Maroma Beach is about 40 minutes south of Cancun and 25 minutes north of Playa del Carmen. It is voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world by the travel channel because unlike some of the other areas of Mexico (east and west coast) there is zero surf- the water is perfectly calm, clear and warm. You can walk probably about 200 yards and it's still below the waist deep. Really pretty angel fish too.
We stayed in the honeymoon suite at the El Dorado, an all-inclusive, and LOVED IT. One thing- we're not too adventurous with little critters so we really didn’t make use of our fabulous balcony (we were out all day and at night there were lizards frogs and other things I would prefer stay outside and not in my room). Next time, I'd pick a swim up suite but the honeymoon suite was really big in size and very private. The place is kind of in the middle of nowhere - you drive through a 5 minute jungle to get to it but it's really pretty at the end of the road! It's a smaller all inclusive (I have never stayed in one but Alex has in several)- they didnt make us wear bracelets and it wasn’t massive BUT small= service was fantastic. There was 1 restaurant that had a buffet for breakfast and lunch (themed by day for lunch) that was actually pretty good! There was also a Mexican place that had themed special dinners (not all Mexican), Italian and Japanese. We didn't care for the dinners- but we only tried 2 (Mayan theme night and Japanese). However, the AI was worth it for the breakfast/lunch and drinks alone!
For dinner- we went to Playa del Carmen- $50 USD cab ride (25 each way) but we really lucked out and found a cab driver the first night that we were able to call the rest of the trip and he was there to pick us up within 20 minutes. The $50 cab ride was worth it for the 2 peso authentic tacos at this really cool place we found in Playa del Carmen called La Patrona, We also had a nice dinner Yaxche Maya Cuisine…It was SUPER!
Excursions - We did a Mayan ruins tour of Tulum and Coba - both are amazing! Tulum is on the beach and Coba is in the jungle- you get bikes to ride and then you climb up this giant pyramid! That tour also included Akamal - the beach where if you are a good swimmer you can snorkel out to see the sea turtles. I am not- but the kids end was lovely lol.
We also did Indiana Joes Tour (at Aktun Chen) that included zip lining, a cave tour and then snorkeling in a cenote. Also in that area are 3 giant natural water parks where you can swim with all kinds of fish, jump in cenotes and zip line through the jungle- X'caret, Xplor and Xel-ha.
To read Jessica & Alejandro’s endorsement they wrote about the service they received from Teresa at Honeymoon Islands click here.