WHAT TO DRINK
The land of Margaritas and our favorite; the Cancun Colada! If boundary pushing cocktails is what your after, then head off the beaten path to Julia Mia.
HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT MARGARITA
Behold, the Cancun Colada…. not how to make one, but how to SING it!
There are so many great places to stay in Cancun it is an embarrassment of riches, and all can be booked through www.Orbitz.com . We stayed at two extraordinary properties:
The Le Blanc Spa Resort, a five-acre spread along the most beautiful beach lapped by the Caribbean, and within a 10-minute walk of Cancun shopping and entertainment. The adults-only resort woos couples with its all-suite accommodations complete with double Jacuzzi. Two infinity pools, a fitness center and top-tier spa add to the sophisticated air, as do perks such as 24-hour room service, haute dining options at five international restaurants, unlimited alcoholic beverages at five bars and lounges and a staff- to-guest ratio of nearly one-to-one.
Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort. This all-inclusive hotel is five miles from the airport and overlooks the Caribbean. This luxurious property is punctuated by tropical foliage and flanked by an expansive, white sand beach. Rooms feature private, double Jacuzzis and balconies. A 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course and miniature golf course, plus eight outdoor pools — including two kiddie pools — provide options for all ages.
WHAT TO DO
Is there anything you can’t do here? Cancun has almost every fun activity devised. We concentrated on things a bit out of the mainstream, and here are a few:
Swimming with the Whale Sharks with the crew from Solo Buceo.
Exploring the Cen0tes with Xenotes Maya.
Race at unimaginable speeds around the track at Exotic Rides
Chillin’ at Isla Mujeres, the most laid-back island in the Caribbean (or in the case of our friends, head there to get married..)
Sampling the world’s finest tequila at Tequila Herradura Sensorial Museum.
Golfing vs. Spa: It’s a tough choice, but golf with iguanas and crocodiles at the Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort. Or hit the fish spa (you put your feet in special tanks an the fish nibble away all the bad skin) at the Le Blanc Spa Resort.
Diving the Underwater Museum
Snorkeling the Great Maya Reef, second largest barrier reef in the world
WHAT AND WHERE TO EAT
Cancun is famous for its food and amazing restaurants. We found five that we can heartily recommend:
1) Capitan Dulche, on Isla Mujeres, a beach club in the shadow of a 100-year-old beached pirate ship. There are parrots, metal sculptures of musicians frozen in the act; a museum that celebrates local history from Mayans to buccaneers to Jacques Cousteau to the only Mexican aboard the Titanic; and the best bathrooms on the island. Try the octopus tacos, homemade guacamole and a chili-infused margarita.
2) Julia Mia is an inspired Mexican restaurant in downtown Cancún. Julia, the owner, has integrated the recipes of her ancestors with contemporary formulas and flavors, and then mixed it up with her own secret ingredients to serve up what she calls “the most innovative dishes in Cancún.” She is telling the truth, if the chewy sope of marinated Octopus, steamed tacos, shrimp molcajete and churros with hot chocolate atole are any indication.
3) Los Pelicanos in Puerto Morelos, not far from the Cenotes, is a seaside delight with roving minstrels and extraordinary seafood.
4) Navios sits right on the Nichupte Lagoon that separates the island of Cancun from the mainland, and as such has the best sunsets in the region, along with great food.
5) Lumière, inside the LeBlanc Hotel, is one of the best eateries in the Yucatán. The seven course tasting menu is a series of small but insanely delicious dishes, including smoked duck and passion fruit coulis, foie gras croustillant over currant marmalade, lobster cappuccino, escargot, Carmenere and rosemary sorbet, Bordeaux glazed beef mignonette over baby spinach polenta, and something wicked called chocolate and vanilla snow obsession.
PARADISE, CLOSER THAN YOU THINK