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Cancun: City of Sun, Fun, and Romance

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A June 2000 trip to Cancun by Coach Bear

Continental Plaza Cancun All Inclusive Photo, Cancun, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Cancun is the city for fun under the sun. And don't forget the romance. I hope to tell you about the restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, and activities available in the city.

Cancun: City of Sun, Fun, and Romance

Overview

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If you want to have a week of leisure, a solid week of parties, dancing, dining, educational and cultural opportunities, history, or just romance, visit the beautiful city of Cancun. I have traveled to Cancun at least once per year since 1996. I plan to make this a part of my lifestyle for as long as I live. Traveling with my wife to the restaurant and nightclubs, to the Mayan ruins, to shop, or to see the major sights is one of my great pleasures. Plus, the city is known for its hot and steamy romance. I certainly enjoy the added excitement that I feel when I visit the city.Quick Tips: More than 100,000 people fly into and out of Cancun on a daily basis. This is a city that was buil...Read More

Imperial Las Perlas

Hotel | "Imperial Las Perlas Cancun"

Imperial Las Perlas Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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During my four week stay in Mexico I spent the first two and last evenings at the Imperial Las Perlas. I arrived in Cancun on a Thursday afternoon, so I needed two nights prior to my week at my timeshare. By arriving on a weekday and leaving on a weekday (with a weekend between) the airfare was less by almost 50%. This enabled me to pay for extra days in the city with the money that I saved on airfare. The reception desk area at the hotel was small, and the employee on duty could not find my reservations for almost 30 minutes. This was a major cause of irritation for me. I gave the man a copy of the fax I had received with my reservation guarantee and number, but he would not accept this unt...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 16, 2003

Imperial Las Perlas
PASEO KUKULCAN KM 2 5 ZONA
Cancun, Mexico 77500
52-998-849-5200

Holiday Inn Cancun

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Hotel

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I was strongly impressed during my visit to the Holiday Inn Cancun by the convenience and luxury of the surroundings. Not only was I was able to stay in a four-star quality hotel, but I still had access to all of the activities that I enjoy in Cancun and the surrounding areas. My last stay at this hotel was during a three and one-half week visit to the area. I travelled around the city of Cancun, spent time on Isla Mujeres, time in Estado Yucatan, time in Cozumel, and returned to Cancun. The Holiday Inn Cancun (Downtown) was my hub during the trip. From the hotel, I was able to visit the many restaurants in downtown and on the island, go to the beach, and spend my evening...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2003

Holiday Inn Cancun
Avenue Nader #1 S.M. 2
Cancun, Mexico
998-887-4455

Howard Johnson Kokai Cancun

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Hotel

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I stayed at the Howard Johnson Kokai during a two week visit to Cancun. This hotel was less expensive than many of the other options that were available to me. Plus, I was familiar with the manager of the hotel through mutual acquaintances. I found the hotel to be charming, but less so than I had anticipated. This was mainly due to ongoing renovations, though. The pool was not functional while I was staying there, thus it was inconvenient to do some of the activities which I had planned. However, there was a four-time daily shuttle from the hotel to another hotel with beachfront access. So, I was able to spend most of my days at the beach. As always, the evenings were open f...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 11, 2003

Howard Johnson Kokai Cancun
Avenida Uxmal #26
Cancun, Mexico
998-884-3218

Continental Plaza Cancun All Inclusive

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Hotel | "Continental Plaza Cancun"

Continental Plaza Cancun All Inclusive Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Best Things Nearby:The best things nearby are the malls (Flamingo Plaza, Forum by the Sea, Kukulcan Plaza, and Mayafair Plaza), the beach (on-site), and Pat O'Brien's.Best Things About the Resort:Resort Experience:When I first went to Cancun in 1996 I visited the Continental Plaza. The decor of the rooms and the views from the resort were enough for me to return the following year and commit to a timeshare membership. At that time, the Balet Folklorico was located at the hotel. It has since move to Xcaret. Still, the resort offers an excellent location and plenty of activities. There are three pools, a beach at your door, a restaurant (Tony Roma's), ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2002

Continental Plaza Cancun All Inclusive
Km 11 Boulevard Kukulcan
Cancun, Mexico 77500
+52 (988) 15500

Altamar Restaurante Español

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Restaurant

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When I first visited this restaurant it was called Paella Club. It has since changed its name. However, the food and the menu remain the same. I have visited the Altamar Restaurante Español on three separate occasions. The owners are brothers, and relatives, that have immigrated from Spain. They brought their local specialties to Cancun to share in the dining market. The reaturant is listed in the Cancun guide as a seafood restaurant. While there is seafood on the menu, I recommend any of the paellas that they make. They even have a seafood version. The flavors of this Spanish dish are distinctly different from those that many consider Mexican food. The blend of saffron mixed...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2002

Altamar Restaurante Español
Calle Tulipanes 29
Cancun, Mexico
998-884-1083

Restaurant Rosa Mexicano

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Restaurant

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I fell in love with Cancun before I met my present wife. I have traveled to the city more than 10 times, sometimes alone, and sometimes with a companion. During one of those previous visits to Cancun I was with a female friend. As we strolled through the streets of downtown Cancun, we became hungry and entered the Restaurant Rosa Mexicano, where we were promptly seated in an upstairs dining area. That evening my senses were aflame. I noticed everything around me. The decor of the restaurant was the traditional Mexican style with wooden tables and chairs, different colored lights, and cattle horns hanging on the walls. The food on the menu ranged from steaks to seafood. The aroma of garlic and ch...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 15, 2003

Restaurant Rosa Mexicano
Claveles 4
Cancun, Mexico
998/884-6313

U´Mediterraneo

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Restaurant

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Forum by the Sea is one of the newer plazas in all of Cancun and holds many of the more exclusive establishments in the area. One of these is the Italian restaurant U´Mediterraneo. It is a wonderful restaurant with the décor and the food being those of the traditional Italian style. One of my favorite places to visit when in Cancun is U´Mediterraneo. I visited this restaurant soon after it first opened in 1997. I was greatly impressed by the handmade salt-and-pepper shakers and the stoneware serving dishes, all specially made in Mexico City. Plus, this restaurant has one of the most romantic views of the ocean and beach that I have seen in the Cancun area. A large window overlooks the beach and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 15, 2003

U´Mediterraneo
Forum by the Sea
Cancun, Mexico
+52 (998) 883-1862

Los Rancheros

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Restaurant

Los Rancheros Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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One of my favorite restaurants in Cancun is Los Rancheros. Each time that I have visited the city, I have made at least one stop at the restaurant. Los Rancheros is located in Flamingo Plaza, which is directly across the street from the Continental Villas Plaza and is near Pat O'Brien's. The food served there is traditional Mexican, and the visitor can find all of the typical trappings of the local cuisine - refried beans, pico de gallo, tacos, Mexican chicken, rice, and other dishes. For me, the most enjoyable time to visit is during the lunch hour, as a buffet is served at a reasonable price (there is also a buffet for breakfast). These meals are inexpensive (about $5 - $7) when compared to ma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 29, 2003

Los Rancheros
Flamingo Plaza Km. 11.5
Cancun, Mexico
998/885 27 58

Bogart's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Bogart's"

Bogart's Restaurant Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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As you walk along the sidewalks by Krystal going toward Christine's, it is impossible to miss the site of diners through the window of a luxurious restaurant. In front of the restaurant, beside a pool, is a bronze sculpture of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. During my first three trips to Cancun I wondered about the inside of this place. Finally, I made reservations and took my wife out for supper to Bogarts. As we entered the lobby, there were potted plants set on Persian carpets. We had a short wait to be seated, then were taken through three different dining areas to our table. The room which first caught my attention was one with a piano bar. A man was playing the piano, reminisc...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 27, 2002

Bogart's Restaurant
Kukulcan Boulevard
Cancun, Mexico
+52 (98) 83-1133

Santa Fe Café

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Restaurant

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During our travels to Cancun, my wife and I have visited the Santa Fe Café’ on at least four occasions. Located in the Forum by the Sea Plaza, Santa Fe Café’ has joined a large number of other restaurants that offer fine dining. This establishment combines nouveau-Western food and a microbrewery to give the diner a unique experience. The guest/diner is offered a selection of different pastas, sandwiches, desserts, and beers from a fine microbrewery on the premises. Over a three-year time period during which I have visited the restaurant, the selection of beers that have been offered has been slightly different each time. Bottled beers such as Dos Equis, Corona, and Negra Modelo remain the same, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2003

Santa Fe Café
Forum by the Sea Plaza
Cancun, Mexico

Pat O'Brien's

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Restaurant

Pat O'Brien's Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Pat O'Brien's is a restaurant in Cancun located directly across the street from the Continental Plaza Hotel. It was only natural for me to amble across the street from my room and mingle with the crowd when I visited the city. Part of a chain of five such establishments in major tourist cities, the Pat O’Brien’s in Cancun is one of the most popular evening spots in the city. I have been to this restaurant numerous times during at least three separate vacation trips. The last visit gave me the opportunity to take my wife. She had never heard of the restaurant before, but she quickly learned to appreciate the beauty of the location (set amid beautiful beaches and luxurious resorts), the unique decorativ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 25, 2003

Pat O'Brien's
Plaza Flamenco
Cancun, Mexico

Playa Caracol

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Attraction

Playa Caracol Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Located across the street from Mayafair Plaza and behind the El Presidente hotel is Playa Caracol (Snail Beach). I was introduced to this beach during my first visit to Cancun. The Playa is the largest and most popular beach in all of Cancun and gives the visitor more opportunities to explore beach activities than anywhere else in the area. Many people go to be seen on this beach and many others go to play. I fell in love with the warm white sand and the clear waters on my first visit. There is very little problem with high waves and riptides on this beach (as there are on many other beaches) due to the location in the protected area of the island. Isla Mujeres (in the distance) serves as a nat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 15, 2003

Playa Caracol
Boulevard Kukulcan Km 6
Cancun, Mexico

Hard Rock Café

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Attraction

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One of the more enjoyable places that I visit is the Hard Rock Cafe'. My wife and I usually go to this spot at least twice on each of our visits to Cancun.

I find that the most enjoyable time to visit here is from 9:00 pm and later. Two live bands perform on most nights at 10:30 (all except Wednesdays). The music that they play ranges from Selena to U2 to Lynyrd Skynyrd. The bands that I have seen have been high quality cover bands.

The food is traditional for a pub; burgers and fries, salads, sandwiches, and chicken wings. The drinks tend to be watered down. But, the atmosphere and the music make for an exciting evening.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 13, 2002

Hard Rock Café
Boulevard Kukulcán Km.8.5
Cancun, Mexico
(998) 881-8120

Christine's

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Attraction

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I went to Christine's, located beside Krystal Cancun, with several of my friends to check out the dancing and the other attractions. The evening started slowly, having to await some unknown problem. By the time things began to get going I was anxious. I noticed that my friends and I were the oldest people in the club. Most of the dancers ranged in age from 18 - 30. It certainly boosted our morale to be noticed by several very attractive girls, though. The music began playing, dancers started going to the floor, and the party began. Music tended to be modern rock and disco. There were plenty of disco lights and a few lasers. The party continued until about 4:00 am. Dr...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 13, 2002

Christine's
Boulevard Kukulkan km 9
Cancun, Mexico 77500
(998) 883-1133

La Boom

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Attraction

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I met four ladies from my home area while at the beach of my hotel. We were all on vacation for the week, so we decided to check out one of the "hot spots" that the younger people kept talking about. I really was uncertain of my expectations for the evening, but I knew that there would be dancing. At the entrance to the club was a group of about 50 young teenagers who were on their senior trips. They set a negative tone for the evening from the beginning, as they were obnoxious and demanding. Their chaperones were not far behind them in their rudeness. However, the four ladies and I decided to venture forth and try to see what could be made of our evening. We danced and socialized...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 13, 2002

La Boom
Boulevard Kukulcan Km 3.5
Cancun, Mexico