10/09/2012 12:23 pm ET

All-Inclusive Resorts In The Caribbean: Which Is Right For You?

Some Caribbean-bound travelers swear by all-inclusive resorts. Others simply swear them off.

The former like the simplicity of paying one upfront price for lodging, food, drinks and activities, and having an array of amusements on site.

Complaints from the latter include the perceived cookie-cutter sameness of big-box all-inclusives and the concern that they'll be paying for amenities (alcoholic drinks and round-the-clock meals, for instance) they don't want.

Fact is, the industry has grown -- and changed -- in a big way in the past decade or so, particularly in Caribbean hot spots such as the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Mexico's Riviera Maya.