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All-inclusive or Pay-as-you-go?

All-inclusive resorts are abundant in Jamaica, with a wide range of quality hotel packages, which will meet all your needs and expectations at a fixed price. However, since we all have our own tastes and requirements, if all-inclusive isn't for you then you'll find a variety of hotels and accommodation on the island tailored to you.

Some travelers prefer an all-inclusive package for a number of reasons, and many cite the high value for money in this election. An all-inclusive package is when guests are charged a daily rate that includes the price of the room, food, drinks and entertainment during their stay. Some hotels that offer all-inclusive packages may include options covering onsite restaurants, top-shelf alcoholic beverages, and even sport and entertainment. While all-inclusive doesn't necessarily guarantee that you won't need to pay for extras, such as spa services or excursions round the island, you can enjoy your holiday knowing you won't have any nasty financial surprises.

Going all-inclusive could be the financial liberation you need to completely relax in Jamaica's tropical paradise. Isn't that why we go on holiday to leave all our stresses behind? Not having to worry about money when everything is paid in advance is the surefire way to remain worry-free. You'll find that many all-inclusive resorts will offer extra services like transport to and from the airport included in the price. This means avoiding the cost of chartering a taxi or a bus to take you to the hotel.

If you're the independent-minded traveler who loves to explore, then an all-inclusive package probably won't be right for you. Traveling the island on hotel-organized excursions packed with tight security and group activities won't appeal to the bohemian traveler. Going all-inclusive isn't the ideal choice if you're looking to experience authentic Jamaica, where you'll sample the local cuisine while mingling with the natives.

Many all-inclusive packages are tailored to adults and couples, but you'll also find others with families in mind. Whichever type of accommodation you select it's strongly recommended that you book your trip well in advance since many hotels are sold out before the peak winter season arrives. Some hotels even fill up a year in advance for popular holidays and seasons such as Christmas, New Year and Spring Break.

The pay as you go or European plan accommodation is engineered for the needs of the traveler who loves to explore. This freedom allows you to create your own itinerary where you'll be able to hop round the island, stay in different destinations and eat out locally. This also helps you to control your budget since you'll be in charge of which activities you'll partake in and which destinations interest you. Opting for the pay as you go plan means that you're in charge of your own Jamaican experience.