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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cancún

Quoted from Wikipedia:

Cancún (Spanish pronunciation: [kaŋˈkun]) is a coastal city in Mexico's easternmost state, Quintana Roo, on the Yucatán Peninsula. Cancún is located on the Yucatan Channel that separates Mexico from the island of Cuba in the Greater Antilles. The Cancún region is sometimes known as the Mexican Caribbean.

Cancún is the municipal seat of the Benito Juárez municipality and a world-renowned tourist resort. The city center is located on the mainland which connects the Nichupté and lagoons to a narrow 7-shaped island where the modern beachfront hotels are located. The island of Isla Mujeres is located off the coast and is accessible by boat from Puerto Juárez.

The older section of the city, known as "El Centro" follows the original master plan, consists of neighborhoods called "supermanzanas" (superblocks) that are formed by the intersections of the boulevards and traffic circles (roundabouts). This area is characterized by winding streets with culs-de-sac that tend to keep out the main flow of traffic, including market places such Xel Ha. They usually have one or more parks, green spaces, paseos (pedestrian walkways) and various national historical monuments.

Ave. Tulum is the main north-south artery (connecting downtown to the airport some 30 km (19 mi) to south). Tulum is bisected by Ave. Cobá. East of Ave. Tulum, Cobá becomes Ave. Kukulcan which serves as the primary road that runs through the long 7-shaped hotel zone. Ave. Tulum is terminated on the north side by Ave. Paseo José López Portillo which connects to the main highway to Chichén Itzá and Mérida. Another major north-south road is Ave. Bonampak which runs roughly parallel to Ave. Tulum. The main ferry to Isla Mujeres is located in Puerto Juarez on Ave. Paseo José López Portillo.

The original master plan was repeatedly modified, and on the mainland, often ignored. To save on the cost of installing sewer systems and other public services, the design of much of the rest of the city reverted to the grid plan after Hurricane Gilbert in 1988. The newest upper-middle-class residential areas reflect the original plan, but are much less intimate. Less expensive developments are comprised almost entirely of identical one- or two-story small row-houses, sometimes built around interior plazas. Almost all buildings on the mainland are below four stories high.

 

We stayed at Trailer Park Mecoloco located north of town between Punta Sam and Punta Juarez

GPS Location:  21.21167  N   86.80306  W

Our site had all services including Wifi

http://mecoloco.spaces.live.com/

 

Office

Sites

Bathrooms

Cabins for rent

Our transportation from Cancun to Isla de Mujeres

We decided to take a day trip to the island to see what it was all about

The ferry cost us 70 pesos each way for a total of 280 pesos round trip for two ( this ferry leaves every hour and takes approx 30 minutes one way). There is another ferry you can take and it is cheaper, but does not run as often and the trip is longer.

Isla de Mujeres

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isla_Mujeres

Quoted from Wikipedia:

Isla Mujeres one of the nine municipalities of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The municipality, located in the northeastern corner of the state is mostly on the mainland and has a municipal seat of the same name; Isla Mujeres. The municipal seat is a small island town a short distance off the northeast coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in the Caribbean Sea about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) northeast of Cancún. The island is some 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) long and 650 metres (2,100 ft) wide. In the 2005 census, the town had a population of 11,147.[4]

Transportation on the island of Isla Mujeres consists primarily of taxis or golf carts and moped scooters. As of 2005 there were 121 taxis, 500 golf carts, and 1500 moped scooters.[4]

In Pre-Columbian times the island was sacred to the Mayan aged goddess of childbirth and medicine,Ix Chel. When the Spanish arrived here in the 16th century they named it "Isla Mujeres" meaning "Island of Women" because of the many cult images of goddesses here.

There was a small Mayan temple on the south tip of the island, however in 1988 Hurricane Gilbert caused extensive damage to it, leaving most of the foundation and a very small portion of the temple.

Since the 1970s along with Cancún there has been substantial development for tourism in Isla Mujeres.

Ferry boats run every half hour during daylight between the island and Puerto Juárez or Puerto Cancún on the mainland. The island is popular with day trippers, but activity quiets down in the evening after the tour groups leave. There are numerous places to eat fresh seafood, as well as Maya cuisine. Hotel prices vary from cheap to very expensive at the resorts on the southwest end such as Hotel Villa Rolandi. On the east is the Caribbean Sea with a strong surf and rocky coast, and on the west the skyline of Cancún is seen across the clear waters. On the north end is El Centro (downtown), whose central axis, Hidalgo Street, is the main dining and entertainment area. Also located on the north end is a famous beach called Playa Norte, which has recovered quickly since Hurricane Wilma hit the area in 2005.

Sea Turtle Farm on Isla Mujeres.

The island of Isla Mujeres is located close to one of many coral reefs, and the area is popular for its snorkeling and scuba diving. Isla Mujeres is also home to a population of sea turtles. Because of the recent endangerment of sea turtles in the area, a facility was set up on the southern end of the island for the rehabilitation and breeding of them. This facility is open to the public.

The island's relative proximity to Cuba has made it one of the favorite stepping stones of Cubans trying to reach the United States in recent years.[5]

 

 

Lunch break ( actually John decided to have breakfast - you can't go wrong with eggs and beer)

It was at least 10:30 am

Lobster anyone????

John says this tasted great

I had Huevos a la Mexicana with Cafe Americano ( very good)

 

Old Cancun

John and I decided to walk home one day ( approx 2.5 km) and passed a resort on the way. We had to stop in and take pictures

We took a collectivo for 11 pesos to a point in old Cancun and then hopped a bus for 14 pesos to the Hotel Zone

Hotel zone - runs for at least 15 kilometers

 

John and I walked quite far down the Hotel zone and into a couple of shopping malls. Not really our thing. We caught a cab back to Old Cancun and ended up in Market 28 where we had lunch

Some tacos with salsa and guacamole for an appetizer

Chicken fajitas ( my food and it was very good)

Chile rellenos

The bathrooms for this restaurant were in two separate towers across from each other. You had to climb the stairs to get to them. Yeh!?

 

That was it for Cancun

On to Paa Mul ( just minutes away from Cozumel and Playa del Carmen)

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