Tropical Resorts Sizzle with Savings in the Fall

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All-inclusive resorts offer outstanding value for off-season travelers

Although summer may be the most popular time to visit a tropical destination, many savvy travelers wait until fall to get great deals at all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. Around late August, prices drop as families wrap up their summer vacations and kids go back to school. This marks the start of the fall value season, when hotel and resort rates in many beachfront destinations are at their lowest all year. The climate may cool off just a bit, but temperatures are still warm enough for swimming and sunbathing.

Vacations To Go, now in its 25th year, has helped more than one million travelers find the perfect vacation at an unbeatable price. At, it features the best deals at hundreds of all-inclusive resorts.

Why book an all-inclusive resort? For one flat rate that you pay up front, you'll get accommodations, all meals and snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, entertainment and many water- and land-based activities. Guests have the choice to do as much -- or as little -- as they like. Recreation and amenities such as kayaking, snorkeling, paddleboats, tennis, volleyball, fitness centers, multiple pools and Jacuzzis are available at no extra charge, although the degree of inclusion varies by resort. offers the Web's most complete listing of all-inclusive vacation packages in alluring tropical settings. Mexico all-inclusive resorts can be found along both the Pacific and Yucatan coasts, while Caribbean all-inclusive resorts are in sun-kissed destinations like Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and St. Lucia.

At, you will find a wide range of all-inclusive resorts to suit a variety of budgets and travel tastes. For example, there are family resorts with organized children's activities, experienced youth counselors, game rooms and play areas. Those who prefer a kid-free retreat can check out the extensive list of all-inclusive resorts that cater specifically to adults, where guests typically must be age 18 or older. Couples-only resorts provide romantic getaways where you can dine by candlelight, walk a secluded beach and enjoy a tranquil ambiance, and they are especially popular among honeymooners.

Below, we've compared low-season October rates vs. high-season July rates at four popular all-inclusive resorts. Take a look at how much you can save by traveling in the fall.

El Dorado Royale on Mexico's Riviera Maya is an elegant, five-star beachfront resort that is perfect for honeymooners and other couples seeking a romantic retreat. You'll find beautiful beaches, gourmet cuisine, multiple swimming pools, hot tubs and a spa. Rooms have indoor Jacuzzi tubs and hammocks on the terrace. Among the choices in accommodations at El Dorado Royale are swim-up casitas and junior suites that allow guests to access a "lazy river" that winds throughout the property. A seven-night stay for two adults starts at $2,610 a week in July, but the same room goes for $2,176 a week in October. Savings: $434 per couple.

At Great Parnassus, a 4.5-star hotel overlooking the beach and the Caribbean Sea in Cancun, Mexico, guests will find two swim-up bars, a kids' water park, miniature golf and more. Choose from nine restaurants, including a steakhouse, an Italian eatery and a Japanese grill. The resort has family rooms specifically designed for families traveling with children; these are equipped with bunk beds and trundle beds for younger guests. In July, a weeklong stay for two people at Great Parnassus starts at $1,512, dropping to $1,190 a week in October. Savings: $322 per couple.

At ClubHotel Riu Bachata, a four-star resort on Maimon Bay in the Dominican Republic, guests can savor a family-friendly, relaxing atmosphere complemented by three pools, two restaurants, five bars and an array of activities. The property enjoys a scenic spot on a peninsula, with low mountains covered in thick green foliage forming a lush backdrop. Guests who check into ClubHotel Riu Bachata are also entitled to the amenities, recreation and restaurants of two neighboring sister resorts. A seven-night stay for two adults starts at $973 a week in July, but it is just $729 a week in October. Savings: $244 per couple.

Hotel Riu Santa Fe in Los Cabos, Mexico, is a 4.5-star getaway with a kids' club, five restaurants, a spa, two pools, tennis, beach volleyball and gym. Dining choices include specialty restaurants that feature Asian, Mexican and Italian cuisine. Hotel Riu Santa Fe is located at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, about three miles from lively Cabo San Lucas. A weeklong stay for two adults starts at $1,092 a week in July, but visit in October and you'll pay $882 a week. Savings: $210 per couple.

To take advantage of savings at all-inclusive resorts, visit or call (800) 998-6925.


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