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20 Nasty Facts About All-Inclusive Resorts You Didn’t Know

20 Nasty Facts About All-Inclusive Resorts You Didn’t Know


When looking at the fancy brochures for luxury resorts or visiting their websites, the photos show an idyllic setting that is akin to paradise. The views shown are spectacular, the food pictured looks scrumptious and the smiling staff in the photos makes you feel like you will be pampered in this vacation resort.

These images are meant to sell. If you think you are going to get the room that is featured in the photos, you are probably mistaken. Some resorts have a single “presidential suite” that they use for the photographs and this room is not offered in any discounted all-inclusive packages.

Instead, it is reserved for the high-rollers who have money to waste and do not mind paying up to US$10,000 per night to stay in the most luxurious accommodations.

For the rest of us, who need to go on a discount vacation and take along the kids, these accommodations are not within our reach. Many families with children are attracted to these all-inclusive offerings because they think this will help them budget for the trip and they can leave all the planning and decisions to someone else.

Be advised, all resorts are not created as equals. There are some very nice resorts that offer all-inclusive packages that are a good deal for those who want a managed vacation experience. However, there are other resorts that are below the quality standards that most expect while on vacation.

The best way to decide about quality is to check the recent reviews by guests who stayed at a particular resort. Really bad resorts will have many complaints that are easily found while searching for resorts on the Internet. Check with the online trip advisory services to get a better idea about resorts that you may want to visit.

To become better informed, here are twenty things that all-inclusive resorts do not want you to know.

20. All-Inclusive Does Not Mean Everything is Included


Vacationers are surprised to learn after they arrive at a resort that their all-inclusive deal has some serious restrictions. It is important to read the fine print carefully to determine what is, and what is not, included in the package deal. Things like spa treatments and motorized watersports or parasailing are available for an extra fee. These fees can be substantial. A 60-minute massage may cost up to US$125. Renting a jet ski may cost up to $50 per hour.

Some packages only include soft drinks and coffee or tea. If you are an alcohol drinker, be prepared to pay extra for your drinks, if your package does not include them.

If your all-inclusive package includes alcoholic drinks, there may be limitations to the kind of drinks that you are allowed to have. Drinks made with hard liquor are usually made with the cheapest brand available. If you want top-shelf brand names for your alcoholic drinks you will pay extra for them. Beer and wine that is included are usually the cheapest local brands for beer and box wine that is ordered in bulk to save money.

If alcoholic drinks are included, there may be long lines with a single bartender serving the guests. The glasses may be small and guests are only allowed to order one drink at a time.

At a typical resort that is not offering an all-inclusive package, they tempt you with low-cost room rates, knowing that there are many items they can sell you when you come to the resort. With an all-inclusive package, the opposite is true. They make big promises and then try to get away will giving the guests as little as possible.

19. May Be More Expensive Than Separate Bookings


The price for these all-inclusive packages may actually be higher than if a guest bought everything they wanted separately. Many think there are savings from buying an all-inclusive package, when in fact, they may be paying more for the convenience of not having to stress about things to eat and things to do.

An example given by Peggy Goldman, who is the president of the Friendly Planet Travel Agency, is the Casa De Campo resort in the Dominican Republic. The standard all-inclusive package is $723 per night for double occupancy. A regular double occupancy room without the all–inclusive package is only $187 per night.

In order for the all-inclusive package to be a bargain, the guests would have to consume $536 of food, drinks, and services each day. Even if the drinks and food are sold for high prices, it is difficult to imagine consuming over $500 worth. It is actually a much better deal to rent a regular room and pay for all the things the guests want to do, drink, and eat, in order to save money on a vacation at this resort.

Resort owners know that convenience is a part of the decision to buy an all-inclusive package. They mark up the prices of things included in the all-inclusive packages because of this factor. Families with kids enjoy the comfort of a stress-free vacation where they accept the amenities included in the all-inclusive package price and don’t add on many extras.

18. The Resort is Under Construction


Unless you call the resort to ask them if there is any construction going on, resorts are notoriously lax in providing this information to the public. The obvious reason is that if guests know the resort is under construction, they will choose to stay somewhere else.

The pretty brochures and attractive photos on the resort websites do not accurately show the current state of the resorts. Many resorts have not been well-maintained and the photos date back to renovations done over a decade ago. Others are in the process of renovation. There is a sinking feeling that guests have when they see the resort is under construction after they arrive.

It is difficult, sometimes impossible, to get a refund if the resort is under construction. Guests may have to put up with construction noise and dust, which can easily ruin a vacation. If the plan was to relax in paradise, it is very disturbing to see construction workers in hard hats wandering around and look out the window to an ugly view of construction cranes and other construction equipment.

17. Hidden Charges and Extra Fees


Many resorts have additional fees for things that are necessities, such as transportation to and from the airport. Some resorts even have the audacity to add on a daily resort usage fee to the bill. Some call this daily charge a “convenience fee.” The amount can be up to US$30 per person. Guests may have to pay this daily resort fee to get a newspaper, have access to the pool and gym, and/or login to a WIFI connection to the Internet.

Some resorts have “fine-dining” restaurants as part of the all-inclusive package. For those willing to get up early and fight for the limited daily reservations available, they may be surprised to learn that most of the items, which are premium choices on the restaurant menu, such as steaks or lobster, have an extra fee that must be paid to order them. These restaurants may automatically add gratuities up to 16% to the bill charged as a percentage of what the full meal would have cost (not just the extra fees paid). There is usually a fee for using a WIFI Internet connection. There may be a gym use fee, charges for cabanas on the beach, beach chair rental fees, and watersports equipment fees.

Many guests are quite disturbed when they get a bill at the end of their stay for amenities,” that were not covered by the all-inclusive package.

16. Isolation From Local People, Culture And No Benefits For The Community

Via Aramco

Most large resorts are islands unto themselves. The vast majority of guests never leave the resort property, which in some bad areas is the safest thing to do. However; those guests do not experience any of the local cultures. No matter what county the resort may be located in, the experience is a resort experience, not necessarily an experience of that country where the resort is found. The only contact with any locals is with the workers at the resort.

Most of the mega resorts are run by international corporations and except for the wages paid to workers, very little of the money goes to the local economies of the countries where the resorts are located. These big multi-national corporations import the items they need in ocean containers and often do not source much of anything locally. This means there is no benefit whatsoever from all this tourist money that could potentially be flowing into the country. Instead, it is captured and immediately flows back out to the multinational corporations who have operations elsewhere and headquarters elsewhere.

15. Bad Weather Can Ruin Your Trip


Most of these resorts are built on the ocean side. They are on islands in the Caribbean, islands in the South Pacific, coastal regions of Mexico, and on the coast of Florida, Hawaii, and Southern California. This makes them very vulnerable to the ravages of bad weather, especially during hurricane season.

Some vacationers are attracted by the lower all-inclusive prices for stays during the “off-season.” The off-season is not just the time when it is less popular to travel. It is also the time of seasonal weather that can make a stay at a resort miserable. If the idea is to have a vacation getaway to a beach paradise, to lie in the sun and swim in warm water, the sudden appearance of a major tropical storm or a hurricane can destroy those plans. Getting a refund from the resort due to bad weather is nearly impossible. So, a buyer must beware.

You may find yourself held up in your room watching videos while the wind and rain pounds on your windows. When this happens, you suddenly realize you would have been better off staying at home.

Some make use of travel insurance that covers the costs of a canceled trip due to bad weather. However, this trip insurance is very expensive and may cost up to 12% of the amount insured. Some of the trip insurance only covers cancellations due to hurricanes and the hurricane must reach a category level of a disaster in order for the insurance to cover the lost trip expense. If you decide to use insurance, read the policy very carefully and get trip insurance from a major, reliable carrier, not some fly-by-night operation that no one has ever heard of.

14. Travel Agents Make Large Commissions On All-Inclusive “Deals”


The sales commission for an all-inclusive package can be anywhere from 8% up to 16%. Travel agents are highly motivated by these commissions to sell these deals, even if they might not be the best choice for their clients.

The travel agency business in the United States booked about US$10 billion in sales during 2016 that were tours and packaged trips. This was about 31% of the overall travel agency business. The all-inclusive packages are a small part of this category. The commissions are very good when compared to the commissions that travel agents receive for selling other package tours.

Travel agents reject the idea that they sell all-inclusive packages only to get the higher commission. Travel agents claim to put their client’s needs as the top priority. Moreover, they say the payment of the commission comes from the resorts, not from the client’s money. This is a rather unconvincing argument because if the resorts did not pay such high commissions, they could obviously offer the all-inclusive deals at lower prices.

Many consumers have recognized that they do not need a travel agent to book all-inclusive deals. Some of the best prices are found on the Internet. These deals bypass the traditional travel agency business with its high commissions.

13. Low Price Means Low Quality

Via Fandango

Be wary if the price for an all-inclusive package seems too good to be true. Discounted packages have lower quality services plus usually drink and food restrictions. Cheaper is not always better. Your vacation may be ruined by trying to buy the lowest priced all-inclusive package deal you can find.

Unless it is the off-season that is causing a steep discount, it is best to compare similar resorts and check their competitive price for an all-inclusive deal. As always, read the fine print to see what is actually included and what is not. The cheapest deals typically have so many exclusions that the vacationers’ experience of the resort is not as enjoyable as it could be.

People who buy the steeply discounted all-inclusive packages complain abut overbooking of rooms and having to wait for many hours to get a room. If eating at any of the nice restaurants on the resort is included in the all-inclusive package, please be aware that the nice restaurants book fast. It may be very challenging to get a reservation. Usually, the reservation has to be made in the early morning for that same evening and because these restaurants are small, they can only accommodate a select few of those willing to get up early enough and stand in line to get a reservation.

Even if you do get a reservation, do not be surprised that there are only a few things on the menu that are included in the all-inclusive package. Virtually any premium food item or drink will require payment of an additional charge.

12. Garbage, Sewage, and Filth


Some resorts let garbage pile up. In tropical areas, this not only attracts flies, it also can cause a bad odor to permeate the area near the garbage pile. Some resorts dump their raw sewage directly into the ocean. Large pipes discharge the effluent into the ocean water nearby. Sometimes, raw sewage goes directly into the ocean adjacent to swimming areas.

Depending on the ocean currents, the ocean water that guests swim in can be full of contaminants. The makes for a very poor-quality beach experience.

Swimmers can get ear infections, sore throats, and even more severe contagious diseases from being in this water. Resorts sometimes experience a contaminated water supply.

In one hotel, a guest went missing. Many weeks later, the hotel guests complained about the color and smell of the water coming out of the taps in the hotel rooms. After an extensive search, the missing guest was found dead in the hotel’s water tank on the roof that supplies all the water to the hotel. Her decomposing body was responsible for the discoloration of the water and its awful smell.

The problem had been going on for weeks before the source of the contamination was discovered. It is not known how the woman ended up being in the water tank of if foul play was involved.

Another serious issue, especially in tropical climates, is mold contamination. This mold that grows in dark, damp places makes spores that become airborne. They are breathed in by the resort guests. Some people have a serious allergic response to such mold that can make them quite ill.

11. Rotten Food and Contagious Diseases

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Many researchers have studied the sanitation levels found in all-you-can-eat buffets and the results are shocking. One study found more bacteria in the food from the buffet and drinks from the soda machine, than they found on the toilet seats in the restrooms.

In order to save money, some resorts use the leftovers from the buffet, which are not eaten, to make the next day’s soup. Much of the food in buffets is not kept at the proper temperature. It takes only about twenty minutes for the most common bacteria called e-Coli to proliferate on the surface of food exposed to the air. This bacterium used to be rather inert and did not cause many problems; however, in recent years there have been extensive outbreaks of virulent e-Coli that makes people very sick with food poisoning. These super bugs strains are resistant to treatment with antibiotics.

Healthcare specialists know that shaking hands is a very common way to spread disease, so they do not recommend doing it. If you do shake hands, they recommend washing the hands immediately afterward or using alcohol gel to clean them.

The problem with buffets is that everyone uses shared serving utensils. When touching them, it is just like shaking hands with everyone in the restaurant. Anyone with an infectious disease can easily spread it to others. These bacteria and viruses can live on the surface of these serving utensils for up to twenty minutes. If the person ahead of you in line has the flu, you are very likely to catch it from them this way.

If you select food that you will use your hands to eat it, such as fried chicken, you will spread the contagious stuff from your hands to your mouth. Since all-inclusive deals make heavy use of buffets for food service; the risk of getting sick from vacationing at one of these resorts is high.

10. Lousy Staff


Many resorts are built in countries with low economic standards as far as pay rates are concerned. Some resort workers in these poorer countries make only the equivalent of a few U.S. dollars for a very long day (12 hours or more) of work. There is a tendency for these lowly paid workers to be rude, and not interested in serving the needs of resort guests. This problem is made worse when the all-inclusive packages also say that they include tips. There is really no incentive for these workers to do a good job. Their pay will not change if they work any harder. The result is that they are inattentive, bored, and often downright rude to guests.

Guests may have real needs, such as lacking towels in their room, and the rude resort workers simply ignore their calls to the front desk about the problem. There may be an obvious resentment towards the guests that feels very uncomfortable for the visitors. Guests that complain to resort management may find that they get even less service and attention because of complaining.

There are also problems with the resort workers or their friends that steal things from the room or the guest. The most popular things that are stolen include passports, laptop computers, and mobile phones because these items can be easily sold on the black market to get quick cash.

9. Dangers, Criminal Activity, and Terrorism Risks

Via National Geographic

At many resorts, especially around Spring Break, there are drug dealers selling drugs on the resort property. Sometimes they hang out near the well-trafficked areas of the resort. Other times they take up residence in one of the rooms and send runners out to get the money and to deliver the drugs to the guests.

While some guests might find the easy access to drugs to be a positive thing, there is a downside, even for drug users. A common occurrence is for the drugs to be sold to vacationers and then the police show up to arrest the foreigners.

This scam works because the drug dealer works with the police. The objective is to get the tourist to pay a bribe to the police to get out of jail. Most tourists are willing to pay a bribe to escape a jail sentence. Few realize that the whole thing was a set-up and that the drug dealer and police share in the bribes. The police give the drugs back to the dealer to repeat the process.

Prostitution is another problem at some of these resorts, especially the ones that are for adults only. Some of the prostitutes in poorer countries are willing to engage in unsafe sex. This increases the chance of catching a sexually transmitted disease from them and is highly risky behavior that could result in contracting AIDs.

Another concern is terrorist activity. Resorts have been targeted by terrorists because of a large number of foreigners that can be killed in an attack.

8. Bugs and Vermin


There are many nasty creatures that one may encounter at these all-inclusive resorts. If you run into any of them, you cannot simply go to another hotel, since you already prepaid the all-inclusive price for your entire stay. If the resort is crowded, you may not be able to get another room and you are left to fight these things on your own.

At these resorts, there are problems with roaches, beetles, ants, spiders, mosquitoes, no-see-ums (tiny, almost invisible, insects that leave itchy bites) scorpions, and some strange -looking, but harmless insects you probably have never seen before.

Roaches are filthy, yet easily killed with insecticide. Beetles are more startling than harmful. Very tiny ants can get into anything including sealed containers of food or sugar if the seal is not tight enough. The larger fire ants have a sting that is quite painful. There are not many poisonous spiders, yet many think spiders are creepy. Wearing insect repellant reduces the bites from mosquitoes and the no-see-ums. Scorpions usually do not sting, unless you step on one by accident while barefoot.

There are three insects that are really bad. They are lice, crabs (STD), and bed bugs. These all like to crawl on people. Lice usually like to crawl around on the head area and are easily transmitted from one person to another by such things as using the same hairbrush or sleeping on the same pillow.

Crabs are not the kind you eat in a restaurant. These are a sexually transmitted disease. They are tiny insects that like to crawl around the pubic region. You can also get them from dirty bed sheets that were previously used by a person who had crabs.

Bed bugs are a very serious problem and many hotel resorts are infested with them, even the most luxurious ones. The reason for this is they are really difficult to get rid of and multiply quickly. They live inside the mattress, under rugs, and even in the hotel walls. Bed bugs make nasty bites. It is very common for a person to receive hundreds of bites during a single night time stay in a bed infested with these insects. The bites are very itchy and form blisters, which makes a person very uncomfortable.

Insects of all kinds can ruin your vacation. The all-inclusive resorts are full of these bugs.

7. Timeshare Scams, Bogus Vacation Package Deals

Via Phuket Magazine

Tourists are a beacon to scam artists that prey on them while they are on vacation. The typical timeshare scam is to offer the vacationers some prize that sounds really good, which is either not real or is highly exaggerated. These scam artists lure the vacationers into participating in a timeshare presentation. These hard-sell sales pitches last for many hours and the vacationers feel like they are being held captive. The sales people are very aggressive and refuse to take no for an answer.

If you are able to sit through one of these long, boring presentations and resist the hard-pressure sales techniques in order to get your prize, you may find out that the fabulous camera that they described as the top prize turns out to be a cheap instant disposable camera worth only a few dollars. You will feel like a smuck for having gone through all of this sales torture just to get such a cheap prize.

Another version of this scam is that they try to sell you a vacation package deal and sometimes offer a free vacation. If you are foolish enough to pay the airfare to come back for your free vacation, you find the accommodations are a cheap hotel room or a run down apartment and you will have to sit through another sales presentation once again.

These scam artists are all around the resorts and some even find a way to penetrate the resorts and try to con the guests to go for a ride with them.

6. Techno – Utility Nightmares

Via YouTube

If your goal is to get away from it all, then maybe you will not be bothered by the lack of decent Internet connection or by the high prices the resorts charge for WIFI connections. However, if you are the type of person that always needs to be online and stay in touch by using your smartphone wherever you are, you may be extremely frustrated with the lack of good Internet connections.

In poorer countries, where many of the major resorts are located, there are frequent power outages that knock out the antennae used for making the WIFI connections. In times of bad weather, it is common for this WIFI service along with the electrical power to be cut off for many days.

If the power goes out, the water may also stop running because there is no electricity to run the municipal water pumps.

Even when things are working, guests at these all-inclusive resorts complain that there is never enough hot water. Many native people in countries that are in tropical areas do not use hot water for bathing, so they do not expect it. Vacationers from more developed countries do expect it. This expectation can be the source of terrible frustrations when dealing with a problem like this at a supposed five-star resort.

5. Annoying Guests and Too Much Partying


A big part of the all-inclusive experience is dealing with the other resort guests. This is because these resorts are somewhat of a miniature, isolated community, with only modest interactions with the world outside of the resort.

When staying at a resort, you will likely run into the same people multiple times. That is wonderful if they are the type of people you like. It is miserable if they are not. Underage drinking by teenagers is a problem. In most of the countries with these resorts, the enforcement of the drinking age law is very lax. When teenagers find out they can get access to alcohol, they typically go on a binge drinking spree with their friends.

Research conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) found that almost half of the students attending college participate in binge drinking. During Spring Break, this problem is much worse than usual. Male students said they drank 18 drinks each day and the female students said they drank about ten drinks each day. These amounts are way above the levels that are considered safe.

Close to 2,000 students die each year from alcohol poisoning caused by binge drinking. For men, excessive alcohol intake from binge drinking comes from having five drinks or more within a two-hour period. For women, it is four drinks within a two-hour period.

Besides the risk of death, binge drinking leads to more assaults, unwanted sexual advances, date rape, and injuries.

For most people who are not a college or high school student, going to a resort during Spring Break is not an attractive idea.

4. Not Kid-Friendly or Too Kid-Friendly


With kids, people either love them or hate them so when choosing an all-inclusive resort package, you need to decide whether you want lots of children running around or if you prefer to go to an adults-only resort that does not allow children on the premises.

If children are allowed at the resort where you are staying you may run into some of the younger ones that are completely out of control. If what you wanted was tranquility, it may be constantly interrupted by young children screaming and running around. It is common for parents to let their child run wild, while the parents go off on their own to do something else. This means their kids now can be in your face and they are usually all over the place so there are few places where you can escape from the children to have some respite.

On the other hand, if you are vacationing with your children because you enjoy being with them, then the kid-friendly resorts are perfect for you. You can join in the fun and feel what it is like to be young again by playing games with your kids and participating in the activities for children with them.

3. Unsanitary Kitchens


If a restaurant or buffet looks attractive, most people assume that the kitchen is well-maintained, cleaned properly, and the food is prepared in a safe and sanitary manner. In reality, many commercial restaurant kitchens are disgusting and filthy.

The problem is that there are not adequate health inspections and enforcement of restaurant sanitation codes in many countries. The conditions that would get a restaurant immediately closed by a health inspector in America or Canada are considered “normal” in these poor countries.

If you want to be sure, that you are eating food prepared in a sanitary way, all you need do is to walk back into the kitchen to see the conditions for yourself. You probably will not be stopped by anyone if you make your way purposefully, acting as if you own the place. Then you can see for yourself how clean the place is or how dirty it is.

For some, this experience is too shocking and they prefer to stay in the condition of not knowing, which makes them feel better. After all, if you are trapped in an all-inclusive package that you already paid for, you are going to have to eat the food that is available to you.

2. Dirty Sheets and Other Nasty Things


Resort guests that make the mistake of buying an all-inclusive package from a low-quality resort may find shocking conditions when they get to the resort. Searching the Internet for “bad resort experiences ” turns up a plethora of complaints from travelers that bought an all-inclusive package.

Common complaints include stained towels, dirty bed sheets, and/or a mattress that is falling apart. Other complaints include filthy rugs, unpleasant odor in the room, broken air-conditioning systems, trash in the hallways, and trash left in the rooms.

Some staff, in countries where taking a mid-afternoon siesta is practiced, have been known to sleep in the guest rooms before new guest checks in and they do not change the bed sheets for the bed they just used for a nap. You may sleep in a bed with dirty sheets and not even know it. Some hotels do not wash sheets between guests. If the sheets look clean, they simply reuse them to save money on the costs of laundry services.

Inside Edition conducted an investigation of this by using a simple test. They checked in at nine different hotels. While in the room, they sprayed the bed sheets with a harmless, invisible non-toxic paint using a stencil that had the phrase “I slept here,” which made this an identifying mark on the bed sheet. The paint is invisible to the naked eye but shows up clearly when under ultraviolet light.

The investigators then checked out of the room and came back the very next day. A different person with a different name that was part of the investigative team checked into the same room that they had used the day before. Out of the nine hotels checked, three of them did not change the bed sheets. This suggests that this problem may be more common than anyone might expect.

1. Deaths, Rapes, and Abductions


Some resorts have a problem with deaths, rapes, and abductions. The Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino had two female guests go missing in the past decade. The first disappearance was of Natalie Holloway who was a high school student vacationing in Aruba.

The second woman to go missing was 35 years old. Her name is Robyn Gardner and she comes from Maryland. In both cases, foul play was suspected and both of the women are presumed dead. The suspected perpetrators are two different men. Even though suspicions run high, the police in Aruba have not found enough evidence to bring charges forward in either of these cases.

Robyn Gardner was last seen with a man she recently met, named Gary Giordano. He said, she went snorkeling and never came back. Friends of Robyn Gardner knew this could not be a true story, because Robyn Gardner did not like water and refused to go swimming, even in a swimming pool. Her friends say she would never have gone into the ocean like the man, who is her suspected killer, said she did. Another piece of circumstantial evidence is compelling g. Giordano took out a US$1.5 million life insurance policy on Robyn Gardner just one day before their trip to Aruba. Still, no body has been found and Giordano has not yet been charged with her murder.

Joran van der Sloot is the suspect in the Natalie Holloway case. He promised to lead Natalie’s parent to the dead body if they paid him $25,000. They paid him and instead of showing them where her daughter’s body was, he escaped to Peru. In Peru, he was arrested for the murder of another young woman, found guilty, and was sentenced to 28 years in prison. After serving his sentence in Peru, he will be extradited to the U.S. to face charges of extortion for the $25,000 he took from Natalie’s parents. He still has not been charged with Natalie’s murder.

The cases of Robyn Gardner and Natalie Holloway show the dangers of hooking up with people that the women barely knew.

Another disturbing incident was recently reported by two Australian women, who said they were assaulted by resort hotel staff while staying at the Bahia Principe Hotel & Resort in the city of Rio San Juan in the Dominican Republic. The women claimed that a male staff member from the resort broke into their room and tried to rape them.

After this incident, the Dominican Department of Foreign Affairs issued this warning

“Unaccompanied female travelers [to the Dominican] … should exercise caution in dealing with strangers or recent acquaintances … Incidents of assault, rape and sexual aggression against foreigners have been reported, including at beach resorts. In some cases, hotel employees have been implicated.”

In Cancun Mexico, a Canadian woman staying at the Riu Caribe Resort was assaulted by a male staff member who tried to rape her. She reported the incident to the resort manager who called the local police.

When the police arrived, instead of arresting the staff member of the resort, the police arrested the woman and her boyfriend who was staying with her at the resort. The police held the pair for many hours and demanded a bribe to release them. The couple paid the bribe of about US$400 and then they were released by the police.

Another surprising thing that all-inclusive resorts do not want you to know is some of the most popular resorts are located in countries with very high murder rates.

Here are the top popular resort locations with the murder rates for the countries that they are located in, compared with the murder rate for the USA:

Murder Rates per 100,000 People

45.1 people – Jamaica

44.7 people – Belize

35.7 people – South Africa

35.3 people – Trinidad and Tobago

32.4 people – Brazil

32.1 – Bahamas

25.4 people – Dominican Republic

22.0 people – Mexico

15.3 people – St. Lucia

5.4 people – U.S.

Based on these international murder statistics, it might be a good idea for Americans to stay in the USA and go to an all-inclusive resort in Florida.


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