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66 Hours in Cancun

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A February 2003 trip to Cancun by lisanti

Us at the Beach at Costa Real Photo, Cancun, Mexico More Photos
Quote: We wanted to get out of this winter weather for some fun and sun. For the price, you can't beat Cancun. The water is beautiful, the beaches are white, and it's just touristy enough so that you can drink the water.

66 Hours in Cancun

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Overview

Us at the Beach at Costa Real Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Cancun reminded me a lot of Vegas: one main "street" with lots of large hotels all competing to outdo each other. You don''t have to leave your hotel if you don''t want to! There''s also great but expensive nightlife, the Forum shopping center (like Caesar''s in Vegas) and cabs/buses that you must take to get to it all. Maybe it''s just me. The tour to Xel Ha/Tulum was great. It was nice to find a neat package including Mayan Ruins and snorkeling (and much more). All we had to do was catch the tour bus, since it incuded everything from food to snorkeling gear to a tour guide. One particularly memorable moment: Seeing the giant Mexican flag up close. It''s near about 7 Kukulcán. For s...Read More

Costa Real Cancun

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Hotel | "Costa Real"

Costa Real Cancun Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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I did lots of research trying to find the perfect hotel in Cancun. We ended up using an agent who got us a great deal on an all-inclusive(AI) package at Costa Real. The pictures on the website are exactly what it looks like. It was gorgeous and the perfect hotel for our first Cancun trip. When we arrived, we checked in very easily, and got a "free upgrade" to a suite (I think everyone gets "upgraded"). A concierge led us to our room while giving us a quick tour of the property (the gorgeous pool, two restaurants, two bars (one on the beach, one in the lobby), the activities desk). Our room was on the 5th floor, and although we didn''t have much of a view f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 10, 2003

Costa Real Cancun
Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 4.5
Cancun, Mexico
52 (998) 881 73 40

Costa Real Restaurants

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Restaurant

Costa Real Restaurants Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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With the All Inclusive (AI) option, you have the choice of eating at one of the two restaurants located between the pool and the beach, drinking at the bar in the lobby, having drinks and snacks at the bar on the beach, or ordering room service once a day per person. If you are not AI, Costa Real has a "no cash" policy: they make you charge everything to your room. As for tips, we tipped $5 at every meal (there were four of us). Gaviotas: Gaviotas has a fixed "à la carte" menu that changes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We ate at Gaviotas for every meal except one. The à la carte menu was always appealing to my diverse group of friends because we could always find somethi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2003

Costa Real Restaurants
Costa Real Resort
Cancun, Mexico

La Boom

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Attraction

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La Boom is located on the far end of the Hotel Zone, across the street from the Costa Real Hotel. Since it was just across the street from our hotel, we figured it couldn't hurt to go check it out. From the outside, the club looks kind of like a dark cabaret, with "La Boom" written in huge red letters over the door. Just inside the door, the bouncer stands in a small foyer, so you can't see inside the club as you pay your cover. Thursday night was Ladies Night so cover for us was only $5 for all-you-can-drink -- we figured we could leave if it sucked. Once inside the club, we discovered that the place was DEAD. It was just before midnight and there were maybe 10 people there. But the bartenders ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 24, 2003

La Boom
Boulevard Kukulcan Km 3.5
Cancun, Mexico

Coco Bongo Cancun

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Attraction | "Coco Bongo"

Coco Bongo Cancun Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Coco Bongo is supposedly the best club in the world, or something like that. There's even a sign outside boasting of all their praises. Apparently, my friends and I don't agree with the masses. We like to party, but we don't enjoy places that are so crowded you can hardly move, overpriced drinks, or rude bartenders. We have been to the biggest club in the U.S. (La Vela in Panama City Beach) on spring break and now to Coco Bongo on spring break, and I have to say, the two places are very similar, and I hated them both. First of all, there are two cover prices for Coco Bongo: $15 for admission or $28 for all-you-can-drink. Outside, there’s always a huge line. Luckily, we were in the "VIP" line (th...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 24, 2003

Coco Bongo Cancun
Boulevard Kulkulcan 9.5 Plaza Forum By The Sea
Cancun, Mexico
(998) 883 -061

Should you go All Inclusive???

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Should we go All Inclusive? We debated about it for a long time, but after looking around on the Internet, we decided to go for it. We were glad we did. This is how we figured it: We normally skip breakfast, but pay about $10 for lunch, $15 for dinner, and about $20 for drinking when we go out. That's $45/day. Plus, we had heard the rumor that dining-out in Cancun is expensive. The AI package with airfare and RT Hotel Transfer was (originally) $600 per person for four of us for one room for 4 days/3 nights. (We got our Funjet package through Tony at Grand Travel in Houston--he rocked.) Well, a plane ticket to Cancun alone was $400. So, for $800 (four people), we we...Read More