That seven-shaped island located in southeastern Mexico is a go-to spot for beaches, golfing and nightlife. Cancun is also one of the most affordable holidays in the Western Hemisphere – you can pay less than $600 per person for an all-inclusive vacation along these white sands, even during the Spring Break season.
Getting in Cancun
The Aeropuerto Internacional Cancun is 9 miles (16 km) southwest of the heart of Cancun and 6 miles (10 km) from the Zona Hotelera’s southernmost point.
It’s simple to get to or from the airport; buses leave every hour from Cancún Airport to downtown Cancún, or you can take taxis or colectivos (mini-buses).
Taxi rides within the Zona Hotelera cost $6 to $10; between the Zona Hotelera and El Centro they run $8 and up; and to the ferries at Punta Sam or Puerto Juárez, fares are $15 to $20 or more. You can always find a taxi in Cancún, but make sure you check the fare before accepting a ride.
Autobuses del Oriente, or ADO, is one of the oldest bus lines in Mexico and offers regular service to Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen every 15 minutes from 4 am until midnight. Tickets, available outside Terminal 2 Baggage Claim, are less than $10 one-way.
Cancun is one of the safest cities in Mexico. Reported violence generally takes place 2,090 km (1,300 miles) from Cancun on the northern border of Mexico (the same distance from New York to Texas). However, if you have any problems dial to 911 Call Center .
In September 2010, Mexican authorities passed a law stating that foreign travelers may not exchange more than $1,500 U.S. dollars (cash) per person, per month into Mexican pesos.
Other methods of payment including credit cards, traveler’s checks, and non-American foreign currencies are not affected by this new law.
If you want to save money:
– Use the buses. They’re reliable, abundant and cost less than $.50 USD to ride.
– Go all-inclusive. Cancun overflows with all-inclusive resorts. Some of the best packages include all meals, all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, gym access and even tip. Cancun All Inclusive Resorts
When to Go
In Cancun the sun is shining of an average of 253 days a year. You will get a perfect weather from December to April; the temperatures are around 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. From May to September it is hotter and more humid; temperatures can reach upwards of 97°F.
The rainy season starts from September and lasts till November.
High season starts in November and lasts until the first week in April. Between December 15 and January 5, however, hotel prices are at their highest, and may rise as much as 30% to 50% above regular rates.
If you plan to visit during Christmas, Spring Break, or Easter, you should book at least three months in advance.
You can get the lowest prices in May, June, October and November, but our recommandation is November, because the wet season is ending, the temperature is perfect and it isn’t crowded.
Quick Tips and Tricks in Cancun:
– Set taxi fares before getting in. If you have a problem, take his number off the car & report it to your hotel.
– Always use sunscreen even on an overcast day
– Don’t let people change your mind about a restaurant. ‘Oh that restaurant is closed’ or ‘My uncle owns a better one.’ Every restaurant pays a commission to concierges, taxis, travel agents reps, bellboys, front desk clerks. 97% of restaurants pays.
– If you speak in english with the locals, speak slowly & clearly. Don’t use uncommon words. Don’t expect everyone to understand.
– The ocean temperature year round is 80F
– Be careful when crossing the street.
– Go to Chichen-Itza. It is 2 hours far from Cancun
– Always carry change! 5, 10, 20 pesos. Amazing how many stores don’t have change and it will be your fault.
– ATM machines, credit card slips are in pesos so DON’T PANIC when you see all those zeros
– Tip your maid daily; $1-$2.
– Exchange your dollars in exchanges houses, maybe your hotel or banks. You will get a better rate than the stores & restaurants.