Need some Cancun Travel Tips?
White sandy beaches, crystal clear blue water, fine dining and a thrilling nightlife scene – Cancún has it all! It is known as Mexico’s Mecca of beautiful beaches, many great spa-offers and pumping nightclubs. And on top of that, Cancún is the perfect starting point for your Maya expedition! This sounds perfect? It even gets better: This Mexican tourist hotspot attracts many travellers because of the low airfares. As of August 2018, airfares from the US start as low as 122 USD and from Europe from 500 Euro. So, here are some of the things you can and should do while in Cancún.
ACCOMMODATION: Where to stay in Cancún?
My Cancun travel tips start with accommodation: Depending on your budget and the type of travel you are planning, Cancun offers two options: the centre/downtown area or the Hotel Zone (“Zona Hotelera”). For me as a nomad/ longterm traveller, I am always chasing the most economic and convenient options. At the moment I am housesitting in Merida, for example, in order to lower my budget…but that’s a different story.
If you want to save money on accommodation in Cancún you’re better off staying in the city centre. We chose a wonderful hostel called Mezcal Hostel, close to the ADO bus terminal in Cancún. For one month we formed part of their team and supported the hostel in the area of marketing and guest relations. It was a great way to save money and put some action into our daily travel-life.
We found this place on a website called Worldpackers which is an organisation that helps travellers and hostels around the world to connect. You don’t work for money but volunteer and receive free accommodation in exchange. On top of that, we got some free tours to some of the attractions in and around Cancún! Not bad for 4 hours of Social Media Marketing.
NEED MORE TRAVEL TIPS FOR CANCÚN AND SURROUNDING?
Check out my other post if you want to know which day trips you can do from Cancún!
Or perhaps you are looking to stay in Playa del Carmen – here is my hostel review from our stay.
BEACHES: Best beaches in Cancún
If you chose to stay in the “Hotel Zone” you’ll be surrounded by restaurants, bars, clubs and also Cancun’s beaches. And there are many of them: on the 18km long strip that divides Cancun’s centre and the beach area most of the important hotels have their beaches in front of them.
Here are some public beaches:
- Playa Tortugas
- Playa Marlín
- Playa Ballenas
- Playa Delfines (*my favourite beach, all photos in this section!)
If you stay in the city centre like we did, you can get to all the above beaches with the local bus R1. It takes about 15-25 minutes, depending on which one you chose (Playa Delfines is the furthest away, Playa Tortugas is the closest). The bus costs 10.50 Mexican Pesos no matter where you get off (as of Oct. 2015). My favourite beach is definitely “Playa Delfines” where you can find the very colourful CANCUN sign. Out of all my Cancun travel tips, here is one of my favourite one: If you intend to take a picture with the sign, bring some time and patience: people line-up for it! 🙂
SHOPPING: What else to do in Cancun?
Apart from the beaches, shops and restaurants, there is a very popular market amongst tourists where you will find all sorts of Mexican souvenirs: Mercado 28. You can buy everything from Sombreros, Ponchos, Ceramics, Pottery, Jewellery to Tequila, Sweets, Spices and more. It’s a fun way to spend a couple of hours and make sure to hang out till lunchtime, some of the restaurants sell great food. Look out for the “Menú del Día” options, where you can some delicious local food for a good price!
Not into local shopping? Why not search for your souvenirs on Amazon and let them send directly to your friends and family:
NIGHTLIFE: Where to shake your booty in Cancún?
And then there is one Must-do for all the party animals out there: Cancún attracts many club lovers for its vibrant nightlife scene. People come to party in Mexico’s tourist hotspot in order to see the “Cirque de Soleil” of Cancun in clubs like Coco Bongo, Pallazo and Co. Most clubs offer ‘open bar’ for their pricy entry fees, so you really have a mission to complete by the end of the night: get as many drinks as possible so your 80 USD is well spent. Luckily we are not passionate about clubs, so we didn’t spend money on it. But as part of our hostel volunteer program, we went one time for free as part and watched the spectacle… I prefer smaller places like Señor Frog for example, even though they are sometimes not even less crazy…
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ITINERARY: Cancun Travel Tips for one Day
- Have breakfast at your hotel or hostel (most places offer breakfast included or for a small additional fee they prepare you something)
- Stroll through the stalls at Mercado 28 and find some nice Mexican souvenirs!
- Eat lunch at one of the local restaurants close to the ‘Ayuntamiento’ before you hop on the bus R1 to the Hotel Zone.
- Relax at one of Cancun’s many beautiful beaches like “Playa Delfines”, “Playa Marlin” or “Playa Tortugas”
- Sip a Margarita and watch the sunset at JC Capitan and stay for dinner!
- Dance the night away in one of the many bars and nightclubs on the hotel strip
But the best part starts now: From Cancun, you can make a ton of day trips…So, make sure to check out my other blog post with travel tips on where to go and what to see in one day. This post includes a trip to Isla Mujeres, Chichen Itza, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and Holbox Island!!
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