Planning a trip to Cancun?

I have always dreamed of going somewhere with white sand, turquoise water, beautiful beaches and of course the sun. Cancun offered exactly that.

Part 1 of my blog details how I traveled and where I stayed šŸ™‚

For our trip to Cancun, we didn’t use a travel agent, we just booked our hotel and flights ourselves and hoped for the best! It worked out cheaper for us this way. We booked our flights using Edreams and then used booking.com for our hotel. Booking.com is great as we could book now and pay later, meaning we could save up and pay on our arrival. So our only initial cost was our flights. The week before we left I began to worry over our flight booking. Usually when I go away somewhere I have all my boarding passes and tickets ready and printed. Edreams assured me I just had to bring my booking documentation to the airport with me. There was no need to worry at all, everything was booked correctly and we received our boarding passes at Dublin Airport. This was a relief for me, I am always such an organised person! In 14 hours we will be in Cancun! Eeek the excitement.We traveled with both Air Canada and United Airlines, and had meals included for the longest of the flights. I don’ t normally like “plane food” but I surprisingly liked the breakfast with Air Canada and the dinner with United Airlines. We were kept well hydrated on all flights, with complementary drinks – water, soft drinks, tea, coffee, and wine!!

Arriving in Cancun

We had a few delays in our flight over, but we arrived in Cancun safely. Better late than never! We stepped out from the airport and instantly the hot air hit our faces. This was 10.30pm and the temperature was still 25 degrees. Exhaustion was setting in and we desperately wanted to reach our hotel. Lots of people were offering taxis so we hopped in the first one that would take us. We have since learned that the taxi stalls at the airport are there to overcharge the unsuspecting tourists arriving to Cancun. We payed 650pesos for the trip to our hotel on the first night. The usual fare is just 350pesos. So make sure and pre-book a taxi not operating from the airport or book a shuttle bus which would work out much cheaper!

GR Solaris Resort Cancun

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This hotel was located in the hotel zone, right on the beach front. We didn’t see our hotel really until the next day after we had slept for a good few hours! Our room was amazing, we had a double bed each, wide screen TV, fridge stocked with water, soft drinks and the local Sol bottled beers. This fridge was restocked every day at no extra cost! Looking out of our balcony we overlooked to pool area, and the beach just at the end. Such a beautiful sight. The hotel had 3 pools, the 2 we overlooked was where the daily entertainment took place. There was always a lot of action here, music playing , competitions taking place and there was also the swim-up pool bar. The other pool was an adult only relaxing pool area, so don’t worry! If you were looking for some rest and relaxation this pool is for you. The hotel really caters for everyone, families, young people, and couples. The entertainment in the hotel was top-class. As well as the daily activities at the pool, every evening there was something going on. We arrived on St.Patrick’s Day and that night they had a party celebrating everything Irish. The staff were all dressed in green for the occasion! They had a large function decorated with green balloons and bunting, paddy’s day hats sat on the tables. The hotel was all-inclusive, and that night the function room had lots of Irish food on offer. They really had it well planned and much thought had gone into organising everything. Through out our stay we attended a Neon Party and a Mexican Party night. The staff were out at 8am setting up the terrace area, planning and organising for any of these events that were taking place. The lobby bar had music every night, the same couple singing different genres each night and were fantastic at every performance! Karaoke was also a given and we could resist taking part as the Spice Girls. Such a laugh, we really enjoyed it. The hotel was ideally located right on the beach front, in the hotel zone. It was very easy to get into town from here, with buses going from just outside every few minutes. A ticket costs $1 or 10.50 Mexican pesos for any distance.

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This picture here was taken just outside the lobby doors. Picture perfect I think. I 100% want to see this view again.

Tips for those traveling to Cancun, Mexico:

  • If travelling through or transiting through the United States (even if you are not stopping over) make sure and complete an ESTA application. This costs about $12.
  • Check the baggage allowance of your airline. We could bring a check in bag of 23kg included in the price of our flights, and also carry on luggage with a person item such as a handbag.
  • When connecting flights, make sure you leave yourself enough time for getting through the airports and to other terminals. We had 1.5hrs to connect in Newark, New Jersey and it was not enough time. You would need at least 2 hours to go though passport control, collect your baggage, go through customs, re-check in your baggage for the next flight. And that’s provided everything goes smoothly with no delays!
  • Pre-book transfers to/from Cancun airport online in advance! Beware of over-priced taxis at airport.
  • Bring some of the local currency Mexican Pesos. They quote prices in US Dollars but you will always get a better offer or deal if paying in Pesos.

 

In Part 2 of this blog I will tell you what we did, day trips and about the night life in Cancun. Coming soon!

Amy

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