You will receive
a complete 4 page brochure outlining additional
hints for having an enjoyable trip and a copy of
a Cancun Tips magazine with discount coupons and
booking information for tours, etc. upon receipt
of full payment. This brochure has been compiled
by the owner during 30 years of visiting Cancun.
This will help you have a fantastic time!
There is also an information sheet in the kitchen
of each unit with additional helpful hints. ONLY
available in our condos!
Travelers going to Mexico and the Caribbean will
need PASSPORTS (not just birth certificates) for
travel starting December 31, 2006. Until that time,
visitors need proof of citizenship and a photo I.D.
Residents of the U.S. and Canada may submit a valid
passport, birth certificate or affidavit of birth,
or a valid U.S. voter's registration card. If you
have any questions, it is best to check with your
local travel agent.
Most tourists arrive
in Cancun by landing at the Cancún International
Airport (CUN): Approximate driving time to the Cancun
Hotel Zone is 20 minutes and the distance is 13
is easily accessible from most major U.S. cities.
Cancun is 3 hours from New York and Chicago, and
4 hours from Los Angeles. Airlines that service
Cancun include American, Alaska, Continental, Delta,
United, Northwest, USAirways, Aviacsa, Mexicana,
There are also discount charters from
Free Vacations, USA
3000 and Viva
Getting to the
from Cancún International Airport: Take airport
access road going east and follow signs to Zona
Hotelera and Blvd Kukulcan. Proceed north about
seven miles on Blvd Kukulcan, to the Punta Cancún
area. The Girasol Condo will be on the right, nearly
in front of Sr. Frogs Restaurant.
Authorized taxis/minivans shuttle (or collectivos),
are an easy way to make the journey from the airport
to the Girasol Condos. Transportation shuttles can
be accessed as you exit the airport terminal. We
recommend the booth on the left prior to exiting
the terminal. The sign will say "Shuttle &
Ground Transportation". Air conditioned vans
and taxis are used exclusively. You may wish to
buy round trip tickets, depending on the size of
your group. You may find cheaper transportation
through a private company. You can pre-book an airport
transfer shuttle at CDM Transportation.com OR paradisetransfers.com
. They provide van shuttles from the airport directly
to the condominium. This is a great deal for large
You can pre-book
an airport transfer shuttle at CDM
Transportation . They provide van shuttles
from the airport directly to the condominium. This
is a great deal for large groups.
Or you can be transported
from the airport to the Girasol by Best
Day Cancun in an air conditioned van
for around $18 per couple. They will drop you directly
at the Girasol lobby.
The hotel is located
within Zona Hotelera, or Hotel Zone, and is within
walking distance of the Cancún Convention
Center and plenty of shopping, restaurants, and
bars. Public and private buses connect the Hotel
Zone to downtown. Once downtown, most tourist attractions
are easily accessible by walking.
Taxi rates in Cancún
are determined by zones. Taxis can be rented by
the hour or day if you want to visit the historic
ruins outside of the city. Always negotiate your
taxi fare before beginning your trip. Rental cars
offer a convenient way to visit historic points
outside the city; price is negotiable.
Once you're at the
Girasol you can walk to the best restaurants, night
spots, and shopping or use the buses to anywhere
on the Hotel Zone or Downtown Cancun. This is a
very efficient bus system. There are over 1000 buses
in Cancun. At certain times of the day, the buses
can be standing room only.
The buses you will
* #R1 travels up
and down the Hotel Zone to three huge marble floored
shopping malls, hundreds of unique restaurants,
and the best nightclubs
* #R2 also goes up and down the Hotel Zone with
the north bound routes taking you to Market 28 (Mexican
flea market), Super Walmart, and Soriana (similar
to Super Walmart).
* #R27 travels every 20 minutes from the Hotel Zone
and will take you to the largest mall in all of
Cancun called the Plaza de Las Americas (The Cinepolis
VIP is a must-see along with the food court. Try
the Italian Steak House for a $9.00 US ribeye steak
For day trips to
Rivera Maya (Playa Del Carmen, Xcaret, Xel-Ha),
you can rent a car. Talk to Luis at the Girasol
condominiums, he's very honest and helpful. Or join
a tour if you would rather not drive.
It's clear as you
fly into the Cancun resort area that it was carved
out of the jungle. When development began here in
the early 1970s the beaches were deserted except
for birds and iguanas. Now luxury hotels, shopping
malls, and restaurants line the oceanfront. More
vacationers come here than to any other part of
Mexico, and many come again and again for the white-sand
beaches, crystalline turquoise waters, sizzling
nightlife, numerous restaurants, and the proximity
of Mayan ruins throughout the Yucatan peninsula.
But there is more
to Cancun than plopping yourself down under a palapa
(thatched roof). Downtown offers a more authentic
glimpse into the sights and sounds of Mexico. For
diving and snorkeling, the reefs off Cancun and
nearby Cozumel, Puerto Morelos, and Isla Mujeres
are among the best in the world. Cancun also makes
a relaxing base for venturing to the stupendous
ruins of Chichen Itza, Tulum, and Coba, remnants
of the area's rich Mayan heritage.
The Mayan people
settled the area during the Pre-Classic era, around
AD 200, and remained until the 14th or 15th century.
But little is known about them. Other explorers
seem to have overlooked the barrier island -- it
doesn't appear on early navigators' maps. It was
never heavily populated, perhaps because its terrain
of mangroves and marshes discouraged settlement.
Some minor Mayan ruins were discovered in the mid-19th
century, but archaeologists didn't get around to
studying them until the 1950s.