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Travel To Cancun: A Beginner's Guide

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If you are thinking about your next trip to a paradisiacal destination, surrounding yourself with a turquoise sea, white sandy beaches, and palm trees, Cancun is, without a doubt, the perfect place for you. It is also filled with numerous attractions, such as theme and water parks.

You don't want to miss anything this city has to offer, so we'll share how to make the most of your next adventure in the Caribbean Sea.

Nichupté Lagoon

Preparing for the Trip

If you want to get to know the real Cancun, without limits and have a memorable vacation, you should start with planning and researching your trip well ahead of time.



Intercontinental, international, or local travel? Your memorable experiences in Cancun starts with booking a flight. You don't have to worry; Cancun is easily accessible with incoming commercial flights from over 700 cities around the world. It doesn't matter where you come from. However, keep an eye on prices, as they can fluctuate between seasons and even from one day to the next.

It is essential that before your trip to Cancun you have everything prepared in terms of paperwork. You may frequently be asked to present government-issued IDs such as your passport, driver's license, or official ID stating your legal age, especially when you want to rent a car.

Transportation in Cancun

Transportation options in Cancun are really simple. You can catch a taxi from Cancun Airport or pre-book a Cancun Airport Shuttle service that will be waiting for you upon arrival to whisk you quickly to your desired hotel, home, or other destination.

If you're traveling in a larger group - such as extended family, friends, sports team, or otherwise, you can arrange a Cancun Airport Transfers service. We recommend booking the transfer in advance, so your vacation is completely effortless.

Hotels lining the beach

Accommodation in Cancun

After taking care of your transport, the most important thing is to choose your accommodation. You can book your vacation apartment or hotel room in advance via the internet. Booking on arrival is risky due to the limited availability of rooms, and prices are often higher.

Other accommodation options include guest houses or hostels - these are well-suited if your budget is lower or you wish to save some money and spend it on more attractions around the city.

Lounging by a pool in Cancun

Activities in Cancun

Cancun is one of the most-visited cities in the region, attracting tourists from all corners of the globe. That means you will have plenty of options when it comes to activities - from ultra-relaxed to adrenalin-packed.

The Beaches of Cancun


Of course, the main attraction of Cancun is the relaxing beaches, and you don't want to miss a single one - from Playa Las Perlas to Playa Delfines. We recommend Playa Presidente and Playa Caracol. They are two of the quietest and less-crowded beaches, loved by tourists and locals alike.

To best experience all the beaches of Cancun and the surrounding region, you can easily book a Cancun Car Rental service to zip around in the city. Remember... book in advance!

Nichupté Lagoon

The calm waters of Nichupté Lagoon are bordered on the east by the popular Hotel Zone with its pristine Caribbean-facing beaches. Even though this lagoon is beautiful, you must be very careful. Swimming is not encouraged because crocodiles and carnivorous fish live in the lagoon waters. If you want to see the whole lagoon and mangroves up close, we recommend renting a boat or yacht, or taking a group tour.

Crocodile in Nichupté Lagoon

Get To Know Downtown Cancun

Perhaps you want to take a local tour of the city and get to know the real culture of Cancun. We recommend visiting the downtown area of Cancun, such as Market 28, where you can buy handicrafts and try local food such as salbutes, empanadas, regional broths, and many other dishes.

Where To Eat in Cancun?

In Cancun, there is no shortage of places to eat. The best is undoubtedly downtown. Not only because of how cheap the food is but because you can try a wider variety of Mexican food. If, on the other hand, you are looking for Mediterranean and international food, the Hotel Zone is a better choice, however, the price will be much higher.

Either way, Cancun has something for everyone.

About the author

Diana lives and works in Mexico, and loves to help travelers get the most out of their visits to her homeland. Her many years of experience in the tourism industry has given her a unique insight into the factors that create the perfect vacation, and she generously shares that in her articles.

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