Some exploration

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downtown Cancun

After a couple of weeks of exploring the downtown area in and around my studio, I finally headed down to the hotel zone with a friend and took some pictures of the late afternoon/early evening views out over the ocean.

Having spent a couple of weeks here now, I'm slowly familiarizing myself with a few things. Buses are fairly easy to navigate once you learn the routes, and taxis are just as they are in any other country...give the drivers an inch, and they'll take a mile when it comes to rates. Things aren't metered here...and if you don't know the local prices they will charge you ridiculous fees. Basically if you are going to be tooling around Cancun proper it's 20 pesos for anything within a certain radius, and 25 pesos if you go downtown to the outskirts.

Me, looking out from the 9th floor of a building in the hotel zone across from Coco Bongo
Head into the hotel zone and you can expect to pay 70+ pesos depending on the driver. As a general rule if you are going anywhere in the town proper you don't even negotiate with the driver...just hop in, tell them where you want to go, and have your change ready so if they ask you for an outrageous fee you can just drop 25-30 pesos in their hand and hop out of the car at your destination.

I have nothing bad to say about Cancun. It's paradise. I should probably take my camera out more, but my first 2 weeks here have been about relaxing, getting to know the lay of the land, meeting people, figuring out where the best/closest grocery stores and shopping centers are, learning the bus routes, the taxi system, and the best/cheapest places to eat. So far I've discovered that if you know where to shop you can get groceries and live nicely on 2-3 USD per day.

views out over one of the beaches down by the hotel zone
..but if you don't pay attention and just buy things, you can easily spend as much as you do back in the States.

It is extremely humid. I've been to a lot of seasides in the Mediterranean and Aegean, as well as the Black Sea, and none of them were as humid as it is down here. You can't step outside without sweating, and on some days you will be soaking wet within 15-20 minutes. Thankfully my apartment has AC, so I can work in relative coolness.

Not much to say, other than it's a beautiful place :) I'm getting back to my "normal" work schedule next week, and will start planning some scenic tours to some of the more private beaches and Mayan ruins. I've touched base with some people who are interested in having me write a Cancun travel guide focusing on writing for people who want to live here on a temporary short/long term basis, so my research is ongoing. Will be using this page as nothing more than a random travel blog to detail some of my trips and my personal thoughts on things. Gotta save the good stuff for the paid enterprises :)

Enjoy the shots, and maybe I'll see some of you around Cancun over the next 6 months.

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downtown Cancun
downtown Cancun
Me, looking out from the 9th floor…
Me, looking out from the 9th floo…
views out over one of the beaches …
views out over one of the beaches…
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Early evening with some light sto…
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