Cancun and the Yucatan for Dummies

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Overview

There is more than enough to keep you busy on Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula — the resorts at Cancún and Cozumel, Mayan ruins, and a hopping nightlife. If you want a fun-filled vacation with endless entertainment, this friendly guide gives you all you need to plan the ultimate beach vacation to Cancún and the Yucatán:
  • Water sports and other outdoor activities for the adventurous
  • A listing of all the Yucatán’s beaches
  • Tips for not looking (or acting) like a gringo
  • Top myths and misconceptions about Mexico
  • Side trips to Isla Mujeres and other great destinations

Like every For Dummies travel guide, Cancún and the Yucatán For Dummies includes:

  • Down-to-earth trip-planning advice
  • What you shouldn’t miss — and what you can skip
  • The best restaurants and hotels for every budget
  • Lots of detailed maps
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764524370
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Series: For Dummies Travel Series, #91
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

For Lynne Bairstow (who wrote Chapters 1 through 12, 16 through 18, and Appendixes A and B), 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 12 years, she’s developed a true love of Mexico and its complex, colorful culture. Her travel articles on Mexico have been published in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, 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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Table of Contents

Part I: Getting Started.

Chapter 1: Discovering the Yucatán.

Chapter 2: Deciding When to Go.

Chapter 3: Planning Your Budget

Chapter 4: Planning Ahead for Special Travel Needs.

Part II: Ironing Out the Details.

Chapter 5: Making Your Travel Arrangements.

Chapter 6: Money Matters.

Chapter 7: Taking Care of the Remaining Details.

Part III: Cancún.

Chapter 8: The Lowdown on Cancún’s Hotel Scene.

Chapter 9: Settling into Cancún.

Chapter 10: Dining in Cancún.

Chapter 11: Having Fun On and Off the Beach in Cancún.

Part IV: Isla Mujeres and Cozumel.

Chapter 12: Isla Mujeres.

Chapter 13: Cozumel.

Part V: Exploring the Yucatán.

Chapter 14: Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya.

Chapter 15: A Taste of the Maya: Nearby Ruins.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Avoid Looking Like a Gringo.

Chapter 17: Top Ten (or So) Myths and Misconceptions about Mexico.

Chapter 18: Top Ten Most Delicious Yucatecan Dishes.

Appendix A: Quick Concierge.

Appendix B: Glossary of Spanish Words and Phrases.

Worksheets.

Index.

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