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All Inclusive Resorts In Mexico For Couples

Daniel asks…

What is the best all inclusive vacation for young couples? 22-25?

My girlfriend and I are looking to take a vacation somewhere. we want the option to go out and get drunk but at the same time relax and enjoy a nice dinner….

Tijuana answers: They have resorts in the Caribbean, Jamaica, Mexico and not sure where else. It includes everything and the food is awesome. When I went we could get a voucher for restraint’s outside of the resort. You can do water sports and so much more.

Paul asks…

Cheap all inclusive resort with good surfing in the Caribbean or Riviera Nayarit Mexico?

Intermediate surfing, safe location, cheap, nice pools and restaurants, fun for a couple

Tijuana answers:

Puerto Escondido Oaxaca is as good as the renowned waves of Hawaii and international destination there are international competions there every year and attracts surfurs worldwide/ Yhe Only place to surf in Mexico is Puerto Escondido Around a couple hundred kms south of Acapulco . The waves vary and sometimes there are kids waves and No Rocks to worry about.


Carol asks…

How much spending money do I need to take to an all inclusive in Mexico? What currency should I use?

Tijuana answers:

Well, in past years I would say that you would want to use dollars. But with the value of the dollar taking a hit recently, you might want to consider euros. They’ll exchange better. I definitely wouldn’t go down there with all pesos. After 15 years of travel to Mexico, I would have to say that there are a couple of qualifiers: 1. Where in Mexico are you going? And, 2. How long will you be staying?

It’s never a good idea to take a lot of cash, and traveler’s checks have lost favor the world over, despite what American Express would like you to believe.

Here’s what we do:

Every year, when we embark on one of our trips to Mexico, we make sure to bring a couple credit cards, and our check card for our local bank. Then we stow away about $300 in cash, just for emergencies, and the rare occasion in which we’re unable to use a credit card or access an ATM.

For a week, for 5 people (my wife, 3 kids and myself), we typically try to make sure that we have about $1500. It allows for just about anything that might come up. You never know if you might end up in a hospital, and you need to pay immediately if such a case arises.

Your bank back home is, surprisingly enough, going to give the best exchange rate for pesos while you’re down there, so using credit/check cards is the best bet, plus the purchases are protected. If it’s stolen, it doesn’t mean that you’re then broke.

As far as being all inclusive, that just means that you have the equivelent of an in hotel credit card that you have to settle upon leaving, so watch the spending, because in many of these types of resorts, the prices are a bit higher, and they’ll give you enough rope to hang yourself with.

All inclusive applies only to the resort and possibly some of their local partners. But if you, say, visit Cancun, and decide to take a day trip to a ruin site, like Ek Balam, then you’re going to need money.

Also, beware. It’s a poor country, so you may stiffed if you’re not careful. Make sure you keep track of your receipts, and settle on prices for EVERYTHING before purchase, especially taxis. Before you even get into a taxi, they should know exactly where you are going, and you should have an agreed upon price from them. Places like Wal-Mart and your hotel usually have posted prices, but you’ll need exact change as they claim to never have any.

And remember, just about everything outside of the resort can be haggled down, just stand your ground, and if necessary start to walk away, remain friendly, and they’ll usually fold to your whim.

And as for the previous answerer’s remarks about the beggar children: Please please please don’t give in to them. The Mexican government is trying very hard to get these families to stop these ways, and giving them something just negates that effort.

If a child comes up to you begging, “Un peso….un peso por favor.” You should kindly reply something to the effect of “Siento, pero no tengo ningún dinero para ahorrar. ¿Pero deberías tu no ser en la escuela?” (I’m sorry, but I’ve no money to spare. But shouldn’t you be in school?)

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