Three Reasons to Consider All-Inclusive Resorts For Your Family Vacation

The second my seven-day forecast shows more warmer days than not, I immediately start dreaming of beach vacations, and I’m sure many of you do, too! Nothing says summer like a warm, sandy beach and a nice cocktail, right?

Photo Credit: Sarah Pete Rizzi

I’m sure many of you rent beach houses or condos thinking they are the most affordable, easiest way to enjoy a beach vacation. But can I tell you a little secret? They aren’t.

Photo: Bitter End Yacht Club

I know, I know. Beach rentals are really popular and seemingly affordable, but after you factor in the cost of eating out and buying groceries (who wants to cook on vacation, anyway?!); the price of entertainment (those go-cart rides and mini-golf games add up!); and the hassle of walking to and from the beach with a ton of gear (how does mom always end up carrying everything??), a beach rental vacation might seem more expensive (and require more work!) after all.

If you’re looking for travel deals this summer, may I suggest a possibly surprising option? An all inclusive resort! These are often times very affordable and family friendly, and once you’re there, the work is done. No cooking, no cleaning, and no planning required.

Here are my top three reasons to consider an all inclusive over a traditional beach-rental:

No Work Required
Moms, come closer and let me tell you a secret. Ready? Vacations are supposed to be relaxing. Did you really relax on your last beach-rental vacation? Or did you find yourself buying toilet paper, lunchmeat, and frozen lasagnas 20 minutes after you dropped your bags?

At all-inclusive resorts, everything is covered. You don’t have to worry about cooking, cleaning, or even beach towels. And the walking distance from your room to the beach is often times much shorter than what you’d find at a beach-rental, meaning you (and your gear) won’t be taking a long walk to the ocean everyday. (Many resorts even have open-air shuttles!)

At an all inclusive, you can sit back, relax, and ask your husband to put sunscreen on the kids. You have a cocktail to enjoy, after all.

Nickelodeon Resort in Punta Cana offers Dora, Sponge Bob, TMNT & friends! (Photo from Nickelodeon Hotel & Resort Facebook Page)

Entertainment
If you’ve ever been to a beach with kids, you know that after about 2-3 hours, they’re ready to move on to something else. At all-inclusive resorts, the entertainment is built-in, meaning you won’t be googling, “Things to do in [insert beach name here.]” And this isn’t you average entertainment! Your kids will find themselves dancing with Dora or playing beach volleyball with Elmo. Plus, many all-inclusive resorts have kids clubs, so parents can spend some alone time together doing adult things such as sipping cocktails by the pool or getting hot-stone massages!

Cost
Believe it or not, all-inclusives can be just as affordable–if not, more affordable– than your average beach rental. It can cost between $1,000-4,000 to rent an ocean-front beach house or condo for a week for a family of four, and that doesn’t include entertainment, food/groceries, and transportation/gas. On the other hand, the average cost for round-trip airfare and seven nights in an all-inclusive room for a family of four (with insurance and transfers!) is about $4,500.

Club Med Cancun

So, have I convinced you yet? If so, check out a few of my favorite all-inclusive properties! Let me know if I can help you plan your most memorable family vacation yet!

Azul Beach, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Half Moon Resort, Jamaica

Bitter End Yacht Club, British Virgin Islands

Beaches Turks & Caicos **Great for families with severe food allergies

Coconut Bay Resort, St. Lucia

Tortuga Lodge and Gardens, Costa Rica

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