Departure: January 8, 2000
page will give you an overview of our trip to Cancun, Mexico. It
will discuss what we did, what we saw, where we ate, and our tips and
suggestions. If you would like to see Cancun guides, and lots of
links, visit our
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photo gallery of
pictures we took while in Cancun. We also have assembled pages
for scuba diving in
Cozumel, as well as
pages on Cozumel,
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We stayed at
Westin's Club Regina resort, at the South end of the hotel zone.
It was just us,
Club Med, and the end. This wasn't too bad, though.
Punta Nizuc, next to
Club Med, is home to the best snorkeling in Cancun. The ride
into town wasn't bad, either, since buses run 24hrs. a day, every
couple of minutes and the fare is only $0.50/person. Our beach
was nice, and so was our hotel. Our room in the Premier building
was large and well-appointed, and we had a beautiful ocean view.
The only complaints we had about our hotel was the outrageous prices
of food and drinks. We ate at El Palmar our first night, and
were thoroughly unimpressed. Fajitas were $17, and hamburgers
were over $11. Ridiculous. Also a problem for us was the
outrageously long walk from our room
to anywhere else. They had no motorized golf carts to take us
around like the
Mayan Palace in Puerto
Vallarta. It took about 15 minutes to walk from our room to
the lobby or the bus stop. You'd think they would make
accommodations for that.
We ate one night at Pat O'Briens,
where we had below-average tex-mex and hurricane drinks which cost
$11/ea. I guess you should ask how much they are before you
order! At least you got to keep the glass... There was a live
band and dancing, the usual girls selling shots of "tequila" for $2
and blowing whistles, and a really nice setting alongside the lagoon.
Another night we sampled
OK Maguey at the
Kukulcan Plaza. The
drinks were large and the food was good. Not bad for a mall
joint! The Captain's Cove had a romantic waterfront setting not
too far from our hotel. The service was excellent, and so was
the food. Also
excellent was La
Valentina, where I had exquisite beef tenderloin and Sandra had a
really large, really good lobs
spent a lot of our stay in Cancun going on tours. First, we went
Mayan ruins to occur on a coastline.
was beautiful. It was worth the trip just to stand on the cliffs
and look out over the Caribbean. Our tour guide was informative
and gave us all kinds of information about Mayan sacrifices.
That afternoon, we traveled to
Xel-Ha, a natural aquarium.
Xel-Ha is a gorgeous lagoon,
complete with iguanas, parrots, and lots of fish. This is an
excellent place to snorkel, we found out, though for best looks you
should stay close to a shore. The water is clearer than in the
open water, and the fish are more plentiful. The next day we
went on a Jungle Tour
with Aquaworld, aboard one
of their aqua-ray boats. We raced through the mangroves and out
to Punta Nizuc for some snorkeling before returning.
Wednesday, we went
Chichen-Itza, the most impressive of the Mexican Mayan ruins.
We climbed the pyramid just in time for the skies to open up on us.
We were drenched, but it was 90°F (32°C), so we didn't mind. We
explored the Great Ball Court, the Observatory, and the Convent.
We also saw the Sacred Well, where they found tons of children's
skeletons. That was absolutely beautiful. Our guide
through Cancun Sightseeing was very informative and seemed to know a
lot about what he taught. Although it took 3 hours to get there,
it was well worth it.
Thursday, we set off for XCaret,
an Ecoarchaeological park. We had already reserved a spot to
swim with the dolphins, so we hopped on the wildly decorated bus and
headed out. The dolphin encounter was fun. The dolphins
slowly swam around the pool, floating on their bellies, allowing
us to touch and pet them. Then, they pushed us with their noses
against our feet so fast that we stood up in the water like Superman.
Finally, they lined us up as three dolphins jumped over our heads,
then from the back and front again. We got it all on video, of
course for a mere $30USD. It also came with a free photograph of
us and the dolphins. We ate at the
XCaret restaurant, which
was great. Fantastic fajitas, huge drinks, and low prices.
By this time, we were getting diving withdrawal after our 10 dives in
Cozumel the week before, so we set off with the divemaster to
Barracuda Reef, close offshore. Check out our
Cancun Diving page for all
the info. on that. By the time we were done diving, it was time
to leave, so we never saw the Jaguars, the ruins, or any of the other
treasures this beautiful park had to offer. We still had fun,
rest of our week was spent going into town, shopping, drinking, and
just moseying around. We hung out at our hotel and
snorkeled at Punta Nizuc, and were going to go water skiing, but my
knee got mysteriously hurt, and I didn't feel up to it. When we
got to the airport to go home, it turned out that our tickets had been
issued for the wrong day! Luckily, there was a flight leaving
that day, at the same time, with empty seats on it. The only
problem was that instead of flying straight through to
Portland, we had to stop
over for five hours in Las
Vegas. That turned out to not be so bad, though, as we
played the slots at the airport and the time flew. We got a last
minute upgrade to first-class for $55/person for the whole trip, too,
which was cool. Filet Mignon for dinner, all-you can drink
alcohol, and wonderful seats with lots of leg room to sleep off all
that free booze.
Overall, Cancun was a good experience, and we're happy we went.
We learned a lot about the Mayas and did a lot of diving and
snorkeling. We liked the town, as it was very new and clean, and
poverty seemed relatively low. The weather was fine, and we got
a good tan, and I didn't get too sunburned. Check out our
Photo Gallery for lots
of photos of our trip!