Question of the Week: What Exactly Do All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico Cover?
I am looking at an all-inclusive vacation deal to Mexico. What exactly does that mean in regards to food and drinks? Are we given an unlimited budget for meals and drinks – including alcohol? Would we be on a schedule for meals? The package says that there is 24-hour room service. Would we be able to order food and alcoholic beverages whenever our hearts desire?
If you’re headed to Mexico, an all-inclusive vacation package is definitely the way to go, so you’re on the right track! There is no industry standard for all-inclusive resorts, so you will need to read up on all the details for the hotels you’re considering. On Travelocity, you can find what’s included in the all-inclusive price on the “features” tab of the hotel description. Here’s an example of the Catalonia Riviera Maya All-Inclusive.
Most all-inclusive properties will include three meals daily, snacks, all or most drinks (yes, including alcoholic libations!), some sporting equipment and entertainment. I have stayed at several all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, and each one has included all food and drinks – plus room service and a mini bar! The restaurants at the resorts will likely have specific hours of operation, but rest assured you’ll be able to order food and drinks any time of day.
The thing that makes all-inclusive resorts in Mexico such a fantastic value is that you can purchase a package deal, and you literally do not have to spend another dime once you get there. Some resorts have more entertainment options than others, but, personally, I’m a happy camper as long as I’m on the beach with a daiquiri in hand!
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My name: Jennifer Gaines, but my friends call me Gaines, Jenni-Dallas or just plain Jenn.
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Travel ambitions: It's my mission to visit each of the New 7 Wonders and to step foot on every continent before my next milestone birthday.
Greatest travel lesson learned: Find the local hangouts to experience the real, true culture of a place. During a trip to Europe, my friends and I spent several days with a French family in the small town of Vichy. We had a private party in their family-run creperie, feasting on cheese-stuffed crepes and sampling wine that we picked up in the Bordeaux region a few days earlier. Their English wasn’t much better than my French, which is limited to a few well-known phrases from Moulin Rouge and the question: Parlez-vous anglais? (I'm proud to say that I can spout this question off in several different languages, and luckily most Europeans do indeed speak English!) After a few bottles of wine, the language barrier was hardly noticeable (slurring actually sounds the same in French!), and we managed to swap stories about life in other places. What a slice of local flavor!
My most beloved place in the whole world is: My grandparents place in Texas. It’s a 10-acre oasis in between two sprawling cities: Dallas and Fort Worth. A creek runs through their enormous backyard, where Granddad built a deck over the water. The entire place is shrouded with all types of trees (mainly pecan), blocking the Texas sun in the summer. Dusk is the best time to sit on the deck, drink a glass of ice tea and watch baby raccoons from the spring litter surround their back porch as Gram feeds them bread (no lie!). There will be dozens of raccoons eating on any given night. In the fall, my family gathers in the courtyard in front of their house for an annual “weenie roast.” Granddad lights the bonfire, and we roast dogs and s'mores. Yes, y’all, we’re from Texas!
Favorite way to get around: Well, I’m not much of a driver. I get lost easily and my tires have never come across a curb they didn’t want to get to know a little better. But, I do enjoy cruising around and listening to music. That said, I much rather explore a place by foot (with my iPod in tow) for a more intimate encounter.
View that took my breath away: Coming from Texas (where the view is wide but there’s not much to see), scenes from my new home of San Francisco never fail to amaze me. The city is a pedestrian’s dream, but don’t forget to turn around and look behind you as you meander through its neighborhoods. You won’t realize it, but you’ll be at the tip-top of a hill and the ocean will suddenly seem to be at eye level. Take a drive through the Presidio and over the Golden Gate Bridge where even more stunning views await!