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Can You Give It Up For Cheap, Beautiful All-Inclusives?

Oh, Come on, Who doesn’t fantasize over a nice all-inclusive?

dude, really!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dude, really!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


When you’ve got a family, it’s a dream. It removes hidden fees, takes away worries like kids ordering food and drinks throughout the day and can often cover any activity under the sun. Which translates to YOU not having to say NO every second your kids want to have fun because you’re so worried about bill backlash

Now for the flipside: They’re expensive, with the average nightly rate at some of the bigger chains running $450 — per person. And when you find one in your price range there’s usually a catch, like the beach is a 15-minute drive away, or the “all” only includes non-alcoholic beverages—really? Are you kidding me?

But don’t go worrying your pretty little head about it, here are 10 affordable beachfront all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. All starting at $100 per person, per night.

What do they include?

A double room, three meals a day, real drinks, and lots of activities, from tennis lessons to scuba instructions.

1. Majestic Colonial, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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majestic-colonial-punta-cana

This 658-room resort in Punta Cana has eight restaurants, plus nine bars including a piano bar and a sports bar.

The main pool is more than 1,300 feet long (there is also a children’s pool and a whirlpool) and catamarans and windsurfers are available on the beach. The snorkeling right off the beach is perfect, and all the equipment you need is also included.

Every room at the resort is a suite with a terrace or balcony, and a Jacuzzi tub! From $150 per person, per night.

2. Krystal Cancun, Mexico

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Mexico_Cancun

In this Riviera Maya resort the pool runs lengthwise along the sand, and there’s even a beachfront infinity whirlpool.

The Krystal has 453 rooms, and each one has a view of either the Caribbean Sea or Cancun Lagoon. The rooms were renovated in December 2011 with updates like marble floors, flat-screen TVs, and rain showers. A tropical touch.

And if you tire of eating every meal at the hotel, the Krystal includes a Discover Cancun pass that covers one dinner at a local restaurant.

From $100 per person, per night.

3. Iberostar Costa Dorada, Puerta Plata, Dominican Republic

Iberostar Costa Dorada, Puerta Plata, Dominican Republic

Iberostar Costa Dorada, Puerta Plata, Dominican Republic

Iberostar operates six hotels in the Dominican Republic, but this resort 10 minutes from Puerto Plata gives you the most for your money. The 516 rooms, all with a terrace or balcony, are in thatch-roof buildings painted cheerful shades of yellow and purple. The entire property underwent a full renovation in 2011 resulting in completely remodeled rooms, a new lobby and a renovated kids’ club.

There are three a la carte restaurants (Brazilian, Mexican and seafood from the local waters) plus a buffet restaurant. If you aren’t content to just sit on the beach or the massive pool, there are activities all around the resort, from archery to merengue lessons.

From $100 per person, per night (three-night minimum).

4. ClubHotel Riu Negril, Jamaica

ClubHotel Riu Negril, Jamaica

ClubHotel Riu Negril, Jamaica

Head out to the far western tip of Jamaica and you’ll find this beachfront resort in Negril. It is right on the beach, but the place to be is by one of the umbrella-shaded loungers around the two gigantic pools.

This is the place to party, and the complimentary mini bars and liquor dispensers in the 420 guest rooms are regularly restocked. If you want to go all out, head to the Pacha nightclub, where reggae is sure to be spinning, find some quiet on the beach or back in your room.

From $101 per person, per night.

5. Royal Decameron Golf Beach Resort & Villas, Farallón, Panama

 Royal Decameron Golf Beach Resort & Villas, Farallón, Panama

Royal Decameron Golf Beach Resort & Villas, Farallón, Panama

This 1,170-room mega resort has eight pools, 10 restaurants and 11 bars (including one swim-up), which means you’ll rarely do or see the same thing twice.

Play in the Pacific with free paddleboards, kayaks or windsurfers, or check out the local underwater residents with the provided snorkel gear. The nightlife is also big here and the party goes long after the sun sets. Think: Open bar and breakfast buffet. All rooms have a balcony on to the garden. From $106 per person, per night.

6. Coral Beach Hotel & Resort, Paphos, Cyprus

Coral Beach Hotel & Resort, Paphos, Cyprus

Coral Beach Hotel & Resort, Paphos, Cyprus

While the other resorts listed here are closer to the U.S., this all-inclusive trades the Caribbean for the Mediterranean — and it’s worth the trip. The 420-room resort is located on the edge of the UNESCO-protected Akamas Peninsula on Cyprus’s western coast.

The beach is lined with blue loungers, as is the 164-foot pool (keep an eye out for members of the British Olympic swim team; they use the pool for training). Have dinner overlooking the boats bobbing in the harbor from the terrace where blue-and-white-checked tablecloths flap in the sea breeze. Then watch some local folk dancing. Bored of the sun? Go for the free art classes in pottery and glass-painting.

And with the economy, you can eat out at local restaurants without batting an eye. From $144 per person, per night.

7. Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa, Mexico

Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa, Mexico

Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa, Mexico

Playa del Palmar is one of the quietest beaches around and people used to spend all kinds of cash just for that. Now you have a killer all-inclusive. The resort re-opened in November 2011 after a $10 million upgrade to all the rooms (including new furniture, flat-screen TVs and fully renovated bathrooms) and restaurants as well as the addition of a new spa. Feel like being active? Here you get free tennis clinics.

There are only 285 rooms, which is nice if you don’t want to be overwhelmed. Four bars plus eight restaurants ranging from seafood to Italian to Mexican, no reservations required. From $151 per person, per night.

8. Jolly Beach Resort & Spa, Antigua

Jolly Beach Resort & Spa, Antigua

Jolly Beach Resort & Spa, Antigua

Set on 40 acres, the Jolly Beach Resort & Spa is great for those who want to get out on the turquoise water. Kayaks, Hobie Cats and paddleboats are all at the ready and there are also two pools.

The 464 rooms all have at least partial ocean views. The resort also has five restaurants, ranging from a casual beach take-out place to the Italian Bocciolo. And check this out: Every day you get a proper afternoon tea with scones and cucumber sandwiches in the courtyard.

From $171 per person, per night.

9. Barceló Langosta Beach, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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langosta

Here you get the best of both worlds: The resort is on a secluded beach surrounded by rainforests and a national park, but is less than a mile from the popular town of Tamarindo.

This is a low-key resort, with just one buffet restaurant and one a la carte restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine. There’s just one bar, plus a small casino and an amphitheater with daily entertainment. But the 134 rooms have views of the Pacific Ocean or the estuary of Las Baulas (part of the national park). From $180 per person, per night.

10. Paradise Island Harbour Resort, Bahamas

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paradise island

At just 246 rooms, this family friendly resort is a fraction of the size of the 4,000-room Atlantis next door. Which is a good thing—it’s a fraction of the price for the all-inclusive option. Paradise Island is on a private beach and has a large pool and three places to dine—a pool-side grill, a buffet, and a steak and seafood a la carte restaurant.

And another thing, you won’t find the same 24/7 whirl of activity here as at the mega resorts, but there’s enough to keep you entertained. The kids’ camp offers sand castle building and craft making, plus sports like pool volleyball and beach bowling. And what’s really cool? If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to dive, this is the place: the resort offers a complimentary scuba lesson in the pool.

From $200 per person, per night.

So come on what are you waiting for? Book  an all-inclusive for your next family trip —we’ve got all the cheap flights you could ever need too at www.bt-store.com

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