Post # 1
I did a search here and the hits I looked at ranged from 3-5 years ago, so I thought I’d get some recent opinions.
When I think of Cancun, I think of spring break and a bunch of drunk and rowdy people. Is this really what it’s like?
We are looking for a place to go to for our anniversary. We want to relax and spend time at the beach or a pool. I don’t think we really care to do any excursions, we just want to relax. We’re limited on when we can go because of work, and so this limits our possibilities.
Another option is to go to Cuba – but I’ve heard the food isn’t the greatest there.
Post # 2
MrsCallalily: It really depends on the month that you are going. The spring breakers in my experience usually visit in the months of March and April. Another option for your honeymoon would be to go to Cabo. It’s really beautiful there and relaxing as well. 🙂
Post # 3
Sweetescape1976: This would be in the fall, around the end of October.
Post # 4
MrsCallalily: Playa del Carmen is close to Cancun-when we went there we flew into the airport in Cancun, but in my opinion I much preferred it to Cancun! That said, los Cabos is my favorite place in Mexico. However, it is nowhere near Cancun…so, assuming you chose Cancun for flights/convenience- I would take a look at Playa del Carmen
Post # 5
MrsCallalily: Then I don’t see it being a problem. Of course you are ALWAYS gonna have those ppl who are drunk and rowdy but no spring breakers will be there.
Post # 6
MrsCallalily: Rather than Cancun, I would recommend the Mayan Riviera. You could do a day trip if you want to see Cancun, but you will have less of the rowdy crowds there, nicer resorts, etc.
There are some fabulous resorts in Cuba. Check out the Royalton and the Melia Buenavista in Cayo Santa Maria. They are rated very high.
Also, food is a little strange down south in general. We have been to 5-star resorts in Cuba, Mexico, Dominican (Punta Cana and Puerto Plata) and at all of them, you just have to find what they do well at the resort.
ETA: Check out tripadvisor.ca for resort reviews and to get a better idea of what each resort can offer. Select a resort name, or a general area and they will list the resorts according to customer satisfaction. It’s a great resource.
Post # 7
I agree with PP that Riviera Maya is quieter but you shouldn’t have any issues with spring breakers in October. I went in June of this year and stayed in the Hotel Zone and it was very relaxing and quiet even though it was during the World Cup.
Post # 8
I don’t think Cancun will be wild in October. Even in the spring its more the downtown/club area that is rowdy than the resorts, from what I have seen. But, I have been to Cancun a couple of times and would like to try Cozumel, Riviera Maya, Playa Del Carmen next time since I’m over clubbing and don’t need to be near downtown. If the Cancun resorts are cheaper though and you pretty much plan to just stay at the resort anyway, I think it will work out fine for you.
Post # 9
MrsCallalily: I would recommned doing some excursions to the Mayan Ruins. The thing we enjoyed most on our Cancun vaction was our trip to Chichen Itza and a cenote. The cenote was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen, right after the Grand Canyon.
Post # 10
MrsCallalily: We have been to Cancun lots. It’s been a really great time and I’ve never felt like we just walked onto MTV’s Spring Break crap. We go in Jan/Feb and once in May. All of those times have been awesome. If you want something even quieter, go to Isla Mujeres, which is right across the water from Cancun. Beautiful.
Sun Palace, Cancun Palace, Moon Palace, Beach Palace, Hard Rock Cancun, Hotel Riu Cancun (hated it), Privileges Aluxes (sp?) (Isla Mujeres).
Except for that one Riu shitfest, I’ve always had fun.
Post # 11
MrsCallalily: My FI was just there for a week for his bachelor vacation (I’d say party but these idiots take full vacations)(and idiots is a term of endearment haha)…… my FI said it is nothing like what it used to be. It is way too commercialized and full of crooks. He said it is very pretty but next time he goes away for a boys vacation, he is doing Cabo.
And for the record, my FI and his group are pretty mellow, they are into water sports and nice fancy dinners, not the rowdy kind. Maybe that’s why he didn’t like it? i don’t know
Post # 12
MrsCallalily: Excellence Playa Mujeres all inclusive adults only resort is uhhhhmazing! Fiancé and I have been twice. We don’t like to visit the same place twice, but we couldn’t fight the urge to go there a second time because it was so great. Check it out on tripadvisor 🙂 I was worried about the whole spring break/party atmosphere before going to Mexico, however this resort caters to honeymooners while still providing lots of entertainment so you never feel the need to leave the resort :).
Post # 13
Whoever told you Cuba didn’t have good food must have gone there with dead taste buds because there is all sorts of fantasist food in Cuba. Just makes me frustrated that I can’t go since I’m an American citizen (i was able to go as part of a school outreach trip when I was in high school and found it to be a wonderful, amazing country).
Post # 14
i have been to both Cancun and Riveria Maya. I do prefer staying at the Sun Palace in Cancun. its Beautiful and adults only all inclusive resort. As for the Riveria Maya i have only gone to the Occidential Grand Xcaret Resort and Secrets Maroma Beach Resort. They are all greaet resorts i just have a thing for Cancun so that will always be my go to place and the people are always so friendly (usually)
Post # 15
Horseradish: I agree. It is an older stereotype in Canada that Cuban resorts have bad food. I was in Cuba last year and the food at the resort was fabulous. However, there were some strange things too (for example, they would make these amazing stone-baked pizzas, but the topping options were a little odd, such as green peas), but that is the same that you find at any all-inclusive resort…good food, strange food, outright terrible food. When resorts try to cater to the masses from all over the world, you will obviously have differing opinions over what is considered “good”.
OP, what I can say about Cuba is that the people there are wonderful, kind and very hardworking. The beaches are the best in the Caribbean (in my opinion!), especially Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria, and tourism is their main source of revenue, so they take it very seriously.