Cancun plus Playa del Carmen

Had a conference to go to in Cancun, so we spent a few days here. It was our first trip to Cancun.

Then on to Playa del Carmen. This was our third time here and we really wanted to stay close to town, not in the big development of Playacar. Not disappointed!!


Cancun plus Playa del Carmen

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Izzyvet on September 16, 2004

We stayed in Cancun first. It was the beginning of spring break, so there were lots of kids partying. Cancun is beautiful, but it lacks the personality of one of our favorite spots, Playa del Carmen.${QuickSuggestions} If staying in Playa, you have lots of choices of accomodation. We have stayed in Playacar, with huge all-inclusive resorts, but this time chose to stay at a quiet hotel/resort just north of town, the Shangri-La. There are also a lot of boutique-style hotels in the town of Playa del Carmen itself.${BestWay} We rented a car for this trip, but did not drive too many places. A rental car is very handy if you want to go it your own to Tulum, Coba, Xcaret, or any of the other fabulous places. You can also take tour buses or taxis to many areas, so a car is not mandatory.

Omni Cancun

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Izzyvet on September 16, 2004

The Omni is a beautiful hotel. The beach here is very nice and one of the beach bars has a hot tub you sit in while sipping various tequila drinks!

The Omni also has well-manicured grounds and a beautiful pool area.

Our room was huge and our balcony looked out to the north of Cancun with views of both the lagoon and the ocean.

Omni Cancun
Boulevard Kukulcan L-48
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
52 998-881 0600

Shangri-La

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Izzyvet on September 16, 2004

What can I say about the Shangri-la except that it is absolutely fabulous!! This is a resort along a beautiful, wide, quiet, white stretch of beach, just north and within walking distance of Playa del Carmen.

The resort is a collection of bungalows right on the beach. Each one has either one or two rooms. Ours was a single story. Each has a front porch area with a hammock. No phone, no TV, no air conditioning. The evenings were quite breezy, as you were very close to the ocean, so we did not get too hot. If you have a room further back from the sea, I would suggest getting one with AC.

The Shangri-la is divided into two sections, an older on and a newer one. The newer one has bungalows that are a little taller, with rooms on three floors.

The price included breakfast and dinner. Both were very tasty and service was wonderful. The staff goes out of their way to try to get to know you.

The grounds are immaculately kept - I always saw staff cleaning and raking the beach.

There are two pools and a hot tub. The bar is set off from the beach, but you don't have to walk too far for a drink. On the beach are a number of palapas for guests, along with numerous lounge chairs. We never had a problem finding a chair on the beach, and it's only a few feet from your room.

Bottled water was supplied daily to your room.

Shangri-La Caribe
Calle 38 S-n Entre 5a Av Y Playa Col. Centro
Playa del Carmen, 77710
+52 984 80 32804

Los Pelicanos

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Izzyvet on September 16, 2004

We stopped here on our way down to Playa del Carmen. It is a tiny little fishing village, but it does have few nice restaurant options.

We chose the Los Pelicanos and had a great meal in a beautiful, relaxed setting. I had some fried fish, very fresh, and my husband had a shrimp dish. Both were well prepared and satisfying.

Los Pelicanos
Avenida Rafael E. Melgar 2
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Chaktuun Caverns

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Izzyvet on September 16, 2004

Found this little gem on the maps we bought from Canmaps.com.

We drove a little way out of town, past a guarded gate (don't worry, the guard just lets you by), to this little tiny parking lot.

Pay about five pesos and you get to put on a helmet with a light on it. Our tour guide did not speak a word of English. When we announced "no comprende," he promptly switched to Mayan!! It was a wonderful tour, even though we couldn't understand our young guide.

After the tour, you stop in a wonderful naturally lit part of the cave for refreshments. We were the only ones here and I don't think many of the tourists even know it is there.

Chaktuun Caverns
West of Playa del Carmen
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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