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Overview

  • Full-color throughout!
  • Insider advice on avoiding the crowds as you explore Cancún, from ancient Mayan ruins to scuba diving and adrenaline adventures. Plus tips for planning a successful family vacation in Mexico.
  • Where to find the absolute best beaches in and around Cancún, Isla Mujeres, and Cozumel.
  • Insightful commentaryfrom our expert authors on staying and eating at Cancún's mega-resorts, hotels, and restaurants; shopping at luxury boutiques and local markets alike; and heading out for a night on the town.
  • Opinionated reviews. No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. Our expert writers are passionate about Cancún—they tells it like it is in an engaging and helpful way.
  • Exact prices listed for every establishment and activity—no other guides offer such detailed, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants. We include the very best, but also emphasize moderately priced choices for real people.
  • User-friendly features including star ratings and special icons to point readers to great finds, excellent values, insider tips, best bets for kids, special moments, and overrated experiences.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118287583
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Series: Frommer's Color Complete Series
  • Edition number: 19
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps vi

1 THE BEST OF THE YUCATÁN, TABASCO & CHIAPAS 1

The Most Unforgettable Travel Experiences 2

The Best Regional Experiences 3

The Best Food & Drink Experiences 6

The Best Local Experiences 8

The Best Family Experiences 9

The Best Beach Experiences 9

The Best Historic Experiences 11

The Best Outdoor Experiences 12

The Best Shopping Experiences 14

The Best Nightlife Experiences 15

2 THE YUCATÁN, TABASCO & CHIAPAS IN DEPTH 17

The Yucatán, Tabasco & Chiapas Today 18

Looking Back: Yucatán, Tabasco & Chiapas History 22

IT’S ALL IN THE GAME 23

OF HENEQUÉN & HACIENDAS 28

A TALE OF TWO HURRICANES 29

A STICKY HABIT 30

Art & Architecture 31

Religion, Myth & Folklore 35

2012: PROPHECY OR CHICKEN LITTLE? 36

THE MAYA PANTHEON 37

The Yucatán, Tabasco & Chiapas in Pop Culture 38

Eating & Drinking 43

A DEBT OF GRATITUDE 45

DINING SERVICE TIPS 50

When to Go 50

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 51

WHAT’S BITING WHEN? 53

Lay of the Land 54

Responsible Travel 57

Tours 59

3 SUGGESTED YUCATÁN ITINERARIES 61

The Regions in Brief 62

IF YOU HAVE EVEN LESS TIME . . . 65

Highlights of Cancún & the Northern Yucatán 65

The Northern Yucatán in 1 Week 68

The Yucatán in 2 Weeks 70

An Eco-Adventure for the Whole Family 73

La Ruta Maya 75

4 CANCÚN 79

A BRIEF HISTORY OF CANCÚN 81

The Best Cancún Experiences 81

Essentials 82

THE BEST CANCÚN WEBSITES 84

FAST FACTS: CANCÚN 86

Exploring 88

Where to Eat 93

Shopping 100

Entertainment & Nightlife 101

Where to Stay 104

5 ISLA MUJERES & COZUMEL 114

The Best Travel Experiences 115

Isla Mujeres 116

THE BEST ISLA MUJERES & COZUMEL WEBSITES 118

FAST FACTS: ISLA MUJERES 121

Cozumel 132

AN ALL-INCLUSIVE VACATION IN COZUMEL 135

FAST FACTS: COZUMEL 137

ANATOMY OF THE CORAL REEF 141

6 THE RIVIERA MAYA & THE SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN COAST 152

The Best Travel Experiences in the Riviera Maya 153

Puerto Morelos & Vicinity 154

DRIVING THE RIVIERA MAYA 156

Playa del Carmen 165

FAST FACTS: PLAYA DEL CARMEN 168

CHOOSING AN ALL-INCLUSIVE IN THE RIVIERA MAYA 173

South of Playa del Carmen 176

UNDERGROUND ADVENTURES 178

Tulum 187

Cobá Ruins 195

Sian Ka’an & the Punta Allen Peninsula 198

SLEEPING WHERE THE SKY IS BORN 201

Mahahual, Xcalak & the Chinchorro Reef 203

DIVING THE CHINCHORRO REEF 204

Laguna Bacalar 207

Chetumal 209

Side Trips to Maya Ruins from Chetumal 212

7 MÉRIDA & THE MAYA INTERIOR 221

The Best Mérida & Maya Interior Experiences 222

THE BEST YUCATÁN WEBSITES 224

Mérida: Gateway to the Maya Heartland 224

FAST FACTS: MÉRIDA 229

FESTIVALS & EVENTS IN MÉRIDA 231

HACIENDAS & HOTELS 249

Side Trips from Mérida 253

The Ruins of Uxmal 263

The Puuc Maya Route 268

SWEET STOP ON THE PUUC ROUTE 271

Campeche 272

UP AGAINST THE WALL 275

FAST FACTS: CAMPECHE 276

The Ruins of Chichén Itzá 285

Valladolid 294

8 TABASCO & CHIAPAS 304

The Best Tabasco & Chiapas Experiences 305

Villahermosa 306

Palenque 312

San Cristóbal de las Casas 322

THE ZAPATISTA MOVEMENT & CHIAPAS 325

FAST FACTS: SAN CHRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS 327

Tuxtla Gutiérrez 339

9 PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO THE YUCATÁN, TABASCO & CHIAPAS 345

Getting There 346

Getting Around 349

Health 352

Tips on Accommodations 354

ONLINE TRAVELER’S TOOLBOX 356

FAST FACTS: CANCÚN & THE YUCATÁN 356

Airline Websites 369

10 SPANISH & MAYAN TERMS & PHRASES 370

English-Spanish Phrases 370

Food Glossary 374

English-Mayan Phrases 378

Index 381

LIST OF MAPS

The Yucatán Peninsula 4

Tabasco & Chiapas 7

Highlights of Cancun & the Northern Yucatán 66

Northern Yucatán in 1 Week 69

The Yucatán in 2 Weeks 71

An Eco-Adventure for the Whole Family 74

La Ruta Maya 77

Isla Cancún (Zona Hotelera) 105

Ciudad Cancún 107

Isla Mujeres 117

Cozumel 133

San Miguel de Cozumel 139

The Yucatán’s Upper Caribbean Coast 155

Playa del Carmen 167

Tulum Ruins 191

Tulum Pueblo & Hotel Zone 193

Cobá Ruins 196

The Yucatán’s Lower Caribbean Coast 205

Yucatán State 223

Mérida 232

Uxmal 265

Campeche 273

Chichén Itzá 288

Valladolid 295

Villahermosa 307

Palenque Ruins 314

Palenque Hotels & Restaurants 319

San Cristóbal de las Casas 323

Nearby Maya Villages &

Countryside 331

The Chiapas Highlands 341

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