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Cancun is a popular vacation city on Mexico's Caribbean coast. If you like parties and beaches, this is the perfect place to go. As soon as you get to the beach there you'll be amazed by the color of the sea and sand. The night life there is crazy, everywhere you go you'll have a great time. But there is much more in Cancun and its surroudings. It is also easy to take a bus to Mérida, Chichen Itza, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum.
Although the Day of the Dead is also celebrated in many Latin American countries except Mexico (and also in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa), the Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is most intensily celebrated in Mexciowhere where it is equal to a National Holiday. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. Although it is about the Dead, it is also a celebration where eating and partying both are common as well.
Cancun has a tropical climate with generally hot and humid weather. June to November is the rainy season when there is a chance of hurricanes as well. This is also the hottest season. December to April is slightly cooler and is the dry and sunny season. There are more crowds however during these months. Probably May and November are good months for a visit, with mostly fine weather and less people. Generally temperatures are around 30 °C during the day and well above 20 °C during the night for most of the year.
Cancun International Airport (CUN) is Mexico's second busiest airport and has numerous flights from other cities in Mexico, and cities in mostly North America and Europe. Destinations include Cozumel, Havana, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Belize City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Monterrey, Tijuana, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Quebec City, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Amsterdam, Bogota, Milan, Rome, Frankfurt, Panama City, Paris, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Helsinki, Brussels, Barcelona, Madrid, Boston, Orlando, Washington, D.C., Tampa, Santiago de Chile, London, Lima, Oslo, Bologna, Regina, Victoria, Flores, Guatemala City, Belfast, Glasgow, Manchester, Düsseldorf, Munich, Atlanta, Baltimore, Seattle, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Milwaukee, Birmingham, Bristol, Fort Lauderdale, San Francisco, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. There are even more destinations, some of them seasonal.
There are two companies officially licensed by Cancun Airport to provide the transfer service to the hotels in Cancun or the Riviera Maya. One is Gray Line and the other one is T.T.A. Both have a selling booth right after the Customs Service. Prices are fixed by the airport and are not negotiable. The two companies offer shuttle service and also private transfer. There are other transportation firms that provide service to and from the airport for a reasonable price as well. Beware of touts who will surround you when you come out of customs clearance. If you proceed straight, you will find the official information center where they can help you with the ground transportation options. If you bought an online shuttle service reservation and you don't find your driver, call customer service yourself; do not trust local people who claim to be airport employees trying to help you (usually airport employees wait for you to come to them, and not the other way round).
Cancun can easily be reached by well maintained tarred roads from all over Yucatan. Be careful when driving though, especially at night. Also watch the numerous speed bumps and watch speed as police enforces this heavily.
Taxis are plentiful, a bit expensive for the hotel zone and airport, but cheap in the downtown area. Fares for the hotel zone depend on how far along the Blvd Kukulcan you want to go (fares available at hotel receptions and shopping centres), while within the downtown there is a general fixed fare of about $20 per trip, it is best to just ask the driver upon boarding to avoid misunderstandings. By far, the best mode of transportation for the hotel zone is by bus. The bus fare is cheap and getting from Point A to Point B doesn't take very long.
Be careful and clear with your taxista. They have set rates on paper for how much they should charge for the trip per kilometer (no meter).
Bus is the preferred way of getting around. Buses are cheap and come frequently. Most bus drivers are very courteous and will stop for you even if you are not waiting at a bus stop. After paying the fare, which is on a per person basis, the driver will hand you a ticket/receipt which are usually printed with advertisements. Buses head up and down the main thoroughfare, Blvd Kukulcan. Buses pass constantly but be prepared for a cramped and rough ride. Companies serving the station include all attractions and towns along the coast: the Riviera Express for the Riviera Maya (Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Xel-Ha, etc.) and ADO for the major national destinations. For some Riviera Maya destinations, it's possible to stop the buses on the Tulum Avenue without having to go all the way to the station, however if you are unsure about where to catch the bus then it's best to go to the station.
If you want to experience Cancun at night, the world famous Cocobongo is worth a try. This night club is one of the best of the world, with a mixture between presentations with famous charactors from movies, cartoons, as well as singers. Definetely something you can't miss.
In Cancun the official currency is the Mexican Peso. But along the Mexican Caribbean coastline you can use US$ as well. Bills of US$100 are difficult to change though.
|Casa Mexico Tipico||Calle Jabali 7 S.M. 20 M9||Hostel||79|
|Chac Mool Hostel Cancun||Gladiolas 18 SMZA 22 Q. Roo||Hostel||-|
|Condominium Cancun Plaza||Hotel zone km. 20.5||Hotel||72|
|Green 16 Hostel||Av. Pok ta Pok #4,5 Y 6||Hostel||66|
|Haina Hostal||Orquideas 13 Sm.22||Hostel||80|
|Hostal Marpez||Crisantemos 20,S.M.22||Hostel||78|
|Hostel Kankun||Maranon St by Yaxchilan Ave||Hostel||64|
|Hostel Meson de Tulum||Av Ttulum No.21 Mza.1 SM.2||Hostel||81|
|Hostel Quetzal||Orquideas N° 10||Hostel||86|
|Hotel Alux Cancun||Av. Uxmal #21 SM 23 Mza 3||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Boutique Terracaribe||Ave. Lopez Portillo & Ave. Bonampak||HOTEL||82|
|Hotel Dos Playas Cancun||Blvd. Kukulcan Km 6.5 Zona Hotelera||Hotel||75|
|Hotel Plaza Kokai||Av. Uxmal 26 S.M. 2-A||Hotel||75|
|Hotel Sotavento||4Km Boulevar Kukulcán -calle del pescador lote d||Hotel||79|
|Hotel Suites Gaby||Av Sunyaxchen lote 46 y 47 mza 2 Sma 25 Cancun Quintana Roo||Hotel||79|
|Hotel Tankah||Av. Tankah #69 SM 24 M1||Hotel||76|
|Hotel Xbalamque Resort and Spa||Av. Yaxchilan No. 31 Mza 18 Lote 18 SM 22||Hotel||76|
|Imperial Laguna Cancun||Calle Quetzal 11 Club De Golf KM 8||HOTEL||72|
|Imperial Las Perlas||Blvd. Kukulcan k.m. 2.5. Zona Hotelera||Hotel||74|
|Radisson Hacienda Cancun||Av. Nader 1, SM 2||Hotel||-|
|Salvia Condominium||Zona de playas, Km 9 Frente al mar||Hotel||-|
|Soberanis||Av. Cobá 5 y 7. Manzana 8 SM 22||Hostel||79|
|The Cancun Nest Hostel||Calle Alcatraces 49 SM. 22, M. 11||Hostel||75|
|Maya Caribe||Blvd. Kukulcan k.m. 6 Zona Hotelera||Hotel||76|
|Hostel Ka'beh Cancun||Alcatraces 45 SM. 22 Mza. 10 L. 26 Retorno 5||Hostel||86|
|Hostal Mayapan||Zona Hotelera Km 8.5||Hostel||75|
|Moloch Hostel||Margaritas 54||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Del Sol||Av. Lopez Portillo Mz 2 Lt 1A SM85 Benito Juarez||Hotel||73|
|Hostel Laurel 41||Calle Laurel 41||Hostel||81|
|Hotel Solymar||Km 19 Beach Zone||Hotel||76|
|Hostel Mundo Joven Canc�n||Uxmal num.25||HOSTEL||85|
|Mayan Hostel Cancun||Calle Margaritas # 17. SM. 22 M 25.||Hostel||81|
|Hostel Laurel||Laurel Street No 41 corner uxmal Avenue||Hostel||78|
|Casa Bonita Cancun B||Retorno 7B Caracol 20, SM27||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Backpacker Hostelling Center||Super Manzana 22, mza.25 Lt. 2 calle Margaritas N.||Hostel||65|
|Casa Roja Cancun||Punta Molas Mza 10 Lt 18 18A SMZA 32||APARTMENT||-|
|Ramada Cancun City Hotel||Av. Yaxchilan 41 sm 22||HOTEL||-|
|The Krystal Cancun||Paseo Kukulcan Km 9 y 9a||Hotel||-|
|Casa Yula||SM74, MZ55. Calle 9 Casa 26||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Rivemar||Avenida Tulum lotes 49-51 sm22 mz7||Hotel||76|
|Bed & Breakfast Garden||Calle Jicama #7 SM 25, Manzana 20,||GUESTHOUSE||85|
|Sotavento Hostel||Boulevar Kukulcán Km 4 Calle Pescador lote 8||Hostel||78|
|Art Deco Suites||Calle Rosas 36 Centro Histórico SM22, M22||Apartment||-|
|Margaritas Cancun||Av. Carlos Nader No. 1||HOTEL||-|
|Naranja 2||Naranja 2. SM 2-A, M 10. Cancun. Quintana Roo||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Casa Yula||SM 74, MZ 55, Calle 9, Casa 26 Lobardo Toledano||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostal Agora||Avenida Yaxchilan 82||HOSTEL||-|
|Hotel Xbalamque Cancun||Av. Yaxchilan # 31||HOTEL||-|
|Sina Suites||Quetzal 33 Fracc. Club de Golf Zona Hotelera||Apartment||-|
|Condo Dos Playas||Blvrd Kukulcan Km 6.5 Hotel Dos Playas Dpto A 301||APARTMENT||-|
Internet cafe's are widely available and you generally can find one in the direct vicinity. Sometimes photocopy stores or photo processing stores will double as an internet cafe with a couple of computers. Look for signs reading "Acceso a Internet" or "Cibernautica" or "Cibercafe". Charges range from approx. US$1 an hour to US$3 an hour, depending on the location.
See also International Telephone Calls
Phone cards can be purchased anywhere and are needed for the majority of public phones. To call any number outside your region you have to dial 01 then followed by the area code. If calling a cellphone from a normal phone start with with 044. If calling cellphone to cellphone just dial the 10-digit number. To make an international call dial 00 followed by the country code then the local number. To call to Mexico, also dial 00 (most of the times) followed by the national code 52.
The Mexican postal service is operated by Correos de México. The post service in Mexico is pretty good although not very cheap. It is reliable regarding the sending of postcards, but it takes at least a week to send it to other countries (US/Canada), more so if you send it to Europe or Australia. For packages it is better to use international services like FedEx or UPS. If you are sending a package internationally with the Mexican postal service, take the package OPEN to the post office, they may want to inspect it. Seal it up at the post office. Post offices typically open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 1:00pm Saturday. You will find post offices (Oficina de Correos) is almost any town or city in Mexico. To buy stamps it is best to go to the post office, although you can also get them at stamp machines, located outside the post offices, at bus stations, airports and some commercial establishments.
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