When heading out on a vacation for the first time or for the hundredth, it is important to be prepared. There are plenty of philosophies on packing the perfect bag, on staying safe and on making the most of your time in paradise, but when traveling to Cancun, México, there are a few things you shouldn’t forget.
1. Sun Protection: There are a few essentials one shouldn’t leave behind when packing their bags for sunny Cancun. In order to make your trip to the popular destination in Mexico a total success, you need to be prepared to be out in the sun. A good sunscreen, a quality pair of sunglasses and a comfortable hat are among the most important elements you’ll need. When choosing your sunscreen, make sure it is biodegradable so that when your snorkeling off shore you’ll keep from damaging the delicate coral reefs that lie just below the surface of the water. When picking your hat, you’ll want to ensure that it provides sufficient coverage but also that it doesn’t fly off when taking the ferry to Isla Mujeres, which sits right in front of Villa del Palmar Cancun, or when visiting places like Chichen Itza, where the wind is known to blow a bit stronger. You’ll be able to find these items around town and even at the Palmita Market on the resort grounds, but they tend to be a bit pricier and the selection isn’t as varied.
2. Making the Most of Your Money: It couldn’t be a better time to finally take the vacation you’ve been talking about for so long. At the current moment, the U.S and Canadian Dollars are soaring far above the Mexican Peso, giving you more spending power than ever before. What used to be a ratio of 10:1 has now become close to double that, with one U.S dollar equaling over 18 pesos as of June 25th, 2016. There are plenty of places around town to exchange your money, including at the Villa del Palmar Cancun resort, but your best bet is to pull money out of a Bank ATM once you arrive or to exchange a few dollars before you come down. Most places will also receive credit or debit cards, but don’t plan on easily exchanging traveler’s checks, as it is a lengthy and arduous process. If you plan on visiting any of the local shops or taking a taxi, you’ll need cash on hand.
3. Plan Ahead: While planning ahead can take some of the spontaneity out of your trip, it is a great way to ensure that you and your travel companions make the most of your time in Paradise. There is so much to do and see in Cancun and along the Caribbean coast of Mexico that you’ll easily fill up a two week vacation, so its important to at least have an idea of the things you don’t want to miss. There are a myriad of must see archeological sites, such as Coba and Chichen Itza, in addition to the mystical wonders of the Grand Cenote and the other cenotes around town. You might want to check out Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, all destinations within driving distance from Villa del Palmar Cancun or you may even fancy a week-long stint of relaxing poolside at the fabulous all-inclusive resort in Cancun. Whatever you have in mind, you’ll be sure to enjoy it all with a little bit of pre-planning.
4. Safety: There is no place in the world that is 100% safe 100% of the time, but if you play your cards right and don’t go looking for trouble, you’re likely to have a sensational time in Cancun, much like millions of other people who visit the popular tourist destination every year. Of course there are a few things to take into consideration when traveling to a foreign country such as not flashing your money around, not heading off the beaten path on your own and being aware of your surroundings and belongings when outside the comfort of the trusted resort, however it must be said that the people of Cancun and the surrounding areas are genuinely nice people who enjoy showing off the best of their land, culture and traditions. They are happy to be of help and they often can show you the best way to make the most of your vacation in Cancun.