Since plans are set up by the seed company we purchase from we have to travel about 3 hours to Indianapolis for the flight (that is where they are based). We had beautiful weather going down, but coming home.....another winter storm. Took us an extra hour.
We stayed at Paradisus Resort which consists of 2 sides: La Perla (adults only) and La Esmerelda (family). http://www.melia.com/en/hotels/mexico/playa-del-carmen/paradisus-playa-del-carmen-la-esmeralda/index.html We were put on La Esmerelda side which wasn't too bad because there were less people so it was quieter and we didn't always have to fight to get a lounge chair.
I am embarrassed to say that I actually only walked on the beach one day.
It was a little bit of a walk, albeit a pretty one, to get there. I was content to sit poolside and use the same sun to get some color.
And who doesn't love a swim-up bar? lol
The rooms were superb with a huge private balcony. Ours didn't have a great view, the entrance and tennis court, but it was fantastic just to be able to sit outside and watch the world go by.
This is about the 4th all-inclusive resort that I have been to and the only thing I didn't like about it was that for dinner, reservations were required in almost all of the restaurants. Seriously, I'm on vacation, I'm not going to be on a time clock. Besides, they didn't even have a clock/alarm clock in the rooms! Plus I wasn't impressed with the limited selection of food choices. Needless to say we ate at the Sunset Grill most days (by the pool).