Cancún Travel Guide

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Cancún Things to Do

  • Xcaret

    X caret is the Mexican Disneyland, you have fun diversion with mini parks about Mexican culture, also you have natural diversion like the underground river. At ninth, the guys of X cartet prepare to you a musical of Mexico's History, from the Pre Hispanic age to the Mexican revolution.

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  • Chichen Itza

    It´s a couple of hours by car from Cancun, but I think that it's impossible to skip its visit. Chichen-Itza it's popular worldwide, and it would be silly not to visit it, being so close. So, have swim in the early morning (great!) visit Chichen-Itza, and have another late swim to receive the night (even better)

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  • Isla Mujeres

    Isla Mujeres allowed two programs - one by day, mainly consisting in snorkeling or diving -, and the one that we made. We had to choose, snorkel was something that only some of us would do, and we had already done somewhere else, and that's why we choose the nightly program. However, I was told that the island is great for fish, so the program...

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Cancún Hotels

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  • Hyatt Zilara Cancun

    Service: The best service I have ever experienced. For example, we got in the room and I opened 2 of...

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  • Sun Palace

    I believe that most everyone that posted positivie comments either on this site or Trip Advisor had...

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  • El Dorado Royale

    Arrival on July 7th for a wedding on the 9th. Stayed in Casitas 31, second floor. I have nothing but...

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Cancún Restaurants

  • La Parilla

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Our taxi drops us just about 2 feet from the entrance to La Parilla in Cancun. Talk about curbside service. Enter into an open air borderline outdoor restaurant, as the walls are not exactly walls but shaped and curled cut outs of wrought iron. It was late for lunch, about 3 pm, but the restaurant was still pretty full. Our friendly waiter took our...

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  • Street & Local Food

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Tikin xic is one of the best fish dishes I've had, and I must say, I've had a lot. Remember the alternative spellings too, because it may be see as "tikin xic", "tik-n-xic" and "tikik chick" or anything that is phonetically the same. What is is loosely is charbroiled fish brushed with achiote sauce (a slightly spicy red sauce). What is is...

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  • La Casa de las Margaritas

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We were strolling around La Isla Shopping Center when we came across La Casa de las Margaritas. I read reviews about it from other VT travelers - thanks guys! - and recommend the place either for lunch or dinner. While we unfortunately missed the evening performances (they start at 7:30pm, we arrived at 10:00pm and the place was cleared out), the...

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Cancún Nightlife

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  • CoCo Bongo

    Dance till the sun comes up. Great music, live entertainers drop from the ceiling and perform on stages. Madonna, Michael Jackson, Spiderman, Beetlejuice, Lenny Kravitz include some of the impersonators that perform and lipsync to music while you dance. Great energy and packed with loads of people... You can dance on the bar or on the...

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  • Señor Frogs

    Great night spot for some not for others. In the last few years they have moved from rocknroll to techno dance music. Gone is the 1 1/2 meter pool and the extended 2nd floor dance platform. They still have contest and conga/tiquilla line and lots of fun but it's more for young dance crowd. My brother & I were grossed out. We decided to leave and...

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  • Dady’O

    Generally the whole area of Kukulcan Blvd where Dady O's and Coco Bongo and Carlos n Charlie's are, is very lively, loud, and full of people in the evenings. During the day you're approached by sales people trying to organize tours for you at the local tourist sites or trying to sell you armbands for the night at their club. There are plenty of...

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Cancún Transportation

  • Vehicle rentals

    Don't even know where to start, but here we go: 1) ooold car with lot of miles 2) forced to take all the insurance. the rental went from $40 to $270. The person renting me the vehicle wanted to take $6000 hold on the credit card if I declined the LDW(loss damage waiver) 3) the damage waiver covers 90% of the damages and the first 10% are your...

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  • Bus - Local

    The Great Parnassusò Hotel is located at the distance about 4km from the downtown part of which is known as "El Centro". I used to walk there but preferred to come back by bus. There is a public transit bus system, servicing the hotel zone. It seemed extremely cheap for me. You can watch my 3 min 29 sec Video Cancun Walk along the Hotel's Area ...

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  • Taxi's

    Ofcourse there are people that dont like to be taken to the hotel in a bus with all the other sweety people. They like to take their own car with a chaufeur....called a TAXI. If you are one of them make sure you make a prize before you start driving..... If you like to know about renting a car, going by taxi and more....see the website below.

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Cancún Shopping

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  • La Isla Shopping Village

    Even though you are not the type of person who like shopping a lot, you will feel like you'll miss something if you didn't go here. I would suggest you to go to La Isla shopping village in the evening time when all the decoration lights are on. You wouldn't believe that you were shopping in Mexico!! This shopping mall is well organized and well...

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  • Kukulcán Plaza

    There is great browsing in this Mall. I love to walk around here. It's so cool (A/C wise) and some of the best coffee ever too. You can get good deals on T-shirts here. If you want the cheap ones go to market 28, however if you want decent stuff for Kids Carribean side has good deals. A lot. Ruth Chris steak house there charges 32.00 for a ribeye....

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  • Shopping

    So many shops so many souvieniers to buy....so many drugs to try, get whatever you need at these places.... beware: use bargaining skills because theywillofferyouapricethatisthe highest they think you will pay! Coral, SILVER very cheap! tequila!handbags, my favorite was the art work andcrafts... marajuana was good, the Xtasy was not so good, and...

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Cancún Local Customs

  • Tipping

    I generally tip both the maid(on the bed) and the mini fridge server (normally in fridge so obvious for him) a couple of dollars each day, these are separate jobs (always been female for maids and male for bar porter, but this could be different at different resorts but doubt it). This will help you know if the person responsible for filling the...

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  • Local People

    In this part of the country, more than I've seen anywhere else in the word, the locals have a wickedly brilliant sense of humour. I discovered this when a hotel worker asked where I was going and I said, "Plaza Dos-Miles." He looked at me confused, "Plaza Dos-Miles?... I never heard of it... Ohhh... you must mean 'Plaza Tabasco'. You have to tell...

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  • Learn the lingo

    Its always interesting to see the differences in words that are normal in one language, but have a very different connotation in other languages. Here, Sarah is enjoying a leisure stroll in Cancun, and we run into a Bimbo on the road! Luckily, this is just bimbo bread!!!

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Cancún Warnings and Dangers

  • Drinking Water

    I've been to Cancun 30-40 times and I don't believe I've ever gotten sick from bad water in the hotel zone, but there are a few things some of you need to know: 1. Chichen Itza is NOT in the Cancun Hotel Zone. It's two hours away and there are many places where the tap water isn't purified. 2. If you are in a place where the water isn't pure, it...

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  • Timeshare

    A couple of years back my husband I were forced to "run the gauntlet" at the Cancun airport. We fell for the VillaDelPalmar come on. We got bus tours to Chichen Itsa and Talume and spent way more than 90minutes at their presentation. We bought a junior suite every year flex timeshare from them trading in the one we bought in Mazatlan. We were more...

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  • Sun

    For us - northern people - hot Mexican sun in February is a great fun and a great danger at the same time. Especially on the beach! Especially when we're on the beach all day long! Save yourself in the shadow, wear a T-shirt when you're walking along the beach until you bring yourself into the water. You can watch my 2 min 39 sec Video Cancun Walk...

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Cancún Tourist Traps

  • Shopping-Prices

    This is an open market in downtown Cancun. The place is very charming and different. You can find jewelery and art and crafts. The place is just a a market to rip pleople off. The sales people are very good at ripping you off and sell you everything more expensive. I also made the mistake of using both my credit cards and the merchant rip me off....

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  • Booking Tours

    I've booked many tours in Cancun. The best advise I can give is to book your tours face to face. Avoid booking online. There is little recourse if things don't measure up. I always leave my hotel to book with one of the independant shops. It is cheaper. The shops in the hotel are always more expensive because they have to pay a concession to the...

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  • TimeShares

    Upon arrival they offered to each one of us a slab with traditional motifs, with the only obligation to spend some minutes in a "information meeting". We had an unexpected dose of time sharing promotion, with all the common show, of periodical clapping hands, proving that we were the only "silly people resisting to the offered marvels". We did...

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Cancún What to Pack

  • Baggage

    If you can do it only pack a carry on. Luggage and Customs is a pain You can get by with 3 pairs of shoes. Sandels (beach and Dress) and Tennis shoes. Every hotel I have stayed at in Cancun has toiletries such as shampoo, soap and condt. If you can get by with what the hotel supplies do it. Bring you own medicane in it's orig. bottle if at all...

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  • Sunblock

    If you are a collector of touristy type things (magnets, ceramics, jewelry, clothing) - then bring an extra bag to put all of your purchases into for the trip home. Sunscreen is the number one item to bring! I got horribly burned and learned my lesson. Otherwise beachwear is a must. Your hotel will provide you with beach towels most likely, so just...

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  • Clothing

    If you're going to take one pair of pants, take these. They take no space in your luggage, are super light and will dry in a few minutes. 2 models: long or cargo. You can find them in some stores in Cancun and online at www.FriendsoftheReef.com

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Cancún Off The Beaten Path

  • Isla Mujeres

    It's very possible that 1 of 10 locals will give you a good deal. In our case, we took a recent trip to cancun and went to Isla de las Mujeres, and although fun at first, we quickly found out we were victims of groping and then money snatchers. When you head to Juarez on the R1 get off the first exit where the big boats take off. The second stop...

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  • Cenotes

    We visited Ik Kil after a tour of Chichen Itza. If you have the option to do this (sometimes your tour will offer the stop), go for it! It was one of the highlights of our entire trip. I think entry was only $7 or $10. A pleasant cool freshwater swim after sweating like crazy and climbing around the dusty ruins was perfect. You decend to the...

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  • Chichen Itza

    Stoped in a small town on the outskirts of Merida and stayed in a Hacienda. Very different from the usual hotels etc but very interesting and cozy. Took the local transportation. Cost 10 pesos and very efficient for narrow streets. Lots of fun and worth a try. Unforgettable adventure...

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Cancún Sports & Outdoors

  • Dive or Snorkel

    I thought the beaches and oceans would be dirty in Cancun but they were beautiful. So far everywhere I have been in the gulf is beautiful. And I heard Cancun as the second largest coral reef in the world so go figure it was the best snorkeling EVER!!!

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  • Parasailing

    Parasailing is probably one of the 2 or 3 best things to do in Cancun besides snorkeling and scuba diving, both of which are really fun. I loved parasailing off of the resort. It was so nice to get up about 200 feet in the area and just see the whole resort, first hand. The breeze up there is so nice, and you can just sit back and relax. Looking...

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  • Hotels Activities

    They suggest packages at TPC Cancun to Parnassus Resorts guests. Guests of Parnassus Resorts have golf packages included in their stay. Their suggestions include: • Unlimited Golf at TPC Cancun for one day • Roundtrip tarnsportation • Tee time • Practice facility access • Unlimited bottled water • Shared golf cart • 20% discount on equipment...

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Cancún Favorites

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  • Hotel Zone

    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...

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  • Nichupte Lagoon

    My collection of scenic sunsets was added by the wonderful sunset over the Nichupte Lagoon in Cancun. You can watch my 3 min 01 sec Video Sunset over Cancun part 1 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' 8.91" N 86° 47' 1.20" W or on my Google...

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  • Isla Mujeres

    For years we vacationed in Cancun....Then we found Isle Mujeres. What a perfect vacation spot. The shopping is great, especially when you get off the main drag. The food is fantastic. There are so many places to eat there with a vast array of selections. Make sure you go to Chile Locos for breakfast...its the best on coffee I have ever had! Be...

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