Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Order at All-Inclusive Resorts

Whether you’re expecting, don’t drink alcohol, or want to order something fun for the kids, this list of the 10 best non-alcoholic drinks to order at your all-inclusive resort will have you sipping on something delicious in no time! You can always order any popular alcoholic drink virgin, and it will be served without alcohol. We recommend substituting alcohol for sodas, syrups, or juices. For example, swap the tequila in a margarita with orange juice, limeade, or club soda to make it non-alcoholic.

Top 10 Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks

We’ve linked each drink to its recipe to help you on your quest of finding the best non-alcoholic drinks at all-inclusive resorts. Feel free to get creative with these cocktails at home, too! 

  1. Virgin Margarita
    • All the great tastes of a traditional margarita, sins alcohol. Try replacing the tequila with a favorite juice or club soda!
  2. Shirley Temple
    • This is a classic, and one of the best non-alcoholic drinks to order at an all-inclusive resort. We like to live on the wild side, and ask for this mocktail to be topped with whipped cream.
  3. Wise Guy
    • This julep-style mocktail incorporates Verjus, which is the juice of unripened grapes and is non-alcoholic.
  4. Fauxjito
    • It’s like a Mojito, but without the rum. They’re sometimes known as Nojitos. It’s a popular cocktail of lime juice, agave, and club soda.
  5. Sangrita
    • Not to be confused with Sangria, the word literally translates to “little blood”. This is typically served as a non-alcoholic chaser to tequila shots, but makes a great virgin version of a Bloody Mary!
  6. Arnold Palmer
    • Imagine if lemonade and iced tea had a baby!
  7. Fauxrangina
    • Take your typical Orange Crush or Screwdriver. Now replace the vodka with Sprite.
  8. Fresh Lime Soda
    • Any bar that can make a mojito can make a Fresh Lime Soda. This is one of the best non-alcoholic drinks, and has ingredients in common with the mojito, minus the alcohol.
  9. Caffè Shakerato
    • Shake things up by ordering this popular Italian non-alcoholic cocktail. It’s born of three simple ingredients that any all-inclusive resort will have; ice, espresso, and sweetener.
  10. Cucumber Cooler
    • This is a great drink to sip on while staying cool by the pool or sprawling out on the beach. If your bartender doesn’t have cucumber water on hand, simply add additional slices of cucumber into the cocktail to give it a flavor boost.

We’ve listed our top 10 best non-alcoholic drinks to order at an all-inclusive resort. Most resorts should be able to accommodate and have the ingredients on hand to make these mocktails. There are of course more of the best non-alcoholic drinks, and you may want to experiment with recipes at home. Be sure to read these tips and tricks for ordering drinks before you visit your next all-inclusive resort. Cheers!

Popular Alcoholic Drinks to Order at All-Inclusive Resorts

The most popular alcoholic drinks to order at all-inclusive resorts have been categorized by their main ingredient; tequila, rum, and vodka. We’ve also listed some of the most popular beer in the Caribbean! Interested in creating a popular alcoholic drink before or after your vacation? Simply click the cocktail to find a recipe!

Popular Alcoholic Drinks

Tequila

Rum

Vodka

  • Electric Lemonade
    • If you want to order a popular sweet and sour drink, this one’s a great choice!
  • Mudslide
    • This is similar to a Dirty Monkey, but you swap out the rum for vodka. It’s still a popular alcoholic drink, and is like an adult’s version of a chocolate milkshake!
  • Blue Lagoon
    • If you’re a fan of lemonade, this cocktail is for you!
  • Purple Haze
  • Long Island Iced Tea
  • Orange Crush
    • Similar to a Screwdriver, and is great as a breakfast beverage!
  • Sex on the Beach
  • Bloody Mary
    • Another popular cocktail choice for breakfast!

Beer

  • Michelada
    • For those that love the heat, take any popular beer in the Caribbean, add some lime juice and hot sauce or spices to flavor, and you’ll be sipping on this popular cocktail at your next all-inclusive resort.
  • Mexican Bulldog
    • Corona + Margarita. Not a fan of Corona? Just swap it for another popular beer.
  • Corona
  • Pacifico
  • Victoria
  • Noche Buena
  • Montejo
  • Dos Equis
  • Wadadli
  • Balashi
  • Kalik
  • Banks
  • Caybrew
  • Bucaners
  • Amstel Bright
  • Kabuli
  • Presidente
  • Red Stripe
  • Medalla
  • Piton
  • Carib

You now have a pretty great list of the most popular alcoholic drinks to order at all-inclusive resorts. Remember to drink responsibly, and that water is always an option to keep yourself hydrated! If you’re looking for the best non-alcoholic drinks to order at all-inclusive resorts, we have an article for that, too! Happy traveling, and as always, cheers!

Ordering Popular Alcoholic Drinks at All-Inclusive Resorts

There’s nothing quite like having a cold cocktail to sip on while lounging poolside or laying on the beach. Alcohol can often be one of the most expensive parts of a vacation, up there with transportation and accommodation. One of the best parts of staying at an all-inclusive resort are the bottomless alcoholic beverages. To help you prepare for your vacation, we’ve shared some of our best tips and tricks for ordering popular alcoholic drinks on your next vacation! We’ve also compiled a list of the most popular alcoholic drinks to order at an all-inclusive resort. Not a fan of alcohol? No problem! We’ve made a list of the best non-alcoholic drinks to order, too.

Popular Alcoholic Drinks: Tips & Tricks

Since you know that your drinks will be covered, we recommend creating a list of cocktails you want to try before you arrive. This will help you steer clear of your go-to drink, giving your taste buds the opportunity to branch out. Bartenders often know drinks by certain names, and may not recognize what you order at first. Bringing a list, especially if it includes drink ingredients, allows you to get the drink you desire. The most popular alcoholic drinks at all-inclusive resorts are often not listed on menus. Be prepared and know what to order by bringing a list of both favorites and new drink choices.

When alcoholic drinks are included in the all-inclusive resort price, there’s no need to limit your choices. At all-inclusive resorts, travelers experience less risk and more enjoyment in experimenting with alcoholic drinks they’ve always wanted to try. If a fellow-vacationer recommends you try whatever they’re sipping on, you should order one for yourself! Don’t be afraid to ask people what they’re sipping on if it catches your eye. If you don’t happen to like the drink you ordered, simply leave it and order something else. You won’t be stuck paying for wasted drinks, which sometimes happens at bars and restaurants outside of all-inclusive resorts.

You’re most likely going to stay at an all-inclusive resort in the tropics or Caribbean. Avoid overheating by passing on warm alcoholic drinks during the day. These include Hot Toddies, Irish Coffees, Hot Buttered Rum, etc. Although these are among some of the most popular alcoholic drinks to order, we recommend sticking to some cooler favorites. You’ll find that most alcoholic drinks will be served in either slushie form or “on the rocks” in warmer destinations.

Some resorts keep their most popular alcoholic drinks mixing in slushie machines so they can be served quickly. If you don’t want to wait for your next margarita, piña colada, or daiquiri refill, go with this option. However, if you don’t mind waiting for a fresh cocktail, ask for your drink “on the rocks”. This will require the bartender to make you a fresh cocktail before pouring it over ice. It’s all about premium customer experience, so the bartenders will do their best to meet your requests.

There are several popular alcoholic drinks to order at all-inclusive resorts! You can order your favorite cocktails, or branch out with new recipes, or sip on a little of both. Starting with your welcome cocktail all the way to your last drink of the trip, we hope these tips and tricks help. Remember to drink responsibly, and that water is always an option to keep yourself hydrated! Cheers!

Packing List for Kids for All-Inclusive Resorts

Parents! Are you wondering what to pack for an all-inclusive resort with the whole family? We realize that the stress of traveling with kids can sometimes take center stage of a vacation. To help you be prepared for the journey to, during, and from the resort, we’ve compiled a packing list for kids for all-inclusive resorts so that the family vacation will be a positive experience for everyone!

Packing List for All-Inclusive Resort

In addition to this packing list for all-inclusive resorts, we’ll make sure that you don’t forget some of the essentials, no matter who you’re traveling with, to allow your vacation to be as relaxing and stress-free as possible. We know that children vary in age and preferences to what they like and don’t like, so take this list and adapt it to fit your own child’s needs. We’re assuming you’ll pack the basics like diapers, baby wipes, their toiletries and outfits. The packing list below are a few items we know you won’t want to leave home without.

Packing List Essentials for Kids

  • Clothes
    • It’s better to be safe than sorry, so if your child hasn’t reached that golden age of being potty-trained, pack an extra change of clothes in your carry-on. We recommend your children wear something comfortable while traveling, especially if the journey is longer than they’re used to. A comfortable pair of shoes that are easy to slip on and off can also be a game-changer!
  • Instant Meals
    • Is your child a picky eater, only sticking to a few of their favorites when it comes to meal time? Throw in some instant oatmeal packets, breakfast bars, Pop-tarts, or even microwavable noodles when packing for an all-inclusive resort. There may be a chance that your child doesn’t want to eat what’s being offered at the buffets, or “knock on wood” falls ill and can only stomach more bland options. In our experience, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
  • Snacks
    • Pack enough of your child’s favorite snacks for the journey to and from your all-inclusive resort. Everyone has their favorite snacks, whether it’s crackers, carrot sticks, candy, or grapes. Don’t forget to pack yourself some traveling snacks, too! Remember, once you arrive, your family will be fed and taken care of during their stay, so there’s no need to over pack here.
    • If your children struggle with pressure change during flights, try packing some gummies, gum, or suckers to help alleviate pressure in the ears. Pack enough for take off and landing, but don’t worry about bringing enough for the entire flight.
  • Sanitizing Wipes
    • Before digging in to that snack bag you packed, it’s best to wipe down the kids’ hands. Avoid multiple trips to the bathroom by having hand sanitizer or wipes available in your carry-on.
      • We also recommend wiping down the pockets, armrests, windows and tray tables on your flights. Studies have shown that those are where the germs love to be, so avoid getting sick before getting to your resort with a little wipe down.
  • Sealable Plastic Bags
    • These are always an essential item to pack when traveling with kids! We recommend packing a few Zip-lock bags of different sizes. You never know when you’ll need to throw that wet swimsuit or soiled t-shirt in a bag to deal with later. Plastic bags are also useful when you can’t locate a trash can, like when you’re all playing in the sand, or for when you want to save those seashells as a unique souvenir of the family trip.
  • Permanent Marker
    • Grab a Sharpie, or two, and pack them in your carry-on or checked luggage. Many families find it useful to label items such as water bottles, toys, and even the clothing tags with their names. Resorts will have a “lost and found” area, but you’ll be a lot more likely to find your kid’s favorite lost toy if it was labeled with your last name ahead of time.
  • Bath Toys
    • Allow your child to pick their favorite toy or two from the tub. Bringing a toy from home for the bath time routine can help your child feel a sense of security and familiarity in a foreign place. These can also double as pool toys at the resort during the day.
  • Unplugged Entertainment
    • Bring books! We recommend bringing one of your child’s favorite books for each night you’ll be away, plus 2-3 new books for the vacation. Books also make great souvenirs, so this is an item you can pick out together at a souvenir shop or local bookstore. If you’re trying to pack light, load their books onto an electronic reading device or audio player.
    • Coloring materials such as coloring books, washable markers, crayons, and plain paper are great unplugged essentials to include in this packing list.
    • A deck of playing cards, or other favorite family card game, can keep your kids occupied for ridiculous amounts of time! If they tire of playing the games they already know, you can encourage them to make up their own new games!
    • Create your own games of I-Spy or other word games if you’re trying to save space in your suitcases, want your kids to spend some time unplugged, or heaven-forbid, the batteries die mid-flight!
  • Electronic Entertainment
    • Make sure your tablets, mobile phones, and other electronic devices are charged up and loaded with your kids’ favorite games, music, and TV shows. Don’t forget to charge these items once you arrive at your all-inclusive resort, for the time spent there and the flight home.
  • Headphones
    • Be sure that everyone traveling with you has their own set of headphones. Cut down on how much your children have to share, even down to the earbuds they’re using, to help prevent confrontation.
  • Medicine
    • As a parent, you want to be as prepared as possible for your children. We’ve provided this list of basic medicine essentials for whatever may arise before, during, and after the vacation.
      • Liquid pain relievers such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, etc.
      • Thermometer
      • Motion Sickness Medication
      • Constipation Medication
      • Anti-Diarrheal Medication
      • Milk of Magnesia
      • Prescription Medications

This packing list for kids for all-inclusive resorts provides some of the important items that a family typically needs when traveling. You’ll be glad you packed these items with you, and your vacation will be relaxing and enjoyable knowing you’ve brought the essentials from home! If you’re planning on leaving the kids behind for a romantic getaway or a much needed break, be sure to review the packing lists for men and women we’ve created. You’ll appreciate having all of your essentials and comforts on vacation, too!

We’d love to hear about your own packing lists and essential items that you’ve brought with you on family vacations. Leave a comment below to include anything we may have missed. Happy packing!

Packing Light for an All-Inclusive Resort

Have you ever unpacked from a vacation, only to realize that the shirt you thought you’d definitely wear or the emergency first aid kit you thought you’d need never even came out of your luggage? Packing light for an all-inclusive resort can be a real challenge for many people. We’ve collected these packing tips and tricks that will have you packing your carry-on luggage and traveling light in no time!

Packing Light Tips and Tricks

We recently backpacked, yes, with an actual backpack, through Europe for a little over 3 months. Our backpacks ranged in weight from 17-20 lbs, depending on what we wore or packed each time we moved to our next destination. There were many times on our trip where we were grateful to have packed light, usually during the times we had several stairs to climb or when we ran to catch our next train. Living out of a backpack for this long taught us many valuable tips and tricks for packing light.

Packing Light; Luggage

When packing light for an all-inclusive resort, or any vacation for that matter, it’s important to start with small luggage. If you choose carry-on size luggage, it will immediately cut down on how much you can pack with you. Bring a smaller backpack to fit inside of your carry-on. Drawstring backpacks work great, allowing you to have a smaller, daytime backpack while you’re on vacation, and leaving you room for souvenirs on the way home. Be sure to check with your airline for their rules and conditions for carry-on sizes. Some flights restrict the amount, size, or weight of carry-on bags.

Once you’ve picked out your carry-on luggage, you’ll want to get yourself some packing cubes. Minimalists, and those who prefer to pack light for vacations, swear by them! Packing cubes help keep your clothes, shoes, toiletries, and miscellaneous items organized inside of your luggage. You’ll never have to dig down into a deep, dark backpack looking for that one sock or the belt you swear you packed but haven’t been able to find in days.

Flying Light

As a flying tip, we suggest wearing your heaviest, bulkiest clothes on your flights. This will alleviate some of the weight in your bag. Personally, we like to wear layers of clothes when flying. Wearing layers allows travelers to be prepared for those AC blasts of freezing air, or shed a few articles of clothing if the temperature starts to heat up. We also recommend wearing your heaviest pair of shoes, typically your pair of hiking boots or athletic shoes. This will save you a ton of space in your carry-on.

Avoid being barked at by TSA, and have your liquids prepared in a Zip-lock bag before going through security. Not only does this ensure that all of your liquids are together, it will also get you through security a little bit faster. Remember to empty your water bottle of any liquids before going through security. Most airports have drinking fountains scattered throughout their terminals. It’s best to top off your water bottle before take-off.

One last piece of advice when it comes to packing light and flying is about your jewelry. Many minimalist travelers recommend that you wear your jewelry when you fly. You’ll get a few major benefits from doing this. First, you’ll fly confident, knowing that none of your jewelry can be stolen from your bag while in flight, since they’ll be on you. Second, you’ll avoid losing an earring or bracelet somewhere in your backpack only to have to unpack every last item to find it later. Last, you will end up saving even the smallest amount of room in your luggage. Every little bit counts when packing light!

Packing Light; Toiletries and Medication

Explore the possibility of sharing a toiletry bag with your traveling companion(s). You’ll be getting ready for the day and brushing your teeth in the same bathroom when you’re on vacation. Why not share one toiletry bag so that you can both pack light? Putting your toiletries in the same bag can save you valuable luggage space. When possible, share bags and/or products with your traveling companion. No need to bring two electrical adapters if you can get by with sharing one. Ask yourself, and your traveling buddy, which items on your packing list can be shared on your trip. We share this toiletry bag from Amazon, and we love that it’s the perfect size for us to share and has so many additional pockets for our personal items.

Save space and pack light by buying toiletry items once you arrive. This may require you to do some additional shopping, but it gives you a great excuse to dive in to a local market while you’re there! Buying toiletries while abroad also allows you to have peace of mind when traveling, knowing that you don’t have any liquids spilling or leaking in your bag during a flight. Your all-inclusive resort, and most hotels, provide the bathroom amenities for their guests so you don’t have to pack them. Our packing list rule of thumb is that if the item can be found at the destination, leave it at home.

If you have a favorite soap, shampoo, conditioner, or even lotion that you can’t seem to leave home without, try bringing it in solid bar form. By packing solid bar soaps over liquid bottles, you leave a lighter footprint while traveling. Bar soaps and shampoos are also known to last up to 3x longer than their liquid counterparts. You’ll end up getting a lot more bang for your buck! I personally love to pack LUSH bar shampoos when I travel. One bar lasted me the entire 3 months I was abroad in Europe, and I never once had to worry about whether or not there would be soap at our next accommodation.

If you do decide to buy before you fly, buy travel size toiletries. They are smaller, lighter, and typically carry-on size safe (3.0 fluid oz or less). If you’re vacationing for an extended period of time, we recommend buying travel size toiletries along the trip. Their convenient size will still allow you to travel and pack light. You can also toss the items or leave them behind when you’re done with them or ready to return home.

To help you stick to a light packing list for all-inclusive resorts, only pack prescription medications. Leave the rest at home! Ask about your resort’s first-aid kit upon checking in. Emergency hangover pills, cold medicine, vitamins, and even motion sickness pills can usually be found in your resort’s gift shop available for purchase. There are doctors and pharmacies where you’re going, in case a real emergency occurs. If you’re curious about travel medical insurance, you can always read more to find out if it’s something you wish to travel with.

Ladies, this one’s for you; reusable menstrual cups! Not only are they much better for the environment, they’re also better for a woman’s body. Forget about having to buy, let alone find, your favorite period products when traveling in a foreign country. Reusable menstrual cups can save you room, time, and money when traveling abroad with your “monthly visitor”.

Packing Light; Clothing

Clothes can often take up the most space when packing light for an all-inclusive resort. Packing light for a vacation may require you to do more laundry while traveling, but this will mean packing less clothes. In addition to your packing list essentials, bring a Zip-lock bag of laundry detergent, preferably the powdered kind. You can also stick a few fabric softener sheets in between your clothes to keep your outfits smelling fresh, while also having these on hand for laundry day! You can leave your entire wardrobe at home, and pack a few versatile favorites.

Packing light expert Alex Jimenez, Founder and Editor of Travel Fashion Girl, gives great advice when she says, “When choosing your clothing for a trip, take a look at each item’s fabric and consider the following factors: quality, thickness, weight, wrinkles, transparency, and texture. Your ideal travel clothing is durable, takes up minimal space and weight, is wrinkle-free and opaque, and matches with the rest of your clothing in style and fit.” Another great tip when it comes to clothing is to avoid cotton in your materials. Look for wool or other synthetics that will wash and dry quickly. We’ve done our fair share of doing laundry in a sink, and nothing weighs you down more than packing wet clothes with you.

Before packing for an all-inclusive resort, or any vacation where you’re aiming to pack light, lay out all of the clothes you’re considering bringing. Hold up each item and ask yourself these 5 questions. Aim for your clothing to be a “yes” for at least 3 out of these 5 questions. If it doesn’t meet at least three, it should probably be left behind.

  • Is it comfortable for touring around, but can be dressed up for an evening out?
  • Is it appropriate for cool or warm weather (ideally the weather I’ll be experiencing on my trip)
  • Does it show stains?
  • Does it fold/roll up small?
  • Does it coordinate well with almost everything else I’m bringing?

When it comes to what you’ll wear on vacation, our best advice is to make multiple uses out of a single item. For example, you can incorporate your swimsuit into everyday attire. Guys’ swim trunks can double as a pair of shorts. A swimsuit cover for women can double as a sundress during the day or an outfit later in the evening. A bathing suit sarong can be used for extra privacy, a nursing cover, skirt, head wrap, scarf, beach towel, picnic blanket, and so on! Some light packers even use their bikini tops and bottoms as undergarments to be easily washed and rinsed later.

You can also stretch your socks! Unless you have severe foot sweat or feet odor, you can probably make one pair of socks last for at least a couple of days’ wear and tear. We bought socks during our 3+ months backpacking when we needed new pairs. Remember, buy what you can when you’re there instead of packing it all with you ahead of time! Chances are your all-inclusive resort is taking you to a tropical climate, so you’ll be sporting sandals or flip-flops when you’re not barefoot on the beach. Those are two very light shoes to pack!

At a Quick Glance

  • 6-7 shirts/tank tops (layers)
  • 7 pairs of underwear, although some minimalists recommend packing 3 (one to wear, one to wash, one to dry)
  • 1 pair of pants (jeans or slacks depending on your all-inclusive dress code)
  • 2 pairs of shorts (1 if you plan on wearing your swimsuit as a pair)
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 1 sweatshirt or sweater
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 hat (a favorite, since you’ll be wearing it more than you might expect)

Miscellaneous Packing Light Tips and Tricks

We know that there are endless tips and tricks to packing light for an all-inclusive resort. Remember that your food, drink, and entertainment will be provided once you arrive. In addition, you’ll also find that most resorts include soaps, shampoos, and lotions, and have other toiletry essentials available upon request. If your packing list essential can be found at your location, it’s best not to include it. Here are a few more tricks for packing light:

  • Rent gear instead of packing it; do you really have to pack that snorkel and mask, or can you rent one at the beach?
  • Bring an inflatable travel pillow for flights; deflating it when you’re done will save a lot of room!
  • Pack a Number padlock key so you don’t have to worry about losing a key or keeping it on you when you’re out and about. Your room should provide a safe, but many travelers feel a sense of extra security bringing their own lock from home for their valuables.
  • Download, download, download; consider switching to e-books and loading your phone with music and shows to save tons of room and keep things light. If you can avoid working while on vacation, leave the laptop at home.
  • Leave the “What If” items behind. Instead of wondering “what if I had packed lighter” or “what if I wasn’t lugging all of this extra stuff around”, ease your burden by packing for the best-case scenario instead of worst-case scenarios. Leave the extras at home!

It’s ironic that a post about packing light would be so long, but there are numerous tips and tricks to share! We know we haven’t covered them all, and some may work better for you than others. We’d love to hear about your own packing lists for light traveling and essential items that you’ve brought on vacations. Leave a comment below to include anything we may have missed. Happy packing!