This may be a bit long, figured something here might help someone. So let's start from day 1 since there's a lot you need to know about getting to the island (this was our first time to Mexico and there wasn't much about transportation, so hope this helps someone). So we arrived at the cancun airport at around 7 pm. There are a lot of cab services waiting for you. We kinda got duped in believing that only one of the cab companies can take you to the ferry, but we were wrong, any of them can take you there. Any way, we paid for round trip cab fare, came to around $80 usd, but we apparently got a discount since we used American Express card. So cab fare is expensive no matter who you use, btw they prefer American dollars. So it's about a 30 min cab drive to the ferry. This is good to know so you can properly plan your return trip back if you're making a time crunch to make your flight home. We got to the ferry a little before 9 pm. Luckily the ferry is open until 11 pm, so if you can help it, don't plan your flight in too late, otherwise you'll be stuck staying in cancun that night. We paid around $14 USD per person for round trip ferry ride. The ride is about 20 min long and we used Ultramar ferry. It was so late when we got there, not sure there was even a choice for us to choose a different ferry company. Anyway, it was pretty fast and a really fun ride. If you can, take the ride during the day so you can actually enjoy the view, again it was dark by the time we got there. Alright, so we got to the island probably by 10 and got a cab ride, since we had no idea where the resort was. You can negotiate the cab ride, remember it's not a far drive no matter where you go. We ended up paying him 5 USD and just gave him a couple bucks for tip, just because he was really nice. The cab ride was around 5 min or so, so I imagine we over paid, but it's okay, we were tired and hungry at this point. Later on, I did realize the cab driver took a long way to get to resort, I assume so he thinks we'll pay more for it being a longer trip, but had he taken the direct route, it literally would have been a 1 minute ride lol, I'll explain that later. Any way, at check in, the lobby isn't anything to brag about, and honestly there wasn't much to it. The staff at the front desk that night were friendly. So our first room was a suite deluxe which came with a hot tub, but the room itself was tiny and overlooked the cemetery with minimal water view. Luckily next day we upgraded to platinum suite which had the roof top deck and pool. Well worth the money since it was larger and waaaaay better views. So the food is decent here. We did all inclusive which was well worth it to us since we order lots of drinks. The cups are small though so we had to order quite frequently. But just in the drinks alone we got our money's worth with the all inclusive. We did eat at lots of different restaurants on the island. The food at the resort was decent and I'm not a foodie or anything. But the satay restaurant was a little odd. It's a Thai restaurant I think and my husband orders the steak medium rare. When it came out, it was brown all the way through and tasted like hamburger.....I ordered the tilapia and that was good. Honestly, how often do you see cows in Mexico? So best bet on the fresh seafood. Everyone else has said it on the previous reviews, and it's true, the restaurant bar on the beach is the best so take advantage of that. The resort location is pretty awesome. Not only are you walking distance to playa Norte, but if you make a right from the front of resort, you'll walk to a main road off he shore with lots of shopping and restaurants. If you make a left instead from resort, you'll walk right to the infamous Hidalgo Street. Either street had tons of fun things to look at and buy. The local people there are very friendly, very minimal English spoken there, even at the resort, so learn some basic Spanish before heading out there. The one we used the most was "cuanto" which is "how much". Like I said before, most places prefer American dollars, it's worth more, and if you pay with American dollars, expect pesos back as change. Pretty sure we got short changed on more than one occasion. Just be sure to bring a bunch of small change. Which reminds me, if you plan to use dollars over pesos, make sure you get them in the United States before coming to isla. No one at the front desk could ever break our dollars for tip money, and ATMs here charge an outrageous amount of money to get cash. Also, not a lot of places accept major credit cards and if they do, they charge around 7% international fee, even if it's a debit card. For souvenirs, the best deals are off the beaten path. Don't worry you'll see them if you take the golf cart around on the other side of the island. We saw conch shells for around 15-20 USD on the touristy areas by the resort, but ended up buying one from a street vendor for 5 bucks. So I see this review became a novel which I apologize for. To make a quick statement, my husband, God love him, booked our return flight at 8 am. We had to get up at 4 am, we ended up walking to the ferry. I mentioned before the cab driver took the "scenic" route, but the ferry is about a 5 min walk from the resort. We took the first ferry out that morning which is at 5:30 am. To make a long story short, we lucked out and made our flight. They normally say to allow 2 hours for international flights. I would not suggest doing what we did. We made it only because we booked all of our connecting transportation services ahead of time to ensure a smooth return to the airport, and luckily the airport at that time wasn't busy. It was stressful so make sure your return flight is later in the afternoon. No worries too, you don't go through customs at the cancun airport, so that saved us a lot on time. Oh yea, if you have a connecting flight in Miami from cancun, you can't bring any liquids with you from Mexico, those get confiscated :(. We visited a bunch of places so please don't hesitate to send me an email if you have any questions!!!
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