Color me jealous – our fabulous D Spot reader, Mary, is headed to the equally fabulous Mayan Riviera in about a month with her main man. The Mayan Riviera was my first tropical vacation, and the first time Joey and I ever stayed at an all-inclusive resort and let me just say that Mexico is spectacular. But not as spectacular as Mary on 80s night, of course:
(Sorry Mary, couldn’t resist! I thought people should get a proper introduction :))
Must do: Xcaret, an eco archaeological park. I will tell you that parts of this place feel very touristy, but the snorkeling more than makes up for it! Lots of big tropical fish, and caves you can swim into. We had a blast. There’s a similar place called Xel-ha that we didn’t go to. I remember someone recommended Xcaret to us over Xel-ha, but I’m sure you can’t go wrong at either!
Must-use: All Tour Native excursions. I read about this company before our trip, and it definitely lived up to my expectations. We booked an excursion through our hotel, and in one day we went ‘off-roading’ in the jungle, swam in cenotes and explored dark caves, ate lunch in a Mayan village, and kayaked out into the ocean to snorkel. They have a variety of day excursions and they’ll pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. Worth looking into!
One last piece of advice, be specific with your drinks at the resort! The best part about all-inclusive places is that you can eat and drink non-stop around the clock if you so choose. Some of the reviews I read online about our hotel said that “the drinks were watered down/not strong/not good.” Someone responded saying, “All you have to do is ask for the kind of liquor you want.” I can say with certainty that’s absolutely true. We didn’t stay at a fancy resort, instead we opted for a longer trip at a mid-range place, but every margarita we ordered was a “Jose Ceruvo Margarita” and they were happy to oblige. If you don’t specify, expect the generic stuff.
Ok, I lied, one more thing. Don’t forget the sunscreen!!!!