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My Guidebook to Cancun and the Mayan Riviera, Mexico


My Cancun and Mayan Riviera 5-Day Itinerary is now in its 4th edition, updated in May 2018. It was first published in 2013, and then updated in 2016, 2017, and now 2018, with new restaurants, better hotels, and details on many more places to visit.

Though it’s designed for an independent traveler to hit the major highlights of the region in five days (or fewer), the guide contains enough info for three weeks or more, and includes insider tips for saving money, eating authentic food, and traveling farther into Mexico on your own.

You can buy the 4rd Edition of my Cancun and Mayan Riviera 5-Day Itinerary from, which provides a free reader for those of you without a Kindle, or directly from the publisher, where it can be accessed online and downloaded as a .pdf.

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And here’s the beginning of the description with the link to

Most famous for Cancun, the Mayan Riviera is Mexico’s tourist fantasyland, a jungle coastline of white-sand beaches, ancient Mayan ruins, laid-back colonial towns, and clear-water cenotes… More Details



I’ve updated my Cancun and Mayan Riviera guide

Hello friends. Thanks for visiting my blog. Look to the right of this page and you’ll see the cover of my guide to Cancun and the Mayan Riviera.

When I wrote it three years ago, I had no idea it would become so popular, at times hovering in the top 5 (or top 3!) guidebooks for Mexico.

So with that in mind, last week I finished a comprehensive update, and now it’s available for download from or (links below).

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As always, my Cancun and Mayan Riviera 5-Day Itinerary is for the independent traveler who likes the beach but also wants some culture. Besides saving a lot of money, you will:

  • Have two full days on two gorgeous beaches: Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
  • Explore two Mayan ruins: Chichén Itzá, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, and Tulum, a sunny fortress built on cliffs overlooking one of the most iconic beaches in Mexico.
  • Dip your toe into local culture in Valladolid, a small colonial town in central Yucatán.
  • Swim, snorkel, or scuba dive in the clear, freshwater Dos Ojos cenote.
  • Eat what Mexicans eat: seafood, tacos, and Yucatán specialties like panuchos and salbutes.
  • Shop, party, get tan, and learn some Spanish, history, and culture. And, if time permits, explore more places in the region, including Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, the Cobá ruins, Xpu-Ha beach, and Mérida.

xpu ha

What’s new in this new edition? I went back to all the restaurants and hotels I’d recommended. A few restaurants had disappeared, and one cheap hotel had become a cheap and quite rundown hotel. So out of the guide it went.

Then I added more restaurants and hotels, especially in Playa del Carmen, and I updated the prices for public transportation. I put in lots of new information on other places to visit in the Mayan Riviera and Yucatan, with directions to more cenotes, lovely Xpu-ha beach, incredible Isla Mujeres, and the adventurous Cobá ruins, among others. And now there’s advice on how to visit the big nature parks like Xel-ha, Xcaret and Xplor, as well as even more tips on dealing with hustlers, bargaining in markets, searching out authentic food, and communicating if you don’t speak Spanish.

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Maybe you’re thinking, hey, I already bought the guide, what about me? Well, if you bought it on, the update is already there, so just go to your account.

If you bought it on Amazon, and would like a copy of the update, please email me a screenshot of your proof of purchase, and I’ll send you the new version. (Or, just buy it — it’s still cheap at $6.99) Thanks.


From Amazon:

Cancun Unanchor Travel Guide – Cancun and Mayan Riviera 5-Day Itinerary

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