Hi all! I am looking for some recommendations.
My girlfriends and I are planning a Mexican vacation in February (5 days maximum). We are all in our mid-twenties, and love going out, but naturally have grown out of your typical "college/spring break" crowd. We want to be on the beach, but don't want to be in a fenced-in facility, as we love exploring our surroundings, and want to be able to go into the town and mingle with the locals. Also, don't need anything fancy - we just need a clean hotel, in a safe area, with a bed to crash and no bugs. Location (on the beach, but close to town) is most important. We'd also ideally like to stay in the east, as we'll be flying from the East Coast in the US.
Can anyone recommend which TOWN(s) we should focus on? I think Cancun is out of the question, as it's too young.
(1) go south of Cancun (fly into Cancun, then head south from the airport) to either Playa del Carmen or Cozumel, or
(2) Fly to Acapulco.
P.S. It's not safe to go to Merida or to Veracruz or to Oaxaca right now. The drug war and independence movement in the southern states are in full force.
I think we've settled on Playa del Carmen. I've heard amazing things about it, and it's a great location for us.
Good to know about the southern states! Thanks for sending that info. I prob won't tell my friends, though - they tend to be overly cautious We aren't planning on venturing any further south (or west) than Tumul to see the ruins, and I don't imagine touristy areas like that are very touched by the turmoil.
Playa del Carmen is great. You will have all the conveniences of a modern town but you are also a short distance from the jungle tours and archeaolocigal sites of the Mayan Riviera.
There is a little town just south of the Arizona border called Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco). It's right on the ocean. It's not a very well know tourist attraction. Lots of fun though. We would grab the van and drive down for a long weekend. You can have alot of fun for very little money. It's amazing how cheap everything is there. It's not as nice as the better known tourist locations, but it's alot cheaper and has alot to offer.
My wife loves Playa del Carmen, and I expect you will, too. There is a place just south of there where you can swim with the dolphins, which is a lot of fun also.
If you only had five days and wanted to do it inexpensively with your friends you could fly into San Diego or LA and go with either a Baja Trek or Green tortoise ride to Baja Mexico. I don't know the schedules but it's certainly an option for someone who has a little time and wants to see a lot. I think the plane fare would be less expensive as well? I'm a fan of the Baja peninsula because of the beaches, but there is also a lot to be said about the mainland as well. Decisions Decisions
If you decide on Playa del Carmen, you need to go to Xcaret, which is an attraction that is about an hour bus ride away. It will cost you about $80 for the enitre day, but is well worth it. There are animals (zoo) to see, traditional monuments, dancing, and attractions, swimming, the food is included, and is an excellent way to spend an entire day making memories.
I went last year and had a blast!I even thought of returning the next day to do it all over again.
When you are walking through the streets of Playa del Carmen you will see a few little booths that sell the tickets to Xcaret, and you can but them there, or you can hop on the bus, and buy a ticket at the gate.
Check out the website for more details,
I highly recommend it to anyone!
Mexico is the first stop on my rtw next month, im going to mexico city, then on to playa del carmen.
I have heard good things about it, many of which were on here, so it seems like a sensible choice, you can fly to cancun and its not too far away.
Hope you enjoy it, i might go to Xcaret, looks like a fun day out