Cancun and the Yucatan for Dummies

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The spectacular coastline of Mexico?s Yucat?n peninsula is a diverse playground where you can bask on pristine beaches, explore ancient ruins, play golf or tennis, go biking, snorkeling or scuba diving, do serious shopping, or escape to a secluded lagoon. With info on Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya, plus the nearby ruins, this friendly guide gives you the low down on:
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Overview

The spectacular coastline of Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula is a diverse playground where you can bask on pristine beaches, explore ancient ruins, play golf or tennis, go biking, snorkeling or scuba diving, do serious shopping, or escape to a secluded lagoon. With info on Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya, plus the nearby ruins, this friendly guide gives you the low down on:
  • Everything from unique spa experiences to nature preserves and ecoparks
  • Accommodations ranging from a luxury resort where guests can dabble in a Viking-clad kitchen or where rooms spread out through the jungle to a European-style inn that offers Spanish lessons or a peaceful beachside palapa (thatch-roofed) inn
  • All kinds of dining options, including fresh seafood, regional specialties such as pork pibil, papadzules, and poc chuc, or Thai, Argentinean, or Italian cuisine
  • Diving into the clear depths of the Yucatán cenotes (natural wells)
  • Birding at Isla Contoy, with more than 70 species of birds as well as a host of marine and animal life
  • The Panoramic Tower on Isla Mujeres. where you get a stunning view of the island and Cancun
  • Day trips to the archeological sites at Tulum, Chichén Itzá, and Ek Balam
  • The pedestrian-only Avenida 5 in Playa del Carmen that’s the hot social scene
  • Night life, including live music venues, tequila bars, sports bars, cafes, and plenty of places where you can dance the night away

Like every For Dummies travel guide, Cancún & the Yucatán For Dummies, 3rd Edition includes:

  • Down-to-earth trip-planningadvice
  • 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

Whether your idea of the perfect vacation is action, sun, and non-stop fun or an escape to   a peaceful haven where life moves along in pure mañana mode, this guide will get you on your way with no problemo, amigo.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470120033
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/6/2007
  • Series: For Dummies Travel Series , #96
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Veilleux (who wrote Chapters 1 through 12, 16 and 17, and the Appendix) travels extensively around the world as a travel writer, uncovering the ins and outs of vacation destinations — from the best places to eat, stay, and play, to the most efficient ways to go about it. In fact, Victoria’s efficient travel planning secured her the winning title of a scavenger hunt circumnavigating the globe in 23 days. She has traveled all over Mexico and personally visited each and every hotel and restaurant listed in this guide (in the chapters that she covered) to share her expert insights on how to make the most out of your time in Cancún and the Yucatán. She currently serves as Travel Editor for Private Air Magazine (for those who travel by private jet), and as a contributor to several publications ranging from Islands, Food Arts, Healing Lifestyles & Spas, and LIFE to Condé Nast Traveler’s www.concierge.com.

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

Introduction.

Part I: Introducing Cancún and the Yucatán.

Chapter 1: Discovering the Best of Cancún & the Yucatán.

Chapter 2: Digging Deeper into the Yucatán.

Chapter 3: Choosing Where to Go.

Chapter 4: Deciding When to Go.

Part II: Planning Your Trip to Cancún and the Yucatán.

Chapter 5: Managing Your Money.

Chapter 6: Getting to the Yucatán.

Chapter 7: Booking Your Accommodations.

Chapter 8: Catering to Special Needs or Interests.

Chapter 9: Taking Care of the Remaining Details.

Part III: Discovering Cancún.

Chapter 10: Settling into Cancún.

Chapter 11: Exploring Cancún.

Part IV: Traveling Around 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 (or So) Top Myths and Misconceptions about Mexico.

Chapter 17: Ten Most Delicious Yucatecan Dishes.

Appendix: Quick Concierge.

Index.

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