Travel Tips

Searching for travel tips on Cancun can be a breezeAll About Cancun has compiled a list of Cancun Tips intended to make your vacation safer and more enjoyable. Be sure to study and keep these tips in mind, or print them out to take with you.

This is valuable information that can make your trip to Cancun even better if you apply it correctly.

General Cancun Travel Tips to Keep In Mind

  • While it is true that hotels and resorts filter water, this does not guarantee that all bacterial agents are safely removed, nor does it mean that you will not possible get sick. Bottled water is readily available throughout Cancun, so be on the safe side and avoid drinking tap water.
  • Another very important Cancun travel tip to remember is that sunscreen is only effective here if it is waterproof. It is highly unlikely that you will never get in the ocean or a pool, so think beyond your tan when protecting your skin.
  • Mexico has very strict laws when it comes to defacement of currency. No bills that have been torn can be passed in Cancun—not even as tips or petty change. If someone offers you a torn bill, politely asked for one that has not been defaced. Otherwise, you have just lost money.
  • Beachfront hotels are private property and prefer that guests from other hotels not use their property to access the beach. There are ten public access points throughout Cancun that will allow any guests from any part of the island quick and convenient access to the water.
  • When shopping or clubbing, stay with the crowds. No city in the world should be walked alone at night. Even a safe place like Cancun is best explored in a group.
  • Do not believe people in information booths who say they are not selling time shares. They are.
  • Pedestrians do not have the right of way in Mexico. Let the cars have the road.
  • Cancun is on Central Time and observes Daylight Savings Time.

Cancun Tips on Legal Entry to the Country and handling any problems you may have in Mexico

  • You can only enter Mexico with certain legal documents. These documents include passports, birth certificates with raised embossed seals, voter registration cards, or driver licenses with photo id.
  • If you are bringing a child younger than 18 into the country who is not your own, you MUST have a notarized letter from the parents or guardian(s). This applies to family members as well as non-family members.
  • Go to the Consulate if you have any legal issues in Cancun. Do not take rely on advice or legal tips from Cancun locals if you find yourself in any type of dispute or legal matter. Go directly to your nation’s embassy and speak with your consulate.

Cancun Money Tips

  • 1. You may convert US dollars to pesos at a range of $1 to 12-13 pesos (approximately). Currency exchange facilities are located all around Cancun. It is best to convert only a little bit of your cash at a time. You can only spend this money in Mexico, so do not get more than you need and then have to fly back home with less US money than Mexican money.
  • US Dollars are also accepted in most places, but be careful carrying large amounts of American cash on you.
  • If you buy calling cards, buy only the ones made by the phone companies TelMex or LadaTel. These cards are also supposed to have a small microchip on them.
  • Do not depend on your credit card because not everyone will accept it.
  • If you bring your credit card, make sure you have identity theft protection and use the card only for emergencies.
  • Call your cell phone provider before leaving the States to make certain your phone will work here and that you will not be billed for roaming or international rates on minutes used.

Cancun Tipping for Service

  • Cab drivers do not expect to be tipped.
  • Negotiate your rate up front, because cab drivers have been known to overcharge.
  • Tipping hotel staff and room service is considered generous and polite.
  • Gratuities are expected in restaurants, nightclubs, and bars.
  • Tips for service on the beach or in your room do not have to be money. Small gifts are considered thoughtful.

Mexico’s Entry Requirements:

To enter Mexico you need to obtain a Tourist Card (FMT). To get your Tourist Card you will need to prove citizenship, a passport is best for this purpose. Other forms of accepted proof of citizenship include voter’s registration card, naturalization papers or a notarized affidavit of citizenship. A photo ID is very helpful, a passport can serve as proof of citizenship and photo ID. Airlines will furnish the Tourist Card. Be sure to save the copy that is returned to you, as you must present this copy when leaving Mexico.

Public Phone Charges:

Beware!!! There are phones plastered all over some towns, usually on the front of businesses. They are marked “TO CALL LONG DISTANCE TO THE USA & CANADA, SIMPLY DIAL 0” The writing is in black and USA is in blue letters with CANADA in red letters. They also have pictures of credit cards on the signs. The phones are put there by a private phone company and are VERY, VERY EXPENSIVE. You will probably faint when you see your phone bill or credit card bill!

More Useful Phone Numbers:

When dialing a 7 digit (local) phone numbers you must first dial 011 52 (998) from the U.S. and Canada.

Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles:
(213) 351-6800

Mexican Consulate in San Francisco:
(415) 392-2897

Mexican Consulate in San Diego:
(619) 231-0337

Quintana Roo State Tourist Information Office: