Cancun Journals

Cancun Vacation

A May 2003 trip to Cancun by jdbuilder

Quote: We visited the beautiful blue waters and white sand beaches of Cancun.

Cancun Vacation

Overview

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The beach is beautiful. The sand never gets hot! X-Caret is well worth the money. They have great underground rivers, dolphin programs, lagoons/snorkling, beach areas, and the food's pretty good too. Shopping in Cancun is great. The restaurants and night clubs are fun and festive for both families and couples/singles. The people are just the greatest. They are very family oriented, and extremely helpful and friendly.Quick Tips: Stay away from the hawks at the airport that claim to be RCI. There is no RCI representative in Cancun. The closest rep is in Mexico city. They will try to bleed you dry for tips, tours, and transportation to your hotel. Just ignore them and keep walking or they wil...Read More
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Best Things Nearby:The beach and ocean! Downtown hotel zone isn't more than a two or three minute bus ride away. The same can be said for downtown Cancun.Best Things About the Resort:The buffets have great variety and the food tastes very good. The service is just wonderful here! The grounds were extremely clean. Every day you can join the hotel bus to take you to a different night club and be treated VIP style.Resort Experience:The rooms are nice, but the bathrooms need renovation - which they are in the process of doing. Our only complaint was that they don't give you enough towels. We had four adults and one toddler, and we were given two large towels, two...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 16, 2003

Imperial Fiesta Club at Hotel Casa Maya
Avenida Kukulkan Km 5.5
Cancun, Mexico 77500
52 98-494-555

Rainforest Cafe

Restaurant

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This rainforest cafe is no different than we have in the states. The food was very good, but the service was outstanding. This building is probably a little older or less maintained, so it's not quite as "wowing" as, say, the brand new one in Chicago, but if you have kids it's a great place to hit for lunch or dinner. They do the typical thunder and lightening storm, and the animals chirp and move around. It's a fun place to dine casual. You get a good meal, great service, and a little entertainment for your money.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 18, 2003

Rainforest Cafe
Km 95 Blvd. Kukulkan Lotes, 10y local B-11
Cancun, Mexico
011-529-881-8181

Senor Frog's

Restaurant | "Senor Frogs"

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This place was fun, but extremely loud. It's really for the young singles and couples croud. Not too much of a family place. The waiters do dances every now and again and there is karaoke on stage. There are lots of party-er type contests.

The food was okay, but our service here was not nearly as good as other places we went to.

If you want some fun nightlife for dinner and don't mind loud music, this is the place for you.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 17, 2003

Senor Frog's
Blvd. Kukulcan Km 9.5, Hotel Zone
Cancun, Mexico 77500
(998) 883-1092

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GREAT PLACE to go and have fun. There's TV screens everywhere playing Jimmy Buffett music and scenes from concerts and road trips. I'm not a huge Buffett fan and I had a blast. The inside is very fun and festive. The waiters make ballon animals and hats for the kids and adults alike. They also get up on stage and do dances - sometimes pulling guests up there with them. For Cheeseburger in Paradise, they dress up like the parts of the cheeseburger (lettuce, bun, burger, etc.) and dance around. It's a ball. The food was excellent, the service was even better. Everyone, kids and adults, were thoroughly entertained. We had our picture taken with the big mexican hats and mexican blankets in fr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2003

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
Plaza Flamenco
Cancun, Mexico

Pat O'Brien's

Restaurant

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This was one of the most fun places we went to eat. There's a fire burning in the middle of a water fountain -- I mean directly in the falling water! The waiters carry the drinks on their heads -- no matter how big or how many there are. We saw a waiter carry eight drinks on his head! The customer gets to take them off one at a time by standing on a chair! Each time a glass comes off, the waiter adjusts for the balance a little and then the next one comes off and so on. It was good fun. They play some music to get your attention and everybody watches the show at each table. The food was excellent. We ordered five meals with not one complaint. We had steaks, lobster, etc. Everything w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 17, 2003

Pat O'Brien's
Plaza Flamenco
Cancun, Mexico

Scuba Cancun

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

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DON’T USE THESE GUYS. We traveled with our 2-year-old son. We had set up for babysitting with my mother for one day so we could dive. We tried twice to make reservations with their representative, Brian, at our hotel. Both times he told us to just show up at the dock at 9:15am. We showed up with all our gear and were told that there was no room on the boat and that we should have made reservations! We waited around for cancellations, and of course, no luck. We even talked to the guy who was too lazy to take our reservations. He told us that it wasn't a good day to dive anyway because it was windy! What a crock - too windy, yeah right; at 60 feet under, you can really feel the wind. He had all ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 17, 2003

Scuba Cancun
PADI 5 Star Dive Center Kukulcán blvd. Km 5 Hotel Zone
Cancun, Mexico 77500

Xcaret

Attraction

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This was by far our favorite excursion. We rented a car and drove ourselves. The drive is only about an hour from the hotel zone and signs have the route clearly marked. You can't get lost. It's a safe drive. There are bits and pieces of ruins throughout the park. The beaches and lagoons are spectacular. There is snorkeling, SCUBA diving, a lazy underground river, beaches, hiking, animals to see, huge turtles, pony rides, horseback riding, horse shows, dolphin shows, interactive programs, great food, and a fantastic night show. The park is very spread out so be prepared for a full day. Be sure to bring biodegradable sunscreen because they don't allow anything else, but have no fear, th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 17, 2003

Xcaret
Km 282 Chetumal - Puerto Juarez highway
Cancun, Mexico 77710
(984) 883-3144

Xel-Ha Aquatic Park

Attraction | "Xel-Ha"

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You will need to bring biodegradable sunscreen here because that's all they allow, but just in case you don't have any they sell it at the front. There's really no good beaches here, even though they tell you there is. The kiddie lagoon and park is very nice. It's a little saltwater pond with a sandy area around it. There's playgrounds, hammocks, and lawnchairs all around. If you have a little one this is the only place you will be spending your time. There's really not much else for kids. This place is extremely spread out. Plan on walking long distances. We didn't see much because we didn't want to walk the entire day. You can see caves, snorkel, hike trails, swim with dolphins, and tub...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 17, 2003

Xel-Ha Aquatic Park
Km 240 Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juárez local 1 y 2 módulo B
Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
+52 (998) 883-3293