There are plenty of perks when it comes to booking a trip to an all-inclusive resort whether it's with the entire family or a loved one. Travelers have the opportunity to indulge on their vacation, relax and unwind, and not worry about having a pay a bill.
With food and beverages at your constant disposal and tons of activities provided for people of all ages, it's no wonder all-inclusive resorts are a favorite among travelers.
Even with the convenience of having just about everything at your fingertips, there are still important things that travelers should 100% avoid while staying at a resort, no matter where it is.
So if travelers want to make the most of their vacation, take a look at these 20 things we should 100% avoid doing at all-inclusive resorts.
UPDATE: 2022/06/10 10:51 EST BY LIANNA TEDESCO
21 Things We Should 100% Avoid Doing At All-Inclusive Resorts
All-inclusive resorts are still very much part of the dream vacation, and with so many people traveling to their bucket-list destinations it was time that we updated this article to reflect that. These unspoken rules still apply (in most cases) when it comes to things one should - and shouldn't - do at an all-inclusive resort. From treating the staff with kindness to avoiding extravagant fees, here's what you should still know.
21 Avoid Drinking Tap Water
According to Trip Savvy, if you're heading to Cancun, Mexico it's best to avoid drinking tap water and instead stick to plastic bottles. "Generally, the water is purified at the source, but the distribution system may allow the water to be contaminated en route to the tap," the site reports, adding that even Mexicans don't drink tap water and even find it "repulsive."
20 Avoid Staying In The Sun For Too Long
Going to a Caribbean resort sounds like a blast, but being exposed to the constant hot sun can be extremely harmful, especially if you aren't used to it. According to Copake Camping Resort, "too much sun can be dangerous in the case of sunburn, heat exhaustion, and dehydration. Overheating, along with dehydration, is a serious risk, especially for children and older adults."
19 Don't Eat Exotic Foods
While travelers can be tempted to try new foods while on vacation, it's best to skip these foreign foods and stick to what you are familiar with. Exotic foods like scorpions, grasshoppers, maggot cheese, or even this iguana pictured above should be avoided so that travelers don't wind up getting sick.
18 Don't Get Too Wild
It's important for travelers to remember that they are in a foreign country, so it is best not to get too rowdy or wild. Travelers can get removed from the resort if they are causing others to feel uncomfortable and that can lead to serious consequences. You don't want to be that person that ruins the trip for everyone and makes others feel distressed.
17 Avoid Spending Money On Tons Of Souvenirs
Everyone loves to bring back a souvenir home to remember the amazing experience they had on their trip or buy their loved ones gifts from a foreign country. While buying a couple of items is okay, don't end up spending all of your money on items that may end up in the back of your closet or in a clutter of junk in a drawer.
16 Avoid Snacking Late At Night
Food is at your constant disposal at an all-inclusive resort and travelers will find endless buffets no matter what time of day, snack bars, lunch items, and a variety of sit-down restaurants. It can be easy for travelers to constantly go for another plate or snack throughout the day, but to avoid gaining weight or feeling over full, try to eat three hearty meals throughout the day and avoid snacking late at night.
15 Avoid Sugary Drinks
Travelers who enjoy all-inclusive resorts like knowing that they have food and drinks available to them 24/7. While drinking a cocktail poolside sounds fun and is definitely an Instagram photo opportunity that friends will envy, these drinks hold tons of sugar and are just bad for your body. According to Everybody Craves, drinking these fancy drinks can even lead to dehydration.
14 Avoid Staying At The Resort The Entire Time
People have heard about the dangers of leaving a resort, but that is not true for most places. While cities in Mexico and Jamaica should be highly researched before leaving the resort, there are other places that are very safe and would make for a great little getaway. There are plenty of places outside of resorts that have beautiful cities to discover.
13 Don't Lose Your Wristband
A traveler's wristband should be worn for the entirety of a trip. This wristband allows you to get into restaurants, and bars and enjoy the plethora of activities offered to guests. According to Wolters World, travelers can incur hefty fines if they lose their wristbands with some resorts charging guests $75-$100 per day.
12 Avoid Having To Buy Necessities At The Resort Shops
Make sure to pack the necessities when traveling to an all-inclusive resort. Items like sunblock, aspirin, and toothpaste don't take up much room in your luggage, and you won't have to end up paying the outrageous prices convenience stores sell these items for. Expect items to be overpriced at resorts if you must buy something.
11 Avoid Going To A Resort That Isn't Right For You
There are hundreds of all-inclusive resorts to choose from so picking one that travelers will get the most enjoyment out of can be tricky. All-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico are extremely popular for families because they offer the beach, water sports, pools, spas, and dining. But, if you are on a budget, there are plenty of options too.
10 Make Sure There Aren't Any Hidden Fees
According to Frugal Travel Guy, there can be additional expenses that may come with booking an all-inclusive resort that travelers should be aware of. There might be travel expenses like airport transfers because you need to get to and from the resort, which can cost up to $100. While dining at a resort if free thanks to the all-inclusive package a traveler purchased, be weary of upcharges for certain dishes or meals.
9 Avoid Offerings That Are Lukewarm Or Seem To Be Sitting Out For Hours
Travelers should be mindful of what they eat while at a resort. According to Food Network, opt for food options that are cooked thoroughly and avoid any meat that's pink in the middle. Also, you'll want to stay away from cold prepared foods like sushi or shrimp, which can be sitting at a room temperature buffet for quite some time, since these foods require constant refrigeration.
8 Avoid Traveling At The Wrong Time Of The Year
According to Travel and Leisure, the most popular time to visit places like Cancun, Mexico is during its high season from November to April. But, between those months there are two peak periods that see the most travelers: winter break (Christmas until New Year's) and again in the spring, during the weeks before and after Easter.
7 Avoid Eating At The Buffet The Entire Trip
What is great about booking a trip to an all-inclusive resort is the fact that the food and drink costs have already been covered, and you'll get a wide variety of options. However, don't just constantly stick to the buffet if you're at the resort for quite some time. There are awesome sit-down restaurants that are worthy of a visit.
6 Avoid The Crowds During Your Stay
The high season begins in November and lasts until April and that is when resorts can get crowded, making travelers a little frustrated if they were looking for some peace and quiet during their stay. Travelers looking for a relaxing vacation should opt for a resort with spa services or find a resort that allows you to travel outside its walls and experience new things.
5 Avoid The Complimentary Juice Offered At The Lobby
There are always welcome drinks offered to adult travelers to mark the start of their vacation. However, travelers might want to stay away from these mixed concoctions that are loaded with sugar and are just bad for your body. Travelers definitely don't want to start their vacations feeling bloated or sick.
4 Avoid Lounging Around By The Pool Every Single Day
All-inclusive resorts have some of the most amazing pools with lounge chairs to soak up the sun and bars to get a fruity drink and snacks. Don't limit yourself to spending all day at the pool when you can be checking out other fun activities the resort offers. From a bunch of water sports like paddle boarding to a yoga class by the beach, try to do something you don't normally do.
3 Skip The Soups
According to Food Network, if travelers are hitting the buffet, they should most likely skip the soup. "While the soup is usually not problematic, some kitchens will reuse leftover meats and vegetables; yesterday's beef medallions or chicken breast could become the soup du jor," the site reports. Travelers might also be unaware of how long those leftovers have been sitting around at room temperature before being used for that soup!
2 Avoid Potential Dangers Outside Certain Resorts
One of the most important things to know before booking your all-inclusive stay is the dangers that can be lurking outside the resort. According to USnews.com, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is one of the safest vacation spots in the Caribbean and guests should be comfortable traveling outside their resort. However, it's best to go with a group of people, especially if you are a woman.