A May 2004 trip
to Cancun by MilwVon
Quote: We planned and took a last-minute vacation to Cancun -- 11 days in paradise! This was our first trip to this beautiful vacation spot and we cannot wait to go again!
We stayed at the Caribbean Village Cancun, which was in the Hotel Zone kilometro 13.5. It is oceanfront facing the gorgeous blue Caribbean ocean. The resort was all inclusive (just /night for two via www.orbitz.com) and included all meals, drinks, activities and gratuities. By the way, there are three specialty restaurants (Mexican, Brazilian, and Italian), which are a la carte and included in the all-inclusive pricing, but require advanced reservations). The buffet (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) were all very good, but not exceptional, though not worthy of some of the bashing I read on some other websites.
The weather over the past couple of weeks was perfect. While all of the weather forecasting websites predicted partly/mostly cloudy and rain for pretty much our entire stay, the weather couldn't have been better! Sure there were some high billowy clouds and passing showers (I think we had three in 11 days -- none lasting more than 30 minutes), but all in all, it was great beach/pool weather. I was a bit surprised at how strong the winds off the ocean were.
We loved Chichen Itza, Tulum, and Isla Mujeres, and would recommend all three if you are interested in such excursions. Please see our journal entries highlighting each of these day trips.
Because we are not nightlife people, we didn't venture into the disco area of the strip but heard about many fun and wild nights down there. If you enjoy the bar scene, dancing and partying until the wee hours of the morning, you will have a blast!
We received two admissions to the following tours: Chichen Itza, Tulum, Jungle Tour and Isla Mujeres. All totaled over in value had we booked/paid for them through any of the local tour operators. If you are going to do tours and have the time, it is our opinion that this is well worth your time and effort.
The only tour we actually paid for was a snorkeling tour through the Two-For-One Entertainment Card we purchased from Brandt. Check them out at this website. The best you will spend on your trip. The two-for-one offer is primarily for dining deals, but there are some really good prices for group tours.
Speaking of the taxis and buses in Cancun . . . there is no better way to get around the hotel zone than the buses. Six pesos (roughly US.60) will get you where you need to go lickedy split. Because of the way the locals drive, we were very happy to have not rented a car on this trip. No reason to take the risk.
As for other risks, we were warned against renting the motor scooters and golf carts that are available in some of the villages due to safety issues. We were also told that some of the vehicles have been previously damaged and the most recent renter is held accountable and is charged for them.
Hotel | "Caribbean Village"
The resort was very nice, with a great location on the beach (most resorts in Cancun are!). The facilities were clean and well maintained, although the sleeping rooms were a bit sparse (but who goes to Cancun and just stays in the room?). The bedroom and bathroom were really fine. The activities staff -- the Fun Club -- kept things happening poolside all day from 10am until 4pm and was fun for guests of all ages.
In addition to the full buffet for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, there are three specialty restaurants (Mexican, Brazilian, and Italian), which are a la carte (dinner only) and included in the all-inclusive pricing, but require advance reservations). The buffet (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) offerings were assorted and all very good. The dinner buffets were themed and offered items for all tastes, including things kids would enjoy.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2004
Caribbean Village Cancun
Blvd. Kukulcan Km 13.5 Lote 18
Cancun, Mexico 77500