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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 127

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21 THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 a AMERICA'S LEADER III TRAVEL JLocals take precautions to protect tourists AIRLINE TICKETS - CRUISES - AMTRAK - BUS TOURS J "IT PAYS TO GO WITH THOSE WHO KNOW" FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED... JOIN US! Tr- kilometer 4.5 near the departure 250 miles point for water taxis to Isla Mu-ieres. the Calinda Beach Cancun Gulfof Mexico offers a broad beach with calm surf NEW YEAR'S EVE 19981999 Don't miss this one - going fast! $25 deposit will hold your resv. Tampa Marriott - Musicana - open bar & live band for New Year's Eve Party $349 pp dbl occ. 1200 it was one of the most imposing centers of wealth and learning in the Maya world, and today is one of the most visited of all Maya sites. Where to stay in Cancun Cancun now has more than 22,000 hotel rooms. At most ho that makes it an ideal choice for families with small children. Hit X. -' JLJ has 470 rooms and is part of MARIE & CHUCK TIPPETT mexico BB3 V i f Mexico City I - f Yucatan peninsula f Mexican chain. Doubles: $113 and up. (800) 228-5151. tels, the high season runs through mid-April, with prices dropping up Pacific to 30 percent after that until JJe Ocean cember except for July and APR 12 EASTER - MUSICANA "BOURBON ST. PARADF MEAUSHOW $39 APR 13 LAKE OKEECHOBEE CRUISE I HOT BUFFET-AGRICULTURAL TOUR ALS04A . . . . $49 APR 14 EVERGLADES PARKFLAMINGO GDNS -LUNCH VERDI'S...:... $37 APR 14-16 KEY WEST STEP ON GUIDE-MEL FISHER MUSEUM-THEATRE OF THE SEA-MALLORY SQUARE- RAMADA INN GREAT FOOD AS ONLV TIPPETT CAN DO IT $329 August, winter months in the Travel Advisory by Charles D. Bieser, CTC Southern Hemisphere and peak season for South Americans. ROMANCE ROMANCE CALDWELL MR LUNCH FIREHOUSE REST $45 The Hotel Fiesta Americana MAY 9 MAY 10 Cancun, with 281 rooms at kilome MOTHER'S DAY RADISSON MEAL J SHOW "SPRING FEVER" $43 Holland America Line ter 8.5 on Kukulcan Boulevard, ALASKA & YVKON EXPLORER AUGUST 7 -21, 1998 began its life as a place for honey mooners, and though it has ex MAY 10-13 MOTHERS DAY SAVANNAH Trolley Tour Charieston,LUNCHEON CRUISE-HILTON HOTEL-TOURS & MORE BRKFST AT MRS WILKES BOARDING HOUSE $475 SEP 11-19 BRANSON MO. 9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS 10 EXCITING SHOWSSIGHTSEEING TOURS HOTELS MEALS AND MORE AS ONLY TIPPETT CAN DO IT! $935 Experience the real Alaska and Yukon in this, the panded its clientele, it maintains ROB BARGEStaff Artist yet to be named. General admission tickets are $35. Information: (888) 625-4246. Where to go sightseeing A very pleasant 7-mile ferry ride from Cancun takes you to Isla Mujeres. There's an old pirate fortress here, and a turtle sanctuary. But the main attraction is Garrafon National Park with its aquarium. Anyone who wants to feel even closer to nature can simply wade into the water at the main beach, which is protected by coral reefs just offshore. Mexican village ambience that I with anniversary ot the famous uoia Kusn : Cruise, plus too many features to list, from $2925. ESCORTED BY NANCY BIESER directly from Palm Beach Gardens Call Nancy for the details. gives it an intimate feel. It also has one of the best beaches on the island and is close to malls, restau CANCUN From II welcome introduction of some new dance rhythms at local night spots. Yes, the prevailing atmosphere as, one cruises Kukulcan Boulevard, the busy strip where most of Cancun's 122 hotels are clustered, remains that of an Orlando or a Las Vegas dropped intact next to Caribbean waters. But Mexicans are beginning to talk of a Maya Riviera with Cancun as its core, though not its sole attraction. That may $ound a bit farfetched, but then again, so did the original concept of transforming a tiny Latin American fishing village into a haven for North Americans. ; A note on security: Though visitors to Mexico City complain of increasing vulnerability to crime, the situation in Cancun is markedly different. Since tourism means pverything to the local economy, a variety of precautions are taken to protect visitors. The main drag is Jvell lighted; hotels and bars generally maintain good security, and cabs, though expensive, are safe. Even public transportation can be fecommended; buses run frequently and are clean and cheap. Calendar of events The Christian calendar plays an important role in the city of Cancun and environs in the form of Holy Week, Semana Santa. This year, it runs from April 5 to 1 1, and though the Cancun beach strip is likely to be overflowing with vacationers from Mexico City, traditional celebrations in the form of plays and processions are scheduled in town. 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