21. The quality of food and drinks in all-inclusive resorts vary greatly, so we highly recommend reading visitor reviews for each hotel you consider. “The food (at RIU Palace Las Americas) was largely pretty tasteless, which is really saying something coming from me, and the alcohol was generally rather watered down even if it came in abundance.” said Sam Rowe, who visited Cancun in November 2012. This phenomenon is by no means restricted to the RIU Palace. “Beyond that, there isn’t anything I would particularly criticize about the all-inclusive part except to remind people that ‘you get what you pay for.’”
22. Many may offer bland buffet fare, but some all-inclusive resorts do offer world-class cuisine. Travel agent Ellen Paderson of Smiles and Miles Travel has traveled to most of the resorts in Cancun and the Riviera Maya and shared with USA Today the six all-inclusive resorts with the best food, including the Sun Palace Cancun and the Grand Velas Resort Riviera Maya. We also sampled the food at Live Aqua and found it to be fantastic.
23. Make reservations at all-inclusive restaurants ahead of time. We’ve heard too many stories of honeymooners arriving to discover that they can’t actually eat at the restaurants they wanted to. 24. Though you’re likely to stay in an all-inclusive resort, if you do not or choose to venture outside your resort, Cancun has superb restaurants in the Hotel Zone.
25. The must-eat restaurant is La Habichuela. Or rather, one of the two. The original is located in downtown Cancun, while the newer La Habichuela Sunset in the Hotel Zone lives up to its name with its lagoon-side view of the sunset from virtually every seat in the restaurant. Guess which location is a tad more romantic. Either way, the food is fantastic, with a menu of fine Yucatecan and Mexican specialties (aka not burritos).
26. The best steakhouse in Cancun is Cambalache. Located above the Hard Rock in the Plaza Forum, this cozy Argentine steakhouse offers perfectly prepared steaks and superb side dishes. The soufflé fries are quite possibly the best thing ever accomplished with a potato.
27. For a great (and less expensive) meal in Playa del Carmen, get off the main thoroughfare of Quinta Avenida. Head instead to Playa del Carmen’s restaurants along Calle 4. Ajua Maya and Las Brisas are good choices.
28. Ask for your bill – your waiter won’t automatically bring it. The universal check signing hand gesture and/or “La cuenta, por favor” should do the trick.
29. It’s customary to tip 15 percent as in the United States.