Cancun All Inclusives: The Pros and Cons

by Cara Gourley on September 16, 2010

The Riu Palace Las Americas All Inclusive Resort in Cancun

‘ll be the first to admit that I’ve experienced the benefits of staying in an all inclusive in Cancun.

I’ve spent days enjoying the all you can drink Strawberry Daiquiris, Margaritas and  the bartender’s daily specialties by the pool.

And I’ve had a fantastic trip, coming home with a great tan and fabulous memories. But I’ve also realized you miss a lot of the Cancun experience when you stay in an all inclusive.

The Pros:

All Food and Drink are Included: There’s nothing like being able to walk around without any cash. And you can eat as much as you want without worry about the cost.

It Makes Budgeting Easy: With sites like Travelocity and Expedia, it gets easier and easier to book your airfare and your all inclusive resort all together, meaning you will know up front exactly how much the trip will cost.

It’s Great for the Whole Family: There are activities for Mom, Dad, the kids and Grandpa and Grandma. You don’t have to worry about fighting over the restaurant choice. Older kids can have a lot of freedom around the hotel grounds – there’s a lot to do without them leaving.

The Cons

You Don’t Eat Out: One of the best things about Cancun is getting to try all of the restaurants. If you just eat at the resort the entire time, you don’t get to try the local food.

Most Places Lack Night Life: While many Cancun all inclusive resorts offer “discos,” most of these close early and in some places, the bars close early too. I stayed at one all inclusive resort where all of the bars had closed by 1am. Night Life in Cancun is something NOT to be missed and if you stay at your all inclusive resort the whole time – you will be missing out.

All Inclusives are Popular: This doesn’t sound bad at first, but once you are packed into an elevator with 15 of your “closest” friends you will understand. The popularity of all inclusive leads them to often operate at close to 100% occupancy.

There’s no rule that says that just because you are at an all inclusive you can’t leave. And sometimes you DO just need the relaxation.

What are your favorite things about Cancun all inclusives and what do you hate?

Cara is the Director of Web and Video Production at All About Mexico. She loves traveling, taking photos of everything and writing about Mexico. You can follow her on twitter - @allaboutcara.
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