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Essential Tips for a Trip to Cancun

Updated: Nov 28, 2018

If you're planning a luxury vacation to Cancun, then you probably already know you're in for some quality sunbathing, exciting nightlife, breathtaking scenery & fascinating cultural & historical insight. Still, there are other aspects of this destination you need to consider to ensure a safe, enjoyable stay. As with any trip to Mexico or another foreign country, it's crucial to be aware of certain customs, unspoken rules & basic precautionary measures to prevent any hiccups from compromising your fun.

Keep these tips in mind & you're sure to get the most out of your getaway:

  • It's a good idea to make copies of your passport just in case of a mishap. Keep one in your carry-on, one in your suitcase & then leave one at home with a family member or friend.

  • Are you on a budget? Then consider going to Cancun during the off season, which runs from May to November. Higher temperatures & some rain are a possibility, but you could spend a lot less during this time than during the high season from December to March.

  • Fortunately, all stores & restaurants will take U.S. dollars & travelers checks. If you wish to exchange your money, though, do so at the bank for the best rate.

  • Planning on doing some sightseeing? Don't forget to pack sturdy, comfortable shoes for trekking around the ruins.

  • There are a multitude of interesting religious sites to explore close to Cancun. If you think you might want to check them out, be sure to bring one very modest outfit.

  • You don't necessarily need to get a rental car for your trip. Cancun has plenty of public transportation options including buses & taxis to help you get around. However, it can be useful to rent a car just for the day if you're heading to the Mayan ruins or other major attractions.

  • Always remember to apply SPF – even on overcast days. Just because it's cloudy doesn't mean UV rays aren't strong enough to do some damage. It's also a good idea to bring along a hat for when you're basking in the sun on the beach or doing some mid-afternoon sightseeing.

  • It can still get somewhat chilly at night during the winter, so don't forget to pack a sweater & a light jacket.

  • While lounging on the sand, you're bound to want to take a dip in the sparkling cerulean waters. However, be aware that the currents & undertows can sometimes be surprisingly strong. If you spot a red or black flag on top of the lifeguard tower, then you know that conditions are dangerous.

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