Cancun's International Airport is usually the best option to arrive at our "Cenote Land"! It is easy to get a flight virtually every day from any major city in the USA, Canada, Europe, South America and even from Australia and Asia.
Our diving areas and most accommodations are no more than one hour and a half from Cancun's airport.
Cancun City was built on the northeast tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. Playa del Carmen is located 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of Cancun and Tulum is 60 kilometers (40 miles) more to the south. All along the coast runs Highway 307 (4 lane road) from Cancun to the city of Chetumal, close to the Belize border.
The area known as the Riviera Maya (located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum) has been developping in the sectors of tourism, communications, and transportation, mainly in terms of roads and highways, what makes the car rental the ideal option giving you freedom and moblity during your visit.
Car rentals are accessible for almost any budget. We recommend doing an Internet search to get the best deals of any season ahead of time, especially with the big international companies.
Also, during the day, public transportation by bus or “colectivo” (public taxi van) is agile and accessible for anybody, all along Highway 307.
Taxis are also available all the time.
However, to get a taste of the local culture and environment, we recommend to our dive guests to consider one of the smaller hotels of Playa del Carmen if you want to enjoy the city and the night life; or in the Akumal and Tulum areas, with more privacy and the closeness of the wonderful beaches and reefs.
Also, being environmental activists, we strongly advise our dive guests to avoid the big “all inclusive” hotels that have been so harmful to this area, to the environment, as well as to the local communities. These places keep their guests captive and away from our culture and nature.
For more information on accommodations in the Riviera Maya check out LocoGringo or contact us if we can be of any assistance in your search.
FOOD, BEVERAGES, HEALTH AND ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONS
Mexico is a country of contrasts and an enormous social inequity. In the area of the Mexican Caribbean coast we have a close neighborhood between very fancy and developed zones and extremely poor communities, without the basic public services.
Because of that, the visitor must be very careful with certain things. We will make here our best effort to provide the right information and advise, in such a way that the visitor and traveler can enjoy completely the time spent here and awake in her or him the desire of returning as many times as possible.
When we talk about the Moctezuma’s Revenge, we say that is a funny tale, but also that it can be real and present. The Mexican food of the Yucatan peninsula is highly spicy, a bit greasy and very heavy for the foreign stomach. We recommend avoiding having an excessively adventurous palate. It is better to ask for simple things (there are always options). Do not abuse the hot spicy stuff and have light late dinners or even lighter suppers.
The tropical areas and specially the ones near to the coast, are the perfect environment for bacteria, so there are logical health risks mainly related to the consumption of food and beverages. We strongly recommend avoiding beverages that are not bottled or canned. We also advise to be very careful with fish and seafood that are not cooked, such as ceviches and oysters.
The developing Mexican Caribbean zone has virtually no ecological consciousness, neither government surveillance, so the restaurants rarely respect the seasonal limitations. They easily provide the hungry travelers all year around with lobster and conch. For health and ecological reasons, we strongly recommend avoiding the consumption of these products unless the traveler is certain that they are fresh and in the right season.
Avoiding the consumption of non bottled or canned beverages is the first advise. Also the “drink whatever you can” bars or “unlimited beverage for your fee” clubs expend very low quality liquors (even the ones in big hotels) that are very risky for your health. We strongly recommend avoiding the abuse of alcoholic beverages, especially if the traveler is an active diver. We remind our visitors that the number one cause of Decompression Sickness is dehydration related to alcohol consumption. In the tropics it is easy to get dehydrated. Important: our operation will deny the diving services to any person intoxicated with drugs or alcohol and even with notorious alcoholic breath.
Besides the issues related to food and beverages, it is important that the traveler be careful with some other things:
The bites of mosquitoes are nothing to be too concerned about, but it is better to avoid them or prevent them with the use of adequate clothing and insect repellents. The presence of malaria and dengue in the Mexican Caribbean areas ares not very common but it is a fact in some level. Sometimes, cases in the local population appear especially during the rain seasons. Prevention is the name of the game.
Crime and Violence
The level of crime and violence in the area of the Mexican Caribbean is not high, especially involving visitors. However, it is always better to take some precautions: avoid driving long distances during the night in remote areas; avoid giving or asking for “rides” or getting involved in any kind of “hitchhiking”; avoid the excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages, especially with strangers; avoid the purchase or consumption of illegal (they are also illegal here) drugs; avoid leaving alone valuable objects, such as cameras or dive computers and…be very careful in gas stations not getting distracted...if not you might get cheated with a smile!