts do allow you to tip extra for exceptional services but some resorts will actually advise against you doing so.
Question: Where can I buy all-inclusive Caribbean travel packages?
Answer: You can purchase your all-inclusive Caribbean travel packages through a number of different routes. For example, you can use the services of a local travel agent, book your trip through a third-party travel website, or go directly through the resort. While any method will work, you are likely to find better deals and more up-to-date information on inclusions by visiting the resort’s online website.