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Jul 3, 2013 07:04 AM

A week in Cancun. .

Staying in Cancun for a week and will be going to Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, PDC and Chichen Itza...hopefully, Tulum too.
Going in September and would love to hear some of your fave's.
Love seafood, cold beers and Mex food on a Caribbean beach...that's what I'm talking about..


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  1. Hola BC! For your Chichen Itza side trip I recommend you spend the night at the Mayaland resort, adjacent to the ruins. It is VERY nice, and you can walk back after the evening laser light show. Please don't do CI as a day trip.
    Will Cozumel and PDC be day trips or overnight? This info will help me with recos. I have lots of them. Viva 9/16, amiga!

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    1. re: Veggo

      Is our bday as crazy in Cancun as other Mex cities?
      I do like full participation from the Country of Origin..
      ; )

      1. re: Beach Chick

        They whup it up pretty well in the cities, starting the night of the 15th right through the 16th. What I like about the small towns is all of them have a parade on the 16th with the youngsters participating.
        I don't yet know my travel plans.

    2. Gracias poppi. .

      Mayaland looks awesome and has us rethinking on the back end of our trip.
      Is Uxmal that far from CI..maps can be deceiving on distance with road conditions.

      Cozumel. Isla and PDC will be day trips...

      Remember, I am your twin but only eat Seafood, drinking beers and snorkeling all day...beach shacks with mariachi's are my kind of places.

      Are you going to be there?


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      1. re: Beach Chick

        Uxmal is a bit out of the way - I'm wondering why you would visit there. Remember the Yucatan is still quite hot in September.
        A day trip to Cozumel is most fun if you rent mopeds or a Jeep and drive around the ring road for a couple hours, hitting the palapa restos on the windward side for cold beer and ceviche. Bob's Marley bar (sic), Playa Bonita, and Coconuts are fun, then a rita at Plaza Leza on the square in San Miguel as you await your ferry back to PDC. Fresh squozen limes, occasional solo musicians. Mariachis appear late in the day along 5th Ave. in Playa. Main roads are in good condition, but you want to minimize your night driving.

        1. re: Veggo

          Always wanted to go to Uxmal.
          Good place for bday resto..seafood?

          1. re: Beach Chick

            For seafood on your birthday, I highly recommend Cueva del Pescador in Akumal, between PDC and Tulum. Absolutely worth the trip. Best conch ceviche, whole fish (boquinette) with a crunchy garlic sauce, lobsters, REAL ritas, guac, very attentive service, comfortable atmo, you will want to linger for hours and make a memory. They have their own dedicated fisherman, so it's all fresh every day. It's my favorite in Quintana Roo.
            Buen provecho!

            1. re: Veggo

              Thanks Veggo..sounds perfect!
              We'll be in Cancun for the big day..anything near the Ritz you can recommend?

              1. re: Beach Chick

                Either at the Ritz or at John Gray's restaurant. John used to be a chef at the Ritz. His original restaurant is in Puerto Morelos, then one in PDC (now closed) and then in Cancun.
                By the way, Los Pelicanos in Puerto Morelos on the water is very good and open early for breakfast, the only place I have ever had conch and eggs at sunrise, about 15 minutes south of the Ritz off 307.

          1. re: cristina

            Holbox is ultra-laid back, more than most vacationers seek. It is pretty much all walkable. No cars, a few golf carts. A couple of the newer high end resorts on the east end have AC, that is fairly recent. Mosquitos are a problem in the afternoons, there are large mangrove areas with brackish water on the mainland side so be observant of the breeze direction and bring DEET. Lots of fishing pangas tethered at sunset, very pretty. The beaches are pretty but the water is not nearly as clear as the Caribbean. There may be internet and ATM's by now, but plan around them. There is bus service from Cancun. If you rent a car, you must take the Libre road from Cancun toward Merida because there is no exit for Holbox on the Cuota rd. You leave your car at the ferry for a few bucks a day. Good fresh seafood. Very good, and lots of lobster. Steer clear of Italian restaurants in the Yucatan, this is Mexico. The fishermen there service parts of the Cancun area. You'll see their trucks on the ferry. All in all, it's a great place for a couple for about 3-4 days. I have previously posted on restaurants but anyone will find them all in 2 days. YMMV. Cristina, I think you and your partner would enjoy it for a few days, also the Bacalar area near Chetumal.

        2. Is Alux really that hot...
          I've eaten at Las Grutas years ago which is lovely and found no issue but different locale.
          ¡Viva 916!

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          1. re: Beach Chick

            Alux will be warm and humid during your trip, but they have a lot of fans.

          2. Gracias to all on the fab suggestions to Cancun.
            We decided around Christmas will be a better time in the Caribbean and no chance of hurricanes.

            Feliz dia de Independencia!
            Viva 916 Poppi

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            1. re: Beach Chick

              Gracias, BC. I'm breaking my tradition of being there for Independence Day this year. It is still hot in mid-September. I have an invite to PDC over Christmas.

              1. re: Veggo

                It would be an honor to party with my brother from another mother in the Yucatan during the holidays..
                Going to Kauai for a week and a couple of days in HNL for our birthday/anniversary bash.

                I'll raise my Hinano beer or Mai Tai on the 16th to you!

            2. Beach & Veggo - I'm wondering how all the suggestions worked out? My wife and 2 tweens are headed to Cancun over ther Easter break and have a few day trips planned for Tolum & Cenote diving. We are staying at Villa del Palmar Cancun with all inclusive but for our day trips I want some real food! Any good calls we should look at?
              We are also headed to The Jungle Place (Spider Monkey Sanctuary) in Quintana Roo. I'm thinking that this may be too much to pack into one day and may want to make it two separate days??? That way I get more local food ;)

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              1. re: Bbdcnyc

                On your way to/from Tulum, your tweens might enjoy the dolphin shows at Puerto Aventuras, and the manatee grotto. There are decent restos around the marina area and the dolphins.

                1. re: Veggo

                  Thanks we will take a look at that. We are kinda looking to see some more of the vernacular of mexico while there. My gang is a pretty hearty bunch and we typically don't do the big tourist thing. I'm sure just because of where we are staying we are going to have quite a bit of that overly comfy type of atmosphere. that's why I was hoping to get a little bit down-&-dirty (with great food) on the Tolum trip. we are from NYC so eating at sidewalk and street cafes are a standard. White table and fru-fru, not really our style.

                  1. re: Bbdcnyc

                    Riding with the dolphins is quite expensive, but you can enjoy watching for free. The spider monkey preserve, as you know, is quite expensive -$80 per person. When I first moved there in 1996, we still had some monkeys and jaguars in the wild, and a crocodile zoo, and a two headed turtle!
                    In a post above, I recommended Cueva del Pescador in Akumal for a lunch, this is a second plug for it. Excellent, and unlike any all-inclusive.

                    1. re: Veggo

                      Great I will certainly try out Cueva Del Pescador - "Fisherman's Cave". tripadvisor says to get the ceviche and the octopus? Are you in favor?
                      As well, what about Lucy's next door for homemade coconut ice cream?

                      1. re: Bbdcnyc

                        My favorite eats at CDP are the conch ceviche, maybe the best I have ever had and a large portion. The ceviche mixto has conch, octopus, and shrimp.
                        Their fried boquinette is superb, and comes with a small dish of delicious crunchy garlic nugget sauce. They have their own fisherman. Nice hand crafted 'ritas, too.
                        I have not been to Lucy's, but Mexican ice cream is excellent.

                        1. re: Veggo

                          Great! As we are hitting a full day in Tulum area and this would likely be our lunch spot, any plugs for dinner here or back in Cancun for that matter?

                          1. re: Bbdcnyc

                            I like Pelicanos in Puerto Morelos, just south of Cancun on your way back. Grilled conch with garlic - hard to find. Good guac, too. I don't think you want to get caught up in Playa del Carmen traffic on your way home.

                            1. re: Veggo

                              Nice - My gang are guac feinds.
                              What about other day trips? Since we are doing Tulum and Chichen is similar, we are thinking that we may have another out day to do? or do you recommend that we make the Ruin and the Cenote two separate trips?

                              1. re: Bbdcnyc

                                Chichen Itza is a haul, and you can no longer climb the pyramid. Similarly, every structure at the Tulum ruins is roped off and hands off. Coba is a neat site, with a little pyramid you can still climb. It's an easy drive on the Coba road near Tulum off 307.

                                1. re: Veggo

                                  Really that sucks! Although, I guess that all that traffic is gonna take a toll on the ruin.
                                  Out of the three Chichen, Tulum or Coba what would you recommend?

                                  1. re: Bbdcnyc

                                    Coba. Beautiful walking trails with a nice shaded jungle forest canopy, modest ruins, and the view from the pyramid is cool - endless flat jungle in every direction. It has a large lake where for a few pesos you can feed the crocodiles. Tulum does have a small area for swimming, but not a memory maker. Chichen Itza is only worthwhile as an overnight trip as the laser light show at dark is cool and it is a long, boring drive. Mayaland is my hotel of choice there.

                                    1. re: Veggo

                                      Awesome hit thanks
                                      I'll discuss with Wifey tonight. I gotta ask about rental cars. I have been all over tripadvisor and hear everything from robery to incredible service and lifelong friends?!? Any feedback. Like I said I'm a NYer so I am sceptic all of all.

                                      1. re: Bbdcnyc

                                        Our favorite spot in Tulum is El Rincon Chiapaneco on Calle Jupiter Sur, just around the corner from the main drag in town, about where it starts to change from touristy-looking to not so on the way out of town to the south/west (road goes south overall but in town of Tulum it is closer to west). This place has a large menu of mainly antojitos, various tacos and small relatives of tacos, and incredible blended fruit drinks. Super cheap and delicious, easy to get small amounts of lots of things instead of huge plates of one thing. Fun for kids, you can watch all the blender drinks getting made. I actually watched very closely last time as I want to hack my fave, the Astro, which is grapefruit/strawberry/lime/honey. So good! Wife loves limon con chaya, kind of like limeade blended with spinach but very tasty and refreshing, not gross at all.

                                        Without too much elaboration, I have rented two years in a row now from Hertz in Cancun without incident. Unlike most others, a base amount of liability coverage is included and so they do not force you to buy more. You will book in US$ but then be charged in pesos at a not very good exchange rate, this seems to be part of the price of admission. I had a near-new Chrysler 200 for 9 days that was just a bit over $200 total.

                                        You do know that virtually everything in Mexico is crazy busy around Easter?

                                        Tulum ruins is a pretty gorgeous site as long as you get there early before crowds. You can see some very neat paintings inside one of the structures. Coba is cooler as it is mostly treed, kids do love climbing the pyramid there. There is a zip line there too near the entrance to the ruins, not sure how much it costs.

                                        1. re: maple99

                                          Thanks all we are having an awesome time and all of the suggestions have been right on. We are headed to Isla Mujeres tomorrow and looking for any lunch spots that are similar to the others above

                                  2. re: Veggo

                                    Actually the pyramid in Coba is very steep and not little at all!