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Cancun, Cozumel & The Yucatan Paperback – 2010

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Guidebooks on ereaders are not convenient 12 Feb. 2011
By Cynthia M. Reves - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I always travel with a Lonely Planet guidebook. This past trip to the Yucatan we used a combination of Lonely Planet and Frommers and got along fine. I will say, however, that getting the guidebook on the kindle was a mistake. The maps were too hard to see. Also, unlike when I read a novel, when I use a guidebook I flip around constantly. That is not easy to do on an ereader. I recommend Lonely Planet if you are going to the Yucatan, but not the kindle version.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Falls a bit short 31 Mar. 2009
By C. E. Stevens - Published on
Format: Paperback
While there is nothing specifically "wrong" with it per se, the Lonely Planet Yucatan guide falls a bit short. The details are a bit sparse and the book is aimed a little more toward the backpacker crowd than I was looking for. Mexico is inexpensive enough (outside of the resort areas, that is) that one can "splurge" a bit on food and lodging while still paying budget prices, by U.S. standards ... so the bare-bones focus of Lonely Planet was not quite what I was looking for.

Again, while not the worst guide on the Yucatan, there are better out there. My favorite was the Moon guide, with the Rough Guide falling a close second. Those books have more detail, have livelier writing, and better recommendations. The Lonely Planet books have been a great resource on many of my travels, but in this case, it fell a bit short.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not that great, or in depth 17 Jan. 2011
By Mahesh Nagarajan - Published on
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We bought this guidebook for a recent trip to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. I found the section on that area to be extremely small and poorly researched, with only restaurants on or near the main tourist strip of 5th Ave to be featured, and pratically no local or even slightly off the beaten path eating places that any local or frequent traveller to the city would recommend, and not a good overall description of PDC and what it offers, which we found out for ourselves by trial and error. In terms of things to do, the information on side trips such as snorkeling in Cozumel and trips to Chichen Itza was totally inadequate. This is the first time I have been so disappointed in a Lonley Planet guidebook. Next time I will do more research and make sure I am getting the best guidebook for the region.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good but not excellent 10 May 2011
By Carlos Suarez - Published on
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Having used Lonely Planet Guides on past occasions, the Cancun, Cozumel and Yucatan fell short of what I expected. It lacked depth and the recommendations for restaurants in particular were not very exciting. Nevertheless, I still recommend it as a supplementary reference to additional research.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good for a general overview, lacking in details 24 Jan. 2011
By Joanna - Published on
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I brought this book before my trip to Cancun. It was fine for a general overview and history of the region, but for practical information it was just OK and often worse -- especially for a book whose spine reads "100% researched & updated." Some of the information was outdated -- such as the name of and admission for a couple parks on Isla Mujeres, and a restaurant that just no longer existed in Tulum. At other times it was inaccurate, like the kilometer markings of some sights on the way to Tulum. Unless the Mexican government has renumbered its entire highway system since this book came out, I think Lonely Planet just got it wrong. The book's food recommendations were skimpy and its snorkel recommendations (at least for Isla Mujeres) were disappointing. It made frequent mention of how damaging tourism has been for the area's environment and traditional Mayan culture, and gave some examples of ways to support the local economy. But other times it would offer no helpful alternatives. For example, there is a section about a lot of the enormous snorkel/zip-lining/outdoor aquarium parks that have sprung up, like Xel-Ha and Xcaret, and it points out that they are all overpriced and have questionable environmental records. It then says there are better and cheaper alternatives, but it won't tell you what those alternatives are. You can infer a few of them by subsequent recommendations in the book, but the book could have done better to identify and highlight these options.
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