There is no denying that the narrow barrier island of Cancun is the go-to vacation hot spot if you are seeking miles of pristine beaches, crystal-blue ocean water, hopping nightlife and abundant golfing at hotel resorts such as the Sandos Cancun Luxury Resort. Affordable inclusive vacation packages abound at many of the hotels in Cancun, and with a bit of planning, you can easily have the tropical vacation of your dreams on a shoestring budget.
Here are five travel tips that can help you make your vacation a memorable adventure.
5. Keep Safety in Mind
Cancun’s hotel district has the reputation of being one of the safest places for tourists to travel in Mexico. Of course petty crimes, such as pick-pocketing, can occur, so keep an eye on your wallet and passport. You should also stash valuables in the hotel’s safe or safety deposit boxes. When swimming and playing along Cancun’s beaches, always keep an eye on the lifeguard towers. The lifeguard will fly a red flag when it could be dangerous to swim and a black flag when its too dangerous to even consider taking a dip in the water.
4. Consider the Time of Year
The height of the tourist season in Cancun runs from mid-December to March. In March, Cancun becomes one of the hottest spring break destinations in the world. Thousands of college students flock to the area. The prices are generally higher and you will have to book a hotel well in advance. From May to December is the low season, and you can usually score thrifty travel package deals that feature all the perks. Keep in mind the temperature and the humidity is higher during this time, but refreshing afternoon showers help bring the mercury down.
3. Take Advantage of Local Transportation
The buses in Cancun are safe, reliable and affordable. You can travel around the entire area for less than one US dollar per ride. Just be sure to count your change when the bus driver hands it back to you because it is often short. The concierge at hotels such as the Nizuc Resort and Spa can also help you rent a car and driver to explore the area.
2. Communicate with the Locals
Even though you are in Mexico, just about everyone in Cancun speaks fluent English. You won’t need to purchase a phrasebook or download a translation app for your phone to get to know the locals. Most of the signs around the area are also clearly marked in English.
1. Stock Up on Bottled Water
The heat and humidity of Cancun can leave anyone a bit parched. Consider stocking up on bottled water, which is widely sold at hotels and local stores. Most hotel rooms feature in-room refrigerators where you can store the water for a quick thirst quencher. It’s generally not a good idea to drink water directly from the tap.
No matter where you travel in the world, always educate yourself about the region prior to departing. Cancun is a friendly place, so don’t hesitate to ask if you need directions or have questions.