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JUNE 4, 2003
By: Angela Gary
If you judge Cancun by those wild shows on MTV, its a party place where anyone over 25 is considered old. I havent actually watched one of those shows, but Ive seen the advertisements for them. Everyone in Cancun is half-naked on the beach with a drink in their hand.
I recently spent a week in Cancun and Im here to assure you that its not just a place for party people. It is a beautiful paradise with activities for people of all ages. An afternoon exploring Mayan ruins, a day at a park where snorkeling and spending a few hours tubing down a lazy river are just a few of the activities offered and many hours shopping at some of the modern malls are just a few of the things I enjoyed during the week.
Im sure many people have traveled to Florida and marveled at the beauty of the ocean. Well, its different in Cancun. The water is this amazing blue green color that is unlike any Ive seen. It almost doesnt seem real. In fact, everyone who has looked at my vacation photographs has asked the same question: Is the water really that blue? Yes, it is.
Lazing in a hammock or lounge chair with a cool breeze on your face and just looking into the turquoise water and white waves is a wonderful way to spend a few hours or even a day. You can relax and forget about the troubles of the world for a while. I didnt listen to the news or look at a newspaper the entire week.
A highlight of our week was the day at Xel-Ha (pronounced shell-hah). We took a tour bus to the park, located almost two hours from Cancun. It was a comfortable ride in a air conditioned charter bus. I enjoyed checking out the scenery and reading.
There are so many things at Xel-Ha that its hard to decide where to spend your time. You can swim with the dolphins, go snorkeling, grab an inner-tube and float along the gentle waves or find a hammock or lounge chair in a cool spot and soak in the natural beauty of the area.
One word of warning, watch out for those huge lizards Mexico is known for. I saw several scurrying around. They arent aggressive and wont bother you but its kind of startling to see a creature the size of an alligator pass you on the sidewalk. I admit that I screamed a few times.
I also enjoyed our time at Tulum, the Mayan ruins located along the ocean front. It is a beautiful area and its interesting to hear the history of the Mayans. Our tour guide is a Mayan and he knows lots of background on the area which made the visit even more interesting. He was quite emphatic about a television special he had recently watched that said its a mystery as to why the Mayan people disappeared from the area. He quickly told us that they didnt disappear but that the Spanish conquistadors killed most of them.
Cancun really is a paradise and I hope worries that its only for the young doesnt stop anyone from visiting. Just be sure to get a resort that caters to older people or families. I heard that some of the resorts were geared more toward the young and it was loud all hours of the night and day. This is why I use a travel agent. They can find you the kind of resort you are looking for and save you the hassle of making the wrong choice. It doesnt cost anything extra to use a travel agent as they get their income from commission from the businesses they use.
Another reason Cancun is a great destination for people in North Georgia is that the flight there is less than two hours from Atlanta. You dont have to worry about the long flight you would have with a trip to Hawaii or another paradise.
Angela Gary is editor of The Banks County News and associate editor of The Jackson Herald. When shes not on the road, she can be reached at AngieEditor@aol.com.
By: Shar Porier
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