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5 Cancun Vacation Mistakes You Might Be Making

by Carla Fiorito on March 8, 2011

Cancun Mistakes you might be making.

Whenever I want to travel to Cancun, I always make sure to take advantage of everything it has to offer.

One of the first times I visited Cancun, I spent all of my time at the beach (And don’t get me wrong, it was awesome!)

However, when I got home and told my friends about it, they told me all about their Cancun adventures such as going out to fabulous restaurants, adventure tours, and more.

I promised myself that next time I would not make these five mistakes:

Cancun Mistake #1: Spending All Your Time at the Beach

It’s true that one of the highlights of going to Cancun is spending time at the beach, but don’t spend your whole trip at the beach.

Cancun has much more to offer; it would be a mistake to not take a day trip to see Chichen-Itza or spend the day on an adventure tour.

Cancun Mistake #2: Only Eating At the Hotel

While eating at the hotel may be convenient sometimes, you should definitely venture out and check out some of the authentic local Cancun cuisine.

You can find many different types of restaurants in the Hotel Zone and a great local flavor in the city.

Cancun Mistake #3: Underestimating How Much Sun Screen You Need

The first time I came back from Cancun, I was as red as a lobster. Cancun is bright and sunny for at least 200 days a year, so sunscreen is a must.

When you are at the beach, it is advisable to generously apply sunscreen every couple of hours.  Don’t let the wind at the beach fool you as you can still burn very easily.

Cancun Mistake #4: Waiting to the Last Minute to Book Tours

If you want to take advantage of adventure tours in Cancun, it is always best to plan ahead. This way you don’t overschedule your days in a rush or end up missing out on an awesome opportunity to zip line, swim with the dolphins, parasail and or any other activity.

Cancun Mistake #5: Not Researching Ahead of Time

Whenever visiting a different country, I suggest doing a little research in order to know about any festivals, basic phrases, currency changes, etc. If you are reading this, you are already doing your research!

It is also a good idea to keep an eye on the news, just in case you need to take any safety precautions.

Have you made any of these mistakes? What are some tips you suggest for first time Cancun travelers?

Carla is currently an intern at All About Mexico. She is studying Hotel & Restaurant Management at University of Houston. She loves writing, traveling, and tourism.
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  • http://yucatantoday.com/ andrea

    Excellent article Carla!! I live 3 hours away from Cancun so I’ve been going for most part of my life and I’m always amazed that so many people do not take full advantage of all that Cancun (and Riviera Maya) has to offer.
    Ok, do spend sometime on the beach, the Caribbean waters and white sand are unbeatable… but still there is so much to see and do… nearby archaeological sites, natural sites like cenotes, activities like nature trails and zip lines, amazing restaurants… and yes some shopping!
    Thanks for sharing this article, I already sent it on some friends who are coming next month.

  • Carla Fiorito

    Thank you for your comment Andrea! I am also amazed that some people don’t end up taking advantage of everything Cancun has to offer – an unforgettable vacation! I am glad that you found this article useful and thank you for sending it to your friends.

  • http://www.me-cancun.com/ Cancun Traveler

    I have definitely made mistake #1,2,and 3! This is all great advice, thanks so much. I will use this information for my trip!

  • Nancy

    Looking forward to going back to Cancun the end of September. Can you recommend a site that lists “what’s on” thru mid-October? Googling like mad at the moment to see if there are any festivals etc that I should look out for.

  • Robert

    If you rent a car beware of prohibited parking areas. Don’t park where the sidewalk is painted yellow, white or red. The police will remove your front license plate until you pay your ticket. Finding the place where you have to go to pay the ticket can be very frustrating as no one knew where it was. Also watch the maximum speed limit signs and make sure you decrease your speed as the police are just waiting to catch you speeding.

    Where sun screen even when it is cloudy as the rays go right through the clouds.

    Only drink bottled water no matter what they say about the water being safe to drink. The ph could be off slightly and that’s enough to make you sick.

    Check the internet for discount coupons on restaurants and trips, you can save yourself some money.

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