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Beach Things to do in Cancun When It Rains

by Laurie Gourley on September 30, 2010

Cancun in Hurricane Matthew

What do you do when Mother Nature decides not to cooperate with your vacation plans? When I found out Hurricane Matthew was hitting Mexico, I had a choice stay home or make the best of it and go.

I was happy to find Cancun beaches can be just as much fun in the rain as in the sun. I decided to walk the beach in between bands of rain and found it to be a pleasant surprise.

Beach Sand Games

Sand writing and sand castle construction was the thing to do on the beach. It seems rainy sand is the ideal consistency to use to create that masterpiece. You can use sticks, cups, bottles and for the more advanced castle makers; store bought equipment.

Beach Volleyball

As we walked along the row of hotels there were people playing beach volleyball and enjoying the cool rain. I asked one of the players if I needed to stay at that hotel to play and the answer was no anyone was welcome. The process to join Cancun beach volleyball is fairly simple show up, ask and wait till there is an opening.

Shell Hunting

The storm had caused the waves to create a large sand wall at the edge of the beach. I watched some women using sticks and broken shells to poke holes in the sandy cliff. One woman explained that this is where they would find unbroken large conch shells. I spent much of the day trying this new type of shell hunting. I found a large quantity of shells and did not have to compete with the Cancun beach crowd.

Beach People Watching

Watching how people act at the beach when it’s raining is good entertainment. There was a family eating cookies on a beach blanket as if it was the most perfect of weather. A young couple sat on lounge chairs with sunglasses on and beer in hand laughing. The rain seemed to make it a magical day; having fun on the beach was all about the attitude.

If you are one of those people who have a good time despite the rainy weather share your thoughts, pictures or stories.

Laurie is CEO at All About Mexico. She loves traveling, tennis and making new friends. You can follow her on twitter @allaboutlaurie.
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  • Ron, Fargo, ND

    Laurie,
    I read that the best “deal” on tours such as Chichen Itza can best purchased on the street from independent vendors. Have been warned not to buy “online”. Best deal I can find online however is thru Cancun Tours. I will be down there in January, what are your thoughts?

    Thanx, Ron

  • http://allaboutcancun.com/author/lauriegourley/ Laurie Gourley

    Ron you bring up a very valid fear.

    Here are some tips for determining the validity of a site:
    http://www.archive.org/ – type in the URL of the web site in question and it will give you data on how long the site has been in business
    https://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/ – this site will let you know what links are coming into a site. Look for reputable in links.

    As for buying online or when you get there:
    I have found in most cases buy ahead is the best “deal” because they know you are coming so they give a discount similar to buying an advance ticket on an airline. I have one exception it is usually more expensive to book through a cruise line as they mark up the excursions. If you want to be more spontaneous then I would buy the excursion when I got to Cancun. If you buy from a independent vendor I would look in local magazines as there are usually lots of discount coupons in them. I have also gotten a deals by asking the concierge or at the front desk of hotels if they have any coupons.

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