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All Inclusive Family Vacations - Tips and FAQs



All-Inclusive Family Vacations: Get The Planning Right!

All-inclusive family vacation

     An all-inclusive family vacation is a fun and convenient way to spend a holiday. You spend a week or two with your family in an exciting, often exotic location, without worries about schedule, planning, transportation, or calculating those annoying extra costs.
    The main advantage of all-inclusive vacation is a security of knowing that one price covers everything, with none of those wicked surprises that can blast a hole in any family's travel budget. All meals, entertainment, activities and sports, as well as airfare and accommodations, are generally included in one price. That is why all-inclusive vacations are great for those on a tight budget, traveling with the kids, receiving the trip as a wedding gifts or getting married on the honeymoon. You pay once, and enjoy the rest. Why Not? It's a good idea if you want a cashless vacation in a secured environment, if you are satisfied that the dining options offered will be suitable for your tastes, if you take advantage of the watersports, child-care and bars.
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   All-inclusive resorts can really help vacationers get the most out of their travel dollars. Imagine leaving your budget behind on vacation. Imagine eating whatever you want, enjoying water sports, and side trips without worrying about how much it's all going to cost. You can make it a reality! All inclusive vacation packages make taking truly amazing and affordable vacations a reality. For many people, vacations may seem like a non-reality. Budget concerns are a major reason why many families, couples and singles believe they are unable to travel to amazing destinations. All inclusive vacation packages can be catered to your specific needs and goals.  Everything from transportation, hotel accommodations, food, beverage and tours can be included in your package to make you able to stick to your specific budget.  We are pleased to be able to offer our all inclusive vacation packages for almost any budget so you can realize your dreams of world travel and make your vacation dreams a reality...  Learn more about all-inclusives and decide whether or not this type of lodgeing is right for you.

   All-inclusive resorts were pioneered by Jamaican resort chains; the idea is a hassle-free vacation with luxury accommodations and top-notch amenities. You make only one payment for everything you will want or need during your stay, so you can leave your wallet behind while enjoying everythingthe resort has to offer.

   The all-inclusive concept has since spread beyond Jamaica, so these popular resorts can now be found throughout the Caribbean and anywhere. Today  about 200 of the 1,500 hotels in the Caribbean are either all-inclusive resorts or offer all-inclusive packages. These include chains with several locations, such as Almond ResortsClub Med and SuperClubs as well as smaller resorts and hotels.  Club Med was among the first to offer all-inclusive family vacations, and they still do a great job at a reasonable price when you figure air is part of the deal.

    The popularity of all-inclusive resorts has skyrocketed in the past five years. They offer programs for families, or for couples or singles only. They come in all shapes and sizes, from ultra-luxurious to quaint. Since then all inclusive vacation packages give you and your family an opportunity to enjoy  all of the most exciting destinations in the world.

    My family found all-inclusives and cruising to be the best vacation values available.  Where is an all-inclusive resort a good option? Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Riviera Maya. Popular all-inclusive family vacation favorites include Mexico, the Caribbean, and Hawaii . Other great family destinations include Rocky Mountain ski resorts and Disneyland in California or Florida. Transatlantic trips are less popular, because not many people want to travel this far with younger children.  Mexico has an extensive list of all-inclusive resorts, where grandparents and kids alike will enjoy the planned activities and day trips. All-inclusive resorts can offer a value for families, since many offer free nights and meals for kids. In the Cancun Riveria Maya region, travelers are close to the historic Mayan ruins and, of course, the beach. Cancun is also a great destination for snorkeling and other water activities.

   Picking an all-inclusive resort depends upon the destination. For example, destinations such as Aruba, Cancun, St. Thomas, and Bahamas have an infrastructure that is well-suited to all-inclusive and not all-inclusive resorts because there is a wide selection of restaurants and amenities for tourism. There are certain islands that don't have the tourism infrastructure in place and are best suited for all-inclusive resort vacations, namely Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. Both islands are not easy to drive around because their infrastructure wasn't set up for tourism.

All Inclusive Family Vacation Tips.What is usually included in all inclusive vacation package?

Top 10: all-inclusive resorts
Drinks, food and fun without ever reaching for your wallet - what more could you ask for? Escape to the most popular all-inclusive resorts for warm-weather relaxation!
1. Secrets Excellence, Punta Cana
2. Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and Spa
3. Iberostar Tucan Hotel, Playa del Carmen
4. Couples Swept Away Negril
5. Divi Aruba All-Inclusive Beach Resort
6. Club Med Bora Bora
7. SuperClubs Breezes Jibacoa, Cuba
8. Dreams Puerto Vallarta
9. Melia Benoa All Inclusive, Bali
10. Allegro Papagayo by Occidental, Costa Rica

  • You'll want to consider carefully before choosing an all inclusive resort. Check to see what's included in the price, so you don't incur any additional costs that you're not prepared to pay for.

  •  All meals and drinks, beer, wine, premium liquor and tipping, government taxes, gratuities, entertainment, activities and sports, as well as airfare and accommodations, are generally included in one price.

  •  Airfare and hotel transfers are optional when buying all inclusive package.

  • Phone calls and items purchased at the gift shop are included.

  • The more expensive all-inclusive resorts is going to have the nice sit-down restaurants. The next step down will have all buffet dining.

  • Many all inclusive resorts offer spa treatments as part of their packages, with the option of paying for more intensive therapies.

  • Tennis and squash courts may be free and often night-lit courts at no charge, but bring your rackets, as you'll probably have to pay to rent them.

  •  Most packages do not include golfing fees. In most cases you have to rent a golf cart, but compared to the price of play on most courses, that cost is negligible.

  • Sailing craft are free as often as not. Snorkels, masks and fins are usually free, but may have a time limit (bring masks from home if you can, keeping in mind that the one-size-fits-all variety is often useless on little faces, leaving kids to snorkel miserably with a face-full of salt water). On-property snorkeling is free, but the most interesting underwater sights are usually somewhere else. The latter will cost you, if not for the snorkeling itself, then for the transportation to get there and back. With motorized sports costs can climb upwards of $60 an hour. Parasailing is another costly venture. Divers, too, might find an all-inclusive cost-effective. Diving excursions are included in some of these resorts. If you are not certified, most resorts offer a "resort certification" which will allow you to go on closely supervised guided dives. A resort certification is a great introduction to the sport. If, however, you are already a certified diver, some resorts, such as Sandals and Gala Resorts, offer one or two tank dives a day in their all-inclusive packages.

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  •  Do not forget to budget extra cash for some excursions that weren't included in all inclusive package. A swim with the dolphins, for example, runs about $100 per person - more than small change if you're traveling with a family of four.

  • If you are a single parent, or if your partner will not be traveling with you and your children for whatever reason, you must get a notarized letter from the absent parent, giving consent for the child or children to be traveling with one parent absent.

  • Organize any visas and travel insurance policies well in advance. Your tour operator and travel agent should advise you on all of these but you should also contact the embassy or consulate of the country you are visiting for information about visas.

  •  It is important that you speak with your doctor about the necessary immunizations for the areas you are traveling to. When you're traveling in Mexico, you must take extra care when it comes to drinking water, or fresh beverages that may have tap water added to them. Check ice also - ask if it was made with tap water - it is unlikely that your ice will have been made with tap water; but its worth asking in more rustic establishments and rural areas. Salads can also be dangerous if they have been rinsed with tap water. The rule is - if in doubt, ask first! All main hotels and good restaurants use purified water throughout.

  •  In order to be eligible for special honeymoon offers and discounts, it's wise to take a copy of your marriage certificate with you as proof that you are on honeymoon.

    Vacation in comfort with kids

    Vacation in comfort with kids
       The best way to please all family members is to plan an all-inclusive family vacation with your family. You will have fun together as a family, learn more about the world around you, and at the same time get the most from your vacation. What makes a perfect family vacation? That depends on your family - what they enjoy doing, where they like to go, the ages of your kids, and even your parenting style. But most families will agree that a perfect vacation needs to be relaxing and fun with something for everyone.

        The perfect family vacation doesn’t have to blow your budget. It just takes a little planning and research. Look for family-friendly vacation destinations. Family-focused trips are designed with young adventurers in mind, down to the range of activities, level of difficulty, and quality of food. Of course, children have their own needs. Their idea of a vacation is more "adventurous" than a parent's. They need constant stimulation and they can get as tired as they are tiring. But what if you need to bring the kids? 

        Many all inclusives have, as part of their program, child-care facilities that are often a resort-within-the-resort for children, a "day camp" that is special and that kids look forward to attending. And many all-inclusive resorts give incredible price breaks to children (they don't drink liquor, after all,) while some even have no charge for children up to 17 sharing their parents' room. Some all inclusive resorts for the family provide vacation nannies, supervised day-care, and/or babysitting. Others may have a teen disco.  Nannies or babysitters are extra costs not included in the all-inclusive package. Almost all the all-inclusives have activities from beach volleyball to bingo and other games.

       Many all inclusive family resorts include children's clubs and activities targeted to different age groups from infants to teenagers. Kids clubs begin at any hotel at 4 years of age.  Also, at family-friendly resorts you can meet other families with children the same age as yours, and sharing the fun can turn a good all-inclusive family vacation into a great one.Children stay free at some resort hotels. Others offer a deep discount for children. Some can accommodate larger families and allow up to 3 children and 2 adults in a room. Many all inclusive family resort hotels have adult-only restaurants and areas, children-only and adult-only pools, and water parks. The Internet is your ideal source for information and booking. You'll find resorts with kids' programs to keep youngsters busy and happy as well as beaches where the whole family can play in the waves, snorkel in shallow waters, or just build sand castles until the sun sets over another perfect day. And if you're ready to take a break from constantly watching the budget as well, you'll also find many all-inclusive resorts that leave the worries of vacation budget at the door.

    romantic getaway with the kids

        Can you enjoy a romantic getaway - with the kids? Check out our selection of some of the Caribbean's top family friendly resorts where you and yours and enjoy some quality time alone while the kids meet children their own age, learn local crafts, and enjoy a great vacation.

       It's easy to plan the perfect family vacation... Yes, years later, family trips are often our best memories of our kids' young years and just may be the most perfect family vacation ever!  The years pass quickly, so enjoy your time together now.     

  •    So, is an all-inclusive resort right for you?  Only ask yourself before planning your vacation:

    1. Am I the type of traveler that enjoys sampling all of the local fare, then spending all of your time at? If yes, an all-inclusive resort is probably not for you.

    2. Am I adventurous and want to spend my days exploring the country I am visiting and trying in-town dining options? If yes, choose another resort instead of an all-inclusive one.

     3. Do I like to go somewhere just to relax and not worry about taking out my wallet every couple of hours to pay for food, drinks, or activities? If yes, then an all-inclusive resort is exactly what you need. Plan the most exciting vacation of your life with our all inclusive vacation packages. Be sure your vacation is an experience you will treasure always and look forward to your next vacation with All Vacation Ideas.



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