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I am fantasizing about a vacation that is actually relaxing--a vacation where I don't have to worry about everyone's meals, a vacation with some built-in childcare. I am starting to think maybe an all-inclusive would be nice for our family, but I know nothing about them. If you've been to one, what did you think of it? Can anyone recommend a resort in Florida or somewhere within driving distance from NYC? tia
 

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I can't recommend one in that area but we have done some trips at an inn outside of Toronto where there is a March Break programme and it is really lovely. No worries about meals, since they're paid for you're not constantly adding up the totals, great activities built in (wintery ones + indoor pool, yoga, etc.).<br><br>
We've rarely used the childcare part but when we have -- dinner for parents! alone! -- it's been great.
 

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There aren't many in the US. There is one in Port St Lucie Florida that is a club med. I stayed there years ago and it was just ok. They had fun activities, but the hotel needing updating and the food wasn't great.<br><br>
Is flying an option? Ive been looking into some really great deal for all inclusive in jamaica or cancun. Like $2000 for a family of 4 including airfare for a week.<br><br>
Or you could take a cruise. Those are all inclusive as well. They have cruises that leave from new york.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">There aren't many in the US. There is one in Port St Lucie Florida that is a club med. I stayed there years ago and it was just ok. They had fun activities, but the hotel needing updating and the food wasn't great.<br><br>
Is flying an option? Ive been looking into some really great deal for all inclusive in jamaica or cancun. Like $2000 for a family of 4 including airfare for a week.<br><br>
Or you could take a cruise. Those are all inclusive as well. They have cruises that leave from new york.</div>
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That seems to be the general description of all the Club Meds I read about.<br><br>
We stayed at an all-inclusive in the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana area. My mom goes a couple times a year to Mexico and we have friends that also do AIs.<br><br>
My thoughts -<br><br>
It was a fight to get chairs on the beach, impossible to get ones under the shade. People get up at the crack of dawn to "save" chairs. Very annoying. This is common at all-inclusives, not just the one we were at.<br><br>
By design, it was difficult to eat at the sit down/service restaurants. The resorts, for the most part, make it hard to get a reservation. (Staffing costs) Not a huge deal but we went into it thinking that we could try the different sit down restaurants to get away from the buffet. It is pretty common for some to be closed on a rotating basis, which limits the availabity at the others.<br><br>
AIs are good no-brainer vacations, especially if one is the type of vacationer that likes to stay put in one spot. I think there is absolutely nothing wrong with a no-brainer vacay.<br><br>
They can be excellent values. In April, my mom went to Mexico (Cozumel) for just over $500 and that included airfare from the East Coast, a 5 star resort.<br><br>
We are going to an AI in the Playa Del Carma area in the fall with my mom and her husband.
 
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