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post Oct 16 2009, 03:22 AM
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I'm landing at Cancun's airport on October 25th 2009 and wanted to know where the bus station is and how much to pay to get to a good location for hostels.
Or should I get a cab? How much are cabs from the airport?
If you've been around Cancun, are more of a traveler then a tourist, know how things work from your own experiences in Cancun, then please fill me in with what you would like to have known.
Can you recommend any good Hostels or Guest Houses?
What about a good area that has a few to chose from for me to start looking in?
Or do you think I should get to Isla Mujeres as soon as I get there? If so how & how much?
I'm waiting for a buddy for a few days before we start our backpacking trip from Mexico to Colombia by land and just need to waist a few days.
I know as soon as I get to a good hostel I'll have all info I need but this will be late.
Thanks all.


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post Oct 16 2009, 10:05 AM
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i AM IN LOVE WITH THIS SITE: http://www.ihatetaxis.com/airport/CUN


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post Oct 16 2009, 11:57 AM
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Thanks for the link starlagurl. I'm sure it will come in handy.
Unfortunately it didn't help with the questions I still have, unless I missed something.


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post Oct 16 2009, 12:00 PM
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Well you wanted to know how best to get to the hotel... click on the various buttons, and then it will tell you.

The other stuff, I have no idea. Look through some of the blogs and see where other people stayed: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-city/...ancun/tpod.html


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post Oct 16 2009, 01:19 PM
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i AM IN LOVE WITH THIS SITE: http://www.ihatetaxis.com/airport/CUN


What a great site, Louise. I hadn't seen it before. I checked Miami, and all the information was right up to date. We are going to Prague next month, and the info about PRG was very useful.

Anyway, for salemk, I'm afraid I cant help with hostels, though I don't think there are any actually on the hotel strip. They are all downtown. Isla Mujeres is a nice place, but it's very quiet so you might go island crazy if you stay too long. There are regular ferries from downtown Cancun. See what other travelpodders think of it -


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post Oct 19 2009, 01:52 AM
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1) Thanks for your responses. I've done some looking around and I've found this:

There is first class bus service from the airport to both the ADO bus station in Cancun and to the one in Playa del Carmen. If you are going to Puerto Morelos, you can arrange being dropped at the appropriate intersection on the way to Playa. To get to the buses, go outside the main building and turn right. Head up past the end of that building and find the appropriate bus for you.

Buses are the cheapest way to get around Cancun and you can get from the Hotel Zone to almost anywhere for only 6.5 pesos (Mexican coins only).

R1 – R2 – R15 – R27 all travel within the Hotel Zone although only half of them go as far as Wet n’ Wild – you need to ask the driver

R2 – R15 go to Walmart and the Market 28 in Downtown Cancun

R1 takes you to Puerto Juarez where you can catch the ferry to Isla Mujeres

R27 take you to Plaza Las Americas

There is also the Bus One (a white bus) which is the only bus with a/c travelling in the Hotel Zone. This costs 11 pesos.

If you want to get a bus to another town or city then you can go to the bus station on Avenida Tulum and get buses to Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Merida, Chetumal and just about anywhere you would like to go in Mexico. The ADO bus service is very comfortable and reliable if you are planning a long trip.

Cancun is very easy to navigate. To the South is the airport, to the North is the city and in between are all the hotels, beaches and bars. Buses head up and down the main thoroughfare (Blvd Kukulcan) constantly and are cheap, but be prepared for a cramped and rough ride. Taxis are plentiful, but a bit expensive.

2) I've also read a lot of reviews and these are the top rated Hostels:

Cancun - stay at Hostel Quetzal, Hostel Meson de Tulum, International Club Hostel or Haina Hostal
Isla Mujeres - stay at Pocna


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post Oct 19 2009, 01:01 PM
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Ohhhhh great information, Salem, thanks for sharing!

Where are you going to end up staying?


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post Oct 19 2009, 01:23 PM
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I'm going to take the bus to the area where most of the hostels are located and start with the closest on the ones I have listed. I'll probably end up staying at the first one I see. If the reviews are correct then any will work.
First I'll stay in Cancun then I'll go to Isla Mujeres to recover from the parting.
I've started the blog if anyone wants to follow my adventures.
http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog/salemk/1/tpod.html


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post Oct 19 2009, 04:48 PM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Oct 19 2009, 02:26 PM) *

I just subscribed!


Sweet, your my first. Hope you like it.


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You seem to be a very well organized traveller who wants to see and do everything, so I look forward to reading about your adventures.


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post Oct 20 2009, 12:40 PM
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Yeah, I'm sure I will like it! Don't forget to send out the notifications, I always forget to check in on people.


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post Oct 28 2009, 06:23 PM
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OK folks, this is really easy.
Pay for the bus inside the airport, its red & white. Get on the bus and take it to the bus station in downtown. This is a big bus terminal and by down town I'm not referring to the "Hotel Strip". get off and start asking for hostels. there are plenty around 2 min walking.


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Awesome. Thanks for the real world update, Salem.


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