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Cancun: Family w/2 toddlers, where to stay, all-inclusive or not

Cancun: Family w/2 toddlers, where to stay, all-inclusive or not

Old Aug 22nd, 2002, 10:03 PM
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Cancun: Family w/2 toddlers, where to stay, all-inclusive or not

Looking to go to Cancun in late Sept. or early October. My wife and I have two kids, 1 & 3. We would like to stay in a suite(have own bedroom). We are considering Blue Bay Club and Costa Real, which are both all-inclusives. Which hotel is better, has better beach, etc? Also, should we bypass all-inclusive and stay at a regular hotel and buy own food & drink?
Old Aug 23rd, 2002, 06:48 AM
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Skip Cancun and go to Playa Del Carmen/Playa area. Less crowded and superior beaches.
Old Aug 23rd, 2002, 12:31 PM
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If you have small children, there are resorts that cater to families. One of the better ones is Crown Paradise. It is located on the south end of the hotel zone. They have a kids club, a special pool/waterpark for children and they have very nice resort facilities. They also have a great beach. Blue Bay and Costa Real are located on the north end of the hotel strip and I personally think the beaches are not as good there.

As for all inclusive or not, that depends on your tastes. We have done it both ways and much prefer the all inclusive. With AI you don't have to worry about anything. You can eat and drink as much as you want whenever you want. Most resorts provide a nice variety and we have not been bored with the food. The downside is that you are limited to eating at your resort. But you could always sample some food or eat one of your meals at one of the restaurants outside your resort. Warning - most places are expensive to eat, even for "fast" food.

Good luck and enjoy your trip.
Old Aug 23rd, 2002, 08:50 PM
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Stayed at Blue Bay and hated it. Rooms were dirty and run down- far from everything. Food was terrible. Took 3 yr.old twin grandchildren and stayed at the time share Royal Caribbean and had two bedrooms, kitchen, two baths, living room. They have a nice childrens' pool and the staff were great in the restaurants. With small children thought this was an ideal place although the surf is too rough for children. We took them to Club International(a sister time share) to swim and perhaps this would be a better to stay even though it is not as upscale as Royal Caribbean. Check the web site- royal resorts.com
Old Aug 24th, 2002, 07:28 PM
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Hi Ron,

I just fot back from Crown Paradise in Cancun and had a wonderful time. I have two children 6 and 11 and they had a blast. There are activities all day for all ages. You can do all and or kick back relax by the pool and eat and drink all that you want. The food was good and there were many choices even for the pickiest eaters. They have a nice kids water park with 4 slides. There are five sit down restruants and one buffett. Very clean and good service. They had shows every night and they were pretty good. Monday night was Mexican night and the kids got to hit a real pinata'. It was easy to get around outside the hotel. We used the public buses (60 pesos per person). I do believe they may have suites. We were in a standard room and it was fine. Try to get in the new tower, it is nicer than the older section. When I researched my Cancun vacation I found that this was the best value. I would go again. Nobody got sick either. We ate everything and drank the iced drinks. We did not drink any tap water. We bought bottled water to drink and bush our teeth. Cancun was fun the beaches are beautiful, however the wave can be rough. Good luck and have fun!
Old Aug 26th, 2002, 11:35 AM
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with children i'd go for the all inclusive. you can still choose to go out a couple of times to check other restaurants.
Old Aug 26th, 2002, 12:17 PM
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Crown Paradise Club in Cancun or Gala in Playa del Carmen are best with kids of those ages.
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