They claim to save you time and, most importantly, money, but are all-inclusive resorts really worth it? The answer depends on your vacation style. Discover what all-inclusive resorts actually include—and don’t include—to help you figure out whether this popular vacation option is right for you. What Does All-Inclusive Mean? All-inclusive resorts come in all shapes and sizes, and despite the name, they don’t necessarily include every conceivable vacation expense. Some let you book airfare along with your accommodations, so you only pay once for the entire vacation. Many include things like meals, drinks, airport transfers, gratuities, entertainment, and activities, but not airfare. Common exclusions include spa treatments, purchases at the resort shop, off-site excursions, and some premium activities. Read the fine print of your package before booking and find out what’s included. If you’re paying for unlimited scuba diving (an activity quite pricey … [Read more...] about Are All-Inclusive Resorts Really Worth It?
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Michelin Guide California on Tuesday awarded eight San Diego restaurants with the designation of Bib Gourmand, a category that’s supposed to represent an affordable “hidden gem,” as opposed to the rarefied world of Michelin-starred establishments. It’s the first time San Diego restaurants have been rated by Michelin’s highly secretive anonymous inspectors. And the France-based arbiter of fine dining may not yet know what to make of this SoCal casual county’s dining scene.Several of the local eateries chosen for the Bib Gourmand — in which two courses and a glass of wine or dessert are to cost $40 or less — easily exceed that and are considered among San Diego County’s elite, including Juniper & Ivy and Kettner Exchange in Little Italy, Cucina Urbana in Bankers Hill and El Jardín at Liberty Station. As for being hidden gems, each of eight on the Bib Gourmand list, which also includes Campfire in Carlsbad, Lola 55 in the East … [Read more...] about Michelin honors 8 San Diego restaurants as ‘hidden gems’
THE water glitters, the engine cuts out and the chatter falls silent. We gasp as a humpback whale rises from the Sea of Cortez, off Cabo, Mexico. The sight is exhilarating — terrifying, even. Then a smaller hump appears. The proud mum is showing her baby the ropes. Awestruck, we watch them dive gracefully back into the depths. The whole group is left grinning. When the boat’s engine finally starts back up, I know I will never forget this. The view of Cabo from the sea shows off everything great about this place, at the most southerly point of the Baja California Sur to the west of mainland Mexico. Don’t miss El Arco, the famous rock arch leaning over the sea, pleasingly described by our guide Beth as like a dragon drinking from the ocean. There is an enticing long, white beach dotted with bars and the harbour at the end is the beating heart of the resort. It is January when I visit and even now the place is buzzing. Jet skis skim the waves in 27C heat, while lively … [Read more...] about Cabo in Mexico is a mindblowing mix of wildlife and living the high life on the beach