Cancun, Mexico Vacations


Our Opinion of Cancun

Cancun is a lively destination that has earned its reputation for action-packed vacations. During the day you can stroll along the endless stretch of white sand beach, shop at one of the many malls located along the Cancun strip or take in one of the many day tours. A night the disco's come alive and keep the party going until the early morning hours.

Cancun is great for travelers who want a lively vacation with lots of activity options. Energetic couples and singles will love this destination. Families or couples looking for a more relaxing vacation would probably prefer the Riviera Maya, just south of Cancun.

Cancun is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico and the world. Its superb Caribbean location makes it the perfect place for everything from ecotourism, snorkeling, golf and fishing, to horseback riding, scuba diving, surfing and sailing. Extreme sports are also a major part of the excitement found in a Cancun vacation; the city boasts one of the highest bungee jumps in Mexico.

Cancun has fascinating Mayan remains, as well as a museum displaying pieces from this culture. It's excellent overland and air links will whisk you to some of the most impressive places in the Mayan World in both Quintana Roo and neighbouring Yucatán. Ashore, you can choose from two championship 18 hole golf courses; or if you prefer the great "indoors", prepare to hone your shopping skills at the local market in downtown Cancun or one of the sparkling malls in the "hotel zone".

Things to know about Cancun, Mexico Vacations

Activities & Sports
The waters of the bay, sheltered by Isla Mujeres, are calm and perfect for surfing, sailing, scuba diving and water sports; those facing the open surf have stronger currents but are also suitable for fishing and snorkeling. Superb kayaking can be found at the Laguna Nichupte.

Cancun has stunning golf courses, some of which have championship features, overlooking the Caribbean or Laguna Nichupte. All major hotels have tennis and squash courts. Volleyball tournaments are held on the most popular beaches. Kukulcan Boulevard has a special area for cycling and roller-skating.

One of the best places for sailing in Cancun is off its fantastic beaches. The waters are perfect for this activity also for boating in both the bay and Laguna Nichupté. You can fish for chad, coronado, sea bass, sailfish, dorado and red fish.

One of the best ways to enjoy the beaches on a Cancun vacation is on horseback. The Rancho Loma Bonita is one of the most popular places for renting horses; the place itself also has a great riding area.

Dining & Nightlife
Nightlife in Cancun is intense and goes on until dawn in its many discotheques and nightclubs. You'll find all kinds of music there as well as the finest Mexican and imported drinks. The bars are very entertaining and the waiters make sure there's always a lively atmosphere. If you are looking for a calmer atmosphere, there are jazz or piano bars, as well as those with traditional mariachi music.
 
The popular nightclubs in Cancun are Daddy O's, Coco Bongo, The City and La Boom.

Shopping
Cancun vacations are not complete without some shopping. Cancun is a cosmopolitan city with all facilities. It has plazas and large shopping malls where one can acquire everything from handicrafts to high-end name brand fashions.

Mexican handicrafts include items made of pewter, silver and glass, hand-painted tiles and oil paintings, huaraches (leather sandals for men and women), leather articles, tobacco and other imported goods.

Spend some time downtown several blocks from the shore. Zocalo Plaza, surrounded by sidewalk cafés and adorned with a mosque-like cathedral, is a great place to shop. For name brand clothing and high-end fashion visit the outdoor La Isla Mall.

Flying time from:
Toronto:
Approximately 4 hours
Montreal: Approximately 5 hours
Calgary: Approximately 5 hours
Vancouver: Approximately 5 hours 30 minutes

Languages: Spanish
Currency: Mexican Pesos. U.S. currency widely accepted.
Climate: Sub-tropical with average tempuratures of 29'C
Electricity: Same as Canada and the U.S.

Documents
Canadian citizens require a valid passport or birth certificate and government issued photo ID (ie. drivers licences). All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Mexican consulate. Passports are highly recommended.

Note: Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.

Mexican tourist cards are supplied & validated with vacation packages. Some restrictions apply to tourists 18 years & under, when travelling without parents. Contact the Mexican Government Tourist Office toll free at 1-800-446-3942.

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