(Closed) Opinions needed- cabo, punta cuna, riviera maya

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Post # 17
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I also recommend Riviera Maya. Fiance and I have been there 3 times and we love it.   We always stay at Excellence Riviera Cancun.  Its a beautiful resort and is all-inclusive.  The food is awesome and its adults only and really classy, which is perfect for a honeymoon.   You rarely see spring-breakers there, which means its just quiet and relaxing.  I would def stay away from Punta Cana….we hated it there and appears that most of the resorts are just old and not as nice as Mexico.   When we got home from Punta Cana, we both looked at each other and said “We should have gone to Excellence” haha

Post # 18
4435 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Cabo is just like being in the US (imho), Punta Cana there’s not much to do…I’d choose Mayan Riviera. Lots to do and see! Playa del Carmen is great for shopping/night life. You might try Isla Mujeres as well- a beautiful island about a 20 minute ferry away from the mainland. You get around the island by golf cart. June is the beginning of the rainy season, so definitely bring bug repellant as the mosquitoes come out with the rain.

Post # 20
125 posts
Blushing bee

@moeshawn  wherever you decide, try to book via cheapcaribbean.com.  they always offer the best deals, have tons of all inclusive options, and usually include non-stop flights.  If you get on their mailing list, they send out announcements (on Wendsdays I think) with hot last minute deals- literally they are steals for trips! I used them for a trip to Antigua last year.  I did the math, and we saved roughly $700 pp for a 7 night trip than if we booked directly thru hotel or on another booking site. 

Post # 21
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

The Riveria Maya is an absolute AWESOME spot to holiday!I’ve always used Apple Vacations (applevacations.com). I’ve traveled pretty extensively outside the US and have never had an issue with Apple.  Also, Apple vacations sends transportation to the airport to pick you up and they offer vacation insurance in case you get inclement weather. You get another trip on them!

Post # 22
919 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We went to the Riviera Maya about a month ago. We stayed at the Valentin Imperial Maya and loved it! The only other all inclusive I’ve stayed at was in Jamaica, and I liked Mexico better.

Post # 25
2066 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

wish i didn’t read this thread haha. our wedding is in punta cana in february and i’ve never heard a bad thing about the area! everyone i know that has been LOVED punta cana, said the beaches were amazing… we are staying at the Melia Caribe which is a 5 star that is amazing from what we’ve heard. now i’m so nervous : (

Post # 26
1018 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

riviera maya– THE Royal Playa Del Carmen i honestly cant recommend it enough. food was delicious, rooms are fantastic, service is impecable. DH and I are planning another trip back there for our 2 year anniversary!

My SIL just got back from her honeymoon at the Excellence Riviera Cancun and while they enjoyed themselves, there were a few things that they didn’t really love– (dress code for ALL resturantes, all time of the day– so they had to go back and change before going to get food, every. single. meal.)

Post # 27
133 posts
Blushing bee

i LOVE the Mayan Riviera, we stayed at the “private” resort of the Gran Bahia resorts, it’s called Gran Bahia Sian Ka’an, it’s not right on the beach, but it’s just a short cart ride across, and they come every five minutes! i love that we were at an adults only private resort, but we could go to anything at the other three Gran Bahia resorts ( shuttles when to all of them) if we wanted, but no one could come to ours, so it was very relaxing and not full of crazy “spring break” types! yes, quieter, and pretty lowkey (maybe even boring!) at night, but then you just hop on the shuttles and go to the disco or the theatre or the beach or whatever you feel like! we went there the first time for a friend’s wedding ( i was in the wedding party) and it was amazing! they took care of everything and the wedding was perfect. then the next year we went back to the same resort for a vacation because we loved it so much! the Sian Ka’an location even gives you access to a spa/gym with saltwater pools, and little areas with hammocks, yoga, we would go there and spend the day and had the place all to ourselves! Sian Ka’an is considered a “golf resort” as well, so alot of people who stay there are there for that as well. My brother-in-law is getting married at the resort next door, such a beautiful area, and the beach below the Tulum Ruins is just amazing!

Post # 30
6367 posts
Bee Keeper

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@moeshawn:  I can’t comment on Cabo as I’ve not been. I have however been to the Riviera Maya 3 times and counting (heading back for our honeymoon next year), and Punta Cana twice and counting (heading back for the third time on Tuesday!). My thoughts on the two would be:

Riviera Maya:

Lots to see and do off-resort

Larger selection of adult-only inclusives if that’s your thing

More upscale, modern resorts (IMPO) offering a ‘higher level’ of all inclusive (eg lots more resorts that don’t require restaurant reservations/have 24 hour room service/etc)

Beaches vary; some are great (eg Maroma and Tulum), some seriously suck

Snorkelling/diving is decent


Punta Cana:

Less to see and do, but still plenty going on; we’re done many trips and even took the coach to Santo Domingo for a 2 night stay, which we really enjoyed. But, no real shops/bars/restaurants bar those at the hotel and a handful located in the mall in Punta Cana

Beaches again vary but are more consistent IMPO

Snorkelling sucks; diving is supposed to be pretty decent for experienced divers (the wreck is popular)

More budget-friendly generally speaking; you can find some real bargains, and there are some new resorts being built which are much more modern


Food and drinks are comparable between the two IMPO; I’ve seen some rave about the food in the RM and say that PC doesn’t compare, and honestly, while the RM had the slight edge, the difference was negligible and more down to dining options (eg more ‘fully a la carte’ restaurants). Also, the resorts we stayed at in RM are MUCH more expensive than the one we’ve stayed at in PC, so it isn’t strictly a fair comparison.

The RM has the slight edge for us though, hence why we picked it over PC for our honeymoon; you really can’t go wrong with either though 🙂

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