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With the Ritz Kids Meal Plan children ages 5 through 11 can order food from any of the restaurants' children's menus, including the room service children's menus, plus soft drinks, snacks from the pool bar children's menu, food from the buffets, as well as unlimited ice cream from the cart by the pool. The $50 per day per child rate is available year-round except for the Christmas and New Year's holiday period. For kids with big appetites or a willingness to sample items from the buffet, the Ritz Kids Meal Plan is a good deal.

"The meal plan is fun for kids and freedom for the parents," says Michael Naather, associate director of Food and Beverage. "If kids want something to drink or an ice cream, they just go get it. The parents do not have to sign every time."

Along with such reassuring dinner choices as pasta with tomato sauce for $170 Mexican pesos (about $13 US), kids discover dinner choices that reflect the restaurant. At the Club Grill, known for its grilled meats and seafood, and one of the resort's two AAA Five Diamond restaurants, kids can order grilled chicken for $240 Mexican pesos (about $18) or filet mignon for $300 Mexican pesos (about $23 US). At Fantina, the resort's other AAA Five Diamond restaurant, known for its Mediterranean cuisine, kids can opt for beef filet with potato gnocchi for $380 Mexican pesos (about $29 US). "It's an interesting feature of our resort to open up fine dining to kids," say Naather.

Without the plan children 11 and younger pay half-price at the buffets. For kids under age 5 and for those with small appetites, the simple entrees from the children's menu may prove less expensive than the meal plan. Kids' choices for lunch at the casual Caribe, overlooking the beach, cost $75 Mexican pesos (about $5.80 US) for steamed fish, mini-burgers, ham and cheese quesadilla or small pizza. Breakfast options such as French toast, pancakes, or scrambled eggs cost about $60 Mexican pesos (about $4.60 US).

To get great food, you don't have to reserve a table at one of the resort's Five Diamond restaurants. The Caribe Bar & Grill overlooks the beach and serves a really tasty mahi mahi wrap as well as salads and hamburgers (entrees about $15-$18 US).

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