Last month, we tackled all the major theme parks: Disney, Legoland, SeaWorld and Universal Studios.
This month, we are talking about all-inclusives!
The choices are plentiful for all-inclusive resorts in Cancun, Punta Cana, Jamaica and so on — but if you are looking for family travel with an all inclusive option, you need to do a bit more digging to make sure the resort is really a good option for families. (Or should I say, let us do the digging for you!)
For an all-inclusive to make sense for families, you want to make sure there are a few options — kids club, water features, large pool, water slides, inner tubes and more — that are geared toward kids. You also will want to make sure there are enough food options to satisfy everyone in the family. Some locations only offer local cuisine, which generally will not work for a whole week.
Are you looking to save big on your trip? The secret here is flexibility! Many of the vacation destinations mentioned above only offer nonstop flights certain days of the week. If you can match your travel to a nonstop flight, you really get the bang for your buck. Looking for more ways to save? Consider driving to Pittsburgh or Columbus to catch your flight, as they offer more charter flight options than the Cleveland airport. (Note: all of the locations above require a passport book for every member of your party. Make sure you give yourself ample time to have the passports processed.)
Don’t have a passport? For most all-inclusives, you need to leave the United States, however Club Med’s Sandpiper Bay offers an all-inclusive option in Florida, with gourmet cuisine options, a children’s club for kids 4-17 years old, unlimited water and land sports, unlimited snacking and open bar, circus-style trapeze lessons, and great entertainment both day and night.
Regardless of what you are looking for this summer — theme park, all-inclusive, Washington, D.C., Nashville, New York or cruising — reach out to Visit Mickey, the exclusive travel partner for Northeast Ohio Parent. We’d love to help!
Tricia Scott is owner of Visit Mickey Vacations, the exclusive travel planners of Northeast Ohio Parent magazine. For a free quote, go to visitmickey.com/quote-neoparent.