About CancunCancun on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula might have the reputation as a party town for college and high-school students on spring break, but there's so much more in this destination. It is Mexico's largest resort region, attracting roughly 3 million tourists annually, so there's an endless parade of entertainment for all ages. Count golf high on the list.
Away from the course, golfers can get pampered at all-inclusive resorts, where guests can revel in the beach, boating, fishing, water sports such as parasailing and water skiing, spa, tennis and more. Every major chain -- Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, Hilton, Iberostar, Dreams, Fairmont, Palace Resorts -- has a presence and their own unique charms. Touring archaeological sites around Cancun -- try El Rey, Yamil Lu'um, Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba -- remains the No. 1 attraction. The Xel-Ha is a natural aquarium considered the largest aquarium in the world. This water theme park offers swimming with the dolphins, snorkeling and more.
Day trips to Cozumel, Playa del Carmen or the nature reserve of Sian Ka'an are easily doable for adventurous vacationers.
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Overindulge with an all-inclusive golf vacation at the Iberostar Playa Paraiso Resort in Mexico's Riviera Maya
Walking inside the Grand Hotel at the Iberostar Playa Paraiso Resort feels a bit like slipping down the rabbit hole and landing in a lap of Alice-in-Wonderland luxury. There's a new sight to behold in every direction, a stark contrast to the desert surroundings guests see on the 45-minute ride from the Cancun International Airport. And the best is still to come. The salt-water infinity pool and beach at the back of the property are where people worship the sun god, much like the Mayans did centuries before. So this is what they call paradise.
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The Fairmont Mayakoba isn't like your common, Mexican beachfront high-rise resort. While there are some beachfront luxury villas, the majority of the 401 units are luxury casitas set along canals. They boast marble floors, both shower and bath and private balconies overlooking the canals. What's more, canals, thick mangrove forest, cenotes and two beachfront holes make for 18 holes with many faces at PGA-worthy El Camaleon Golf Club.
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The all-inclusive theme of the Riviera Maya in Mexico has bled into the area's golf clubs over the past few years. Leading the charge are the Iberostar Resorts and the Palace Resorts. Guests at these high-end resorts get premier pricing playing golf, but anybody who wants to go all-inclusive on the course can get the same experience for a surcharge. Jason Scott Deegan has more from Cancun.
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CANCUN/RIVIERA MAYA, MX | Enjoy up to 7 nights' at Hilton Cancun La Isla and up to 5 rounds of golf at Puerto Cancun, Riviera Cancun, Playa Paraiso and El Camaleon Mayakoba.
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CANCUN/RIVIERA MAYA, MX | An all-inclusive package at NYX Cancun including up to a 7 nights' stay and play up to 5 rounds of golf at Puerto Cancun, Riviera Cancun, Iberostar Playa Paraiso and El Camaleon Mayakoba.
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CANCUN/RIVIERA MAYA, MX | This all-inclusive stay & play package to The Grand at Moon Palace includes options to stay up to 7 nights', play unlimited golf at Riviera Cancun and Moon Palace golf courses, and more.
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CANCUN/RIVIERA MAYA, MX | Enjoy 7 nights' accommodations at Andaz Mayakoba Resort and 5 rounds of golf at El Camaleon Mayakoba, Gran Coyote, Iberostar Playa Paraiso, Riviera Cancun.
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CANCUN/RIVIERA MAYA, MX | An all-inclusive package at Fairmont Mayakoba including up to a 7 nights' stay and play up to 5 rounds of golf at El Camaleon Mayakoba, Gran Coyote, Iberostar Playa Paraiso and Riviera Cancun.
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CANCUN/RIVIERA MAYA, MX | Enjoy 7 nights' accommodations at Grand Velas Riviera and 5 rounds of golf at Gran Coyote, Riviera Cancun, Iberostar Playa Paraiso, and El Camaleon Mayakoba.