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Frommer's Cancun & the Yucatan 2012 (Frommer's Color Complete) Paperback – 23 Sep 2011


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  • Hundreds of colour photos

  • Free pocket map inside,plus easy–to–read maps throughout

  • Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information

  • Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife

  • Itineraries, walking tours, and trip–planning ideas

  • Insider tips from local expert authors

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A writer, editor, and translator, David Baird has lived several years in diff erent parts of Mexico. Now based in Austin, Texas, he spends as much time in Mexico as possible. A former resident of Mexico City, Shane Christensen has written extensively for Frommer′s throughout Mexico, and is the author of Frommer′s Dubai and Frommer′s Grand Canyon. He resides in New York, and goes back to Mexico at every chance he gets. Author of Pauline Frommer′s Cancún & the Yucatán, Christine Delsol has been traveling to Mexico at every opportunity for 30 years. She has spent most of her career in newspapers and is the recipient of an Associated Press award and two Lowell Thomas awards. Maribeth Mellin fi rst drove the two–lane road from Cancún to Chetumal when tires hanging on sticks marked sandy roads to secluded campgrounds. She’s kept track of the changes ever since. She’s the author of Traveler′s Mexico Companion which won the country’s prestigious Pluma de Plata award.

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Two good guides; most of the difference between them is in personality 19 Nov. 2011
By Esther Schindler - Published on Amazon.com
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Right after I booked my week-long vacation to Cancun, I bought the Frommer's Cancun and the Yucatan 2012. A few weeks later, the Fodor's equivalent, Fodor's Cancun and the Riviera Maya 2012 showed up in my selection of Amazon Vine books. I grabbed that one, too, because many years of travel around the world has taught me that two guidebooks often help me triangulate on the best destinations. Since you're probably trying to decide which guidebook is best for your own trip, I decided to review both books together.

This can't be a deeply exhaustive analysis as I spent only a week in Mexico, with only one major excursion (to Chichen Itza, by tour bus). Plus, I kept mainly to the obvious tourist attractions (rather than independent explorations, as is far more usual for me). But I'll do what I can.

Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of overlap between the two guidebooks. The Hotel Zone (aka Tourist Zone) in Cancun is just-so-big, with a finite number of restaurants worth recommending and shops to tell you about and typical excursions. Unlike guidebooks for, say, Southern California -- where one book might tell you about a cool little art museum another fails to mention -- they generally point to the same places, and give their nods of approval to the same businesses. From poking at the listings for not-as-tourist-infested areas, such as Merida, it appears that there's more of a distinction, as well as a between-the-lines personal affection for the places to see.

The biggest difference between the two books is a matter of "author's voice." The Frommer's book is clearly written by an individual with personal opinions (one author per area), who imparts data as well as the reasons for a recommendation. For instance, the review of the JW Marriott, where we stayed, says, "This remains my favorite resort in Cancun, a refined oasis that offers exceptional service without pretense. Despite its many touches of elegance, the JW is friendly and even family-friendly -- although more families stay at the neighboring and less expensive Marriott Casa Magna." (There's lots more, including details about the rooms, the spa, and the restaurants, but that should give you a taste of the writing style.) Fodor's has a deal with TripAdvisor, so it occasionally includes snippets from member's reviews, and it makes a point of highlighting the pros and cons. Fodor's writes of the same hotel, which it calls "the best hotel for experiencing luxury, Cancun style" both its top-notch service and huge spa and under "Cons:" says "lacks the festive mood of other hotels along the strip; breakfast buffet costs $25."

In general, both books gave me a sense of what to expect: gorgeous beaches, lots of tequila-based drinks (another tamarind margarita please!), and several excellent restaurants. They share the same weaknesses, though, in that neither gave me any sense of just how much everyone in Cancun is trying to sell you tourist excursions, or the overwhelming number of people at Chichen Itza who are lined up to sell souvenirs. I would have appreciated a section on "how to get the best deal on tours and excursions" but neither book was helpful in that regard.

The Fodor's book has a few sections that do help quite a bit. For example, it includes a comparison chart for Cancun spas, including the prices of facials and body treatments, as well as the availability of couples treatments or outdoor treatments. It also has a 7-page section on tequila that describes everything from its harvest and distillation to popular brands. Frommer's has good introductory sections for each region, explaining how the streets are numbered for instance, and it also recommends websites for each area.

You probably don't need more than one of these books, since so much of their information is duplicated. But it's a tough choice, since both are good guidebooks. I lean towards the Fodor's guide slightly because of the comparison charts and an effort to point out hotel disadvantages, but you won't go wrong with either of these. If you find one book cheaper than the other, that's as good a dividing line as any.
Good guide book for the area. 7 Dec. 2013
By Paula Reymann - Published on Amazon.com
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One of several travel guides I keep in my house in Cancun. I do not necessarily agree with restaurant recommendations. If you are planning an adventure to the Yucatan worth the price,
Most useful info for traveling to Cancun 2 Jan. 2013
By CJ - Published on Amazon.com
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I've never found more useful info about getting around in Cancun and the Yucatan. It's not quite as comprehensive as Rick Steves' Italy or similar books, but it kept me well informed enough to get around the Yucatan pretty easily.
fantastic! 25 Dec. 2012
By Punk Chick Nik - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought a few books when I decided to take a trip, and this was by far the most used one! There were so many great ideas on places to visit as well as food ideas and even how to haggle. Great book as usual Frommer!
Great planning guide 19 Oct. 2012
By Joy Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
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This guide was great for the advance planning of the trip. Helped me sort out where to stay, where to eat, and ideas for activities throughout the trip. With the advice from the book, we got some great authentic souvenirs. The map was during the pre-trip activities, but pretty useless on the ground in Cancun.

The one big fault I give this as a travel guide is the lack of attention to safety issues. I had to source other books/websites to get the information I needed on how to be safe. It would be nice if there had been safety notations about certain areas or tours or whatever. That's the reason I don't give it 4 stars.
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