So the GF and I are planning a short budget trip to Cancun in October. This will be our first trip to Cancun but unfortunately, we are only able to get away for 4 days/5 nights as we took a larger trip earlier this year.... We are in our mid-late 20s.
Originally, I was looking at the Riu Cancun or Riu Palace Las Americas (due to both its proximity to nightlife and good reviews of course). But then I got to thinking about the non-AI route....
I am guessing that we will want to relax by the resort for a few days but given that it is our first trip, I know we will also want to explore some as well. I've read that Isla Mujeres is a good day trip, and I'd probably want to do one other trip (Playa Del Carmen maybe? Tulum perhaps? Xcaret? Itza is a bit far given we only have four days in Cancun). For at least two of the four days, I am assuming we will be having the majority of my food outside of the resort (at least lunch and dinner)... which got me thinking whether or not the AI route would be worth it or not.
If we go the non-AI route, we would be leaning towards the Marriott Casa Magna, which in total is about $400 cheaper than Riu Cancun. For such a short trip, I'd be interested to hear opinions on which route (AI or non-AI) would be more appealing and experiences that you Cancun experts have had....
Also, if we go the non-AI route, I was wondering whether people who have also done the same, found it a pain to find good food in Cancun and if they felt that hampered your ability to relax and enjoy the day when you were lounging beach/poolside. Any recommendations of course on food would be greatly appreciated.
Lastly, I was wondering if anyone has stayed at the Marriott Casa Magna and found the location inconvenient. I know there is a bus, but part of the appeal of Riu Cancun was its close walking proximity to both food and nightlife.
Thanks in advance!