Subject: Re: Cathleen re: Cancun

i was the original ziner to mention oaxaca, only 'cause it seemed you weren't sold on all-inclusives. if you are, i apologize for muddying the waters. i personally have never stayed in an all-inclusive, but have been to playa del carmen (35 minutes by cab south of cancun) six times in the last five years. diane ball is correct; there are numerous all-inclusives that have just sprouted up adjacent to the town in an area named playacar. this development is new, lush and half the distance to tulum, uxmal, etc. playa del carmen (the town) is 5 minutes away and loaded with great restaurants, bars, shopping, fishing, etc. it has a pier with ferry service to cozumel (45 minutes) i personally either rent a home in town or stay in a beach-front hotel in town at half the cost of an all-inclusive.....there i go again! bottom line; playa del carmen is the best!!!!!