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Old 02-11-2014   #1 (permalink)
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First time ever heading south !

Hi, everyone. My wife and I hail from Alberta, Canada. I'm almost embarassed to admit that after 31+ years of marriage, this is our first trip to a tropical local. In my defence, I've never been a heat lover (although I am starting to like it a little as the years creep on), rather, I lived for winter and as many days of mountain snowmobiling I could pack in each winter. Much to the joy of my beautiful, loving wife, I've finally decided to give this warm vacation thing a try. Truthfully, I'm sure I'll love it, especially if I get out fishing once or twice. My wife, on the other hand, only needs to shed the parka and boots for a swimsuit and flip flops to make her believe she's died and gone to heaven. We'll be staying at the Allegro Playacar from Feb. 19 - Feb. 26. and are open to any suggestions on must-do's while we're there and also what to watch out for. Thanks in advance.........Ken
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Old 02-11-2014   #2 (permalink)
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Since you've never been.....the beach. And then you should go to the beach. Maybe some food, some drink....and then more beach.

Is the Allegro an AI? If not, there are lots of great restaurants and bars along 5th Ave and the beach for you to enjoy.

Maybe a day trip to Tulum to the ruins and to swim in a Cenote...that's always a good first-timer's trip, I think...
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Wow, that is rather selfish of you! Poor wifey freezing all these years. Are you sure you want to go to playa? Watch out, She may want to move!
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Welcome fellow Albertan ! As one who loves nothing more than to blast through some fresh powder in the mountains (on skis not a sled) I can honestly say the feeling of warm sand between the toes is better in my opinion. So I choose to do both, but I now long for the warm breezes off the Caribbean more so. I think this will not be your last trip.
We will be down in town at the same time and also staying in Playacar, in a villa.
I agree with Debbiec.....don't try and pack too much in or your week will fly by and may not be as relaxing, unless of course you like to be on the go.
A trip to Tulum is a nice way to spend a day, there are fishing charters available for a morning or full day depending on your sea legs.
If you are in Playacar get downtown and just stroll. Maybe in the evening if you like live music go down to Wah Wah or Bad Boys on the beach. You will meet lots of good people there.
There is a bar crawl on the 21st (see the peep stuff section)
Enjoy!

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Thanks for the warm welcomes, everyone !
Debbiec, yes there will definitely be a trip to Tulum and some beach time (not too much - I get bored easy). Allegro is an AI, but we still will be exploring the local food scene.

Route307, yes, I admit, it has been a little selfish. I did try a couple times to get my wife into mountain sledding but she found it terrifying coming down some of the steeper hills. She may not want to move to Playa, but she is already researching where we'll stay on our NEXT trip. Yikes ! We haven't done our first trip yet.

canadiense loco, I'm sure I'm going to have a great time and as you mention, choose to do both from here on. I'm definitely going fishing. Sea legs are not an issue as I've fished hundreds of days on the BC & SE Alaska coast. I'm very excited about hooking into some new (to me) species. I like your suggestion for Wah Wah or Bad Boys. That sounds like a great time.
Thanks again, everyone...........Ken
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There is a wealth of info on this forum Ken. For a Mexican first timer perhaps the best info is on avoiding time share people and pressure sales from vendors (all over Mexico). Enjoy your stay!
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Hey Snowman,
We are heading to Allegro Playacar in June. How was it.?
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The AI is a mistake. You paid for your food in the AI price, now you will pay for food a second time when you eat off property. AI's are great if you want to just chill for your vacation. Getting out and seeing the area suggests other accommodation types.
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The AI is a mistake. You paid for your food in the AI price, now you will pay for food a second time when you eat off property. AI's are great if you want to just chill for your vacation. Getting out and seeing the area suggests other accommodation types.
I don't necessarily agree with this.
Heading off resort now and then isn't a bad thing.
Especially if it's The Allegro
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my point would be to not go on the resort in the first place....Italian night in Mexico? Really?
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my point would be to not go on the resort in the first place....Italian night in Mexico? Really?
Not much different than Italian night in the US. We like AI's. Although we much prefer el Fogon over the themed AI meals. We always end up bringing newbies with us and the AI experience is the best for them. I like the all you can eat and drink, anytime, anywhere, approach. It's very relaxing.
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It took me about 2 years to realize that a Mayan Riveria vacation means not having to do something. The first year, we did lots of tourist stuff, and I spent my spare time fixing the running toilet and the broken door locks. Now, I bring my loaded up Kindle and a guitar, and I don't worry about any of the other stuff. Lots of beach time and people watching (some of the best I've seen on 5th ave and the beach). Realizing that relaxing and just hanging out is a good thing is key. Vacation doesn't necessarily mean gogogogogogogo all the time. Sometimes, it's just stop, stop, stop.
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watered down liquor and mediocre food just isn't my thing. Cant imagine why the AI experience is best for newbies, bizarre comment.
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watered down liquor and mediocre food just isn't my thing. Cant imagine why the AI experience is best for newbies, bizarre comment.
Not necessarily best. More comfortable when people are already apprehensive about traveling to Mexico. AI's are controlled. No hawkers or some of the other things that can be overwhelming on the first trip. They are good at making people relax.

Not sure why it was a "bizarre comment"
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The AI is a mistake. You paid for your food in the AI price, now you will pay for food a second time when you eat off property. AI's are great if you want to just chill for your vacation. Getting out and seeing the area suggests other accommodation types.
I don't agree with this. Although we no longer do AIs it was a great way to start out. Just leave the resort several times. Eat some cheap tacos off resort, ride the colectivo. Enjoy the local people and scene. Then go back and hang at the resort and get pampered.
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