When I decided to go on a relaxing getaway to Mexico, I was thinking of keeping my trip low maintenance, different than most of the trips I normally take. I normally plan to rent a car, sample about 3 or 4 restaurants a day ( if I’m by myself) or depending on where I am I’d either explore the city/country and/or catch a sporting event. This time, since it was my birthday, my plan was to literally lay on the beach, treat myself to spa treatments and eat. Nothing stressful, I just wanted to refresh, renew, relax and release. I loved the idea of a vacation rental on the beach..but the rentals I liked did not fit my little budget for one. I didn’t want to drive a rental car, and I knew for the most part that if I stayed near downtown where all the shops and restaurants were, that I could either walk or catch a cab for next to nothing. I started thinking how convenient it would be to be able to call and order food and drinks at anytime. Since I was traveling by myself for the first time abroad I thought the extra security of a resort couldn’t hurt either. So I decided to try an All -Inclusive Resort.
Very clean, almost brand new resort.
Nice balcony view
The resort was very nice and clean, right on the beach, gorgeous views from the balcony and in great proximity to downtown. It was guard gated and seemed to have decent security. But there were two things that I learned that will probably keep me from choosing an all inclusive option when choosing a resort in the future….if I even decide to book another resort. Paying extra to have unlimited food and beverages was a waste of money because I couldn’t fully take advantage of it. The foodie in me couldn’t stay out of the Mexican restaurants Puerto Vallarta had to offer. The food I did have at the resort was mediocre, and I didn’t want to take a chance with those mixed drinks. It’s known that you can’t drink the water in Mexico so I didn’t trust that the mixed drinks or the ice in those drinks were made with bottled water so I stayed away. Although I thought I’d be staying in the resort for the majority of my meals, the thought went out the window as soon as I got to Mexico. I’m a foodie, what can I say? I had to explore the authentic cuisine Mexico had to offer outside of the resort, and I did so way more often than I had anticipated. I would have been happy booking the resort without the “all inclusive” option.
The second biggest thing for me in staying in a resort was lack of privacy. I lucked out in the fact that this particular resort didn’t have kids running around during my stay, but the beach connected to the resort was a bit crowded at times. I would like to have be able to lay under my umbrella and enjoy the view of the ocean without having 20 people in my line of sight. It was just a bit too crowded for me.
For those who don’t particularly care about the food, travel with tons of people/kids, or don’t mind the lack of privacy, an All-Inclusive resort is not a bad choice. They are convenient, not to mention offer security where some vacation rentals may not. Just be prepared to tip, pay food delivery fees, upgrade fees for premium food and beverage, eat mediocre food, be surrounded with large crowds and kids, offers for timeshare presentations, oh and get your credit card info stolen if you stay at Sunset Plaza Beach Resort…find out the whole story on my post CASH OR CREDIT WHEN TRAVELING ABROAD)