We decided on an all-inclusive week in Cancún this winter. It was an unlikely choice for two globe-trekkers who prefer cultural immersion to R&R. But we were really glad we did it.

Everyone needs a week on the beach once in a while! Plus, our vacation drinks add up quickly, so all-inclusive pays for itself in that way alone.

And I was ok with Cancun because we could plan a few adventures to the surrounding ruins.

Plus, the people watching is as entertaining as it gets!

Here’s how we did it:

We scheduled our transport from the airport to the hotel through Discovery Mundo. This worked out well for us. The airport is quite hectic and the taxi lines can be very long. We did have to wait a bit for our driver but a representative was there to greet us and the delay was just due to heavy traffic. We picked up some cocktails at the Margaritaville just outside the terminal and relaxed until our private car arrived to take us the short trip to the resort. Our driver was efficient and super friendly.

Since it only cost a little more than a taxi, we decided to book Discovery Mundo for the return as well. Again, our driver was prompt, friendly, and a safe driver and the vehicle was nice.

When we booked, we were looking for something affordable but nice. We chose RIU Cancún because the chain has good reviews, and although this is one of their older hotels, the price was right and it was recently renovated.

We found it to have everything we wanted. The pools and pool bar overlooked the ocean. The rooms were clean and nicely decorated. The ocean view from our 14th floor room was amazing! We could have stayed on the balcony all week (especially since the fully stocked mini bar was included)!

All of the staff was super friendly: at reception, in the restaurants, and at the bars. Housekeeping was great too. They kept everything really clean outside during all the day drinking madness.

The beach was small but nice and totally walkable.

Ultimately, Cancun isn’t a place that’s high on our list to revisit, but it was a fun trip for a week in the middle of winter!

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