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Cancun

Cancun is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. Like any vacation you take, the more information you have the better prepared you are for your trip.

         Cancun Information

Arriving to Cancun - Once you arrive to the Cancun Airport we usually have one major
     suggestion for everyone, slow down, relax, you made it! However, you will still need to go
     through immigration, collect your bags and luggage, and clear customs. The process can 
     be very quick and efficient at times but this depends on how busy the airport is and how
     many other international flights are arriving at or around the same time as yours. If busy,
     you can expect long lines and a decent wait so plan on being patient. Once you've made it
     through depending on how you have arranged your trip, your transportation will take you
     off to your hotel and the fun begins! Whether you are staying in the Hotel Zone or you are
     staying in Downtown Cancun, you only have a short ride to your hotel.

Moving Around - One of the best things about Cancun, and one of the first things visitors
     will notice about the area is how easy it is to move around. The Hotel Zone is basically a 
     one road strip about 10 miles long with hotels and the ocean on one side and some hotels
     and the Nichupte Lagoon on the other side. Most attractions, activities, restaurants, or clubs
     are within a short ride from most hotels.

Buses - Cancun offers public buses and shuttles that run up and down the Hotel Zone strip
     just about twenty four hours a day. This is definitely the most popular way people move
     around and it is also the least expensive. They cost about $60cents usd. which is $6.5 pesos
     and this is for a ride to the hotel next door or from one end of the strip to the other, or all
     the way into downtown Cancun.
The bus services are run by two local companies called
     Autocar and Turicun. They will all say Hotels, Hotel Zone, Downtown, or Centro, and have 
     their route numbers on them. If you plan to stay within the Hotel Zone, there is no
     difference in the bus you take. You'll have the choice of the R1, R2,  R15, R103, or the R27.
     If you plan to go downtown, you will then need to know the correct bus that will get you to 
     where you want to go.

     Points of interest in Downtown Cancun
     * Tulum Avenue - Restaurants, shopping, and local bars. Bus - R1

     * Yachilan Avenue - Restaurants and local bars. One road over from Tulum.  Bus - R1
     * Market 28 - Restaurants and shopping. Bus - R2, R15, R103
     * Walmart - Shopping and supplies. Bus - R2, R15, R103
     * Plaza Las Americas - Restaurants and shopping. Bus - R27

      * U.S. Coins are not accepted much in Cancun and especially on the buses. They do have change
       however so just make sure you have some small peso bills as well as coins when traveling.

Taxis - Taxi services are also available at all locations in the Hotel Zone including all hotels,
     shopping malls, and other points of interest. When using taxis, you will basically have two
     choices. The taxis that wait and are parked at the locations, or the taxis that simply run up
     and down the Hotel Zone strip itself. Most hotels and major establishments will have rates
     posted so make sure to check them and agree with the driver before you leave. If you flag
     a cab down on the road, you will usually get them at a much better price. Same rule  
     applies, just make sure you agree on a price with the driver before you leave. 

Money Matters - The local currency is the Peso. At the moment the exchange rate is at
     about 10.5 or 11 to every dollar. Our best recommendation would be to have a little of both
     U.S. money as well as Pesos with you. All major credit cards as well as travelers checks are
     widely accepted in Cancun. 

Shopping Areas - The Hotel Zone offers several places to get in some shopping. The 
    
most popular locations are La Isla Shopping Mall, Plaza Kukulcan, Plaza Flamingo, and
     Plaza Caracol. In the Downtown are you have the Flea Market on Avenue Tulum as well
     as Market 28 and Plaza Las Americas.

Phone Calls - Making calls back to home will be expensive in your hotel just like in any
     tourist destination unfortunately. The best way to call long distance back home as well
     local calls is to use local phone cards called Lada Phone Cards. They come in $3, $5, &
     $10 amounts and are by far the least expensive way to make your calls.

         Staying in Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya?

Hotels in the Riviera Maya Tours from the Riviera Maya
Akumal Beach Resort & Hotel Maroma ATV & Speedboat Tour
Aventura Spa Palace Hotel Nohoch Jungle Crossing Tour
Occidental Royal Hideaway Coba - Mayan Encounter Tours
Parayso Hotel & Spa Tulum - Caribbean Wonders
Riu Palace Hotel Riviera Maya Dolphin Swim at Xel-Ha
Full list of hotels in the Riviera Maya Full list of tours from The Riviera Maya
Full list of hotels in Playa del Carmen

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