Cancun & the Yucatan For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 17, 2005 - Travel - 292 pages
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In Cancun and the Yucatan, you can enjoy exquisite beaches, exhilarating adventures, or rejuvenating relaxation. You can go to Playa del Carmen with its hip social life or Isla Mujeres, where life moves along in a manana mode. Whether you want to explore ancient Mayan culture or modern day margarita culture, enjoy a siesta or a fiesta, stay in a luxurious resort or small palapa hotel, seek out best archaeological sites or the liveliest nightlife, this friendly guide is just the ticket with the scoop on:
  • The best beaches, known for powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters
  • Cozumel, a diver’s paradise with a myriad of water activities centered around its famous reef
  • World-class scuba diving, snorkeling, cenote diving, fly fishing, golf, tennis, or birding
  • Delicious local specialties
  • Shopping for jewelry and authentic Mexican crafts

Like every For Dummies travel guide, Cancun & the Yucatan For Dummies, Second Edition, includes:

  • Down-to-earth trip-planning advice
  • What you shouldn’t miss—and what you can skip
  • The best hotels and restaurants for every budget
  • Handy Post-it Flags to mark your favorite pages
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Introducing Cancún and the Yucatán
4
Traveling Around
5
Introducing Cancún and the Yucatán 7 Chapter 1 Discovering the Best
9
Choosing Where to Go
40
Mexicos Yucatán Peninsula
44
Deciding When to Go
50
Planning Your Trip
55
Exploring Cancún
146
Traveling Around Isla Mujeres
163
Isla Mujeres
167
Cozumel
185
Cozumel Island
187
Exploring the Yucatán
209
The Riviera Maya Region
213
The Yucatán Peninsulas Major Ruins
241

Getting to the Yucatán
69
Booking Your Accommodations 75 Getting to Know Your Options
75
Catering to Special Needs
81
Planning a Wedding in Mexico
87
Settling into Cancún
107
Where to Stay in Isla Cancún Hotel Zone
109
Where to Dine in Isla Cancún
133
Ten Ways to Avoid
257
Ten or So Top Myths
260
Ten Most Delicious Yucatecan Dishes
264
Huevos Motuleños
266
Index
277
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About the author (2005)

For Lynne Bairstow (who wrote Chapters 1 through 12, 16 through 18, and the Appendix), Mexico has become more home to her than her native United States. After exploring the country and living in Puerto Vallarta for most of the past 15 years, she has developed a true love of Mexico and its complex, colorful culture. Her local friends now claim she has patas saladas — a term translated as “salty feet,” meaning she has become a true Vallarta local. Her travel articles on Mexico have been published in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Private Air, Luxury Living, and Alaska Airlines Magazine. In 2000, Lynne was awarded the Pluma de Plata, an honor granted by the Mexican Government to foreign writers, for her work with the Frommer’s guide to Mexico.

David Baird (who wrote Chapters 13, 14, and 15) is a writer, editor, and translator who feels uncomfortable writing about himself in the third person (too much like writing his own obituary). Now based in Austin, Texas, he spent years living in various parts of Mexico, Brazil, Peru, and Puerto Rico. But, whenever possible, he manages to get back to the turquoise-blue waters of the Yucatán because he thinks he looks good in that color, and because he’s excessively fond of the local cooking.

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