The Best Tropical All-Inclusive Vacations

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Many travelers opt for all-inclusive vacation packages when planning their tropical vacations. Such packages often allow travelers to stay at resorts that would otherwise be outside their normal price range. All-inclusive resorts and packages typically offer guests accommodations, meals, drinks, snacks, and resort activities at one prepaid package rate. Because of their value, these types of vacations tend to be preferred among all types of travelers, including couples, families, business travelers, and friends.

Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino

With 180 beachfront guest rooms and one-bedroom suites, Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort is set on a quiet beach in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Four restaurants and bars are available at the resort, as is a water-sports center, two freshwater swimming pools, two outdoor whirlpools, tennis courts, a fitness center, a miniature golf course and driving range, a spa, and a casino. The resort's all-inclusive rates cover accommodations, daily breakfasts, one dinner per person per stay, a half-day snorkeling trip to Buck Island, a half-day massage per person, a tour of St. Croix, and use of all the resort's amenities (the casino is an extra added expense). All-inclusive package rates are featured throughout the year, mostly in the off-season (January through April and November through December). Average all-inclusive rates, including airfare, in-season (2010) are $225 per person per week, based on a stay of seven days.

Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino 5025 Estate Turner Hole Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI 00820 877-773-9700

Sandy Lane

Located on Barbados's west coast at St. James, Sandy Lane is a luxury resort that was included on's list of best luxury Caribbean resorts (2009). Opened in 1961, Sandy Lane has consistently attracted celebrities, royalty, and the rich. Offering 112 rooms and suites and a separate five-bedroom villa, even the least expensive rooms at Sandy Lane include amenities such as marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and a private veranda. Sandy Lane features three private golf courses: the Green Monkey, the Country Club, and the Old Nine, with green fees ranging from $100 to $385 per person. Other amenities at Sandy Lane include nine tennis courts, a Romanesque spa, boutiques and shops, and for children the Sandy Lane Treehouse Club indoor play area and restaurant. Four restaurants and five bars exist within the resort. Although room prices are steep, ranging from a low of $1,000 per night in-season (April 1 to October 31) to a high of $25,000 per night, all-inclusive packages are offered for couples and families, which include accommodations and meals, from $960 per night (2010 rates).

Sandy Lane St. James Barbados, West Indies BB24024 246-444-2000

Paradise Island Harbour Resort

Situated along the northern shore of New Providence Island in the Central Bahamas, Paradise Island Harbour Resort offers magnificent views of Nassau Harbour, with rooms overlooking the waterfront and ocean inlet. The resort features 246 guest rooms and four suites, with a private man-made tanning beach, a 300,000-gallon pool, water sports such as snorkeling and scuba diving, and an adult activity program, with dinner, dancing, and Bahamian entertainment. Paradise Island also offers a Camp Paradise Kids Club, with activities and crafts for kids ages 4 to 12, and four restaurants at which to dine. All-inclusive packages are available from $600 per night for a suite or $280 per night for an island view room in-season (June 2010 rates). These rates include accommodations, unlimited house-brand drinks, three meals per day, snacks, all food and beverage taxes and gratuities, daily activities and nightly entertainment, non-motorized water sports, land sports, and kids camp.

Paradise Island Harbour Resort Harbour Dr. Nassau, New Providence Island Bahamas 888-645-5550

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