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If you go: Cancun

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Globe Staff / April 30, 2006

Information

For information on hotels that have yet to reopen, visit www.gocancun.com. For general information on Cancun, including all hotels, visit www.cancun.info.

Many of the best deals for Cancun are hotel and flight packages arranged by tour operators based in the United States. Here are a few suggestions for specific locations, with prices if booked directly through the hotel.

Where to stay

Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun

Kukulcan Boulevard, Kilometer 16.5

011-52-998-881-4200

www.fiestaamericana.com

A sprawling five-star resort with a towering palapa above its main entrance, the Condesa weathered the hurricane well, with restaurants and bars, pools and rooms open for business. One notable change is the swimming beach, which suffered a setback last month when reconstructed sand washed away again. Doubles from $200 a night.

Presidente InterContinental Cancun Resort

Kukulcan Boulevard, Kilometer 7.5

011-52-998-848-8700

800-951-4667

www.ichotelsgroup.com

Though the hotel was not severely damaged by the hurricane, InterContinental took advantage of the post-storm lull to renovate the aging hotel. Rooms and facilities are first-rate and the beach, set on the calmer bayside, is soft and white. Doubles from $168 a night.

El Rey del Caribe

Av. Uxmal y Nader

011-52-998-884-2008

www.reycaribe.com

An eco-hotel in the city center, an oasis of calm behind a Colonial facade. A good choice for those on a budget, or looking for something away from the flair of the hotel strip. Double $53-$74.

Where to eat

Lorenzillo's

Kukulcan Boulevard, Kilometer 10.5

011-52-998-883-1254

www.lorenzillos.com.mx

A classic lagoon-side restaurant with open-air dining. Lobster is the specialty: A 2-pounder can go for $75.

Paloma Bonita

Kukulcan Boulevard, Kilometer 9.5

011-52-998-848-7000

If you're looking for a taste of Mexico, or at least what it's like in Cancun, visit this complex of three dining areas, one a patio and another designed like a traditional kitchen. The food is adventurous, but familiar, with a wide selection of steak, including one with a four-pepper sauce. Three-course meal, with a stiff margarita, about $60.

Plaza de Toros

Av. Bonampak and Sayil Street

011-52-998-884-8372 (8248)

Bullfights are 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, but a collection of open-air restaurants on the outside of the ring serve lunch daily. A good place for three tacos and a Sol beer, $10.

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