View Full Version : Must Do's And Don'ts In Mexico!!

06-16-2008, 04:09 PM
I Will Be Headin To Mexico Soon On My 15 Year Anniversary. My Bride Has Us Stayin In The Grand Mayan Riviera In The Mayan Riviera, Mexico. Near Playa Del Carmen. Always Like To Get Good Advice Before I Leave The Country, Going To A New Place. Any Tips Or Suggestions Would Be Much Obliged. Fun And Interesting? Car Rental? Things To Do And See? Do's And Dont's Etc.etc...... We Will Be There For A Whole Week So Nothing Is Timed Or Planned. Thanks For Your Help On This Friends Of G.o.n. And Members. With Two Kids And Full Time Jobs, We Have Waited Till Our 15 Year To Really Get Out And Go Somewhere Special. Thanks

06-16-2008, 04:10 PM
dont drink the water,,,,

06-16-2008, 04:12 PM
go to www.tripadvisor.com and choose your destination they will have real people telling you the real truth about the area in the forums section. I use it for every trip I take.

06-16-2008, 05:45 PM
Just some basic "Out of the Country" advice.

Make sure that you call the US Embassy and let them know you are in country and when you plan on leaving.
Make a copy of your passport and carry the copy with you while you are out in town. Keep your passport locked up at the hotel, either in your room safe or if possible a hotel safety deposit box. That way if you get robbed or pick-pocketed while out in town, they will not get your passport.
Always have a card from the hotel with you. That way if you get lost and have to take a cab, you can just hand over the card.
Take any recommendations by the hotel concierge with a grain of salt. Most of them get kick-backs from the businesses that they refer you to.
Separate your money between your wife and you and keep small amounts in different places. That way when you are shopping you are not "flashing cash" when buying something. Especially if you are haggling for stuff. If they see a wad of cash the price will increase very quickly. Also, if you do get pick-pocketed, they will only get a small portion of your cash.

Other than that, I agree with what secondseason posted about tripadvisor.com

06-16-2008, 05:51 PM
Don't stare at the Federali's...

06-16-2008, 05:54 PM
dont drink the water,,,,

Or order ice in whatever you drink...

Jim Thompson
06-16-2008, 05:58 PM
like they said...all water MUST be bottled and no ice

Burl E.
06-16-2008, 06:44 PM
Do not get in ANY Taxi that You didn't call for.
Also, Do Not, for any reason AT ALL, GET IN ONE OF THE VW "BUG" TYPE TAXI!!!!! :hair:

Crime is everywhere and most police are on the take. Stick to your set plans. Do not let locals lure you around any corners.

Keep ATM cards hidden well! Some people are kidnaped and driven around till bank accounts are empty. Then beaten and dropped off in VERY Bad parts of town. (See bug taxi above.)

Let family know times to expect calls from you. If locals find out your home info, they will call your family and say, "BRANCHWYNN has been in a accident, and needs you to wire $xx,xxx to his new buddy Jose' to cover his doctors bill before he can get his life saving surgery." Then the next day you call home and say, "We're having a blast!" Your next of kin won't be having a blast.

X10 on the water and ice thing. Check where you stay some places do filter their water, but I still wouldn't drink it myself.

Don't forget you are in a foreign country and you are the foreigner.

Have a good time and drink a cold Dos XX for me!:cheers:

06-16-2008, 10:55 PM
go to see the mayan ruins.take your swimsuit,because the beach there is awesome.get tickets to shell hai park.they have scuba,snorkel,if you are not certified they have a deal where your tank floats on a raft above the water and you can go down 50ft.with just the mask.swim with the dolphins and there is a place in the park where you can dive off cliffs and float a channel.the snorkeling at the end of the float trip is great .lots of fish and sea life in the water.if you want to get out one night and cut loose take a ride to cancun.go to senior frogs and be ready for anything.have fun.

06-16-2008, 11:13 PM
thanks....keep em coming

06-17-2008, 07:17 AM
don't eat the salaid at any buffet bar. or any green stuff that has beem sprinkled with water.

06-17-2008, 07:42 AM
In Mexico (or any third world country), always be looking around and be aware of your surroundings. Most thugs look for distracted tourist to prey upon.

Learn the money exchange rates backwards and forwards before you go.

Carry maps of the areas you are planning on visiting and a hand held gps.

Check on cell phone coverage. For instance, I believe Altel has a plan that covers Mexico as a roam like home area. Be sure your phone works where you are going or get one that does. Put the number of the local authorities into memory.

Stay in public areas. Don't wander down alleys where there are no other tourist. Mexico has an extremely high kidnapping and other crimes rate.

Remember, once away from the touristy areas, you are a gringo who stole their land (California/Texas) and most do not care for Americans.

Have a good time!

06-17-2008, 07:58 AM
which is right next to Playa del Carman.
IMO here is a "Must Do" while you are there .... http://www.xcaret.com/

Calica is a cruise ship stop and very close to Cancun and Cozumel.

I Posted a few pics of the area in the pic forum you may want to ck out:)

If you have any ques, PM me and I will be happy to answer them if I can:)

06-17-2008, 08:20 AM
Be aware of your surroundings and people.

06-17-2008, 09:22 AM
Everybody says "don't drink the water". It isn't that the water is really bad. The locals drink it just fine. It is that the water has a different set of bacteria than we Americans are used to. If you took someone from there and gave him our tapwater, he would get sick too.

I swear, all the vendors must train at the same place. "Come on man, my stuff is so cheap it's almost free".

Dog Hunter
06-17-2008, 09:27 AM
When are you going?

06-17-2008, 09:41 AM
You hear dont drink the water because Americans will get sick when they drink it. When we stayed they told us not to even brush our teeth with the water. We used bottle water for everything and they had it at the local stores.

Watch out who you are talking to, I was going from store to store and was approached by a guy who offered us girls and drugs. Then we were looking for the best price on a blanket and was almost attacked by a shopowner since I said it was cheaper in the last store. He followed us out of the building fussing about it.

Next do not get into any trouble, when arrested most times they talk all your cash and then set a high cash bond to be released. The copy of a passport is a great idea, and dividing up the cash is also smart. The only other thing is I would keep the wife and kids with me in a group at all times just to be safe.

Have a good time!


06-17-2008, 10:54 AM
take your own water

06-17-2008, 01:39 PM
take your own water

ditto that:bounce:

06-17-2008, 04:19 PM
Leave a note everytime you leave your hotel to go shopping or sightseeing with the place you are going and time you will return.

06-17-2008, 05:57 PM
I don't know how it is where you are going, but near the border is a great place to get prescriptions filled dirt cheap. Marlboros are $21 a carton also. If you happen to need leather goods (ie= saddlebags), there are many fine craftsmen who will make you something to your specs.

The women, may not be women. No matter how hot looking they are.

06-17-2008, 06:10 PM
I don't care if you drink the water, carry your own, or brush your teeth in holy water....carry a couple of big bottles of Immodiam AD, trust me on this!

06-17-2008, 06:10 PM
Dadgum y'all gonna scare the man outta not going...

The passport may be needed now a days but back in the days I use to drive over the road we would just walk across the border get what we wanted and walk back no trouble Perticule for the leather I can remember buying a dang good saddle for about 45 bucks sold it back here for 700 not bad huh!!!
Been to Cancun from Cruse and it was awesome but whatever you do just use ya head and be safe!!!!!!

Have fun Take lot's o pictures

06-17-2008, 11:55 PM
FLYING OUT FRIDAY MORNING....KEEP EM COMING....take your own water? really? never thought about it...Got a great tip today on packing I just thought I'd share---In a luggage set, pack your bags in the smaller bags...then take your next to largest bag and put it in your largest bag(while its empty ofcourse)...then you got a big bag to bring all the goodies home in without havin to buy one there...thought that was smart.....keep em comin...thanks

06-18-2008, 01:15 AM
Xcaret is a blast. Highly recommended.

Go to Isla Mujeres for a day if possible. Great beaches there.

Take a charter bus trip to the ruins at Tulum.

You should be fine on drinking the water...... I never worry about that.

You can buy Lomotil over the counter if needed....

Have a great trip.

06-18-2008, 07:47 AM
what is lomotil?

06-18-2008, 07:55 AM
what is lomotil?

Little concrete pill. Take a few of them and you won't have a BM for a day or more. Useful for upset stomachs.

06-18-2008, 08:04 AM
I've traveled extensively there and with no issues. These folks all gave good advice. After 30 plus years of international travel I level with my doc and have him script me a few things for a travel kit. Ask your doc what he/she might recommend. Here's a few things in my kit.

Cipro- Antibiotic, kill about anything. Good for infections, cure food poisoning. Doc can tell you how much to take in each case.

Anti-diarrhea, script strength of drug like lomotil.

Anti-histamine, for allergies of stuff you aren't often exposed to.

Afrin, In your carry on for ear/sinus blocks while flying. Fast acting to open sinus canals.

Triple antibioctic creme for the inevitable scrapes from having fun.

Remember there is much less quality control of meds outside the country, take what you need with you. If you get ill call the consulate and have them recommend a doc if needed.

Bottom line have a great time, preparation makes minor inconveniences tolerable so you can get back to your vacation.

06-18-2008, 06:45 PM
No matter how tempting it is, or how hard the locals try to talk you into it....

Don't go see the Donkey Show.

(Carlos Mencia)

06-18-2008, 07:08 PM
No matter how tempting it is, or how hard the locals try to talk you into it....

Don't go see the Donkey Show.

(Carlos Mencia)

Si, Boy's Town, Si :hair:

06-18-2008, 09:25 PM
If you take the public bus, make sure your will is in good order. One of the worst times was a simple bus trip to town. Those drivers must be working on their baja racing skills or something. Its a cheap ride but never again for me. But I guess if you want a cheap thrill ride, thats an option!:bounce:

06-18-2008, 09:38 PM
As noted make copies of your passport and leave one here with a relative in the states. Carry another copy with you and leave your original locked up in your room is another good idea. Stay on the beaten paths where the tourists are. Dont flash around alot of cash. If you smoke buy your cigs there. If you drink, there will be free tequila everywhere you turn or at least there was in Cozumel. Also free margarita machines too. Coronas are a buck a piece. Get ready to be hounded by every one you see to buy something.
Have fun and take lots of pics.

I was just in Cozumel and Calica and had a wonderful time. I didnt go to Playa Del Carmen because I stayed on the cruiseship but some folks I went with and said it was very nice and they had a blast.


06-19-2008, 02:11 AM
My sisiter and her husband went twice. Both are functional alcoholics and I'll guarantee no water went down them and they knew about the ice cube and salad thing. And on both trips came down with the green apple quick step. The second time the husband got it so bad he ended up in the hospital when he got back. They said on both trips flying back there was a constant line at all the bathrooms on the plane. Some would get out of the bathroom and just go t othe back of the line knowing it would hit soon.

06-19-2008, 09:10 PM
Just remember that anything that the local water may touch is considered contaminated with bacteria. So, use straws for all soft drinks (canned or bottled). Ice tea only if it is brewed (caution!) and use a straw. Be careful in the shower to not get water in your mouth. Use bottled water to brush your teeth and clean your tooth brush.
Worthy of attention: The taxi rates more than double when the cruise ships are in. If you know the rates before, you can refuse the new price and offer the standard rate. NO ICE!
Take a ferry trip to Cozumel, the snorkeling is great.
Oh yeah, there is an exit tax you pay in customs when leaving. It was $40 per person in 1985 when I was there.
(or did I get ripped off? HUMMM)

06-19-2008, 10:03 PM
After reading all of the replies, it might be a good idea to sling an AR-15 over your shoulder.

I have been there several times on cruises and have not had any trouble. We took water from the ship and never ate anything while on shore.

I know several people who have come down with a bad bug on trips to Mexico.

06-26-2008, 06:00 PM
man, i may just move here. playa del carmen. man .....unbelievable.!!!! cant wait to come back. had to pay off the policia 400 pesos but other than that, its been a wonderful experience. by the way you only have to pay the policia 200 pesos and the federalis is 400 pesos. having a great time, look forward to giving some advice to others in the future...it has been a great 15 year anniversary.....THE GRAND MAYAN....is even more than i expected.

06-28-2008, 01:24 PM
Save your money and go to MARIETTA check out the big chicken:banana::banana::banana::rofl::rofl::rofl:: rofl:

06-29-2008, 04:18 PM
After reading all this.......... I have taken Mexico off my map.:hair: ::gone:

06-29-2008, 06:57 PM
After reading all this.......... I have taken Mexico off my map.:hair: ::gone:

You will be missing out. Unique, gorgeous places and one of the best "value" travel destinations there is.

Plus it's satisfying to do a "reverse invasion" even if temporary.:bounce:

06-29-2008, 11:42 PM
Where's the Cubie cigars!!