7 Common Myths About All-Inclusive Resorts Busted

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Don’t believe everything you hear about all-inclusive resorts. | dbvirago/iStock/Getty Images

From the supposedly terrible food to being hit with hidden costs, there are a lot of things you might hear about all-inclusive resorts that might make you question whether they’re worth it. And while your experience will definitely depend on the particular resort you choose, the truth is, there are a lot of myths about all-inclusive resorts that deserve to be busted.

Forget (almost) everything you’ve ever heard about all-inclusive resorts until you’ve heard these truths.

Myth: They are all the same

You might expect a cookie cutter vacation if you book a stay at an all-inclusive resort, but this simply isn’t true. While it’s true that the large chain resorts pride themselves on consistency (which their guests have come to expect), many resorts try to differentiate from one another with unique offerings. Don’t rule out an all-inclusive resort just because you desire a one-of-a-kind experience.

Myth: Adults only means couples only

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You don’t have to be in a relationship to enjoy a resort. | iStock/Getty Images

Think you can’t book a solo vacation or a girlfriends’ getaway at an adults-only resort? Think again. Some properties might cater to those traveling with their significant others, but unless they specify, adults-only resorts welcome all adults.

Myth: The food is terrible

Many resorts serve high-quality meals. | Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

Can we lay this rumor to rest once and for all? Yes, some all-inclusive properties phone it in with mediocre buffets, but the cuisine at many all-inclusive resorts is truly amazing. The staff often entices guests to return by hiring excellent chefs and using fresh, tasty ingredients for their meals.

Myth: You won’t get a cultural experience at an all-inclusive resort

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You can leave the resort and explore. | thehague/iStock/Getty Images

This is one of the most common misconceptions about all-inclusive travel. In theory, you could get wrapped up in all the free food, drinks, and activities and decide not to leave the resort — but if you’d rather explore, the concierge and activities team will be more than happy to assist you with finding exciting adventures and excursions in the area.

Myth: You’ll overindulge and gain weight

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You can exercise at the resort. | iStock/Getty Images

Does the idea of constant food and booze, at no additional charge, terrify you? Don’t worry — staying at an all-inclusive resort doesn’t have to be detrimental to your waistline. The vast majority of them have fitness centers, group fitness classes, or other opportunities to get moving. Plus, you can always make healthy choices at the onsite restaurants.

Myth: You won’t have to spend another dime once you’ve paid for your stay

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You’ll still need to bring some cash.| iStock.com/Dolgachov

Every all-inclusive resort is different, but the vast majority of them will have a few “up-sells.” Sometimes that means paying extra for top shelf liquor, other times it means certain entrees at the restaurants will cost extra or the extracurricular activities mean shelling out more cash. Plus, depending on the resort you choose, you may be expected to tip your servers and housekeepers. Do your research and read the reviews on your resort of choice.

Myth: You’ll be surrounded by screaming children or annoying partiers

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You can avoid kids if you want. | Stockbyte/iStock/Getty Images

Again, doing your research will help you eliminate all-inclusive resorts that cater to a crowd you’d rather not vacation with. If you’d rather not party with college kids on Spring Break, make sure the all-inclusive resort you’re considering has rules and regulations, especially if it’s in a popular destination like Cancun. And choosing an adults-only resort will help you ensure you don’t have to share the pool with young families.

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