Cancún travel guide

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You're Going to Love Cancun

Cancun is one of the premier beach destinations in the world. With 14 miles of pure white sand and a vast choice of hotels and resorts, this Mexican coastal city is heaven for sun-seekers and water sports lovers.

In fact, Cancun was created with the needs of tourists in mind. This means that the island and nearby coastal resorts are packed with resorts. There are family resorts with water parks attached like the All Ritmo, as well as adult-oriented complexes like Le Blanc.

Dine at gourmet restaurants on freshly caught Caribbean seafood. Enjoy a couple of cocktails by the sea at the Blue Gecko, before diving into lively clubs like Coco Bongo to party the night away.

On the other hand, you can always take it easy, letting sunny days pass by lounging on the perfect beaches. Whichever way you choose to spend your vacation, Cancun is a great place to be.

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What to do in Cancun

When to Visit Cancun

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Cancun’s peak season is between December and April, when northern visitors are attracted by the tropical sunshine, the rains are very light, and hurricanes hardly ever materialize. January and February offer the best weather, and conditions become ever more humid during April and May. Avoid Cancun in September and October, as this is hurricane season in south-eastern Mexico.

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How to Get to Cancun

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Where to Stay in Cancun

Cancun being a resort-based city, has a huge array of hotels to choose from. Broadly speaking, visitors can choose between hotels on the island or in the Downtown area on the mainland. On the island, Krystal Grand is an excellent resort hotel with 6 restaurants and a private beach, while Hotel Flamingo is a comfortable high-end option, and the Grande Caribe Resort offers a spa facility on site. In the Downtown area, Hotel del Sol on Playa Blanca has good access to the beach and it’s within walking distance of town, while the Hotel Santa Maria offers affordable suites in the center of the city.

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The Cost of Living in Cancun

Although Cancun is a major tourist resort, visitors will find that the cost of living is much lower than any U.S. city.

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There are some great places to shop for clothes and souvenirs in Cancun. For example, there are the Mercados (check out numbers 23 and 28 in Downtown Cancun). In the Hotel Zone, La Isla Mall is the place to go for major labels like Tommy Hilfiger or Swarovski (and also includes an aquarium with dolphins). Be sure to visit Lapis Jewelry Factory on the island as well. Vivid blue lapis jewelry is a local speciality, and there will always be some beautiful pieces on offer.

Groceries and Other

Living isn’t expensive in Cancun outside of the major hotels and high-end stores. Expect to pay around MXN$28 for 12 eggs and MXN$112 for a good bottle of imported wine. Places to head for basic groceries include street markets and supermarkets like Royal Market, Super Aki, and Superama.

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Where to Eat in Cancun

There’s a huge variety of dining options in Cancun, from cheap street food to high-end gourmet eateries. The best restaurant in town is probably La Habichuela. Try the Cocobichuela, a seafood curry served in a coconut shell. Peters Restaurante is a cheaper option in the Downtown area, while Lorenzillo’s on the island is a great place to dine by the sea. The best street food options are definitely the taco stands in Parque las Palapas. Expect to pay around MXN$50-70 for a high-quality meal.

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