've been to Cabo three times in the last 2 years and spent a week at Casa Dorada and loved it. I've also stayed at The ME, Riu Palace, Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach and Playa Grande. Finally made it to PDC (Riviera Maya) this month, and stayed at Iberostar Grand and loved it as well. Only downside to the Iberostar was the location, as it was far away from everything.
Now, I'm trying to figure out which place to go to for a week in February. I realize that I'm not comparing apples to apples when it comes to these two hotels. I have much more familiarity with Cabo than PDC. But I'm leaning towards PDC because I loved the beaches and clear water there, and haven't really explored the town much because I stayed at an AI and barely left the resort. I'm really torn. From my experience, here's my take
Beaches - PDC
Ocean - PDC
Weather - Cabo
Pools - Cabo
Excursions - PDC
Resorts (non-AI) - Cabo
Town - ? I only know Cabo
Nightlife - ? I only know Cabo
We are a couple of single guys in our late-30s. Looking to meet other singles, have a good time, take in the scenery and relax in the sun. Not into fishing or diving or any big excursions. We want to stay right in the middle of all the action, so we can walk to bars, restaurants, etc. We have both stayed at AI resorts before, and have ruled them out.
So, if you were in our shoes, given what we're looking for, which would of the above would you choose? These options would cost about the same.
Option 1 - Playa del Carmen - 9 nights at Playa Palms
Option 2 - Cabo - 7 nights at Casa Dorada
Casa Dorada is a much nicer resort, is right in the middle of town and has pools with a swim up bar. The room is a huge one bedroom with full kitchen and huge balcony. About 1400 square feet. I like the idea of having a pool and beach to choose from, for a nice change of scenery.
Playa Palms is a smaller, boutique hotel right in the heart of PDC on the beach. The location is great, but the rooms are smaller and more basic, it has no restaurant, bar, room service, spa or functional pool. Beach looks great, with the exception of all the boats that are housed in front of the hotel. We can do 9 nights here for the same cost as 7 at Casa Dorada.
Since I'm having so much trouble deciding, I thought I would open it up to the forum. I have done a ton of research, and have narrowed it down to these 2 hotels. If I hadn't been to Cabo so many times, it would be a no-brainer, because Casa Dorada is an awesome resort.
Thanks in advance for your help!