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  • Caribbean Sea in Cancun
    Caribbean Sea in Cancun
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  • Beachfront paradise in Cancun
    Beachfront paradise in Cancun
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  • Beachfront paradise in Cancun
    Beachfront paradise in Cancun
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    The hotel zone

    by Maria_75 Written Nov 16, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Zona hotelera or the hotel zone lies about 10 km from the downtown area. The best way to get around is by bus, as distances can be a bit long. This is were most of the hotels and generally most of the life is. It is a long and narrow reef stretched along the mainland. On one side you have the beach facing the caribbean sea and on the other side is the lagoon.

    North in the zone is the "party zone" where most of the action is. Here you can find many malls, restaurants, bars and discos.

    The hotel zone in Cancun

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    The creation of a holiday resort

    by Maria_75 Updated Nov 16, 2004

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    Favorite thing: In the late 60's a commitee was doing massive research to find a good place to build a holiday resort. After a while the choice fell on Cancun. They meant it was a perfect place mainly because of it's location, beaches and weather. In the mid-70's they started building, and some of the first hotels was financed by the mexican government.

    After a while the place got very popular and the infrastructure around the Yucatán peninsula started getting better. Before this the peninsula had very little contact with the rest of the country. Roads were in bad condition and communications between the areas were poor. But this started to change as Cancun got more and more popular.

    Today it is one of the most visited places in all of Mexico. Tourists mainly come from USA but also from the rest of the world. Some thinks it is too overdeveloped and others love it. But it is also a good base for exploring many of the great places around the peninsula.

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    Beachfront paradise in Cancun

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 4, 2014

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    Favorite thing: The city is located on the Caribbean Sea, and is one of the easternmost points in Mexico. Cancun – is about 25 km of pristine white beaches shaped like a number "7". There are two possible translations of Cancún, based on the Mayan pronunciation kaan kun. The first translation is "nest of snakes." The second version and less accepted is "place of the gold snake."
    The history of Cancun dates back to 1967 when the Mexican government, recognizing the importance of tourism to the country’s economic future, began a detailed search to pinpoint ideal sites for tourism development.

    You can watch my 3 min 23 sec Video Sunrise in Cancun Great Parnassus Hotel out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

    You can watch my photo of Cancun on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 21° 6' 40.27" N 86° 45' 52.25" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Cancun 2.

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  • Avoid All-Inclusives???

    by jamesyGimp Written Aug 31, 2005

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    Favorite thing: A word on Cancun... The trend over the last 10 years at this destination has been an overwhelming number of all inclusive packages being offered by Hotels in the Hotel Zone.
    While these offers are very attractive, I would recommend two things:
    First
    ...understand that the resorts in the Hotel Zone are NOT located in a dangerous area. Many people are quick to categorize Cancun as a place located in a culturally rich and economically poor area of Mexico. Nothing could be further from the truth.
    Indeed the vast majority of development along the Hotel Zone has been completed since 1990. Having said that, there are many who buy into an all inclusive and remain couped up in their hotel/resort for the duration of their stay, when the majority of the exicitement, nightlife, restaurants and other attractions are just minutes down the boulevard by bus or cab.
    Don't be afraid to take a bus. They are cheap, safe and plentiful. I prefer a cab, but if this is your first trip, be sure to check with your concierge regarding reasonable cab fare rates to your destination.
    Restaurants are much cheaper in town (Cancun Centro) and a bit more "authentic".
    But then again, if you're looking for authentic Mexican culture, odds are you're not going to find it in this area of Mexico.
    Secondly
    ...if you do insist on going AI, do some research. There are many hotels that have attractive deals, but many still that don't deliver on their promises.

    Fondest memory: uhhh...huh huh. huh.

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    Excellent map of the hotel zone

    by Dabs Updated Nov 21, 2004

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    Favorite thing: If you need help in selecting a hotel, this is a great map of the hotel zone

    http://www.cancun-map.com/map_cancunzh_ing.asp

    The Cancun hotel zone is shaped like a 7, hotels with addresses on Kukulcan from km 0 to km 8 are at the top of the 7 closer to downtown Cancun and the ferries to Isla Mujeres, hotels from km 8 to km 20 are on the bottom part of the 7 are closer to the airport and the Riveria Maya activities.

    Hotels from km 8 to km 10 are on the bend of the 7, this is where many of the tourist oriented shops and restaurants are.

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    DREAMING......of the SUN! It...

    by LysDor Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: DREAMING...

    ...of the SUN! It was an ON/OFF relationship with that golden disc and seemed each and everyone was someway under its power. When it came out of the cloud everyone rushed back to their sunbed in between rain-showers. I did that as well but it was real fun to watch people do it from my balcony.

    Then one afternoon it started raining again - so it was back to the hotel room and shower. But it soon changed to a nasty tempest where the strong wind was throwing all sunbeds into the pool and surroundings. I didn't want to stay too close to the window in case some object should bump into it - I have never experienced such bad weather, it was extremely scary!

    I was happy to go downstair to the lobby where happy-hour meant Frozen Strawberry Margaritas and many of them - at least today they were more than welcome *grin*!!

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    A few nice buildings...

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Oct 6, 2006

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    Favorite thing: This is, according to me, a building that houses a few shops and a restaurant that will open till 2005 (called "ty-coz" or something like that)... I really liked it because it has a touch of typically Mexican colonial architecture, which isn't very common in Cancun!! I know it sounds ridiculous but the big and magnificent hotels you can find here usually have every kind of style except for Mexican. So I was glad to find a building that does look like Mexican, and which reminds you that you're in MEXICO!!!!

    Shopping center in Blvd. Kukulcan
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    ALMOST RAINING...The air was...

    by LysDor Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: ALMOST RAINING...

    The air was very warm and humid and due to that hurricane nearby very cloudy!

    I only had a few days to spend in this very touristical resort (well, sometimes it's the easiest way that wins...lol) and wanted to use my time doing fairly nothing except sunbathing, some shopping, listening to some mariachis and tasting local delicacies!

    Don't expect to see any pictures of pyramids, museums or other ancient vestiges - I didn't have the time nor the strenght to go this time :-)!!

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    Caribbean Sea in Cancun

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 31, 2013

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    Favorite thing: You can watch my 3 min 55 sec Video Cancun Great Parnassus Hotel Beach out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

    You can watch my photo of Cancun on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 21° 4' 5.93" N 86° 46' 37.10" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Great Parnassus Hotel Swimming Pool 3.

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    You get the best deal out of...

    by Geisha_Girl Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: You get the best deal out of doing an 'All-Inclusive' package with your hotel. With all the drinks and eats you can have included in the price...........you'll never have to leave the hotel!!

    Fondest memory: The Cabana boys!!

    One can really know how to 'vacation' when you're staying at one of the all-inclusive resorts in Cancun.

    You can sit poolside all day, and the staff caters to you! What other place can offer Tequila volleyball, beer guzzling contests, and Salsa lessons all in one area??

    Rent a banana boat with some friends and see where the waves take you along the Yucatan coast!

    Did I mention the Cabana boys???

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  • This was my first real trip in...

    by scooter3 Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Favorite thing: This was my first real trip in Mexico besides Tijuana or Rosarito, and I wasn't really impressed too much... Our hotel was beautiful and the water was nice, but it wasn't what I expected upon coming to Mexico: very touristy with huge hotels taking up all of the coastline. Most of the people we met there just seemed to be there for drinking ( a lot of young people) and were really pretty obnoxious. If you get out of the hotel zone though, you will find many other things to do: you can visit the Mayan ruins, or get to Cozumel and go scuba diving, or other water sports...

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  • Map of Cancun

    by marcmalano Updated Dec 9, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Cancun is divided into two areas - Downtown and the Hotel Zone (an island shaped like a '7'). The east side of the island has more waves than the north side, which is protected by Isla Mujeres...and during high tide some beaches may not be accessible. Staying at a hotel located in the northeast corner (near the convention center) will give you easy access within walking distance to some of the best clubs and restaurants in the area.
    There are a number of shopping malls in the Hotel Zone, but you will find better prices downtown. Our favorite shopping mall in the hotel zone is the new La Isla Shopping Village.

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    Safety and fun in Cancun

    by Mixchel Updated Mar 19, 2011

    Favorite thing: The entire hotel zone in Cancun is extremely safe and well policed. I would not venture into Cancun city at night or travel by taxi. Stick to the buses, which are fun and inexpensive. As far as travel outside Cancun tourist areas, I personally would stick with a tour company just to be safe and recommend Chichen Itza, the Jungle Adventure and Xel-Ha. I am not a fearful traveler, and have been to Cancun alone with no problems at all...in fact the hotel staff at the Grand Oasis seemed to take extra good care of me for some reason. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

    Anyone who slams Cancun has made no effort to really get to know the area or get out and DO things. Don't like the party scene, choose a resort farther down the hotel zone where everything is closed up by 10pm. It's really just common sense. Choose your hotel wisely (I am loyal to the Grand Oasis, but have tried other hotels too) and as an adult just AVOID SPRING BREAK at all costs. I usually go in late summer/early fall though I went once in May too. I try to go while school is in session for the teens, not that I have anything against teens--I just like to sleep without the "benefit" of blaring hip hop music. Happy Travels!

    Fondest memory: I love Cancun so much it is almost obsessive. My favorite trip was with my two sons when they were teens when we explored snorkeling, Chichen Itza, the Cenotes and Isla. My solo trip was also a lot of fun and very relaxing. There are just SO many diverse things to do! The eco tours are amazing!

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    Hotel Zone in Cancun

    by katalinarunning Written Jun 3, 2007

    Favorite thing: The hotel zone is where the beaches are. And they are indeed beautiful. The sand is very white and never gets hot--even in the heat of the day. Choose your hotel by deciding what you want to do. For example, if you want to swim in the ocean, make sure your hotel has a nice beach where the water is not too rough. Those closer to the point have rougher water. The point is where the action is as far as restaurants and shopping. So if you're more interested in those things, choose one on the point. The buses cover the entire length. Soem hotels are all inclusive, but we chose not to do this because we wanted to be out and about a lot. We were told not to drink the water and we didn't. We all still had a mild stomach discomfort for about three weeks after returning from the first trip. After the second trip, the discomfort was milder and did not last as long.

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Cancun is the sheer beauty of the place. There were always blue skies and sunshine, beautiful clear blue water and beautiful hotels. I also remember the day trips, Chichen Itza and Isla Mujeres, which were new experiences and great fun. The tour guides were wonderful. They were very friendly and witty. If you are a drinker, the cat to Isla Mujeres supplied all you wanted. The people in Cancun know you are a tourist spending your money there and they will try very hard to please you.

    mariachi band at the point hanging out at the point restaurant at the point
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    Best Beach

    by solopes Updated Dec 20, 2013

    Favorite thing: There are lots of excellent hotels in the 20 Km long line of sand that gave notoriety to Cancun. But I was told that, in same sections of it, the sea could become treacherous.

    Krystal hotel had the advantage of being in one of the safest areas of the beach, and being safe, keeping the waves that make all the difference between pool and sea. Great!

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