When we stayed at the Tamarijn yes, we would go off property for some, but not all dinners.
Now that we have switched to the Amsterdam Manor and pay for their all inclusive package we have no need to pay extra for dinners when we have the quality and variety of meals included in what was already paid for. Do we feel guilty? No. We paid for the food and services so we are making good use out of what was paid for.
We do contribute to the local economy by using local taxis (Bully ), buying some things at Super Food as well as excursions, and an occasional rental car.
Last December we were 5 people aboard Tranquilo, we paid for PADI advanced open water certification and we rented a car for 7 days and made a deposit at one of the casinos. We also paid the imo, STEEP, admission price to Arikok National Park. In June we did not do anything off resort or rent a car, we did make some purchases at Super Food. Our daughter however did go on some dives as well as rented a jetski.
This December we will rent a car for 7 days and our dd will go on some dives. Don't have much else planned.
If the government is worried about all inclusive resorts cutting into the local economy the only solution I see is to outlaw them all together. With that said, over the years the government has imposed stiffer taxes on guests of all inclusive resorts. I don't have the time to look it up but the resorts include that cost into their room rate or all inclusive add on surcharge.
"Tourist levy - Amendment taxable base for all-inclusive hotels
All-inclusive hotels and hotels offering all-inclusive packages must pay tourist levy (9.5%) on a fixed percentage of the total price of the all-inclusive package (the so-called ‘taxable base’). The amendment at hand regards a gradual increase of aforementioned percentage. The GOA also found this increase necessary considering that the calculation of the taxable base was outdated.
Up to the amendment in question, the fixed percentage was set at 40%. From now on the following percentages will apply:
For the period between July 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013: 45 %
As of January 1, 2014: 50%
The minimum taxable base for all-inclusive packages of Afl. 162 (USD 90.50) per day and the addition of the charges (e.g. service charges) to the taxable base remains the same."
Palm Beach, Renaissance Island, Arikok National Park
We always stay at an all-inclusive but we always get off the resort for a couple of meals. We like going to Bugaloe's at night when there is a live band and we almost always go to Passions on the Beach.
We always stay at the Divi and most trips we do go off resort. It's nice see other parts of the island and we don't want to lose out on some of the local restaurants. Sometimes I just want to go shopping downtown and then we'll find some new spot for lunch or appetizers. For this upcoming trip we're staying at the Divi and then moving to the Radisson for the last few nights. When we're at the Divi, the plan is to try Hollywood SmokeHouse and West Deck.
I do all inclusive at home. I have everything I want there. In Aruba, we do our timeshare and enjoy and discover the island. I would think AI is nice if you are on a strict budget or traveling somewhere it is dangerous to leave the resort compound, some Mexico locations come to mind, but otherwise why not explore, enjoy and learn? Just MHO...
we have done all inclusive numerous times at the Tamarijn, but not since 2004.
years and years ago, all inclusive at the bushiri.
also a couple of years ago we did 3 or 4 nights all inclusive at Renaissance and that was terrific.
i have found with all inclusive, that i drink too many frozen cocktails and pack on too many pounds on top of my already fat body.
not often do we do watersports, but when we do it is always an independent co like: aruba bob snorkeling and pelican adventures.
i think it is a pretty interesting topic and i am interested in reading your responses .