All-Inclusive $$ question

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@soontobeMrsBoo:  I think it depends on where you are going. I have been on two all-inclusive vacations. One was in the Bahamas and the other in Jamaica.

The Bahamas we did a Booze and Cruise. It was $50 pp. It was something I would do again because it included food and drinks and snorkeling.I did do some shhopping here. I split a cab with another couple we met down there.

In Jamaica we did an excursion that I believe cost $100pp?? (It was no more than 100-I think it was less, maybe $75) And it included Dunn’s River falls which is a 900ft Waterfall and Swimming with Dolphins and it was like Sea WOrld so there were other things to see in the vacinity where the Dolphins were. If I could do the excursion all over again, I would only have done Dunn’s River and Swim with the Dolphins. Everything else was a waste of money because in Jamaica every one is asking for a hand out (the workers and the locals). One of the things I thought was cool was swimming with the stingrays, and taking pictures–the guy said “no pictures allowed, we can take the picture for you and then you can buy it at the register. I said how much? $25 for one picture!!  I also didn’t leave the resort in Jamaica because it is not safe at all. The resort we stayed at was so nice, so I didn’t mind. IT was also very secluded so you weren’t bothered by the locals. THe workers even advised us not to leave the resort and were very pleasant with us. The knew our names by the second day.

 

I don’t regret either vacations, it was just a different experience for both. I am not in a rush to go back to Jamaica though LoL

 

I would suggest upon arrival is to do your research. Take the brochures of the excursions and see what interests you most and if you can get online, see if there were any reviews! I wish I had done that because when I got home, I did my research and saw I wasn’t the only one unhappy with the excursion in Jamaica.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We love our all-inclusives!  BUT, when we go on a vacation, it’s to get away, and relax.  Which keeps us on the beach most of the time.

We did book a snorkel/conch diving trip when we went to Turks & Caicos.  The boat picked us up at the beach right in front of our resort, and if I remember correctly, a four-hour trip, including snorkel stops and a fresh conch salad made on a deserted beach cost us $80 pp.

We booked a shopping trip and stop at Rick’s when we were in Negril.  That trip, which picked us up mid-day at the front of the resort, took us to town to shop, and then took us to Rick’s to watch the cliff-diving, was approximately six hours long, and cost $50 for the both of us.

Other than those two excursions, we were on the beach with a cold beverage and a book.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

the only ‘significant’ money that we spent was to upgrade our room to ocean front once we got down there.

We laid by the pool/beach pretty much the entire time and soaked up the sun.

We stayed at THE Royal Playa Del Carmen in Mexico and I cannot recommend it enough. It was absolutely gorgeous, clean, luxurious, delicious food & right in town so we were able to walk through all of the tourist-y shops and what not without taking a shuttle/cab.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@soontobeMrsBoo:  DH and I did an all inclusive in the Bahamas for our honeymoon.  I think we probably spent $300 at the spa, and maybe $200 tops in incidental shopping.  Since the bus in Nassau is so cheap ($1.25/pp) that really cut down on money spent going to/from places.

Both times we have been to the Bahamas we haven’t done any excursions.  Mostly because we’d rather spend our money elsewhere, but mostly just wanted to relax.  DH was perfectly content snorkeling off the beach.  I took a girls trip to St. Thomas years ago and we did so many excursions and were on the go so much, we were exhausted when the trip was finally over.  I needed a vacation just to recover from that vacation.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We’re doing Sandals Grande St. Lucian for our honeymoon. We put 4 excursions that we want to do on a little honeymoon registry last week (we started running out of registry stuff) and we already got 2 of them paid for! So, that’s always an idea. Aside from a little souveneir shopping, I don’t think we’ll be spending anything else.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Recently spent a week at Couples in Jamaica. We spent $50 extra in the week which was just on souvenirs. Received a comp upgrade (I think b/c it was our first stay) and everything else was included that we did. We went on a booze cruise, glass bottom boat ride, and went sailing and snokeling from the resort – all of which was included. We decided we’d wait until we got there to see if there were any excursions we were interested in but never wanted to plan that far in advance 🙂

 

Post # 10
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746 posts
Busy bee

Most excursions run an average of about $100.00 per person. I would really recommend that you let your agent book your excursions along with your package for a couple of reasons.

First, you wouldn’t get into a car with a stranger at home, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense to do it in another country. Prebooking should help ensure that you’re with a reputable vendor.

Next, not every excursion runs every day and you don’t want to get closed out of something that you really want to do.

If you book the excursion while at the resort, and fall and break a leg or something, your trip insurance probably won’t cover it.

 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@soontobeMrsBoo:  all-inclusives are great.  you don’t have to worry about how much money you need.  i have been to countless ai resorts all over mexico and the carribean.  love them.

some people just like to relax on vacation but some like to see and do it all.  it’s up to the individual.  some excursions are great and really worth the money, some are not.  once you have selected your area, research the potential excursions with your dh to decide which ones you think you would love to do.  you can always book them at your hotel where they will have brochures for each one.

keep in mind that most large resorts have an activities board that displays what is going on at all times at the resort; aqua exercise, pool volleyball, dance lessons, mixology lesson, billiards tournament, etc, etc, etc.  they also typically have nightly entertainment with themed shows.  if you want to keep busy and don’t want to spend extra $ on excursions, this is it.  it’s also a great way to meet new people.

exellence resorts are great.  you will enjoy them.  where are you considering going?

Post # 12
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6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@soontobeMrsBoo:  I promise you won’t spend the cost of the resort all over again. That is a lot of money! And I agree, I can’t even shop that much! haha and I loveee to shop but I like a bargain! LoL All inclusives include air fare, hotel stay, food and drink! You will be spending money on extras like excursions and maybe a spa day! But it won’t add up to how much you spent on your resort stay. I love love all inclusives!

Post # 14
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158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@soontobeMrsBoo: FI and I booked our HM with the Excellence Club in Playa Mujeres! We couldn’t be more excited! All we hear are wonderful things about this place. We booked a roof top terrace room… figured we’d splurge this one time since its our HM 🙂 But if you do book with them, make sure you call them and request for the complimentary HM package. I’ve attached a screen shot so you can see what it comes with. Lots of cool stuff 🙂 As far as activities, were doing our research on things to do, but we’re going to wait and book them with the hotel.

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