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5 Things NOT to Bring to the Beach in Cancun

by Aleasha Stephens on April 26, 2010

Beach bag with hat and sunscreen

Cancun has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

In fact, some visitors come just for the purpose of relaxing and enjoying the white sand and turquoise waters.

So we thought some of you could benefit from our mistakes and learning what not to do in order to have the best Cancun beach experience possible.

1. Black Clothes – I don’t know why I ever thought this was a good idea but I ended up very hot and disgruntled thanks to the amazing, heat absorbing power that is black.

2. Jeans – I love jeans for all occasions – except the beach. Have you ever been so hot in jeans that taking them off is more like peeling them off? Ya. Not to mention jeans gain at least 4 lbs when wet. Stick with sarongs, dresses and lightweight cover ups.

3. Valuables – the main ones to watch out for here are jewelry and sunglasses. I have had many a pair of Miu Miu’s stolen by the waves or that favorite ring/watch/bracelet ruined by salt water and sand. Be careful with which electronics you bring as well. Whenever going to the beach I have found its best to bring only things you do not care about being ruined, stolen or lost.

4. Big, professional camera – I have a friend who loves taking photos and of course we love when he takes photos because then we don’t have to! At the beach, however, we have found that it is more hassle than it’s worth to worry about delicately handling a heavy and extremely expensive camera. So unless the purpose of your beach trip is to take pretty, professional photos, I would recommend just bringing your regular digital camera.

5. Glass & plastic bottles – They have an unfortunate way of breaking or injuring people and animals. I have found any liquids I want to bring are more easily managed in a nalgea bottle or transportable pitcher. If you do bring plastic or glass make sure to take them with you and dispose of them! The only thing you should leave behind at the beach are your footprints ☺

There you have it – 5 things NOT to take to the beach. Take it from us and avoid these situations when possible. Do you have any personal experiences we could learn from as well?

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  • LindaC

    I once went on a 1/2 day small boat excursion with a huge purse. Mistake. The water got a little rough and I was clinging to it all day instead of enjoying the boat ride. Bring a smaller CROSS BODY bag for the things you must have with you (a waterproof one is great). This way your hands are free and so are your worries about loosing your stuff in the ocean!

  • http://allaboutcancun.com Cara Gourley

    Good tips Aleasha! Expensive sunglasses are a NO NO for the beach. I hate that feeling when the waves steal them. Cheap sunglasses all the way for swimming days!

  • Margaret

    We are going to Cancun for a destination wedding July, 2010. I’ve never been, so I have a few questions.
    Re: Dreams Tulum Resort, is the water filtered, or do we drink bottled water?
    Will the food be ok to eat fresh or raw, i.e. sushi, produce, salads, etc?
    Are there any biting insects?

  • http://krusinis.t35.com mayoneeVarm

    That was a really interesting post, I enjoyed reading it. You are dead right!

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