Cancun Travel Tips
You blocked off your schedule, booked your tickets, and reserved your room--now it’s time to get ready for a trip of a lifetime in Cancun. Wherever you are in the process, we’ve compiled the best insights, tips, and tricks to help you make the most of your trip. So read on, rest easy, and take a deep breath… you’re going to Cancun!
What You Need to Know
Don’t drink the water.
Stick to bottled water whenever possible to avoid getting sick.
Be careful when crossing.
In Cancun, pedestrians don’t have the right of way, so make sure to look both ways before crossing the street.
Dollars convert at the rate of $1 for 12 Pesos. Although a lot of places in Cancun take USD, it’s best to use Pesos when shopping to avoid overpaying.
Negotiate your cab fare.
Make sure you agree on a rate before getting in the taxi cab. The fares aren’t regulated and cabbies have been known to overcharge.
Check your phone provider.
You don’t want to be charged international roaming rates when making calls.
Have a valid passport.
Make sure your passport isn’t expiring soon, so you don’t have any issues during your trip.
Practice a few common phrases in Spanish, so you can get around more easily.
Book airport transfers.
Have the transportation to your hotel booked in advance to avoid high taxi rates.
Bring the Essentials
Pack smart to get your vacation off to a great start. We’re sure you’ve got the packing thing down by now, but just in case, here are some Cancun-specific packing items you’ll want to bring along.
Cancun is hot, so you’ll be using sunscreen often. You can also buy it once you arrive, but it can be pretty expensive.
Wide brimmed hat and sunglasses.
You’ll want to protect yourself from the sun as much as possible.
Keep your personal items organized by using separate bags.
Mexican Cuisine is quite spicy, so be prepared.
Battery powered phone charger.
It’s always a good idea to have a backup charger.
Packextra prescription medication, so you don’t run out during the trip.
The right clothes.
Bring breathable summer clothes like linen and cotton. Also, bring sandals and your bathing suit.
If you’re planning on visiting the ruins, you’ll be doing a decent amount of walking.
Going Through Customs
Mexico has specific rules about what you can bring into the country. Get through customs faster by following these simple guidelines.
You need the original prescription of your medication for proof.
You can bring a pair of binoculars, one telescope, two cameras or video cameras.
You’re allowed to have three cell phones, a GPS, a PDA, and one computer.
You’re able to bring two items of personal sporting equipment, three surfboards (with or without a sail), a tent, and up to four fishing rods and accessories.
If you’re bringing your kids, you can have up to five toys (in case of a set, every individual toy is considered an item) and one games console with five games.
If you’re handicapped or elderly, you can bring items with you that reduce your disability (crutches, wheelchair, and so on.)
If you’re 18 or older, you can have up to 10 packs of cigarettes, 25 cigars, or 200 grams of tobacco. You can also bring six liters of wine and three liters of alcohol.
Pay attention to the flags on the lifeguard towers:
Black and red flags mean it’s dangerous to swim
Yellow flags mean swim with caution
Green flags mean it’s safe to swim
There are plenty of options for getting around in Cancun. If you want to stick to a certain budget, bus transportation is your best option. It’s readily available at every street corner, it will take you just about anywhere in the Hotel Zone and surrounding areas of Cancun, and it’s very affordable.
Taxis are another option, although they’re not regulated and cabbies frequently overcharge. If you choose to take a taxi, negotiate the price in advance. If you want to hit the open road and venture beyond Cancun for a day trip, it’s a good idea to rent a car.
Best Time to Travel
The cheapest time to visit Cancun is from August to September (this is also during hurricane season, so be careful.)
The prime time to visit Cancun is from January to April. During this time of year the weather is ideal.
Spring Breakers show up from March - April, so be ready for a bit more noise and livelier parties in some resorts.
If you’re planning a wedding, make sure it’s between January - April when the weather is in the mid 70s to low 80s.
Arrive mid-week to take advantage of lower hotel rates.
We hope you found these tips and insights helpful! Still looking for the perfect hotel? Find your ideal hotel room at Cancun.com.