Thought it would be interesting to find out where everyone is going and why they chose that particular resort? Also..when and for how long?
---We are going to the Occidental Grand Xcarat next July for 10 days. Reasons:
--small, man-made cove for beginner snorkeling(9-yr old daughter)
--Next door to Xcarat for Dolphin Swimming and river-tubing.
--Jr. Suites offered for low price(we like a larger room)
We are well-aware of the small, man-made beach and it does not bother us...its actually what we are looking for for our daughter to snorkel every day. We live at the Jersey shore so we get our fair-share of big beaches(and crowds--oy!) in the summertime.
We just returned from the Barcelo Maya Tropical and LOVED it....HUGE beach, great beach snorkeling, kids' water park with slides, awesome pools, new rooms, and just a wonderful newer(huge) resort. We will be returning within the next few years......we just don't like to go to the same place 2x in a row.
We also have stayed in Cancun at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach and loved that as well.....it was a 5+ star resort..however non AI.
We've been to the IB Lindo also and it was a very nice resort...however a bit too crowded for us in the summer...and the beach(water) was a bit of a disappointment. We much preferred the Barcelo overall...for the non-crowded -ness alone, and beach.