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Getting to Know Cancun
There are two main areas within Cancun: the “island” where you will find the majority of resorts and hotels, and the mainland that includes the downtown areas as well as the city’s residential areas.
The Hotel Zone on the Island
This area is, as the name suggests, home to most of Cancun’s big Five Star hotels and resorts, but it is also great for dining, entertainment and bars, with some good shopping malls (which tend to be more expensive than those downtown). You will also find the El Rey Mayan archeological site here and a museum.
This area of Cancun also features some smaller hotels and is full of restaurants, bars and markets that are less expensive than the hotel zone. Yaxchilan Avenue is popular for a night out and dining while Parque Las Palapas is great for weekend festivals, music, craft fairs and local cuisine.
Playa Mujeres and Puerto Juarez
The privileged area of Playa Mujeres is home to Villa del Palmar Cancun Luxury Beach Resort & Spa as well as other exclusive hotels. One of the best golf courses in Cancun is located here, Playa Mujeres Golf Course, and there are some Mayan ruins to explore here called, El Meco. The ferry to Isla Mujeres leaves from Puerto Juarez, just five minutes from Playa Mujeres.
The Mexican Peso ($ __MNX) is the local currency used in Cancun, although dollars are widely accepted. At the time of writing this (March 2016), you can expect to receive between 18 to 19 pesos for each dollar.
Weather in Cancun
The weather is generally warm and sunny throughout the year in Cancun and rain will rarely ruin your vacation. Although rainfall can occur at any time, it is more likely to rain from June to October with average monthly rainfall around 173mm during those months, which are also considered hurricane season. The driest months are March through December with around 47mm of rainfall.
Average temperatures range from 24ºC (75ºF) in January and December to 30ºC (86ºF) in the summer months. For more specific information about the weather in Cancun, click here.
Malls and Shopping in Cancun
- La Isla Mall
- Plaza Las Americas
- Kukulcan Plaza
- Luxury Avenue Cancun
- Market 28
- Mercado 23
- Comercial Mexicana
- Costco (need membership)