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About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Introducing Cancún and the Yucatán
Part II: Planning Your Trip to Cancún and the Yucatán
Part III: Discovering Cancún
Part IV: Traveling Around Isla Mujeres and Cozumel
Part V: Exploring the Yucatán
Part VI: The Part of Tens
Quick Concierge appendix
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Part I: Introducing Cancun and the Yucatan
Chapter : Discovering the Best of Cancún & the Yucatán
The Best Beach Vacations
The Best Luxury Resorts
The Best Good-Value Accommodations
The Most Unique Places to Get Away from It All
The Best Restaurants
The Best Activities and Attractions
The Best Archaeological Sites
The Best Nightlife
Chapter : Digging Deeper into the Yucatán
Introducing the Yucatán
The Land
History : The Main Events
Pre-Hispanic civilizations
The Pre-Classic Period
The Classic Period
The Post-Classic Period
The Conquest
The Colonial Period
The Porfiriato and the Revolution
Modern Mexico
Building Blocks: Local Architecture
Pre-Hispanic forms
Spanish influence
Religion, Myth, and Folklore
Taste of the Yucatán: Local Cuisine
Word to the Wise: The Local Lingo
Chapter : Choosing Where to Go
Introducing the Yucatán
Picking the Right Beach Resort
Choosing Cancún
Contemplating Isla Mujeres
Diving into Cozumel
Considering Playa del Carmen
Exploring the Riviera Maya
Visiting More Than One Resort
Chapter : Deciding When to Go
Forecasting the Weather
Unlocking the Secret of the Seasons
Yucatán’s Calendar of Events
January, February, and March
April, May, and June
July, August, and September
October, November, and December
Part II: Planning Your Trip to Cancun and the Yucatan
Chapter : Managing Your Money
Planning Your Budget
Calculating your hotel cost
Totaling transportation costs
Estimating dining dollars
Getting tipping tips
Catching the nightlife
Making Sense of the Peso
Choosing Traveler’s Checks, Credit Cards, or Cash
ATMs and cash
Credit cards
Traveler’s checks
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Taxing Matters
Dealing with a Lost or Stolen Wallet
Chapter : Getting to the Yucatán
Flying to Cancún and the Yucatán
Getting the Best Deal on Your Airfare
Researching and Booking Your Trip Online
Understanding Escorted and Package Tours
Chapter : Booking Your Accommodations
Getting to Know Your Options
Finding the Best Room at the Best Rate
Finding the best rate
Surfing the Web for hotel deals
Chapter : Catering to Special Needs or Interests
Traveling with the Brood: Advice for Families
Making Age Work for You: Tips for Seniors
Accessing the Yucatán: Advice for
Travelers with Disabilities
Following the Rainbow: Resources for
Gay and Lesbian Travelers
Planning a Wedding in Mexico
Chapter : Taking Care of the Remaining Details
Arriving in and Departing from Mexico
Getting a Passport
Applying for other passports
Clearing Customs
Playing It Safe with Travel and Medical Insurance
Staying Healthy When You Travel
Staying Safe
Renting a Car
Finding the best car-rental deal
Remembering that safety comes first
Staying Connected by Cellphone
Accessing the Internet Away from Home
Keeping Up with Airline Security Measures
To carry on or not to carry on
Part III: Discovering Cancun
Chapter : Settling into Cancún
Arriving in Cancún
Navigating passport control and Customs
Getting to your hotel
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Getting Around Cancún
Taking a taxi
Catching a bus
Zipping around on a moped
Choosing Your Location
Staying in Style
Dining Out
Cancún’s Best Restaurants
Fast Facts: Cancún
Chapter : Exploring Cancún
Playing in the Surf
Skiing and surfing
Yachting and sailing
Exploring the deep blue
Reeling in the big one
Swimming with dolphins
Exploring on Dry Land
The top attractions
Keeping active
Guided tours
Living It Up After Dark
Partying at a club
Café and lounge scene
Enjoying a cultural event
Going Beyond Cancún: Day Trips
Day trips to Isla Mujeres
Scenic boat trips
Seeing the archaeological sites
Exploring an ecotheme park
Part IV: Traveling Around Isla Mujeres and Cozumel
Chapter : Isla Mujeres
Settling into Isla Mujeres
Arriving at Isla Mujeres by ferry
Getting from the ferry dock to your hotel
Getting around
Staying on Isla
Dining on Isla Mujeres
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Fun On and Off the Beach in Isla Mujeres
Isla’s best beaches
Deep-blue explorations in Isla
Sightseeing and shopping in Isla
Isla Mujeres after dark
Fast Facts: Isla Mujeres
Chapter : Cozumel
Getting to Cozumel
By air
By sea
Getting around Cozumel
Staying in Cozumel
Finding the place that’s right for you
Checking out Cozumel’s best hotels
Dining in Cozumel
Having Fun on the Beach and in the Water
Scoring quality beach time
Going deep: Scuba diving
Enjoying snorkeling
Visiting the nature parks
Cruising the seas
Catching the big one
Swimming with dolphins
Keeping Your Feet on Dry Land
Hitting the links
Seeing the sights
Exploring Maya ruins on Cozumel
Day-tripping off to the mainland
Looking at the island’s natural history
Shopping in Cozumel
Enjoying Cozumel’s Nightlife
Fast Facts: Cozumel
Part V: Exploring the Yucatan
Chapter : Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya
Exploring the Riviera Maya
Playa del Carmen
Settling into Playa
Staying in Playa
Dining in Playa
Having fun on and off the beach
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Fast Facts: Playa del Carmen
The Riviera Maya
Puerto Morelos and environs
On the way to Tulum
Chapter : A Taste of the Maya: Nearby Ruins
Deciding Which Ruins to Visit
Chichén Itzá
Getting there
Where to stay
Where to dine
Exploring Chichén Itzá
Other highlights of Chichén Itzá
More cool things to see and do
Fast Facts: Chichén Itzá
Tulum: Fortress City
Cobá (“Water Stirred by Wind”)
Part VI: The Part of Tens
Chapter : Ten (or So) Top Myths and Misconceptions about Mexico
Don’t Drink the Water
Mexicans Who Don’t Speak English Are
Hard of Hearing
Mexico Is the Land of Sombreros and Siestas
All Mexican Food Is Spicy
Mexico Has No Drinking or Drug Laws
A Jeep Rental Is Really $ a Day
If in Trouble, Pay a Mordida
You Can Go Everywhere Wearing Just Your Swimsuit
Mexico Is a Desert, and It’s Hot Everywhere
Chapter : Ten Most Delicious Yucatecan Dishes
Pescado Tikik-Chik
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Huevos Motuleños
Café de Olla
Appendix: Quick Concierge
Fast Facts
Toll-Free Numbers and Web Sites
Where to Get More Information
Health Information
Mexico on the Web

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