Published On: Mon, Oct 23rd, 2017

Cancun offers beaches, history and entertainment (from an Oregonian point of view)

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Oregon based newspaper The News-Review came up with an article by author Jann Green, which explains how you can enjoy nightlife, culture, adventure and the best beaches in the world on your nest trip to Cancun and the Riviera Maya. 

Picture bright, white sand beaches and a balmy breeze that smells of plumeria and you may be picturing Cancun, Mexico, at the tip of Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea.

I just visited there, and for vacationers looking for excitement and bit of history, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have it all. The Mayan temples and ruins are incredible and there are so many opportunities for snorkeling, diving and tubing on the many waterways.

This area was in danger of being hit by Hurricane Nate but luckily it bypassed the peninsula.


This was my 7th visit to the area and I found the new international terminal in Cancun to be very easy to maneuver. The transfer companies for the resort are easy to find once you get outside. This time, I stayed at the new Grand Moon Palace and grand it is.

Situated between Cancun and Riviera Maya, it’s made up of many buildings, about 14 restaurants, a host of lounges, several pools, including a water park, a theater and much more. Nightly entertainment was amazing and the food, along with the service, was the best I have had at an all-inclusive resort.

I also took the opportunity to visit the other two original parts of the Moon Palace complex as well as taking the free shuttle to the hotel zone of Cancun to see another property, the Beach Palace, where I spent most of a day enjoying the pool, lunch and a little shopping.


On previous trips I had visited Tulum, Chichen Itza, Cozumel and Coba. This time I took a day to visit the very unique “Island of Women”, Isla Mujeres. After a short drive to the pier in Cancun then a 45 minute ferry ride to the island, we were able to do and see so much! This is the home of Puerto Morelos National Reef so a great place for snorkelers.

There is also zip line and canoes available to enjoy. A five minute walk brings you to a Mayan Sweat Lodge, then go another five minutes and you come to the ruins of an ancient Mayan temple. The island is only 3 miles by 5 miles and has about 14,000 permanent residents. It’s a great place to spend the day.

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