Visting CANCÚN / Enjoy the sun and fun
Welcome to Cancún
SHOPPING IN CANCÚN

Cancún is a natural paradise which not only has beautiful beaches with crystalline waters and fine white sand, but also boasts some twenty shopping centers, all of which have their own characteristic style. They all have renowned boutiques and a long list of restaurants serving everything from typical local cuisine to international culinary delicacies. One thing's for sure, there is something for everyone, whatever your tastes or budget.

Shopping in Cancún is made easier by the fact that most of the big shopping centres in the city are to be found on Boulevard Kukulcán. If you wish to visit one of the newest and most spacious shopping centres in the city, go to La Isla Shopping Center on Boulevard Kukulcán, km. 12.5. Forum by the Sea, km. 9.5, is very close to Hotel Krystal. Other shopping centers which aren't as new, but are certainly just as popular are Plaza Caracol, km. 8.5, Flamingo Plaza, km.11.5, Plaza Bonita and Plaza Nautilus. All of these await the visitor with aisles and aisles of interesting items, allowing you to buy practically anything you want.

If you prefer the rather more picturesque and traditional small markets, we highly recommend you pay a visit to Ki-Huic (Avenida Tulum), Mercado 28 (Supermanzana 28) and the Garibaldi market, all located in Cancún just a few steps away from the hotel resorts.

The most exclusive shopping centres with elegant shops and restaurants are to be found on Boulevard Kukulcán, km. 13: Maya Fair Galerías and inside the Conference Centre, Intermall Plaza. Visit the exotic shops at La Mansión Costa Blanca in the hotel area. All the main international brand names are to be found in Cancún's shopping centres: Gucci, Fendi, Benetton, Soho, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo, Hugo Boss, Warner Bros. Store and the Toon shop. Don't miss the chance to go to the fabulous jewellers such as Ultra Femme, Victorinox and Van Cleef & Arpels.

The typical Mexican restaurants, generally cheaper than the others, are located in the city centre, on the Avenidas Tulum, Coba, Chichen Itzá, Xcaret, Uxmal, Sunyaxchen, Pok ta Pok, Labna and Yaxchilán. Try Roots Jazz Club, Arriba México, La Parilla de Pepón, Tacolote and El Pescador, offering the best seafood in town. On these avenues you will also find inexpensive bars and shops, with all sorts of bargains and season sales, such as Azul Collection, Peer, Andrea, Sol and Luna de Cancún. In the centre, you will find some small shopping centres such as Akimpech and Plaza Las Américas. On Saturdays and Sundays don't miss the chance to go to the flea market on Avenida Playas and admire the local handicrafts in Plaza Coral Negro. Spend a wonderful day shopping either in the exclusive hotel resort area, or in the more traditional street markets, passed on from generation to generation.


OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN CANCÚN

For those adventurous spirits out there, Cancún offers a wide range of options to keep you entertained during your stay. The amount of things you can do is truly staggering, and every day new things come up designed to provide fun for children and adults. At the several beaches such as Los Delfines, outdoor sports are popular among tourists. You can go windsurfing, fishing, horse-riding, kite-flying, diving and snorkelling. Just a few kilometres from Cancún island is one of the best theme parks, Xcaret, best described as an archaeological and ecological site, with exotic birds flying free, a light and sound show, visits to underground streams, swimming next to the dolphins, and generally admiring the natural beauty of this sanctuary. It is some three hours away from the hotel area, but most of the hotels provide comfortable and secure means of transport to the park.

Also in the outskirts of Punta Cancún is the natural aquarium Xel Ha, with the impressive colours of its waters and the amazing variety of species. Imagine the most beautiful sea plants hiding the unique, vividly coloured fish which inhabit this area. Towards the South, is the Reserva de la Biosfera de Sian Kaán, where, in the midst of a practically unspoilt forest, trips to the mangrove swamps are organised. Pay attention and listen to the sound of the birds and enjoy watching the small mammals coming out to have a good look at what is going on.

If archaeology is your thing, you will enjoy visiting sites such as El Rey, Cobá and the mysterious Tulum.

The Wet and Wild amusement park offers hours of entertainment, going up and down water slides, and the several attractions on offer there. If you'd rather go for a cruise, admiring the beauty of the turquoise sea and, if you are lucky, watching the fish jumping out if the water, there are several options. Cancún Queen and Colombus Coaster Club, both offer cruises with restaurant services, games, guide and all the comforts you could possibly need. For further imformation regarding the price, time and transport of any of these destinations, contact your hotel reception or go to the nearest travel agency.


OUT AND ABOUT IN CANCÚN

What do you say to starting off the day on the beach, having breakfast at the Splash! restaurant looking onto the sea? After breakfast, perhaps a little sunbathing, to work on that tan and enjoy the sea. If you feel like a walk along the beach, you can follow the shore and take in the stunning scenery you come across on the way. Indulge yourself and relax on the deck chairs while you sip a long, refreshing drink.

When the time comes to have a bite to eat, we recommend any of the following delicious options.

Into theme restaurants? Perhaps you'd like to live a "wild" experience in a tropical forest with animals and storms, all this without even having to leave your table. In that case, try Rain Forest Café, located in Forum by the Sea shopping centre. This is an ideal place to take children, who will be delighted to see there animatronics, synchronised with light and sound tricks.

If the idea of choosing you own lobster, having it cooked to order, and brought to your table appeals to you, you should visit Lorenzillo´s, in the hotel area, they have a table waiting for you and your friends.

To get the chance to taste a good piece of prime rib meat, Ruth Chris Steak House or the Argentinian restaurant El Cambalache are sure to satisfy. If Japanese food is your favourite, Campay in the Party Center, Mikado at Casa Magna or Yamamoto in the city centre, are all excellent choices.

In the mood for something different? How about fish or seafood pizza at La Fishería. If, however, you want to taste something Caribbean, La Habichuela is the place to go. Traditional Yucatecan food is to be found at Los Almendros. But if you are on the move, there is no need to say that Cancun has six Burger King outlets, located in the main shopping centres. Vegetarian food is offered at Navajos and Integral, both located in the city centre. Looking for fresh but inexpensive seafood? El Pescador is your dream come true. If you like the taste of traditional Mexican food, Rosa Mexicano is waiting for you in the city centre. Russian food is also represented in Cancún, at Russian Terem. The food there is delicious and highly original.

The afternoon is probably best spent on the beach, where you can wait until it gets slightly later and cooler, when you can even go back to some of the shopping centres if you like, such as Forum by the Sea or La Isla Shopping Center. At La Isla Shopping Center there are ten cinemas with the best sound and digital image.

If you feel like a drink, go along to Bacco's in Plaza Terramar, Bar Andal in Plaza Kukulcán or Santa Fe Beer Factory at Forum by the Sea. If you fancy staying on longer, you could go to OK Maguey or Zandunga, where you can sing along with Mariachis and enjoy the Mexican party. Enjoy your stay and, ¡Buen provecho!

CANCUN NIGHTLIFE

If you are creature of the night, enjoy partying, live music and staying up all night having fun, Cancun offers a wide variety of choices as to what you can do till the early hours of the morning. As is the case with most beach destinations, the "al fresco" bars and the discos by the seashore are among the main attractions for the young visitors to Cancun. Most bars have people in charge of entertaining you and providing the fun you require, to ensure you'll be back to Cancun!

You simply must go to the places offering Caribbean music and atmosphere, as are Azúcar, Batachá and Mango Tango. If you're into clubby atmospheres, we highly recommend the following as the best options in Cancun: La Boom, Liquid, Christine, el Daddy'O, Baja Beach Club and Up and Down, all of which are in the hotel area of the city.

If what you are really after is good live music venues, Cassis is a club where you can listen to jazz all night long. The Hard Rock Café is another obvious option, offering the best rock & roll in town. Go funky at Fat Tuesday or Jamaican at Cat's Reggae Club. When it comes to bars with a lively atmosphere, we suggest you try Carlos and Charlies, Sr Frog's, Tequila Rock, Gap del Caribe, Lion's Snack Bar, Jalapeños Bar, Bar and Roll or Tequila Sunrise.

If you would rather go somewhere a little quieter and more intimate, invite your partner to the hotel Fiesta Americana Lobby Bar. For a truly delicious buffet and a drink, Jalapeños is the place to go in the hotel area.

Nearer the city centre, you will find places where you can dance and listen to good music. Try Chamula Dance Club and Bar Chac Mool. Gibb's Bar, as well as Oyster's Bar are also well worth visiting. What it's really all about is not staying in your hotel room, what with so many options available at night in Cancun. Enjoy the spirit and liveliness of the Mexicans and Mexico. Ask around to find out about special nights, when the party goes on for even longer. Please do not miss out on all the interesting and exciting places in Cancun. You are bound to take back memories of Mexico's music, peoples and relentless mood for partying. Admission prices vary, but most of the discos and clubs include drinks in the price. What to wear? Generally, people dress quite casually in bars, although they do tend to dress up a little more in discos. Enjoy your stay, and get dancing!


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