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Punta Cana vs. Playa del Carmen

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Punta Cana vs. Playa del Carmen

I am trying to plan a couples trip for my husbands 40th birthday. We love relaxing on the beach, nightlife and doing adventurous things (zip lining, snorkeling, ect. but we're not divers). We are leaving the kids at home so we are looking for the adults only all inclusive experience.

I would love feed back from other travelers on if we should go to Playa del Carmen or Punta Cana. I am very interested in opinions on staying at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun which seems to be further away from the downtown area of Playa del Carmen. My only concern is racking up taxi costs to go do things. I haven't been able to find if this hotel offers any type of shuttle service places.

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Thank you sooo much!!! So we decided on PDC for sure. The website I was going to book Maroma on (cheapcarribean.com) has horrible reviews so I'm back to square one and I'm under a time crunch to book. I would love some place like the Royal but with a nicer beach. Food is also super important at the all inclusive since I got sick on 5th Ave. and I'm not interested in repeating that again. Any suggestions for very nice hotel, with amazing beach and food that more centrally located to downtown PDC? A beach with no one bothering us would be very nice.

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I booked the Valentin Imperial Maya in PDC.

It was very nice with good food and accommodations and service. I decided on it over the SMB mainly because I got more bang for my buck at the Valentin. You can look at my profile to read my review on the resort.

I booked it through cheapcarribean.com with zero problems. They offer a cheap bus to PDC to shop and the like.

Add: Parts of the beach are very private and secluded, I proposed there for that reason. But the parts of it are too rocky for swimming.

Edited: 12:48 pm, February 12, 2013
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I also side with The Royal in PDC....stayed there a few years back...awesome and within walking distance to 5th Ave and the boat to go to Cozmel

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" I'm also discovering that we could do Punta Cana at a mid range hotel and air for the same cost as Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera and air"

Please tell me where you got those price comparisons!! nowhere I've ever seen those prices coming in close! We have stayed at SMB and the place is absolutely amazing! the beach is phenomenal!

Have an awesome trip whatever it is you decide!


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Would Puerto Vallarta be cheaper from your location? We loved the Dreams there and it is a $5 cab ride for four to the downtown. It's not AO but when we have gone in the fall we have not seen hardly any children. The resort is more quiet in the evening but it is very close to the nightclubs downtown.

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The ROyal Playa Del Carmen is a fantastic resort. I found the beach to be pretty good, despite the rocky areas there are plenty of sandy spots as well. Good food, great service, hammocks on all the balconies and the nicest rooms of any resort we've been to. the beds are super comfortable and there are liquor bottles and ipod docks in all the rooms. It was nice to have 5th avenue right there as well.

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I think the OP meant to say

"I'm also discovering that we could do Punta Cana at a mid range hotel and air for the same cost as Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera not including air"

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Sounds like a lot of fun to plan your trip! My husband and I went to Secrets Maroma Beach for our honeymoon. It is a beautiful resort and the staff was beyond. The food was good, everything was perfect. However, we did find ourselves getting a bit bored... We stayed for 12 nights and it started to feel repetitive. We did go into Playa del Carmen but it is a pretty good drive to get there and it seemed like more of a hassle than it was worth.

Don't get me wrong we had a wonderful time and would go back in a heartbeat. But, the thing that we missed was, for instance, when we stayed in Cancun we were able to just walk out of the resort and head to a new restaurant or bar, etc. We felt kind of trapped at SMB. I guess it depends on what you want but I would probably recommend a different resort based on your want to be more adventurous.

We are going to Punta Cana for the first time to try something new so I can't speak to that for you.

Good luck with your trip planning!!

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