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Im in a dilemma

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Im in a dilemma

Me and my friends are planning on going to Cancun, Mexico. We are trying to find a resort that has nightlife and excellent activities at the resort (motorized sports, casino, excursions,) Yes, we are in our 20's and we want to party but that's not the main focus, we want to participate in other activities too. PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! help us!

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1. Re: Im in a dilemma

Do you want all inclusive or not?

If you want AI, do you want an adults only or not? (Preference or essential?)

Most mportantly, what's your budget (per night) and when are you plannng on visiting (rates vary greatly between high and low season which is why this info is relevant).

With regard to motorized sports, I don't know of any AI resort that includes them as part of the package (at least, no resorts in this part of the world) - so be prepared to pay extra for that.

As for casinos, the only resort I'm aware of that has one (and it may not even be open yet) is the Gran Bahia Principe and that's miles away from Cancun and rather in the middle of nowhere. Table games are illegal in Mexico, so the only gambling you're going to find is slot machines. If gambling is a focus of your vacation (even if it's not the main one), then I'd politely suggest that you rethink Cancun as your destination.

Excursions - ALL resorts sell them. Again, none are included as part of your AI package so that will also be an additional cost.

Edited: 12 February 2014, 07:31
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We want to travel in mid july. We want all inclusive and adult only, after doing research I understand that motorized sports cost extra that is not a problem. Casino is not a main point but someone in the group asked. Our budget is about 1100$ pp. Thank you for your help. Since excursions is not part of the all inclusive package what is the cost range for them in US currency?

Edited: 12 February 2014, 10:56
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Here is a site that will give you an idea of excursion prices. Best Day has a rep at most resorts http://www.bestday.com/Cancun/Tours/

As far as where to stay:

In general, places in the Cancun Hotel Zone will have less nightlife because there is so much nightlife in Cancun. More secluded resorts will have more to do but even then, many of the evening activities are pretty cheesy. I am assuming that you are planning on sharing rooms and staying for 7 nights so you will want to look at prices as a couple (prices are based on double occupancy and searching as a single may show higher prices). That brings your budget to $2,200. Take out airfare (about $500pp these days), you are at $1,200 (or $171/night). Some sites list prices per person, some per couple, some per night... Packages are usually a good bet but make sure the flights included in the price are not terrible.

If you can bump up your budget, and you don't need an awesome beach. Secrets Silversands is a good option. Also, check out ME Cancun.

You mentioned that you are in your 20's - some resorts do not allow check in's if you are under 25 so you should keep that in mind as well.

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My friends and I (11 total) had a hard time choosing a hotel as well. We are going mid-July. After lots of research we ended up choosing paradisus cancun and upgrading to the royal service option. They have an Adult only section with private pool and top shelf liqour! We still get all of the amentaties of a big resort but with a adult only area. They have a 9 hole golf course that is included with the royal service. Central location but we still have to take a taxi or bus to the bars, clubs, or shopping areas. Great food reviews and a nice stretch of beach in front of resort. Good luck choosing something!! Hoping we made the right choice :-) 150ish days!!!!

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All Palace Resorts offer $1500 in Resort Credits with. 5 night stay to use towards excursions as as the Spa and several other things. You only pay 16% tax on the amount you use. Sun Palace is adult only.

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Sun Palace is couples only

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The nine hole course is free for regular folks too (unless it has changed in the last 370 days) but, I encourage you to bring your own golf balls, and clubs. Well, Balls anyway. They charge for club rental, and balls, or they did for us (royal service may be different) and it really was not that inexpensive either. It was a decent 9 hole course. The balls had little stickers on them that I had a hard time pealing off, so I left them.

There is one hole that parallels the road, and I bounced my ball off the road, and across the road. Missed all traffic, and went to retrieve it. I played lousy, but hadn't swung a golf club in months prior. I certainly wouldn't bring my clubs just to play 9 holes (probably would if I were playing a couple of 18 hole rounds at top end course) but perhaps bring some balls. I lost 2 on the last hole, because of being afraid of hitting the cars parked on the left side of the 9th hole.

Aside from that, the Paradisus is a great resort, food, drink and service are top notch.

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