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All-Inclusive or Not: Mexico Offers Many Options

mexresortWhen many travelers think of Mexico, the first things that spring to mind are the miles of white, sandy beaches, and the sprawling, all-inclusive resorts that line them.

For an independent traveler, these resorts look less like tropical paradises and more like prisons (albeit, prisons that serve fruity frozen umbrella drinks at the swim-up bar). Many independent travelers fear that they’ll feel trapped at these resorts, that they’ll miss out on the local culture, or that they are somehow traveling less authentically by staying at one.

But that doesn’t have to be the case. Even if you don’t think you would enjoy resort vacations, you still can, if you plan the right way.

Skip the all inclusive option, allow yourself to enjoy just relaxing – with no pressures to see all the sights – and pick a place that offers easy access to the “rest of the world” and you might actually find that you can be a resort person, given the right conditions.

Cancun, on the Riviera Maya, is one of the country’s largest and most-popular areas. You can find great Cancun package deals,
even if you aren’t interested in an all-inclusive. There are literally hundreds of hotels in the area, from the all-inclusive mega resorts, to smaller, independently run lodges further off the beaten path.

Cancun is a hub in the region and it’s fairly easy to find cheap flights to Cancun from most cities in the east, midwest, south and southwest of the US.

Photo by Lisa Andres