There is a small group of us that want to get away for a week in February and are thinking Mexico.
Anyone have any suggestions on the best places to go to, to relax and have fun. We are looking for a place that would be good for surfing and kayaking.
Or maybe there is some where other than Mexico (we are all departing from Canada) that could be suggested . . .
I can recommend Mexico, the state of Q. Roo. Arrival into Cancun from major Canadian cities should be no problem on Air Canada or one of the charter companies who sell "air only". Alaska air might stop in Canada also. Investigate. cancun is a very popular winter destination for many Canadians . From the airport consider a short swing around the state, heading to Isla Holbox for some real R&R on a laid back small island who´s streets are sand, ( no cars here, just golf carts), fish or fly a kite ( kite boarding classes available here too!), then back to main land over to Mayan ruins of Chicken or even better down to Coba and then on to the south of the state to laguna Bacalar where again you can relax, kayak on the lake, visit some isolated Mayan ruins of Kohunlich, and then head north to Cozumel or Playa for beach and some sun vacation. If you dive or snorkel Cozumel is the spot for this. Ihave the Amigo´s B&Bs ( http://www.cozumelbedandbreakfast.net) that also has info on each of the above mentioned destinations, things to do, etc. Car rental allows the most freedom and exploration abilities around the area, with pick up and return to airport generally the easiest and perhaps most reasonable. There is bus airport to Playa del Carmen if this is best a beach R&R holiday on Cozumel for some snorkeling, mild nightlife, some ruins,shopping and quiet but not isolated feeling.
Enjoy your adventure..
Not so much good for surfing here, but kayaking, hiking, white water rafting and many other things to see and do are popular here in Veracruz. We also have ruins, colonial cities, beaches and if you like the party dance clubs there are many modern clubs with all types of music.. rock y roll, disco, salsa, jazz.. and also much traditional music and dance performances.. Small hotels begin around 15 dolars U.S. or there are large Cancun type hotels for a lot more$$. Maria de Veracruz
Hotels are full and a little more money during Carnaval.. (2005 Feb 1-10)
Thanks for the great information!!
I am also interested in peoples thoughts, feelings etc. About all inclusive resorts . . .
All-inclusive are great. Especially if you like to party. Don't have to worry about food or drinks. Saves money if u plan to go clubbing/beach lounging. Some hotels offers tours as well. Another great value.
Sometime all-inclusive can get a bit played out. Too repeative for the more adventurous traveler. But if you are running low on cash, it's nice to know u have those options.
I have done a few trips to all inclusives, twice to the Cancun / Mayan Riveria section of Mexico. They are good for removing any planning worries off your head. Especially if you are travelling in a group it's nice to not have to worry about who wants to go where, etc. And I like buffets, so I can't complain about the food.
As Remarcable said, they can be a bit taxing for the adventurous traveller. I don't really like staying in one place for a whole 7 days, and I often find myself getting a little cabin fever by about day 5.
Definately, if you do Cancun, go and see Chechen Itza. Very impressive.
Other options might be Cuba, which is a little cheaper than Mexico.
I know a couple of places where u can relax, surf and kayac. One is in Baja California Peninsule Coast. There is Todos Santos, a small relaxed village with about 5 surfing spots in the area, I dont know if there is Kayac Rental over there but, one hour away by bus or car you find La Paz City where there are a lot of kayac rental businesses where u can go and kayac to the national park protected area and watch sea wolves, whales, dolphins, turtles etc etc. The sea life over there is amazingly plentiful. Also one hour drive to Cabo San Lucas you will find also kayaking, surfing and a wild night life. You can also dive in this places. February is a month in which there are a lot of United states tourists. I live in La Paz and I surf, dive and Kayac very often. I can recommend u some kayac/dive rental business according to your expectations and also some surfspots.
Other place where u can go is the Oaxaca Coast. This is a cheaper place, there are not many united states Tourists, the tourism over there is mainly composed of Europeans. There are: several villages where u can go: Cipolite, Puerto Angel, Puerto Escondido, Huatulco. You can rent a shack right on the beach with delicious seafood right in the place, the surfing over there is very good (example Puerto Escondido is one the best waves in the pacific)and there should be kayac rental around. I have done some kayaking in Huatulco and Puerto Escondido. Anyway if u need some more information about location, hotels, airplanes and airports, accomodations, Weather! dont hesitate and emailme-
Great tips from all of you - Thanks!!
Does anyone have opinions/advice about travelling with a group of friends that you have never really travelled with before?
I agree with everyone on here--Cancun would be my first choice.
Other possibilities, though would be western part of Jamaica (Montego Bay and Negril area) where lots of Canadians go in the winter, southwestern Florida (Ft. Myers area), Acapulco (Guerrero, Mexico), and Los Cabos (Baja California, Mexico).
Any suggestions on places to stay in Cancun? or companies that you had good experiences with for all inclusive pakages?