Originally from Houston, Tx, Selena is currently teaching English in Rabat, Morocco.
After spending 5 days in Mexico City visiting museums and historic areas, we were ready for some fun in the sun!
We used the airline VivaAerobus for a cheap flight from Mexico City to Cancun. Once there, we used taxis, buses, and ubers for transportation. For those who are 25+, it could be cheaper and easier to just rent a car. Since both of us are 22, it was too expensive to rent a car. You should know that uber does not have a good relationship with the taxi drivers in Cancun and it’s questionable if they are actually allowed to operate there. If taxi drivers see you waiting for an uber, they might get a bit aggressive and try to take pictures of the uber driver and his car.
Airbnb vs. Hotel:
We chose to stay at an Airbnb near Plaza de las Americas because it was much cheaper than a hotel. Pro: The price and the apartment we found was in a great area, close to convenience stores, a mall, and the public transportation. Con: It’s not in the hotel/tourist area which means spending some money on ubers and taxis to be able to go to the beaches and clubs.
What did we do?:
We were pretty exhausted the first day we got there so we rested, visited Plaza de las Americas (a shopping center) and went to Mercado 28 to do some souvenir shopping.
At night we went clubbing in the Hotel Zone. Although it is pricey (about 80 USD) we had a great time. We paid for a pass that gave us unlimited drinks and entrance to four clubs: Dady’O, Madala, The City, and La Vaquita. My favorite was definitely The City!
We spent the day at Playa Caracol, a nice beach with areas that don’t get a lot of waves. For dinner, we went to Parque Las Palapas. The perfect place to get authentic Mexican food and be around the people who actually live in Cancun.
We took an early ferry to Dolphin Discovery in Isla Mujeres and I got to swim with dolphins which is pricey but exactly what I wanted to do. You definitely don’t need to include this as part of your Cancun vacation but I’m happy I got the chance to do it. As part of the ticket, I also got access to Garrafón park. The park includes a lunch buffet, a pool, hammocks, snorkeling, and kayaking.
On our fourth day, there was a lot of rain so be prepared for lousy weather if you go to Cancun during hurricane season. Luckily, we didn’t actually get a hurricane and we were able to continue with our plans to go to Xplor Park. We had a great time ziplining, swimming in an underground river, and much more. It’s a pricey park but they include a buffet and I really enjoyed all of the activities. TIP: Pay for transportation when you buy your ticket online because it’s a pain having to do it later on.
On another rainy day, we booked a tour to Valladolid, Cenote Ik-Kil, and Chichén Itzáwith Dreams Tours (a tour company we found when we got to Cancun). The tour included a great buffet and if you paid extra, you got unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks all day.
On our last day, we decided to do another beach day at Playa Chac Mool. This beach had more waves and I did not enjoy it as much for swimming. The nice thing about this beach is that there was plenty of shade and it wasn’t very crowded.
Overall, I had a great time on my vacation in Mexico but there are things I would have done differently if I had the money/experience. I look forward to my next vacation in Mexico!