Okay, so first things first, this was somewhat of a new experience for us. Despite visiting Mexico dozens of times and despite my wife being born and raised in Mexico, we’ve almost never been to an all-inclusive resort before. In fact, the only two times we’ve ever done an all-inclusive hotel was in Puerto Vallarta and never for more than three nights.
For most of my travelling life, I’ve kinda looked down on the whole “resort” thing. After all, so many Americans and Canadians spent an entire week or two at an all-inclusive resort and then claim they’ve “been to Mexico”. While technically true, life within a resort is nothing like the real Mexico. It’s pretty much just an exclusive club and you miss out on awesome local culture, ancient pyramids, colonials towns, and more.