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Jan 22nd, 2013, 10:21 AM
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In a rut and need some Honeymoon advice for this May

We are pretty well traveled and have visited many places in Mexico, Playa del Carmen being one of our favorites, smaller, good food, nightlife. Now I have to plan a Honeymoon, we have been to Playa three times now so I want to get past this and find a new place for our Honeymoon. We have "pull" at Four Seasons Hotels but dont need to stay at something that fancy unless its comething we shouldn't miss, whats important is a great beach, good food and some nightlife (after all we are on our Honeymoon). We are open to anything, we are traveling at the end of May for 8-9 days so we dont want to travel too far for that short of a time. Anyone have some advice so I don't end up in Playa again?
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Jan 22nd, 2013, 10:49 AM
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Puerto Vallarta!
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Jan 22nd, 2013, 10:53 AM
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I'm in Seattle and PV is my go-to place. I love that city. You can stay right in town at any of many wonderful spots. Or outside the city to the north or the south. There's even a 4-Seasons if you specifically want that out at Punta Mita about 1 hr north of thr PVR airport.
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Jan 22nd, 2013, 11:36 AM
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I have never been to PV but my fiancee has, he said the food is wonderful but there really aren't any beaches. I do have Punta Mita on my radar, I understand it is a fab Four Seasons but I was worried we would be stuck there with little night life or other dining options other than the hotel, do you know?
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Jan 22nd, 2013, 11:38 AM
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Nope, you would be pretty much "stuck" out at Punta Mita as far as nightlife, dining, etc. compared to downtown PV.

I'm not sure what he meant by there not being "any beaches" though.

While (being the Bay of Banderas/Pacific side) it doesn't have the white sand/turquoise water of the Caribbean sea, there are most certainly plenty of beaches ;-)
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Jan 22nd, 2013, 12:49 PM
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As night life for me I staying up to watch the 11:00 news I would say either Suze suggestion of PV or another Cancun if being on a beach is important .
My first love is Zihuatanejo for the beach but it most certainly Not party city or even close to resembling it.
Hotels from the very high end to low margin places.
Excellent food, enough to do to keep most happy.
In late May I personally would head for one of Mexico's wonderful Mountain cities. We had our Luna de Miel at the Quinta Real in Guadalajara in July '98 a decision we never regretted returning every 5 years. Others include Oaxaca, Morelia & where I am now the Fabulous Guanajuato! All have quality hotels with lots to do.
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Jan 22nd, 2013, 02:12 PM
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If you want to stick to the Caribbean side but somewhere different than PdC? Like Isla Mujeres or Akumal?

But I still say there ARE beaches in Vallarta (lol)!!
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Jan 23rd, 2013, 09:55 AM
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Thanks all! I know that May is not the primetime to head south, however work schedules determined the wedding date. We did discuss PV and Punta Mita which has moved to the top of the list thanks to you Suze.
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Jan 23rd, 2013, 09:56 AM
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Akumal - that also sparks an interest - have you been there?
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Jan 23rd, 2013, 10:12 AM
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Akumal is a lovely area. Off-beach snorkeling for sea turtles.

But, what about TULUM? Perfect soft white sand beaches, calm surf, laid back vibe. Plenty of activities if you get bored (Chichen Itza, Coba, Sian Kaan, snorkeling, of course Tulum ruins) etc.
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Jan 23rd, 2013, 10:19 AM
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May IS a primetine to head to PV! It's one of my favorite times to go. The weather is great, but it's technically "off season" so it's not as crowded and rates are lower.

re: Akumal. Nope, I've never been on that side, I just know from friends and research that Akumal is supposed to be pretty great.
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Jan 23rd, 2013, 11:47 AM
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I've been to Akumal many, many times, going back in May for 11 days with a few days also on Isla Mujeres. Lots of nice condos and villas to rent as well as a few non-fancy hotels. About 6 or so restaurants as well as 3 more on Half Moon Bay where most of the condos and villas are located. I travel there in May and the weather is great, rates are down. Not too busy.
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Jan 23rd, 2013, 12:52 PM
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If you liked Playa....don't forget to have a look at Cozumel. Some great resorts with lovely beaches, amazing restaurants, reefs galore, lots of fun, good music.

Look at Occidental Grand, El Presidente, Playa Azul...also lots of fanstatic private condos where you could have your own cook, ocean front, pool, private balcony and still hop into town for the fun and food at night. See Nah Ha condos for example.
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Jan 23rd, 2013, 03:15 PM
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There is no nightlife in Akumal and little of it in Tulum though. Some restaurants in the town of Tulum will have live music playing at dinner time but I think that is about it.
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Jan 23rd, 2013, 03:19 PM
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How much can you spend? What about a great AI like Grand Velas (EXCELLENT food in multiple gourmet restaurants, great service and spa and beach and pools, perfection IMO) that is close to Playa Del Carmen so you can enjoy nightlife in Playa? Grand Velas will shuttle you into Playa at night, it is 5 min, noth of town, and then you can it back. You are not going to get the nightlife like there is in Playa anywhere else IMO. Even Cancun.
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Jan 23rd, 2013, 03:20 PM
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opps, CAB it back
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Jan 23rd, 2013, 03:29 PM
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oh and Grand Vleas has 3 places in and around Puerto Vallarta also. At least one of them is adult only.

The one outside of Playa del Carmen is about as close to perfection as I have ever gotten.

http://www.grandvelas.com/our-hotels...iera-maya.aspx
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Jan 23rd, 2013, 07:10 PM
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Does it have to be Mexico?

If you like Playa del Carmen, I would go for Cabo San Lucas before PV. We've been to PV once and it was OK. I do agree the beaches there are not that great. Very sub-par compared to the Caribbean side of Mexico.

We just returned from Cabo in December and loved it. We will have a very hard time going back to Playa now. The food was so much better tasting. The Marina and Medrano Beach area is within walking distance to most everything. Good night life and bars. I was surprised that Medrano Beach was actually nice. It was very crowded though. Lots of boats and personal watercrafts. The air smelled of gasoline. We preferred the Marina area and our hotel's pool.

I also agree with Cozumel. It's one of our favorite destinations. Been there x 4 including our honeymoon. Great snorkeling and we found the food there less expensive and better tasting than Playa del Carmen.

If you're interested I have all of our travel photos posted. We've been to Mexico many times over the past 12 years plus several Caribbean Isalands. You might find something that interests you.

http://kvrlvnphotogallery.shutterfly.com/pictures/5
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Jan 24th, 2013, 05:25 AM
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KVr, were you able to get in the ocean in the area of Cabo you were in? When I have gone, we could not get in the water in any of the areas where we have stayed, due to undertoe and dangerous currents.
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Jan 24th, 2013, 08:37 AM
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(not to speak for KVR) but yes you can safely get into the ocean at Medano Beach, which is the main beach in downtown Cabo (i know KVR was nearby at the Marina). That's the only 'swimmable' beach in the area.
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