by Rob Wagner, Demand Media
Tour companies offering vacation packages to Puerto Rico loosely define all-inclusive tours as providing a guide, transportation inside the country, accommodations and some meals. Few of Puerto Rico’s resorts offer complete all-inclusive packages, including airfare, alcoholic beverages and gratuities. Travelers should consider that most resorts advertising all-inclusive deals do not include alcohol, tips and airfare. Careful examination of the terms and conditions of the tour is paramount to an enjoyable vacation.
Amizilla Tours focuses on eco-tourism with a five-day Puerto Rico birdwatching package to observe up to 350 bird species. The plan includes hotel accommodations, all meals, transportation in Puerto Rico, guides and park entrance fees. International airfare, gratuities and alcohol are included. The tour visits the Rio Abajo tropical forest to view parrots. The Fajardo area is inhabited by Antillean Crest hummingbirds. Among other sites are the Humacao National Wildlife Refuge, Guanica State Forest and La Parguera on the south coast.
The Wyndham Grand Resort’s Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa provides an Above Par Golf Package that includes a round of golf and golf cart at one of the island’s tropical golf courses. The resort features 500 acres of coastline property, two golf courses, nearly a dozen tennis courts and access to El Yunque Caribbean National Forest. Accommodations feature a private balcony and daily breakfast.
Copamarina Resort on the southern coast of Puerto Rico in Guanica sits on 20 acres with a beach stretching over a half-mile. Copamarina is the only resort offering full all-inclusive vacation packages that include access to two pools, Jacuzzis, kayak and peddle boats, and tennis and volleyball courts. Nearby is the Guanica Dry Forest, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The Costa Caribe 18-hole golf course in Ponce, about a 40-minute drive from the resort, provides golf and panoramic views of the island’s Central Mountains and the ocean. Packages, for example, in 2011 started at about $400 a night per person. It includes three meals a day and alcoholic beverages during regular bar hours. Gratuities are not part of the package.
El Conquistador Resort
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts owns El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo and offers custom vacation packages that include international airfare, accommodations and car rental. Gratuities and meals are separate from the package. El Conquistador sits atop a 300-foot cliff and features five separate villages. Nearby is Las Casitas Village, also part of the Waldorf Astoria resorts. The resorts are near the El Yunque rainforest and features a golf course, casino and water park.
Day trips from Viator include the Rum Distillery and Old San Juan Half-Day Tour, and Zipline Canopy Eco Adventure from San Juan. Entrance fees are part of the package for these two separate tours. The five-hour guided tour takes visitors through the Bacardi distillery that offers samplings of rum and visits to the colonial Old San Juan and the 500-year-old Cristobal Fort. Transportation to and from the hotel is part of the package. The four-hour zipline tour leaves from San Juan and gives visitors access to nine zipline adventures from bridges and platforms in the rainforest.
This article originally appeared in the USA Today.