If you are planning a trip to Cancun but don’t have too much money to spend, these tips will help you get the best deal and keep you within your budget.
1. Know when to Go
The best time to visit Cancun is from April to June. There are fewer visitors during those months and you can find good deals for flights and hotels. September to November can be risky since it is rainy season, and whatever you do, avoid spring break.
2. Save on Airport Transfers
The cheapest way to get from the airport to Cancun and vice versa is to take the ADO bus. The ride takes about 30 – 45 minutes, it costs less than $5 USD each way, and buses leave/arrive to the bus terminal in downtown Cancun.
3. Choose a Budget-Friendly Hotel
The cheapest hotels in Cancun are located close to the bus terminal in downtown Cancun. Getting from there to the Hotel Zone and beaches is easy and cheap.
4. Take the Bus
If you need to travel between downtown Cancun and the Hotel Zone, buses are the cheapest way to get around. A ticket can cost as little as $1 USD, and most drivers are friendly and helpful with tourists.
5. Eat Where the Locals Go
Restaurants that target foreign tourists tend to be more expensive. The best way to save on food in Cancun is to eat at the smaller, more authentic places; you can find some of those around the Parque Las Palapas. Aim for the crowded places, they usually serve the best food.
6. Buy Like a Local
If you need to buy snacks, go to the local markets and small convenience stores. Avoid buying things in the Hotel Zone where everything can be more expensive.
7. Don’t be Afraid to Negotiate
If you are booking a tour or buying souvenirs in the local market, it never hurts to try to negotiate the price. You may be surprised by what you get.
8. Pay in Pesos
Always carry some Mexican pesos with you. Remember that if you pay in foreign currency, you won’t get the best exchange rate for your money.
9. Bring Toilettries From Home
Things like sunscreen, cosmetics and mosquito repellent tend to be more expensive in Cancun than what you’d normally pay back home. It is always wise to bring your own.
10. Speak Spanish
At least try, it can go a long way. People love it when foreigners make an effort to speak their language and understand their culture. In return, they are more likely to be friendly and help you find your way around.
11. Visit the Architectural Sites on Your Own
If you want to explore the Maya Riviera, do it on your own instead of booking a tour. It’s cheaper, and will have the freedom to come and go as you please.
12. Be Flexible
Keep your eyes open for the best travel deals. If your dates and plans are flexible you will be able to take advantage of the best offers that come up.
This article is part of the #HipmunkCityLove series.