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  Useful info. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   15 Useful phrases. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   15 Passport and Visa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   16 Emergency numbers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16

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Cancún · Understand Mexican city. There are many restaurants, shopping centers, markets and clubs in the downtown area that you can visit during your stay. Those mostly seeking beaches and scuba diving, or who are a bit adventurous, can easily find rooms on equally beautiful and less crowded beaches along the coast just an hour or two south of Cancun for much less than the cost of major Cancun hotels. Some Spanish language skills may aid in finding better deals. You can rent a car, or take the bus to Puerto Morelos (about 20 min) or Tulum (1 hour). Playa del Carmen (45 min) is between the two, but caters to the all-inclusive crowd. Taxis are also available. Those looking for a base of operations who want good or luxury hotels and the advantages of urban life, but prefer more local flavor may wish to stay in the Yucatan's main city of Mérida. Many international flights in to Cancun continue on after a stop to Mérida's international airport.

Cancún Location of Cancún within Quintana Roo

Resting on the northeast corner of the Mexican Caribbean, Cancun itself was built on a site selected as the ideal spot for a new tourist development by the Mexican government. The state of Quintana Roo was still a territory and this area had few inhabitants when Cancun was built. It is composed of fourteen miles of pristine white beaches shaped like a number "7", home to Maya archaeological wonders, turquoise seas, a bountiful underwater world, and world-class vacation amenities. It is still considered the gateway to the Mayan World ("El Mundo Maya"). Mayan temples and ritual sites are everywhere, some smothered by lush jungle, others easily accessible. They are good tourist attractions. The Cancun hotel zone is almost entirely built around the tourist industry. It abounds with all-inclusive resort hotels. Stay here only if you don't mind spending your vacation with many other tourists. Downtown Cancun, especially once you get away from the ADO bus station and nearby hostels and hotels, is a real

 

History As documented in the earliest colonial sources, the island of Cancún was originally known to its Maya inhabitants as Nizuc (Yucatec Maya) meaning either "promontory" or "point of grass". In the years after the Conquest, much of the population died off or left as a result of disease, warfare, piracy, and famines, leaving only small settlements on Isla Mujeres and Cozumel Island. The name Cancún, Cancum or Cankun first appears on 18th century maps. The meaning of Cancún is unknown, and it is also unknown whether the name is of Maya origin. If it is of Maya origin, possible translations include "Place/ Seat/Throne of the Snake" or "Enchanted Snake". Snake iconography was prevalent at the pre-Columbian site of Nizuc. When development was started on January 23, 1970, Isla Cancún had only three residents, caretakers of the coconut plantation of Don José de Jesús Lima Gutiérrez, who lived on Isla Mujeres, and there were only 117 people liv-


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ing in nearby Puerto Juarez, a fishing village and military base. "Due to the reluctance of investors to bet on an unknown area, the Mexican government had to finance the first nine hotels." The first hotel financed was the Hyatt Cancún Caribe, but the first hotel actually built was the Playa Blanca, which later became a Blue Bay hotel, and is now Temptation Resort. At the time it was an elite destination, famous for its virgin white sand beaches. Most 'Cancúnenses' are from Yucatán and other Mexican states. A growing number are from the rest of the Americas and Europe. The municipal authorities have struggled to provide public services for the constant influx of people, as well as limiting squatters and irregular developments, which now occupy an estimated ten to fifteen percent of the mainland area on the fringes of the city. In the 21st century, Cancún had largely avoided bloodshed associated with the trade of illegal drugs, but the city is regarded as a popular transshipment point for Colombian cocaine and reportedly known for retail drug sales to tourists and as a center of money laundering. The links with Cancún date from the 1990s and early 2000s, when the area was controlled by the Juárez and Gulf drug cartels. In recent years Los Zetas, a group that broke away from the Gulf Cartel, has taken control of many smuggling routes through the Yucatán, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in Cancún from November 29, 2010 to December 10, 2010.

Climate Cancún has a tropical climate, specifically a tropical wet and dry climate (Köppen Aw), with few temperature differences between seasons, but pronounced rainy seasons. The city is warm year-round, and moderated by onshore trade winds, with an annual mean temperature of 27.1 °C (80.8 °F). Unlike inland areas of the Yucatán Peninsula, sea breezes restrict high temperatures from reaching 35 °C (95 °F) on most afternoons. Annual rainfall is around 1,340 millimetres (52.8 in), falling on 115 days per year. More temperate conditions occur from November to February with occasional refreshing northerly breezes, it is drier and becomes hotter in March and April. It is hottest from May to September, due to proximity to the Caribbean and Gulf humidity is high the year round, especially so during hurricane season (averages close to 70% on rainfree days). The hotel zone juts into the Caribbean Sea, it is surrounded by ocean therefore daytime temperatures are around 1-2C less and windspeeds are higher than at the airport located some distance inland, which is the official meteorological station for Cancún, averages as shown below.

 

Satellite Image of Cancun

The tropical storm season lasts from May to December, the rainy season extends into January with peak precipitation in September. February to early May tend to be drier with only occasional scattered showers. Cancún is located in one of the main Caribbean hurricane impact areas. Although large hurricanes are rare, they have struck near to Cancún in recent years, Hurricane Wilma in 2005 being the largest. Hurricane Gilbert made a devastating direct hit on Cancún in September 1988 and the tourist hotels needed to be rebuilt. In both cases, federal, state and municipal authorities were well prepared to deal with most of the effects on tourists and local residents. Hurricane Dean in 2007 also made its mark on the city of Cancún. Hurricane Gilbert 1988's Hurricane Gilbert was the second most intense hurricane ever observed in the Atlantic basin. It landed on the Yucatan peninsula after crossing over the island of Cozumel. In the Cancún region, a loss of $87 million (1989 USD) due to a decline in tourism was estimated for the months October, November and December in 1988. Hurricane Wilma On October 21, 2005, Hurricane Wilma made landfall on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, with strong winds in excess of 150 mph (240 km/h). The hurricane's eye first passed over the island of Cozumel, and then made an official landfall near Playa del Carmen in the state of Quintana Roo at around midnight on October 22 EDT with winds near 140 mph (230 km/ h). Portions of the island of Cozumel experienced the calm eye of Wilma for several hours with some blue skies and sunshine visible at times. The eye slowly drifted


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northward, with the center passing just to the west of Cancún, Quintana Roo. Hurricane Dean Two years later, in 2007, the eye of Hurricane Dean landed 190 miles (310 km) to the south of Cancún. Fierce winds at the edge of Dean's impact cone stripped sand off 7.5 miles (12.1 km) beaches from Punta Cancún (Camino Real Hotel) to Punta Nizuc (Club Med). The authorities asked tourism operators to suspend sending tourists to Cancún while Hurricane Dean was approaching, but did ask airlines to send empty planes, which were then used to evacuate tourists already there.

Get in By plane Airlines that fly to Cancun from Mexico City include: Aeromexico, Interjet, Aviacsa, and from Europe: JetAirFly, AirBerlin. Cancún International Airport (IATA: CUN) (ICAO: MMUN) is Mexico's second busiest airport. It is about 10 km (6 ml) from the hotel strip and 16 km (9 ml) southwest of downtown. One of Cancun's best features is its transport links, as most major air carriers in North, Central, and South America, have service to Cancun. There are some extremely cheap charter flight deals available from the UK as well as commercial flight deals from several European carriers. The hardest part of the journey to Cancun (aside from your initial airport check-in) is getting from the luggage carousel to your transportation. Make sure you know who your transport is and find them on the outside, as that is where they will be. Unless you are looking for a timeshare, free meal or looking to burn time and money on your vacation don't stop to chit-chat about booking tours and such. There is plenty of time for that after you get settled in. After you clear the red or green light baggage inspection, do not give your bags to any locals offering to carry them. They will either demand money to carry them  or possibly steal your luggage.

Departure lounge Cancun Airport

There are two companies officially licensed by Cancun Airport to provide the transfer service to the hotels in Cancun or the Riviera Maya. One is Gray Line and the other one is T.T.A. Both have a selling booth right after the Customs Service. Prices are fixed by the airport and are not negotiable. The two companies offer shuttle service and also private transfer. There are other transportation firms that provide service to and from the airport for a reasonable price as well. Beware of touts who will surround you when you come out of customs clearance. If you proceed straight, you will find the official information center where they can help you with the ground transportation options. There is also a first class bus service from the airport to both the ADO bus station in Cancun and to the one in Playa del Carmen. If you are going to Puerto Morelos, you can arrange being dropped at the appropriate intersection on the way to Playa. Buses coming from Cancun stop at terminals 2 and 3, but tickets are sold only at the stop next to terminal 1. To get to the buses, go outside the main building (terminal 1) and turn right. Head up past the end of that building and find the appropriate bus for you. If you want to travel directly from Cancun to Cozumel there is an Airline called MayaAir the only commercial line in the Terminal 1 so you can travel directly throug Cancun tu Cozumel. Beware of leaving Mexico with enough money. The Mexican Government charges a travel tax to leave the country from the airport. Most major air carriers may already have the travel tax charged to the price of the ticket, though it is highly recommended that travelers check this before leaving to/from Cancun. Also beware of going through security too early. Food and drink prices almost double and you can't easily go back.

By car Driving in Mexico can be an experience. For more information and tips refer to driving in Mexico

 


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By bus Cancun's bus station is located downtown on the corner of Uxmal Avenue and Tulum Avenue. Destinations served by bus include most destinations up to Mexico City (26 hr).

Get around Cancun is very easy to navigate. To the South is the airport, to the North is the city and in between on the stretch of land between the sea and the Nichupte lagoon are all the hotels, beaches and bars, referred to as the hotel zone or Zona Hotelera. Downtown is where most residents live and it stretches in on the mainland behind the lagoon.

By bus Bus is the preferred way of getting around. Buses are cheap and come frequently. Most bus drivers are very courteous and will stop for you even if you are not waiting at a bus stop. After paying the fare, which is on a per person basis, the driver will hand you a ticket/receipt which are usually printed with advertisements. Just so there are no surprises, do not expect buses to have amenities such as air conditioning and seat cushions. Also, most bus drivers speak enough English just to help visitors get around. A great resource for finding your way around Cancun are the Can-Do Cancun maps & Guides by Perry & Laura McFarlin.

Mercedes-Benz bus in Cancun

Buses head up and down the main thoroughfare, Blvd Kukulcan, named after the feather serpent which is the main Mayan deity, from the Mayan words kukul (bird) and can (snake). Buses pass constantly but be prepared for a cramped and rough ride. The rules for the bus drivers

 

Cancún · Get around seem to be "he who gets to the next passenger quickest, makes the most money". Therefore, be prepared for a wild, but entertaining ride. Frequently, locals will get on with their instruments and "entertain". Some are quite good. When you are ready to get off, you can either push the button on top of the hand rail, or if you're not sure of your destination, tell the driver where you would like to get off or point to the destination using a bus map. Most bus drivers speak enough English to understand non-Spanish speakers. Be careful when the bus is full as pick-pocketing is a concern. Companies serving the station include all attractions and towns along the coast: the Riviera Express for the Riviera Maya (Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Xel-Ha, etc.) and ADO for the major national destinations. For some Riviera Maya destinations, it's possible to stop the buses on the Tulum Avenue without having to go all the way to the station, however, if you are unsure about where to catch the bus then it's best to go to the station.

By taxi Taxis are plentiful, a bit expensive for the hotel zone and airport, but cheap in the downtown area. Fares for the hotel zone depend on how far along the Blvd Kukulcan you want to go (fares available at hotel receptions and shopping centres), it is best to just ask the driver upon boarding to avoid misunderstandings. By far, the best mode of transportation for the hotel zone is by bus. The bus fare is cheap and getting from Point A to Point B doesn't take very long.

Nissan Tsuru taxi in Cancun

Be careful and clear with your taxista. They have set rates on paper for how much they should charge for the trip per kilometer (no meter). You can also obtain a discount about 10% if you ask. If you are splitting a cab with friends, be clear on the number of services, people, and price he will charge to your destination. If your friends get out before


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you he can charge you twice the amount you negotiated for just a few more kilometers. A "service" is considered to be from start point to a requested stop point. If your taxista is non-cooperative there are about 10 more taxis around every corner.

By car Be very careful if you choose to drive in Cancun. The police seem to pull tourists over at the drop of a hat during spring break. When you pick up a rental, check that all the lights work. Also, when you are pulled over for a light violation, do not be surprised if the police holds out an open palmed hand, while holding your driver’s license hostage in the other. Most police officers are underpaid and could demand a small bribe to let you off the hook.

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El Rey Archaeological Zone, Cancun, Mexico

El Rey (Las Ruinas del Rey) is located in the Hotel Zone. El Meco, a more substantial site, is found on the mainland just outside the city limits on the road north to Punta Sam. Parque Urbano Kabah. This city park was established to protect the species of Cancun, give them a home, and preserve a large green area as a protected area for this purpose. Declared as a protected area. One of the main attractions of this destination for tourists, because in its 39 parks you can see some wild plant and animal species, some endangered.

Cancun's Waters

Interactive Aquarium. Right in the middle of the hotel zone, this small, but modern aquarium lets you get up close and personal with aquatic life. You can pet rays, nurse sharks, touch starfish, etc. There is also a chance to swim with dolphins in a large pool. Water and sand. Cancun is possibly best known for its beautiful turquoise waters and powdery white beaches.

Entrance of Parque Urbano Kabah

El Mirador. This is also known as Playa Delfines . As its name indicates, is one of the most important and spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea in Cancun.

Isla Contoy, is about 30 km north of Isla Mujeres and apart from its natural beauty it is considered to be the most important nesting place for sea birds in the Mexican Caribbean with more than 150 different species.

 


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El Mirador

Sian Ka'an, is a biosphere reserve. It was established in 1986 and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. With the participation of scientists, technicians, students, fishermen, farmers, rural promotors and administrators, together with regional and international partners, have successfully carried out more than 200 conservation projects basing all conservation actions on scientific and technical information for planning and implementing environmental policies and the proposal of viable solutions for sustainable use of natural resources and focusing their efforts established within eight protected natural areas that include the reefs of Banco Chinchorro, and Xcalak at South of Quintana Roo, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Cancun, the island of Cozumel that is located in front of Xcaret and Contoy Island up North, covering 780,000 acres (3,200 km2). Xcaret, the best theme park in the world: culture and nature. The nature-based attractions of the park include a river that goes through the Mayan village, a subterranean concrete sluice in which people can swim and snorkel with a life vest. Near the inlet there are recreational activities at the beach, snorkeling, Sea Trek and Snuba in the nearby reefs, or swimming with dolphins. The park also has a coral reef aquarium turtle nesting site. Next to the inlet there’s an area for manatees. The park also has a bird pavilion, butterfly pavilion, bat cave, orchids and bromeliad greenhouse, an island of jaguars, and a deer shelter, among others.

Do Ocean and beaches. For the more advanced swimmers, the edge of the open ocean can make for a challenging and fun swimming experience. For less advanced swimmers, or those with little ones, pick a resort facing Isla Mujeres for a gentle and relaxing aquatic experience. Be aware that the island becomes extremely hot during day and there are few, if any opportunities to cool off. The sand found here is ground up coral and doesn't get hot like you might expect. The beaches are absolutely gorgeous and the water is crystal clear and warm. Spending the day on the beaches of Cancun is not only an opportunity to relax, but to shop as well. Many of the native people of Cancun make a living by selling different items to the tourists on the beach. There are a variety of items to be purchased from these vendors, items such as sarongs, jewelry, sea shells and more. However, as in the markets, you have to be willing to bargain to get the right prices. Bird watching at the airport.  It may sound odd, but because the airport is basically carved out of a large block of forest, there are all kinds of birds and animals around, especially early in the morning. Look for the

 

Cancún · Do Mexican agoutis (large forest rodents) grazing on the lawns next to the forest. Swim with Dolphins. Wet'n'Wild also offers dolphin experiences. (Beware: no cameras are allowed, then they charge for the first photo, and for each subsequent one). Other great places to swim with dolphins are Delphinus Dreams and Dolphin Discovery . Jeep Adventures. Experience some of the most beautiful parts of Cancun in a self drive jeep safari. Tour prices ususally include an experienced guide, and the chance to swim or snorkel in underground caves, explore Mayan ruins and visit a jungle reserve. Aqua Tours. Exciting water tour! Choose either a jet ski or two person jet boat for a trip through the lagoon out to snorkel on the reef. Popular tours are the Jungle Tour and the Sailing Quest (Catamarans). The Lobster Dinner Cruise. Take a trip out on the calm lagoon on a beautiful boat with friends you have not met yet. The staff allow you to take part in the fun or settle back and watch the sunset. Steak and lobster is cooked on the boat and is extra tasty when eaten out on the high seas. Football.  New in Cancun with the First Division team "Potros de Hierro (Iron Colts) of Cancun". The Atlante team, now based in Cancun, has a brand new stadium downtown. Markets.  Bring your haggling skills and get ready for a vast shopping experience in any of the city markets. Great buys can be found, so stick to your price resolve. La Isla. La Isla is a huge outside shopping mall in Cancun right near many of the local hotels. It features hundreds of stores ranging from American brands like Polo to Mexican brands like Senor Frogs. There are numerous restaurants including Chili's and McDonalds along with more local Mexican foods. Hidden Worlds Cenote Adventure Park, Tulum.  9-5. Situated on the most extensive system of underwater caves and caverns on Earth, the park is home to some of the most stunningly beautiful cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, as featured in the critically acclaimed 2001 IMAX movie, Journey Into Amazing Caves, the 2005 Hollywood movie, The Cave and the award winning 2007 BBC Planet Earth television series. Enjoy Zip Lines, The Worlds only SkyCycle, and snorkel tours in the most pristine cenotes in the area. Punta Este Marina. Drive your own boat through the lagoon in the Jungle Tour and sknorkel on the reef. Diving lessons and dive trips to the best dive spots in Cancun such as underwater museum.


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Beach and Long chairs

Golf With golf courses in Cancun, visitors can still have a great vacation and enjoy the game. Surrounded by the beautiful Mexican landscape these courses are home of renowned championships. The Moon Spa and Golf Club. Is home to the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Cancun golf course. Its dynamic layout requires golfers to navigate through native vegetation as well as numerous wetlands and strategically placed bunkers. Riviera Cancun Golf and Spa. The golf course at Riviera Cancun Golf & Resorts features strategic bunkering, immaculate greens, stunning layout of fairways, as well as wooden bridges. Aspectacular Mexican-Contemporary Club House allows golfers to relax and enjoy the tranquility of the natural reserve that surrounds the course, including the dunes, lakes, mangroves and Tasiste native palm trees, which are some of the elements that make this Golf course a visual stunner.

Spa Cancun is one of the premier spa destinations in the world with a choice of more than thirty Cancun Spa Resorts that promise to transport your mind, body and spirit to a nirvana of pure bliss. Spas in Cancun offer treatments combining native, ancient mayan healing rituals, modern stress-reducing techniques.

La Isla Shopping Village, Cancún, México.

Markets, Bring your haggling skills and get ready for a vast shopping experience in any of the city markets. Great buys can be found, so stick to your price resolve. Local market in downtown Cancún is great for shopping souvenirs. It also has some great Mexican outdoor restaurants. Very cheap and good shopping.

Eat Pescado a la Tikin-Xic - seasonal white fish marinated and baked in a traditional Yucatan mixture wrapped in banana leaf Kibis - baked with mashed wheat and ground meat  chopped onion and habanero chili or sour orange slices. Relleno negro - Black Turkey Stew Panuchos - is a Mexican food specialty from the Yucatán made with tortillas, black beans, meat (usually chicken or pork), tomato, pickled red onion, and avocado. It is similar to a tostada. Salbutes - Salbutes are panuchos without the black bean filling. Papadzules - is a traditional dish from the Yucatán Peninsula resembling enchiladas. In its simplest form it consists of corn tortillas dipped in a sauce of pepita (pumpkin seeds) filled with hard-boiled eggs, and garnished with a cooked tomato-chile sauce. Cochinita Pibil - is a traditional Mexican slow-roasted pork dish from the Yucatán Península of Mayan origin. Preparation of traditional cochinita or puerco pibil involves marinating the meat in strongly acidic citrus juice, coloring it with annatto seed, and roasting the meat while it is wrapped in banana leaf.

 

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Marquesita - dessert rolled up with fillings inside

Hotel Zone of Cancun Cochinita Pibil

Drink Cancun's nightlife is unlike any other destination on Earth. For some, a day in Cancun doesn't start until tasks like an 11AM breakfast, nap on the beach, and siesta are arduously completed. This is your place to shine. The legal drinking age in Mexico is 18, but it is not strongly enforced. The Hotel Zone is a huge venue and gets top entertainers and DJs. Don't be surprised to see Vegas like shows spontaneously erupt while you are sipping your piña colada. You may find yourself dancing in a conga line, laughing your cares away and speaking whatever Español you managed to pickup. A must for the first timers, and always good fun for returners also. Coco Bongo's entertainment includes a show, complete with girls swinging from the ceilings.

You could also try out the growing vacation rental market as well. It's a chance to experience Cancun without having to share close spaces with thousands of tourists. They are an alternative if you are willing to go without the frills of room service or resort commodities.

Also try the clubs located in downtown Cancun, where all the locals hang out.

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Sleep Cancun is in the state of Quintana Roo, at the north-eastern tip of the Yucatan peninsula. During the ‘70s it became an exclusive tourist destination, after the construction of the first hotels. Cancun is divided into two very distinct areas: the hotel area, an island separated from the mainland, connected by two bridges in the North and the South. In the interior is the lagoon called Nichupté. The second area is the centre of the modern city of Cancun, full of shops, restaurants and shows. Cancún has a large range of 3-5 star hotels in the "hotel zone" and some more economical hotels in the city center.

 

Hotel Bahía Príncipe Tulum

Ocean Currents— The ocean currents in Cancun, depending on the season you visit, can be strong. While the currents may not be strong enough to pull you under, keep your guard up at all times. Look for the coloured flags that are planted on the beach as well as ask your hotel's concierge or a lifeguard (if one is available). As a rule of thumb, if you're not a strong swimmer (or a non-swimmer) it is best to stick to the hotel's pool for water fun. Remember, beaches in Mexico are Federal Zones with no life guards on duty, lifeguards may only be found within the beaches at the hotels. Weather— Cancun is a place where the weather can change in a matter of minutes rather than hours. As in most tropical places, rain storms will start quickly and

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leave as quickly as it came. When a storm lingers, use caution in the water; especially when lightning is present.

Cancún · Stay healthy restaurants usually have purified water as well, but the water outside of these areas is not safe to drink.

A lightning storm off the coast of Cancun, Mexico.

Timeshare and condos are a big business all over Yucatan, especially Cancun. "Tourist information" is another word for sales representative. If someone is offering you an "free" tour to anyplace or at a discount this means a 90 minute or longer presentation about condos and timeshares. There are 20 reps waiting on the righthand side when you arrive at the Cancun airport. There are also reps in Mexico city attracting tourists with free Xe-Hal and Chichen Ha tours. These timeshare presentations are not always a waste of time. Some of these timeshare presentations offer coupons or other free offers which can total to several thousand dollars of savings during your trip if you are willing to endure the presentation. Nothing is free- Most important lesson. Someone comes up to you and says you want a shot of tequlia? This means you have not negotiated the price. Don't use ATMs out of the banks- There are ATMs all over Cancun. Use only ones that are inside banks or your hotel. Pharmacies, stores, gas stations are to be avoided. You could become a victim of identity theft or you will find big charges for the commission of using them. The Buddy System- If you plan to have a long night out in the strip, take precautions and have a friend with you at all times (even walking to the bathroom). Unsuspecting tipsy tourists can be easy targets for petty robbery.

Stay healthy It is highly recommended that you buy bottled water. Otherwise, do not drink the water unless your hotel has a water purification system. Most of the resorts in Cancun have purified water at all of the facilities located inside the resorts including the bars and restaurants. The upper-scale

 

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Restaurants

 

La Panza Es Primero

Restaurants

Restaurants

Top Best Restaurants The Surfin Burrito

cuisine   Mexican place   Kukulcan Blvd. Km 9.5, Cancun 77500, Mexico

Peter's Restaurante

cuisine   International, Mexican price   $19 - $99 place    Av. Bonampak 71 - 72 | Between Sierra & Robalo only 200' from Hotel Zone entrance, Cancun 77500, Mexico

Trattoria La Veneziana Da Bertilla

cuisine   Italian, Pasta, Pizza, Wine Bar price   $4 - $31 place    Tulipanes n 9 SM 22 MZ 2, Cancun 77500, Mexico

La Tranquita

price   $6 - $21 place   Ave. Kabah Mz1. Smz 13. Lote 22. Plaza Zona Zentro, Cancun 77500, Mexico

Habaneros

price   $6 - $11 place    Blvd. Kukulcan Km11.5 | Zona Hotelera enfrente de plaza flamingos a un costado del Hotel Avalon Bacara, Cancun 77500, Mexico

La Habichuela Downtown

cuisine   Caribbean price   $19 - $36 place    Margaritas # 25 | Parque de las Palapas, Cancun 77500, Mexico

La Dolce Vita

cuisine   Italian price   $16 - $36 place    Av. Coba N. 87 downtown, Cancun 77500, Mexico

natura

cuisine   Healthy, Vegan price   $6 - $17 place   boulevard kukulcan km 9.5 | zona hotelera, Cancun 77500, Mexico

Savio's Bistro by La Dolce Vita

cuisine   Italian price   $16 - $29 place   km 15 Zona Hotelera | Across from the Gran Meliá Hotel, Cancun, Mexico

La Palapa Belga

place   Calle Quetzal No 13 INT Hotel Imperial Laguna, Cancun 77500, Mexico

Fred's House & Seafood Market cuisine   Seafood price   $21 - $51

Pik Nik

cuisine   Mexican price   $6 - $9 place   av Tulpanes, Cancun 77500, Mexico

 

Restaurants · Top Best Restaurants cuisine   Mexican price   $11 - $14 place    Plaza Flamingo Colona: Zona Hotelera, Cancun C.P. 77500, Mexico

Puerto Madero

price   $24 - $99 place   Bulevar Kukulkan, km 14 Marina Barracuda , Boulevard | Kukulcan km 14, Cancun, Mexico

Locanda Paolo

cuisine   Fusion, Italian place   DownTown Cancun. Bonampak Avenue 145. Corner with Jurel street. Sm 3 | Bonampak avenue is the first street arriving into downtown from the hotel zone. (take a right) We are located in the left hand side of the street in front of PEMEX Gas Station, Cancun,

Top Italian La Dolce Vita

price   $16 - $36 place    Av. Coba N. 87 downtown, Cancun 77500, Mexico

Trattoria La Veneziana Da Bertilla

price   $4 - $31 place    Tulipanes n 9 SM 22 MZ 2, Cancun 77500, Mexico

Savio's Bistro by La Dolce Vita

price   $14 - $31 place   km 15 Zona Hotelera | Across from the Gran Meliá Hotel, Cancun, Mexico

Dolcemente Pompei

place   Pez Volador 7, Cancun 77500, Mexico

Locanda Paolo

place   DownTown Cancun. Bonampak Avenue 145. Corner with Jurel street. Sm 3 | Bonampak avenue is the first street arriving into downtown from the hotel zone. (take a right) We are located in the left hand side of the street in front of PEMEX Gas Station, Cancun,

Casa Rolandi Cancun

price   $29 - $37 place    Av. Kukulcan Km. 13.5 | Marina Blue Ray / Side Lagoon, Cancun 77500, Mexico

Savio's bistro by La Dolce Vita

price   $14 - $31 place   Boulevard Kukulcan Km 15 | across from the Gran Melia Hotel, Cancun 77500, Mexico

I Famosi Pasta

price   $9 - $24 place   Av. Acanceh | mza 15-A, mz 3, L 3, ed. La troje, Cancun 77500, Mexico

Cenacolo

place   Plaza Kukulcan, Cancun, Mexico

Italiannis

place   Centro La Isla, Cancun, Mexico

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Restaurants · Top Asian

Top Asian Irori

cuisine   Japanese price   $21 - $24 place   Avenida Tulum, Cancun 77500, Mexico

Elefanta Thai & Bar

cuisine   Thai price   $24 - $99 place   Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 12.5 Zona Hotelera | Plaza La Isla, Cancun 77500, Mexico

Zen Sushi Bar

cuisine   Sushi place    301 Av. Bonampak | y Av. Sayil, Cancun, Mexico

Sushi Ken

cuisine   Sushi place   Plaza Las Palmas, Cancun, Mexico

Grill 14 Cancun

cuisine   Caribbean, Sushi, Diner, Seafood, International price   $31 - $112 place   Kukulkan 14 | Zona Hotelera, Cancun 77500, Mexico

 

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Useful info

 

Useful info · Useful phrases

Useful info

Useful info

Useful phrases English

Spanish

Welcome Hello Hello(on phone) Good morning Good afternoon Good evening Good night, Night night, Nighty Night, Good night, sleep tight, hope the bedbugs don't bite! Goodbye How are you? Reply Long time no see What's your name? My name is ... Where are you from? I come from ... Pleased to meet you Good luck Cheers! Bottoms up! Down the hatch! Mud in your eye! Bon appetit! Enjoy your meal! (frm) Enjoy! Tuck in! Get stuck in! Eat already! (inf/slang) Happy eating! Get your laughing gear round this! (inf/slang) Bon voyage / have a good journey Excuse me Sorry How much is this? / How much does this cost? Please Thank you Thank you very much Thank you kindly Thanks a lot Many thanks Thanks Cheers Ta (used mainly in northen England) You're welcome Don't mention it My pleasure No problem No probs Not a problem No worries No big deal Where's the toilet / lavatory / bathroom / restroom / powder room / gents/ladies? Where's the loo / bog / dunny / little boys'/girls' room? (inf/slang) Have a nice day Get well soon Would you like to dance with me?

I love you I don't understand Please say that again Please speak more slowly Can you please write it down? How do you say ... in english?

 

Bienvenido (sg) Bienvenidos (pl) ¡Hola! ¡Diga! ¡Dígame! ¿Sí? ¿Bueno? ¡Hola! ¿Aló? Buenos días Buenas tardes Buenas tardes / Buenas noches Buenas noches Adiós, Hasta luego, Hasta la vista, Hasta mañana ¿Cómo está usted? (frm) ¿Cómo estás? (inf) Bien gracias, ¿y usted? (frm) Bien gracias, ¿y tú? (inf) ¡Cuánto tiempo! ¡Tanto tiempo sin verte! ¿Cómo te llamas? (inf) ¿Cómo se llama Usted? (frm) Me llamo ... Mi nombre es ... ¿De dónde eres? (inf) ¿De dónde es usted? (frm) Soy de ... Mucho gusto Encantado ¡Buena suerte! ¡Salud! ¡Buen provecho! ¡Buen apetito! ¡Que aproveche!

¡Buen viaje! ¡Perdón! ¡Perdone! ¡Discúlpe! ¡Perdón! ¡Perdone! ¡Lo siento! ¿Cuánto cuesta? ¿Cuánto cuesta esto? Por favor Gracias Muchas gracias

De nada No hay de qué ¿Dónde están los aseos ¿Dónde están los sanitarios? ¿Dónde está el baño? ¿Dónde está el cuarto de baño? ¡Que pase un buen día! Que te mejores Que te mejores pronto ¡Recupérate pronto! Pronta recuperación ¿Querría bailar conmigo? (frm) ¿Querrías bailar conmigo? (inf) ¿Quisiera bailar conmigo? (frm) ¿Quisieras bailar conmigo? (inf) Te amo / Te quiero No entiendo No comprendo ¿Me lo puede repetir, por favor? ¿Puede repetirlo, por favor? Por favor hable más despacio ¿Puede escribirlo, por favor? ¿Cómo se dice ... en español?

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Useful info · Passport and Visa

English

Spanish

Do you speak english? Yes, a little Leave me alone! Help!

¿Habla usted español? (frm) ¿Hablas español? (inf) Sí, hablo un poquito de español Sí, un poco ¡Déjeme en paz! ¡Ayúdame! ¡Socorro! ¡Auxilio!

Passport and Visa  

Passport required

Australian British Canadian Other EU USA

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Return ticket required Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Visa required No No No No No

Passports: A passport valid for at least six months after the date of entry to Mexico is required by nationals referred to in the chart above. Passport note: (a) Applicants for Blue Tourist Cards should have a valid passport, return/onward ticket and proof of financial means. (b) Tourist Cards must be kept by the visitor during the entire length of stay as they will have to be presented and stamped on leaving. (c) Immigration authorities may require your return airline ticket or onward ticket and proof of financial means (international credit cards, debit cards or traveller's cheques). Visas: Visas are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above, who can obtain a Blue Tourist Card for touristic purposes from their airline on direct flights, at port of entry, or from the Mexican Consulate before travelling, for 180 days. Visa note: (a) Nationals seeking to visit Mexico on business are advised to check with the consulate regarding visa requirements as they may need to apply for a Non Immigrant Business Visitor carnet (FM3); (b) Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Mexico.

Emergency numbers Police: 066 Medical: 065 Fire: 068 Notes: '066' can be used as a general emergency number, In densely populated areas, 911 is redirected to the proper number.

 

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Maps

 

Maps · Cancun Town map

Maps

Maps

Cancun Town map

Hotel map north

Hotel map south

Restaurants map north

Restaurants map south

Shopping map north

Shopping map south

Isla Mujeres map

 

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References

 

References ·

Reasonable care has been taken in creating this personalized travel guide by combining information from the sources identified under the section 'references'. However, the information is provided 'as is' and there is no warranty about the information in the guide being accurate, complete or up to date. To the maximum extent permitted under applicable law, all liability arising from the use of this guide will be denied. Verifying critical information (like visas, health and safety) before you travel is recommended. References

References

Cancún data is from Wikitravel,  urls: –  http://www.wikitravel.com This page was last edited at 19:19, on 4 July 2011 by Wikitravel user Infrogmation. Based on work by Pavel Veretennikov, Ryan Holliday, doveld and Pablo, Wikitravel user(s) Felix505, Zepppep and Texugo, Anonymous user(s) of Wikitravel and others. City info data is from Wikipedia,  urls: –  http://www.wikipedia.com Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. See Terms of use for details. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization. Events data is from Eventful,  urls: –  www.eventful.com Weather data is from Norwegian Meteorological Institute and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation yr.no,  urls: –  http://www.yr.no/place/Mexico/Quintana_Roo/Cancún/ Currency data is from Xavier Finance Api,  urls: –  http://finance.xaviermedia.com/ Maps data is from Yahoo Local Maps, OpenStreetMap, Qype,  urls: –  http://maps.yahoo.com –  http://www.openstreetmap.org –  http://www.qype.com

 

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