We stayed at the Ocean Coral & Turquesa resort which is located between Cancun and the Mayan Riviera on the Caribbean Ocean. Our rooms were spacious and very well appointed. The pools were gorgeous, and the grounds very well kept. The staff was very attentive, always smiling and willing to help. The beach at our resort was beautiful, absolutely perfect for beach walking and sunbathing. The water was very wavy, but warm and turquoise in color.
Besides the beach, the best thing about this property is the location. It is great for travelers who want to get out and see what Mexico has to offer. We were located close enough to visit Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and some fantastic archeological sites. I would recommend leaving your resort and exploring the country to anyone traveling to Mexico.
Cancun is bursting with nightlife, neon lights and serious party people. The lights are always on, and there is always something to do. This is the place to be if you are looking for non-stop action and loud music, but not so if you are longing for beaches. Stay for the nightlife and the beautiful resorts that offer great amenities and fantastic pools, but do not stay for the beaches as they have been hurt by hurricanes, and are not suitable for strolling or sunbathing.
Playa Del Carmen is also a really hip place with great night life, but more subtle than Cancun. There are plenty of shopkeepers waiting for your pesos, and a plethora of restaurants to find your favorite dish in. There is great contrast to be seen with Mexican children playing in the street amidst the touristic influence of posh night clubs and boutique hotels. If you are looking for a night on the town with some authentic Mexican flair, Playa del Carmen will not disappoint. Souvenirs are aplenty and the Tequila is cheap.
The most memorable day of my vacation, happened also to be the hottest day the region has seen this year. We took a tour to the Mayan Ruins in Coba. Our air-conditioned tour bus picked us up at our resort and drove a bit more than 2 hours into the Mexican jungle. The sights along the way offered some insight on what Mexican life is like outside of the resorts and off the beaches. When we arrived at the ruins we decided to rent bicycles as the site is rather large and would require a lot of walking. It cost 3 pesos to rent a bike for the day. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and explained in detail the secrets and mysteries of these ancient ruins. We climbed a very large pyramid caught up in history and myth – going up was hard, but coming down was the hardest.
After the ruins, we were privileged enough to visit a small Mayan community, and experience the ways of Mayan life. We met two families who invited us into their homes and let us experience their daily lives. The young children ran barefoot and carefree playing games amongst themselves while the mothers weaved hammocks, and tended to household chores.
To end the day, our tour guide brought us to a “cenote” which is a natural sink hole filled with fresh cold water. And after biking through the jungle and climbing pyramids, it was incredibly refreshing. It was a perfect end to a perfect day.
For travelers who enjoy cultural experiences I would absolutely suggest a weekend (or longer!) in Mexico. Stay at a resort for the comfort, good food and relaxation, but venture out into the unknown and see what you can discover!