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Riviera Maya in November (1 Viewer)

Kuz

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Heading to the Riviera Maya area with family during Thanksgiving. Never been to that area in November. Anyone been there at that time before. I checked the weather & it looks like it rains quite a bit. Thought the rainy season was earlier but now getting nervous the weather may not be the best..

 
I would suggest driving your SUV non-stop until your trip. Other than that, there is not much else you can do about it. So just enjoy and stop worrying.

 
i went there over Halloween and it was beautiful. I got wasted with some dudes from Canada and passed out on the bench in the lobby dressed as Waldo.

 
i went there over Halloween and it was beautiful. I got wasted with some dudes from Canada and passed out on the bench in the lobby dressed as Waldo.
:lmao:

just booked a 5 night stay there the week of December 8th. nice deal on Jetsetter.com

 
no , yes

looks pretty good. last decent vacation ive taken was 7+ years so it will be hard for this place to let me down
You're about 30 minutes - if that - from the airport if you're using private transporting. Do you plan on leaving the resort?

 
no , yes

looks pretty good. last decent vacation ive taken was 7+ years so it will be hard for this place to let me down
You're about 30 minutes - if that - from the airport if you're using private transporting. Do you plan on leaving the resort?
maybe on an excursion or two . other than that I plan on getting wasted at the swim up bars and getting fat on enchiladas

 
Sweet. Enjoy!

Oh, when you're leaving the terminal after customs, you're gonna have a bunch of people approach you asking if you need help and such. These are timeshare hawks, among other things. Ignore them and go outside. If you've arranged private transport, find out what uniforms your guy will be wearing. If they're legit, they will not be inside the terminal but outside and usually across the paved area. There will be 8 trillion guys out there trying to get your attention - ignore them, too, and look for the sign with your name on it (if that's what you've arranged with transport).

 
Tulum are Xelha are both worthwhile, IMO. I did them both the same day and felt I maybe got shortchanged on Xelha by having to do it in a half day.

I'm pretty lazy, but I found that even I reached a point where drinking mediocre free mixed drinks by the pool or on the beach became a bit boring.

 
If you go to Tulum or Xelha, go early as hell. One, you'll beat the heat. Two, you'll beat the crowds

 
Sweet. Enjoy!

Oh, when you're leaving the terminal after customs, you're gonna have a bunch of people approach you asking if you need help and such. These are timeshare hawks, among other things. Ignore them and go outside. If you've arranged private transport, find out what uniforms your guy will be wearing. If they're legit, they will not be inside the terminal but outside and usually across the paved area. There will be 8 trillion guys out there trying to get your attention - ignore them, too, and look for the sign with your name on it (if that's what you've arranged with transport).
very good to know thanks :thumbup:

 
VA703, on 05 Nov 2015 - 11:33 AM, said:
Uruk-Hai, on 05 Nov 2015 - 11:31 AM, said:
Have you been there before? Private transport to the resort?
no , yes

looks pretty good. last decent vacation ive taken was 7+ years so it will be hard for this place to let me down
Have stayed there and The Barceló. Both were very nice. Took a shuttle from the airport to the Barceló and it took around 40 minutes. On the way back I had a 7am flight. I took a cab at 4am that the Barceló arranged..this crazy ******* was driving 90 on a 2 lane road..had to tell him to slow the #### down. The guy did not speak English and I think he was drunk.

 
The private transport companies are not allowed to park right by the terminal exit and will be in a satellite area a hundred yards away or so. Some companieswill have someone right outside with a sign, then walk you there. Others, you have to go find them. I'd suggest getting the plan straight in advance with your provider. Also, plug their phone # into your phone and make sure your phone is on "international" plan ahead of your travels.

On the phone topic: many plans will charge you out of the ### when international, like on texting back home and stuff. Make sure you have that straight, too, before leaving. I spent $75 on texts I thought were free on one of my trips.

 
VA703, on 05 Nov 2015 - 11:33 AM, said:
Uruk-Hai, on 05 Nov 2015 - 11:31 AM, said:
Have you been there before? Private transport to the resort?
no , yes

looks pretty good. last decent vacation ive taken was 7+ years so it will be hard for this place to let me down
Have stayed there and The Barceló. Both were very nice. Took a shuttle from the airport to the Barceló and it took around 40 minutes. On the way back I had a 7am flight. I took a cab at 4am that the Barceló arranged..this crazy ******* was driving 90 on a 2 lane road..had to tell him to slow the #### down. The guy did not speak English and I think he was drunk.
Those ####ers only slow down for the army/police check points or speed bumps. Other than that, no speed limit

 
Was in Tulum for a week-long stay in late September. It was great being there during the off-season and not having to fight crowds. But the weather is a lot more iffy than during peak-season, so be prepared to possibly get some nasty rain and weather coming through, to the point where you can't comfortably hang outside.

I had a great time, but one big bummer was the amount of seaweed in the ocean. I've been to different parts of the RM and could always count on crystal clear blue water right off the beach, but the seaweed this time ruined that fun. It was everywhere. The resorts had hired-hands picking up the seaweed from the beach every morning with rakes and putting it in plastic bags. I joked with my wife and her friends that carrying those plastic bags for the Mexicans would be a great cross-fit workout...

Anyways, according to the locals the seaweed is a direct result of the "stuff" that BP put in the water to help clean up the oil spill in the Gulf. I wonder if any of the smart guys on here can verify this?

 
Was in Tulum for a week-long stay in late September. It was great being there during the off-season and not having to fight crowds. But the weather is a lot more iffy than during peak-season, so be prepared to possibly get some nasty rain and weather coming through, to the point where you can't comfortably hang outside.

I had a great time, but one big bummer was the amount of seaweed in the ocean. I've been to different parts of the RM and could always count on crystal clear blue water right off the beach, but the seaweed this time ruined that fun. It was everywhere. The resorts had hired-hands picking up the seaweed from the beach every morning with rakes and putting it in plastic bags. I joked with my wife and her friends that carrying those plastic bags for the Mexicans would be a great cross-fit workout...

Anyways, according to the locals the seaweed is a direct result of the "stuff" that BP put in the water to help clean up the oil spill in the Gulf. I wonder if any of the smart guys on here can verify this?
We went to the Now-Jade resort back in March and the seaweed was really bad and smelled awful too. The best day of our trip was taking a private tour to Chichen Itza & Ek Balam. Our driver and guide were great and took us to a fantastic hacienda for lunch which was welcome after eating at the resort restaurants all week.

Overall we had a good time and I am glad we went but I don't think we'll be going back to the RM.

 
Where are you guys staying?
Blue Diamond

Got 50% off on Jetsetter deal including the all inclusive package for unlimited food and premium drinks as well as a free round of golf!

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g150812-d2514172-Reviews-Blue_Diamond_Riviera_Maya_by_BlueBay-Playa_del_Carmen_Yucatan_Peninsula.html
Nice! You have private transport, too?
don't have that locked in yet...just booked this on Tuesday. We are thinking about renting a car.

 
Went there last September and had a great time. Visited Chiechen Itza and Tulum. I went Scuba diving.

If you go to either place, use Viator tour company. We had a good experience on both tours with Viator. Our hotel recommended another company and all we heard was complaints about them (arrived very late, not enough snacks, etc).

Our resort had us check in every time we went in or out of the resort, which made us feel a little safer. There was also a lot of security stops on the highway. We had the impression that they want to keep the area safe for tourists, as opposed to western Mexico.

 
Where are you guys staying?
Blue Diamond

Got 50% off on Jetsetter deal including the all inclusive package for unlimited food and premium drinks as well as a free round of golf!

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g150812-d2514172-Reviews-Blue_Diamond_Riviera_Maya_by_BlueBay-Playa_del_Carmen_Yucatan_Peninsula.html
Nice! You have private transport, too?
don't have that locked in yet...just booked this on Tuesday. We are thinking about renting a car.
AGI Transports is a good one should you forego the car

 
Tulum are Xelha are both worthwhile, IMO. I did them both the same day and felt I maybe got shortchanged on Xelha by having to do it in a half day.

I'm pretty lazy, but I found that even I reached a point where drinking mediocre free mixed drinks by the pool or on the beach became a bit boring.
Agreed. Originally we thought we would hang out at the resort, but instead we ended up renting a car for 2-3 days and exploring a bunch. We had a blast.

I'd like to go back.

 
Where are you guys staying?
Blue Diamond

Got 50% off on Jetsetter deal including the all inclusive package for unlimited food and premium drinks as well as a free round of golf!

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g150812-d2514172-Reviews-Blue_Diamond_Riviera_Maya_by_BlueBay-Playa_del_Carmen_Yucatan_Peninsula.html
Nice! You have private transport, too?
don't have that locked in yet...just booked this on Tuesday. We are thinking about renting a car.
AGI Transports is a good one should you forego the car
Thanks.

 
Where are you guys staying?
Blue Diamond

Got 50% off on Jetsetter deal including the all inclusive package for unlimited food and premium drinks as well as a free round of golf!

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g150812-d2514172-Reviews-Blue_Diamond_Riviera_Maya_by_BlueBay-Playa_del_Carmen_Yucatan_Peninsula.html
Nice! You have private transport, too?
don't have that locked in yet...just booked this on Tuesday. We are thinking about renting a car.
I would highly recommend this.

 

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