The Travel Insider's Favorite Budget All Inclusive Resorts. Really Cheap All Inclusive Vacations to Mexico and the Caribbean Found Here.
An all inclusive vacation is sort of a cruise on land. At many resorts, all inclusive includes a lot more perks than cruise lines count in their base price.
While cruises often charge for drinks and off-ship excursions, most all-inclusive resorts cover everything with one price tag, including unlimited alcohol and as many as eight off-site excursions, plus activities such as snorkeling, horseback riding and wind surfing. You've paid for this all in advance. Everything seems free. It really makes a vacation. Plus, you get the convenience of not having to sign or check the bills or worry about tipping.
Life without a wallet sure is easier. Rather than paying for each meal or umbrella-shaded cocktail, or blithely charging it to your room, you leave the cash in the hotel safe. And these resorts can offer a good value for your money. Some all inclusive resorts are not out of range of even the budget minded traveler.
If you are on a budget, The Travel Insider recommends these budget all inclusive resorts that don’t have all the frills of some of the more expensive resorts that can raise prices. If you are looking for cheap all inclusive vacations, you found the right place.
Click on each property link below to check what other fellow travelers have to say at Trip Advisor.com.
Sandals Grand Pineapple Resorts
Sandals has entered the budget all inclusive world. This is a very good thing. One of our favorite operators, Sandals budget resorts should be your first option.
From their website:
"The real Caribbean is waiting for you to experience its unhurried charm at Grand Pineapple Beach Negril and Grand Pineapple Beach Antigua. Silky white sand stretches, gently caressed by translucent turquoise waves. Colorful accommodations nestled amidst lush flowering gardens. Abundantly delicious food served up beneath the deep blue tropical sky. Truly these two all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica and Antigua are among the most affordable getaways in the entire Caribbean."
Good value for the money seems to be consensus from past guests. The resorts are smaller. Dining is buffet only. Not all the drinks are top shelf. The resort is clean. The beaches are raked every day. And we have nothing but good things to say about their staff.
Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay Jamaica
The Holiday Inn SunSpree has just completed an extensive renovation. Located only six miles from Montego Bay International Airport, this beachfront resort is nestled amidst luxuriant tropical gardens and its own one-half mile of white sand beach with a private island. Guests seem to remark the most about how friendly the staff really is. It is really good value. Several restaurants are included in the all inclusive plan including an Italian and beach side bar and grill
Iberostar Costa Dorada Puerto Plata Dominican Republic
The Iberostar Costa Dorada is a find. If you love water sports, you’ll feel like you’re in paradise at the Iberostar Costa Dorada.
This All Inclusive five star resort is the perfect choice for fans of scuba diving and snorkelling, as well as lovers of kayaking, windsurfing or sailing.The staff includes a team of certified divers who are on hand to help you discover the underwater wonders of the sea. And don't forget their massive pool.
The resort includes three à la carte restaurants, offering Brazilian, Mexican and Caribbean menus. There is also an international buffet.
Guests have complemented the entertainment.
Riu Bachata Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
A 24 hour bar is always good. The Riu Bachata is set amongst a backdrop of beautiful lush tropical gardens. The rooms are spacious and very clean.
It is favored by many Brits and Europeans. The "Pacha" night club is open 6 nights a week. The resort includes the "El Millón" casino.
Sharing a hotel complex and entertainment program with the ClubHotel Riu Mambo and ClubHotel Riu Merengue, it has a wide sports including tennis courts, table tennis, volleyball, pool, windsurfing, sailing, kayak, snorkeling or body board.
The resort also has an 18 hold golf course nearby.
Optional dining (reservations required in advance) include an Italian and and a grill and steakhouse restaurant.
Riu Caribe Cancun Mexico
Staying at the Riu Caribe you couldn't find a better location in Cancun. It is located about half way between downtown and the shopping malls, about 15 minutes by bus either way. Right in the middle of the hotel zone.
Three specialized restaurants include an Asian, Steakhouse, and a Mexican theme restaurant, as well as a buffet. The food was as one guest noted "awesome."
Guests have commented that it is worth it to upgrade to a suite.
Because the resort is located on the northerly facing coast of Cancun the water is more calm.
Again thumbs up for the 24 hour bar.
Riu Jalisco Nuevo Vallarta Mexico
Yet another Riu resort makes are list of good value budget all inclusive resorts. You really can't go wrong withe Riu resorts. The Riu Jalisco is a Pacific coast resort located near Puerto Vallarta.
Guest reports say the food is really pretty good. It is beginning to be a pattern here. Other guests reported that the beach is large and just fabulous.
Surrounded by the Banderas Bay and protected by the Sierra Madre you find Nueva Vallarta, one of the most appreciated tourist destinations in Mexico. Beside excellent beaches and aquatic sports, we suggest you get in touch with nature. If you want to do some excursions and discover the surroundings, we suggest you to do make a stop at Banderas Bay to see the liberation of marine turtles, to swim with dolphins, to observe blue whales, to do horse riding in the Sierra Madre and for the adventuress may we suggest Bungee Jumping. In the beach area you will find a lot of restaurants, bars, cafés, shops and trade to buy some souvenirs.
This resort is favored by many locals.
Beaches Negril Jamaica
What a fabulous family resort that is easy on the pocket book. Beaches Negril has just been recently renovated.
Guests consistently have commented about what a great time their kids had. Maybe the resort's Pirates Island water park had something to do about it.
The resort features seven specialty restaurants. Including a candlelight dinner for Mom and Dad.
Here is what one TripAdvisor reviewer recently reported; "Absolutely superb,lots of activities good food, and tremendous staff. Highly reccomend this holiday."
Allows you to visit other nearby Sandals Resorts.
Reef Playacar Playa del Carmen Mexico
The Reef Playacar is a boutique style all inclusive resort. It is kinda the anti big resort. Kids under 12 are free if staying in the same room as their parents.
The Reef shares its beach with other popular resorts such as The Riu Palace, Iberostar, and Sandos, making the beach well taken care of and is in our opinion the most beautiful beach within Playa Del Carmen.
Small and personal. Low key. The resort has the obligatory buffet and a small restaurant. By far the attraction is its size and price. Excellent value.
However, their all inclusive does not include some things including specialty coffee and surprisingly steaks.
Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa Mexico
Sunsets. Yes sunsets. The sunsets have to be seen to be believed. Perfect beach. Friendly staff. However, language can be an issue. The Sunscape is a deal. Four bars. Eight restaurants. And because the resort is relatively small, 285 rooms, you don't have to make reservations. Food is above average. Free tennis lessons.