The Truth Behind All-Inclusive Resorts in the Riviera Maya: What You Need to Know

The Riviera Maya is one of the most popular vacation spots (no pun intended) and accounts for 40% of Mexico’s tourism dollars. All-inclusive resorts line the Riviera Maya coastline to accommodate large numbers of visitors, and these tourists often feel safe staying at a resort in a foreign country like Mexico. But to determine if an all-inclusive resort is right for you, you should consider some little-known facts about such resorts, regarding eating at the best restaurants, the type of alcohol you consume, and tours outside the resort whenever you want. venture off the property. This article will aim to show you some of the drawbacks when staying at an all-inclusive resort and what other options you have in the Riviera Maya.

If you want more than buffet food during your resort stay, keep in mind that many Riviera Maya resorts have deterrents so it’s not too easy to eat at their best sit-down restaurants. Often times the resort will ask you to make a reservation if you wish to eat at a table restaurant. While this seems reasonable on the surface, it is actually designed to discourage many tourists from eating at the best restaurants. First, the resort may require you to make those reservations a day in advance. Therefore, at a minimum, if your resort requires it, you will not be able to eat at a tabletop restaurant on the first day of your stay!

And they may only be able to take those restaurant reservations during certain hours in the morning, further limiting when you can secure a meal at one of their best restaurants. If you’ve been drinking late the night before or you have a tour booked out of the resort in the morning, this can be a very inconvenient time. And then the resort will ask you to wait in line for the concierge to make the reservation. It is just one line and due to the limited time allowed for reservations, the line is often long and requires a long wait, something you may not want to do while on vacation. This is even more frustrating when in the evening, if you pass one of the restaurants, you may notice that a particular restaurant has many open tables but will not allow you to eat in the restaurant without a reservation. Therefore, when looking to stay at any Riviera Maya resort, consider contacting the resort and reviewing their policy for making dinner reservations.

Another concern if you are thinking of staying at an all-inclusive resort in the Riviera Maya is the quality of its alcohol. Some resorts will advertise that they serve certain premium alcoholic beverages. But be aware that some resorts, although they advertise that they serve premium alcohol, may only offer premium alcoholic beverages only in certain bars. These bars may not always be accessible or easily accessible. Therefore, if premium alcohol is important to you, check with the resort before making your reservations to determine if they offer premium alcohol in all of their bars or only a few and how easily accessible those bars are. An excellent tool is the Riviera Maya EZ-Locator that will allow you to search for vacation rentals by owner instead of resorts, and locate only those villas or condos that meet certain conditions, such as whether restaurants are within walking distance or are top notch. alcohol can be provided in your Riviera Maya vacation rental.

Finally, many tourists do not realize that Riviera Maya resorts want to keep tourists on property, spending money at the resort. The resort knows it has tourists locked in, so to speak, so it charges a premium for many services. Tours to explore the Riviera Maya outside the resort are another way that resorts like to charge premium prices. For example, at a resort I know of, the resort charges $ 100 per person for a tour of a nearby ruin. And this is on a crowded bus with other tourists. Now if you like staying with a group like that and not venturing out on your own, then this may be for you. But one can simply take a private taxi outside the complex, pay $ 25 for a one-way trip to the ruins, and pay $ 5 for the entrance fee. The round trip costs $ 55 and you get the privacy of your own taxi, you can explore the ruins at your own pace and you didn’t have to wait in line at the resort to book the tour. Consider venturing outside the resort for better deals on tours or exploring the Riviera Maya yourself in a taxi or rental car.

So you can see that an all-inclusive resort can offer obstacles to enjoy, at your leisure, in terms of access and price increases. If a resort seems too restrictive, an alternative option is to stay in a Riviera Maya vacation rental, such as a villa (vacation home) or condo. All-inclusive resorts can give you a relaxing vacation in the Riviera Maya, but owner-owned vacation rentals can be great options that give you more freedom, options, and value to explore the Riviera Maya at your leisure.