Are all-inclusive honeymoons worth the cost?

Including all the Right Inclusives

All you have to do is perform a quick Internet search for "all-inclusive honeymoon," and you'll be inundated with Web sites offering various rates and options for anywhere from Texas to Timbuktu. Save yourself some time by deciding on a general destination (beach, mountains, big city) before getting into the particulars of your stay. All-inclusive honeymoons are designed to be hassle-free, but it's easy to get overwhelmed just choosing your options -- it's best to have a general idea of what you're looking for before you start shopping around.

Once you know where you're going, talk to your partner and decide what options you want. If you're headed for the tropics, for example, and you both love to snorkel but couldn't care less about golfing, ignore all the packages that include access to various golf resorts. You also want to be careful about trying to do too much. Each option you add to your itinerary will cost you, and since a good part of your honeymoon will undoubtedly take place behind closed doors, it's easy to overpay for activities that sound great but you'll probably never use. In other words, save the deep-sea fishing trip and the parasailing for your next vacation. Use the extra funds to upgrade your regular room to a honeymoon suite or even a private beach house, instead.

Speaking of options and accommodations, before you pay for anything, make sure you know exactly where you'll be staying. Some all-inclusive packages pack honeymooners in with regular guests on high-traffic hallways, and nothing can ruin the moment like a bunch of kids screaming or running down the hall. Also, you shouldn't assume that every destination has a happening nightlife, so if you two are more night owls than early birds, make sure you're vacationing somewhere where there's something to do after 9 p.m.

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