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Family Vacation to Cancun -- Help!!

cyrus1 148 47 February 9, 2016 at 05:49 PM in Travel (2)
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We are planing to visit Cancun with our two kids 10 and 4 end of March.

We want to relax on the beach for the most, but would like to do some light activities.

Should we rent a car or find a book cars to travel around?

Any recommendations please that are kid friendly is really appreciate!!!

Thank you in Advance!!

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Okay, That's good. There car services are available.
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march is a good month to spend in Cancun, they have bullfights every saturday!
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I'd suggest you skip Cancun and drive one hour south to Playa del Carmen. Very friendly town with excellent beaches, shopping, bike rentals, organized tours (if you like that sort of thing)
Yes, rent a car. Been to the area 10 times over 20 years and always rent a car. I suggest Alamo. I just used them last week and will use them again.

Snorkel with turtles at Akumal beach. Rent mask/snorkel at one of the dive shops on the beach.
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been to cancun several times and never once rented a car while there. lot of stuff at least for me staying in the middle at the omni was within walking distance and even the stuff that wasn't they have bus service which get you to the other parts of town. even when I went to Cozumel from cancun there was a cheap tour that included transpiration to the port to take the ferry across.
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I totally agree with David hood but you don't need a car. Also buy your excursions from the market place or directly from the locations it will save you at least half your money. It's Mexico everything is negotiable
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Quote from davidhood View Post :
I'd suggest you skip Cancun and drive one hour south to Playa del Carmen. Very friendly town with excellent beaches, shopping, bike rentals, organized tours (if you like that sort of thing)
Yes, rent a car. Been to the area 10 times over 20 years and always rent a car. I suggest Alamo. I just used them last week and will use them again.

Snorkel with turtles at Akumal beach. Rent mask/snorkel at one of the dive shops on the beach.
Xcaret park (google it)
Xel-ha park (google it)
Tour the ruins at Tulum
Many of the Cenotes are kid friendly (google for comparisons)
Davidhood,

What insurance do you have to buy? in Us a lot is covered by the credit card.

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I totally agree with David hood but you don't need a car. Also buy your excursions from the market place or directly from the locations it will save you at least half your money. It's Mexico everything is negotiable
What is a good price for snorkeling?
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been to cancun several times and never once rented a car while there. lot of stuff at least for me staying in the middle at the omni was within walking distance and even the stuff that wasn't they have bus service which get you to the other parts of town. even when I went to Cozumel from cancun there was a cheap tour that included transpiration to the port to take the ferry across.
Can you share the Cozumel tour you used please
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Agree with skipping Cancun, PDC is way cooler. You will need to purchase Liability insurance from the rental company regardless of what your card carries.
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Quote from davidhood View Post :
I'd suggest you skip Cancun and drive one hour south to Playa del Carmen. Very friendly town with excellent beaches, shopping, bike rentals, organized tours (if you like that sort of thing)
Yes, rent a car. Been to the area 10 times over 20 years and always rent a car. I suggest Alamo. I just used them last week and will use them again.

Snorkel with turtles at Akumal beach. Rent mask/snorkel at one of the dive shops on the beach.
Xcaret park (google it)
Xel-ha park (google it)
Tour the ruins at Tulum
Many of the Cenotes are kid friendly (google for comparisons)
i also want to know how do you go about car insurance. normally is more expensive than the car... do they have all inclusive price? i normally use american car rental for aone price all inclusive.. any advice is appreciated.
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be very, very careful on car insurance. I'd never purchase it in the states (full coverage on my vehicles, and use a visa) but the laws there are different. you can be sued for the loss of wages over the persons lifetime if they're injured and it's my understanding that it happens a decent amount. I've been to that area no less than a dozen times. Buy all insurance coverage options or prepare to spend time in jail there. they even jailed a bunch of pastors.

there are plenty of ways to get around without renting a car. I usually only rent 1 out of every 4 times.
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Plan to visit there in April school break, any tips on

1. flight (from Detroit)
2. hotel?
3. need a car or not?
4. for diving or other activities?

We have 2 boys and a senior. Should we buy a package from place like AAA or Costco Travel?

Thanks a lot.
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Quote from wolverine88 View Post :
Plan to visit there in April school break, any tips on

1. flight (from Detroit)
2. hotel?
3. need a car or not?
4. for diving or other activities?

We have 2 boys and a senior. Should we buy a package from place like AAA or Costco Travel?

Thanks a lot.

Flight - check google flights - also southwest and frontier. I can't remember if google checks them.

Hotel - gosh I've been to a couple but I dislike cancun overall. Try to get a hotel with some actual beach and not crazy smooshed in with the other hotels. South of cancun is better - or cozumel.

Car - depends on where you are. Cozumel - do taxis. or if staying in Cancun just do buses/taxis. Playa del carmen - I don't remember how much the bus is but I thought it was reasonable 5 years ago.

Diving - Now the awesome part. Cozumel is hands down the best. Take the ferry over to dive. It'll be worth it - or better yet stay a few days - or my preference - the entire time. Amazing dives. If you go with a semi-reputable company you wont be disappointed.
OR put on your big boy pants and go diving with the bull sharks in Playa del carmen (south of Cancun) freaken awesome. Watch a couple videos or read a couple articles about aggressive behavior and it'll calm your nerves. Don't bother diving around Cancun - no reef life & few fish. vomit Isla Mujeres (short ferry ride north of cancun) has some very shallow waters and is fun to play in the ocean. Whale sharks there but not likely until end of May if I remember correctly.
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Garrafon Natural Reef Park in Isla Mujeres is a short ferry ride from Cancun -- Cozumel has great snorkeling at Chankanaab National Park.

I would agree with others who have posted that I would rather spend most of my time in Playa del Carmen or Cozumel than in Cancun.
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How about those all-inclusive deals?
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