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Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Cancun, Mexico!

Let's dive into everything you need to know before visiting Cancun Mexico! From what tours and excursions to go on to transportation services! This immersive travel guide hits it all, giving you personal reccomendations to make your tropical getaway to Mexico a trip to remember!


Where to stay in Cancun Mexico
@ Iberostar Coral Level

WHERE TO STAY IN CANCUN


Luke and I love a good all-inclusive resort, especially when the price is right! We stayed at Iberostar Coral Level Cancun (adults only) in March for 4 nights. The flights and hotel included cost us $1,200 total. For the caliber of hotel this was a fantastic deal! We booked our stay directly through Iberostar.com. Sometimes resorts offer there own promotions and deals! It is worth looking into the hotels official website before booking through a 3rd party such as Expedia, Kayak etc.

Our room had an ocean view, a king size bed with a sitting area, an amazing shower, and a balcony that featured a tub!


Best adults only all inclusive resort in Cancum Mexico
Room View @ Iberostar Coral Level
 

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THINGS TO DO IN CANCUN


We took a snorkel and speed boat tour through Cancun's mangroves and snorkeled a reef that featured an underwater statue! We drove our own boat following the guide leading us. The boat is fast and easy to drive. We booked this experience last minute and had an absolute blast!


Best tours to do in Cancun Mexico
The best excursions to do in Cancun Mexico

DAY TRIP TO CHICHEN ITZA AND CENOTES


Take a day trip to Chichen Itza, where the echoes of ancient civilizations resonate in the air of this UNESCO World Heritage site! Visiting Chichen Itza is also accesible if you are staying in Tulum or the Maya Riviara area. Most tours include a visit to Cenotes too! We booked a tour to Chicken Itza and a Cenote, which turned out to be one of the most breath taking experiences we've had in Mexico! Read more about this experience and our time in Tulum.


Chichen Itza tour in Mexico
@ Chichen Itza

TAKE A DAY TRIP TO ISLA MUJERES


I highly recommend taking a day trip over to the Isla Mujeres! There are two ways to get to the Island of Women, by ferry or by a catamaran cruise tour. The ferry is the cheapest way to get to Isla Mujeres, but many people prefer to book the catamaran cruise which often includes snorkeling, drinks, and snacks. While also giving you a few hours to explore the island yourself!


We chose to take the ferry from Puerto Juarez to Isla Mujeres and we booked through Ultamar. Round trip tickets cost $19 USD per person. The Puerto Juarez port was a 25 minute cab ride from our hotel.

There is a closer ferry port to Cancun's Hotel Zone called Playa Tortugas. The Playa Tortugas port has fewer scheduled times the ferry runs. Just be sure to check the time schedule to see which port works best for you.


The best beach in Cancun Mexico
@ Playa Norte

WHAT TO DO IN ISLA MUJERES


Rent a golf cart for $40 USD to use the whole day! You will easily spot where the golf carts are rented along the main street close to the ferry port. It was great, easy to find parking, and explored the whole island up and down. Be sure to visit Playa Norte, the Isla Mujeres sign and the turtle sanctuary! Playa Norte is one of the most beautful beaches in Mecixo with crystal clear blue water and white sand.


Must do activities on Isla Mujeres
@ Isla Mujeres Sign

SCUBA DIVING | ISLA MUJERES


Once we arrived at Isla Mujeres we had a short walk to the dive shop where Luke and I were fitted for our Scuba gear. We booked a 2 tank dive with Squalo Adventures. We dove at the MUSA underwater museum and the second dive was a coral reef. If your lucky you'll see turtles near the reef! Unfortunately, we forgot our GoPro on the boat and did not get any footage of our underwater adventure. It was an extra special and a total in the moment experience!



How to get to Isla Mujeres
@ Isla Mujeres

MEXICO TRAVEL TIP


If you are like Luke and I and prefer to be on your own time. I usually look up transportation services through Trip Advisor. Most times you can find a private transportation company (even if they are just offering airport service) contact them directly via email and inquire about hiring a private driver for the day to the destinations you’d like to go.


Most company's I’ve asked have been more then accommodating and offer very reasonable pricing. I have used this method of 'finding an affordable private driver' for our Bali trip and Jamaica vacation.


We personally used USA Transfers for our airport transportation. We booked a private air-conditioned van, no waiting, and it was cheaper then our resorts airport services. Highly recommend.


What to do in Cancun Mexico
@ Iberostar Coral Level

Dear Traveler,


See you soon in Cancun, Mexico! Hope this itinerary helps you along your journey. Let me know in the comments if you decide to plan a trip to Cancun and what activities you are planning?? I’d love to hear about your upcoming travels. Don't forget to check out other amazing Mexican destinations!



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Rhonda Sachs Albom
Rhonda Sachs Albom
Feb 06, 2022

I haven't been to Cancun in years. The prices look great. Snorkelling in the warm water is my idea of relaxation.

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Guest
Feb 05, 2022

I wouldn't mind being in Mexico right now.sp many great things to see there and that water is so beautiful and inviting!

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Guest
Feb 05, 2022

It's great that you can rent a golf cart here to drive around in! I haven't heard of that before. Cancun is still on my bucket list so thanks for sharing your trip!

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Dean Garsick
Dean Garsick
Dec 21, 2021

WOW! AN AMAZING POST. SO GLAD YOU TOOK MY ADVISE TO GO OVER TO ISLA MUJERE'S AND RENT THE GOLD CART-A MUST DO. YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE NATIONAL PARK AND GO ON THE SWING LINE OVER THE OCEAN THREE WAY'S AND BACK. ENJOY!

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Looks like an awesome trip. Thanks for all the great tips, I’ll definitely look into private drivers!

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