Cancun, Mexico offers a wide variety of activities for travelers from all over the world. If you’re in the mood to relax, you can head on down to the beach, or if you’re looking for some adventure, you can always take a guided tour to the Mayan pyramids or through the forests. Either way, Cancun has plenty of sights and attractions that are sure to amaze you.
Cancun is the most popular region in Mexico. It brings in more than 3 million visitors every year and offers lots of great tropical splendor and relaxation. You may be surprised to find out that Cancun was not popularized until the 1960’s when the government realized that they could build up the area in the Yucatan Peninsula and bring in a lot of tourism for the white, sandy beaches. While Cancun is known to go wild during Spring Break, it also offers visitors a chance to enjoy first-class dining, excursions into the rainforests and Mayan pyramids, and wonderful shopping.
Due to the geographical location of Cancun you can also plan to enjoy plenty of sunshine and water sports. If you’re the type to enjoy kayaking, water skiing, snorkeling, parasailing, or scuba diving, you are definitely in for a treat. You can find pretty much any water activity you can imagine here in Cancun, Mexico! There is also a wide variety of fish to be caught, too. It’s not uncommon to reel in a blue-fin tuna, marlin, grouper, or even a huge sailfish. The rainy season in Cancun is generally between August and November, but other than that you can expect sunny blue skies.
The off season in Cancun is usually from June to November because of the heat index and because that is hurricane season, but this can also the best time to find good deals on airfare. You will always want to ensure that you have a place to stay confirmed before buying any airfare and you will definitely want to check the radar on the weather channel before heading out there. One tropical storm can make turn your trip from fun and fantastic to dismal and dangerous.
Getting around in Cancun is very easy if you stay in the resort area. Unless you are familiar with Mexico it is recommended that you stay in town near the hotels and resorts. If you are uncomfortable with walking, you can hop in a taxi, but be ready to pay about $20 per hour. It will make it easier if you know exactly where you are going beforehand. There are maps posted in each hotel/resort to help you find your way and if you’re unsure don’t be afraid to ask the front desk for help. There are also plenty of buses to take you to various attractions and they are generally cheap.
Most people in the hotel/resort area of Cancun speak English, so learning the Spanish language is not necessary, but if you want to brush up on your high school Spanish before heading out, it may make your trip a little more fun. The last piece of advice to remember when you get to Mexico is to change your US Dollars to Pesos. It will make your stay a bit easier because Pesos are accepted everywhere, but there are many places that do not take US change and/or currency. Also, get your money exchanged at a bank or at your hotel. You will get a better rate than doing it at a store or restaurant.
Other than that, just go and have fun! Don’t forget to bring a camera, too, because you will have plenty of moments that you are not going to want to forget!
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