Did you prefer the all-inclusive or just paying for drinks and food better? How were the prices at the restaurants and cost of drinks? Thank you for any information you are willing to share.
The food is ridiculous expensive. The only option for breakfast at Arco is the Breakfast buffet. If I remember correctly, it was around $35. NOTHING is free at Arco, not even water. There is not even complimentary coffee in the lobby. If you want to get on a trolley and go next door, you can go to a market type place and get some overpriced fruit, a roll and next door for a coffee for maybe around $12-$15. Then you’ve got lunch and dinner to contend with. It’s kind of a pain, honestly - just to try and come out ahead - and that’s if you’re NOT drinking. If you are drinking, just pay and go all in and be on vacation. Just be careful about what is considered premium food and premium liquor as they will up charge you for that as well. If you do get a meal plan, be aware that it literally goes in 24 hour increments. So be strategic about it. If you are getting in late afternoon one day and leaving early morning on your last day do not pay for those days. Only pay for the days in between and pay for dinner on your own the night you arrive. Or if you pay for breakfast the next morning, they may let you have meals through breakfast up to and including the day you leave. Also, when you get in your first night, tell the concierge that you heard they welcome their guests with free drink tickets and maybe they’ll give you a few drink tickets you can use before your plan would start. The tickets are good for water, soda, and alcohol (not premium.) Lean on Concierge, they can help.
We don't even drink and the all-inclusive is still worth it. When you figure taxi to town, round trip, tips and the meal, you're way better off just staying on-property. They have some very nice restaurants like Neptune and Bella that are totally worth it and the theme night shows/buffet are fun.
There are lots of great restaurants off the property with price points varying from inexpensive to expensive and terrific food! Cabs are relatively inexpensive from the property to Cabo. For us, we find that it's better to NOT go all inclusive.
We preferred eating outside of the resort at the local taquerias or restaurants. It's a lot cheaper! However, if you guys are planning to just stay in the resort, I would suggest getting the inclusive package as you get better deals than just paying for the drinks and food.
Danny H is correct but if you want to experience some of what town has to offer then I would go a few days of regular
It depends on your plan for the vacation. If you see yourself buying food at the supermarket or Costco and preparing some of your meals in the room, that's a far cheaper option. If, on the other hand, you plan to eat at the hotel and have drinks by the pool, the all-inclusive is a better option. The restaurants at the hotel are good, but expensive, so you would not do badly to take advantage of the all-inclusive and stay at the hotel through your visit.
You can designate some days and all-inclusive and some as not all-inclusive. When we were there, you had to select the all-inclusive for at least three days (probably consecutive days).
Enjoy your stay!
Having spent the week before at another resort in town, and as frequent visitors to Cabo, we had already enjoyed our favorite restaurants in town and planned to indulge our last 5 days at Villa del Arco lounging poolside and taking full advantage of the all-inclusive. We knew our visit would include a Sunday, which has the added bonus of an extra special brunch. Don't forget the added perk of being able to treat yourselves to in-room dining as well. We love this feature for the busy last morning before the long day of flights back home. We are not big drinkers, but even drinking modestly can run up quite a tab. If you have never visited Cabo (or anyplace new, really) I recommend getting out there to sample the local fare and scene, but if you've been there, done that, go ahead and play lazy for a few days. Most places will allow you to split your week, in case you just want the first few days indulging and resting up, then hit the town for the remainder - or if you LOVED the meal choices and drinks, you can always add the rest of the week.
At $105 per day for all-inclusive, if you drink alcohol, you’re way ahead of the game. Just think that without all-inclusive, just hanging by the pool could get crazy expensive paying for waters, sodas, drinks and food. You’re ahead of the game by lunch!
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