Cancun information and Cancun tips

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Reasons to go to Cancun

Cancun attracts more visitors than any other region in Mexico. More than three million people visit each year for wonderful climate and amenities.

In the 1960s, the Mexican government experienced the potential of all resort areas on white-sand beaches off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Cancun is now synonymous with Spring Break, but it is more than just a party city. The main beach in Cancun is in fact a number 7 blocker island. Running on the eastern side of this magnificent beach are shops, restaurants, shopping malls, clubs and mega-hotels inspired by the Maya.

For a quieter break, try the Mexican Riviera, which extends south of Cancun to more traditional, historical and natural areas such as Isla Mujeres and Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza and Cozumel Island.

Cancun has almost all types of water sports – parasailing, water skiing, diving and snorkelling. Or make an example like Ernest Hemingway and go fishing in the outer Caribbean for sailfish, marlin, dorado, wahoo, grouper, and bluefin tuna.

Cancun average temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit with more than 240 days of sunlight. Rain is rare, with late August through November the rainy season.

Cancun Peak Season:

The best time for a trip to Cancun is from December to April.

Shoulder season:

Late April and May are good times to pick up a deal. Temperatures are in the upper eighties and Cancun becomes wet, but the breezes off the Caribbean should make them manageable.

Cancun off-season:

Between June and November, the weather in Cancun is hot and humid, while autumn is the hurricane season.

Getting around in Cancun

It is easy to walk in Cancun, and if you do not want to rent a car, you can get around the city by taxi. Prices are determined by region, but be warned that locals pay nearly half of what tourists pay, and the price of guests in more expensive hotels is almost twice that of budget hotels. Taxis can be rented for $ 20 an hour to travel around the city and the hotel area.

Bus travel is popular inside Cancun. The city buses Ruta 1 and 2 frequently travel from the mainland to the beaches along Avenida Tulum (Main Street) to Punta Negoc at the far end of the hotel area on Isla Cancun Island. Ruta 8 buses go to Puerto Juarez / Punta Sam for ferries to Isla Mujeres. Stop on the east side of Avenue Tulum Avenue. City buses run between 6 am and 10 pm daily. Beware of private buses along the same road; they charge more than public ones – about 6 pesos (60 ¢). The alternative is to rent a motorbike from about $ 30 a day. Don't forget the crash helmet.

American dollar They are accepted everywhere in the main Cancun Hotel area, but exchange rates vary widely. Also, as you venture more into Mexico, using dollars becomes more difficult. Redeem your currency with local bidding and pay for everything in pesos.

In Cancun you will find many well-known stores, restaurants and services, and you do not have to worry about getting infected with tropical diseases. However, outside Cancun, be careful with food and water. Read about avoiding Montezuma's Revenge.

Be prepared to bargain, but do a price comparison first. Unless you are sure that the item is specific to a seller, you should search for and find the seller at the best starting price, then you can bargain.

The biggest event is festival, Held in February before the Great Lent. In keeping with strong religious traditions in Mexico, the Inmaculada Concepcion was held on Isla Mujeres in December. For lovers of physical exercise, the Cancun International Marathon kicks off just before the Christmas tourist rush.

Here are some things everyone should know to spend their next vacation in Cancun.

Taxis in Cancun

Taxi prices vary in downtown Cancun, but the average fare is 15 pesos, but they will try to charge more to tourists (about 20 pesos). Taxis from downtown Cancun to the hotel area are no less than 50 pesos. You can get a taxi anywhere in Cancun, the cost is variable depending on the region, and the prices to or from the hotel area are more expensive, we suggest you arrange the price with the driver first. In most hotels, you can find it in the lobby area or at the bell that opposes the indication of current local taxi rates. The picture on the right shows the average size of the taxis, all white and green, and it should also have a number. Capacity: Up to 4 people without luggage or 3 luggage. Local taxis are not permitted to transport passengers from the airport, as they can only transfer them there for your departure. To go to your hotel from the airport, you can use any transportation line located on both stations but you must be aware of the unauthorized people who work at the airport, they are usually called pirates, and you can pay much more than the normal price. We suggest booking an airport shuttle service in advance, it is more comfortable, safer and easier.

Cancun buses The cost of 7 pesos (no American currencies) per person / 1 way. You get a ticket, however, because it is for their control. There are 4 buses R-1, R-2, R-15 and R 27. If you are traveling within the hotel area, it really doesn't matter what bus you ride (Wet & # 39; n Wild is the exception. Hotel area but only half of the buses go Get there so ask before you get to). R-2 & R-15 Go to Wal-mart & Mercado 28. R-1 asks! Well, now it goes almost everywhere. You should read the right front window of the bus as it lists where it ends up. R-1 will go to Puerto Juarez, Walmart, Plaza 2000, Mercado 23, the bus station and places I have never visited before. R 27 turns left on Tulum Ave and goes to Plaza Las Americas (local business center).

Cancun Bus Tips

a) The last man standing does not win anything. This means that you will fly soon. If you are the last person to drive the driver and then before you can think about where you want to sit, he will go 78 mph.

B) Informing the bus driver where to get off is a good start but will not always work. Most of them do not speak English well enough for your understanding. You have an idea of ​​where you are going before you begin. Look for landmarks.

C) They will not stop letting you stop you unless you ask them to. Don't assume it stops at every stop.

Dr) To mark the bus down you need one wave of body parts.

H) The cheapest tour in Cancun is so enjoy it.

F) Get in front and outside of the back door whenever possible.

G) Don't bring drinks on the bus as they could end up with someone else.

F) When getting off, nobody moves to you, and if the bus is crowded, put your head down and push.

Money exchange

All stores and restaurants will receive US dollars and traveler's checks. But the odds are that the exchange will be in their favor. It's best to exchange your money first in the bank (best options), exchange (casa de cambio) or at the hotel (check the price because most of them don't give you a good price). Nobody takes American coins or invoices that are copied, written, recorded, or pasted together. See currency exchange tips

Live music

Salsa: Phuket Shrimp, Patasha, Azucar, Mambo Cafe Rock and Roll: Hard Rock Cafe, Carlosan Charles, La Rouena Jazz: Blue Bayo (Friday / Saturday), Roots Mariachi: Oak Maguy, Perrico's

Shopping Tour: We recommend this wonderful Cancun city tour, the transport company is very professional and reliable.

Miscellaneous. Things

Don't drink water even if the hotel has a pure water system, it tastes funny and you really don't know the cleaning and maintenance of the water purification system, and it is often not well maintained. Mexican bottled water is 1/3 the price. People on the street avoided saying "YO VIVO A KEY" I mean, I live here. Set taxi rates before entering. If you have a problem, take his number out of the car and report it to your hotel. Use environmentally friendly sunscreen when in the national water parks. Don't let people change your mind about the restaurant. "O this restaurant is closed" or "my uncle has better." My favorite is "Are you sure you want to eat there?" Each restaurant pays a commission to concierge and taxi services, representatives of travel agents, Bilbo, front desk clerk, maids, salesmen, iguanas, sharks, monkeys, etc. Commission can reach 15% of your bill and of course these fees are added to the list price. 97% of restaurants pay. Most people speak “JOB English” meaning that they get it when you ask them questions that they answer daily. Speak slowly and clearly. Don't use uncommon words. Don't expect everyone to understand your accent.

The ocean temperature all year round is 80F for that, and jumping in! Crossing the street is not really; it's a challenge. You do not have the right of way even on a casual walk or in a red light. Be on the defensive. Taxi and bus drivers have no education and believe the road holds 3 things;

1) their car, 2) their garbage and 3) their right to go. Even RUN when crossing the street. Use sunscreen even on overcast days.

If you were going to attend two hours of pyramids in Egypt? If yes, go to Chichen-Itza.

Snow is safe in drinks. All restaurants wash vegetables with pure water. Even the taco guy is on my side. Always carry the change! 5, 10, 20 pesos. Amazing how many stores have no change and it will be your fault. ATMs, credit cards in pesos so don't be afraid when you see all those zeros Watch out for hot salsa! It is the next day that bites. Well bites … how do you speak Spanish better? Drink more tequila! The best thing to do? Get up at 6:30 am and walk on the beach. Best! If someone says "I understand," they don't. It's that simple.

Your daily maid advice. Pak or 2. Exchange your dollars in exchange houses, perhaps your hotel or bank. You will get a better price from the shops and restaurants. E T Call home Dial 001 – Area Code – #. Buy Ladatel phone cards (50 cents per minute). Phones are ubiquitous, cards are sold in most stores and exchange booths. Do not invite collection. The minimum fee is $ 40! You will find these phones in 50% of hotel rooms, lounges and on the street.

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