If they are giving you a credit or a coupon, it likely comes with a time share pitch disguised as a "resort tour" or "resort orientation".
Make a plan for if your room is not ready. Pack your swimsuit so it's easy to access. Make a spa or hydrotherapy appointment for close to your arrival time.
Bring a beach bag and your own insulated mug for the swim up bar.
The resort may have premium alcohol, but you have to ask for it.
Order "A Margarita with Don Julio" versus "A Margarita". Bars may have
different options. We find lobby bars and club level lounges have
different options than the swim up bars.
Not all resorts have great beaches. Choose wisely.
Pay attention to the rules for a la carte dining.
Some resorts limit how many nights you can visit an a la carte
restaurant. Others require reservations. You can order anything you want
on the menu. Don't feel like you can only order an appetizer, entrée
Dehydration is real. Watch out at the swim up bar especially on your date of arrival when you are dehydrated from flying.
If your resort includes room service, make the most of it. We order a pot of coffee to help us wake up or an afternoon snack or the midnight munchies.
Prepare your credit card for travel. Do you have foreign transaction fees? Did you notify your bank that you will be out of the country?
All resorts include activities and some include non-motorized sports - join the fun.
Ask at check in where to find a schedule of events. Do they offer a
shuttle anywhere? Go to the water sports hut and ask what's included and
how you sign up for it.
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