JAMAICA - CANCUN/RIVIERA MAYA - PUNTA CANA - BAHAMAS
All-Inclusive Hotels and Resorts always include 3 meals daily, unlimited bar drinks, your hotel accommodations and your room taxes. These inclusions would be the minimum to be called "all-inclusive" but after that, there is a wide diversion of included features and resorts that are targeted towards every type of vacation. Jamaica was the origin of all-inclusive and still the best value on the market today along with Cancun/Riviera Maya in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and newcomer Dominican Republic with thousands of rooms in Punta Cana on the Southeast Coast of Hispanola. Because the wage rates are so low in these countries all-inclusive provides a high level of customer service at a value price. Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Cancun airports are less than 2 hours flying time from most Florida airports and serviced by frequent flights from many gateways across the USA.
After meals/drinks, a room and tax other all-inclusives have added a host of special features. Many full featured resorts like Sandals, Beaches, Couples, Breezes and others have Scuba Diving and Waterskiing along with a host of water toys. Newer entrants like Sol-Melia (Paradisus and Melia), RIU, Iberostar, Secrets/Dreams only offer limited non motorized watersports, but offer a heavier choice of specialty restaurants and a heavy reliance on Jr. Suite accommodations. Other resorts specialize into family markets (many with a baby concierge), clothing optional resorts, honeymooners, spa resorts (spa usually not included), budget affordable resorts or singles.
As a travel agency, we handle most of the all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean/Mexico and we can match rates/features with anybody. We only use the best tour operators like Go Go Worldwide Vacations, Apple Vacations and other niche market tour operators but we can also buy direct from the hotel companies at the guaranteed best price. With our airline computer we can also look at unbiased displays for flights that are sometimes hidden on page 47 of the web pages just because they cost $8 or $10 more. We know what airlines fly to what destination and we are versed about luggage charges and other fees that sometimes make a cheap carrier like Spirit cost the average traveler over $100 more per trip than originally advertised. When you buy an all-inclusive the air times do matter so you can maximise your time on the ground consuming all-iinclusive services. To save a few bucks on air and miss the whole day in a resort on a 3 or 4 day vacation makes no sense so you need a good agent to make sure you get value, the most convenient schedule and a good price.
In addition to the big three in all-inclusive of Jamaica, Mexico and Dominican Republic; we do sell more upscale destinations like Bahamas and further away destinations like the Eastern Caribbean that also offer all-inclusive but usually as a meal plan option as the costs and thus the cost of all-inclusive is higher. In places like Nassau/Paradise Island or St. Thomas that are close to a US wage scale, you will see more self-serve like slurpee machines with frozen drinks. Further away Eastern Caribbean Islands have some of the upscale brands like Sandals but also high dollar European Plan or Boutique hotels that offer expensive all-inclusive meal plans with high quality food and beverage choices but activities that are offered on an a-la-carte style where you pay as you go.
My point overall is that all-inclusive is not a generic word as it has as many choices as there are all-inclusive resorts to visit. A good travel agency can help you decide what features you will use so your personality, budget and desired amenities are satisfied.
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