Craving Cancun

My husband's company rewarded a year of outstanding productivity with a company-wide (spouses too) trip for a week to the Krystal in Cancun. It was our first "go and do nothing" vacation together . . . there will be MANY, MANY more!

Craving Cancun

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by rosehoch on July 30, 2003

Don't miss a trip to Chichen Itza, even if you don't like history you'd be a fool to miss this opportunity. There is so much to do, just don't forget to take some time to relax and soak it all in.${QuickSuggestions} Cancun is a tourist destination, so don't be expecting your own Caribbean beach to yourself. If you avoid Spring Break it's not crowded, but it's not deserted either!${BestWay} Walk all you can, take taxis, and take tours. Driving in Cancun is a nightmare, even if you read Spanish. The buses are very reasonable, but get good directions from your bellman or concierge before you step out. Check what taxi fare should be to your destination before you leave your curb, they will try to overcharge!

Krystal International Vacation Club

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by rosehoch on July 30, 2003

The rooms are all marble floors (the better to pick up your sand the next day) and simple. The hotel is right on the beach. Service is superior, the staff is solicitous. The pool is amazing and picturesque. The location is nearly to the tip of the peninsula and ideally located next to nearly everything.
Krystal International Vacation Club Cancun
Paso Kukulkan Lote 9, Zona Hotelera
Cancun, Mexico, 77500
+52 998-8831-133

Rainforest Cafe

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by rosehoch on July 30, 2003

The floor show here is spectacular. The food is acceptable and very reasonably priced. The portions are large and the non-alcoholic drinks are bottomless. The air-conditioning is wonderful after the walk to the shopping center.

If you have little ones along they will delight in the decor, but steer clear of the shopping area on the way out--the Rainforest Cafe gear can be high priced.

Rainforest Cafe
Km 95 Blvd. Kukulkan Lotes, 10y local B-11
Cancun, Mexico


Member Rating 5 out of 5 by rosehoch on July 30, 2003

An exquisitely elegant restaurant filled with romantic niches for your private, romantic evening. The service is excellent, prompt, and courteous. The food is superb, hot, and flavorful. The menu is broad and the quality and size of portions will leave you wishing you'd skipped lunch. Plan to eat dessert here too!
Bogart's Restaurant
Kukulcan Boulevard
Cancun, Mexico
+52 (98) 83-1133

Chichen Itza

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by rosehoch on July 30, 2003

Steamy, jungle-like, amazing, fascinating, awe-inspiring, flabbergasting. The adjectives to describe this ancient monument to the Maya gods are limitless. You need to have strong legs and little fear of heights (or falling from them) if you intend to climb the main pyramid. Did you know you can also climb the inside of the main pyramid?

I would recommend taking a tour to this site as it is relatively remote and will take the majority of a day from Cancun. You'll want a reputable company to take you to a restaurant that can be trusted to safely fill your gringo belly if you're not accustomed to local fare.

Ruins of Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Market 54

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by rosehoch on July 30, 2003

The market is worth the taxi fare. If you take the bus you'll save a few pesos, but be walking over half a mile to get to the market. The prices here are lower than those along the hotel strip and the stall-keepers are willing to bargain.

Take the time to walk the whole market and compare. The sellers know their competition and so should you. Don't be put off by their friendliness. Americans are used to being hustled and that isn't always the case here. At the same time, beware and don't hesitate to walk away.

Don't buy Mexican vanilla here. Find a local grocery and buy it there--less than a third the market price elsewhere.

Downtown Open Air Market
Downtown Cancun
Cancun, Mexico

What's it like?

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by rosehoch on July 30, 2003

If you've never been to Cancun before you should know what to expect before you get there. Mexico's second highest source of income (after oil exportation) is tourism. The government is not foolish. They recognize the power of the dollar and have carved Cancun out of the jungle. It was created solely as a resort and vacation destination in the last half of the 20th century. Do not expect endless deserted beaches. Do not expect a huge city. The beaches are not overly crowded (at least in January) and the small city is there is of necessity to support the natives who work at the hotels, resorts, and restaurants that you will visit. The water in Cancun hotels and resorts is safe as is food in the hotels, resorts, and restaurants.

The Gulf of Mexico is the most amazing shade of azure you're ever seen. With a good camera, you could get postcard quality shots. The beach is not as large as it once was. Hurricanes in the past decade have taken a lot of the white sand out to sea but there is still plenty of beach for those who seek it.

The nightlife is there if you want it from dark to dawn. Activities abound for young and old, but handicap accessibility and OSHA regulations are concepts very foreign to this culture. Curbs are steep, sidewalks are rough, and sometimes cobblestone. There are few museums in Cancun but archaeological sites abound in the vicinity. Hire a private guide, take a tour, or strike out on your own if you're the more adventurous type.

Whether at a hotel or resort, Cancun can be an ideal place to shop a little and then drop a little. Shop in the morning while it's cool and then laze by the pool all afternoon. In the winter months, it does get cool in the evening so don't plan to swim all night long.

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