A holiday in Cancun can offer two very different experience as this popular Mexican destination really is a city of two halves. The glitzy tourist area is home to sprawling malls and beautiful beaches, while downtown is where you'll experience the real city with its busy markets and bustling roads. If you're after a bit of culture head away from the beach and make the short trip to Chichen Itza - a well restored ancient Mayan site. There are plenty of activities on offer in Cancun from water sports to diving, or you can simply hit the beach and relax.
It's not possible to catch any direct flights to Cancun but you can purchase indirect flights from many major UK airports. Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, KLM and Flythomascook are just a few of the airlines that offer indirect flights into Cancun. You'll fly into Cancun International Airport which is situated around 22 kilometres southwest of the city centre.
Buses are one of the cheapest and most reliable ways to travel around during your holiday in Cancun. Just make sure you press the button before your stop so the driver will drop you off – if you are unsure just show the driver a map and point out where you want to go. Alternatively you can hail a taxi but be aware that these can work out more expensive especially around the hotels and to and from the airport.
Five star expensive resorts may be what spring to mind when you think of Mexico but it's still possible to visit on a budget. If you're after a cheap hotel in Cancun just make sure that you book well in advance – you'll be amazed at what bargains you can find! Also consider staying away from the beach and downtown as this is where you'll find the real bargains.
With more than 240 days of sunshine every year there really isn't a bad time to visit Cancun. Between late April and May can be a great time to nab some bargains or if you're willing to chance the hurricane season between June and November you'll also find some good discounts. Try to avoid the month of June as this is Spring Break when American students arrive in their droves.
Eating out can work out expensive especially during a holiday to Cancun. Instead of eating at typically tourist restaurants try the street vendors instead. Here you'll find a huge variety of traditional delicious food – after all you'll want to eat what the locals eat! A lot of Mexican food is usually spicy so if you're not used to peppers make sure you double check with the vendor to see if your food contains them. Make sure you sample authentic quesadillas and tacos.
Updated 15th May 2013
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