(Closed) Going to Cancun in 22 days – any suggestions?

posted 5 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
1890 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Take a cab (or a shuttle, if your hotel offers one) down to Playa del Carmen one evening, it’s like a big outdoor street fair and it’s a lot of fun.  Everything opens up late, since it’s so hot during the day.  We ended up going there twice the last time we were in Cancun and picked up some cool tequilas, cigars for Darling Husband, and little knick-knacks to take home.

Post # 5
1890 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think the cab from our hotel (Iberostar–it’s pretty close to the Palace resorts) was about $25 including tip each way, it’s maybe a 20-minute trip.  Many hotels offer free shuttles too, so definitely take advantage of them if you can.  We also went to Market 28 (Mercado 28) in Cancun, but it was basically the same thing, lots of touristy stuff and vendors trying to get the most $$ they can from you.  I’m not really sure where you can get vegan-friendly food, we didn’t really find any legit grocery stores when we were there.

Post # 8
9198 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I am not a huge fan of Cancun proper, but the surrounding area is awesome. You MUST visit Chichen Itza and the huge cenote (giant natural well in limestone that you can swim in) nearby. Tulum and Isla de Mujeres are also great. My favorite little nearby town was Puerto Morelos – lots of character and not very touristy. 


Have fun!!


Post # 10
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Take the trip out to Chitzen Itza. 

Post # 11
989 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We took an all-day private excursion to Ek-Balam and Chichen Itza with Flavio at Flavio Tours.  It was fabulous!  Flavio picked us up first thing in the morning and we set out for Valladolid (after a quick stop at a roadside taqueria – best food we ate on our trip), where we toured the cathedral and met our guide, Enrique.  We first went to Ek-Balam to tour the grounds and climb two of the ruins.  The views were amazing and Enrique had SO MUCH intersting information to share.  Next we went to Chichen Itza, where Enrique again conducted us around the grounds and gave us more information than than my head could handle, but it was really cool.  After a quick walk through the local market, Enrique departed and Flavio took us to a nearby buffet for a delicious lunch.  After that, we went to Il-Kil to swim in a cenote and jump off the cliffs – by far the coolest thing we did on our trip.  We had originally planned to stop at a tequileria on the way back to Cancun, but we ran out of time since we wanted to spend more time at the cenote.

The best part was that Flavio was snapping pictures the whole time.  While we enjoyed a couple beers and some snacks on the way back to our resort, he downloaded all of the pictures he had taken over the course of the day to our flash drive.  We had over 400 pictures from the day.  The trip was almost worth the price ($200pp) for that alone. 

I can’t say enough good things about Flavio.  He works with his wife Carol, and they’ll customize any tour for you.  Highly recommended!

Post # 12
2822 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

If you want to experience an amazing nightclub definitely check out Coco Bongo, one of my favorites in Cancun! πŸ™‚

Post # 13
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Check out Coba, not a very popular mayan site, but still worth the trip.

Post # 14
7693 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@bretonvirgniia:  Just returned from a week there.  Enjoy the shows you like there first, then go out after.  Don’t miss the Fire Show! πŸ™‚ Have a great time, and don’t burn. . .get Sport Sun block.  This was our 5th visit to the Palace Resorts, but I burned this time. πŸ™  We enjoyed the Jungle Tour -Aquatwister ride plus the Waverunner ride-snorkeling through the mangroves.  We’ve been to “ChickenPizza”, Coba, and Tulum-all great, but all different. “ChickenPizza” is amazing! the largest-and HOT, & very little shade, Coba is shady-“forest”, fun and spread out-but a great walk, or you can take a bicycle cart ride, there’s a cart with fresh fruit you that’s safe for consumption, and Tulum is small but fascinating and gorgeous-with a large staircase down to the beach.  My family loved Pericos too, but I have never been. Hope to go next time!




Post # 15
4950 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you have time, go to the beach at Telum. It’s a bit south of Cancun, but easily the most beautiful beach ever. 

Post # 16
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@bretonvirgniia:  I don’t really have any suggestions or advice, I just wanted to say I’ll be in Cancun in 6 days and I can’t freakin wait!! πŸ™‚ Have a fabulous trip!!

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