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Packing For Your All-Inclusive Caribbean Trip: What to Bring

Packing For Your All-Inclusive Caribbean Trip: What to Bring

Have you just finished making your Jamaica travel plans? If so, your airline reservations are set and your stay at an all-inclusive resort is booked. Aside from taking the time to research popular vacation activities and attractions, you just sit back and wait. However, as your travel dates get closer, you should start packing for your trip. Packing for a trip to Jamaica is just like any other vacation, but you are not in the United States anymore. For that reason, it is best to be prepared.

What should you pack for your all-inclusive Caribbean trip to Jamaica?

Passport. A passport is required by law for traveling to and from the Caribbean, including Jamaica. This is one of the first things you should of done. If not, now check your passport. Make sure it is valid. If not or if you do not have a passport, request yours immediately. Passports typically take one month to process. Ensure you have yours in time for your Jamaica trip. Although a passport is required, a second form of photo identification, like your driver’s license, is still advised.

Health insurance documents and a health history form. Some health insurance companies only extend coverage in to patients in the United States. Still, it will not hurt to have these documents handy. If you have known health problems, check with your doctor before traveling to Jamaica. Still, have a list of your known medical problems and any medications you are taking handy. There are no guarantees you will need medical care, but those with known health complications, should always prepare for an emergency.

Clothes. In terms of clothes, many tourists tend to over pack. That is your choice, but some airlines now charge you additional fees for extra bags of luggage. Familiarize yourself with these fees, so you aren’t left surprised at the airport. As for your clothes, check the weather forecast first. If rain is predicted, pack a raincoat or a windbreaker. Rarely are coats needed, as a sweater should do for the slightly colder nights. Casual clothes are fine for the remainder of your trip. With that said, review your all-inclusive resort rules and restrictions. Some upscale onsite restaurants have dress codes.

Beach accessories. What is nice about all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica is the simplified planning process. A beachfront resort may include the cost of windsurfing, snorkeling, or scuba diving. In this event, you do not pay extra for rental gear or need to bring your own. In terms of beach gear and accessories, all you really need is your baiting suit, a sun hat, sunglasses, and a beach towel.

Health and beauty products. The poor United States economy has forced many hotels, including those out of the country to cutback costs. Before, you could walk into a hotel and find it stocked with shampoo, soap, and more. Now, that isn’t always the case. Luckily, most all-inclusive resorts still provide these for guests. It may be a good idea to verify though. Bring the …

Top 10 All-Inclusive Vacation Destinations

Top 10 All-Inclusive Vacation Destinations

Any kind of “top 10” list is bound to be subjective. There’s no way around it. It is impossible to account for everyone’s tastes and address every possible variable of a vacation and a resort. However, the following “Top 10 All-Inclusive Vacation Destinations” turn up again and again in listings on the Internet and in travel magazines, too. To make sure you are making the right choice, you should talk to as many people as you can who have actually been to the resort you are considering.

The idea of all-inclusive vacations is not that old, but it has caught on like wildfire because it takes much of the worry out of trip planning. It is not likely you could put together a vacation package for less than the “all inclusives” charge, but not everyone goes this route to save money. The high-end resorts of the all-inclusive variety are pricey, but there are also some bargains to be bad if you do not expect five-star amenities at three- or four-star prices. The following are not in any particular order, but many are clustered in the Caribbean because of its longstanding popularity.

1. Goldeneye Resort, St. Mary, Jamaica: James Bond fans have made the Goldeneye a top pick in many resort listings. This Jamaican retreat was built by Bond novelist Ian Fleming in the 1950s and he is said to have written 14 of his “007” thrillers there. The “short report” on Goldeneye is that it is “a magical place” that provides simple luxury along with carefree, casual comfort. Many celebrities flock to this spot for the privacy, and Goldeneye’s main beach is clean, uncrowded and private with fluffy white sand and warm, crystalline waters. The 007 cachet, great privacy, good food and fabulous grounds combine to make Goldeneye a favorite all-inclusive resort.

2. Sandals Royal Bahamian, Bahamas: As a chain, the Sandals Resorts have been voted “World’s Best” for the past 10+ years by travel professionals worldwide. Many longtime travel agents, who should know, believe that Sandals does “all-inclusive” better than anyone, and they should – they invented it. Sandals does everything with an unsurpassed emphasis on quality, so it is by no means a “budget” destination. This particular Sandals resort – with its offshore island, eight restaurants, seven pools, valet service and Rolls-Royce airport shuttles – will meet the demands of the most discriminating travelers.

3. Sandals Antigua Resort & Spa, Antigua: Situated on Dickenson Bay, the island’s premier (and most famous) beach, this is the chain’s “romantic getaway.” It offers Caribbean village charm plus the refinement and luxury of a world-class, all-inclusive resort, and was voted the “World’s Leading Honeymoon Resort” for four straight years. Crystal clear air and winding paths welcome you to hidden hammocks for the happy twosome.

4. Secrets Excellence, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: Situated far from city crowds on a remote portion of Caribbean shoreline – in its own palm tree forest, no less – Secrets Excellence has everything from live stage shows, hot …

All-Inclusive Caribbean Vacations: How to Get the Best Deals

All-Inclusive Caribbean Vacations: How to Get the Best Deals

If you want to travel to the Caribbean, cost may be a concern of yours. The Caribbean is a popular vacation destination; therefore, you might assume you would pay more. Luckily, there are many ways to save money. By opting for an all-inclusive vacation, you not only get a good deal, but the trip is easy to plan.

Despite the fact that all-inclusive Caribbean vacations are designed to get you the better deal and ease the stress of planning a trip, proceed with caution. All-inclusive travel packages and resorts come in different formats. You must make your choice wisely to ensure you truly get a good deal and have a great trip. What can you do?

Read all information pertaining to inclusions at all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. Due to the popularity of all-inclusive vacations, many hotels and resorts have jumped on the bandwagon. However, not all are true all-inclusive resorts. What should you look for? At the very least, an inclusive Caribbean resort will include the cost of room, food, drinks, snacks, and some forms of onsite entertainment. Airfare should be optional. This, however, is the bare minimum. Luxury and high-end resorts will also include the cost of qualifying airport transfers and tips. Generally, the more inclusions you get, the better the deal.

Familiarize yourself with all onsite eateries. This includes bars, cafes, casual restaurants, and fancy, sit-down restaurants. Quality resorts should have multiple choices. Be cautious of Caribbean hotels that add “all-inclusive” to their name and only have one onsite restaurant. Food and drinks are included in with your stay, but don’t you want more choices? You should. After three days, boredom may set in. You may find yourself looking at other offsite eateries. However, your all-inclusive Caribbean vacation included the cost of food, meaning you pay to eat twice. Don’t waste your money. Instead, opt for a resort that gives you choices.

Focus on the onsite activities and entertainment that is included. Once again, the best way to ensure you get a good deal on an all-inclusive Caribbean vacation is to closely examine the inclusions. The more you get, the better the deal. In terms of onsite activities and entertainment, focus your attention on what you personally want or need. For example, beach lovers should opt for an all-inclusive resort that lists beach-related activities, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and wind surfing as inclusions. You will use these activities. This is good, as you technically paid for them anyways. Available activities can also help you narrow down resorts. If you enjoy golf, opt for a resort with an onsite golf course, and so forth.

Familiarize yourself with amenities that cost extra. These are not inclusions; you must pay extra to access the service, facility, or take part in the activity. Examples include all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean that have onsite spas and golf courses. A golf resort may include the cost of green fees, but it is your responsibility to rent a golf cart and pay a …