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All-Inclusive Riviera Maya with Kids
“All-inclusive” means different things to different people. For some it’s assurance that their vacation will be easy, with no financial surprises. For others, though, all-inclusive resorts are associated with huge properties, a party scene and lackluster food choices. We’ve had positive and negative all-inclusive experiences, so I’m very picky when evaluating resorts. I want them to be family-friendly without resembling amusement parks. I want good food with multiple dining options. I want fun pools and (of course) a good beach. I want local culture. And I want peace. It’s fine if one of the pools has music, but I also want to be able to relax and not feel like I’m at a rave. I finally found what I’m looking for.
Occidental at Xcaret Destination is located south of Playa del Carmen, next to Xcaret “eco-archiological” Park. I absolutely loved the resort for all of the reasons above plus some. Here are my highlights.
This is the big one. So many resorts are simply placed on a flat piece of land next to a beach. Occidental, though, is nestled in a jungle with Mayan ruins. The resort feels like it belongs there. It still has a beach and turquoise water, but exploring the property feels like an adventure. There are even side paths through the trees where you can see…
My kids LOVE animals, and any resort with wild animals rates highly. At Occidental we saw turtles, iguanas (many, many iguanas), monkeys, deer, fish and several types of birds, including parrots in the lobby. Both times we asked hotel employees if they had seen monkeys recently, other guests spoke up first and told us of their latest sightings. It was a great conversation starter!
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