As we already observed during our first visit, construction on Mega Resorts was well under way, but I had no idea how fast the landscape would change. Charming little fishing villages, such as Punta Bete seem to be completely gone. Giant Hotel Complexes now stand where once empty Caribbean beaches with little restaurants were.
The sites in Mexico like Chichen Itza, Palenque and Uxmal are fabulous. Merida is a nice city, especially on Sundays. However, it's much more expensive than Guatemala, and it also lacks the atmosphere of Guatemala. The Caribbean coast (Playa Del Carmen, Tulum) could definitely not seduce us: it's hypertouristic and quite expensive also.Still, we went back to Mexico in 12/99 to finish the trip we had stopped in 1993. From Tikal we went to Bethel, crossed the Usumacinta river into Mexico, and then visited Yaxchilan, one of the highlights of our second trip (don't miss it).From there onwards toPalenque with side trip to Agua Azul. Then San Cristobal, Oaxacaand finally Mexico City. I think we"ll need a third trip to visit the Nothern part of the country.
While the area was hit hard by Hurricanes during the last season, Mega Resorts have recovered quickly, fueled by foreign investments. Areas such as Puerto Morelos however did not recover as quickly. Little Hotels are still struggling to clean up and rebuild. Financial bankruptcy will only result in the inevitable, more Mega Resorts.
As an enthusiastic traveler, I do not feel well in all inclusive style resorts. People are not interested in the country they visit, just how to get the most out of the buffet and the most Drinks in their alcohol ridden bodies while trying to obtain the best tan to show off at home. I never understood this kind of travel culture, but if you like to spend your vacation in comfort and style without having to worry about anything and if you like group tours instead of exploring a country on your own, the Mexican Caribbean is just the place for you. If you are looking for empty beaches and romantic little villages, go somewhere else.
This article outlines the changes that I observed between my two visits to the Mexican States of Quintana Roo and Yucatan and about some general Travel Advice for Mexico SIM Card and Mexico Cell Phone Rentals .