With the winter months just around the corner, we have been getting a lot of requests for getaways to the Caribbean and Mexico. The birthplace of the “all-inclusive” resort. Ahhhh, the place where you can eat and drink as much as you want, and be as lazy as you want with no judgment except from your inner self.
So why are there no all-inclusives in the United States?
The initial purpose of the all-inclusive was to get people to destinations that may not have been safe to go but had beautiful beaches. Why let a beautiful beach go to waste! So countries such as Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic built beautiful resorts that provided everything you needed so you wouldn’t have to off property, even private transfers to and from the airport. Initially a lot of these resorts had armed guards to keep you safe.
Over the years however, many of these countries have become more safe. People have started to venture off property to do various excursions such as seeing waterfalls, cooking with the locals, and even Travelanthropy (travel + philanthropy). These resorts have brought many jobs to the various communities within these countries. However, many of these communities are still financially hurting. There are many things you can do to help the community if you’re interested. You can bring stuff for the local schools, take some food to shelters, or help paint some local community buildings where many people gather. The help is much appreciated. If you are looking for more information on helping out on your next trip, let me know as I can help set it up for you.
So back to the original question “why aren’t there all-inclusives in the United States?” We get asked this question all the time. The US is fairly safe to venture out and go to a local restaurant or do some sight-seeing. If hotels start to become all-inclusive, then the local community starts to suffer. No one is going to restaurants, no one is shopping, and no one is enjoying excursions. If you are traveling within the US and are looking for a food plan, then ask your travel agent if the hotel or resorts provides a food plan such as breakfast, or a combination of breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner. Food allows more flexibility to eat at the local restaurants.
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