As we say goodbye to 2013, which was a great year, it is with some sadness because we were unable to do a dive trip. However, we are thinking about a dive trip in April or May 2014. I have a friend who is one of our dive buddies who loves dreaming big… we all do, but he does it with such conviction that it’s contagious. He dreams of us doing a live-aboard in Belize! Oh, wouldn’t that be fabulous! The six of us on a boat, away from the crazy tourism, sailing to the best dive spots and amazing diving.,….. definitely a dream vacation.
After a few days of dreaming, we come back to reality and recognize that a live-aboard is probably not in the cards for us this year. If not that, then what? Well, we are looking at a couple of options. I love Cozumel! I would love to stay at the same all inclusive we stayed at in 2012 that had the best dive shop right on site. My friends would like to try something different, so we are researching different all-inclusive resorts and possibly renting a villa in Cozumel. All of us are looking for the best value for our money at this point. Someday, we’ll go all out…. sparing no expense, but for now…. we need value.
The all-inclusives do provide a great value though you may sacrifice food quality and/or variety, though you can always supplement your all-inclusive experience by trying out other food options in town a couple of times. A villa is a great option for keeping things low-key, buying and cooking your own meals. For some, myself included, vacation is when I don’t want to worry about things I typically do like buying groceries, cooking and cleaning the kitchen. However, I did rent a villa in Solomon Bay just north of Tulum, which was a great vacation. It was pretty affordable for my family of 5, though that was before we were diving. The best snorkeling right off our private beach!!
So, which way do we go?? What has been your experience for a great vacation at not a great expense?