Post # 1
We just got back from our honeymoon to Playa del Carmen in the Mayan Riviera (south of Cancun) and I thought I would share what I had learned from the experience.
Go all inclusive! Especially if you’re going to Mexico! We chose a regular hotel in Playa because we wanted a real Mexican experience (as well as to save some money) and it was not worth it. We were harrassed by street merchants incessantly and struggled to find good restaurants without terribly overpriced and mediocre food. We had to pay to rent beach chairs and for everything else, and we were constantly paranoid about getting scammed. Our lack of anything beyond elementary Spanish really hindered us when negotiating with local people. To top it all off, we ended up spending almost as much as we would if we went all-inclusive! It was totally not worth it.
I think that for your honeymoon, especially if you’re going to a tropical location in a foreign country, you should definitely go all-inclusive. We ended up picking what amounted to a budget hotel and it was so depressing to have our honeymoon there. We’re already planning a do-over. So don’t skimp, even if you can only afford to go for a few days!
That’s my opinion anyway! Of course, for us it was a good bonding experience and we had a lot of fun, but I would do it differently if I could. Good luck to everyone who is still in the planning phase!
Post # 3
Thanks for the advice- will take this into account! I am looking to book a honeymoon and am debating about all-inclusive. I like the idea of not having to worry about a wallet 🙂
Post # 4
I agree! Anytime you stay at a hotel in a tourist destination, you’ll find that everything costs about 4 times what it should. I had a speaking engagement in Florida back in April and stayed at a Hilton. I paid $17.00 for luke warm scrambled eggs and toast!!
I apprecaite that some people want an authentic experiennce, but there’s nothing worse that spending your entire honeymoon feeling frustrated by being overcharged.
Post # 5
This is a matter of opinion, but I have to disagree. I would definitely recommend AI in Jamaica and Dominican Republic, but don’t think it is necessary on the Mayan Riviera.
AI is always good for people who want to just sit back and not worry about anything, and is especially great in areas that are unsafe or where there isn’t much to do outside the resort (or if you just don’t want to leave the resort anyway). But this area of Mexico is not unsafe, and there is sooo much to do and experience outside of the resort.
If you do your research, you’ll find wonderful restaurants in Playa, great little beach bars, and some pretty hot nightlife spots. Tulum is also very nice for a beach day that is far more relaxed with a different vibe than the Playa beach. Renting a car and spending the day on the south end beaches is amazing. There’s a lot of other attractions in the area, like Xcaret, Xel-Ha and the ruins. You have to eat there, so you’d pay double if you stayed at a resort.
All this being said, we’ve stayed AI on the Mayan Riviera twice and really enjoyed ourselves, but if we return, we’ll likely go a different route.
Post # 6
99% of the time we’re “off the path” people, and we’ve traveled extensively in Europe this way. For our honeymoon, however, we went to our first all-inclusive and loved it. I didn’t really realize how tightly wound we both were, but after this week of not worrying about ANYTHING (and we didn’t leave the resort – we could have, but we didn’t) we both felt SO much better. For the honeymoon, I agree with the OP. Just RELAX.
Post # 7
We’re going to an AI in Jamaica and we’re really exited! Neither of us have ever been to an AI and we’re ready to just be taken care of and not have to worry about how much things cost because everything is included.