The only way you can visit another [all inclusive] resort is to buy a day (or night) pass. These are subject to availability and may be quite spendy - at least US$80 per person and it goes up from there.
Given the cost of day passes, it sometimes makes more sense to actually STAY at that alternate resort for a night or two.Edited: 2:21 pm, December 07, 2017
Why would they if they’re not in the same chain? Some hotels like Secrets allow you to experience dinner and drinks at other hotels in the Secrets brand but those not affiliated won’t. You’ll have to pay for a day pass.
Another way to visit is if you know a guest staying there..If they invite u, I see no problem...Hard to do if u know no one..
Even if you have a friend staying at another resort, you won't be able to enter without a pass.
Yeah you’ll still need a pass if it’s a decent hotel. You can’t just go in and use amenities, you won’t get past the gate.
We just wanted to walk around the Hard Rock but we could not. They wanted ID, which I would not do, esp in Cancun. There is not need to show anyone except Customs and the hotel we stay at our passports/etc. Don't understand because you have to have a wrist band to get served drinks/food. I think its kinda dumb on their part because not we would never stay there. We always walk around the JW and have had dinner there.
People don't even know what Customs is, you don't show ID to "customs".
We never stay at an AI but a few times while driving around the Tulum-Akumal area, we were able to drive into a few AI's just to check them out. We just politely asked the guard if we could drive in to see what it looked like, they always let us go in. Of course you could always enter from along the beach. One time we were bicycling near an AI in Puerto Morelos, and my wife's bike chain came off while we were biking past an AI. The guard (in his white uniform) came over and helped us put the chain back on.
Sucks that you might need a day pass.
Wasn't aware of that.
If a pass is needed, how would I go about getting one?
Just show up to the hotel and ask for one?
To Dougdnh -
I guess in all honesty, it's really the beach I want to see.
Have no desire to actually see the resort.
Now I have to find a way onto the beach.
Will it be a problem to get into a resorts beach area?
If you don't want to buy a day pass, then go visit a non-AI hotel like one of the two Marriotts, you can see the beach and even buy a drink or food.