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A Bit Of R&R In Cancun

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An April 2004 trip to Cancun by thestickman23

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Photo, Cancun, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Most people know of Cancun because of its adrenaline rush of a nightlife. Few people know about the relaxation without the hangover. I can attest that Cancun is a wonderful place for culture and relaxation without the morning blues.

A Bit Of R&R In Cancun

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Overview

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Where to start is the hard part. We stayed at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach which was absolutely wonderful. With a pool the length of over two football fields, including three swim-up bars, and a beach 10 feet away from the pool you don't have to leave the resort. Tulum was wonderful. A big piece of culture and history, with a breathtaking landscape to boot, make Tulum a great day trip. Xel-Ha is a ten-acre ecological park that is great for singles, couples, or the whole family. Built by Mother Nature, Xel-Ha has a snorkeling lagoon, underground caves, and much more. You can not forget to visit some of Cancun's wonderful restaurants. Cancun has everything ...Read More

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach

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Hotel

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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The Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach is located in the Punta Cancun area. The Punta Cancun area is located on the North End, which means the beach is calmer in this area. Every room at the Coral Beach has an ocean view. Also every room is also a suite! This hotel has been awarded the AAA five-diamond award for excellence. Once you arrive from the airport you are greeted and treated like royalty. From the moment you check in it seems every employee knows your name and face. The lobby is enormous, with palm trees and fountains, and everything decorated in marble. In the lobby you can also find a lounge area with bar, and live music in the evening. The resort has three casual eateries and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 18, 2004

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach
BLVD KUKULCAN KM 9 5 LOTE 6
Cancun, Mexico 77500
52-9988813200

La Joya

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Restaurant

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La Joya (The Jewel) is located in the Fiesta American Grand Coral Beach Resort. La Joya is a first class establishment. My wife and I enjoyed our dining experience so much we dined at La Joya twice. Almost immediately upon entering La Joya you will be greeted by the friendly hostess. If time allows you can enjoy a cocktail in the "Mexican/eclectic" designed bar and cocktail lounge. If you like tequila this is the right choice. After the hostess seats you and your party, your waiter will come by and welcome you. Then ask if you would like a cocktail or beverage while placing your napkin on your lap. After drinks are served, then you will be given your menu. This is a great time to sit and w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 19, 2004

La Joya
Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach
Cancun, Quintana Roo
998/881-3200

Club Grill

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Restaurant

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Located in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel is one of the best restaurants in all of Mexico, Club Grill. Everything here is superb; from the service to the food, it is tough to find the thorn on this rose. Club Grill is the perfect place for that special evening. Whether you are celebrating your anniversary, honeymoon, or just being on vacation, the Club Grill is the place to splurge for fine dining at its apex. Before dining at the Club Room you can stop and have top shelf tequilas, single malts and a Cuban cigar in the lounge. In the lounge area, you will be entertained with soothing music from the live band. The dining room is candlelit. Which gives the feeling of a soft romantic eveni...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2004

Club Grill
In the Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Cancun, Mexico
(998) 885-0808

Lorenzillio's

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Restaurant | "Lorenzillo's - the Live Lobster House"

Lorenzillio's Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Lorenzillo's-the Live Lobster House is located next to the Plantation House Restaurant and almost across the way from the Hyatt Hotel. The Lobster House is situated on a lagoon under a palapa roof. A long dock leads the way to the main dining area. Lorenzillo's, as you can obviously see is a seafood first restaurant, with a flair for lobster. The showcase at Lorenzillo's is choosing your dinner from the large lobster tank located near the hostess stand. It is worth a peek, even if lobster is not on your mind. The staff at Lorenzillo's is friendly and accommodating. The waiters are always checking to see if you need a refill, or they are making sure your food is to your liking. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 19, 2004

Lorenzillio's
Blvd. Kukulkán
Cancun, Mexico
998/883-1254

Le Basilic

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Restaurant

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Le Basilic is located in the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Resort. Le Basilic features Mediterranean cuisine with a French twist. You will find this exquisite restaurant by the cocktail bar in the lobby (by the white grand piano). After you check your reservation at the hostess stand, you will be led through two etched-glass doors to your table. When seated, you will immediately realize you are in for an evening of elegance. Before your menu is presented your waiter will take a cocktail order as a plate of miniature pastry breads is placed on the table. A sommelier is available if you would like to look at the wine list. The menu at Le Basilic is unique fusion of Mediterranean and Fre...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 20, 2004

Le Basilic
Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach
Cancun, Mexico
998 - 881-3200

Isla Contoy

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Restaurant

Isla Contoy Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Isla Contoy is located at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Resort. Isla Contoy is a casual Mexican cafe on the beach. It’s a popular place for lunch among resort guests, and I think that it is also open for an open-air dinner. For lunch, ask to sit at the railing - this enables you to gaze out at the beautiful beach and sea. We only ate at Isla Contoy during lunch hours. The menu at lunchtime has quite an array of choices. For instance, there are a few ways to enjoy a seafood ceviche. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to taste the ceviche, but it looked excellent. It was served in a cocktail glass with fresh tomatoes, onions, and cilantro, along with your favorite seafood. Thi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2004

Isla Contoy
Fiesta American Grand Coral Beach
Cancun, Mexico

Tulum Mayan Ruins

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Attraction | "Tulum"

Tulum Mayan Ruins Photo, Tulum, Mexico
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The Maya city of Tulum is located about an hour and a half southwest of Cancun. We decided on Olympia Tours after a couple of recommendations. Olympia is not in contact with any timeshares. Be careful of half-price tours; these include up to a two-hour timeshare presentation. Olympia Tours offered only a tour of Tulum with Xel-Ha combination (an all-inclusive package was also available). We met Olympia at a previously discussed location at 7:45am and boarded our bus at 8am. The ride was in a new deluxe air-conditioned bus. The trip from Cancun to Tulum was about an hour and a half long. Our guide Victor discussed Mexican and Mayan cultures on the journey to Tulum. Once you ar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 20, 2004

Tulum Mayan Ruins

Tulum, Mexico

Xel-Ha Aquatic Park

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Attraction | "Xel-Ha"

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Xel-Ha is an eco-park about an hour and 15 minutes south of Cancun. We chose to take an option from Olympia Tours that included the morning in Tulum, with the afternoon in Xel-Ha. Olympia also has a full day Xel-Ha option. Another option Olympia offers is an all-inclusive package at Xel-Ha. This included meals, snorkel equipment, beverages (alcohol included), towel rental, and locker rental. The main attraction at Xel-Ha is the 10-acre lagoon, where you can snorkel, tube or just go for a dip. We brought our own snorkel gear, but we did wait on line for the free life jacket rental. The lagoon is anywhere between 9-12 feet deep, with most fish congregating by the rock formations scattered a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2004

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

La Isla Shopping Village

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Attraction

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La Isla Shopping Village is located on the main drag on Cancun Island. La Isla is an outdoor mall with name-brand retail stores, restaurants, smoke shops, local goods, a small supermarket, and an aquarium. There are a couple of small rivers that run through the shopping village. You can pay for a trip through the mall on a boat if you would like. They had quite a few retail stores that are highly recognizable anywhere. Let's see if I can remember any. There was a Benetton, Guess, Zara, Tommy Hilfiger, Mossimo, Quicksilver, and I think a Banana Republic. There were a couple of restaurants in La Isla, along with the typical fast-food venues. I am sorry I can't remember the name...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 21, 2004

La Isla Shopping Village
Boulevard Kukulcan Km. 12.6
Cancun, Mexico

Interactive Aquarium

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Attraction

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The Interactive Aquarium is located at La Isla Shopping Center. For a mall this is a nice size aquarium. You can take your time through the aquarium and you will finish in about one to two hours time. This can change if you choose to "Swim with the Dolphins" (this costs $115 per person). When you first enter the aquarium there are a couple of tanks which hold various aquatic life. You have seen most of the fish in these tanks at your local "home" aquarium store that carry salt-water fish. Nothing spectacular. Don't get me wrong the fish are beautiful, but we have all seen this before. In the same area the aquarium has a glass case which features a large amount of seashells and...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 27, 2004

Interactive Aquarium
La Isla Shopping Village Boulevard Kukulcan Km. 12.6
Cancun, Mexico