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  1. dioxide45

    dioxide45 TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

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    While it is like Orlando, even Orlando is a hard reservation for weeks 51 and 52. I suspect these weeks book up 12 months in advance.
     
  2. cubigbird

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    I tried moving the check in one day at 364 days out prior to check in. Booked up in less than a day?!?!?! Essentially it booked up just as fast as Hawaii and WSJ and HRA.
     
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    I have enjoyed reading this thread. Thank you all for sharing your insights. We have been to Cancun once, in 2010, and stayed at the Sands. We are thinking of staying at Lagunamar next late April, which sounds like a nice time to be there. Will definitely keep following this thread.

    Best regards.

    Mike
     
  4. dsmrp

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    thanks everyone for the restaurant suggestions. I've jotted them all down.
    We go there in 1.5 weeks, can't wait!!!
     
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    Another restaurant suggestion is Puerto Madero for upscale dining. This is one of my favorite all-time restaurants anywhere. You also get a 10% discount on your bill if you show them your WLR key card.
     
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    El fish fritango. Omg the tuna sashimi is out of this world. Calamari and octopus cappacio were also good. Prices were amazing.
     
  7. Tucson traveler

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    Agree with above and we also love Captain's Cove, great Karioke in the lounge after dinner and a resident alligator
     
  8. GregT

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    I see the comment about Cancun booking up quickly during Week 51 and 52 - does that happen during Spring Break week too?

    We are thinking about Cancun for March 31-April 7 2018 and curious if this would likely be full at 8 months out.

    Any opinions would be appreciated. Thank you!

    Best,

    Greg
     
  9. dioxide45

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    Greg, If I remember correctly, spring break time still had availability inside of 8 months. Though I may not have been looking at specific week you were. I would say that it is still a pretty popular week, but with Spring Break being more of a floating week around the country, demand will be spread out a little more. Though I see that your dates are over Easter. Holy week may have higher demand with Americans and Mexican Nationals. Perhaps others with more experience booking those specific weeks can answer.
     
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    We are here on an explorer package for spring break so it should be doable.
     
  11. cubigbird

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    I believe explorer package is separate inventory.
     
  12. dsmrp

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    I booked 1 Bdrm premium at exactly 8 months for this year March 25-April 1, and a studio for same dates a couple days later. I recall looking out of curiosity at availability for the week after, April 1-8, because that is the K-12 spring break in my area. And there appeared to be pretty good availability. (week of March 26-April 1 is my son's college spring break, but Easter falls much later this year, April 16). There were still units available for March 25, about 7 months out.

    I agree with Dioxide that Spring break demand is spread out over a few weeks because of different college and K-12 school district calendars. Still if you know the week you want, I would book at 9 pm Pacific time, at 8 months, to be sure :D.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Thank you all for your help here - once we decide, I will try exactly 8 months out (plus one) at 9pm PT.

    Best,

    Greg
     
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    I was successful booking this exact week for 2017 last year at 8 mos out, with no trouble. Leave in less than 2 weeks!
     
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    Only a few weeks left before our visit and I have a grocery question. Love the new grocery stores available near the resort. However, the choice of bacon is severely limited/non existent. Has anyone brought food in their suitcases like we do going to the Bahamas? Would love to bring some frozen bacon with our family of 4. Is it allowed or not?
     
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    I don't want to start a new thread so will throw out a couple of questions here. (I've read through this long thread pretty thoroughly and picked up a lot of great advice.) We are staying at Lagunamar starting a week from Sunday. My wife and I have three kids (7 months, 7 yo, 9 yo) so will probably spend a lot of time at the pool and beach but we will also want to venture out one or two days.

    1) What is the best way to get from the airport to the resort given that we'll have a young baby. (If possible we don't want to drag the carseat along.) We would be happy to pay extra for a direct trip. I think USA Transfers is the one a lot of people recommend.
    2) Is Xcaret worth the trip? Xel-ha? Xplor?
    3) Any restaurants that will have fun stuff for the kids to do? I recall reading about crocs or alligators at one restaurant.

    Any other advice for Lagunamar / Cancun with kids?

    Thanks!
     
  17. dioxide45

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    I am only able to really answer this one. I would definitely recommend USA Transfers. You have to prebook. I think you can also request a car seat, though they can't guaranty that they will have it. DO NOT just show up at the airport without transfers prebooked. If you do, someone will certainly take advantage of you.
     
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    1. USA transfers have a kid car seat option in most vans . You tell them when you book.
    2. Not sure it's worth it with a 7 mo in tow but yes it's worth it mm
    3. Jugo has a view of the dolphin pool at the aquarium
     
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    Captain's Cove also has an alligator that shows up each evening. They are very kid friendly there. Beautiful
    view, lagoon side tables
     
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    Are the alligators kid friendly because kids are more tender?
     
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    I was thinking of putting in a II OGS for this resort for fall 2018 thru winter 2019. Do you think this is achieveable ?
     
  22. dioxide45

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    Fall seems to be a pretty easy exchange. There are a ton of Aug through Nov weeks available as getaways right now for 2017. Though some of this availability may be because of pool closures happening this late summer and fall.
     
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    ha ha . OMG, just reread what I wrote. So to clarify, Captain's Cove is kid friendly. We went there for lunch
    last week and they had a clown making balloon animals, and had a jumping castle in the lounge. Not sure if that is typical
    or it was a special day. The were no alligators around at lunch time . Guess I should proofread my post, you think.
     

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