For Sale: Day Passes to Caribbean Resorts

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Allegro Cozumel: $45 for day guests

How to enjoy the amenities at an all-inclusive beach resort for less

Just because you don't have a room at an all-inclusive beach resort doesn't mean you can't horn in on all the amenities. Day passes cost a small fraction of the $300 and up some overnight guests pay--and you can expect lunch, as well as access to pools, beaches, tennis courts, volleyball games, gyms, and often, kayaks, snorkeling gear, and all-you-can-drink swim-up bars. Cruise passengers find that arranging their own day visits costs far less than going on excursions offered by the ship. We've listed what a taxi should cost from the island's main port; haggle in advance to make sure you're not paying more. Always make reservations in advance.

ANTIGUA

Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort
What you get for $45: Half a mile of secluded beach, 42 acres of gardens, gym, Internet café, pool with swim-up bar. The taxi ride: 7 minutes, $17. Contact: 268/462-3733, grandroyalantiguan.com

Occidental Grand Pineapple Beach
What you get for $50:
Breakfast and lunch; aerobic lessons and volleyball; and use of four tennis courts, two pools, gym, and snorkeling equipment. The taxi ride: 25 minutes, $30. Contact: 268/463-2006, allegroantigua.com

Sandals Antigua Caribbean Village & Spa
What you get for $100: Access to a lush romantic resort, with secluded paths and two-person hammocks. Also, five pools, five hot tubs, all manner of water sports, and activities and fun (steel drum bands, scavenger hunts). One catch: Sandals is a couples resort and prefers that even day guests visit in pairs. The taxi ride: 10 minutes, $10. Contact: 268/462-0267, sandals.com

BONAIRE

Harbour Village Beach Club
What you get for $14: A pool and great snorkeling, with a shipwreck and reefs just off shore. Lunch is in a restaurant modeled after an antique ship. The taxi ride: 10 minutes, $12. Contact: 305/567-0509, harbourvillage.com

COZUMEL

Allegro Cozumel
What you get for $45: Two pools, hammocks, and a beach with mellow waves. Bonus: Unlimited Corona and Negra Modelo on tap. The taxi ride: 15 minutes, $15. Contact: 800/858-2258, occidentalhotels.com

Occidental Grand Cozumel
What you get for $50: A resort that's less built-up and slightly more luxurious than sister propery Allegro Cozumel. The taxi ride: 15 minutes, $15. Contact: 800/858-2258, occidentalhotels.com

ST. KITTS

Sugar Bay Club
What you get for $45: A five-acre resort with low-rise buildings, two pools, and a beach with crashing waves. Calmer Timothy Bay is a five-minute walk away. The taxi ride: 10 minutes, $10. Contact: 869/465-8037, sugarbayclub.com

ST. LUCIA

Ti Kaye Village
What you get for $60: A clifftop pool, kayaks, and beach chairs where a mountain brook meets a volcanic-sand beach--all in a particularly remote jungle. Add $10 if you want to go snorkeling. The taxi ride: None (round-trip shuttle from the port included). Contact: 758/456-8101, tikaye.com

WHERE FOOD COSTS EXTRA

Curaçao

  • Hilton Curaçao 011-599/9462-5000, hilton.com
  • Bahamas

  • British Colonial Hilton 242/322-3301, hilton.com
  • St. Thomas

  • Bolongo Bay Beach Resort 800/524-4746, bolongobay.com
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