Shalala Hostel

Orquideas 2, Cancun, Quintana Roo, 77511, Mexico
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Does north or south side hotels have waves from the ocean

by alnur

Hi All,

Am wondering which side to book hotels...I do not like waves and prefer calm ocean which would be the lagoon side. When I look for hotels, it gives a choice of which side I want the hotel to be in and was wondering if it is the north side or south side.

Re: Does north or south side hotels have waves from the ocean

by alza

Hi alnur! The North side beaches are known to be calmer, less waves, as they are sheltered by Isla Mujeres.

Here's a good link on all beaches around Cancun:

Google a map of Cancun and you'll see the lay of the land, how Isla Mujeres protects the North side.

Have fun!

Re: Does north or south side hotels have waves from the ocean

by juliogg

Agree that the N side has much LESS wave action but the south area has much nicer places. As for the Lagoon-- not for swinming. YES there are CROCS. (few but they are there)

Re: Does north or south side hotels have waves from the ocean

by alza

I thought so too, Julio (about nicer beaches), remembered from being in Cancun once. But I didn't know the names of all those beaches, with great descriptions. I hope the OP checks out the link, it's well done.

oh crocs you say? I'll remember THAT for sure... :)

Re: Does north or south side hotels have waves from the ocean

by Gatopardo

Answering your question, they are about the same. It's more a west/east reference.

Now, you really don't want to be near or on Nichupté Lagoon in after sunset(that body of water so close and dividing the hotel zone from the normal cancunian city). It might look calmy but it has its very bad side.

1. As they our dear vters said before, yes, there's wildlife living there so you don't want to go for a swim there (plus is not there for that).

2. It smells so bad after sunset. I have the theory that is the city drain or something like that, it feels like still waters or an estero, but since I don't know about those things, don't follow me on the last one.

Concluding, if you want very calmy waters, stay on the west side of Isla Mujeres (the east is open waters and waves crash hard). If you want something more than that, head North Cancun towards Holbox Island. That's one calmy place, weather permitting.

Good luck and have a happy trip!

Travel Tips for Cancún

Tourists Are People Too

by Kaspian

The biggest complaint from tourists about Cancun seems to be about the number of tourists. (Ironic ain't it?) There are so many tourists that they can't help but get in each other's face. We've all seen them, an oversized couple wearing matching shorts, fanny packs, corny "Cancun Mexico" T-shirts, and sequined purple sombreros fighting for a good spot in the buffet lineup. It's enough to make seasoned travellers cringe in embarrassment. And those people always seem to be in the way.
I think everything would be better off in Cancun if everybody just relaxed a bit on each other. Hey, you're on holiday, and so is everybody else. Let other people do what they do without criticizing too much because sometimes they just don't know any better.
When you stop and talk to them you'll find out things like they're very excited, that they've never been out of their country before. They'll show you photos of their kids; that's when you realize this person is loved, it's somebody's mom or dad and I sure wouldn't want anybody making fun of my mom! (She's not that cool and doesn't move fast either.)
British whining about "dumb Yanks", Americans laughing at foreign accents, senior citizens complaining about young drunks, young drunks making fun of guys wearing speedos. Holy hell, what's wrong with everybody? Can't we just get along here for a few weeks? You're on the beach in paradise, we’re all in this together, besides, you might learn something. Please, please, practice tolerance.

Friendly People

by jujub

i really liked the people there; everyone was nice and really helpful. Here is a picture of Victor, one of the entertainment staff at the hotel i stayed at. He was in charge of taking the hotel guests to the nightclubs and bars.

Tequila was easy to find but...

by Lys-Noir

Tequila was easy to find but not Macarena. I decided to ask the store's 2 girls which didn't speak english but after a while and me even humming the music (heh, heh) they suddenly jumped from behind the desk and shouted all together MACARENA and started to dance it at my stupefaction! That was the weirdest shopping experience I've had so far but fun to remember afterwards!!

So Many Wonderful Beaches to Visit!

by Radiomom

Another day, another beach, another great snorkeling location: Akumal This place has great snorkeling, but you should probably wear those water shoes. We were very glad we had ours with us as the best snorkel spots required climbing over some pretty jagged bottom.

Please Pay the Band

by Kaspian

In Mexico, Cuba, and other Latin countries, bands will expect to receive a tip from you if you are sitting on a patio, cafe, the beach, or a small bar enjoying their music. This is custom and standard, it's how they make a living and they're not getting paid by the venue. Generally $5 for a table of three people is a decent enough tip. The band will consider it stealing if you don't give them something, they're troubadours or mariachis, and they incorrectly assume you already know about the payment arrangement. Even locals give them some money if they stop to enjoy the music. I've seen way too many Western tourists treat them as common buskers or bums trying to rip people off. There can be loud arguments. It's a cultural misunderstanding, with both sides feeling cheated in the end. Know before you sit down that you will be expected to pay and have some money ready to give them when they do a break in their set.
Bonus Tip: If they have a CD for sale and you buy one (approximately $10-15), you won't be expected to give them a tip on top of that. (Get them to sign it for fun, it makes a nice souvenir!)


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