Hint: It’s in Florida
I’ll get straight to it – Club Med Sandpiper Bay in South Florida is the One and ONLY truly All-Inclusive USA resort. If you go online you will see lots of them claiming to be, but they don’t include everything that your traditional all-inclusive resort does, such as all meals, snacks, drinks (including wine & spirits), entertainment, land & water sports.
I love Club Med! If you prefer a more “Americanized” experience, Club Med may not be your favorite, but I’d encourage you to be open minded and give it a try! I went to my first Club Med in Punta Cana in 2017 or 2018, so many more to explore for sure!
Club Med Sandpiper Bay offers 7 restaurants/bars, unlimited land/water sports, entertainment day and evening, many pools, fun activities, & so much more of course.
For your safety & peace of mind, they are also currently adding “Safe Together” measures, such as protective face coverings, free on-site antigen testing, hand sanitizer available, deep cleaning reinforcement, floor markings, limited resort capacity, temperature checks, and nurse or doctor available 24/7! Check out all the safety measures in detail here: https://www.clubmed.us/l/safetogether.
Customer Videos about experiences at several resorts recently:
Club Med Sandpiper Bay: https://youtu.be/m1v61VnRKbA
Club Med Miches Playa Esmerelda in the Dominican Republic: https://youtu.be/se_wAzYqMsM
Club Med Punta Cana (my 1st Club Med!): https://youtu.be/IXuqR-2bTRg
3 More USA Trips to Consider in 2021
1. For a Tropical Getaway: Hawaii
Hawaii is open for business, and don’t forget that Hawaii is a US state, and although there is no all-inclusive in Hawaii, it’s a great option this year. However, just be aware they are enforcing some pretty particular travel guidelines. If that does not bother you, this is a great option! Read about Hawaii’s current travel particulars on their site here: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/. In Essence, you need a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours before the final leg of your trip to Hawaii.
To start on a trip for Hawaii, think about:
- What kind of experience you’d like to have? Luaus & famous beaches, traditional Hawaii but not concerned about night life, 1 island only or 2+ islands, natural beauty of Hawaii, do you want swimmable beaches (sand vs. rocks)
- Do you want to see Hawaii’s popular visiting spots like the Road to Hana, Haleakala, Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, Iolani Palace, Akaka Falls State Park, Waimea Canyon State Park, Manoa Falls, International Market Place, the Kualoa Ranch, or perhaps the Polynesian Culture Center or something else?
Hawaii is so very diverse and there is so much to see and do! Inquire and we can go over what will work for you!
2. For a Totally Laid Back, Relaxing Getaway: Napa Valley
I visited Napa for the first time only a few years ago, and admittedly, I thought sure, it will be very cool, but I’m not a big wine connoisseur so I figured I would not likely want to visit again, necessarily. Was I ever wrong!
Absolutely the folks I went with got a lot more out of the wine itself, but I learned so much about wine, about why this area is so particularly great for growing wine grapes, and not only that the wines are so many, so diverse, and SO very good!
Aside from wine, the landscape is absolutely stunning. I rented a car, ended up with a Volkswagen Beetle – it was incredibly fun, freeing, and the views were just so hard to describe to you now. There are some really tremendous wine & dining experiences in the Napa Valley area worth doing! Like anything, you just have to see it for yourself!
3. For Family Fun, & Much more than just Parks: Orlando
I just want to preface this by saying that I have nothing against Walt Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Orlando. I think that they are incredible experiences. But I want you to know, if you don’t already, that there’s so much more out there that you can do. Orlando is a mammoth city full of so much you can do. My family and I did a trip there a few years ago, and we did not have a theme park budget at the time, so we did some other great stuff! Here are some things you can do:
- Kennedy Space Center – this is one thing we did. We could have easily spent 2 days there, though we only did 1. We got to see the Space X rocket, and although I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a little girl, and my kids didn’t and were teenagers, they really, truly still had a great time! Cost was reasonable for the tickets when comparing a full day’s ticket to other park tickets in Orlando.
- Drive over to local Bay Beaches such as Clearwater/St. Pete’s Beach or Tampa Bay – we did this as well! The inside of the panhandle bay area in Florida is home to calm bay waters that are usually quite clear. After having spent much time in the Caribbean, I prefer seeing what’s in the water. Great beach and a quick maybe 2 hours drive to get there and spend the day.
- Visit one of the last few drive in theaters,Silver Moon Drive Inn, in the Lakeland area
- Gatorland – I have not been here but it looks cool and I’ve been able to visit places with many a “gator” to see them. They are really interesting to see up close! Or, scenic Boat tours & Airboat tours to see gators!
- Non-ticketed theme park areas, such as Universal City Walk (Culinary experiences like this one amazing Chocolate Emporium), Disney Springs, or Downtown Disney – full of amazing experiences, restaurants, and shopping!
- Visit places like Lake Eola Park or Lake Baldwin trail for paddle boating or biking.
- Other typical things people do out and about: going out to eat, dinner shows, shows, mini golf, enjoying nature, or even bowling!