Get the most for your money at these resorts in the Sunshine State.

By Alex Van Buren and Maya Kachroo-Levine
Updated December 15, 2016
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Editor’s Note: Travel might be complicated right now, but use our inspirational trip ideas to plan ahead for your next bucket list adventure.

All-inclusives can be tricky to find in the Sunshine State, where resorts are notorious for delivering oversized bills just as you're walking out the door. But there are a few prized properties, like a romantic retreat in the Keys and an accessible, family-friendly spot in Orlando, that will take all the guesswork out of your vacation planning. Some of these getaways are much like the classic all-inclusive resorts you’d find in the Caribbean, while others offer themed inclusive packages. With that in mind, these are the best all-inclusive resorts to seek out for your next Florida vacation.

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key

If you’re in the mood for a resort, but don’t want to feel tucked away in a sprawling, impersonal building, Little Palm might be right up your alley. Located in the Florida Keys, Little Palm just reopened in March. For a 12.5 percent resort fee, the property includes a welcome cocktail, valet parking, non-alcoholic drinks, and access to activities like paddleboarding and kayaking.

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Bungalows Key Largo, Florida Keys

If you’re looking to leave the kids behind, check out the Bungalows Key Largo, nestled in a botanical garden. All guests must be 21 years and older. Gorgeous private bungalows start at $809 a night, but that comes with unlimited meals and premium cocktails at the resort’s six bars and restaurants. Get a Himalayan salt treatment at the Zen Garden Spa and then have a mai tai at the Sunset Tiki Bar for a different kind of Zen moment.

Sirata Beach Resort, St. Pete Beach

In Tampa for business? Take a quick little getaway to St. Pete’s — and invite the whole family to join. While Sirata Beach Resort isn’t a classic all-inclusive, it offers a beach and breakfast package, which includes a hearty sit-down meal each morning. The resort is also home to the city's oldest beach bar (order a flatbread) and boasts three beachfront swimming pools. At the private beach, guests will find a volleyball court, kid’s playground, and fire pit for late-night s'mores. (Pro tip: Ask for a room with a terrace for a knockout view.)

Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Port St. Lucie

Kid-friendly as can be, with activities as varied as trapeze classes, paddleboarding, sailing, ping pong, cooking lessons, dance classes, and beachy movie nights, the only Club Med in America is a true all-inclusive. Situated halfway between Miami and Orlando, it’s less expensive than other package-based resorts, but it’s still well-run with super-attentive staffers. Because the brand has mastered the all-inclusive format on a global scale, guests can expect open bars, gourmet dining with plenty of options, and both taxes as well as gratuities included. You might actually walk out the door without spending an extra dime beyond what you paid up front — which is what should always happen at an all-inclusive.

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Pier House Resort & Spa, Key West

Pier House Resort & Spa is an idyllic oceanfront resort with a private white-sand beach, spa, and collection of island-chic accommodations tucked into a lush Key West paradise. All 119 guest rooms and 23 suites feature large tiled bathrooms, rain-style showers, custom furniture, local art, and a connection to the waterfront. Guests can even book one of the select rooms with a private balcony or patio. The property’s resort fee of $46 plus tax per night is built into the room rate. With it, guests have access to amenities like a shuttle on popular Duval Street, welcome drinks upon arrival, daily live music, beach and pool towels as well as umbrellas, in-room coffee, water, and bathrobes, free Wi-Fi, parking, and a Tesla charging station.

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Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando

If you’re visiting Florida with the kids, odds are you’re either in Orlando or the little ones are begging you to go there. Either way, Rosen Shingle Creek is ready for you. Although not technically an all-inclusive in the same way as Club Med, Rosen Creek nods to its alluring neighbors with a Universal Orlando package. Skip lines at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, or eat for free all day at SeaWorld. Just don’t forget to build in time for naps (for you and the kids).