Relaxation is the rule at all-inclusive resorts, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be inactive. Unlimited enjoyment of pools, water parks, tennis courts and more, along with non-motorized watersports (like kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and sometimes even scuba diving), are included.
You may have to pay extra for specialty items and excursions like golf, spa services, personal watercraft rides and tours that take you off resort property. If those things are on your must-do list, ask your AAA Travel Advisor about destinations that offer resort credit that you can use toward optional activities.
On-site camps can also keep kids entertained while providing alone time for parents. Trained counselors oversee games, arts and crafts, pool time and more for little ones, while older kids can hang out in teens-only clubs with video games and other age-appropriate activities. As an added safety measure, these clubs are enforcing strict sanitation protocols and social distancing guidelines.
Room and Board
From classic hotel rooms to expansive suites, the accommodations at all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean are as varied as the islands themselves. Remember that the type of room you choose determines your overall price, so think about what’s important to you. If you plan to spend most of your time by the pool, on the golf course or in the ocean, a no-frills room might be the way to go—if you’re on a more modest budget.
If you’d rather feel as if you had a deserted island all to yourself, go for extras like private plunge pools, walkout beach access or personal butler service. Consider the view, too. An oceanfront room may cost more, but if you’re dreaming of waking up to the sight of the surf, it’ll be worth it.
Families may want to consider resorts that offer multiroom suites. Requesting connecting rooms can be a good alternative, but they’re often not guaranteed, so you may not know until check-in whether they’re available.