As the weather turns a little cooler…and the skies a little grayer…many of us find ourselves dreaming of a warm, beach vacation. You know the dream– toes in the sand, a drink with a frilly umbrella in our hand and the sound of the surf in the background.
There are good reasons why Caribbean beach vacations are so popular and, here in Charlotte, we are lucky these sea-side destinations are easily accessible by short plane rides. However, all beach resort vacations are not created equal! Understanding the myriad of choices and making a good decision for you and your family can prove daunting.
One consideration is whether or not an all-inclusive resort is the best choice. In recent years, the all-inclusive offerings in the Caribbean have exploded. This vacation option is increasingly popular because of the convenience and risk-free budgeting it provides.
All-inclusive resorts offer all meals, drinks and most activities for ONE inclusive price preventing any surprises during the vacation. The peace of mind this offers is invaluable to most travelers! But not all all-inclusive resorts are created equal so proper planning is still crucial to a successful getaway.
If you are a honeymooner, or looking for a romantic retreat, you may not want to choose a resort that caters to families. The reverse is also true, however, and if you are planning a multi-generational trip you will want ample kids activities and amenities. Many resorts blend the two indulgences well and have fabulous options for kids along with escapes for the adults.
There is also a wide range of cuisine options available now. If good food and fine dining is important to you, then choose resorts offering a variety of specialty restaurants and diverse menus. The less expensive resorts tend to feature mostly buffet restaurants, but the 4 and 5 star properties have upped their game when it comes to dining and many foodies are pleasantly surprised at the gourmet offerings.
A good, experienced travel professional can help match people with the best resort for their specific needs. There are lots of options available and its helpful to have someone that’s familiar with the choices help guide the buying process and truly make it a “worry-free” vacation.