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Old 10-14-2010, 11:12 PM   #1
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Alright, so I know many of you ****** take vacations and go places.

I want your honest input on best deals and decent hotels/etc.


We want to go somewhere in Mexico sometime in March-June of next year. Want an all inclusive resort that's great all around and won't break the budget.

The budget is anywhere from 1500-2500 total for 2 adults. Including airfare.


So far the only site I know about is www.vacationstogo.com.

I'm SURE there are many others and I'm sure there are probably better deals out there too.

Any links/helpful hints/tips would be great.

We've gone on 2 cruises so far and it was decent, but want to try something aside from a ship this time.


Again, those that travel and/or take vacations often GET IN HERE and help a brotha out.



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I have nothing to contribute to this thread but I am glad to respond first and clutter your **** 18psi
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You can spam as much as you want, I don't give 2 *****.
As long as I get some decent answers somewhere in this thread I'll be happy.

Oh btw we're kinda leaning toward cancun but if there's a spot better hollerrr
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As long as I get some decent answers somewhere in this thread I'll be happy.

Oh btw we're kinda leaning toward cancun but if there's a spot better hollerrr
I've never been to Mexico, but living/traveling in Europe has taught me to get off the beaten tourist path for the best deals and the best experiences. Therefore I would suggest looking for somewhere other than Cancun.
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I have heard mexico is not that safe outside of tourist areas. Not a place to take your wife and get stabbed on the bus by some beaner. Who knows really...

Might as well go to Cayman Islands, take a cruise or some ghey ****, yay whiskeycoke
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nah. the last cruise we took was to Mexico, and it was great. We did all the "tourist" things like take a tour of a famous tequila factory (OMFG best tequila I ever had, the **** we drink here in the states makes me vomit), went parasailing, took other tours, just did a bunch of stuff. Never went to the beach though, I could give a **** about the beech. Salty *** water and sand. bleh. I want to do interesting/fun stuff.


So I'm not afraid of mexico.
But if there are MUCH better places, or MUCH better deals than what I know of, (which I'm sure some of you know of), I'm all ears.

The decent 4-5 star resorts in cancun are right around 1700-2300 all inclusive so I figure I'll be set back about 2500 maybe a couple hundo more overall. I don't mind going over budget, but it better be worth it.

we are also considering hawaii and carribean islands. just don't know which are great and which blow dicks
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I to say if you go somewhere get out of the touristy areas.

Merida mexico is nice I hear. My Univ. had a summer language program that some of my friends went to.
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What do you like in a vacation? Lay around the beach/ swimming pool with a frosty beverage? Adventure? See the sights? Snorkel? Dive? Night life? Nature? Local people? Etc.

Also. How long do you want to be gone? Ignoring travel budget, one week? 10 days? 2 weeks? What would be your ideal?

Been to most of the popular areas of Mexico and most of the central american countries. Will be happy to help! Happy to help on a budget too. When my wife and I didn't have the incomes we have now we still traveled regularly.
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Hmm, what do we like:
we like to go on tours at beautiful/scenic places. Or interesting places (the tequila factory tour we took in Puerto Vallarta last time was awesome and we got drunk. for free), she wants to do the "lay on the beach" thing for at least a day, she also wants to go horseback riding or something like that. we LOVE to go to different restaraunts and eateries.
Other than that just a decent non ghetto resort where we can dip in the pool, enjoy a beverage or two, and relax/kick back.

Oh and we do enjoy shows/comedy/circus/acrobats/etc. So we'd wanna visit one or two of those.


So yeah, thats basically it.

we have 2500 to spend, and I REALLY want to not go over that if I can help it.
If we could get at least 80% of what I mentioned for this budget I think we'd be happy.
she has May 1-8 off, so sunday-to-sunday or 7 nights.
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**** I say fly to Ixtapa/Zijuatanejo. I went there with my family many years ago and the pacific coast and that area was much more wild than elsewhere in mexico. I recommend renting a camel and going to some of the yucca eating competitions. Some of the craziest **** I ever saw- men riding monkeys and eating scorched yucca fibers. Generally the best drinks there though are the tres de coca leches. Stay away from the sugarcane varieties with curds though. They may smell appealing but the consistency is similar to bull semen. Make sure to hide your money in your thong and DO NOT DO NOT think about going around armed, even in the shadier areas. In the city, this kid offered to sell us a gun and we declined and 5 seconds later, he was hit by a tuktuk.
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I really like the Caribbean side of Mexico. You may notice you don't hear much about the drug cartel kidnappings and other nastiness in that area.

Fly into Cancun and stay somewhere else. We stayed at an all-inclusive in Puerto Aventuras called the Catalonia Riviera Maya. Quick check on Expedia shows it running $150-$200 a night for 2 people depending on the class of room you want. They have good reviews on trip advisor and is a nice central location. It's a 20-30 minute drive north to Playa Del Carmen and south to Tulum where you can see Mayan ruins. Close to some really nice snorkeling spots including the fresh water cinotes. It's an adult oriented place so you won't have a bunch of kids running around the pools and beach. Nice but not luxurious place. It's a good value and well located. Spend the money you save on other activities like a rental car and some day trips.

We also really liked staying on Isla Mujeres out of Cancun. It's a smaller and much less developed island than Cozumel. We stayed in a hotel there near a popular beach, not an all inclusive. Great beaches, nice smaller town with a slower pace.

My wife really is the tour guide of the family. I'll ask her what hot deals or ideas she might have for you tonight. Get back to you with some other ideas Monday!
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great thanx.

I've heard great things about Riviera Maya from my brother. Said just about every resort there is a 5-6 star top notch place.
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I've stayed in Cancun 4 times, loved it. My next destination will be in the Mayan Riviera. I'm not too much into the party scene these days, and now want the more upscale "quiet" instead of the party atmosphere.

I'd suggest unless you are traveling with children you should stay in an adult's only resort. I think I'll be staying in a Secrets resort next time.

Mayan Rivera is going to cost a lot more than Cancun though. But in my experience will probably be well worth it.

Have fun, Mexico is awesome.
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Thanx.

Yeah I keep hearing "Riviera Maya" from everyone as a great place in mexico. That's good. My "planB" as it looks like right now is Cancun. Not as great, but definitely a step up from most other places in Mexico.

How do I know if its a adults only resort? Its just me and the wife, no kids, so I'd definitely choose a place where there's no children if I have that choice.
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I always did well on airfare and resort/hotel searches using http://kayak.com or http://sidestep.com. I haven't ever been able to beat what they find because they search most travel sites for you.

I enjoyed St. Martin/St. Maarten and a small island off the beaten path called Anguilla, but that is too far east for someone coming from California to justify.

I haven't been down to the Dominican Republic to meet Rafa yet. They have some nice resorts there from what I hear.

I used to live in Hawaii but I have heard that Oahu has gone to **** with crime. The Big Island was more rustic and Kilauea volcano was pretty awesome. I don't think they will have the crime/population problem of going to Oahu. I never went to Maui, but it is supposed to be nice.
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I haven't been down to the Dominican Republic to meet Rafa yet. They have some nice resorts there from what I hear.
Shooter: just give me plenty of notice and I'll make your visit very enjoyable.

Vlad; I can help you plan yours if you decide to come down here. Shooter is right; there are many really nice resorts down here. It really depends on what you want to do (besides enjoying wonderful beaches).
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Thanx.

Yeah I keep hearing "Riviera Maya" from everyone as a great place in mexico. That's good. My "planB" as it looks like right now is Cancun. Not as great, but definitely a step up from most other places in Mexico.

How do I know if its a adults only resort? Its just me and the wife, no kids, so I'd definitely choose a place where there's no children if I have that choice.
Don't get me wrong, Cancun is awesome and there are some really nice resorts. That's why we've gone back year after year.

As for Adults only ... look at the resort descriptions they'll indicate whether they allow kids or not. Some are 21+, others 18 or 16+. Most sites like Travelocity and the like will allow you to use that as a search criteria. Or google "Adults Only Mayan Rivera"

Use Trip Adviser to learn about the resort you are looking at, but take it with a grain of salt. As a lot of people use it to axe grind and don't give a fair idea of what the place is actually like. And the star rating in Mexico is a little optimistic. What you might consider a good solid 3-4 Star hotel would be a 5+ Star hotel in Cancun/Mayan. So I would ignore that rating as much as possible.

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You've already gotten some great advice on this thread, but I'll add some of my experiences.

If you fly into Cancun, it's cheap, and it's a decent launching point.

Go south the Riviera Maya. Playa del Carmen is a cool town that's grown a bunch since we first went there 15 years ago.

If you want an All inclusive, we've had good luck with Iberostar and Princess resorts. Both are good resorts, and a decent value.

If you do go all-inclusive, you should plan to rent a car for a day or two and get out to see the place. I would recommend this book:
http://www.amazon.com/Adventure-Guid...ef=pd_sim_b_17

It will guide you to some awesome sinkholes that you can swim in, as well as some of the cool Mayan ruins.

You may also want to check out the Dominican Republic. I love that country!
I would suggest not going to to Punta Cana. It's a big block of all-inclusives, but rather head up to Samana. It's an area that is not as touristy, but still has a couple of all-inclusive resorts. Value per dollar in the DR is second to none, and the people are wonderful. Sure, some will try to rip you off, but most are welcoming and friendly.

I also second the use of tripadvisor. If you read enough reviews, you can get a sense of which reviewers are just dicks, and which ones have a legitimate complaint.

Have fun!
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Great suggestions and thank you guys. I'll definitely be applying the advice given in this thread.

And thank you Rafa for your offer to help: I'll definitely keep it in mind if we decide to go down your way
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