6 Reasons an All-Inclusive Beach Vacation is the Perfect Family Trip

If you need to be convinced that sunshine, beaches and family fun—all for a set price—are right for you, these benefits might sway your decision. Here's why an all-inclusive beach vacation might be right for your family.

1. It’s Easy to Stay on Budget

Calculating how much a family vacation will cost can be difficult. Upfront costs, including flights, hotel stays and transportation to and from the airport, are typically straightforward. But once you’ve arrived, it’s easy to spend more than expected on dining and entertainment. With an all-inclusive beach vacation, however, almost everything is an upfront cost, making it easier to keep your spending to what you set aside for the trip.

2. Even Tips are Typically Included

With cruises and guided land tours you know what you’re spending upfront on the bulk of your trip. But tips, which might not seem like a lot, can add up over the course of your trip, and usually are not included on cruises or guided tours. At most all-inclusive beach vacation resorts, however, tips are included in your daily price. No cash necessary unless you’re looking for an off-resort experience, and no added fees at the end of the week.

3. You Can Indulge Without the Guilt

Dessert tonight? An extra frozen drink by the pool tomorrow? During an all-inclusive beach vacation at a resort, all of your meals and drinks are part of the package, so you can say yes to both without worrying about being overindulgent (as far as your wallet is concerned, that is).

4. Kids Can Have it All

One of your kids wants to build sand castles on the beach. Your water baby is content with splashing in the pool all day. Another child loves bouncing from one activity to the next. Mini-golf, scavenger hunts, family-friendly spa treatments—you name it, they want to try it. We can’t help you be in three places at once, but during an all-inclusive beach vacation, it’s easy to satisfy kids of all ages and interests.

5. On-Resort Activities Are Part of the Deal

Included activities vary from one resort to the next, but for the most part, on-site activities are part of the package. Join in sunrise yoga on the beach. Let the kids enjoy a sense of freedom at one of the kids club activities. Or grab a bocce set and challenge your family to a game. The stakes? The winners get to pick which delicious on-site restaurant you’ll dine in that evening.

6. Off-Resort Excursions Are Vetted by the Resort

With so many options for family fun on-site, we can almost guarantee you won’t get bored. But you still may decide to venture away from your little slice of paradise to enjoy a cultural tour or a heart-pounding adventure. The hotel you stay at during your all-inclusive beach vacation can recommend the best vendors in the area for your choice of excursions and even take care of the transportation. A shuttle will pick you up from the hotel, so you don’t have to worry about renting a car, finding the correct route, or even knowing which side of the road you’re supposed to drive on.

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AAA Travel offers a variety of family-friendly vacations. Visit AAA.com to learn more, or call 877-396-7159 to speak to a AAA Travel Counselor.

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Janice Yip-Hudson, AAA Travel Counselor, Daly City, Calif.

Today, people's lives are so busy. We're thinking three days ahead just to get through our to-do lists. I love helping my clients plan vacations where they have nothing to do but relax; where time stands still, and you're just on vacation.

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