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mexico and traveling virgins

that's right....we've never traveled and have never been to mexico. we leave tuesday! so excited. i'm a little worried about some things....

should we take cash/credit cards/travelers checks?

do we need to call our banks and tell them we're leaving?

we aren't checking luggage and i need ALOT of sunscreen, so where can you buy biodegradable sunscreen/bug spray when we get there?

any other tips are greatly appreciated!

we are staying at Ocean Maya Royale, by H10

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also looking at the forecast it looks like rain :( are these ussually all day thunderstorms or come and go?

we want to book an excursion while there...any suggestions on companies or ways to book?

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I would take cash or traveler's checks...but that is just my opinion. Also, you can buy all the sunscreen you want while there. Just look in the gift shops and convenience stores. One thing about that part of the world during this time of the year is the that that there is a very good chance everyday that it will rain in the afternoon.

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First of all you are going to become addicted to Mexico! We bring cash and credit and yes you do have to call your bank/credit card company. Don't worry about the weather forecast it almost always says that it will rain and rarely does.The people are the warmest ! Don't expect food and such to be at the level of U.S. but embrace the differences. The rooms smell a little musty usually but that is because we are so blessed to be near the ocean. We have learned to love that smell when we unpack our things because it reminds us of such a wonderful place. Get at least 100 single dollar bills for tipping. Oh and when leaving the airport walk out quickly because evryone at the end is time share salespeople : ) We leave Friday: )

God bless!


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Is it just me, or does it seem like there's a significant difference between "traveling virgins" and "travel virgins"?


Don't worry about the rain or forecasts. Usually short showers at one point or another during the day (or nothing), and certainly that's the norm much more than entire days of rain.


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I am going to advise NOT to take traveler's checks...they are an outdated mode of getting local currency today and can be difficult to cash to boot.

We just use our debit cards to get pesos from local ATMs. We get large amounts out per transaction (like 5000 pesos or more) to reduce fees. OUr fees usually end up being about $2.50 CDN (about the same as USD) on the end of the MX bank and another $2 from our home bank.

We take along credit cards in case of an emergency but stick to only using pesos.

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Personally I would recommend buying plenty of sunscreen prior to leaving as it can be very expensive once you are there and buy at the resort or the little shops nearby. Most bottles of sunscreen will cost you around $20 US there in Mexico, unless you go to a Wal-Mart.

Above all else, just remember to relax, have fun, and enjoy many many delicious drinks while relaxing by the pool or on the beach. I would also recommend that you head to your local walmart and pick up a "Bubba Keg" insulated mug as it will keep your drinks very cold and won't have to worry about throwing away cheap plastic cups every 20 minutes.

Enjoy your vacation and have a blast! Don't forget to double check your travel list twice before you leave your house. Don't do what I did my first trip and forget to bring sunscreen, swim suit, and for the guys, long pants that you will need for the A La Cartes.

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We're flying out to H10 Ocean Maya on Sunday, see you there! :)

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When I was in high school I had a friend who had emigrated to Canada from Scotland with his family. He was fond of reciting a rhyme from his homeland about traveling virgins. It went like this:

Four and twenty virgins went down to Inverness

When they got back home there were four and twenty less.

Anyway I second or third the recommendation for using ATMs instead of travelers cheques. I don't understand the need for one dollar US bills for tipping. Pesos are just fine for everything. Have a great time.

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10. Re: mexico and traveling virgins

If you're not checking luggage take the TSA allowable amout of sunscreen and resign yourself to buying a bottle there. It's more expensive but so what. You'll find lots of ways to spend money :). I definately suggest getting out and exploring. There are many tours/excursions that are well recommended depending on your interests. See the countryside and villages! The world's second largest reef runs adjacent to the Riviera Maya so do a boat tour/snorkel to see amazing things. I also would not use travelers checks. Just cc or cash/ATM. And yes, let your cc company know your dates. Have fun!