Cancún Travel Guide

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Cancún Things to Do

  • 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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  • Xcaret

    About one hour by bus from the hotels area, Xcaret is something not to be missed. Only a little help from men made a place with natural beauty and signs of history a park where children and adults may spend a full day, with many and different attractions.

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  • Isla Mujeres

    Isla Mujeres is not a big islands, the length is only about 7 km long and 650 meters (Wiki). We hired a golf buggy and travelled almost the length of the island. It was fun. That was one of the things to do that we did on the island. The rest was shopping, eating and drinking in one of the many bars. There are others to amuse yourself like...

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Cancún Hotels

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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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  • 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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  • Hard Rock Cafe

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Cancun has a very nice Hard Rock. It is located in the Hotel Zone in the mall with Coco Bango, I cannot remember the name. Maybe The Forum? You can't miss it. I will get the address and have it below. Good food, good service and a great view of the ocean depending on where you are sitting. There is live music at night with a pretty good sized...

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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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  • Senor 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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  • Daddy O's

    Had heard that this was the 2nd best nightclub in Cancun, but we were really disappointed, especially after having been to Coco Bongo! We went on a Friday night, so I would've expected it to be quite busy, but it was really quiet! Music wasn't great and they didn't have the same entertainment value as Coco Bongo. The one cool thing was the...

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Cancún Transportation

  • Buses

    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

    The airport is located around 20 km (12 mi) from the hotel zone, approximately a 20 minute trip by car. From Cancún Airport: take the main exit road and follow the signs to the Hotel Zone. This road becomes Kulkulcan Boulevard. Proceed straight until kilometer marker 17. Turn left and then right into the Golf course. You can watch my 3 min 20...

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  • Rent a Car

    This location is off airport, I wasn't greeted at the airport, and need to engage a local police officer to figure out how to get them to come pick me up at the airport. Then I was charged 200% of the quoted rate but it was midnight and I still had to get 2 kids over an hour away so I had not choice but to accept the increase at the time and try to...

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Cancún Shopping

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  • La Isla Shopping Mall

    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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  • Markets

    This is the market where the locals go. It is called Market 23. It is a bit difficult to find and some of the venders can't speak English. We had to ask a few times before we received enough directions to find it, but it was worth the trouble. We found some great buys on hand painted pottery, masks, and other such local crafts. Local crafts are the...

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  • Kukulcan 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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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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  • Slow Pace

    Any gringos with little patience for slow service should probably stay away from Cancun. The fact that the city owes it's sheer prominence almost entirely to foreign tourism, combined with the Yucatan Peninsula's staggering humidity, keeps Cancun perhaps a virtual opposite of such places as New York or Osaka, when it comes to a businesslike...

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  • Learn the lingo

    Many first names have a Spanish equivalent. For fun, find out if you have a Spanish name before you go so that you can use it to introduce yourself. Hotel workers, guides, and locals will be able to remember your name much better if it's something familiar that they can easily pronounce. The first few days I was in Mexico I noticed that locals had...

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Cancún Warnings and Dangers

  • Dont Drink 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

    We got a rather persuasive but totally inaccurate sales pitch at the Wesint Lagunamar resort. Unfortunately we took the bait and are now stuck with it. At issue is that they told us from 8 months to 3 months before a travel date we could reserve at a sister resort in the Westin system. So I purchased and went to reserve in Hawaii or the Carribean...

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  • Beware of strong 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

  • Beach Pants from Friends of the Reef

    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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  • Staying at a Resort

    - If you plan on spending lots of time exploring the beaches, you may want to bring a small bag with zippers on it. Things can fall from open pockets on bags and disappear in the sand.- A collapsible bag you can use later to bring home souvenirs. Many people like to buy large Mexican blankets which they have trouble fitting into their suitcase...

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  • Can you say - Sunscreen???

    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...

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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

  • Snorkeling

    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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  • Swimming

    Swimming with the dolphins at Xel Ha was so much fun. I think I got the biggest laugh from watching David's mom freak out as the dolphins picked her up. I like it because the dolphins came up and kissed me on the cheek, and they swam over my stomach, and allowed me to rub them. The neatest thing and one I recommend wholeheartly is to let them pick...

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  • Fishing

    If you'd like to try deep-sea fishing, contact Club Lagoon, Wild Goat Marina (phone 83-0062) or Aqua Tours (phone 83-0227). Catch includes swordfish, blue and white marlin, dolphin (the fish, not the mammal), shark, wahoo and barracuda, depending upon time of year. Expect to pay about US$200-$300 for half a day and up to US$400-$500 for a full day.

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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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  • 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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  • Xcaret

    after an impressive Mexican folklore dance demonstrations at the theater in the afternoon the high point of any Xcaret visit is the Xcaret's Grand Night Performances for all your senses. An epic celebration with the sights and sounds of a grand festival set in Mexico's golden years,the splendor of Mayan kings, the drama of the Ball Game and the...

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