Cancun Journals

Viva Cancun - Traveling with Friends

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A June 2008 trip to Cancun by Princess00

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Photo, Cancun, Mexico More Photos
Quote: My husband and I spent five nights in Cancun with a couple friend of ours. How does one plan a trip for four people with different travel expectations? And if the trip itinerary fails, would we still all be friends at the end?

"The Seven"

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Story/Tip

Cancun Hotel Zone Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Over the years, the authenticity of Cancun has been replaced with a very Americanized city which caters to their northern border neighbors. If you are seeking a more authentic Mexican experience, it is better found in the downtown Cancun area or farther south or inland. But, if you, like many other visitors to Cancun, are looking for a fun beach vacation in a foreign country but don’t want to feel like a foreigner, Cancun is the place to visit. It is very friendly to American tourists as most locals speak English and take the American dollar in addition to the Mexican Peso. The geography of Cancun is essentially described as a "Seven". Looking at the city of Cancun on a map, the coast...Read More

Our Accommodations

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach

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Hotel | "Excellent Service! Great Beach and Hotel!"

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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My husband and I visited the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach with a couple friend from June 13-June 18, 2008. I will preface my review to say that I have stayed at a few nice hotels in my time (the Ritz Carlton Tokyo being tops) and a small number of Caribbean resorts. I will compare this hotel with what I am familiar with. Rooms: We booked a Junior Partial Ocean View suite with a non-smoking room and king bed. Upon arrival, we were informed that a king bed was not available and we could either wait about an hour for a room to be ready or take a double bed. The reservation desk, as a consolation, offered us a room on a higher floor that was considered an Ocean View. We gladly took the d...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 28, 2008

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

Dining

Thai Lounge

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Restaurant | "Hidden Gem in La Isla"

Thai Lounge Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Prior to visiting Cancun, my husband and I received recommendations for dining from friends and family who had traveled to Mexico in the past. One of the highly praised restaurant referrals was Thai Lounge ("Thai"). We were initially skeptical because we could not imagine eating Thai food in Mexico, much less expecting it to be as ‘fantastic’ and ‘amazing’ as our friends indicated. However, we took their recommendation and made a reservation at Thai for our anniversary dinner while our traveling companions remained at the hotel and dined on room service. ReservationWe made a reservation through our hotel concierge and specified an over the water palapa at 7:30pm. There are vario...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 1, 2010

Thai Lounge
Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 12.5 Zona Hotelera, La Isla Shopping Village
Cancun, Mexico
01 998 176 8070

Mocambo Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Awesome lunch spot - tasty food, dreamy ocean view"

Mocambo Restaurant Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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Upon arrival in Cancun, we checked into our hotel and headed outdoors to locate a place to eat lunch. As it was mid-afternoon, we were starving and had received multiple recommendations to try a restaurant located near our hotel called Mocambo. Mocambo is part of the La Parilla Group, which owns a number of local authentic Mexican restaurants in the Cancun area. Mocambo serves lunch and dinner, but we only dined during lunchtime as we intended to dine at La Parilla, Mocambo’s sister restaurant, later that week for dinner. Location: Mocambo was a VERY short walk from the Fiesta Americana Grand Beach hotel. Travelers not staying on the point of the ‘seven’ can also easily reach this re...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 30, 2010

Mocambo Restaurant
Zona Hotelera, In Front Of Plaza Caracol, By The Beach
Cancun, Mexico
(998) 883 0398

Activities

Tulum Mayan Ruins

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Attraction | "Pretty Beach - Hot! Hot! Hot!"

Tulum Mayan Ruins Photo, Tulum, Mexico
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Visited Tulum on 6/14/08 during our trip to Cancun (6/13-6/18). We are active people and were looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Hotel Zone to see some important sites in the area. We booked a private tour to Tulum from Cancun using Entertainment-Plus (who we highly recommend). It took around 1 1/2-2 hours to get to Tulum from Cancun which was mostly filled with highway driving past many of the all-inclusive resorts located along the Mayan Riviera. The outside area of the ruins of Tulum are a place to watch out for scams. No matter what mode of transportation you use, you will be dropped off at the edge of the property where then, you can take a small train up the road a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 28, 2008

Tulum Mayan Ruins

Tulum, Mexico

Interactive Aquarium

Attraction | "A fun filled afternoon with Dolphins!"

Interactive Aquarium Photo, Cancun, Mexico
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I have always wanted to swim with dolphins. They are such intelligent, gentle creatures. However, on most trips that my husband and I have taken, we never had the opportunity or the time to try this activity. Particularly since my husband was not overly interested in swimming with dolphins and I was not particularly interested in swimming with them on my own. When planning our trip to Cancun, I was attempting to satisfy the wishes of all traveling companions – me, my husband, and our couple friends. So, when our traveling companions expressed a desire to swim with dolphins, I happily booked the activity. We were referred to Interactive Aquarium ("IA") by a friend who had booked the experience on ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 1, 2010

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