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Yes, there are many costly tours for snorkeling in and around Cancun. But major expenses
are not really necessary. And snorkeling in Cancun's crystal clear waters will be an
experience one will never forget. The different coral and fish put you in another world.
REMEMBER: All beaches in Mexico are public. This is federal law. So you can snorkel where
you want. I recommend the following places:
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Punta Cancun at the Camino Real Hotel; here I have often seen sea turtles as well as
squid (which appear to swim backwards) and shrimp and loads of colorful tropical fishes.
Some fish appear to be like little monsters. Once I saw a green star fish.
The beach at Punta Nizuc at the Club Med. The folks at Club Med are somewhat closed to
outsiders using their facilities, but once again the beaches are public (this is Mexican
law) and all business here must respect the law. So take the bus to the Westin Regina
Hotel; enter the beach there and walk about a half-mile along the beach until you come to
the Club Med beaches. Walk over some slate rock up a few steps and you're in the
snorkeling area. Here you'll find lots of grunt (yellow and blue stripped fish and nice
At a modest cost you can snorkel Xel-Ha (about 75 miles from Cancun, goings towards
Tulum). Here the water is very cold compared to Cancun but the abounding fish make it
worth it. The park is well maintained and lockers and changing areas and restaurants are
provided. There are even dolphins jumping out of the water (maybe because it's too cold
The best snorkeling is to be had at Cozumel which is reached via ferry at Playa del
Carmen or via direct flight from Cancun on a small propeller plane.
The place to go here is Chankanaab Lagoon where the water is crystal clear and
abound. It's a short distance from the pier.
Isla Mujeres has the advantage of being easily accessible from Cancun. The place is
Garrafon Park which is now run by the same group who do X-Caret. So be sure the prices to
enter won't be what they were several years ago. Just take the ferry from Puerto Juarez or
car ferry from Punta Sam to the small island. The snorkeling is superb here but the
problem I always had with this place is the need to walk over a bed of coral in shallow
water to get to the snorkeling area which can be slippery and as a consequence one can
slip and get scratched on the coral. So be careful. And be sure to visit the northern part
of the island where the beaches are precious.
Night Life: The heart of the night life centers
around Punta Cancun (the area of the Gran Caribe Real Hotel; Royal Real;
Hotel Krystal; Salvia condo/hotel which we rent . Discos here include the new Coco Bongo as well as Dady-O and
Dady Rock; Sr. Frogs and countless others. Just walk around and take in the night scene. In the same
complex as Coco Bongo you will find Hard Rock Cafe and the special Rain Forest Cafe for
one of the best burgers in Cancun with special jungle effects (worth a visit).
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Downtown bars center on Avenida Yaxchilan and a few on Tulum Ave. The bars on Lopez
Portillo are not generally frequented by tourists and can be on the sleazy side. (So I've
heard; can't say I've gone there myself as my wife is watching me write this).
Chichen Itza is the most famous site in the Yucatan (about 3 hours from Cancun by car).
You can rent a car or take a tour
$$$ or a local bus downtown at the bus terminal. A visit here would not
be complete without seeing these marvels from the past. Did you know that in the ball court
of Chichen Itza there are two small structures about 300 feet distance. If your friend
talks in a normal voice standing in one of the structures and you stand in the other you
can hear every word perfectly. How did the Maya understand so much about acoustics so long
ago? And during the spring equinox the rising of the moon causes a light-form of a serpent
to appear on the steps of the great pyramid there. Chichen Itza was founded in 445 AD .
Tulum is closer to Cancun, but the site not as impressive as Chichen Itza. Tulum has
the ocean as a backdrop which is lovely and is only a two hour drive from Cancun.
If you have the time, great sites are Uxmal, Labna and surrounding ruins in the Merida
Yes, there are even ruins right in Cancun. For example, across the street from Cancun
Plaza about a mile towards the town are the Del Rey ruins. Worth seeing. And, by the
way we rent rooms and condos in Cancun Plaza.
Talk to us. Visit us nowthe magic of Cancun's sand Shopping:
Great gifts and products abound in the Hotel Zone malls. Some of the merchandise is really
spectacular. These places are highlighted in the tourist books you'll be given when
arriving at Cancun International Airport. In these malls you'll find fine jewelry;
clothing; European perfumes. Local and imported art of all types. The main malls are Plaza
Caracoal; Flamingo Plaza; Plaza Kukulcan (which even has both ice skating and bowling) They took out the ice skating recently to put in some silly boutiques (boo! boo!).
But there are local malls as well and of course real Mexican markets where one haggles
over prices and fresh vegetables and fruit are sold. Some of these areas (which are not in
the tourist books given at the airport) include:
Mercado 23 (a local market offering fruits,
vegetables, some low-end clothing, good sandals, home appliances (mainly for locals). You
may want to go here to get a feel for the local Cancun. In the heart of downtown
off Tulum Ave across the street from the McDonalds going towards Chichen Itza Ave.
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Cancun 2000 this mall is a hang-out for the locals
and has various clothing stores. I usually buy my pants here at one of the boutiques. Many
stores abound and it's a chance to feel the local flavor. This mall is at the crucero
(intersection of Tulum Ave. with Lopez Portillo)
Plaza de las Americas (a new mall past the
Volkswagen and across the street from the Ace Hardware on Tulum Ave going towards the
airport about one mile from the center of town. There is a 10 cinema movie complex;
Chedraui (a major Mexican chain store) where you can stock up on supplies for your room or
get sun tan lotion. And the mall has high-end gift items. Upper middle class local crowd.
Here you can meet the Mexican yuppie.As this mall is very new a few stores are yet to open
(April 1999) Check back here before you fly down for updates. Open is a GNC center;
furniture stores; many clothing boutiques; unusual children's gifts and a Sanbourn's and
even a Liverpool. Yes, even a Radio Shack found it's way here!
And Cancun has a Sam's Club and Costco too, so if you need to buy
24 boxes of pasta or a case of 24 bottles of Coca Cola, you have a place. Sam's can be
found going up Coba Ave which is Blvd Kukulcan on the other side of Tulum Ave.; go past
the Seguro Social and new gas station and turn left. The Sam's Club is next to the
Walmart. (Now that's what you'd expect, no?) I guess a Lord and Tailor or Macy's next to
Sam's would not be appropriate.
Not to miss is La Isla shopping mall in the Hotel Zone; with canals; magical fountains; movie theatres; every imaginable boutique; area to swim with dolphins; and if you rent with CancunSteve we have an up to 40% off at one of the great boutiques here.
A new mall near our offices in Cancun called Plaza Hollywood has a Starbuck's Cafe.
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One of my favorites is La Destilleria a
new addition to the Hotel Zone's offering of fine restaurants. This gem is located at km
13 across the street from Kukulcan Plaza. The decor alone makes it worth the trip aside
from the attentive service and good food. The dome ceiling is made with little bricks
inlaid into cement in great little patterns and there is a miniature distillery inside
with a museum explaining the history of tequila in Mexico. Phone 85-10-86
Another great place for Northern Italian and seafood is Casa Rolandi in Plaza Caracol.
The Rain Forrest Cafe is a must in the Forum by the Sea complex across from Daddy O's they closed this restaurant but don't weep; nearby we got Five Star Hotel NYX at up to 50% off either all-inclusive or European Plan.
For the best Angus cuts and even try ostrich and crocodile along with the most tender Rib Eye and roast beef at Rio Charrascaria. This could be Cancun's finest restaurant.
For more info see more about the RIO and how with your CancunSteve booking you get a free Brazilian drink plus discount for this fine establishment.
La Dolce Vita is one of the best. Years ago this classic was downtown. Now you can find La
Dolce Vita in the Hotel Zone after Plaza Kukulcan (lagoon side).