An all-inclusive resort often seems like the obvious choice when planning a budget-friendly vacation. Everything is (supposedly) included, so (supposedly) what you pay upfront is the only fee you'll incur, and you can (supposedly) drink, dine, and play till your heart's content. But unfortunately, some hotels that bill themselves as "all-inclusive" have plenty of caveats: VIP-only pools, limited dining hours, and hefty fees for just about anything extra -- to name just a few. So you won't be met with any pricey surprises on your next getaway, we did the research (an expensive task when weeding out the not-so-all-inclusives!) and found a dozen all-inclusive properties that truly offer a great bang for your buck. These 12 hotels, in the Caribbean and Mexico, are the best of the best for those on a budget.
Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach, Dominican Republic
This family-friendly, 613-room all-inclusive resort has a mostly European clientele who knows a good value when they see it. Basic rooms have received a slight refresh, and the limited all-inclusive amenities help keep prices low. Three pools, trapeze lessons, and tennis are available, but most guests flock to the beach.