All-Inclusive Resorts Pros and Cons

All-inclusive. Show up with your bags and a smile and you are good to go! When planning a vacation, many people are choosing this option rather than doling out money for every little item. But, is it all it is cracked up to be?


  • Everything Is Included: Leave your wallet behind and you can do it all! Pool, beach, ice cream, drink after drink… all included.
  • Convenience: Typically located close to a major airport with round trip transportation. Servers are always on call and everything is at your fingertips.  
  • Food and Beverage: Buffets are open all day long, poolside grills, specialty shops and restaurants offering any type of cuisine your heart desires.
  • Activities: The whole family can enjoy a litany of activities from paddle boarding to yoga, kids activities to nightly entertainment. There is something for everyone!
  • Economical: Sticking to your budget on vacation can be difficult. All-inclusive vacations take away that worry and let your wallet rest.
  • Good For First-Time Travelers: Inexperienced travelers find this a great way to learn the rules of the road while relaxing as someone else takes over the driver’s wheel.


  • Less Authentic:When you travel to an exotic port, you want to experience the city and the culture. These resorts cater to the masses, never offering a taste of the authentic countryside.
  • Crowds: Like on a cruise ship- you find yourself vying for specialty restaurants and chairs by the pool. Reservations need to be made upon arrival, if not before, to beat back the competition.
  • Noise: For some, noise can be a real problem. In family-friendly resorts, children are the norm. In adult resorts, bars can fill with obnoxious patrons taking advantage of the free drinks.
  • Too Big: If you enjoy intimacy on your vacation, all-inclusive is not for you. For the same reasons listed above, along with the size of the resorts themselves, intimate family time is hard to come by.
  • The Fine Print: All-inclusive does not really cover EVERYTHING. There are always amenities that come with extra costs, so be careful so you are not surprised at checkout.