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When planning a tropical resort vacation in Mexico, travelers must make
a choice -- all-inclusive resort or traditional hotel?
At an all-inclusive resort, accommodations, meals, alcoholic and
nonalcoholic beverages and most activities are wrapped into a single
rate that is paid upfront. At a traditional hotel, you pay only
the room rate and taxes in advance and buy everything else as you
Each option has some advantages, and I've outlined them below.
There are two main benefits of all-inclusive resorts: Bundling
everything together for one price generally is cheaper than buying
components separately, and you can budget for your trip ahead of
All-inclusives are perfect for people who consider the resort itself to
be their destination and who want to simplify meal planning and
transportation after arrival. You won't need to rent a car or spend time
searching for restaurants. Most all-inclusives offer plenty of planned
activities to keep guests of all ages entertained.
The main potential drawback to this type of plan is that you've paid for
all meals and drinks in advance, so if you visit an off-site restaurant
or bar, you're essentially paying twice for whatever you order. It's
also worth noting that there are a few things that do cost extra at most
all-inclusive resorts, such as spa treatments and off-site
to see our Mexico all-inclusive resorts (all-inclusive properties are
When you choose a traditional hotel or resort, your vacation can be more
flexible and customized. Since the upfront cost only covers lodging,
you'll never pay extra for something you don't use.
Traditional hotels are good options for people who want to explore the
destination and local culture and sample a variety of restaurants beyond
their hotel or resort. They are a little harder to budget because you
can't always anticipate what you might end up spending on meals and
activities during your trip.
for a list of traditional hotels and resorts in Mexico.
Here are this week's Top Tropical Resort Deals, our favorite picks
during the next 90 days. To obtain air-inclusive quotes from US and
Canadian gateways, simply click on any FastDeal # below, select your
airport city and click "Search Hotels & Flights." All prices are based
on double occupancy.