Cancun is the perfect destination for holidaymakers seeking something special. With a great choice of 5 star luxury hotels, you are not short for choice. If you are seeking a long haul all inclusive holiday, then Cancun should be on the top of your list, for preferred destinations. Cancun itself was a small and quiet fishing village but the 1980's saw a popular boom in hotels being built and tourists wanting a piece of caribbean paradise, flocked in large numbers. The main appeal are the stunning white sandy beaches but also the fantastic service found at the hotels. There are some great bargains to be had from the excellent shopping malls to the talented and skilful market vendors. The local cuisine is exciting and vibrant and if you eat out at least once, you can experience the real Mexican life style from dancing to great food.
Vaccinations and health
Zika outbreaks have been reported in Mexico. Because of the risk of birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with Zika while pregnant, women who are pregnant should not travel to Mexico. We advise that you always check with your local GP regarding to vaccinations. Do not leave it to the last minute. Some vaccinations can take a length of time to start working properly. Allow at the latest 8 weeks before departing.
Cancun has a tropical climate. The temperature barely goes below 20c. The dry season runs from November to April and is slightly cooler; the wet season is from May to October and is slightly hotter. Always drink plenty of water and keep hydrated. Remember that alcohol has a stronger affect in hot temperatures. See below for a more detailed monthly climate for Cancun.
110v, 50 HZ, three pronged plugs (American style). Best to take an adaptor with you or buy one at the airport. Larger hotels have converters for most 220-volt devices. Mexico does not use an earth wire in its electrical wiring and power surges are a common problem. If you plan to use a laptop computer, you should invest in a surge protector which are sold in most electronic stores.
The currency in Cancun is the Peso. US$ are also accepted along with credit cards.
The dialling code for Cancun is 52-998
The time difference is -5 hours (-6 hours in the summer). This means they are behind us by 5 hours.
The official language is Spanish but English is used especially around the main tourist areas.
Visa and passport
If you’re visiting Mexico as a tourist you don’t need a visa, but you do need a tourist card, which you can get on arrival by completing an immigration form available at border crossings or on-board flights to Mexico. You must have a passport with at least 6 months validity.
Getting to Cancun
There are flights to Cancun from UK major airports. The flight time for direct flights is between 8 and 9 hours. Flights with stops can vary.
Taxis are the best way to get round. Taxi fares are set by how many zones you travel through. It is best to agree the rate before you start your journey and you can find the rates at the front desk of most hotels. These rates can often be found at your hotel reception. You can get a taxi anywhere in Cancun and remember that it’s cheaper to hail a cab on the street than to get one outside your hotel. There is also a bus service which is very cheap albeit the journey time can vary. Most of the busses don’t have A/C so be prepared for a very hot ride. You can also hire a car and there have been recent improvements to the road network. To hire a car you need to be over 25 years of age, been driving longer than 2 years and hold a full license.