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I am so over AIs...

Just came back from Grand Palladium Akumal, after an 11-day "girls' trip" with my sister and baby niece. AI is not something we normally go for, but this time, with a 9-mo, we chose comfort and convenience. The reviews of this place are consistently great, and I must admit, it is a perfectly fine resort: silky sand, good food, exotic animals roaming the property...

I just felt so out of place! I probably won't go to an AI again. What upset me the most was large groups of fellow Americans, with their floats, drinks, and hot dogs, partying daily right in the Caribbean Sea - not some pool from which you can fish out the glasses, throw in a bit of chlorine, and reuse - the sea, you know, with corals and turtles and endangered species... If it were up to me, I would fine them so hard they would never be able to afford to leave their Main Street...  All this free booze sure does bring out the stupid in some people...

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Re: I am so over AIs...

  • Sorry about your experience.  I don't use AIs as much, but it was a good introduction for me when I first started to travel.  Now, I only go to AIs for my "lazy holidays" - when I just want to have everything convenient and taken care of.  When I do use an AI, I usually go to a couples-only resort so I do not have to deal with the drunk party-ers. 
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  • Yea...I sympathize.  It is crazy how stupid people get and disrespectful.  Sorry you had to deal with that nonsense on your vac.  It stinks that it does ruin the natural surroundings for future generations.
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  • sporkysporky member
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    i'm not sure what stupid tourists have to do with AIs? those types of people can be found everywhere.
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    i'm not sure what stupid tourists have to do with AIs? those types of people can be found everywhere.

    Very true, everywhere - though maybe, in weaker concentration (of person per sq. ft. of the sea, and alcohol per person :) I think when you are free to move around, it's easier to avoid them; whereas, in the AI+baby situation, we had to stay put and deal with it - but that's my personal take on things.

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    i'm not sure what stupid tourists have to do with AIs? those types of people can be found everywhere.

    In AIs, people drink in excess since "they either already paid for it or view it as free".  The AI atmosphere promotes drinking alot (waiters on the beach, bars all over) where a normal hotel does not.  Don't get me wrong, I drink more at AIs too but refrain from being loud, obnoxious, and drunk.  I just take a beach nap :)

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  • I'm sure that happens at non-ais too....
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    I'm sure that happens at non-ais too....

    Of course, and I would hate to see it just as much at any other place. Turning the sea into the pool of urine and food scraps is not my idea of having a good time - too bad there isn't a policy against it. And as I said, at AI, I just felt I couldn't get away from it...

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  • While I'm not a fan of AI's in general(not personal enough, subpar food and watered down drinks) I highly doubt some drunks having fun on vacation is going to ruin our ocean life forever.  Littering is inexcusable, but some spilled drinks a hot dog or too and some floaties are minor in the grand scheme of what is destroying our oceans. 
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    image alithebride:
    I'm sure that happens at non-ais too....

    Of course, and I would hate to see it just as much at any other place. Turning the sea into the pool of urine and food scraps is not my idea of having a good time - too bad there isn't a policy against it. And as I said, at AI, I just felt I couldn't get away from it...

    LOL you're rightbut i'm also surprised. i've been down to cancun and RM 11 times or so over thepast 10 years and haven't ever seen anything like that. but fish pee too......just saying.  pee isn't much of an issue to me. what IS an issue is people that dont use biodegradable sunscreen. that will kill stuff faster than anything.

    Friday, December 28 2012. The day I had emergency appendix surgery in Mexico and quit smoking. Proof that everything has a good side!! DH and I are happily child-free!! No due date or toddler tickers here!! my read shelf:
    Alison's book recommendations, favorite quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf) 
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