Moon Cancún & Cozumel
Including Playa del Carmen, Tulum & the Riviera Maya
By Gary Chandler and Liza Prado
Eleventh Edition, January 2014
This full-color guide to Cancún and Cozumel includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps.
Experienced Mexico travelers Gary Chandler and Liza Prado know the best way to travel Cancún and Cozumel—from a romantic getaway in Tulum to cenote hopping along the Riviera Maya. Chandler and Prado include engaging itinerary ideas for a variety of trip experiences, including Under the Sea and Seven Days of Ecoadventure. Complete with details on the best beaches, advice on which Maya ruins to check out, and recommendations for the hottest nightlife spots in the Zona Hotelera, Moon Cancún & Cozumel gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
What’s inside Moon Cancun & Cozumel
Enjoy the very best of Cancun & Cozumel with these itineraries:
- The Best of Cancún and the Riviera Maya
- The Best of Isla Cozumel
- Maya Ruins Within Reach
- Best Beaches
- A Family Affair
- Under the Sea
- Cenote Hopping
- Seven Days of Ecoadventure
- Best Restaurants
- Romantic Tulum Getaway
Explore what Cancun & Cozumel has to offer.
Recommendations for the top sights, recreation, entertainment, hotels, and food in:
- Cancun including Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox
- Isla Cozumel
- The Riviera Maya including Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Xpu-Há, Akumal, Tankah Tres and Soliman Bay
- Tulum and Southern Quintana Roo including Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, La Costa Maya, Laguna Bacalar, Chetumal and Vicinity
- Inland Archaeological Zones including Chichén Itzá, Valladolid, Ek’ Balam, and Cobá
Resources include a Spanish Phrasebook, Maya Glossary, and Spanish Glossary.
Gary Chandler grew up in a small ski town south of Lake Tahoe, California. He earned his bachelor's degree at UC Berkeley, and also studied abroad in Mexico City and Oaxaca. After graduation, Gary backpacked through much of Mexico and Central America, and later Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. His first guidebook assignment was covering the highlands of Guatemala, which was followed by assignments in El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and elsewhere.
Gary has contributed to almost 30 guidebooks, many coauthored with wife and fellow travel writer/photographer Liza Prado. Between assignments, Gary earned a master's degree in journalism at Columbia University, worked as a news reporter and criminal investigator, and published numerous articles and blogs about travel in Latin America. He and Liza have two children and live in Colorado.
Liza Prado was working as a corporate attorney in San Francisco when she decided to take a leap of faith and try travel writing and photography. Ten years later, she has coauthored 18 guidebooks and written numerous feature stories and travel blogs to destinations throughout the Americas. Her photographs have been published by Moon Travel Guides, Lonely Planet, and travel websites like Gogobot and Away.com.
Since her first visit to the region more than a decade ago, the Riviera Maya has remained one of Liza's favorite places to travel. For this assignment, she dived on coral reefs and snorkeled through cenotes, clambered on Maya ruins and paddled through mangroves, spied monkeys and tropical birds, explored beach towns and mega-resorts, caught a few local bands, and listened to rock-star DJs—all with two kids in tow (well, at least part of the time).
A graduate of Brown University and Stanford Law School, Liza currently lives in Denver, Colorado, with husband and coauthor Gary Chandler and their children, Eva and Leo.
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