The biggest advice I can give is to absolutely pay the additional $50.00 each direction for “plus” seats if travelling on Sunwing. Even better, try to grab exit row
seats. The extra legroom of the “plus” seating is very nice but the even greater advantage is the separate check in. This is even more helpful when checking in at your destination as many of the airports are very congested and it makes your return journey so much more enjoyable.
I have also learned that if possible do stay clear of Mexico’s rainy season. Depending on your destination, this wet period falls between late May and the end of October. This particular trip was very enjoyable but I did experience severe rainy conditions for four out of seven of the days. The best time of year to travel to Mexico would generally be November through April.
We stayed at the Sandos Eco Caracol resort, just north of the town of Playa del Carmen on the Mayan Riviera. This resort had something for everyone, including a children’s club for families and a special adult-only section which is very well orchestrated to feel like an entirely different resort. It is an eco-friendly resort and has a lot of local wildlife and its own cenote. It is built on many acres of unspoiled jungle which is gorgeous, but beware – you will need bug repellant.
There are many restaurants to choose from all with excellent choices of food for every type of pallet.
If you like to snorkel, I would highly recommend that you book a cenote/cave experience. This was absolutely the highlight of my trip. It is just incredible to explore the underground rivers and look above you to see the fossilized ocean floor above…and just a few bats. I followed this with the Akumal experience of seeing the sea turtles in their natural environment- truly amazing.
I think the Mayan Riviera has so much to offer all types of travellers with many different types of accommodation for all budgets.