Do you enjoy buffets? Or a la cartes? By choosing an all inclusive option on your next trip you can have both for your entire trip! The Bahamas, Costa Rica, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, and Europe all offer this option. I have been to all inclusives in Cuba and Mexico. In this post I will discuss my experience with an all inclusive in Puerto Vallarta.


A la Cartes

There were five a la cartes including Mexican, Italian, and Japanese. These are five course meals that the servers bring to you in sections. Each section having a few options that you choose. The sections are appetizer, salad, soup, main course, and dessert. A la cartes require you to dress in business casual attire. Boys and men wear a button down shirt and dress pants. Girls and women wear a dress or skirt.



For breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks there are buffets set up throughout the resort. Breakfast is various fruits, cereals, meats, eggs, toast, french toast, waffles, pancakes, and desserts. My favorite was a crepe suzette. This is a crepe that had fruit of my choosing. Liqueur poured on top and then set on fire! It was then decorated with sauce of my choosing. Lunch and dinner included bars that had pizza, pasta, salad, vegetables, fruit, meat, seafood, and dessert. After a few days of having buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner I started creating theme meals. These theme meals included Salad Tuesday and Pasta Thursday. Also, besides temptations, buffets do make it easy to create balanced meals.



The all inclusive option includes alcohol! This alcohol includes domestic beer (Corona!) and wine, cocktails, martinis, and spiked coffee. Also offered are non-alcoholic cocktails such as pina coladas. There is also of course juice, milk, coffee, tea, and water (safe to drink). My favorite is  Horchata. This is a cold drink made of rice milk with cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar.



If the food does not entice you there are fascinating cultural experiences. Some of my favorite experiences was riding mules, ziplining, and rappelling down waterfalls. Which I must say was breathtaking. Another experience was a tequila tour. I learned how to make tequila. And I got to sample agave syrup and flavored tequila (almond, coffee, and orange). Agave syrup is excellent on pancakes and waffles and in tea. Also right beside the resort was a turtle sanctuary and I was able to release baby turtles into the ocean. When you arrive at your resort ask for details on the experiences they offer.   


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