What Not to Miss in Cancun!
This blog, by Guest Contributor Deepika Garg, is presented to all who are searching for a great place to take a vacation check out an area for possible retirement, but especially for all of you who have been considering combining medical procedures or dental work with a vacation – “Medical Tourism”.
I want to extend a big Thank You to Deepika, and I hope you all enjoy the following:
Are you planning to spend your next vacation in Cancun? Have you, on your neighbor’s recommendation, or Barbie’s suggestion, decided to take a short trip there to get your teeth fixed?
Well, whatever be your reason for traveling to this beach city in Mexico, there are a few things you don’t want to miss while there.
Cancun’s vast array of beaches is nothing less than a paradise for any water-sports enthusiast or those who just want to soak up the warm sun. You’ll take home beautiful memories if you just choose to spend a day lazing on the dazzling white sands.
The famous hotel-trip in Cancun falls in the shape of the number “7” and the beaches on both sides are recommended for different activities:
“No-surf” beaches on the top of this ‘7’ are ideal for taking a dip but the salt-water lagoon to the left of this ‘7’ is not recommended for swimming. Here, tourists usually indulge in water-sports like water-skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, and kayaking. The magnificent Caribbean Sea to the right can offer a chance to charter your own sailboat complete with crew and equipment or indulge in a plethora of beach activities.
Besides, your rendezvous with Cancun’s beaches, you may indulge yourself with a relaxing spa, go shopping for Mexican handicrafts in Mercado 28 (don’t forget to haggle) or take an exciting jungle tour and get closer to the wildlife.
Beach-activities and short day-trips can easily be included in a two-day expedition to Cancun, even if you are there primarily for a medical reason. However, if you have more time to spend on your excursion, you must go back in time, visit and learn the history of archaeological sites like Chichen Itza, Tulum, and Coba.
Whether your dream day consists of snorkeling in “postcard-perfect” coves; getting up close and personal with the dolphins; or simply watching young sea birds learn to fly, (or taking a leisurely ride on a tour bus) you’ll find it all in Cancun. Just so you don’t miss out on the essential experiences every traveler should put on their “must do” list in Cancun, we have compiled a list of places you wouldn’t want to miss! Here it is:
Chichen Itza – One of the new Seven Wonders of the World and the second most visited archaeological site in Mexico, Chichen Itza roughly translates into “at the mouth of the well of Itza”. Patricia Schultz, the author of New York Times bestseller 1000 Places to See Before You Die describes it in her iconic bucket list of a book as follows:
“The most famous, spectacular, and, consequently, most frequently visited of Mexico’s Mayan sites, the magnificent metropolis of Chichén Itzá was the principal ceremonial center of the Yucatán.”
You really don’t want to miss out!
Isla Mujeres – Loosely translated, Isla Mujeres could be called ‘the feminine island’. Aptly named, for the beauty of the island, it is said, is as enchanting as Aphrodite’s curves. After a 20-minute ferry ride from the dock at Puerto Juarez, near downtown Cancun, you’re teleported to this little piece of heaven. There are all sorts of things to do such as, swimming with dolphins; snorkeling and scuba diving; and, during the right time of the year, even watching turtles hatch.
Xcaret – 46 miles south of Cancun, you can witness a living, breathing Mayan past, presented by more than 300 actors on stage. You will relive the history of Mexico from pre-Hispanic era through Spanish Conquista to modern day. Magical, isn’t it?
Tulum – Third most visited archaeological site in Mexico, there’s a hidden cosmos in Tulum. Exploring the underwater caverns, cenotes or sinkholes, must be on top of your to-do list in Cancun. To the Mayans, cenotes were sacred and they considered them to be the entrances to the underworld. Cenotes were, then, the only source of fresh water in the entire Yucatan peninsula. The water is clear, turquoise-hued, and pleasantly warm for a swim.
Clubs – After a weighty day, put on your party hat, and head straight to one of the many night clubs and if you are up to it after such a fulfilling day, party unto the dawn. You can choose to dance until you have holes in your shoes or just sit back and watch the beautiful women, from home and abroad. You may even see some of those ladies battle it out in a bikini contest!
Restaurants – in Cancun range from exquisitely fancy to everyday cuisine. Those with an adventurous palate will have a wide variety to experience.
Golf – If time is not a constraint, you can take a tour of Cancun’s golf courses that are beautifully set in natural surroundings, and maybe even play a round or two.
Cancun is an intriguing concoction of new-age architecture and the old-world charm, which gives you a chance to savor the taste of modern restaurants and simultaneously be absorbed in the Mayan mysteries. Are you tempted to experience the eclectic charms of Cancun? I am.
Dr. Deepika Garg – Dentist and an Internet enthusiast, who is now involved in medical tourism. She works with a company that facilitates affordable medical treatments ranging from cardiac surgeries to dental implants in Cancun, Mexico. Be it a minor lip augmentation or a major surgery like gastric sleeve, in Cancun it is all available at a fraction of the treatment price in the US. Besides many foreigners combine their medical work with a relaxing beach holiday in Cancun, which is located off of the Caribbean Sea, and is a huge draw for tourists from all over the world.