Renting a car is a good idea if you intend to travel out of Cancun during your trip. You'll find the big name rental companies at the airport so wait for the convenient shuttle bus to take you there. Don't forget to get insurance too. Driving can be chaotic and although most roads are in good condition, some drives out of town can be long.
Taxis in Cancun are cheap, safe and run 24 hours, 7 days a week. Some hotels will order taxis to take you to the airport or downtown for a fixed price, but the cheapest way to get one is to hail one from Zona Hotelera. Arrange the price before you get in or you'll undoubtedly pay too much for your journey.
Buses in Cancun are cheap, safe and run 24 hours, 7 days a week. The Hotel Zone runs along the main road which makes catching buses easy. A ride will cost you 8.50 pesos per person. If you're planning to go to the night club areas at night, be warned that the buses can get very crowded.
In the Upper Hotel Zone you'll find it easy to walk around, and a multitude of bars, restaurants and shops lining the streets. Start your walk at Senor Frog's and continue north and west towards the Plaza Caracol mall. If you're looking to explore the Cancun nightlife this would be a good and safe place to stay. Look for the downtown biking/walking/rollerblading trail.
The temperature in Cancun is above 80 degrees Fahrenheit for 330 days of the year and the average summer temperature hovers between 80 and 85 degrees. It usually rains in March and April and hurricanes are not uncommon, however, for the rest of the year you can expect very little rain.
Because you're supposed to negotiate a price up front, it's not necessary to tip taxi drivers, although it's fine to tip hotel staff, especially for room service. If they get good tips, they'll be nicer to you next time. Small gifts are also appreciated instead of money. It's customary to tip in restaurants, bars and night clubs in Cancun.
One of the most important things to remember on your holiday to Cancun is that not all the water is safe to drink. Although some hotels and resorts now filter their water, it's still not always entirely safe to drink it. Better to be safe than sorry. Buy bottled water and always avoid drinking from the tap.
There are many cafes with free Wi-Fi in Cancun, Mexico. To find them easily download the Free WiFi app on your smart phone before you arrive and simply walk around downtown. Free WiFi is also available at the airport via Prodigy Mobile. You can access it in any public area of the airport if you have a laptop or smartphone.
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It's possible to get a shared ride on a bus called "Linea Verde", which is basically a shuttle bus offering a comfy and cheaper alternative to getting a taxi. This will cost $9 per person and will drop you off at your hotel or chosen destination.
The ADO Bus company offers a good service from the airport for just 75 pesos ($7). Look for the stall and expect a first class bus, fully air-conditioned bus with a bathroom. It takes 25 minutes to get to downtown Cancun on this bus, during which time you can watch a short movie.
If your flight leaves from Terminals 1 or 3 keep in mind that there's a handy free shuttle which runs approximately every 30 minutes between the terminals. To check on times take a look at www.ticketbus.com.mx. Prices are in pesos mexicanos.
The taxis in Cancun don't have meters, so make sure you bargain the price of your journey before getting in. If you ask how much you're supposed to pay when you arrive, you'll undoubtedly wind up paying far too much. Some hotels will order taxis to take you to the airport or downtown for a fixed price, but the cheapest way to get one is to hail one from Zona Hotelera.
Water water everywhere! Xel-Ha is a water theme park with a difference, in that salt water streams and freshwater lagoons combine to make for hours of sloshy fun. Its unique ecosystem means you can snorkel, swim with dolphins and witness multitudes of tropical fish in a gorgeous natural environment. Kids and beginner snorkelers will love it and the ecological walking tour is excellent.
Less than an hour south of Cancun, this water park boasts perhaps even more than Xel-Ha, with its archaeological site, re-created Mayan village and exciting jungle trails. Swim with your mates in thrilling underground rivers, go snorkeling, watch a re-enactment of the Prehispanic ball game or take in a cultural show that will show you what Mexico is really all about.
Just a 20 minute ferry ride from the Cancun hotel zone Isla Mujeres is a tranquil 5 mile long island, the perfect place to head for a bit of peace and quiet. Lots of oceanfront restaurants and beaches provide opportunities to relax. Rent a golf cart or a scooter, visit the Turtle Farm, the Garrafon Park or nearby Isla Contoy.
This is the largest island in the Mexican Caribbean and you can get there thanks to a short ferry ride from Playa del Carmen. Diving visability is almost always good, providing views up to 200 feet. Enjoy undeveloped jungle and lagoons complete with small animals and birds. Don't miss the Chankanaab Lagoon – a stunning natural aquarium.
Highly acclaimed as being one of the best restaurants in tourist town, Peter's offers salmon, veal chops, shrimp tacos, ribs, ravioli and foie gras to die for, all with impeccable service and great flavours. With a homely feel and a chef who personally comes out to see how you like the food, you might find yourself a regular customer at Peters.
With a cute and quaint décor that makes you feel like a dinner guest in a friend's conservatory, La Dolce Vita also boasts amazing food and welcoming staff providing fabulous service in Cancun. As one of Cancun's oldest restaurants, it's also one of the best, due to having maintained its high standards. Try the lobster bisque.
If you're starving post surf and looking for something decent to fill your tummy fact, a Surfin Burrito will do the job. Very reasonable prices, great smiley staff who'll remember your name, cold beer and strong margaritas, this is a good place for lunch or an early dinner to kick off your night out.
The Famous Cocobichuela seems to be a must and gets tongues wagging all over Cancun, as does the garden seating at this romantic restaurant. La Habichuela Downtown is quite expensive so save this one for the last night of you holiday in Cancun and make it something special.
You'll have an entirely unique experience at this world-famous club, if you can endure the night-long 70's and 80's dance and hip hop blaring out, combined with the live flying acrobats. From 10pm onwards this is the MTV-famed fave for live music, a VIP performance by Beetlejuice and movie clips of all kinds. Stay till sunrise.
With room for 2000 people there's no better place to meet new people and lose the drunken weirdos who are following you. Bulldog Café is popular for hosting live local and international rock bands every night from 10pm, right through till sunrise,
Restaurant by day and total party spot at night the fun and lively atmosphere at Senor Frogs has people crowding in at all hours of the day. Here's where the food is as delicious as the crowd, so for all the choreographed songs and silly routines you can handle, hop on down to Senor Frogs.
If the biggest daiquiries in Cancun takes your fancy, you'll love Fat Tuesdays, also the official site of MTV's popular show, Spring Break for the last four years. Loud music, a huge outdoor and indoor dance space, as well as the unbeatable 'All You Can Drink' deal on Tuesdays, it will be a shame to miss a night at Fat Tuesday.
Just 125 miles from Cancun, and a three hour drive it's well worth a day to visit one of the New World Wonders. Chichen Itza is a Prehispanic city, which was once the military center as well as the political and religious centre of the Yucatan Peninsula. Snap the incredible Mayan architecture and climb up to the observatory for a brilliant view of the surrounding area. Stop along the way for some local food and photo opportunities.
Just 72 miles south of Cancun, once upon a time Tulum was a busy trading port and Mayan ceremonial center. Clamber around the ruins and you'll see what drew people to this amazing setting, perched high on a windswept cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The Tulum archaeological site itself only consists of 60 buildings and takes about two hours to walk around. Head to Tulum Beach afterwards and then head to Xel-Ha.
Akumal is just 62 miles south of Cancun. Practice windsurfing and snorkeling in this relatively quiet but pretty fishing village. If you're visiting with a loved one, it's a nice idea to hire a boat for some sportfishing, or go diving. Some of the nearby reefs are spectacular. Don't miss the Ecological Center and hire a guide to take you on an intriguing walk into the jungle. The fascinating local flora and fauna will inspire you further explore the beach.
Only a few of the estimated 6,500 structures have been excavated at one the largest Mayan archaeological sites in Mexico. Cobá was once a trade link between the coastal Mayan outposts and the interior cities, and is the hub of a very complex network of causeways. Climb the 120 steps of The Nohuch Mul Pyramid and snap the jungle from above.
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