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Geography:
Cancun is situated in the Yucatan Peninsula, a flat platform of limestone appeared through the ocean millions of years back, there aren’t any elevations or hills, subterranean rivers go to the surface through sink holes or water wells, the earth isn’t very dense so the vegetation is a semitropical jungle having a wild and wonderful fauna.

Climate:
Cancun has a Semitropical climate, being hot and humid all the year.
The average annual temperature is 80 degrees and there are over 240 sunny days, perfect for Cancun holidays.

Rainy season:
Rainy season is from June through October and the best time for holidays in Cancun is in November.

Time Zone
– 6 GMT (-5 first sunday in April till the second to last Sunday in October)

Electricity:
Electricity in Mexico is 110 Volts alternating at 60 Cycles per second.

Cancun Airport and Flights

Cancun International Airport is the 2nd busiest in Mexico (only Mexico City’s airport is busier) and it has the most international traffic of any airport in Latin America, with over 12 million passengers per year and almost all mayor airlines having flights or connections to Cancun.
It is the main entrance to tourist visiting Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya, receiving in the highest season up to 800,000 passengers per month. You can read more about Getting in Cancun.

Distance: 9 miles southwest of downtown Cancun
Drive time: 20 minutes

Hotel Rooms:
Cancun has over 26,000 hotel rooms in about 140 hotels with more than 380 restaurants.

Beaches
You can have over 14 miles of white sand beaches for perfect Cancun holidays. The beaches have white sand, which is made from crushed coral and is not hot to the touch. In Mexico all beaches are public. Some chairs, thatched roofs and umbrellas could be property of the hotels and are intended for use of their guests only.

Scuba Diving
Cancun is every scuba diver’s dream. They flock to Cancun, and the surrounding area, for the opportunity to dive the Great Maya Barrier Reef, which is the second largest coral reef in the world, after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Points of interest:
Night Entertainment, Ruins, Ecological Parks, Adventure Tours, Shopping Malls: Plaza Kukulkan, La Isla, Plaza Caracol.

Business Hours
Most stores are open from 8 am through 9 pm pm daily in the Hotel Zone. Stores downtown may close between 2 pm and 4 pm for the traditional “siesta” and on Sundays.
Shopping malls are open usually until 9:30 pm or 10:00 pm. Restaurants and bars at the hotel zone are open until 1:00 am.

Mexican banks are generally open from 9 am to 2:30 pm on weekdays.

Downtown Cancun
Downtown is home to less expensive places to shop, including many supermarkets such as three Walmarts, two Comercial Mexicanas, at least seven large Chedraui’s and two Sorianas, not to mention several flea markets like the one in the Hotel Zone.

Cancun Festivals
Cancun has many festivals throughout the year such as the Cancun Jazz Festival, Equinox celebrations, film festivals, and more. Check out which festivals are happening during your travel time to enjoy this unique aspect of Cancun.

Medical:
All hotels at the hotel zone can get you an English speaking doctor in a short period of time, five star hotels have medical attention on site, however, if it is needed an ambulance will be called immediately. Cancun offers excellent hospitals and medical attention with top of the line technology.

Drugstores
Across the street from Señor Frog’s in the Hotel Zone, at Bulevar Kukulcán Km 9.5, Farmacías del Ahorro (tel. 998/892-7291) is open 24 hours. Plenty of drugstores are in the major shopping malls in the Hotel Zone and are open until 10pm. In downtown Cancún, Farmacía Cancún is located at Av. Tulum 17 (tel. 998/884-1283). It’s open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 10pm, and Sunday from 10am to 10pm. You can stock up on over-the-counter and many prescription drugs without a prescription.

Tipping
In the restaurants, as opposed to other countries, the service isn’t charged in the account. If the service was of excellent quality the tip is 15% of the consumption, if the service was just good, the usual is to leave a tip of 10% of the consumption.
The porters, doorman, waiters, gas stations, employees, vigilants and other workers, wait a tip for their services, since their wages are very low and many times, it represents their only income. The exception are the taxi drivers who receive a tip only if they have made an extra service.

Useful Numbers
From North America to Cancún: dial 011 (international access code) + 52 (Mexico’s country code) + 98 (Cancun’s area code) + the local number.
Police: 060
Traffic Police: 8840710
Fire Dept: 8841202
Ambulance: 8841616
Port Captain: 8801360
Consumer Affairs: 8872877

Consulates in Cancun:
In Cancun you can find consulates from the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA.

Dress Code:
Because of the tropical climate, dress is very casual, only in some restaurants and night clubs there is a formal dress code.

Weddings in Cancun
Destination weddings are very popular in Cancun & the Riviera Maya region. There are approximately 46,000 weddings in the area, annually.