If you head to the beach every spring or summer, do you always go to the same place? This year, why not choose a different beach? In fact, why not choose an all-inclusive resort in the Bahamas or Caribbean?
In this post we compare the cost of a beach vacation at a nice resort in the U.S. to the cost of an all-inclusive resort in the Bahamas or the Caribbean. And we also talk about the perks of choosing an all-inclusive.
What Does a Week at a U.S. Beach Resort Cost?
If you stay at a nice beach side resort-style hotel in the U.S., you'll drop at least $300 per night. But that's only for your room. To give you a realistic idea of the difference, we looked up a few comparable resorts from around the U.S. These are all resort-style hotels with great amenities. Here's what a family of four would pay for a week's stay during high summer, July 21-27, 2019:
All of these prices are excluding taxes. Basically, count on adding 10%-15% (or more) to each of these prices to cover taxes and fees. So even if you choose the least expensive resort on this list (South Padre Island,) you'll still pay at least $250 a night! On top of that, you'll pay for all of your meals and all of your entertainment and attractions and all of your drinks and all of your treats. On the low end, you'd spend $650 per day when you factor in meals, drinks, and entertainment or spa services.
How Much for a Week at an All-Inclusive?
Now that you know what a U.S. beach resort costs, how much would you spend on an all-inclusive in the Bahamas or the Caribbean? On the same dates above, a family of four can go to Moon Palace (our favorite all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico) for $557/ night (taxes included)! However, this price covers everything including:
And depending on the package you choose, you might get even more than what's listed above without paying a dime more than your room price!
Vacationing Without Stress
If your goal is lay at the pool or lounge on the beach, these resorts have private white sand beaches next to clear blue ocean water. And you won't be stuck with some dinky hotel pool - these resorts have amazing swimming pool areas with bars and food. In fact, the wait staff will bring them right you, in your lounge chair!
On the other hand, if you enjoy a more active vacation, many resorts offer excursions which you can pay for with resort credits. And surprise - these resort credits are usually a part of your package!
The Most Important Thing About All-Inclusives
Apart from the fact that everything is included in the prices, there is one thing that's not included - Hassle! Seriously, all-inclusive resorts are so easy and hassle-free. Once you're on-site, you have very few decisions to make.
Compare this to a typical beach vacation in the U.S. When it's time to eat, you've got to poll everyone in your party, find out what everybody wants and doesn't want to eat. Then you have to drive to a restaurant. At an all-inclusive resort, everything is nearby, usually an easy walk from your room. And there are enough food options so that everyone can be happy at every meal.
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Jamie enjoys walks on the beach, preferably in the evening.
Jo is a travel planner who loves all things Disney! She also has food sensitivities and lots of experience with special diets while traveling.
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