First-time traveler’s guide to Cancun: how to get there and more

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First-time traveler’s guide to Cancun: how to get there and more

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If Cancun has been the destination of your dreams for quite a while, you shouldn't postpone it any longer. This location has it all: whether you are traveling with children and prefer an all-inclusive resort with many activities for little ones, planning a thrilling experience with your friends, or you simply wish to relax. There is something to fit all preferences and styles.

From luxurious resorts or spa retreats to affordable accommodation, you can travel to fit your budget. Besides, there is more to Cancun than just its spectacular beaches. There are historical sites, such as Tulum ruins or Chichen Itza, that make a great day trip, or you might want to explore the jungles around.

No matter what you choose to do when you get there, depending on your preferences and needs, it is essential to read about specific travel tips, like transportation services or how to get around the many worth seeing locations of the Yucatan Peninsula to get the most of your holiday.

Best times to go

Suppose you are planning on traveling to Cancun. In that case, it is essential you take into consideration the best times to go there, as, given its location, you might experience high humidity and increased temperatures. Although the weather is expected to be hot in such an exotic location, you can avoid extreme weather conditions that might not let you enjoy your holiday to the fullest.

So, an essential aspect you need to know in terms of the best times to travel in Cancun is the fact that during the period before Christmas until the beginning of January, the prices are the highest. It is true that it can be a hard-to-forget experience to travel to Cancun during this season with all the decorations but with warm weather. However, if you are a first-time traveler here, you might not want to spend more before the new year begins. Alternatively, the most suitable time to come, when the rates are significantly low, is not too crowded, and the weather is perfectly balanced, is from mid-October until mid-December. Another similar option would be from the second week of January until spring break. It is of the utmost importance to mention that from June until November is the official hurricane season in Cancun. So, it is essential you consider this aspect if you plan on going sometime during the fall season, given that storms mostly hit in September and even October.

How to get around

Once you have decided when you wish to travel to Cancun, it is vital you plan your transportation to and from the airport ahead of time. This way, you avoid having to take a taxi or other form of transportation that might be more expensive on the day of your arrival or departure. Apart from this, if you would like to visit the surroundings and outline an itinerary that does not only include Cancun, you might want to research how to get to specific locations and plan beforehand. This is necessary as it is possible everything is already booked on the day.

No matter if you arrive with a big group of friends, with your family, or only with your partner, there are services that can facilitate transportation that fits your needs, such as Cancun Airport Transportation. So, don't worry about trying to find enough places in buses, as with such services you are guaranteed to arrive safely and on time to your destination, given that there will be no additional stops along the way. Besides, even if you plan on traveling to other places nearby, this service offers transportation to at least a dozen key destinations that most tourists plan on visiting. The advantage of booking transportation, besides comfort and convenience, is the fact that you can travel only with your travel buddies and avoid other methods of transportation that can be overcrowded. Not to mention, at high temperatures, you will probably prefer driving in more favorable conditions.

Activities are plenty and worth trying

Given that Cancun is located on the Yucatan Peninsula with access to the Caribbean Sea, it is inevitable that the location offers a multitude of activities, both on the water and land. Water sports are widely famous, and many tourists are keen on trying them. Snorkeling, for instance, is one of the most famous underwater experiences in Cancun, given that you can see the Great Mayan Reef, which is known to be one of the most extensive reefs worldwide. If this hasn't convinced you yet, a snorkeling experience will offer you the chance of seeing an underwater museum, MUSA, which is located near Isla Mujeres. This includes statues and sculptures. So, imagine swimming between this one-of-a-kind gallery, surrounded by coral reefs and turtles.

Apart from water sports and underwater activities, there are also plenty of experiences worth trying on the land. For instance, you have the chance of riding ATVs deep in the jungle to immerse yourself in nature and witness this terrestrial beauty, or on the white sand beaches of this location and by the Caribbean Sea. If you are a thrill-seeker, you should try one of the ATV tours Cancun has to offer to get the most of your holiday there.

One of the seven wonders

“The mouth at the well of Itza” or better known as Chichen Itza, was classified as one of the seven wonders of the world. In addition, this Mayan site was also introduced as a UNESCO World Heritage landmark in 1988. So, if you get the chance, you might not want to lose the opportunity of seeing this historical site located only two and a half hours from Cancun. An interesting fact about this breathtaking landmark is that it is believed Mayans aligned the monuments astronomically, with the largest pyramid acting as a calendar.

Being such a renowned tourist attraction is vital to plan and book your transportation in advance. As mentioned above, this is even more needed if you are traveling in a group, as you will probably prefer getting there comfortably.

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