On a resent trip to Cozumel I was on a quest for two things, Mexican Vanilla and Mexican Chocolate both of which I scored big. But first the Vanilla. The Mexican people feel the vanilla bean is a gift from God so they treat it as such. Most homes have a vine or two growing around there home as a protection.
The Vanilla you get in Mexico is in its purest form, and has such depth to it's flavor. More like a wine. I bought two different liters to try them side by side, and they are very different. One being very subtle and the other with a much bolder almost coconut aroma. The second has the whole vanilla bean in the bottle.
If you ever get the chance to go to Mexico don't miss out on all it has to offer. Although they are having some difficult times right Now, the Mexican people are so happy to serve you in there shops and restaurants. (Los Cinco Soles, was a great shop) Stay within the confines of the tourist areas and you will be fine. Remember they love to haggle over the price of there goods. I got to use all my "Dora The Explorer" Spanish that I know, and they got a real kick out of that! Mom and I got some great deals and had a blast.