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Reasons to go to Cancun
Cancun attracts more visitors than any other region of Mexico. More than three million people visit annually for the amazing climate and facilities.
In the 1960s, the Mexican government saw the potential of mother of all resort regions on the white sandy beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula. Now Cancun is synonymous with Spring Break, but it is much more than a party town. The main beach of Cancun is really a barrier island shaped as a number 7. Running down the east side of this magnificent beach are shops, restaurants, malls, clubs and huge Mayan-inspired hotels.
For a quieter holiday, try the Mexican Riviera that extends south of Cancun to more traditional, historical and natural areas such as Isla Mujeres, the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and the island of Cozumel.
Almost all water sports are found in Cancun – parasailing, water skiing, scuba diving and snorkeling. Or do like Ernest Hemingway and go fishing in the outer Caribbean for sailfish, marlin, dorado, wahoo, grouper and blue fin tuna.
The average temperature in Cancun is 80 ° F with more than 240 sunny days. Rain is rare, with the end of August to November being the rainy season.
Cancun peak season:
The best time to take a flight to Cancun is between December and April.
Late April and May are the good times to get a bargain. Temperatures are in the upper 80's and Cancun is getting humid, but the Caribbean breeze should keep it clear.
Cancun From the season:
Between June and November, the weather in Cancun is warm and humid, while the fall is hurricane season.
Getting around Cancun
In Cancun it is easy to walk and if you do not want to rent a car you can get around the city by taxi. Prices are listed by zone, but be warned that locals pay about half of what tourists pay, and prices for guests at more expensive hotels are roughly double that of guests at budget hotels. Taxis can be rented for $ 20 per hour for travel around the city and the hotel zone.
Bus travel is popular in Cancun. City buses from Ruta 1 and 2 often run from the mainland to the beaches along Avenida Tulum (main street) and all the way to Punta Nizuc at the far end of the Isla Cancun hotel zone. Ruta 8 buses run to Puerto Juarez / Punta Sam for ferries to Isla Mujeres. They stop on the east side of Avenida Tulum. City buses run between 6 and 22 every day. Beware of private buses along the same route; they charge more than the public – about 6 pesos (60 ¢). An alternative is to rent a moped from approx. $ 30 for a day. Don't forget your crash helmet.
US dollars accepted throughout Cancun's main hotel zone, but exchange rates vary widely. Moving on into Mexico makes it more difficult to spend dollars. Exchange your currency with local bids and pay for everything in pesos.
In Cancun, you will find many well-known shops, restaurants and services, and you do not have to be exceptionally concerned about contracting tropical diseases. Outside of Cancun, though, be careful about food and water. Read on to avoid Montezuma & # 39; s revenge .
Be prepared to bargain, but first compare prices. Unless you are sure the item is exclusive to a particular supplier, shop around and find the seller with the best initial offer and then buy.
The biggest event is Carnival , held in February just before the fast. In keeping with Mexico's strong religious tradition, Inmaculada Concepcion will be held at Isla Mujeres in December. For lovers of physical training, Cancun's International Marathon takes place just before the Christmas tour.
Here are a few things everyone should know for their next vacation in Cancun.
Taxis in Cancun
Prices in the taxi in the city center vary, but the average fare is 15 pesos, but they will try to charge more tourist (about 20 pesos). Taxis from the center of Cancun to the hotel zone are at least 50 pesos. You can get a taxi anywhere in Cancun, the cost varies depending on the zone, fares to or from the hotel zone are the most expensive, we suggest you first agree the price with the driver. In most of the hotels you can find in the lobby area or at the bell boy counts a sign with the current prices for local taxis. The picture to the right shows the average size of the taxis, all are white and green stripped, it must also have a number. Capacity: up to 4 people without luggage or 3 with luggage. Local taxis are not allowed to transport passengers from the airport, they can only take you there for departure. To get to your hotel from the airport you can use any transport line located at the two terminals, but be aware of the unauthorized people working at the airport, they are often called pirates and you may end up paying much more than the normal rate. We suggest pre-booking your airport transport service, it is more convenient, safe and easy.
Cancun buses cost $ 7 pesos (NO US coins) per person / 1 way. You get a ticket, but it's for their control. There are 4 buses R-1, R-2, R-15 & R 27. If you travel within the hotel zone, it really doesn't matter which bus you take (Wet & # 39; n Wild is the exception. the hotel zone but only half the buses run there, so ask before proceeding). R-2 & R-15 go to Wal-mart & Mercado 28. R-1 you ask! Well, it goes almost everywhere. You have to read the front right window of the bus as it shows where it ends. The R-1 goes to Puerto Juarez, Wal-mart, Plaza 2000, Mercado 23, the bus station and places I've never been. R 27 turns left on Tulum Ave and goes to Plaza Las Americas (the local mall).
one) Last man standing doesn't win anything. That means you are flying soon. If you are the last person to pay the driver before he can think about where you want to sit, he will go 78 miles per hour.
b) Telling the bus driver where to get off is a good start, but it won't always work. Most do not speak English well enough to understand you. Have an idea of where to go before moving on. Look for landmarks.
c) They will not stop to release you unless you ask them to. Don't assume they stop at every stop.
d) To mark a bus down you have to wave one of your body parts.
e) The cheapest trip in Cancun, so enjoy it.
f) Go ahead and turn off the back door whenever possible.
g) Do not bring drinks in the bus as they will likely end up with someone else.
f) When you get off, NO ONE is moving for you, so if the bus is packed, put your head down and push.
Exchange of money
All stores, restaurants take US dollars and travel checks. However, it is clear that the exchange will be in their favor. It is best to exchange your money first in either the bank (best options), swap places (casa de cambio) or in the hotel (check to rate as most do not give you a good rate). NO ONE takes American coins, bills that are ripped, written on, taped or glued back together. See Money Exchange Tips
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Do not drink the water, even if the hotel has a purified water system, it tastes great and you really do not know the cleaning and maintenance of the water purification system, often they are not well maintained. Mexican bottled water is 1/3 the price. Avoiding people on the street saying "YO VIVO A KEY" means I live here. Set up taxis before getting in. If you have a problem, take his number of the car and report it to your hotel. Use eco-friendly sunscreen when in national water parks. DON & # 39; Don't let people change your mind about a restaurant. & # 39; Oh, that the restaurant is closed & # 39; or & # 39; My uncle owns a better one. & # 39; My favorite is & # 39; Are you sure you want to eat there? & # 39; Each restaurant pays a commission for porters, taxis, travel agent representatives, bellboys, receptions, maids, malls, iguanas, sharks, monkeys, etc. The commission can be as high as 15% of your bill, and of course this fee is added to the menu price. 97% of restaurants pay. Most people speak & # 39; JOB English & # 39; which means they come by when you ask them questions that they answer daily. Speak slowly and clearly. Don't use unusual words. Don't expect everyone to understand your accent.
Sea temperature year-round is 80F, so jump in! Crossing the street is not a right; it is a challenge. You are NOT entitled to manner, even across a red light. Be defensive. Taxi & bus drivers have no training and believe that the road contains 3 things;
1) Your vehicle, 2) Your garbage & 3) Your right of way. So RUN when crossing the street. Use sunscreen, even on a cloudy day.
If you where 2 hours from the pyramids of Egypt, would you go? If so, go to Chichen-Itza.
The ice cream is safe in drinks. All restaurants wash the vegetables in purified water. Even the taco guy on my corner. Always make change! 5, 10, 20 pesos. Amazing how many stores have not changed and it will be your fault. ATMs, credit card slips are in pesos, so DON & # 39; T PANIC, when you see all those zeros, watch out for hot salsa! It's the next day biting. Well, bite … How to speak better Spanish? Drink more tequila! Best things to do? Get up at 6:30 am and go to the beach. THE BEST! If someone says & # 39; I understand & # 39 ;, they don't. It's that simple.
Tip your maid daily; a money or 2. Exchange your dollars in exchange houses, maybe your hotel or bank. You get a better price than shops and restaurants. ET calls home Call 001 – area code – #. Buy Ladatel calling card (50 cents per minute). Phones are everywhere, and the cards are sold in most stores and money exchange stalls. Do NOT call collect . Minimum tax is $ 40! You will find these phones in 50% of hotel rooms, lobbies and on the street.
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