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Cancun a Second Time Around

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A June 2003 trip to Cancun by funandsun

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Cancun a Second Time Around

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Storms brewing Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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With so much to do in and around Cancun, we weren’t able to see and do it all the first time we were there a couple of years ago so we returned for more. We had our hearts set on doing the Jungle Tour (wave runners and snorkeling) at Aqua World again, but didn’t have time for it with new activities and some relaxing by the water added in (plus a little rain). This time we headed for Isla Mujeres (the island of women) and the archeological ruins of Tulum. For shopping, we bypassed downtown Cancun and headed for the flea markets about 15-20 minutes before you get to town. While we bought a few souvenirs there, we preferred the downtown area so on future visits we would skip the flea market for sho...Read More

Sun Palace All-Inclusive

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Hotel | "Sun Palace"

Sun Palace All-Inclusive Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Best Things Nearby:The Sun Palace is a very nice resort in a good location that is laid-back and relaxing. The airport is approximately 10 miles away, town is about 30 minutes away, Aqua World about 10 minutes, Moon Palace in the other direction is about 25 minutes away. Within a short bus ride distance (for 6 pesos each person) you can go to two shopping malls, visit Senior Frogs, or grab a Domino’s pizza or Subway sub sandwich. It’s all within reach from the Sun. Come and enjoy, kick back, and relax!Best Things About the Resort:The Sun Palace is one in a line of six Palace resorts in Cancun (Sun, Aventura Spa, Beach, Cancun, Moon, Xpu-Ha). Within the next three years, they w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 15, 2003

Sun Palace All-Inclusive
BLVD KUKULCAN KM 20 HOTEL ZONE
Cancun, Mexico 77500
011-52-998-891-4100

Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort All-Inclusive

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Hotel | "Moon Palace"

Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort All-Inclusive Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Best Things Nearby:Seclusion, privacy, isolation.Best Things About the Resort:Both sides of the Moon have a bicycle checkout area where you can sign out bikes until 8:30pm. The resort links all its buildings and areas by small walks and bikes are allowed to travel on all walks and hallways. At the Sunrise bike building, there are also rollerblades that can be signed out, foozball to play, and a giant chessboard. The resort also boasts tennis courts, racquetball, basketball courts and putt-putt miniature golf. At the beach, you can sign out tricycle paddleboats, kayaks, and windsurfers. The beach/water isn’t as nice as in the hotel zone because there’s seaweed and in the morning...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 15, 2003

Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort All-Inclusive
Carretera Cancun-Chetumal Km. 340
Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico 77500
011-52-998-881-6000

Xpu-Ha Palace Resort

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Hotel | "Xpu-Ha"

Xpu-Ha Palace Resort Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Best Things Nearby:Nothing, you're out away from civilization!!Best Things About the Resort:Resort Experience:Another secluded Palace resort located south of the Moon Palace, but it's before you reach Tulum is Xpu’Ha. We did not have the opportunity to stay overnight at this resort, but did visit the grounds. We were told the rooms are the same as that are at the Moon Palace. The area has a spectacular beach and offers a playground area in the sand. The entire grounds are a jungle setting and there are individual two-story huts rather than a hotel building that most resorts offer. I do wonder with the jungle setting, if the mosquitoes get bad in the even...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 15, 2003

Xpu-Ha Palace Resort
Carratera Chetumal, Kilometro 265 Rancho Santa Ros
Cancun, Mexico
984-8751-010

Tulum-Archaeological Site & Ruins

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Window to tell time Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Our tour started with a 1.5 hour drive from the Moon Palace to the Tulum archeological site. When you first arrive and leave the parking lot, there are several small stores with souvenirs and food. Outside of that area, you walk to a dirt road and can either pay $1.50/each for a roundtrip shuttle to the site, or you can walk a mile or so there. The walk is easy enough, except if it starts to rain and you’ll wish you had paid for the shuttle (trust me!). To enter the site, you’ll pass through a large opening in the wall that once stood to enclose the city. As you enter, you’ll view several buildings spread amongst the area. The buildings were roped off so we were not allowed to enter them. Previo...Read More

Isla Mujeres

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Isla Mujeres Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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This is a tour not to miss. Isla Mujeres is a small island off the coast of Cancun. It was called the Island of Women according to varying reports –- girls were sent here to enter womanhood, statues of women were found here, it was believed to have been an ancient Mayan sacred place. A small temple on the island is dedicated to the goddess Ixchel. After the reign of the Mayans, the island became a stop for pirates to get supplies. Since we were staying at a Palace Resort, our tour left from the dock at the Moon Palace. You are required to check in at a building near the dock to get a wristband, which is needed to board the boat. Make sure to arrive earlier than the time you are told. Our schedul...Read More

Swim With the Dolphins

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Swim with the dolphins - Isle Mujeres Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Discovery Cove is the name of the dolphin swim company, and they have programs in Cozumel, Cancun and Puerto Aventuras. We partook in the dolphin swim on Isla Mujeres. For US$110 for each person, we were able to swim with the dolphins in a confined area of the ocean. Upon arrival, you are taken indoors to watch a short video about dolphins, their training, what you’ll experience with the dolphins, and how to correctly interact with them. You will then sign your name on a grouping list which places 7-8 people in a group, and you stay together for the duration. As your group is called, you walk outside to get fitted for a life jacket. In this area, there are also lockable lockers where you can store...Read More