At first, an all-inclusive resort couldn't sound dreamier. Picture long days on the beach, having all of your meals covered, and being able to order a fun cocktail at any hour. It seems like the ultimate in a lovely, luxury vacation, and the fact that you're not taking out cash or credit cards whenever you want to eat something is so easy and convenient.

Unfortunately, while the term "all-inclusive" sounds like travelers will pay for the flights, hotel, food, and drinks at once and there won't be anything else to worry about, that's not always the case. Sometimes you'll realize that you're being asked to pay for some other things, and it's definitely a surprise.


Read on to find out what to look out for when planning a vacation at an all-inclusive resort.

You Could Get Charged For The Spa, Golf, Or Fun Extras

While every all-inclusive resort is going to have the same common elements, from a hotel being on the beach to at least one pool to a few restaurants, there are some that have a lot more to offer. Many resorts will have a spa or golf course.

Well, even though it might seem like going to the spa or playing some golf would be included since guests are seemingly paying for the "all-inclusive" experience, that's not always going to be true. Money Under 30 and Fodors both say that you could get charged for the spa or golf.

There are also some fun extras that will make your vacation a lot more enjoyable, and these aren't going to be included, either. Business Insider says it could be $125 for a cabana or $25 for lobster. While that might not seem like a big deal because everyone probably spends $25 here and there without even giving it a second thought, that definitely will become pretty expensive after a few days.

Seeing The Beach From Your Hotel Room Might Be Expensive

Since you're going to be booking an all-inclusive resort which is on the beach, it makes sense that you would be interested in being able to see the beach from your hotel room. There's nothing more peaceful than waking up in the morning and hearing the waves gently crashing, or sitting on the balcony and looking out at the water. This is the magic of vacation that you don't get if you live in a colder climate.

Seeing the beach from your hotel room might be expensive, though. Money Talks News explains, "The term 'beachfront' might not mean you can see any of the actual ocean. Instead, you might just get a view of the sand."

Getting From The Airport To The All-Inclusive Will Cost A Pretty Penny

Something else that isn't always going to be included in the "all-inclusive" part of your vacation?

Getting from the airport to the resort. Sure, you can sign up for a shuttle, but Fodors says the shuttle will be more expensive if you sign up with the resort instead of looking into it yourself. This is definitely something to be aware of, and it's good to know so you can factor it into your budget before booking everything.

You'll Be Expected To Pay More Than You Thought

Overall, when thinking about booking a stay at an all-inclusive resort, it might seem like travelers have to pay once and then they can forget about it and enjoy. And while that would be awesome, it's not always the case. The truth is that you'll probably be expected to pay more than you thought, and these can be confusing and surprising for travelers who weren't aware of that.

According to Business Insider, there are "resort fees." As the publication explains, "These resort fees can range anywhere between $4 to $50 per day. And those resort fees can add $40 to $500 for a 10-day stay." The publication also says that if you're given a wristband and you don't know where it is, you could be told you have to pay $75 for a new one.

While it might seem cheap to stay at an all-inclusive, thinking about these "resort fees" does put a bit of a damper on the vacation. And while you might save some cash since the package will include food and you won't have to pay to eat at various restaurants, the fact that there are fees doesn't make it sound quite so great.

Countless vacationers book all-inclusive resorts, loving the convenience and peace of mind of a package. But as mentioned here, there are some things to know before booking, and not everything is going to be part of the "all-inclusive" package. As long as you read everything carefully and make sure that you're getting the best deal possible, you can still have a great vacation that isn't over-the-top expensive, but being aware is totally key.