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Cancun, Sprinboard to the Yucatan

By Jerry German
Published: 11/01/17 Topics: Comments: -

Ask someone where Cancun, Mexico is and it's very likely they will know. The name has become a household word, but it was not always so.

Two years ago our niece was performing with a dance company in Merida (Yucatan), a town of roughly a million people that is located about 200 miles west of Cancun. We were at our home in Puerto Morelos and looked into flying from Cancun to Merida.

I don't remember the exact cost, but at the time it was more money than we wanted to spend, and we would have had to change planes in Mexico City, which is more than a little out of the way, so we opted for a bus ride from Cancun.

Checking now, I see that many more flights are available to Merida directly from Cancun and are very affordable. In fact, if you're coming from outside the country and going to anywhere in the Yucatan Peninsula, save Campeche, it's likely that your first stop will be the Cancun airport.

Campeche is a very historic city and a fun visit, but for plane travel, it's kind of off the beaten path.

All flights that I have found to go there, whether from Cancun or somewhere in the U.S., are routed through Mexico City and involve big layovers, resulting in travel times ranging from sixteen to twenty-four hours each way. Yikes!

So if you want to get there inexpensively and see the countryside, a bus ride from Cancun gets you there and back, at least, in this season (October, 2017), for under $40 U.S. and does so in under seven hours each way.

Of course, besides the big public transportation companies like ADO, there are private tour companies who either have their own busses or contract with bus companies to sell you both a bus ticket and a tour package.

These are often ideal for folks taking a quick vacation who want to see some marvel like the ruins of Chichen Itza, getting there and back quickly and efficiently with a built in tour guide.

I used to love to drive, but living here in Mexico has cured me of that. On the way to Merida my wife and I played a couple games of Scrabble and chatted about the view, which is mostly lots and lots of jungle.

In Merida there was a bus station just a block from the hotel that we booked, so we didn't even require a taxi. Public transportation has become a way of life for us when we're here.

So if you're interested in visiting Playa del Carmen, Merida, Progresso, Campeche, Chetumal, Chichen Itza, Isla Mujeres, Isla Holbox, Xcaret, Tulum, Izamal, Uxmal, Xel-Ha, Coba, Valladolid or any of the other natural or man-made wonders of this magical place, odds are you'll be bouncing off that springboard, Cancun.

Give us a little wave as you pass through.

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Author: Jerry German, Caribe Suites
Blog #: 0561 – 11/01/17
Sponsor: Caribe Suites – Comfy crafty caribbean condos just off the beach at Puerto Morelos Mexico, South of Cancun, but with all the village peace and quiet. Book online today and we promise Mexican hospitality at its best. A member of Goldener Inns & Resorts. – CaribeSuites.com

When Cheap is Ohhhhh So Good! (And warm!)

By Jerry German
Published: 10/01/17 Topics: Comments: 1

From the earliest days of my childhood, I have never been a winter person. Yeah, winter is beautiful and there are some fun things to do, but I hate cold, love hot. And I love to swim. And I like beaches Read more

Vacation Rental Picante Sauce

By Wm. May
Published: 06/01/17 Topics: Property Management, Vacation Rentals Comments: -

What do Picante Sauce and Vacation Rentals have in common? Well they gotta be fresh and tended to. Can managers from hundreds and thousands of miles away provide adequate service to discerning property owners. Not hardly. Read more

Seaway Dance Hall at Copalis Beach Rocked Out

By Wm. May
Published: 03/01/17 Topics: Comments: -

Just West of the Green Lantern Tavern in Copalis Beach Washington State is a World War Two Quonset hut where Rock and Roll reigned supreme in the 1960's. Read more

How to Become a Professional Lodging Photographer

By Ron Lee
Published: 02/21/17 Topics: AirBnB, Marketing, Photography, Property Management Comments: -

There have always been a greatly many people who love the idea of being an artist, a photographer. It sounds like such a great job. Now you too can do so without any training, knowledge or skill. Here is how. Read more

My Mother Was a Liar. Dad Too.

By Wm. May
Published: 12/31/16 Topics: Comments: -

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Autumn is Industry Conference Season for Lodging

By Wm. May
Published: 11/16/16 Topics: AirBnB, Hotels, Inns Comments: -

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Westport Central Reservations Kick-Off

By Trina Flanagan
Published: 10/27/16 Topics: Advertising, Westport WA Comments: -

As part of the Westport-Grayland Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours (BAH) events, everyone was invited to the luxurious Sanderling Beach House for food, drink and camaraderie. It was an absolutely stunning day for an absolutely stunning kick-off. The new Westport Central Reservation service opened its doors with a party for local businesses and lodging providers on Thursday January 26, 2018. Read more

Grading Vacation Rentals on the Curve

By Wm. May
Published: 10/01/16 Topics: AirBnB, Vacation Rental Association, Vacation Rentals Comments: -

Research has showed that average ratings on AirBnB are a full one start higher than the number of stars for homes on HomeAway.com.Could this mean that only the better homes are listed on AirBnB? Nah,. Just the opposite. Read more

Avoiding Bumptious People

By Wm. May
Published: 08/01/16 Topics: Comments: -

The TV show American Idol has been a favorite for years combining very talented people with those who are, shall we say, talent challenged. How can such bumptuous performers feel they have talent. Read more

AirBnB Racism Faciliated by Social Media

By Wm. May
Published: 06/01/16 Topics: Comments: -

Surely, building familiarity with guests and hosts is a good thing. The world needs more communication and personal interaction. But the very act of showing a photograph of every host gives racists the key to shunning people they don’t like. Read more

Server Crash All Night Bash

By William May
Published: 03/25/16 Topics: Self Improvement Comments: -

Getting good folks to work for you is easier than you think. All you gotta do is put yourself in their shoes, and do it literally. Leaders do the toughest jobs, not the easiest. Leaders must be outfront or they are really only stragglers. Read more

Assumptions Make Everyone Equally Unhappy

By William May
Published: 02/27/16 Topics: Self Improvement Comments: -

This age old cliché succinctly explains the problem with assuming things without stopping to check the facts and why it makes others so unhappy. Read more

Vacation Rental Restoration

By William May
Published: 12/28/15 Topics: Insurance, Property Management, Vacation Rentals Comments: -

Vacation rental homes are susceptible to the same problems as full-time residences. Sometimes pipes break, basements flood and even smoke or fire damage can happen. Read more

The Genius Truck Mechanic

By William May
Published: 11/11/15 Topics: Boats, Self Improvement Comments: -

Wisdom can come from a professor, a teacher a mentor and sometimes from a truck mechanic. Learn how to focus and concentrate. And maybe how not to collaborate. Read more

Best Halloween Advertising. Cheapest too.

By William May
Published: 10/31/15 Topics: Advertising, Marketing Comments: -

Many experts will rattle your brain with every kind of advertising and marketing. But the restaurant - Two Doors Down - exceeds them all with their latest Halloween advertising idea. It may not be what you expect. Boo. Read more

Most Professional Photographers Are Not

By William May
Published: 10/22/15 Topics: Comments: -

New technology has created three photography skill levels - Amateur, Professional and HDR Pro. Nothing but the top level of High Dynamic Range photos are good enough for business that want to stand out on the web, in print and achieve the greatest possible sales. Is your photographer at the top level? Read more

Cell Phone Photos Are Not Just Fine

By William May
Published: 06/01/15 Topics: Comments: -

Would you think that major vacation rental websites would know photos are the number one method to attract more guests, more bookings and higher rates? So how come some think taking snaps on a cell phone is good enough. When good enough never is. Read more

Creepy Vacation Rental Videos

By Wm. May
Published: 05/27/15 Topics: Marketing, Vacation Rentals, Videos Comments: -

Videos are now being used as background graphics for many websites including for vacation rental advertising that depict guests inside homes in seemingly innocent moments like lounging bed or playing with their children. But does it cross the line? Read more

Drones Will One Day Be Old News

By William May
Published: 05/01/15 Topics: Hotels, Photography Comments: -

Hoteliers are all anxious to get aerial photos of their properties from drones. Good idea and we do them. Here is why they would be better off to invest I High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photos instead. Read more

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