Beaches is an expensive resort, but it's a great value for our family, so we've gone for three years in a row. Only you can decide if Beaches (or any all-inclusive resort) is worth it for your family. Here are a few things to consider:
Cost and Deals
A weeklong stay at Beaches resort in Turks and Caicos costs around $9,000 for a family of four, including airfare. Vacation packages can easily reach $15,000-$20,000 for families who stay in luxury suites with butler service. Also, prices depend on the time of year, where you're flying from and if any deals are available.
Our family can't afford to go to Beaches in the high season (and even if we could, we probably wouldn't want to because of the crowds), so we travel in May.
Our family likes to stay 1.5 days at our vacation destination for every hour that we spend in the sky traveling there. It's a silly rule, but it helps us make sure that we have enough time to relax on vacation instead of feeling like the whole trip was just a rush to pack and catch flights. Flying to Turks and Caicos Islands takes around 3.5 hours from our home in New York City and we can afford to stay at the resort for 5 or 6 days. The math works for us, but if we lived on the West Coast, I doubt we would have stayed at Beaches.
When we book a trip to Beaches, we find a package that includes airfare. It's a good deal for our family, but depending on where you live, airfare might be very expensive. It's important to consider the total cost of a trip to Beaches.
Our family likes all kinds of food and we especially like ethnic dishes. (Our daughter was eating octopus and tripe by her second birthday.) That makes Beaches a great fit for us because jerked meat, sushi and seafood is expensive in New York City where we live.
Beaches has more than 20 restaurants: Some have exotic dishes and others serve classic dishes like pizza, burgers, pasta and chicken fingers. If our family stuck to the simple stuff, we'd question if the price was worth it. The more adventurous you are with food, the better a deal Beaches becomes.
We enjoy beer, wine and spirits on vacation. When you add it up, our combined bar tab would cost around $700 per stay. (Don't worry, we're not boozehounds. The open bar at Beaches has premium spirits that would be expensive anywhere else.) That's a lot of money and a lot of value lost for those who don't drink alcohol.
You can walk around Beaches resort with empty pockets and never have to worry about restaurant reservations, meal times or tipping. If you don't like a meal or a drink, you can order something else. Childcare is included. There are fun things to do every day. These conveniences are worth a lot to our family. So much so that we keep going back to Beaches, even if its a little more than we'd like to spend.