(Closed) Honeymoon in Yucatan/Cancun????

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Zama Beach Club, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Almost everyone speaks english in Mexico! There was very few times that we weren’t able to communicate while we were there. Are you looking for all inclusive?

I would highly recommend a trip to isla mujeres during your stay. Its a really nice change of pace and so much fun!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We are also checking out Mexico & my dad has mentioned his concern for our safety as well. 

Have you checked out this place? http://www.valentinmaya.com/ 

My friend recently got back from her honeymoon & she loved this place. It was all-inclusive & she paid $2500 including airfare. The tours were a little extra but not to much. I hope this helps you a little bit. Good luck

Location: Just 25 minutes from Cancun’s International Airport, Valentin Imperial Maya sits on a half-mile-long stretch of white sand beach of Playa Del Secreto (The Secret Beach) in the Riviera Maya. This all-inclusive, adults-only magnificent resort not only gives you direct access to the beach, but also places you just minutes from the vibrant culture of Cancun and the world famous Mayan archaeological sites such as Tulúm, Cobá, and Chichen Itzá… all while keeping itself secluded from the clutter.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have been to that region and LOVED it.  Don’t skip the cenote near Chichen Itza or the ruins at Tulum and Coba – all incredible.  If you’re in to the more touristy resort type of places, Xcaret is fun but I found it to be a bit pricy for what it is.

One suggestion though – avoid Cancun at all costs for your hotel. Anywhere in the Riveria Maya or Playa Del Carmen will be safer, prettier, cleaner, have fewer annoying trashed college kids, and will only be a smidge more expensive.  Downtown Playa Del Carmen is also a bazillion times more scenic and interesting than downtown Cancun – and with no sketchy areas you’d need to be careful to avoid.  There’s a fantastic authentic Mayan food restaurant there – wish I could remember the name of it, but I bet if you asked around you’d find it – they serve traditional Mayan chocolate for dessert – its dark unsweetened cocoa with a hint of hot pepper in it. So unique and absolutely delicious.  Staying in Tulum, while more expensive, would be a once-in-a-lifetime remote tropical paradise kind of stay, but you’d be further from nightlife and restaraunt variety.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I went south to Playa de Carmen,,,lovely area. Cancun seems too commercialized these days and wanted something more intimate and quiet.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MsNarwhal:

Tulum and Coba were not far from eachother – maybe half an hour if I remember correctly. You can do both of those ruins leisurely in one day if you’re staying in either area. Tulum is much more scenic though – and I’m talking BREATHTAKING (see picture). Coba is a bit more jungly – well worth exploring the ruins for sure, but I’d definitely pick Tulum for a hotel stay.  Chichen Itza is a 1-2 hour drive from that region and takes a whole day trip if you also stop to eat and go swim in the cenote.

 

This was taken from the far end of the ruins. A bunch of the hotels are RIGHT on this waterfront.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

LOVE Mexico.  In 15 years I’ve been there 5 times.  I can say that cancun is fun, maybe not for a honeymoon but I love the fact that you can actually walk out the hotel and hop the bus and go somewhere.  Last time I went I stayed in Puerto Aventuras which is a gated town, with a cute little marina and whatnot.  Chichen Itza is breathtaking, I went 3 times and everytime they discovered something new.  Coba was really great to go see because it’s still kind of primitive and undiscovered.  Tulum does have some gorgeous beaches.  But to be fair to the entire peninsula it lost a lot of its beach back in 2005 from Hurricane Wilma, so it will likely be a bit thin.  If I were return, I would stay at this hotel all the way by Belize, I think its called Kona something, in chetumal.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

+ 1 for staying away from Cancun.  If you really feel the need to go there, go for a day trip.  You can catch a Collectivo bus on the main highway from either PDC or Tulum for $2.00 american.  Honestly tho, there is nothing in Cancun that you can’t get elsewhere.  The timeshare floggers are ridiculous and it is a place that I don’t care if I ever go back to.  I would only go if the trip was free, put it that way.  

If you stay in PDC I would stay in the nearby areas and not right in town as downtown 5th ave area is AWESOME but loud. 

I recommend the Barcelo Maya Palace as far as all inclusives and also Dreams Tulum is amazing. 

And as far as Mexico not being safe I wouldn’t worry at all.  I have never ever felt the slightest bit unsafe there.  Just don’t do stupid things like, flash wads of money, get publicy drunk and obnoxious, and if something seems sketchy, walk away because it prob is.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

We’ve been to Mexico 3 times in 3 years and stayed at the following resorts:

Valentin Imperial Maya (as above)

Royal Playa del Carmen

Excellence Riviera Cancun.

 

All are luxury 5* adult’s only resorts, and include literally everything: drinks and food 24 hours a day inc sparkling wine and top-shelf drinks on tap, in-room mini-bars (usually with beer and soft drinks, sometimes with liquor as well), 24 hour room service, in-room internet access, unlimited a la carte dining with no reservations, pool and beach waiter service, etc etc. The standard is very high IME and IMO.

My tips would be to work out what your priorities are, as different resorts offer different things. Eg how important is location? As many of the really good resorts are located along the Riviera Maya and are not in town, so, do you need to be in town o are you happy to take a taxi? Does making reservations for a la carte restaurants bother you? (this is a big thing for us: we like to be able to decide on the night where we fancy eating, and go at whatever time we choose, and not have to make reservations several days in advance; for some, this isn’t an issue) Is adult’s only a must? (it is for us if we can afford it). And so on. There are SO many resorts to choose from, so working out what’s important to you first is a good idea.

Re Cancun: I don’t like it personally. I find it built-up, with resorts on top of one another, and it has a very commerical/American/’high rise’ feel. We prefer the larger, more spread out resorts of the Riviera Maya, and IMPO they’re better suited to a honeymoon as they’re more romantic (IMO). Remember that you can always take a taxi into town if you do fancy a night out; many resorts are accessible for Cancun or Playa del Carmen.

If you want to be in town, I would look at Playa del Carmen; the Royal is located steps away from 5th Avenue, the main strip with loads of bars, restaurants, etc. We prefer the feel of Playa; it feels more like you’re actually abroad, and we felt that the bars were nicer and more sophisticated than those in Cancun. There are a few clubs if you want that kind of thing, but equally there are some great cokctail bars with a laid-back vibe and live music, and some lovely beach bars: can’t bit sipping a cocktail, listening to live music, by candlelight with your toes in the sand..

As far as safety goes, the main issues for tourists to be concerned about are things like theft; the same applies to any large town or city and any tourist destination (as well of course as to day-to-day life back home unless you live in the middle of nowhere). Apply common sense: take only licensed taxis (easily identifiable and easy to get), don’t hire mopeds no matter how ‘fun’ it might seem (the roads are not the same as back home and there have been bad accidents in the past), don’t leave valuables unattended, even in the hotel (some guests might be light-fingered, so don’t take chances), use the safe in your room, and so on. Basically as I said, use common sense. The violence in Mexico is drug cartek/gang related and does NOT affect tourists ir tourist areas.

With regards to trips, we’ve done several inc Tulum, Coba, and Chichen Itza (Coba was our favourite), Selvatica (zipline), speedboat/ATV combo in Maroma, Coco Bongos (overrated; hated it), cenotes, snorkeling, diving, etc.

Let me know if you have any questions as I’d be happy to help.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MsNarwhal:

Sounds like Tulum would be perfect for you.  The beach at Playa is more commercialized and partyish- but still really nice and not “spring breaky” like Cancun or Cabo. There are a lot of eco-resorts around Tulum, so some fun organic food places, and very little noise or neon.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

If you book a package, or with a travel agent, resort transfers might be included, but usually if so they will be coach transfers, which are fine, but take longer than a private taxi. Tulum is quite far down the coast, so if you can afford it, I’d look into getting private transfers; a lot of people use USA transfers and recommend them; you pre-book online and they’ll be ready and waiting for you when you come out of the airport.

As I said coach transfers are OK, but usually they’ll make several stops, which takes time; plus you might end up waiting for other passengers to exit the airport. The last time we took a coach transfer was in 2008, and we were stuck on the baking hot bus waiting 45 mins/an hour for all the passengers; we swore we’d never do it again unless we really couldn’t afford private transfers.

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