When you visit Mexico, don’t worry about water in restaurants or ice in your drinks–all safe in big tourist areas except in the tiniest of restaurants in out-of-the-way towns. But never drink tap water, or brush your teeth with it. Same with fruit & salads–all restaurants in tourist areas wash fruits and veggies in purified water so they’re safe to eat.
Beaches can be private in Mexico and you may be charged to hang out on certain beaches or “beach clubs”. You will often be charged for beach amenities such as umbrellas and/or lounge chairs–although some of the bigger hotels have them as free amenities for their guests–you have to show your room key.
Go visit a few small surrounding towns; your group can commandeer a few taxis, negotiate a price, and be taken to cute towns and shopping areas. Tip your driver, he will show you some nice places. Or ask your hotel concierge, who can arrange a van or bus for a larger group at a discounted price.
Get out on the water! So much fun to kayak, snorkel, sail, whatever. It’s so much fun.
The heat there is dry, your perspiration evaporates as soon as it hits your skin so you don’t think you’re losing water–but you are. Tons! Drink lots and lots of water to avoid hangovers and heat stroke. Stay out of the midday sun.
You can buy prepaid phone cards all over, very cheap. Buy a few in case you need to call your hotel or an attraction you want to visit to make sure it’s open. The cards can be used at any public phone–they’re all over the place. Much cheaper than using your own cell phone.
Finally: go see the Mayan ruins–Tulum, Chichen Itza, etc.–you’ll be amazed at what they did.
Take a bus down to Playa Del Carmen and the ferry over to Cozumel island. The snorkeling there is much better than off Cancun or PDC, and it’s a fun day trip. Cheap. Same with Isla Mujeres. Also, you might be able to snorkel with the whale sharks off the island of Holbox (pronounced OLE-bosh) right there at the tip of the peninsula. Another great day trip.
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