Note: Always plan for an independent trip. Avoid agencies, agents to reduce your cost
Cancun packing list
- Clothes (you know it very well and travel towel)
- Shoes and chappals or slippers so that you can roam around in beaches and streets
- Swim suit
- Make up
- Power plug
- Camera Gear
- Water Bottle
- Passport, Visa and proofs
A Pen to fill visa application forms and arrival departure card.
Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodarant, moisturiser and any make-up , hair straightener is allowed on airplanes on cabin baggage as well.
Keep in mind that every make up items should be less than 50 ml or 50 g while travelling on airplanes. Plan accordingly
I recommend every traveler to get a travel adaptor. So that you travel to any countries.
Camera, Lens, Small Tripod or selfie sticks, Additional batteries and memory cards
Powerbank, Headphones, Hair straightener, Travel adaptor, Additional USB cables in case of cable failure, Backpacks/Rucksacks & Luggages
We highly recommend bringing a reusable bottle for water with you so you can fill it in airports or shops so that you don’t have to pay for the water.
Note: Security clearance doesn't allow water bottles filled with water. So bring empty bottles or drink it completely before you enter.
Bring cash, many do not accept credit cards.
Best time to go to cancun
Peak season starts from the end of November to the first week in March.
Cheapest time to go to cancun
The cheapest time to visit is from May to November.
Climate in cancun
The rainiest month are September and October.
Temperatures in Cancun are almost everyday around 30 degrees
Always exchange your currency, at least 7 days prior to your departure. Exchange at the Forex or travel agencies which gives you lower exchange rates without commission. Shop around and compare exchange rates.
Do Not Exchange at Airports
Airports are known to charge anywhere between 5-10% margin when you buy or sell currency. Only exchange currency at an airport if it is absolutely necessary.
How To Get Around Cancun (Complete Plan/Itinerary)
What we explored:
As you can see below, These are the main attractions that we are going to explore!
- Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico
- Playa Tortugas, Quintana Roo, Mexico
- Playa Delfines, Q.R., Mexico
- Selvatica - The Adventure Tribe, Q.R., Mexico
- Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
- Chichen Itza
- Xel-Há Park
- XCARET, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
- Tulum Archaeological Site
Download offline Maps
We strongly recommend you to download offline maps for cancun from where ever you find free wifi, So that you can reach any destination without internet.
Transportation in cancun
Note: Uber is not in cancun.
I would recommend you to choose rental cars with full insurance. So that you don’t have to worry about the damage of the cars and as well as it’s so cheap.
The roads are well maintained in most cases and parking is not a major issue.
Private car services and taxi’s.
Day 1- Visit to Isla Mujeres
Be an early bird! Start every day early to enjoy the complete day.
If you are coming in a car, you have to park at Punta Sam ferry terminal or Terminal Maritima Puerto Juarez.
You can choose to take ferry from either of these terminals to reach Isla Mujeres!
They will charge you parking fee if you are parking near ferry terminal.
You need to take a ferry to reach the Isla Mujeres and it is a one hour journey.
You can choose punta sam if you wish to bring car to Isla mujeres. Price for the ferry to carry your car is 256 Pesos.
Timings start from 5.A.M to 12 P.M
Cost for Adult
One Way $160MXN
Round Trip $300MXN
Check this link https://www.ultramarferry.com/en/routes-and-departures#Cancun-Isla-Mujeres for ferry information!
Things to do in Isla Mujeres
Once you step out of isla mujeres, You can rent a Golf car on Mujeres Golf Cart Rentals.
Book in advance for Golf cart rentals.
check this link https://www.indios-golfcarts.com/ for the rates for golf cart rentals.
Other alternatives are taxi but make sure to bargain.
Note: Remember to bargain everywhere in Cancun.
Visit Playa Norte
One of the nicest beaches. Clear water, white coral sand, and plenty of places to stretch out an relax while enjoying food.
Play with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery
This is the best place where you will find many activities.
You can swim with stingrays, sharks and feed manatees, sea lion and whole swim with the dolphins.
Check this link https://www.dolphindiscovery.com/cancun-islamujeres/ for the prices and reservations and come back!
Tips: Bring your GoPro to shoot in water!
Once done, Head back to the ferry and reach the cancun for your place of stay.
Visit Punta sur
Go to this place for capturing beautiful images.
Delicious things to eat and drink in cancun
- Deep-Fried Quesadillas
- Beef Barbacoa
- Tacos al pastor
For drinks try Mezcal, Mezcal cocktail!!
Day 2- Visit Playa Tortugas, Playa Delfines
Playa Tortugas is a decent beach with commercial boats.
Playa delfines is the beach were the CANCUN sign is located.
What next? Drive to Selvatica for adventure.
Things to do in selvatica
- Bungee swing
And much more!
Visit their website for booking and services
Don’t worry about the valuables on doing adventure! They have a locker room where you can keep in your belongings
Day 3- Visit Playa Playa del Carmen, Azule Cenote and Chichén Itzá
Find a place to stay in Playa Del Carmen.
Tip: Always book and plan in advance to reduce your cost!
Compare many websites for the cheaper price!
Visit Fundadores Park in Playa del carmen beach
This is the most iconic beach in Playa del Carmen and while walking you can see the Playa Del Carmen Arch!
Get relaxed there in the beach!
Visit Azule Cenote
Now it’s time to get refreshed, Dip in Azule Cenote!
You will have an immense pleasure!
First of all, What is Cenote ?
It’s a natural underground reservoir of water such as occurs in the limestone of Yucaton Mexico.
Visit Chichen Itza
As of February 2017, the admission price is 248MXN.
Named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza is a place to visit!
Visit Coco Bongo
For party lovers, At Night go to Coco Bongo !
Ticket prices for this is 80 U.S Dollars! It includes drinks with theme based show. You will enjoy the whole night!
Day 4 Visit either Xcaret Park or Xel-Ha
My personal advice is choose either one of these and I would recommend you to go to Xcaret!
Xel-Ha is smaller & mostly water activities. Xcaret Amusement park has water & alot more, full day worth trip that will be remembered!
What is the admission price for Xcaret?
The Xcaret Basic admission is $99.99 USD, while Xcaret Plus is $129.99 USD.
Pro Tip: Get 15 % off if you purchase before 21 days!
check this link https://www.xcaret.com/en/buy-my-ticket/ for booking.
The park opens at 8:30am and closes at 9:30pm after the grand show
Day 5 Visit Tulum and return back!
The Tulum ruins are some of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico.
Admission is 65 pesos for adults.
Timings: 8am -5 pm
After visiting the ruins, take a swim at the beaches!
Tip: Carry water and sunscreen!
What next?? Go back and post all your memories in Facebook!!
Total cost for 5 days are 8000 pesos for one person excluding accommodation and flight tickets
Tips on Planning for Cancun trip. How to plan?
This is the most essential part. This is one which saves you everything.
You need to start doing some research. Use Google.
When planning your itenary, you need to focus on place of stay.
It should be on a place where you can board to skytrain, metros and at least buses should be easily accessible.
It should not be in the center of the city which costs more, but not too interior of the city.
If you are travelling to roam south and head towards north to explore within some kilometers inside a city, then you have to stay at the center place so that it will reduce some costs.
Decide the Length of Your Trip
Tips on Getting Cheaper Flights
You may get a cheaper deal in Momondo, Google Flights and Skyscanner
These sites searches all flights around the world and compares the prices
Remember to book before 3 months. Only then ticket prices will be low.
Make sure use coupon and reward points. You can search on deal websites