All-inclusive holidays are some of the easiest vacations you’ll ever plan. With food, drinks, and entertainment all available on site (and paid for upfront), you can truly relax each day of your trip. If you’re thinking about taking an all-inclusive vacation, use these tips to get the most out of your stay.

1. Know Your Crowd

All-inclusive vacation packages are not all created equally; often, they are geared toward a certain type of traveler. If you’re planning to arrive with kids in tow, it’s best to choose a resort with plenty of on-site activities for them to enjoy. Couples looking for a romantic getaway, on the other hand, might not find the kids splashing around in the pool very endearing. Instead, they can book a stay at an adults-only resort. For total relaxation, you’ll want a resort that emphasizes spa services and a remote location over on-site dance clubs and nightly entertainment.

2. Pick a Destination With Nearby Excursions

There are plenty of great all-inclusive resorts, many of which are located in the Caribbean. With so many options, it can be difficult to choose one. However, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to spend every spare minute on the resort property. Take advantage of the nearby attractions to add even more fun to your trip. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Scuba diving: Consider an all-inclusive vacation in Cozumel if you love scuba diving. This island located just a short jaunt from Cancun Airport is considered one of the best diving locations in the world. Coral Princess Cozumel is a PADI Dive Resort known for top-quality guided scuba diving tours, snorkeling excursions, and scuba equipment rentals.
  • Jungle exploration: Costa Rica is known for its jungles teeming with colorful wildlife. This country offers the unique combination of luxurious all-inclusive resorts and jungle adventures within minutes of one another. Arenal Observatory Lodge, located just one mile from an active volcano and surrounded by a lush rainforest, features rustic accommodations perfectly suited to outdoorsy types visiting Costa Rica.
  • Whale-watching: If you time your trip right, you can go on an incredible whale-watching tour during a vacation in Los Cabos, Mexico. January and February are the best months for spotting humpbacks, orcas, and other whales in their natural habitat. Grand Fiesta Americana is one of the premier all-inclusive resorts in the area, but as long as you’re close to the beach, you won’t miss an opportunity.

3. Be Aware of the Weather

Since most all-inclusive resorts are located in Mexico and the Caribbean, it’s important to be aware of how weather could affect your stay. For example, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, experiences increased rainfall from mid-June through mid-October, with the most rain occurring in July and August. Meanwhile, September is the height of hurricane season in the Caribbean, which lasts from June through November.

These weather risks shouldn’t deter you from traveling; in fact, you’ll likely get discounted nightly rates during these times. However, consider a refundable booking that you can cancel in the days leading up to the trip without penalty, and be sure to get travel insurance (including trip-cancellation insurance). Then, just keep an eye on the weather as your trip approaches. For example, Puerto Vallarta visitors can explore the hip Zona Romantica neighborhood with trendy restaurants like 116 Pulpito if a bit of rain makes the beach less enticing.

4. Take Advantage of the Perks

Now that you’ve picked out the destination, don’t forget to cash in on all the fun an all-inclusive resort has to offer. Many people quickly create a daily routine once they arrive without bothering to take advantage of all the cool features. Don’t overlook the entertainment and activities offered on site at no extra charge. Also, find out if any on-site restaurants require reservations in advance.

An all-inclusive vacation is a great choice for many travelers. Keep these tips in mind when choosing which destination is right for you.