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Cancun Travel Information
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There is little crime in Riviera Maya. In the tourist areas, you are generally safe late at night. Car break-ins are just about the only crime, especially around the shopping centers. So be sure to lock your door like you would back at home. Like any other beach resort, do not leave money or valuables unattended on the beach.
Semi-tropical with an average temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Average daily maximum and minimum temperatures for Cancun: January-March, 68-86 F (20-30 C); April-June, 71-89 F (22-32 C); July-September, 75-91 F (24-33 C); October-December, 68-87 F (20-31 C).
Cancun has an average of more than 200 sunny days a year and has less annual rainfall than the Virgin Islands or the Bahamas. You may run into some rain, overcast weather and days with bothersome wind gusts. Usually a light breeze blows across the island, keeping things cool.
The city's temperature averages an idyllic 80 F (27 C) year-round, dipping painlessly from time to time, hitting 65 F (19 C) in January. It can swelter to 100 F (38 C) in May, though ocean breezes keep it more bearable than the rest of the Yucatán, which can get drenchingly muggy and hot. Rainfall is rare, though violent storms called nortes can roll in on any afternoon, their black clouds, high winds and torrents of rain followed within an hour by bright sun and blue sky. Hurricane season lasts from July to November.
November and early December are perhaps the best times to go, as there are fewer tourists and prices are low. The busy season is from mid-December to April, when prices are noticeably higher. Surcharges get tacked on around the Christmas, New Year's and Easter holidays.
Banks & Currency Exchange
US Dollars are easily exchanged into pesos in banks, major hotels, airports and exchange houses. Mexican banks are generally open from 9 am to 2:30 pm weekdays only. Exchange houses are open longer and offer quicker service. Most credit cards are accepted in shops, hotels and travel agencies. Major purchases are best made with a credit card. You automatically receive the bank rate of exchange, which is higher than the rates given in town or at the hotels.
Some credit cards will charge you the FEF (Foreign Exchange Fee) for paying with a USA card in pesos. Please check before with your bank. That comission is from 2.5% - 3.9%
Departure tax is approximately U.S.$17, except for passengers under two years of age, who are exempt from the tax.
The international telephone access code is 52. The city code for Cancun is 998
For example, if you need to call a hotel in Cancun you will have to dial like this: 011 52 998 ### ####
If you need to call a mobil phone from the US, you have to dial for example, like this: 011 521 998 ### ####
To call to a mobil phone in Cancun FROM Cancun you will have to dial like this: 044 998 ### ####
New Year's Day (1 January) *Banks closed
Constitution Day (5 February)
Birthday of Benito Juarez - Beginning of spring (21 March) *Banks closed
Good Friday through Easter Monday (four days in March or April; date varies)
Labor Day (1 May) *Banks closed
Anniversary of Battle of Puebla (5 May)
Independence Day (16 September) *Banks closed
Columbus Day (12 October)
All Saints' Day (1 November) *Banks closed
Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution of 1910 (20 November)
Christmas Day (25 December) *Banks closed
Currency: Mexican peso.
The rate of exchange against other currencies fluctuates daily. Though banks and "Casas de cambio" (exchange houses) change most major currencies. US dollars are always easiest to change and they accept them just everywhere.
Casas de cambio usually give exchange rates close to the rate given at banks, and are easier to use. However, they occasionally do not accept traveler's checks for exchange and you may sometimes be required to go to a bank to exchange traveler's checks. The worst exchange rates are found at hotel zone casas de cambio. Downtown exchange houses generally give better rates.
Banks and ATMs are plentiful in Cancun, and there are numerous money exchanges.
Strictly casual resort wear, especially during the day. Jackets and ties are almost never needed, but it is customary to dress up for the discos, and most nice restaurants and bars require men to wear shirts and slacks (some allow Bermudas). Bathing suits (particularly for women) are not to be worn away from swimming pools and beach areas. Shorts should never be worn when entering a church.
Spanish is the main language of Mexico with the native Mayan being spoken only by a small minority of the population.
Cancun's Hotel zone has a length of 24 kms.
- If you want to be right where the action is, stay in the northern part of the hotel zone.
- If you want some peace and quiet, still within walking distance of restaurants and shopping, stay in the middle part of the hotel zone.
- If you really want to get away from it all, stay in the southern part of the hotel zone. You may want to take taxis everywhere or rent a car though, as it's a long bus ride to the hot spots.
You need a passport to come to Mexico. Please visitUSA Department of State or www.rushmypassport.com
It is rare for Riviera Maya to get hurricanes, but it is a fact of life. Hurricanes tend to move slowly enough for people to avoid danger, and there is a 5-day warning system in the area that will advise you of the situation. Hotels and villas are experienced in keeping guests safe and happy during one of these storms. So, you should not worry about vacationing during this season when many times you get the best deals and the best weather.
Central Standard year round.
Most US mobil phones work in Cancun area.
Closest archeology attractions
Chichet Itza (New 7 wonder of the world!), Tulum, Coba, Uxmal, Palenque, El Meco, El Rey, Dzibilchaltún, Ek-Balam, Kabah, Kohunlich, Labná, El Cerrito, Punta Laguna, El Cedral, Muyil / Chanyaxche, Sayil etc.
Closest National Parks
Nohoch jungle, Tulum National Park, Siankahan Biosphere, Loma Bonita, Contoy Island, Celestum, Delphinus, Punta Sam, Isla Mujeres Park, Nizuc Park, Petempich Bay National Park, Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Yalku Lagoon, among others.
Cancun's Cenotes are natural mineral water pools carrying water from subterranean rivers. You can dive or swim in them. (Cenotes within 1 hr drive: Casa, Taj, Dzitnup, Gran Cenote, Calavera, Dos Ojos, Cristal, Azul, etc)
Isla Mujeres, isla Contoy, Cozumel, Isla Holbox
Helpful Links & Activities
Official Travel Information of Cancun
Xcaret national park
Cancun Jungle Tour
Xel-Ha National Park
Swim with Whale Sharks
Garrafon National Park
Xplor National Park
Playa Del Carmen
Cancun Snorkeling Tours
Eco Tours Riviera Maya
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