The Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Florida
Get the most for your money at these resorts in the sunshine state.
This article originally appeared on Travel + Leisure
All-inclusives can be tricky to find in the Sunshine State, where resorts are notorious for delivering over-sized bills just as you're walking out the door. But there are a few prized properties—like a romantic retreat on the Keys (of course) and an accessible spot in Orlando for family getaways—that will take all the guesswork out of your vacation to Florida.
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in the Florida Keys
If you're in the mood for a resort but don't want to feel tucked away in a sprawling, impersonal building, Little Palm could be right up your alley. Located in the remote Florida Keys, accessible only by seaplane or boat, it's the sort of place where sweet staffers hand you a rum cocktail right when you walk up to the door. Among the package deals are an all-inclusive "Adventure Package," which includes a full meal plan, 80-minute yoga for two, a duo of $300 spa credits, a snorkeling trip, a seaplane sight-seeing outing, and a back-country fishing trip.
Sirata Beach Resort in St. Petersburg
In Tampa for business? Take a quick little getaway to St. Pete's—and invite the whole family to join—because at $399 per night for a king suite that includes three meals daily, cocktails, taxes, tips, and even parking, Sirata is a hard-to-beat deal. It's also home to the city's oldest beach bar (order a flatbread) and boasts three beachfront swimming pools. At the private beach, guests will find a volleyball court, a kids playground, and a fire pit for late-night S'mores. (Pro tip: Ask for a room with a terrace for a knockout view.)
Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucie
Child-friendly as can be, with activities as varied as trapeze classes, paddle-boarding, sailing, ping pong, cooking lessons, dance classes, and beachy movie nights, the only Club Med in America is a true all-inclusive. Situated halfway between Miami and Orlando, it's less expensive than other package-based resorts, but is still well-run, with super-attentive staffers. Because the brand has mastered the all-inclusive format on a global scale, guests can expect open bars, gourmet dining with plenty of options, and both taxes as well as gratuities included. You might actually walk out the door without spending an extra dime beyond what you paid up front—which is what should always happen at an all-inclusive.
Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando
If you're visiting Florida with kids, odds are you're either in Orlando or the kids are begging you to go there. Either way, Rosen Shingle Creek is ready for you. Though not technically an all-inclusive the same way Club Med is, Rosen Creek nods to its alluring neighbors with a SeaWorld package and another for Universal Orlando. Skip lines at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, or eat for free all day at SeaWorld. Just don't forget to build in time naps (that means you and the little ones).