A Beach Lover: How to "Survive" an All-Inclusive Resort

OK, so I'm using the word "survive" dramatically, because if you're lucky enough to be at an all-inclusive resort you're lucky enough!  I'm using the term "survive" because sometimes the personalities and rules at all-inclusive resorts can take some adjusting to.
If you're reading this, I am lucky enough to be at an all-inclusive resort right now in beautiful Jamaica with two of my BEST Friends.

Within the last year, I've traveled to three different all-inclusive resorts, so I decided to share some tips and tricks that will make your trip that much more enjoyable!

{Photo taken by me in St. Lucia}

//Bring a tumbler: I hate when I get to a resort and they have reusable cups that they rewash instead of disposable cups.  I always buy a cheap Tumbler that I bring on vacation with me.  The plus side is that i'm not drinking out of the same cups as thousands of other people AND I don't have to make as many trips to the bar as everyone else due to my larger cup!  At the end of the week, just trash your tumbler!

//Bring lots of sunscreen: It's important to bring a ton of sunscreen with you for obvious reasons.  My husband and I went to Mexico last March and we only brought two cans of spray sunscreen for the two of us.  This was totally poor planning on my part because we ended up having to purchase a bottle of sunscreen in the gift shop for $35 USD (I wish I were kidding).  The more sunscreen you bring with you the better!

//Plan meals: Sometimes when you arrive to the buffet at an all-inclusive resort, it can be extremely depressing, especially if you are a picky eater like me.  Try to get to the buffet's right when they open so that the food is not picked over and then you don't have to wait in line.  Another plus is that there is more selection AND you are 100% positive that no one besides the chef's touched your food.

//Bring snacks: This is going to sound weird, but when Steve and I went on our honeymoon in August our resort had NO snacks available throughout the day.  The buffet's were only open during certain hours and they didn't have food options anywhere on the resort except for during those times.  When you are out doing excursions and get back to the resort at weird times, eating at specific times can be difficult.  We ended up in the resorts expensive gift shop on more than one occasion looking for snacks to hold us over until the next meal. 

//Bring one dollar bills: The first couple of days you are at the resort, it's important to kiss your bartenders ass make friends with the bartenders and employees so that they treat you well throughout your stay.  The employees should be friendly and professional anyways, but throwing them a few extra dollar bills on the first few days will ensure that you get the best service possible and extra rum in your pina colada! 

//Get involved: My husband and I LOVE meeting new people on vacation, it's one of our favorite things!  We have found that the best way to meet new people is to get involved in the resort games and activities.  It's easy to judge those people that are doing water aerobics in the pool dancing like fools, but I promise once you join in, it's a blast!

//Drink water: Don't forget to drink water throughout your stay to keep hydrated! The resort should be able to provide you with bottled water or they should at least offer filtered water for your convenience.  If you are out of the United States you should refrain from drinking the tap water, to avoid getting sick.

Are you traveling to an all-inclusive resort soon!?  I would love to hear about your tips and tricks!

See you next week!


  1. I love all-inclusive places! These are great tips! We had to buy sunscreen, too...I think by the time the week was over, we had spent almost $100 just on sunscreen alone. So easily avoided!

  2. I still haven't been to an all inclusive resort, but hope to make it to one soon! I love the idea of bringing lots of extra dollar bills for tips, but also for bringing your own tumbler. I'm sure it makes life easier! And hydrating is definitely key because of all the free alcohol!