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While the kidney thing is almost certainly nonsense, there have been quite a few (by Canadian standards) Canadians murdered in Mexico, and the police investigations verge on nonsensical. Like the young man found in a ditch covered in injuries and the police said "he must have fallen off his motorcycle, and then perhaps someone stole it since there's no sign ...


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Mexico is a great place, and for the most part safe. Obviously you should use common sense, but you will be fine. The resorts and tours are also safe, so enjoy yourself. I lived in southern Mexico for a couple of years and never had a problem (I'm a tall, blonde, white American), Mexicans are very friendly. I do speak Spanish though, and have always felt ...


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I haven't been to Mexico myself yet, but I've given this some thought recently, from the perspective of visiting Yucatán peninsula (incl Cancún) and maybe other places like Puebla and Veracruz. (Specifically, I've read news and blog posts, and talked with Mexicans and others who've been there.) Here's a summary of my understanding (Nov 2012): How ...


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Before I visited Mexico for the first time, I also heard many stories about how dangerous it is, especially from Mexicans living in L.A. Then I spent three wonderful months all over Mexico without anything bad happening to me. I consider the part of Cancún where all the hotels are an even safer place. There are only hotels, shopping malls/restaurants and ...


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Be aware that for the most part, you can't go from the US to Cuba, unless specifically authorized by the government. Most people go to Canada or Mexico and fly from there. From Wikitravel: Jose Martí International Airport outside Havana is the main gateway and is served by major airlines from points in Canada, Mexico, and Europe. There are also ...


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The second itinerary, the shorter by distance, appears to be the only correct one. Rome2Rio apparently has a little bug, confusing Santa Elena, Mexico and Santa Elena, Guatemala, near Flores, as shown on the Linea Dora website. So only the second option is valid. Looking at the itinerary on a map, this option looks not only the shortest in distance but ...


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The only ESTA I know of is a system to obtain authorization to travel to the United States of America. Your description of your itinerary doesn't mention traveling to the USA at all, so you do not need to apply for ESTA. If your flight involved a connection in the USA, then you would need to apply for ESTA. But since you say you are traveling "directly" ...


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Use cubajet.com to buy tickets online. This service supports payment by Visa and MasterCard. Also you may use Maestro card. As alternative, you always may buy tickets directly in airport. There are official desks of Cubana and Airmexico airlines inside International Airport of Cancun. But remember to buy ticket at least 4-5 days before the flight. When ...


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There are certainly proper cruises from the New York area to Cancun and nearby Cozumel in June, for instance on Royal Caribbean. They mostly run round trip so you would need to leave the cruise early and this requires getting approval from the cruise line. I doubt it would make financial sense, especially as a single traveler who has to pay double as a ...


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There might be. Ask at your local yacht club, jetty or harbor master. Often they have have a notice board or maybe even a website where you can post or enquirer about a lift. Depending on your negotiation skills, you might have to pay for the trip or help out on the boat in exchange. The Go-Panamerican Web site seems not very active (last updated 2006), ...


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If by round trip you mean between airport and hotel in both directions then price seems very reasonable given MXN518.36 estimate at Numbeo. Hotel shuttle buses are generally reliable and cope well with luggage.


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There sure is. Tourism Information Center (Fonatur) Ph: 84 29 59; Downtown Ave. Nader at Ave. Coba, SM 5 This is confirmed in another forum, although it's worth noting that apparently they shorten street names, so the actual street name is Avenida Carlos Nader.


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ESTA is a Unites States government requirement for foreign citizens. However, if you're not visiting the USA, you have no need to get it. So as long as your flight from Amsterdam to Cancun (or any others) don't transit, land or layover in any US airport, you do NOT need to get this, no matter what your citizenship.


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My experience with Mexico is if you try to find trouble, trouble WILL find you. I have been to Cancun (Playa del Carmen actually) and there were lots of tourists and also military police (they call them Federales). If the AK47 isn't any indication, then you know that they don't mess around when it comes to breaking the law. I have been to Cabo quite a few ...


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You can easily book a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line, there is a cruise ship specifically coming out of NYC and it's brand new. NCL cruise style is way more relaxed than the other companies so you might feel more comfortable and relax until you get to Cancun.



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