Cancun Journals

Craving Cancun

A January 2003 trip to Cancun by rosehoch

Quote: My husband's company rewarded a year of outstanding productivity with a company-wide (spouses too) trip for a week to the Krystal in Cancun. It was our first "go and do nothing" vacation together . . . there will be MANY, MANY more!

Craving Cancun

Overview

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Don't miss a trip to Chichen Itza, even if you don't like history you'd be a fool to miss this opportunity. There is so much to do, just don't forget to take some time to relax and soak it all in.Quick Tips: Cancun is a tourist destination, so don't be expecting your own Caribbean beach to yourself. If you avoid Spring Break it's not crowded, but it's not deserted either!Best Way To Get Around: Walk all you can, take taxis, and take tours. Driving in Cancun is a nightmare, even if you read Spanish. The buses are very reasonable, but get good directions from your bellman or concierge before you step out. Check what taxi fare should be to your destination before you leave your curb...Read More

Krystal International Vacation Club Cancun

Hotel | "Krystal International Vacation Club"

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The rooms are all marble floors (the better to pick up your sand the next day) and simple. The hotel is right on the beach. Service is superior, the staff is solicitous. The pool is amazing and picturesque. The location is nearly to the tip of the peninsula and ideally located next to nearly everything.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2003

Krystal International Vacation Club Cancun
Paso Kukulkan Lote 9, Zona Hotelera
Cancun, Mexico 77500
+52 998-8831-133

Rainforest Cafe

Restaurant

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The floor show here is spectacular. The food is acceptable and very reasonably priced. The portions are large and the non-alcoholic drinks are bottomless. The air-conditioning is wonderful after the walk to the shopping center.

If you have little ones along they will delight in the decor, but steer clear of the shopping area on the way out--the Rainforest Cafe gear can be high priced.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 30, 2003

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

Bogart's Restaurant

Restaurant | "Bogart's"

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An exquisitely elegant restaurant filled with romantic niches for your private, romantic evening. The service is excellent, prompt, and courteous. The food is superb, hot, and flavorful. The menu is broad and the quality and size of portions will leave you wishing you'd skipped lunch. Plan to eat dessert here too!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 30, 2003

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

Ruins of Chichen Itza

Attraction | "Chichen Itza"

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Steamy, jungle-like, amazing, fascinating, awe-inspiring, flabbergasting. The adjectives to describe this ancient monument to the Maya gods are limitless. You need to have strong legs and little fear of heights (or falling from them) if you intend to climb the main pyramid. Did you know you can also climb the inside of the main pyramid?

I would recommend taking a tour to this site as it is relatively remote and will take the majority of a day from Cancun. You'll want a reputable company to take you to a restaurant that can be trusted to safely fill your gringo belly if you're not accustomed to local fare.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 30, 2003

Ruins of Chichen Itza
Tinum
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Downtown Open Air Market

Attraction | "Market 54"

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The market is worth the taxi fare. If you take the bus you'll save a few pesos, but be walking over half a mile to get to the market. The prices here are lower than those along the hotel strip and the stall-keepers are willing to bargain.

Take the time to walk the whole market and compare. The sellers know their competition and so should you. Don't be put off by their friendliness. Americans are used to being hustled and that isn't always the case here. At the same time, beware and don't hesitate to walk away.

Don't buy Mexican vanilla here. Find a local grocery and buy it there--less than a third the market price elsewhere.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 30, 2003

Downtown Open Air Market
Downtown Cancun
Cancun, Mexico

What's it like?

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Story/Tip

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If you've never been to Cancun before you should know what to expect before you get there. Mexico's second highest source of income (after oil exportation) is tourism. The government is not foolish. They recognize the power of the dollar and have carved Cancun out of the jungle. It was created solely as a resort and vacation destination in the last half of the 20th century. Do not expect endless deserted beaches. Do not expect a huge city. The beaches are not overly crowded (at least in January) and the small city is there is of necessity to support the natives who work at the hotels, resorts, and restaurants that you will visit. The water in Cancun hotels and resorts is safe as is food in the hotels,...Read More