Better start planning for Spring Break 2011. Make this a Cancun Spring Break. Leave cold weather behind for the Spring Break Mecca, Cancun. Powdery sands and crystalline blue waters beckon you to this slice of paradise on the northeastern tip of the Yucatan. A 14 mile zone of hotels is located on this isthmus. Over 200,000 college students head here, so book early to avoid disappointment during this rush.
You will not have use the Mexican currency as a norm. The dollar is accepted generally. Do carry a valid passport and keep the tourist card you are given until you leave Mexico.
The Punta Cancun is the beating heart of the celebrated nightlife. More than 200 nightclubs, bars and discos are scattered throughout this zone. Often, the cover charge includes an open bar. Super clubs can holds thousands. Brilliant light shows, music and theme parties will keep you going until sunrise. Famous entertainers will be playing here. The Caribbean Carnaval cruise is the stuff of legend and the Party Hopper tour is a must do event.
After the tiring night, you can revitalize in the water. Hotel monitor daily swimming conditions, so be on the lookout for any warnings. There is much to experience besides nightlife. Tours and excursions of different types can be enjoyed during the day.
You can shop where you stay or try Cancun town. A ferry ride away is the island of Isla Mujeres. Secluded beaches and a relaxed atmosphere await.
Nearby Cozumel has top notch scuba diving and snorkeling. Ferries depart about 30 minutes apart. Underwater river systems can be explored in Tulum at the Cenote Dive Center. About half an hour away by car is the tropical forest on El Eden Ecological Reserve. Also within close driving distance is the Riviera Maya. Here lie a 100 miles of superb beaches, archaeological ruins and nature preserves.
Restaurants offer real flavor
All Hotel Zone properties have on-site restaurants. They tend to be overpriced and not worth the expense. An exception is the outdoor Le St. Trop, at Le Meridien. In downtown Cancun, El Cafe de la Nader is a favorite for its pastries. Pericos provides food with a theatrical touch like dishes served on the head of a costume clad waiter. More traditional Mexican fare can be tried at Lorito Joes which has seafood. Farther north is La Placita. A Mexican village courtyard is recreated at Hacienda Sisal, where local bands put on a nightly show. La Veranda in Cozumel blends Mexican, West Indian, and European flavors. If you visit Tulum, be aware it has some familystyle restaurants, of which Don Cafeto is supposed to be the superior speciman. Que Fresco, in the Zamas hotel has a real pizza oven and great fresh fish on the daily menu. So quality eats can be enjoyed, if you make the time.