We are back from Mexico and I’ve had the most relaxing holiday of my life. For seven days life has only been about sun, sea, cocktails, taking pictures and relishing Mexican food. I have to mention that our hotel was stunning and the view from our room was heavenly.
This was our second trip to Mexico so it wasn’t a touristy holiday at all but as I didn’t do a travel post last year here are some tips for when you visit Cancun.
There are a number of luxury hotels, make sure you pick one on the beach front and not the lagoon side as the sea is so gorgeous, it’s simply not worth missing the view. Hotels are generally a bit on the expensive side but they are beautiful and so worth the money. We have stayed at two, the Westin Lagunamar and Villa Del Palmar, both of which are luxury hotels and offer great facilities and food.
There are several good restaurants on the lagoon side and they do lots of fresh sea food, Italian, Mexican you name it! So don’t just stay in your hotel, venture out and you’ll love it. Some of our favourite restaurants are Limoncello and La Distilleria. Tipping the waiter or just about anyone is a tradition. The usual guideline is 10% of your bill. My suggestion is get your currency exchanged before you travel and keep some change handy always.
Tours and Travels
Check the tours and travels at your hotel before you book them because hotels can usually get you a discount. Chichen Itza , Tulum, swimming in the Ik kil, snorkelling, speed boat ride through the mangroves are some of the popular activities and places that we visited.
If you like fishing this is the place. We hired a boat n went deep sea fishing. Hiring a boat exclusively is expensive but definitely a better experience, there are also group hires available if that’s what you fancy.
Island of Women is 13km off the Yucatan peninsula, we took a ferry to the island which wasn’t very pricey, we then hired a buggy and drove round the island. There are many beautiful spots overlooking the sea and also several restaurants that serve local food. There are many activities you could do on and around the island such as scooba diving, zip lining and of course snorkelling.
Travelling in Cancun
Taxis picked us up and dropped us to the airport but they are expensive and I’d say more expensive than UK prices. For the local travel such as going to the port to board the ferry, to the local restaurants and shopping trips we took the bus, which is 1/10th the price of the taxi and it is convenient too. Winner!
There are a few good shopping malls that you could visit and they have all the designer brands but those brands can be found anywhere in the world so why not try something local? Market 28 is a good place to start. You can get some beautiful handmade jewellery, tops and China dishes but you must have patience to haggle and if you do you’d end up buying stuff for less than 1/3rd the price they first quote.
So that’s a very quick guide if you are planning a holiday to Cancun.
Hope you enjoy the pictures xx