I am a new guy to this forum. I have always found in the past that i get the best information on new places from forums like this. I am taking my wife to Cancun this winter. We live in Minnesota and a respite from the subzero temps is almost a necessity. I have many questions, and forgive me if I ramble or if I ask questions too broad to be answered here. Lots of people here (MN) go to the tropics in the winter and hole up at an all inclusive resort. Drinking watered down liquor, eating mediocre food; leaving the states to go somewhere and pretend they are still in America. I am not saying all inclusive is bad, but when I travel, I want to soak in the local culture. We like to eat, drink, snorkel, be by the ocean and shop. So here are my questions. 1. Prices all inclusive vs ala carte? Can we go AC and still have a reasonably priced vacation? 2. Probably should be #1, but SAFETY of AI vs AC. Can we be reasonably safe while taking in local haunts and going off the beaten path? 3. Condo vs Hotel. We like to get condos on VRBO. We have done if for Hawaii and Florida, and in our minds it is the way to go. Same for Cancun? I have lots of other questions, and hopefully some of you can help me out. Like I said I KNOW NOTHING. Thank you in advance.