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Michael asks…

What do I pack to an all enclusive resort in Mexico?

I have never been.. I’m going 8 days with my whole family on my dads side. Like what should I bring how many and how many flip flops? I’m a fashionista so I want choices.

Tijuana answers:

BEACH/RESORT WEAR:
Swimsuits and wraps
Shorts and t-shirts
Hats (I usually bring 2)
Sunglasses (bring an extra pair in case you break or lose them. Sunglasses are MUST!!!)
Lots and lots of sunscreen
Flip Flops

DINING OUT/CLUBBING:
2 nice outfits
Don’t forget shoes and accessories to go with them.

MISC:
Most resorts will have complimentary items in the bathroom, like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and soap, but if you’re picky about what products you use, you may bring your own.

Styling iron and/or blow dryer. (Most hotels have blow dryers but they’re usually cheap and don’t work that well.)

The weather is quite humid in the Cancun area. If your hair is sensitive to humidity, and you use a straightener or curling device, you might want to consider bringing some anti-frizz/humidity-resistant hairspray.

Books, hand-held games, deck of cards
Ipod or portable music/dvd player
Camera
Plug strip. (some hotels don’t have adequate ac outlets to plug in all your toys. This is especially true on cruise ships. I always bring a plug strip.)
Bug repellent
Socks/Undies
Good pair of walking/hiking shoes, if you plan on doing a lot of sight-seeing.
Umbrella, hoodie, or poncho, in case it rains

$$ for tipping. In the Cancun area, you may pay with U.S. Dollars, or Pesos. Most all-inclusive resorts don’t require tipping, but it is customary to tip anyway. I usually bring about $50 with me in Ones for that purpose. If you do decide to buy something in U.S. Dollars, pay with small bills. Don’t try to buy a $5 item with a $20 bill, because your change will most likely be in pesos and you might get ripped off. Whenever I’ve bought anything with cash, I’ll pay close to the amount, maybe $5 over, and tell them to keep the change.

It’s not often that a vacation goes perfectly, without some minor inconvenience somewhere. If you make up your mind that you will have a great time, no matter what, there’s a very good chance that you will. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Enjoy yourself. On several occasions, I’ve seen guests who were extremely rude or inconsiderate to the staff or to the other guests. Some guests have this false sense of entitlement, and think that the resort staff are their slaves. The staff who work at these resorts usually don’t get paid much money, yet they practically break their backs to ensure your stay is a pleasant one. Let them know they are appreciated. Greet them with a friendly “Hola!” when you see them. Consider leaving an occasional tip for your housekeeper, and bartenders. They’ll definitely appreciate it.

Paul asks…

what is a good family all inclusive resort in the caribbean for July?

I am looking for a family friend resort with pools, beaches, childrens activities.

Tijuana answers:

Check out Dreams Resort and Spa in Cancun Mexico. It’s an all-inclusive. It has a Explorer’s club for kids. 24/7 room service, no wristbands, no reservations, live nightly entertainment and so much more. Cancun is shaped like the number 7 and this resort is located on the top of the seven. Calm water (2 beaches) Located close to shopping and many restaurants if you want a change of pace. Check it out on Apple Vacations

William asks…

How safe is Nayarit, Mexico from the drug war violence?

My friend and I will be travelling to Nuevo Vallarta (in an allinclusive resort) and to Sayulita (renting a condo by ourselves) next week. Should we steer clear of certain areas/situations? We’re 18 from Canada.

Tijuana answers:

We have land in Nueva Vallarta and plan on building a home there soon. It’s quite safe. Also, in Punta de Mita at the end of Banderas Bay, south of Sayulita.
Most of the drug violence is in or near the border towns and the state of Sinoloa. Possibly on their east coast, as well.
Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta are fine as is Sayulita.
We drive down about twice a year and stay there for 3-4 mos. Never had a problem.
Use first time travelers common sense…. Don’t drive at night if you don’t have to…don’t flash money, jewelry around, don’t leave expensive items around (cameras, cell phones, iPods, etc), don’t leave drinks unattended, don’t go in dark, strange areas, keep within the touristy areas. If driving, be sure you have Mexican Liability Insurance. Be sure they turn the dials back to zero before they pump gas otherwise you could end up paying for your gas and the last customers gas.
ALTO means stop in Spanish but in driving, it’s usually slow down, possibly look around and scoot through the intersection. Be very cautious at intersections. You’ll end up behind some slow trucks so have patience, don’t pass even when they give you the left signal that it’s o.k.
You can either drive or take a bus into PV. The best place we found for exchanging dollars is at the HSBC bank on the main drag….about a half mile or so from the big Mega store. Across the street (almost) from the burger joint…(Wendy’s or Carl’s or Burger King…can’t remember offhand.)
Spend some time in Paradise Village in Nueva Vallarta…lots of fun….try some of the sidewalk (?) cafes in that area….
We’ve been to both places (and all over that area) many times. Sayulita is an off the beaten path in a way. So this attracts all kinds of visitors. Some good, ome not too good. Be wary of strangers that make a move to meet you.
These are the same precautions I use when we visit Miami, Chicago or L.A.!!!!!
The buses are pretty inexpensive. We use to leave my sister in law’s duplex in Pitillal (just north of the Wal-Mart) and it would cost us about
$7.50 Pesos or around $0.52 cents for the ride downtown.
Exchange rate is now $11.83 Pesos for $1.00 CDN.
Enjoy yourself, have fun, stay in populated places since this is your first visit.
Mexican people are friendly, hard-working, family oriented, religious. Be courteous, friendly, learn some basic Spanish, if you can, although most have a rudimentary knowledge of English in those areas, some more fluent than others.

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