As I am currently sitting in Cancun on my last full day I think about this side of Mexico vs the pacific side where I have gone so many times. Which is better? Why did i stray to Cancun? I love Nuevo Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita, Bucerias and Punta de Mita. I have stayed at Grand Velas and Villa La Estancia in NV, what was La Jolla de Mismaloya, Velas Vallarta and Fiesta Americana in PV, ridden the bus to Sayulita from NV, shopped many times at Mega and stayed at a small 8 room hotel overlooking the ocean in Punta de Mita. I loved them all. I guess I was lured by the talk of the amazing turquoise water on the Cancun side so last year I went to my trusty trip advisor and started planning. We stayed a few nights in Playa del Carmen in a small hotel on the beach. Walked to 5th avenue, rode the bus to Tulum to see the ruins and then came to the hotel zone and stayed at Le Blanc. Even took ferry over to Isla Mujeres for a day. Yes the water is beautiful, almost mesmerizing but other than the water I am not very impressed. It is nice here but it does not have the warmth and charm of my beloved pacific side and all the places I mentioned. I love the calm water on the pacific side, the small town feel in Bucerias and PV. The ocean on one side and the jungle on the other. I feel more at home there and can't wait to return. At lest I can say I have been to the Caribbean side of Mexico but I don't think I will be returning.