Cancun Vacation Tips on a Budget
Cancun is ALL about the water.
|Cancun, Mexico Hotel Zone|
|Kuku's Hot Tub Bar | Omni Cancun, Mexico|
As far as entertainment at the resorts, they have "activities" throughout the day and some nights they have "concerts" and "presentations". I put those all in quotes because they are very cruise ship like and not super amazing. We went to one "show" - basically a stage with various types of Mexican and Mayan dance...interesting, but not fascinating. We also played Bingo one day. 3 single rounds of Bingo that took literally 45 minutes. Very weird, but fun because we were sitting in the pool anyway, but not something we would repeat. So don't count on great entertainment at the resorts. Expect AMAZING relaxation...just not amazing performances.
We spent the majority of our days in Cancun at the resort, swimming, diving in the surf for shells (you can find giant conch shells if you are diligent, or just buy them off the beach sellers if you're lazy) and eating amazing seafood. We did visit El Roy which is a small ruin right along the Hotel Zone and it was small, but interesting, cheap and had about a million iguanas. We hear that they feed them there and it is part of the attraction of this particular ruin. It was worth the few bucks just to see the iguanas, but the ruins are pretty interesting too. Make sure to check out the one outcast villager that lived back in the woods...we totally thought that would be our house until we remembered the jaguars. Then we thought we would much rather we in the middle of town, don't you think?
When we did venture into the town of Cancun, we just basically looked around. It is a lot like Vegas (Coco Bongo is a huge nightclub among others on the strip that is said to be amazing...we didn't want to pay the $45-$55 cover). The malls are as luxurious as anything in America and are fun to walk around, but the prices are luxury prices. Feel free to buy, but don't expect a good deal. The only thing we bought in Cancun was a little chicken pecking toy from a lady that had set up a blanket with trinkets on the side of the walkway (it was around 2 bucks and they were 9 at the airport, so an ok deal). We collected a ton of shells by searching in the waters, but otherwise did not bring home any Cancun souvenirs. The good stuff is to be found in the villages! Of course, I took plenty of photos...because the beaches are seriously THAT GOOD. ...like a postcard...
|Cancun, Mexico | Hotel Zone|
As far as the rest of the trip, costs were minimal thanks to my husband's ingenious planning. He signed us up for the Vacation Club/timeshare deal before we left, but also signed us up for a rental car for the entire trip (a steal @ $85 for the week off Priceline) and of course airline tickets. The airline tickets were free first class tickets paid for with frequent flyer miles. We signed up for a credit card deal where we put ALL of our grocery, gas etc. EVERYTHING purchases for 4 months and then paid it off immediately (around $750 each month). No fees, no interest, free first class tickets to Cancun. If you can't pay off the credit card bills religiously, then taking deals like these aren't worth it. You'll lose more in interest than the plane tickets are worth, so just find a good deal on Expedia. By the way...in case you were wondering - First class was AWESOME. ...and yes, we were flying American Airlines. Yes, they declared bankruptcy while we were in Cancun. Luckily, they were still running flights as usual and we got home, but what a fun scare that was reading the front page of the Mexican newspapers announcing that our airline had gone under. Of course...there are worse places to be stranded...
|Puerto Morales, Public Beach and Snorkeling Access|
To learn more about traveling Mexico, check out my other articles below!
1. Cancun Vacation Tips on a Budget2. How to Listen to a Timeshare Presentation without Buying In 3. The Real Valladolid, | Hotels, Ruins and the Heart of Mexico4. Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morales | Snorkeling and Sambutes 5. Ek Balam and the Cenotes6. The Municipal Market of Valladolid
All photographs taken with my cheapest DSLR in case in went into the ocean -- full kit for the Nikon d40 found HERE on Amazon.
Want more travel? Head to Vegas with me HERE, the Pacific Coast Highway HERE and keep your eyes peeled for my trip to NYC with Martha Stewart coming soon! Here is some fun info on the boroughs of NYC to hold you over until then :)