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Cancun - The Delaplaine 2021 Long Weekend Guide

Cancun - The Delaplaine 2021 Long Weekend Guide

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Cancun - The Delaplaine 2021 Long Weekend Guide

68 pages
36 minutes
Sep 5, 2020


A complete guide for everything you need to experience a great Long Weekend in Cancún. Updated throughout the year, you'll save a lot of time using this concise guide. 
“So many wonderful things to do in the water here. This book opened up a whole new world for us.” –Horace G., Wichita 
“The Delaplaine guide books ‘cut to the chase.’ You get what you need and don’t get what you don’t.” –Wilma K., Seattle 

You'll save a lot of time using this concise guide. 
=LODGINGS (throughout the area) variously priced 
=FINE & BUDGET RESTAURANTS, more than enough listings to give you a sense of the variety to be found. 
=PRINCIPAL ATTRACTIONS -- don't waste your precious time on the lesser ones. We've done all the work for you. 
=SHOPPING: A handful of interesting shopping ideas. 


Sep 5, 2020

About the author

Delaplaine lives on South Beach, Miami’s Billion Dollar Sandbar. He writes in widely varied fields: screenplays, novels (adult and juvenile) and journalism. He also has a series of Long Weekend Guides covering some 50 cities around the world. Email: He writes several series: The “JACK HOUSTON ST. CLAIR” political thriller novels. “THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES IV,” a series of novels starring the great-great-grandson of the famous consulting detective. “THE ANNALS OF SANTOPIA” series, an epic that follows a Santa born in 1900 through to his death 82 years later. The AMOS FREEMAN police thrillers. Other novels: “The Trap Door” follows a boy who is taken back in time to 1594 and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. “The Meter Maid Murders,” a comic look at a detective trying to nab a serial killer on South Beach who only murders meter maids. Has written and directed three features (one doc, two narrative features), as well as several short films and won several awards for his film work. (See for details).  His latest film, “Meeting Spencer,” starring Jeffrey Tambor, won the prestigious Milan International Film Festival Award for Best Screenplay.  DELAPLAINE’S “LONG WEEKEND” GUIDES These no-nonsense guides contain Delaplaine’s recommendations and advice for travelers visiting these places for 3 or 4 days. As "The Food Enthusiast," he writes a series of restaurants guides, updated annually. He has no hobbies.

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Chapter 1


Why Cancún?

Being world travelers, we knew the reputation of Cancún.  We knew that Cancún is the Mecca of spring breakers and pasty Americans desperately seeking a weekend respite from biting winters.  So it was with trepidation that, years ago, we first stepped foot on that hotel-covered sandbar.  We dutifully wiggled into our bathing suits, slathered ourselves in sunblock, and walked out onto the beach.  And then we finally understood it – we got why millions of people every year flock to this far corner of the Yucatán Peninsula.  Cancún has got a world-class beach.

We have been on many beaches around the world.  And none of them are quite as magical as the one in Cancún. The sun is strong, but a constant gentle breeze keeps one comfortable.  On first sight, you will not believe the color of the water you’re looking at actually exists in nature.  It really is a clear, bright turquoise.  Waves lap gently on fine sand the color of cappuccino.  The slope is very gradual, so you can head far into the water and still touch the bottom.  And the temperature of the water is perfect year-round. 

But there is more.  There is something else about this beach that we just can’t put our finger on.  There is an idyllic serenity the likes of which we have never encountered before or since.  Here we find an eclectic mix of all kinds, local and tourist.  Here we find an elderly couple holding hands staring at the sea, a few yards from a group of beer-chugging frat boys.  And all the people have a blissed-out, faraway smile on their faces.  Yes, there is something magical about the beach in Cancún.

Mind you, Cancún is a tourist town.  By far, the local industry is tourism, and most of what goes on in Cancún is designed to separate you from what you have in your wallet.  If you are looking to get to know the culture and people the Yucatán Peninsula, Cancún is not the place for you.  It is for good reason that Yucatecans call Cancún Gringolandia.  If you want to experience the true culture of the area, you will have to go to the ancient city of nearby Mérida.


Transportation & Tips for Getting Around


Cancún Airport can be an unnerving and high-pressure experience.  As soon as you disembark, you’ll encounter dozens of pushy vendors representing various businesses, all trying to sell you (and sell you hard) a timeshare or a tour, or even just a taxi ride. The taxi people and cabbies can be very pushy.  Take my advice and do yourself a favor—book yourself a pickup service before you arrive.  They will meet you as you arrive and usher you through the craziness to your waiting van.  You’ll be at your hotel

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