Our flights were direct on Sun Country airlines departing very early in the morning at 6:10am. The flight was uneventful and not very full, so that was nice and we made it out of the airport in about an hour. We found out transportation and were the first to be dropped off, around noon I believe. Unfortunately, our room was not ready until 3:30pm. In the meantime, we explored the resort, sat by the pool bar and made dinner reservations for the specialty restaurants. We grabbed lunch from the grill as they grilled on the beach daily. The burgers were OK, pretty overcooked. Once we got to our room, we changed, unpacked and went to the buffet for dinner that evening.
view of the beach from pool bar
room was nice and very clean
real king bed too! Not the Riu twin beds pushed together
view from balcony looking toward beach- we got garden view I guess.
different towel creatures every day
The buffet wasn't too bad, the first night was Asian night, so they had lots of sushi and stir fries.
assorted sushi and sashimi- not too bad actually
handsome shark watermelon sculpture at the buffet
Sunday we had booked a tour of Coba ahead of our arrival, online though Viator. We waited a long time for the tour to pick us up, but they arrived eventually. And there was another couple from our hotel on the tour, so we made friends and enjoyed the day with them. Our first stop was Coba, but first we had a 1 hour and 15 minute ride to get to the site.
Proof we made fit to the top!
The cenote featured cool water and some bats flying around. It kind of smelled like a basement too.
We had a buffet lunch at this place. Not too bad, but not too great.
few raw seafood items from the buffet, all ok, on the bland side.
fajitas for John
The shrimp had a nice grilled flavor but not a lot of spice.
Monday we started the day with breakfast at the buffet, which was also the only option for breakfast. We spent the day at the pool. Saw a wedding on the beach in the late afternoon. Crazy games at the Riu was not very crazy and not even held every day.
We decided to try dinner at Casa de la Agua. The restaurant was really empty, but the good was decent. I had some sort of a cod dish.
John also had a cod dish.
Tuesday we had breakfast at the hotel, walked down to the Playacar mall, toured the Riu down the street (it had been recently remodeled and was very new and modern looking) and took a taxi to town.
wildlife at the resorts- forgot the name of this thing. Looked like a rat/pig combo
We hired a taxi driver near the bus station in Playa del Carmen to take us to the Jungle Place near Chemuyil. It was about 30 minutes away. You have to contact them ahead of time to visit the spider monkeys, but it is well worth the hassle and $80 cost. They are a rescue sanctuary for spider monkeys that were pets or abandoned. They currently have 87 monkeys I think she said. The cages are really very large and extensive and the entrance fee goes toward their care and feeding.
Neva was very cuddly with me for some reason.
very pretty beach- highly recommend
tree house table
really good chips and guacamole
My chicken torta was really good.
John had shrimp tacos
We arrived back at the Riu at about 5pm. It cost us 2000 pesos or about $125 US dollars for the taxi driver for the day. It was nice to be able to go where we wanted when we wanted, though the bus would have been a cheaper option.
We headed into Play del Carmen for dinner at El Muelle on 5th Avenue.
bruschetta with seared tuna
After dinner we headed back to the Riu, had a couple drinks on the plaza and headed off to bed. Not many late nights on this trip s we fund ourselves awake pretty early most mornings.
Thursday we had breakfast at the Riu buffet and then took a taxi into Play del Carmen. We bought tickets at the ADO bus station for Tulum. The bus dropped us off right at the archaeological site. I think it took about 30 minutes to get to Tulum.
inside the ADO bus, which was very nice and inexpensive way to get around
Once at Tulum we bought tickets for the tram to the entrance to the site. It was a tractor with a trailer behind it with rows of seats. It was some distance, so I think it was worthwhile.
John at an archway in the wall surrounding the Tulum archaeological site
When we were finished at the site, we walked south from the tram drop off and found a taxi stand. We took the taxi to the beaches of Tulum where there are lots of hotels, restaurants and beach clubs. We ended up at Ziggy's beach club as the first place we tried to visit was closed for a wedding apparently. The food at Ziggy's was excellent, so I'm glad we ended up there.
shrimp tacos for me
fish tacos for John
After eating we grabbed a taxi into the town of Tulum, which is a short distance inland from the beaches. We had the taxi drop us at the ADO bus station there and after a short wait, we were on our way back t Playa del Carmen.
ADO bus station in Tulum
We grabbed a taxi in Play del Carmen and went to the local Mega grocery store for a few items. Afterward we took a taxi back to the Riu and got ready for dinner.
We went to the Blue Lobster in Playa del Carmen.
I had coconut shrimp
John had a fish and lobster combo
The service was a bit slow, but the food was pretty good. After dinner we headed back to the Riu for a nightcap and headed off to sleep.
We had dinner in Play del Carmen at Carboncito's, which was very good as far as the food and service went.
tacos al pastor for me
John had garlic shrimp
Saturday we had to be up and ready for airport pickup at 6:50am. Our flights home were on time and uneventful. The security lines in Cancun's airport were not too bad and moved quickly. We picked up Maya from the boarding kennel and were home by 4pm I think.
Even though the food at the Riu was average, we still had a great trip. I suppose we ate in town a lot more than if we had paid for the trip, but those were the best meals we had, those off the resort. We met a bunch of fun people at the resort, but boy, some of them are sure Riu die hards. One lady had been to many, many different Rius, which I really can't understand. Personally, I find the food to be much better and of higher quality in Puerto Vallarta at comparable or lower prices. While the beaches of Puerto Vallarta are not that great, I think it is the fantastic dining that keeps me interested. The food on the Caribbean side is just not as good, even off the resort.