Cancun Journals

Staying Fit and Having Fun in Cancun

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A December 2003 trip to Cancun by madaunt

Cancun Beach Photo, Cancun, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Although famous for fine food, sun tans, and nightlife, Cancun also offers many ways to stay in shape, both mentally and physically.

Staying Fit and Having Fun in Cancun

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Overview

Cancun Beach Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Cancun always offers new experiences. On our eighth vacation in this Mexican paradise, we did less tequila research and learned more about the history and natural wonders. And we wanted to go home in better shape than when we arrived. The tours to Chichen Itza, the ruins at Tulum, and the ancient city and pyramid Nohuch Mul at Coba were all fascinating. These tours cost less than per person and the travel time is under two hours. We also booked tours to the fabulous eco-park at Xcaret and the "world’s most spectacular aquarium" at Xel-Ha. Although there is much to be learned here about the history, natural flora and fauna of Cancun, these excursions are also a lot of fun. You get to be a kid ...Read More

Cocoa Beach

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Restaurant

Cocoa Beach Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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To reach this seafood restaurant, you walk through the beautifully landscaped gardens of the Grand Oasis hotel, past the huge free-form swimming pool, then across a boardwalk high above the beach. Make sure to pause on the boardwalk and see the fantastic views of Cancun in the distance and the Caribbean right in front of you. Then you go down a steep wooden staircase, almost to the beach level. What you find at the end of this journey is not a typical beachfront café but an elegant, al fresco dining room with multilingual waiters and a charming, smartly-dressed hostess. The menu features fresh fish, shellfish, and seafood. We have dined here often and we always ask Maximillian (the head waiter)...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 28, 2004

Cocoa Beach
Kukulcan Blvd
Cancun, Mexico
52 988 50867

Cycling

Attraction | "Cycling Day or Night in Cancun"

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There is a broad walkway running all along Boulevard Kukulcan with beautiful trees, shrubs and green grass offering some coolness, especially in the early morning. You can run, walk, or roller blade for miles. There are also two really great sections for cycling with long, smooth paths and good lighting for nighttime riding. These are from Kilometre 1 to 10 and from Km 21 to 25.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 28, 2004

Cycling
Boulevard Kukulcan
Cancun, Mexico

Exercising

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Attraction | "Keeping Fit in Cancun"

Exercising Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Who can resist all the gourmet meals and tropical drinks on offer in Cancun? Definitely not me. While I am a “happy fat girl,” I don’t intend to become a “BIG happy fat girl.” And that means I have to incorporate exercise (and plenty of it) into every vacation. In Cancun, this is easy. To begin with, the entire place is set up to make exercise fun. There is a broad walkway running all along Boulevard Kukulcan with beautiful trees, shrubs and green grass offering some coolness, especially in the early morning. You can run, walk, or rollerblade for miles. There are also two really great sections for cycling with long, smooth paths and good lighting for nighttime riding. These are from Kilometre 1 to 10 ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 28, 2004

Exercising
Zona Hotelera
Cancun, Mexico

Plaza Forum by the Sea

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Attraction | "Forum by the Sea for Everything!"

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Forum by the Sea is an entertainment and shopping complex that is on the go almost 24 hours a day. With several of the big clubs, including the Hard Rock Café, Coco Bongo, and Senor Frog’s, the Forum is definitely the place to go for the best of Cancun’s fabled nightlife. Before you go, you can check out the English/Spanish website forumbythesea.com.mx for info about events and a listing of current entertainment, shops, restaurants, and hours for everything. I say "current" because businesses open and close at an amazing speed in Cancun and even the locals aren’t always sure of what is open when. You might want to call ahead as well (locally th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 28, 2004

Plaza Forum by the Sea
Boulevard Kukulcan Km 9
Cancun, Mexico

Teatro de Cancun

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Attraction | "See a movie (or a live show) in great style!"

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Check with your resort staff about Teatro de Cancun or have someone at the Public Relations desk call for you to find out about entertainment. Only call yourself if you have excellent Spanish skills. I have some rudimentary skills, but the recorded messages and menu selections went by way too fast for my comprehension, and the person who (finally) answered my call was charming but also spoke too quickly for my limited understanding. On our first few trips to the Cancun, this theatre had spectacular nightly shows with full orchestra, a dance company, and great singers. Then it switched to cinema and it was fun place to go on a rainy day or if you need to get out of the blazing sun for a few hours. Ther...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 28, 2004

Teatro de Cancun
Blvd Kukulcan Km 6
Cancun, Mexico

All-Inclusive Plans are not All-the-Same

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Story/Tip

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Many hotels and resorts in Mexico offer accommodation with or without the all-inclusive (AI) plan. The AI plan always includes meals, drinks, sports, recreation, and entertainment. Sometimes it includes tips, taxes, room service, the mini-bar, golf and tennis, and excursions. The AI plan can be purchased in advance (from your travel agent or tour operator) or at the hotel on arrival. Some hotels have several plans on offer. Most often, the front desk clerk will attach a plastic bracelet to your wrist and the colour of this bracelet will let resort staff know which plan you are on. We have found the AI plans to be extremely convenient—you don’t need to carry money or wait for a bill—and excellent value...Read More

Package Vacations: Pros and Cons

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Story/Tip

Package Vacations can be luxurious Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Tour operators offer packages including charter flights, ground transfers, and accommodation. Package vacations are more economical than buying flights, transfers, and accommodation separately. But packages, while offering excellent value, are sometimes less convenient. For example, we have waited 90 minutes to leave the airport because the "ground transfer" is nearly always a nice, clean, air-conditioned bus but it doesn’t go anywhere until the last passenger and all his/her bags are on board. If you only take carry-on bags and you want to get going as soon as you arrive, making your own travel arrangements can be more convenient. On the other hand, the tour operators often have more clout wi...Read More