The Roaring Sea – A Trip To Cancun
The Caribbean Sea in Cancun, Mexico, is more of a lion than a pussycat, at least at the edge of the hotel where I stayed. This can be something of a shock to those used to the placid waters where the same sea laps against the shores of Caribbean islands. In contrast, this water releases a constant roar and pounds against the large, flat rocks at the shoreline. During my four day visit, there was no possibility of swimming, though I did dip my toes in the water just because it was there before returning to the safety of the spacious pool at the Cancun Hilton.
Cancun impressed me from the moment I landed. Many travel experiences feature bleary eyed voyagers whose faces fall at the prospect of another long queue (can anyone say Miami International?) but this was different. I’d filled out my forms on the plane and as I entered the bright, well-signposted airport, I was directed to a bank of security desks where the people on duty quickly scanned the form and let me pass. The whole process took less than 10 minutes from la nding to luggage collection, and passing through customs was equally smooth.
Once into the main airport, there were people everywhere directing travelers to the best mode of transport. It took only another five minutes to buy my shuttle ticket and get a seat on a bus for the hotel zone. I’ve never seen an operation quite as slick, and unlike many airports where you can look for officials in vain, there were help desks all around.
A View To Die For
If you’re traveling on a budget, you don’t usually stay at the Hilton (not this one, anyway), so as we pulled up to the entrance, some of my fellow shuttle riders took an impromptu poll to see who was staying there. I grinned smugly, collected my case and went off to another smooth check-in process. Ten minutes after arriving, I was in my room looking out at the view of the pool and the sea – splendid!
Of course, there’s a down side to all that luxury – everything is extra. While some hotels offer free internet access, that wasn’t the case here. You could spend 195 pesos a day for high speed wireless in your room, which the hotel staff tried to persuade me was a good deal. However, as I wouldn’t be sitting in my room surfing all day, but actually working, I opted to buy two hours of time for the same price, which allowed me to check and send email every day and still have 50 minutes left at the end.
Check back on Thursday to find out about a surprising sight at the Cancun Hilton.