Cancun Journals

Fun in the Sun

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An October 2004 trip to Cancun by britgirl7

Cancun Beach Photo, Cancun, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Cancun is certainly in Mexico, but you need to venture from the Hotel Zone to experience any form of ethnicity.

Fun in the Sun

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Overview

Cancun Beach Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Don’t go to Cancun expecting a Mexican fishing village. Quaint it ain't!! Cancun is bold and brash, with something going on for all ages, at all times of the day or night. The tourists here are usually of the charter package variety and often there for long weekends from Dallas or Houston. I have been here on three mini-vacations now and have a love/hate relationship with this manmade resort. I do not like how tacky Cancun is. I feel guilty for being in such an ethnic country that has a town purposely built for holiday makers such as myself. However, the endless white beaches and warm Caribbean air make me fall in love each time I go. Though the HOTEL ZONE is lacking in character, you will s...Read More

Krystal International Vacation Club Cancun

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Hotel | "NH Krystal"

Krystal International Vacation Club Cancun Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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The last time we came to Cancun was with party friends, so we planned on staying as close to the action as possible. That’s what NH Krystal hotel is all about: location, location, location. It has its own disco called Christine’s and is on the northern corner as the road in Cancun turns up towards El Centro. It’s by the convention centre, just steps away from the Bulldog Club, Coco Bongo, The City, Daddy O’s, etc., and within easy staggering distance after a night on the town. When booked separately, this hotel can be between $100 and $180 a night depending on the time of year, but it often comes up on the cheap flight/packages for a much better rate. We chose not to go all-inclusiv...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2005

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

Flamingo Cancun Rst And Plaza

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Hotel | "Hotel Flamingo"

Flamingo Cancun Rst And Plaza Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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On a previous trip to Cancun, I stayed at this hotel, and it’s a great bang for your buck. I had booked a package trip for 3 nights with worryfreevacations from Dallas. For the flight, hotel, and the all-inclusive price, it was just $400 each. Bear in mind that this was 3 years ago, but whenever I look at the cheap packages to Cancun, this one tends to be in the cheapest bunch. However, if you look on the Flamingo website, the prices can be right up around $160 per night for the all-inclusive and about $120 for the European plan. We loved this hotel, but it was the price more than anything. I can assure you tha...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 25, 2005

Flamingo Cancun Rst And Plaza
BLVD KUKULKAN KM 11 5
Cancun, Mexico 77500
52-998-883-1544

La Habichuela

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Restaurant

La Habichuela Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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La Habichuela restaurant is listed in the discount guide you find at the airport. However, it is often neglected by most tourists because of its position in the downtown (El Centro) area of Cancun, where few folks from the hotel zone venture. We took a taxi here, but the local buses did run out this way, too. El Centro itself has a much more "Mexican" feel with a bullring, evening market stalls, and fast-food stands. Most people walking around tend to be locals or at least holidaying Mexicans, and the atmosphere is loud and festive, with children and families everywhere. La Habichuela is like a little oasis in the middle of all the action. On enter...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 24, 2005

La Habichuela
Margaritas 25
Cancun, Mexico
01 998 884 3158

Carlos & Charlies

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Restaurant | "Carlos & Charlies"

Carlos & Charlies Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Carlos and Charlie’s restaurant is more of a night out than a regular restaurant. It’s also not for the faint-hearted or shy. During dinner, they will pull you out of your seat, whether you want to or not, and whisk you away to dance with the waiters. They do mock shows that sometimes get a little out of hand. The best one we saw was about a ‘fire’ started in the kitchen, and so the waiter started chasing the chef around the restaurant with a meat cleaver. They jumped over our table and smashed into the table next to us (I think this part was accidental, as they knocked it over, with all the drinks). Many times they ran into people, and once, knocked someone off their chair (again, this was an ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 25, 2005

Carlos & Charlies
Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 8.5, Local 10 y 10 C
Cancun, Mexico 77500
+52 (998) 883-4468

The City

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Attraction

The City Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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The City only opened in 2004, so it is the newest club in Cancun. You can’t miss it, as it’s on Cancun’s main road and looks like a city skyline from the outside with its facade of skyscrapers. I love this club, as they play a little more serious tunes than the others. The flyers we spotted advertised upcoming DJs such as Sasha, Pete Tong, and Oakenfold, as well as events like MTV Spring Break and foam parties. Check out their website for all the upcoming events and see some pics for yourself HERE By day, the club has a beachclub with music, live entertainment, a huge wave pool, and surf-rider slide. By ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2005

The City
Blvd. Kukulkan, Km. 9.5
Cancun, Mexico
883-2077

Xel-Ha Aquatic Park

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Attraction | "Xel-Ha Park"

Xel-Ha Aquatic Park Photo, Tulum, Mexico
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Xel-Ha is an eco park with a Disney edge!! Is about 60 miles south of Cancun and open every day from 8:30am to 6pm. You can easily drive here and pay the $19 cover charge or, as most do, take a tour that will pick you up close to your hotel and bring you here for a day of snorkeling and fun. Most of the bigger hotels in Cancun have reps that can organize this. Doing it this way, it’s $45 but includes transport, entry to the park, and lunch, and usually combines the park with a visit to the Tulum ruins, too. The park is really beautiful, but most of the coral is dead, so that was disappointing for me. Xel-Ha is quite spread out, but some of the areas farther a field can be reached by...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 25, 2005

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

Coco Bongo Cancun

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Attraction | "Coco Bongo"

Coco Bongo Cancun Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Coco Bongo is one of the most infamous clubs in Cancun. It’s a cross between a nightclub and a Vegas show. The tunes can be anything from dance and hip-hop early in the evening to full-blown trance music after 1am. In between the tunes, the DJ will stop, lights go off, smoke appears, and these little mini shows take place. On one occasion, it was Spiderman and other super heroes fighting with the enemy. Another time, there was a Beetlejuice show, trapeze acts. Later, the very top stage (near the ceiling) was filled with dancers, with glitter falling from the ceiling and balloons being thrown to the crowd. Anything and everything to ensure a pa...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 25, 2005

Coco Bongo Cancun
Boulevard Kulkulcan 9.5 Plaza Forum By The Sea
Cancun, Mexico
(998) 883 -061

Tulum Mayan Ruins

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Attraction | "Tulum Ruins"

Tulum Mayan Ruins Photo, Tulum, Mexico
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We did Tulum as part of a day trip, so the bus took us right to the park gates. There is a local bus that runs from downtown Cancun, too, and although we didn’t use this, it’s cheap and I heard it also drops you close to the entrance. The park is open from 8am to 5 pm and costs 35 pesos, so if you are arriving independently, try and get there early before the hoards of tour buses descend. If you are on a tour, you will already have the entrance fee covered. Because we did it as a tour, we had a guide who walked us through the park and past all the temples, telling us all the history and pointing out things that we wouldn’t normally have noticed. This particular site dates back to 120...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 25, 2005

Tulum Mayan Ruins

Tulum, Mexico

Isla De Mujeres (Island of women)

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Story/Tip

Isla De Mujeres Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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The Isla Mujeres translates to the Island of Women, and not surprisingly, it is just across the Bahai de Mujeres (Bay of Women) from Cancun. Some people arrive on a day trip from Cancun, like a booze-cruise party boat, but it’s very easy to take the ferry across. Firstly, take a taxi or bus toward the downtown area of Cancun, El Centro, but get off at the end of the line. The buses will be clearly labeled with the port name, Puerto Juarez. From here, the ferry will take you across the bay to the island. It can take anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes, depending on the boat you choose. Obviously, the faster boats are more expensive than the slow ones. We took the slow boat for just $3 (I...Read More