June 29, 2017

Cancun Travel Guide

 

Cancun is by far one of Mexico’s top tourist destinations.  Drawing more than 3 million visitors per year, it offers everything you could want in a tropical beach vacation.  It doesn’t take long to see why this place is often called the Spring Break Capital of the World.  From its white sand beaches to its huge nightclubs, there are endless activities to keep you busy and entertained.

 

Downtown Cancun, often referred to as El Centro is where you’ll find a number of public markets and fine restaurants, however most tourists will never see this side of the city.  The majority will stay on the 12-mile-long waterfront strip called the zona hotelera (hotel zone).  Shaped like the number 7, with the sea on one side and a series of vast lagoons on the other, it is here where you’ll find hotels of every imaginable architectural style.

 

Most of the restaurants and clubs can be found in town at the northern tip of the strip.  The cheapest way to get there from the hotel zone is by bus.  This will cost you around $1 per person.  Once in town, everything is within walking distance.

 

Cancun is known for its nightlife and there are countless clubs and bars to choose from, but I highly recommend visiting Coco Bongo.  You won’t find another club like it in all of Latin America.  This club offers a variety of performers including acrobats equal to those seen in Cirque du Solei, impersonators such as pops stars Madonna and Michael Jackson, not to mention the best DJs in Cancun.  Just make sure to purchase your tickets early as Coco Bongo gets very crowded.  When visiting Cancun, I recommend avoiding Spring Break.  It’s just way too many people and don’t worry, the clubs will still be packed even during the off season.

 

Another adventure to try is bar leaping.  With that, you’ll be given a wristband that allows entry to a number of nightclubs and be escorted to each one by tour guides.  It includes an open bar at each establishment and your own personal waiter.  Be sure to tip well at the beginning of the tour to ensure quick refills and the best possible service.  This tour is also a great way to see Coco Bongo because you can skip the long lines and be taken right to the front of the club.

 

Not far inland from Cancun is a dense jungle filled with rivers and cenotes.  A great way to explore this environment is by taking an ATV tour.  These tours will often include zip lining and swimming in the cenotes.  This is a great way to get away from all the big crowds of the city and experience the nature side of Mexico.  Other side trips from Cancun include the Maya ruins of Chichen Itza, Isla Mujeres  and Tulem.

 

Cancun is a fun destination for those looking for a beach vacation.  You’re able to experience the best of both worlds, relaxation during the day and partying at night.  The blue-on-blue panorama of sky and sea make this coastal city an image of beauty.

 

 

——————–Cancun Travel Tips——————–

 

When to Go 

The sun shines an average of 253 days a year in Cancun.  The months between December and April have nearly perfect weather; temperatures hover at around 84°F during the day and 64°F at night.

 

What to See 

– El Centro
– Zona Hotelera
– Coco Bongo
– Isla Mujeres
– Chichen Itza
– Senor Frog’s
– Carlos’n Charlie’s
– Xcaret
– Xel-Ha
– Riviera Maya

 

Getting Around

Buses and taxis are the best and cheapest ways to get around Cancun.

 

What to Buy 

You can find great deals on hand woven textiles, leather goods and handcrafted silver jewelry.  Other popular items include tequila, t shirts and beachwear.  Perfumes in Cancun are considerably less expensive than you might find at home.

 

Language

Spanish and English

 

Currency 
peso

 

Tipping
Between 15 and 20 percent.

 

 

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