TallStack wrote:The first year, my wife and I booked a hotel, ate out at restaurants and rented a car. I do not recommend that at all. Everyone will try to scam you. The gas station alone had 4-5 scams working at the same time and we got snagged by one. Long list, no time here. Just don't venture off on your own unless you're from an inner-city of the U.S. and you'll still lose, they have very good scams there. Here, it's a gun in your face. There, they have skill.
For years 2 through 8 we stayed at all-inclusive resorts in Cancun. All were rated 4.4 or higher on Expedia. All excursions, those mentioned already or any of the three big water parks (highly recommend Xel-ha) were all booked via Expeida or Best Day Travel. Roundtrip (hotel/airport), private van was also booked via Expedia (although taxis are generally fine). Cancun is a deal, pricing for what you get is unreal.
Maybe it's just me, but this sounds more like a cruise, except it's stationary with an awesome beach. What's the point of travelling if you end up basically stuck in the small area you flew to?
You're not really seeing the world or anything, you're seeing the resort. Go somewhere that's safe to explore, move around, enjoy many different sights and sounds!