The Best All-Inclusive Destinations
Looking to find the perfect destination for your stress-free all inclusive vacation?
When specifically targeting all-inclusive vacations, many of the best all-inclusive destinations are located in the Caribbean islands. Caribbean all-inclusives offer great opportunities for a romantic getaway or family vacation and cater to all types of custom travel needs.
The following highlights the differences in the best all-inclusive vacation destinations:
Antigua is famous for its numerous beaches, but lacks the lushness of similar islands of Dominica and Jamaica. Antigua’s all inclusive resorts are isolated and conservative but very glamorous. Antigua also has very interesting historic naval sites. Beach lovers may favor an all inclusive vacation in Antigua!
The Bahamas offer everything from turquoise water to sandy beaches, quaint colonial villages to secluded coves. This group of islands also offers several distinct experiences, from mega resorts and casinos, to its pink colonial buildings with bustling marketplaces and upscale chain resorts. The Bahamas is a great spot to interact with dolphins and to shop, shop, shop! There is plenty of nightlife on this island as well as water sports galore! The Bahamas also offers world-class golfing experiences. This island is great for those who want to experience an unfamiliar place, but with all of the comforts of home such as the English language and development we expect to see here in the U.S.
Barbados is the Caribbean’s easternmost island, and is made up of a great coral reef floating in the mid-Atlantic. It is famous for its beautiful beige-sand beaches. People seeking a luxurious vacation or all inclusive in Barbados usually appreciate its stylish, medium-size hotels (many of which carry a hefty price tag). Usually, service is extremely good and often lavish. The topography of Barbados varies – from rolling hills and crashing waves on the Atlantic coast to the populated flatlands, rows of resorts, and the sheltered beaches of the southwest. If you love history, a quiet, conservative atmosphere, and fine beaches, choose Barbados for your all inclusive vacation!
The Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of Hispaniola opposite is Haiti. The mountainous Dominican Republic is the second-largest country of the Caribbean. Its capital is Santo Domingo and is densely populated. The island offers its guests Latin color, zesty merengue music, and many opportunities to dance, drink, and party. There is a vast contrast of wealth between the visitors of all inclusive resorts and the poverty of the island’s inhabitants. It is good to use extra safety precautions when venturing off the all inclusive resort. For fun in the sun and good beaches, head for La Romana in the southeast, Punta Cana on the easternmost shore, Puerto Plata in the northwest, or any resorts along the Amber Coast in the north. The Dominican Republic is an up and coming destination for all inclusive travel vacations.
Grenada is the southernmost nation of the Windward Islands and one of the lushest islands in the Caribbean. It boasts a gentle climate and fertile volcanic soil. Therefore, it’s one of the largest producers of spices in the Western Hemisphere. Grenada has beautiful white-sand beaches, and the natives are extremely friendly. Grenada’s capital, St. George’s, is one of the most charming towns in the Caribbean.
Hawaii is a favorite island paradise for couples seeking a luxury honeymoon and families seeking a great tropical vacation. Although there are no all-inclusive resorts in Hawaii, the islands offer wonderful beachside resorts with casual atmospheres and diverse activities for newlyweds. Some also offer Modified American meal plans.
Big Island maintains a rural flavor showcasing its outdoor beauty. Big Island has beautiful sandy beaches with coral reefs made for snorkeling. It also has deep-sea fishing, cattle and horse ranches, golf, hiking, water sports and horseback riding. However, there is very limited nightlife and shopping here. Big Island is for those seeking a more quiet and relaxed vacation.
Kauai is made for nature-lovers. Kauai has majestic mountains, valleys and waterfalls as well as spectacular beaches. You can also hike, fish, golf, whale and bird-watch, zipline, snorkel and surf. Nightlife and shopping are also limited in Kauai.
Maui is the second most popular island in Hawaii. It boasts stunning mountains and volcanoes as well as calm ocean waves and sugarcane fields. There are opportunities for whale-watching, golfing, hiking, zip lining, agricultural tours, boat excursions, deep-sea fishing and all kinds of water sports.
Oahu is the most visited of the Hawaiian Islands. There is an abundance of nightlife including museums, theater, shopping and fine dining, and the opera. You will also find lush greenery and beautiful beaches with great historical sight seeing. There are plenty of water sports such as surfing, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing. Golfing and hiking are also popular here.
No matter the personality of the couple, they are sure to find and island that meets their needs!
Jamaica is one of the best all inclusive destinations and one of the most popular for those seeking a luxury honeymoon. Jamaica is a mountainous island that rises south of Cuba and west of Haiti. Jamaica is one of the most successful black democracies in the world and has lots of local color. Its tourist industry has been plagued in the past by the island’s reputation for aggressive vendors and racial tension, but it is taking steps to improve the situation. Overall, Jamaica is a fascinating island. It offers excellent beaches, golf, eco-tourism adventures, and fine hotels in all price brackets, making it one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean. This is also one of the easiest places to have the best all inclusive destination wedding!
The main access to Jamaica is through the Montego Bay airport located near the island’s active nightlife. Other cities throughout Jamaica are also accessed through MBJ. Ocho Rios, Jamaica is known for it’s Dunn’s River Falls and horseback adventures as well as its luxurious atmosphere. It also offers active excursions, sightseeing, shopping and Runaway Bay for a quieter vacation option. Negril, Jamaica has fabulous sunsets on a variety of beach types. No matter where you stay in Jamaica, a variety of all-inclusive resorts can be found to fit your taste!
Mexico has a true abundance of culture and history for those seeking a vacation that is both relaxing and somewhat adventurous. All-inclusive resorts are plentiful and are vastly different in their amenities and options for cultural experiences.
For vacationers who want to parasail one day, visit ancient Mayan ruins the next, and perhaps take a snorkeling trip, Mexico fits the bill nicely. For those looking for a more elite all-inclusive resort, Los Cabos has become one of the favored Mexican destinations. Los Cabos sorts a more rocky cliff and sandy cove experience great for diving, fishing and golfing, while Riviera Maya and Cancun hold a more sandy and calm-water experience. Playa del Carmen is the cultural center of the Riviera Maya. It has been an inspiration for ecotourism and has opportunities for jungle and cavern excursions among many others.
St. Barthelemy (St. Barts)
St. Barts is known for it’s beauty, luxury and exclusive company, such as a celebrity or two. St. Bart’s boasts luxury villas and more than 12 pristine beaches with a French ambience. Service here is superb, but don’t expect to get an autograph from any of the celebrities…you may get deported!
St. Barts is a very small island with many rolling hills. It is lined with many coves along the shores and offers opportunities for diving, snorkeling, relaxing, shopping, boating and leisurely dining. This is not the place for “hopping nightlife”. You can hike, horseback ride and play tennis while you are here on your all-inclusive vacation!
St. Lucia is the second largest of the Windward Islands. It is a volcanic island with lots of rainfall and great natural beauty. It has white-sand beaches as well as black-sand beaches, bubbling sulfur springs, and gorgeous mountain scenery. Most of St. Lucia’s tourism is concentrated on the island’s northwestern tip.
St. Lucia is the island with the world’s only drive-in volcano! The Pitons, or twin peaks, on the southwest coast are approximately 1/2 mile high and are a famous beauty to see. The Diamond Falls drop in six different stages through the sulfur springs that make the falls appear in shades of yellow, green and purple! Bird watching is also quite popular at the Maria Islands Nature Reserve. St. Lucia has it’s own species of parrot called the Jacquot and many other rare forms of wildlife and birds can be found here. If you are looking for posh resorts and gorgeous beaches, rain forests, and lush, tropical foliage, choose St. Lucia. It makes for a fantastic all-inclusive vacation destination!
St. Martin/St. Maarten
This island is made up of a French side and a Dutch side, hence the two names. The rich cultural history mixed with the beautiful location and Caribbean qualities make St, Martin/St. Maarten an island that represents almost all there is to do in the Caribbean.
St. Martin/St. Maarten has beautiful coral reefs for diving and snorkeling as well as white sand for sunbathing and connecting to the outside world with its fine hotels, casinos, wi-fi and superior restaurants. This island has a variety of “exclusive” and “upscale”, but is also partly geared to the mass cruise tourism and large resort market. St. Martin/St. Maarten is not the place for a quiet, non-commercialized getaway.
Turks & Caicos
Turks and Caicos are to the east of the southernmost islands of the Bahamas, directly north of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Grand Turk is the capital, but has a small-town atmosphere. The farthest island from Florida, it totals just under 9 square miles. Grand Turk displays abundant marine life, but most of the island’s surface is flat, rocky, and dry. Turks & Caicos boasts world-class diving — the main draw for most visitors.
Providenciales, or Provo, is one of the largest of the Turks & Caicos islands. It is green but arid, with miles of scrubland and small trees covering the island’s low hills. Provo includes the nation’s only golf course, boat tours, and diving excursions. The 12-mile beach and pristine coastline of Provo boasts infrastructure that far surpasses that of Grand Turk. The island also has the best cuisine and the finest entertainment in Turks and Caicos, but it’s still much sleepier than the big developments of other Caribbean islands such as Aruba.
The islands of Tahiti are just south of the Hawaiian Islands, but offer a different Polynesian experience than Hawaii. Tahiti is often described as being “cut off” from the outside world and best caters to those seeking a luxurious and relaxing honeymoon or vacation. There is minimal wi-fi capability, but ample luxurious opportunities! How about feeding the sharks and sting rays? Or sleeping in an overwater bungalow? The islands of Tahiti will take you back to a “simple” lifestyle full of relaxation and even some pampering!
The U.S. Virgin Islands boast a plethora of rich cultural experiences stemming from the diverse history of settlers since the 1400s. The islands offer vacationers a chance to relax on their gorgeous white-sand beaches or try horseback riding, snorkeling, scuba diving, golf, tennis and more! There are also a variety of areas to shop in.
The U.S. Virgin Islands are also known for their artistic culture. They are known for their paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography. They enjoy a variety of cultural festivals though out the year such as Carnival, Fourth of July and Three Kings’ Day. St. Thomas is known as the duty-free mall of the Caribbean and is one of the most developed of the Caribbean islands.