There's one thing no one can control on vacation and that's the weather. You've probably planned every last detail of your all-inclusive holiday and have grand visions of days spent lolling by the pool, swimming in the ocean, and gathering your family around to watch the sunset while sipping a margarita. But if the sun doesn't cooperate and you find yourself in a rainstorm, don't worry, as there are still lots of ways to make lasting memories. Read on for five ways to have fun on all-inclusive vacation while you wait for the sun to return.
1. Take some unexpected vacation pics.
Taking and sharing cute vacation pics on social media is almost a requirement these days, so why not think outside the box? Grab your waterproof phone case (you have one of those, right?) and head to the beach for an impromptu photo shoot. Clouds, raindrops, and waves can create incredible backdrops. We've all seen the same old jumping selfies and sunset shots, so why not mix it up with swimsuits in the rain? Just be sure to use common sense about heavy storms and strong waves.
2. Order free breakfast in bed.
Most all-inclusive resorts offer free room service as part of their dining package, but when the weather's nice, who wants to be cooped up in their room? Many guests never get a chance to take advantage of this kind of pampering, since they're busy at the buffet restaurant and by the pool. A morning rainstorm is the perfect excuse to order a hearty breakfast and stay in bed. There's also something very romantic about ordering a bottle of wine and watching a storm on the beach from the safety of a hotel room or bar.
3. Find the animation team.
One of the best things about an all-inclusive resort is that the facilities are designed to cater to guests' every need on-site. Most resorts have an animation team that's trained to organize games and entertainment. Any all-inclusive worth its dollars will move some of the fun indoors when it starts to pour. Movies, dancing, cooking demos, and language classes are just a few of the activities that all-inclusive resorts may offer. If you're traveling with kids, a rainstorm is a great time to check out the kids' club for arts and crafts.
4. Plunge into the spa's water features.
It's true that most spa services cost extra at all-inclusive resorts. But a handful of properties do offer free access to their spa's luxe water facilities without having to book a treatment. For instance, Excellence Punta Cana allows all guests to use the steam room, sauna, cold plunge pool, and covered pool with built-in beds and massage jets. Some all-inclusive resorts up the ante and include free massages and spa treatments with their rates. BodyHoliday Saint Lucia includes one daily spa treatment (acupuncture, Buqi healing, traditional massages, facials, and body wraps). You might just decide to stay in the spa no matter what happens with the weather.
5. Leave the resort.
It's entirely possible to go on an all-inclusive vacation and leave the resort. In fact, we recommend it. A rainstorm might just be all the inspiration you need to do a little exploring off the beach. It's not always possible (or affordable), but it's always rewarding to learn more about a new culture. Cancun has ancient Mayan ruins in Coba that are viewable in light rain with minimal gear. Montego Bay visitors might want to check out the Bob Marley Nine Mile Tour and museum. If you're in Puerto Rico, don't miss Old San Juan for shopping, colonial architecture, and a historic fort.
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