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The Value of an All-Inclusive Vacation Package

Vol 1, No 5

Is it worth it?:

Let’s start with a simple fact: it’s tough to beat being able to lounge by the pool all day ordering margaritas without worrying about paying for anything.

If you’re not familiar with what an all-inclusive is, certain hotels offer the option of paying a little bit more so that you can drink and eat for free on the property. Most college students can get their money’s worth in drinking alone for the extra $150-$300 it costs to do an all inclusive versus a standard hotel package (“European Plan” in travel agent parlance), before even factoring in food. But then again, it’s Spring Break, there are parties going on all day long. Who wants to be tied to their hotel?

Whether or not to go all-inclusive depends largely on how you’re looking to spend your vacation, and to a certain extent, where you are going. The more time you figure you’re going to spend at your hotel, the more sense it makes to go all-inclusive. An all-inclusive package is always a good value in Acapulco where the scene during the day revolves around pool parties at the hotels. You’re at the hotel for the party, why not be able to drink for free all day long? It makes less sense in Cancun, where the party package has free drinking and free parties at places like Fat Tuesday, the City, and Pat O’Briens. You’re leaving the hotel to go to the beach bars and clubs.

As for how easy it is to get your money’s worth, here’s a little math; the average cost difference between an EP (European Plan) and AI (All-Inclusive) room is about $250 for a 4-star hotel. Drinks generally run between $3 for beer and $5 for mixed drinks. You can estimate a basic hotel meal at $10. With 3 meals a day multiplied out over the course of the week, that’s $210 just in food. If you drink $40 in alcohol, than going all-inclusive has paid for itself.

Be careful of companies that sell something they call "all-inclusive", when what they really mean is "complete" package. All of our packages are "complete", with roundtrip airfare, hotel accomodations, transfers, a party package, and optional meal plan (that is typically free for most destinations early in the season). You get free drinks and free food if you have the party package and meal plan, but this is not "all-inclusive" since you have to leave the property to get them.

SBD's Top 3 All-Inclusive Spring Break Hotels:

Oasis Cancun:
Be the ultimate spring breaker! Oasis Cancun is known as the extreme hot spot of Cancun for beach parties. It is equipped with an astonishing 1/4-mile long pool that winds through four hotel towers, seven bars, four restaurants, and a nine-hole golf course. It has 4 swim up pool bars. With over 1000 rooms, this is one of the largest hotels in Cancun and is still sells out every year!

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Copacabana Acapulco:
This five star favorite offers the perfect blend of quality, atmosphere, and location for Spring break. By day, enjoy the ocean view from your private balcony, sunbathe on one of the best beaches in the Bay, take a dip in the oceanfront pool or two jacuzzis, or enjoy a cocktail at the swim-up bar. By night, walk to all of the action! Central to the golden zone in Acapulco, the hotel is short walking distance from most major attractions including clubs like Hard Rock Cafe, Planet Hollywood, and Carlos and Charlies.

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Negril Gardens :
This picturesque all-inclusive resort is owned and operated by Sandals. In the heart of Negril's famous 7-mile beach, hotel amenities include a restaurant, 2 bars, tennis courts, pool table and a volleyball court! Each room has satellite TV and AC!

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