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So I'm going to Cancun...

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First of all, it's been awhile since I've been here, and I was just thinking that I wouldn't be going on this trip with my g/f if it wasn't for the helpful and friendly people here at CreditBoards.com.  So thank you for all that you have helped me with.  The education I received here has been helpful in so many more ways than just in terms of my credit.  Learning to M$ has really helped my social skills when out in public, and on the phone with CSR's.  I appreciate ya!

 

IND-CUN Dec 29

CUN-IND Jan 5

Staying @ Viva Wyndham Azteca in Playa Del Carmen

 

1) I applied for Global Entry and unfortunately was denied.  I had some scuffles with the law awhile back, however, my g/f was approved so hopefully when I fly with her around the U.S I get free PreCheck!

 

2) Looks like Southwest Airlines operates out of Terminal 4 at CUN, but there is no Amex/'Priority Pass' Lounge there.  Is there a way to get to a lounge in a different terminal?  Doesn't look like there is...

 

3) My g/f sat me down and explained that she will have 0 tolerance for leaving the hotel zone.  She goes on these Gov't websites and looks at travel advisories or something and supposedly Mexico is dangerous.  Not happy about this at all.  Are we missing out on much?

 

4)On the topic of all-inclusive resorts, are they really all-inclusive?  I know there are excursions such as horseback riding, and Mayan ruin tours that can cost extra, but the food and liquor, and all that is free?

          a) On the website it says that this place really is all inclusive and that all tips are included.  Is this true?  I don't have to tip the bartender?  Also I heard that room service is 24 hours and free?

 

5) I suppose this depends on the resort, but are there drink servers who will come serve us on the beach?

 

6) I heard the food is decent, at best, are there local restaurants that you guys would suggest within the hotel zone?  I prefer more local type hole in the wall places.  Also while I'm in Mexico, I'm trying to eat Mexican food and seafood, not Italian, or Greek.

 

7) Is there anything I should pack that I wouldn't think of?

 

9) (skipped to 9 because 8 give me this 😎) I already read online that CUN has no wifi and almost no power outlets.

 

10) I have all these premium CC's with concierge service, should I be using them for anything?

 

11) After our arrival to CUN, we plan on taking the (cheaper) ADO bus to Playa.  ADO is supposed to have wifi.

 

12) What should you never get an electrical engineer for his birthday?  Shorts

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I actually started doing that immediately after making this post.  Looks like I get free texts, and 2G data.  YUCK!

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this is a vacation? then why fret over wifi and cell access? cut the gohddam cord and enjoy!

 

flyertalk forums might have more details on CUB airport questions.

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7 hours ago, pwd847 said:

IND-CUN Dec 29

CUN-IND Jan 5

Staying @ Viva Wyndham Azteca in Playa Del Carmen

 

1) I applied for Global Entry and unfortunately was denied.  I had some scuffles with the law awhile back, however, my g/f was approved so hopefully when I fly with her around the U.S I get free PreCheck!

 

Flying out of Indy instead of Midway? Dude!

 

With regards to Global Entry and PreCheck, it doesn't work that way. I have Global Entry but DW doesn't. When we travel together even buying the tickets together she rarely gets pre-check automatically so she has to go through the long line, so I go through pre-check and wait for her by Champps Bar.

 

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3) My g/f sat me down and explained that she will have 0 tolerance for leaving the hotel zone.  She goes on these Gov't websites and looks at travel advisories or something and supposedly Mexico is dangerous.  Not happy about this at all.  Are we missing out on much?

With all the MS13 activity and the usual drug gang battles. In other words, a usual weekend in Chiraq.

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I'm going to UofI Champaign-Urbana now so Indy aint that far.  Indy was also cheaper, and we'll get $56 in credit at some bar.

 

Maybe I should change my signature to "Danger is my middle name."

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22 hours ago, pwd847 said:

 

7) Is there anything I should pack that I wouldn't think of?

 

Some general travel advice:  Take Ziploc bags (sandwich, quart and gallon sizes) and heavy-duty rubber bands to help pack and store things, Wet Ones wipes for the tray table on the plane where the previous passenger changed a diaper, some dry snacks like a big bag of Costco trail mix, noise-canceling earphones for the flights (NOT headphones; I won't fly with an Egg McMuffin strapped over each ear), a nylon laundry bag, extra charging plugs/cables (take these in your carry-on in case your checked bags don't make it), an umbrella, a couple of sets of pre-wrapped plastic cutlery/napkin sets from previous food deliveries to your home, and a sturdy pair of nipple clamps.

 

 

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Your resort should have wifi, most all inclusives do, even out to the beach.

 

Tip at the all inlusives, even if they say it's included.  The staff there is not well compensated, in general.  The bartenders will make it worth your while.

 

Stay in the hotel zone.

 

All inclusives aren't necessarily foodie paradises, 'tis true.  Ask the concierge for recommendations but be clear that you don't want to leave the hotel zone.

 

Relax and have fun.

 

Take sunscreen and bug spray; it's like a gajillion dollars in the hotel store.

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Leaving today.

Tipped pretty consistently.  I think I was the worker's favorite hotel guest.  I would say I received the best service as a result of this.

Food is absolutely the worst ever.  The breakfast isn't even edible.  With the exception of the "reservation only" dinner restaurants.

Had a TON of guys try to sell me coke, and marijuana off of the resort property.

Took ferry to Cozumel.  Not a whole lot to do there unless you pay for a car, or tour, or something.

Don't do a reef snorkel trip because it is quite a disappointment.

My g/f haggled for the first time (for the reef snorkel trip) in her life, so I'm pretty happy with her.

I actually put my Spanish to use a little bit.  That was pretty cool.

I have a bunch of what I believe to be sand flea bites.  They really suck, but they are starting to go away.

I think my blood alcohol level is 100%, so it'll be nice to come back down to earth.

There were BARELY any Americans at this property.

 

Would I come back?  Eh, I dunno.  The food is so bad I don't really want to mess with this again.  My g/f wants to try an adults-only property.  Those seem to be more difficult to find award flights to though.

 

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yeah something to remember when traveling to all-inclusive resorts is that their focus is on the relaxation and beach experiences, not the food.  So it's not a foodie's vacation, at all. There are some resorts that have better reputations than others, and the "reservation required" model at the resort restaurants that have better food is taking hold.  We're members of the Hard Rock properties in Mexico and Dominican Republic, and we just prepare ourselves that we aren't going to eat great.  It's worse if you're gluten-free by the way, because you have to make reservations in advance, and at most of the places choose your meal in advance.  I don't know what I'm going to be in the mood for tomorrow, damnit!  

 

Anyway, some excursions are definitely better than others, and some excursions your alcohol level plays a part in how great the excursion is.  There is a pirate-ship snorkeling/swim with the rays excursion in the Dominican that I swear is my favorite excursion ever, but there was a LOT of alcohol involved, and the whole thing was just so ridiculous that we just laughed at the whole situation the entire time.  The snorkeling was actually pretty phenomenal, though.  

 

So lesson learned, for us was: set expectations low and don't even hope that they're going to be exceeded in any area except for alcoholic consumption.

 

 

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Seems to me that it would be a lot less hassle and expense just to stay home and drink until you can't see.

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10 hours ago, cv91915 said:

Seems to me that it would be a lot less hassle and expense just to stay home and drink until you can't see.

I mean, that's just a normal Tuesday.

 

I like to drink on the beach.  And poolside.  With the appropriate young male waitstaff making sure my glass is never empty.

 

I don't have any of that here.

 

 

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Welp.

 

I'm just going to have to up and say what we've all been waiting for cv91915 to say since this thread first appeared, and which he has thus far failed yes FAILED to say:

 

Cancún.

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