Tag: Cancun

Bashfully Appreciated Places, 2016

Pisa beyond the Leaning Tower Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

What readers liked to visit over the last year Should it be any surprise that the bashful adventurers visiting these pages have eclectic taste? Their reading habits show their interest—in learning, in history, in practical matters. The most popular posts…

Just Watch Out for the Gators in Any Language

On Signs and Travel Continuing my fascination with signs, I decide to heed one in Cancun. Wherever you might find yourself, just don’t feed the alligators, the crocodiles, the caymans, or whatever name the reptiles with long tails and big…

Beaches with Something Extra

The week before Labor Day is the time of summer when everyone seems to be at the beach. My days of simply sunning are long past; now when I am seeking a beach vacation, in addition to wide swaths of…

If Money Machines Could Talk

Wouldn’t it be great to listen to what an ATM gets to hear on any given day? There’s an entire arch of a story line, starting with “Do you suppose this is safe?” to “Does it give out dollars or…

Tis the Season for Reflection

Another year, not enough travel! I’d hit the road all the time if my checkbook would let me. But I am grateful for all of the places I have been so far and to have goals about where I want…

The Contrasts of Isla Mujeres

Expecting a day of tequila sunrises and snorkeling, the Brawny Sherpa and I set off by catamaran from Cancun to Isla Mujeres. The water was too rough for playing in, though, so, once on the island, we rented a golf…

How to Choose a Hotel in Cancun

Beachfront cabana at the Hyatt Regency Cancun. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Determining which hotel to stay in during a Cancun vacation is likely to be a traveler’s most intellectually challenging problem on a trip of this sort. The monster resorts that have grown up on a narrow spit of sand since…

Cancun Tours: How Good Is the Gray Line?

The Gray Line cruise via catamaran to Isla Mujeres was crowded but fun. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Three times on my recent trip to Cancun I wound up on a Gray Line tour, and my experiences ranged from “highly recommend—would sign up again” to a less-than-entirely-enthusiastic “you get what you pay for.” Working in 700 locations around…