(Closed) Thoughts on Mexico??? Honeymoon need advice please :)

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Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@sarahbeth_  It wasn’t necessarily unsafe, just a lot of people trying to sell you things and pull you into their stores. My dad was literally pulled into one of the huts, had a wooden turtle placed in his hand, and demanded he give them money for it. The beaches were nice and the people working, guiding tours, serving food, etc were nice, but stay away from anyone selling things that isn’t working for tourists. 

Post # 19
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@sarahbeth_  They stole things from my bag while it was in the conceirge.

Post # 20
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@sarahbeth_  I agree, it was definitely a splurge for us, but our travel agent said it’s worth it.  We are going for 5 days instead of 7, but IMO it’s worth it to have a beautiful suite with balcony, jacuzzi, all the extras instead of 7 days somewhere else.  The pictures look beautiful!  They have those cabana beds on the beach and jacuzzis are available on the balcony in some of the suites! 🙂 

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I wouldn’t go to Mexico. Too many killings/rapes/decapitations for my liking. Even before that though, I’ve never had any desire to go there. There are plenty of equally beautiful tropical places in the U.S. or Caribbean.  

Post # 22
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@sarahbeth_  Go to Cancun and stay in the hotel district.  Other than that, just be smart.  Don’t flash your money or jewlery.  Don’t go to non-tourist areas (if you must make sure you go during the day and someone knows where you are at and when you should return.)  Don’t get ridiculously drunk in public; a little buzz is fine, just don’t get fall down drunk because that is when bad stuff can happen.  Otherwise, I had a great time when I spent a week in Cancun for my high school graduation trip when I was only 18.

I will say the only people we knew that got robbed during the trip were the young men and on both occasions it was because they got so drunk they passed out and woke up butt naked (no clothes, no shoes, no wallet, nothing.)  The locals were all very pleasant in my experience and I really had only one situation where I felt uncomfortable when we were walking back from the club zone to the hotel zone at night and we thought two men were following us.  We quickly solved the problem by hopping the next bus back to the resort (buses run between the areas all day and pretty much all night.)

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee

The Mayan Riviera is pretty safe. First off, alllllll the resorts are straight off a highway. You get into cancun, you get on the highway and they are all off it. You’re not in a town or anything. We went to the Grand Palladium Mayan Riviera for reference. If you realllllly want to be safe just atke tours for anything you do. However we knew manby people who went into Akumel with the collectivo (city bus) to see Tulum on their own and went to Playa Del Carmen and did some shopping on their own and felt perfectly safe. Apparently Cancun is getting a bit dangerous, so if you’re really worried I would def stay on the riviera.

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee

Also, Mexico is wonderfull because there are sooooo many awesome things to do!! the culture – mayan ruins etc.. and the food is way better than other places like Cuba or DR since Mexico is mainland and can import stuff. If all you want to do is sit on a beach, then sure there are other places to go, but if you actually want to see stuff, go to Mexico!!

 

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We went to Mexico @ the end of April for our Honeymoon. Stayed in Cancun but traveled to Riveria Maya for golfing. Felt 100% safe in both places.. I’ve been to Mexico several times (Cancun & Puerta Vallata) and loved evey trip!!

I’ve also been to Jamaica & felt much more unsafe there than Mexico. We weren’t off the plane for more than 5 minutes in Jamaica & were being bothered by locals to buy weed. Employees at our resort even tried to sell it to us! We never left the resort in Jamaica because I felt so uneasy.

I’d recommend Mexico to anyone, it’s wonderful!

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Well, if it helps, not only are we going to the area, we’re renting a car and driving out to tons of places and doing our excursions all over the area by ourselves, which I calculated allows us to do more while saving craptons of money. And get off the beaten path-chocolate factories, recently discovered ruins and agave distilleries (tequila) galore!

We’re staying at the Ocean Maya Royale 10 minutes away from Playa del Carmen (it’s a smaller resort, just recently redone)-we’ll be doing a day at Chichen Itza/Ek Balam/Valladolid/Cenote Dzitnup by ourselves, driving down to Tulum and Akumal another day, driving out to Xplor another, PDC by ourselves another and doing a day of diving at Cozumel (but we’ll let the Dive Shop take us there, lol). I built in about 2.5 days of “chilling” for my husband, lol, but since we don’t like to revisit places much (I’ve been there, he hasn’t, but I didn’t do much last time beyond Chichen and this is the last time I want to come back to the area), I really wanted to pack in the big sites before I left and make sure my husband got a flavour for the area. Pretty much the only thing I couldn’t work in was the Sian Kaan bio-reserve and that’s only because my husband looked at the itinerary and said he wanted one day of Nothing Time. 

I am a really risk-averse person and told my husband I won’t even parasail…but I am willing to drive around Quintana Roo. The last time I was there was with my parents in 2007 and we went somewhere in Cancun to a mercado that didn’t even seem that touristy and it was fine. I have done a LOT of research and my analysis is that this area of Mexico is completely safe beyond taking reasonable precautions like not flashing your wealth, pre-planning routes and letting people know where you are. Example: I am leaving all my jewelry at home etc. 

Honestly, I can’t wait! I felt a little bad that we had to give up our Inca Trail honeymoon on account of the weather but I am so so excited because there is way more to do in the Yucatan than just sipping umbrella drinks on the beach. Although we’ll do that too. 

 

 

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@sarahbeth_  I enjoyed my girls trip to Excellence Riveria Maya. I felt quite safe on the property and had a wonderful time. I HIGHLY recommend the resort. absolutely gorgeous, friendly staff, everything is included. The only downfall the beach wasn’t great. It was a little rough and full of seaweed, could’ve been the season (July) I dunno. 

Also I never left the property so I can’t speak to safety in Mexico in general. If you have specific questions message me. 

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My Fiance and I stayed at the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya last December, and never at any point felt unsafe. We went in to Playa Del Carmen, and while you do get a lot of the local shop owners trying to lure you into their shops, that was the worst of it.

It was absolutely beautiful, and we highly recommend this resort. It has a great beach, a little rocky, but that is made up for (and caused by) the biggest reef in the Mayan Riviera being only about 50 yards from shore! Typically you have to pay big bucks for snorkelling excursions, but at this resort you can do it for free one hour a day (or as long as you want if you bring your own gear)! We saw a huge sea turtle that lives in the cove, stingrays, and about 15 different kinds of fish!

If you go looking for horror stories, about any location, you will find them. As a traveller, no matter where you are, you just need to be cautious and aware, and you will typically be fine.

Post # 30
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My husband and I went on our honeymoon in October/November 2012 to El Dorado Maroma in Riviera Maya. I, like you, was very nervous about going there especially because this was our first trip out of the country. I know there are horror stories but for us it was perfect. There was not a single time I felt unsafe the whole trip.  The hotel was all inclusive but we did got to Xel ha and shopping in Play del Carmen. We didnt like Playa but that was just because the vendors coming up to you trying to get you to go into their shop just made us uncomfortable but if you ignored them (as horrible as that sounds) it was fine.  We also took a cab back to our resort and was very comfortable.  It is beautiful there and would go back in a heart beat if my wallet would let me. Just use common sense and you should be fine. By the way also, I LOVED Xel ha, so much fun. I hope you decide to go for it in Mexico, like I said, its beautiful

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