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Old Jul 16th, 1998, 07:39 AM
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A group of us are planning a trip to Cancun in December. Please relay any stories regarding lodging, activities, restaurants, and are there any casinos in Cancun?

Old Jul 16th, 1998, 08:27 AM
Don / Boston
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Hi: No Casino's in Cancun ! Good fun, Party type, Island, very built up and commercialized. Good reasonable food, nightlife, beaches and shopping. A great place to go for a good time. Reminds some people of a mexican version of Miami Beach ( I haven't been to Miami) Many, mnay good hotels! I strongly recommend you pick one in the "hotel zone". I consider Cancun probably the best value (most for your money) than any where else I have traveled in the Carribean. Email me if you have any pecific questions
Old Jul 16th, 1998, 08:50 PM
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Check out cancunmx.com. It's a great site and has a ton of info on cancun. Good luck.
Old Jul 17th, 1998, 07:11 PM
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While attempting to snorkel off Club Med, I ran into some water lice, got bitten, and gave my family physician a good laugh and cause to research this "tropical phenonemon". Did make the last two days of my stay uncomfortable due to the itching and swelling. I've heard this happen to others, here and elsewhere. Otherwise, I've always enjoyed Cancun and look forward to going back.
Old Jul 23rd, 1998, 01:45 PM
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Anyone planning on visiting the Cancun area should consider staying to the south where it's not so crowded. There's plenty of beautiful beaches, great restaurants and places to stay. We stayed in Akumal at Casa Del Mar and are planning a return trip. Their url is http://www.casadelmarmex.com

Our freinds stayed at Playa Paraiso and really enjoyed their stay as well. Their url is http://www.playaparaiso.com
Old Jul 25th, 1998, 07:11 PM
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Try the Santa Fe Brewery in, I believe, the Fiesta Plaza. Anyway, it's right next door to the Hard Rock cafe. Tell the waiter Eduardo hello for us. We were supposed to go back in September, but opted for an Eastern Caribbean cruise.
Old Jul 26th, 1998, 02:45 PM
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Having not stayed in Cancun, I still think Jeff
may be right. Stay clear though of Akumal Caribe
and Villas Maya, where you are subject to
constant deafening
aerobic music on the beach and in your rooms,
coming from a neighboring Italian club, whose
beach is anyway much nicer.

The road south of Playa del Carmen is pretty
rough - under constant construction.

Do not miss a visit to Xcaret, and wherever you
Old Aug 4th, 1998, 11:19 AM
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Go to Cancun message boards in AOL, IndependentTraveler.com. It has some of the best and helpful information on Cancun ever.
Old Aug 4th, 1998, 11:37 AM
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If you're looking to discover a bit of Mexican culture, you must get away from Cancun. Head to Merida or go south towards Akumal. You'll find places that have not yet fallen victim to "cancunization".
Old Aug 5th, 1998, 10:08 AM
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If you're interested in taking a day off from sunning yourself, consider a day trip to Chichen Itza, the site of the Mayan ruins. Not only do you get to see a cool part of Mexican history but also how the people live outside of the tourist area. There are several companies that do day trips or you can do on your own if you're brave enough.
Old Aug 11th, 1998, 02:01 PM
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I completely agree with all of the comments about the Americanization of Cancun -- I've been to several places in Mexico and was most disappointed by the canned, touristy feel of Cancun. But if you do go and you like snorkeling, you should try to do a day trip to Xel-ha (pronounced Shell-ha). You can snorkel there in a protected cove that's quite large and filled with gorgeous, colorful tropical fish. It's a couple of hours from Cancun, but I think many hotels offer arrangements for getting there.
Old Aug 12th, 1998, 06:15 AM
Richard Copeland
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RE Cancun,

Stayed at the Marriott hotel there a few years ago and it was was top drawer. The weather was super but the beach at that particular location was not great ... there were a lot of rocks and the surf made it unswimmable. I almost drowned when caught by the undertow and the lifeguards were nowhere to be found. Thank goodness my friend was able to come out and rescue me.

Agree with the comment about Xel-ha. Great snorkeling and not that far away.

All in all it is good value but the comments about it being Americanized do ring true. If you stay in Cancun and don't venture out, you wouldn't know you were in a foreign country. If you like to experience other cultures, Cancun isn't really the place. And because the beach and surf aren't that good, you might be disappointed.


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