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The Real Cancun on the cheap

A September 2002 trip to Cancun by RTprobst

Quote: Stay at Royal Mayan with car rental and drove to Tulum, Coba, Ek Balaam, Chichen-Itza, Isla Mujeres and visited downtown of Old Cancun

The Real Cancun on the cheap

Overview

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Ek Balaam - see the carved statues and climb the massive ruins and city fortifications.Chichen-itza - climb the pyramid El Castillo, see the ball court and jaguar. Isla Mujeres and see the little turtles at the turtle farm and hold the sharks (buy a cheap conch shell you can blow) and eat fish at Playa Lancheros and listen to spanish music on the satellite jukebox (after half a day of snorkeling). Shop on Isla and see the conch shell shaped home and lighthouse. Coba's pyramid is higher than Chichen-itzas (the pyramid climbs are easy, so don't let anyone scare you). Coba's great restaurant has cheap chicken wrapped in banana leaves or fish.Old Cancun and go where the locals shop - see ...Read More

Royal Mayan

Hotel

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It was less than $50 a night because we traded a cheap timeshare for one of the world's best, according to the Timeshare Users Group . This was our second time at the Royal Mayan. The timeshares are as well-appointed as any other we have been to. They have irons and ironing boards, full-sized dishwashers, ovens, microwaves, fridge, two bedrooms and two baths in a full unit (can be split in two). They have multi-level pools and offer tons of free activities. Free sailboat use for an hour a day, free hour-long kayak trips, bikes, snorkel gear, towels, wheelchairs, Spanish lessons, aerobics, and water aerobics... They have three Royal resorts--the Mayan, Islander, and Carribe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2002

Royal Mayan
Boulevard Kukulcan Retorno Gucumatz
Cancun, Mexico 77500
52 998/8810100

Playa Lancheros

Restaurant

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It was informal--I had heard about resorts on Isla Mujeres and learned that they're not on par with American resorts. Still, we found that the fish they served was amazing (even if the service is relaxed; aka slow). That said, the atmosphere is worth the wait. We got there around 11am. No one else was there yet, so we got our orders in and sat under a palapa (thatched-roofed open-air seating). We ordered the fish and Angela ordered the quesadillas. The fish was placed between two handheld grills, rubbed with marinade, and placed on a coal fire. I videotaped the whole thing--it was awesome. I appreciated the fact that the grill was away from our seats so we didn't get too hot. While we waited, we...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2002

Playa Lancheros
Isla Mujeres
Cancun, Mexico
+52 (998) 877-0340

Captain's Cove

Restaurant

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We have been several times, but I think it's typical of the restaurants on the Seven--the food is fine, but you're not going to get the authentic feel of real Mexican cuisine. However, I think it's comparatively priced to most restaurants there and has quite the ambience, since the seating is on the water. Sometimes you can see a shark in the water near the restaurant; the waiters will point them out, if you ask. We thought their best food was the Sopa de Lima (Lime Soup). Angela tried the lime soup at several restaurants and gave the lime soup at Captain's Cove her highest rating My mom thought the chicken fajitas were overpriced because there was very little chicken in the fajitas--...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 24, 2002

Captain's Cove
Paseo KuKulcan Km 17
Cancun, Mexico
(998) 885-0016

Ek Balam Mayan Ruins

Attraction | "Ek Balaam"

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You will love Ek Balaam if you love Mayan ruins and want another place to go besides Chichen Itza. I would recommend getting on the internet before you go to any ruin to get accurate historical information--the information from local guides can be questionable as they're trained by learning from other guides. These ruins are unlike Chichen Itza because the city had 3 walls or fortifications surrounding it. The city ruins are interesting as they contain three-dimensional statues of people and gods. The main building is massive--over a football field long and almost a football field thick. It is near Vallaldolid and is not as well-developed as Chichen Itza, but that also means you...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2002

Ek Balam Mayan Ruins
Highway 295 To Tizimin Yucatan Peninsula
Cancun, Mexico

El Rey Ruins (Las Ruinas del Rey)

Attraction | "El Rey"

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You can borrow or rent bikes from your resort--we borrowed bikes (for free) from the Royal Mayan and biked the 3km to the ruins. We also took Ritz crackers to feed the iguanas, who will come very close to you if you come with crackers--any kind of crackers will do.

The ruins are small and really not much compared to larger scale ruins like Chichen Itza, Coba, Ek Balaam, or Tulum.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2002

El Rey Ruins (Las Ruinas del Rey)
Boulevard Kukulcan Km 17
Cancun, Mexico
(998) 883-2080

Isla Mujeres

Attraction | "Turtle Refuge"

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This was fun--I had never seen so many turtles in my life. There isn't a ton to see on Isla Mujeres but this is a must see.

It only takes an hour or so depending on how many pictures you take. They have some great souvenirs and kids will love the various sizes of the turtles and the large tortoises.

The admission proceeds go towards saving sea tortoises, and the Mexican Government is doing a great service to this end. You can teach your children all about a good environmental project while enjoying cute little turtles by the dozens.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2002

Isla Mujeres
13 Km Ne Of Cancun
Isla Mujeres, Mexico