I've been researching , and really leaning towards the Mayan Riviera for cost and location, not too long of a flight with babies. The only thing, my fiance is worried about the criminal activity in Mexico. I tried to tell him, there's really no reason to leave the resort other than to see the ruins... Idk. Insights and feedback appreciated!
I don't think anyone can attest there is crime in Mexico, but think about how much crime there is at home you know?
If you pick the Mayan side you are picking the safest areas in Mexico. My fiance's cousin lives in Merida and has for many years - he raised his kids there. They are Canadian. (Merida uses the Cancun airport too). My fiance's brother and their family are also moving there at the end of October.
I think at the end of the day, there is crime EVERYWHERE! And if you stick to the resort or the tourist areas off the resort you will be fine. Bad things happen to people in the wrong place at the wrong time, but that happens in your own backyard too. If you go out looking for drugs, or trouble, you will probably find it. If you just keep to yourself you will be fine.
I have been to the Mayan. I went shopping in Playa Del Carmen and I also went on an excursion (XPlor) and had a fabulous time. I never once felt unsafe. I was scared at first as I had never left Canada or USA, but quickly realized I was fine.