September 22nd, 2015
I’ve just returned from Cancun with a group of 14. Cancun is most famous for its beaches, which were completely re-built a few years ago due to the effects of several major hurricanes. This popular destination provides that great combination of nature, history and attractions.
If you are departing from Toronto, Cancun is also a great choice because of the many flight and hotel options – you can fly on any day of the week.
When choosing a hotel in Cancun, we advise that you choose carefully. The difference between a great vacation and being ‘not happy’ is often $50.00 per person, or the hotel offering a day program for the kids.
In the great Canadian tradition, we chose the Great Parnassus Resort and Spa, an all-inclusive hotel. The hotel is a 12 storey building with a stunning indoor atrium. It is located at the south end of Cancun Hotel Zone by Playa Delfines, directly beside the Hilton Cancun and 15 minutes to Cancun’s International Airport. This family oriented resort hotel features 550 rooms, 8 restaurants, 3 pools, 5 bars and many more amenities. The Mexican Restaurant, El Maguey (only open for lunch) provides 5 star Mexican fare (ask for a bowl of Guacamole – amazing and not on the menu). The French Restaurant, La Maison de Michelle, provides some of the best food I’ve ever had in my many trips to Mexico
(the Maître’D will make a flaming Mayan Coffee after dinner if you ask – again not on the menu).
Mexicois a country known for its history, beaches, food and hospitality, and has been a very popular destination for Canadians.
But unfortunately,Mexicohas been in the news for all the wrong reasons. The negative press related to violence has affected tourism – not to a huge degree but definitely noticeable. The facts are true – there is violence related to drugs and drug cartels. But the drug cartel problems are mostly near theU.S.and Mexican border. The popular resort towns are, for the most part, as safe as ever.
Here are some general tips for travel toMexico:
Don’t go to Acapulco, Tijuana or some of the other northern cities and towns due to internal violence. I would go to Cancun, Los Cabos, Ixtapa, Cozumel and Manzanillo in a heartbeat.
Before you book, investigate upgrade availabilities at your resort. For a few hundred dollars more, you may get a suite with an ocean view, private dining lounge access, in-room dinner for 2, VIP boat cruise and more at the Great Parnassus in Cancun.
The Government of Mexico says you can only use Mexican Pesos. Not true. The American Dollar is still king and accepted readily along with Pesos (Note If you pay in USD, your change may be in Pesos).
Find a travel agent who knows Mexico. Based on your budget and needs, a travel agent that knows that country, and has been to several destinations, can provide professional guidance to ensure you’ll stay at a resort that is right for you, and that you will have a great Mexican vacation!
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