Riviera Maya

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Gran Bahia Principe Coba! I’ve been there a couple times, and love it. It’s a huge resort connected to two others – Akumal and Tulum. Those two are beachfront but they’re older, so the Coba rooms are nicer and the walk isn’t rhat bad. Or there are little shuttle carts. There are tons of restaurants, pools and bar options so you can be totally fine never leaving the resort, or you can do excursions if you want. I recommend Xelha – it’s like an aquatic adventure park with caves, kayaks, lagoons, etc. 

Post # 4
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

If you’re not a resort person, or you want to branch out and experience more of the culture, try staying at a locally-run hotel.  (This will save money too.)  We stayed in Tulum in some lovely thatched huts right on the beach – it was awesome.  The ruins at Tulum are great, and you should go inland to Chichen Itza too and swim in a cenote!  (Below)  We also stayed in this great little town called Puerto Morelos that is much less touristy than some of the surrounding places, and SO relaxing and cute!  Ahhh I love that area, I so want to go back.

Post # 5
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

we’ve gone to el dorado royale gourmet resort twice and loved it.   Over a mile of beach, every room has a jacuzzi, and gourmet meals.  best vacation ever!


Post # 6
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MsGinkgo:  SECRETS MAROMA!!! Heaven on earth. Pretty pricey but is an all inclusive resort. Was nice not to have to worry about paying for dinner and drinks each night.


Everyone treats you like gold. It’s always, “My pleasure”, “Buenos dias”, “Un mas Mimosa, Senora?!” 


Beach is beautiful, clear and warm. Sugary sand.


Swim up bar, bars with swings for seats.


Many different restaurants- (Mexican, Italian, French, Japanese, Seafood, etc.) Food is incredible.


Activities alllll day ( Swim up blackjack, snorkeling, Yoga, Soccer, Volleyball, Tequila tasting, Hobie cats, Putt-putt, bungee trampoline- ALL included)  and shows every night (good ones at that!) (Fire Show, Cirque De Solei type, Secrets Idol, Rock Show- just to name a few!






Post # 7
1106 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

The Royal Playa Del Carmen

I honeslty recommend it to everyone that asks me! We staye there and it was gorgeous, the beds were SOOO comfortable, the staff was amazing, food was delicious and the bar was always flowing! And oh my goodness, the DESSERTS! Oh they were so good, espeically after working so hard for that big day figure!

Let me know if you have any other questions, we loved our stay. Its a GREAT location to go to!


Post # 10
11379 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Pinkmoon:  i second xel-ha.  so much fun and everything is included in your day (food and drinks).


@lolot:  we love puerto morelos.  it’s our favourite area along that coast.  the location is perfect.  close to the airport and right between cancun and playa del carmen.



@MsGinkgo:  we have a home only a few hours from that coast so we are there often.  we love staying at the now jade.  the food and service is incredible.  any of the am resorts are good (dreams, secrets, zoetry, etc).  i would strongly suggest staying at a newer hotel.  even hotels that are only 10 years old will be showing wear, especially in the rooms.  the natural elements are much different than what we are used to and take their toll on hotels and houses.

as for location, it all depends what you want to do and what you are interested in.  nightlife, culture, watersports, adventure, shopping?  it could take 2+ hours from cancun to tulum if the traffic is busy.  keep that in mind. 

i love xel-ha, xplor and xcaret.  chichen itza is very nice, if you like ruins and culture, go.  it is a long day though and hot so wear a hat.  if you like caves, rio secreto is a must.  just google any of these and do some research before you go.  you can book ahead or just book at the hotel with the tour guide on site.  i personally like to play it by ear and see how i am feeling each day.

have fun!

Post # 11
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

posting so I can follow 🙂 we’re considering it too!

Post # 14
1118 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@lolot:  My DH and I went to that same cenote!!  I jumped off the ledge thing and was soooo scared!  But it was beautiful!!

Post # 15
551 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@MsGinkgo:  i’m not a nightlife person, either. haha. i want to UNPLUG and just worry about what my next meal will be. hahaha. 

Post # 16
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@amandasouthcarolina:  We just booked our honeymoon there for next September! They have a 35% off deal that ends today, in case you’re ready to book.

We’re definitely planning to do a day trip to see some Mayan ruins, so I’m commenting to follow 🙂

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