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I am looking to go to Cancun for the first time late in Oct. We want to stay at a resort not to far from downtown, and would like to stay at a All Inclusive resort. If anyone that has been to Cancun has any suggestions on a good resort to stay at or one that I should not stay at it would be appreciated.
Anything in Playacar (about 45 minutes south of Cancun) will be all inclusive and very nice.
The royal in cancun is the best by far, look it up on trip advisor. Trust me u will not be dissappionted.
I like Playa del Carmen (Playacar) over Cancun as well.Seemed to be a little less touristy and less crowded than Cancun to me but to each its own. Stayed in one of the RIU hotels there with an all inclusive package and that entitles you access to their 4 other properties all within walking distance of each other.That way you can eat and drink at any of their restaurants and bars and use their beaches as well.Remember that this is an international vacation spot and you will see many travelers from all over the world.Consequently there will be some topless sunbathing as is common in other parts of the world. I mention this only in case you are traveling with children who may have questions.Also,all of the beaches in Mexico are public so don't be overly amourous (making love) while on the beach. They will lock you up.There is great scuba and snorkeling about 1/2 way between Cancun and Playa where Mexico has a national park with one of the largest coral reefs in the Caribbean. It makes for a great day trip with lunch included and reasonably priced.Since you will be traveling in the middle of hurricane season,Aug thru November, you might consider buying travel insurance.
Look at the Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso stayed there 2.5 years ago and will be one of the nicest places you've ever been. Access to your own butler, 5 dinner locations, and a on site golf course. It's about 20 minutes north of Playa.
Echo a few others in staying in PDC or Tulum over Cancun. Have also stayed at the Riu there and it's nice - the Riu Yucatan is directly on the beach. The town of Playa is great, very close to the Rius, and you're a ferry ride away from Cozumel as well. If you're willing to break the bank a bit though and set on Cancun...Le Blanc is ridiculous
I've stayed at the Mayan palace which is about 30 miles south of Cancun (closer to playa del Carmen). I would highly recommend it.
We really enjoyed the Secrets Silversands in the Riviera Maya. All inclusive, and adult only resort. About half an hour from Cancun.
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First of all, there is no "downtown" as far as tourists are concerned, just the strip of all inclusice beachfront hotels that are varying degrees of great/nice/OK if that's what you are looking for. You've already gotten some good advice to stay someplace else on the "Riviera Maya" like Playa del Carmen or Tulum......same type of deals, just a little more elbow room, better scenery, etc. Nice places in Akumal---down the road 70 cliks from the airport....our favorite, along with Isla Mujeres. Isla is an island just north of Cancun kind of a little mexican key west with a central plaza ( small) lots of restaurants, but better atmosphere. fwiw, there is an El Centro in Cancun , west of the strip. It would be better if you did not go there.
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if you don't mind driving to ATL, airtran out of atlanta is the cheapest way to get to cancun...
if you do decide to do that, there is a Marriott Gateway next to the airport that has a tram to the airport...if you stay one night there (night before you leave), you can park your car there for 7 days for free and pick it up when you get back. Thats probably a $70-$100 value in airport parking...and the hotel room is like $110/night.
there are dozens of good places in the hotel zone, which it sounds like thats where you want to stay.
tripadvisor.com is a FANTASTIC resource for reviews, etc...
by the way, we go to Isla Mujeres and stay there and skip the Cancun madness. Isla is a laid back town, still as many locals as tourists, and you can eat like a king for next to nothing. its also a 300 peso ferry ride from cancun to Isla, so it keeps the hoodlums off the island.
This post was edited by cockengr on 5/7/2012 at 9:30 AM
Royal Hideaway in the riviera mya is top notch. All inclusive but the food is 5 stars. None of that cheap sandles crap.
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Stayed at Valentin Imperial Maya for my honeymoon 2 years ago. Dying to go back. For about 2500, we ate like kings, had a great room, hotel transport to and from airport, and about $500 in spa charges (do NOT get the Mayan Heat treatment). 40 minutes to the airport, very laid back and spacious resort, about 45 min to Xel-ha and Tulum.
Stayed at Mi Cancun, and it was nice
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I stayed at the Omni both times I went. It was nice, it's right in front of aqua world and is a short bus ride (probably 5-10 mins) to the plaza for shopping and eating.
stay in any of the palace resorts. palaceresorts.com
If you are lookin to party, go to Oasis Cancun. Went two years in a row, time of my life.
Went to Cancun for senior week after graduating high school. Our entire hotel and the whole city for that matter was nothing but recent high school graduates first time away from home, open bars in the resort, and first time to bars for everyone. Good times
Le Blanc in Cancun. Quiet. All adult. All inclusive. Relaxing.
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