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Old 02-21-2008, 09:49 AM
 
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A "real" all inclusive vacation includes meals, activities, drinks (including alcohol) and of course loding. Some, however, do not include alcoholic beverages and they usually do not include sports such as scuba or escorted touring....

Some are all inclusive for families that include kid activities through out the day - some have night time activities; there are some just for couples and others for everyone. Just read carefully ...if you want a romanticor quiet vacation do not to an all-inclusive that advertises for "everyone".

The Domincan Republic, Jamaica nd Mexico, I found, are probably the least expensive and most popular in the Caribbean for mid - high level all-inclusive resorts. Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is perfect for all inclusive because it is not the best place to explore on your own.

I came across some great deals on some sites. In Punta Cana you can go for 3 ngts at the Sunscape...looks like the deal ends on the 27th of February.

A great rate that you can't compete with is $89 for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all the drinks you can handle...even mini-golf and volleyball is included....not to mention all the other "typical" things.

All in all, all-inclusive is the way to go!!!!!

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Old 02-21-2008, 10:04 AM
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Location: Central Coast, Ca
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The hubby and I have been contemplating trying out an all-inclusive. We used to think that wasn't our 'type' of vacation but lately we have been thinking about giving it a try. Is the food generally good with variety?
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Old 02-21-2008, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Here
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We've done all-inclusive several times in Mexico and often end up leaving the resort to eat dinner somewhere else. The food is not too good at the places I've been.
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Old 02-21-2008, 11:28 AM
 
Location: FL to GA back to FL
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My husband and I do all inclusives. But we are picky which resort we pick and always do adult only. (or 16 +) Our son is in college so, if we don't have our kid with us, I don't want to hear any potentially screaming children.

The resorts we pick as I said are adults only, gourmet inclusive. Some of the AI resorts have buffets and subpar food. The gourmet makes a huge difference. We also go to the ones that have premium alcohol. Nothing worse than a cocktail with crappy liquor.
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Old 02-21-2008, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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I'm afraid it's my idea of vacation hell.

I much prefer independent travel and the best part for me with travelling is the being in the local community, eating at local restaurants, shopping at local shops, visiting local sites on my own and organising my own leisure activities.

I feel the same way about cruises. I also tend not to like the adverse impact many resorts have on the local economy and some can be complete environmental nightmares.

I think it depends what you want out of travel. I want to feel part of the local life, imbibe as much history, natural wonders as possible and all with the least of human beings around me.

Travelling to me is about seeing the world and meeting people who are completely different from me, culturally, and not a carbon copy of back home with more sunshine. I guess we all like different things.
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Old 02-21-2008, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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It's all a matter of age, taste, time allocated, and personal needs.
My wife and I like all inclusive at our older age. Since we have a handicapped situation it makes a lot of sense for us to have everything arranged and planned out. We do get to see many things we normally wouldn't if we stayed home, and getting away and seeing something is better than nothing at all.
If we were younger and healthier we would travel by ourselves to various locations and arrange everything ourselves to see the innards of the places we visit and the people.
The majority of the people we've met like the all inclusive arrangements.
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Old 02-21-2008, 09:28 PM
 
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The hubby and I have been contemplating trying out an all-inclusive. We used to think that wasn't our 'type' of vacation but lately we have been thinking about giving it a try. Is the food generally good with variety?

I think, like most things in life, you tend to get what you pay for.

If an AI deal seems to be way too good to be true, then you will often find that corners are being cut somewhere.

Are all buffets bad? Nope.

I've been to a couple of places where the food was different and tasty every night. On the other hand, I've been to a couple of spots where I wished I'd packed a jar of peanut butter in my suit case.

Stick to resorts that are rated 4-star or above, and Google search Hotel Reviews in (destination) to find a couple of sites that offer recent hotel reviews written by travellers who've stayed at the resort.
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:08 PM
 
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My brother, his wife, their 3 children (ages 5, 10 & 12) and his mother-in-law went to all inclusive vacation at a Club Med resort in Mexico this past summer. They loved it and would definitely consider doing this type of vacation again.
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