Plan a Caribbean All Inclusive Trip for the First Time – Dos and Don’ts

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If this is your first time planning an all inclusive trip to the Caribbean, you might be looking for some helpful tips and tricks to get the best deal, find the best resort and more. For help with planning your first all inclusive Caribbean vacation, please keep reading on.

DO know what a stay at “true” all inclusive resort should give you. If you are traveling from the United States and if you aren’t a big traveler, you may have never stayed at an all inclusive resort before. Unfortunately, some are better than others. In fact, you will find some hotels and even motels that claim to be all inclusive when they really aren’t. A true all inclusive resort gives you lots of things to do and see right onsite but most of it was already included in the cost of your stay. For instance, a great all inclusive resort in the Caribbean will have a handful of included beach activities and land activities, multiple onsite eateries, and more!

DON’T forget that there are many all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. Whether you visit a travel website or plug “all inclusive Caribbean” resorts into a search engine, you will see many choices. There are even more out there. This is important to know because you don’t want to choose the first all inclusive resort that you come across. You want to view them all, eliminate those that aren’t the perfect fit, and then compare all of your favorites to find the best deal.

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DO make the decision yourself. It is fine to do some research online and read about the top rated all inclusive resort in the Caribbean or look into a resort that a friend of a friend recommended, but you want to make the decision yourself. What is unique about the Caribbean and all inclusive resorts is that they aren’t all the same. You can find a large selection of different onsite restaurants, activities, entertainment, and more. You literally have the ability to find the resort that seems as if it was built for no one else but you. However, before that can happen you must know what you want and need to get from your travels.

DON’T gather information from a third party travel website. Now this isn’t to say that you can’t book your travel plans through one of these websites, but when it comes to information gathering you will find the most accurate and up to date information on the website of the resort in question. Moreover, you are likely to see a larger selection of pictures. When it comes to deciding which resort you want to choose, this extra information can help you make the right choice.

DO consider including your airline reservations in with your all inclusive Caribbean travel package. Most resorts will let you decide. If you were to dissect the cost of a travel package line by line, you would likely see that the costs of your flights are very similar. Basically this means that you can get a good deal by saving time and automatically including them in with your travel package.

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DON’T choose a resort that is jam packed with inclusions you could careless about. Of course there really isn’t any harm that comes from staying at a resort where there is a lot to do and see. The thing though is you want to ensure it is stuff you want to do and see. Even though you don’t pay extra for inclusions, you did technically pay for use ahead of time. So if you don’t care about golfing, you don’t need to choose a resort with an onsite golf course.

DO examine nearby activities…just in case. What is nice about staying at an all inclusive resort in the Caribbean is that you can stay right onsite and have the vacation of your dreams. These resorts are designed to let you do and see everything you could imagine right on the property. This can save you travel time and travel costs. However, you might not know if and when that urge to get out and explore will hit. There are benefits to familiarizing yourself with nearby attractions and activities so that you aren’t left blindly driving around an unfamiliar place.

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By: Melissa Aldridge

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