We are die hard St. Martin fans but took a quick trip to Playa del Carmen and wow, were we pleased. We stayed at Secrets Capri Riviera resort, just a few miles out of Playa del Carmen proper. What a first class resort. We never expected what awaited us at this all inclusive. Going to Mexico and especially staying at an all inclusive we didn't even consider that the food would be one of the highlights but this wonderful resort serves food as good (yes, as good) as in Grand Case, St. Martin . The resort is impeccably clean, the service is more than friendly, drinks and food, whatever you want, around the clock - room service, 24 hours. No one under 18 permitted, no loud drunk people and dress code required. Disco nightly, shows nightly, live piano music nightly, fine restaurants of varying flavors, good sized beautiful rooms with beautiful grounds, maid service twice daily - you have to experience it to believe it. It has the most beautiful pool. Also, the beach is right there and is as beautiful as any caribbean beach we have ever seen. I had previously read some bad comments about the ocean there on tripadvisor.com but the only thing we can think of is that these people experienced the ocean right after a storm because they said there were rocks and the bottom was mucky, but the water was wonderful, clean and smooth, white sand in and out of the water. If you're considering going to playa del carmen, give it a try, at least a look.