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Old 09-18-2013   #1 (permalink)
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Tips for First time Arrivals

Hello Everyone,

I will be arriving with my wife on the 24th Sept for a two week break in the Occidental Grand Xcaret. We like to head off site and experience the local nightlife when we holiday. We are also interested in some of the alltournative jungle tours etc any feedback welcome, lastly can you all do a sun dance for our arrival as the weather looks terrible to say the least!!

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Old 09-18-2013   #2 (permalink)
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You will have a great time...weather is important if you are looking to get a tan, but I have to say even when it rains, we have a great time...I made some great friends during hurricane parties...don't focus on the weather, focus on the fact you aren't at work

As for tours, we don't do them...we rent a car and go on our own...
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Research. Plan. But when you arrive, go with the flow.

I did an Alltournative tour a few years ago. Loved it.
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Old 09-19-2013   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome, congrats and enjoy your stay! Lots of info on this forum about activities. We usually do our research, jump in a Collectivo and explore on our own!

PS. The weather can only get better....
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Old 09-20-2013   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you folks for all your kind advice. we aim to use the collectivo and possibly hire a car for a few days. We are looking at either using Edventures or Alltournative for some tours. Car hire required as we would like to visit some towns that are located away from the tourist trap areas.
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Old 09-23-2013   #6 (permalink)
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Well..if you read this before tomorrow my biggest tip would be about the airport lol.. As a first timer in Mexico it's important to know that once you get your luggage and get through customs do not stop for anyone until you get out side and find your ride! lol.. Between the door after customs and the outside door there will be hundreds of people, all waiting "just for you" lol.. These are time share people and people trying to sell you excursions so don't stop!!! lol.. Also.. Going in sept i'd bring a can of off with you. The one time we went in september the mosquitos were terrible and buying a can off off in playa was not cheap!

Other than that just have fun and go with the flow... don't get aggrivated at the people trying to sell you things or trying to get you to come into their store, my first few days in mexico on our first trip this was hard and irritating to me, then I learned to have fun with them and it makes the trip much better!

Hope you have a great time!!!!
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Old 02-10-2014   #7 (permalink)
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Head down keep going !!

Thanks for the advice i,l scoot threw the airport then!! or they will find out how hard!! it is to get money out a scotsman
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Old 02-10-2014   #8 (permalink)
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Check out Yucatreks for tours. They are with fewer people and are very well done. Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen Mexico Adventure Tours | YucaTreks - Far Out Adventure | Chichen Itza | Tulum | Coba
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