Back in 2013 we went to visit my family in Mexico and our parents kindly gifted us a weekend away in the Riviera Maya. Our hotel was in Playa del Carmen, right around the corner from the main pedestrian avenue Quinta Avenida, full of shops and restaurants, as well as being a couple of minutes walk from the beach.
The great thing about the Riviera Maya is that there is so much to do you definitely won't get bored: there is obviously the beaches (which are absolutely gorgeous with white sand and turquoise sea) where you can sunbathe or go for a swim; there are also many clubs and bars, especially in Cancun, if you want to go out for a drink; theme parks like Xel Ha and Xcaret with aquatic and eco-tourism activities such as snorkelling, cenote or cave exploration, and even swimming with dolphins; you could go and visit the neighbouring archaeological sites such as Tulum (or even Chichen Itza if you have a whole day to spare). And of course, the food: Mexican food is world heritage as well as my favourite type of food.
I had been to Cancun before with my family, but that was years ago when I was very little so don't remember much. It was great and lots of fun making new memories in Riviera Maya with my husband on this occasion which was like the honeymoon we didn't have straight after our wedding in 2012.
I would recommend booking a package with flight, transportation to and from airports, and hotel as it is generally cheaper this way. Also if available in a package, choose to have your breakfast at the hotel as it saves you time in the morning: after you get ready have some breakfast and you are ready to go. And last but not least enquire if you can book any tours to ruins or theme parks from the comfort of your hotel's own lobby, but do shop around as it might be cheaper to take a bus from the station. We booked a day trip to Chichen Itza from our hotel but we took a bus to Tulum (which was closer) and explored the ruins by ourselves.
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