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Cancun travel tips

Cancun: Nature and culture unite

Cancún is a city in Mexico with breathtaking flair and interesting culture.

Cancún is a year-round destination due to its climate. However, the best time to travel is from November to April, since from May to October there is a risk of tropical storms due to the rainy season. In February during Carnival week there are many parades, floats and fireworks in Cancún. In April, the "Semana Santa", the Holy Week until Easter Sunday takes place. It is the most important holiday in Mexico. On November 1 and 2, "Día de los Muertos", the deceased are commemorated with flowers and symbols of the dead, as well as grave decorations.

For US citizens entry is possible without a visa. The required tourist card is issued upon entry and must be presented again upon departure. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months. Vaccinations against diphtheria, hepatitis A, tetanus and typhoid are recommended. Foodstuffs may not be imported. Gold may not be exported, except for gold jewelry. The export of antiques, cacti, archaeological finds, protected animals or corals is also prohibited. Alcohol may not be consumed on the street; this may be punishable by imprisonment or fines.

Cancun: once there

Tap water is not suitable for drinking. It is better to use bottled water or optionally boiled and disinfected water, even for brushing teeth. Food should always be peeled or boiled before consumption.

The cost of living for shopping or restaurant visits is cheap compared to the US: A cheap lunch is available from about 70 MXN, dinner from about 120 MXN, beer for about 30 MXN and soft drinks from about 15 MXN.

A pre-booked shuttle bus takes tourists from the airport to the hotel via several stops for about 200 MXN per person. The trip takes about 25 minutes. The ADO bus is cheaper: one trip costs about 64 MXN and takes between 25 and 35 minutes before ending at the bus station. Traveling by cab or private transfer is more expensive and costs from about 700 to 730 MXN. Overnight stays in a hostel will cost from ca. 200 MXN per person. A 3-star hotel costs about 950 MXN on average. Public transportation by bus is also inexpensive. Prices range from about 8.50 to 11 MXN per ride. For cab rides there are usually fixed prices.