Visiting Cancun and the Riviera Maya soon? A laid back tropical paradise with boundless opportunities for adventure and relaxation awaits you. There are just a few things that you want to keep in mind as your departure date approaches. We’ve got you covered! Here are some of our insider tips to get you prepared for your upcoming vacation.
Bring sunscreen and bug spray
As we just mentioned, Cancun and the Riviera Maya are tropical destinations and therefore you may encounter mosquitoes on your trip (more so during the hotter summer months). The takeaway here? Be sure to bring your bug spray! Also, the Mexican sun is strong, so bring all your favorite sun care items including: sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. Be sure to reapply frequently throughout the day. One application doesn’t cut it, take our word for it!
Notify your bank of upcoming travel
Since most people use both cash and credit cards for travel purchases, it’s important that you notify your bank that you’re traveling to Cancun and give them your travel dates. This way, they won’t put a restriction on your card if and when they see foreign activity show up on your account. Best of all, you’re free from having to resolve issues with your bank in a foreign country and able to focus on more important things, like drinking margaritas on the beach.
Buy Mexican pesos
You may also choose to order pesos from your local bank before you leave. Your pesos can take a few days to arrive, so plan accordingly. Dollars are accepted at most hotels and businesses in tourist zones in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. We think it’s best to have some pesos on hand because you get a better exchange rate and can use them for any local vendors who don’t accept dollars. There are many official exchange houses in the area where you can buy pesos, so don’t worry if you choose not to exchange your dollars beforehand.
Bring your passport and a pen
Mexico requires a passport for entry. Remember to check your travel documents well before your departure date to verify that they are still valid. Upon arrival to Mexico you will be asked to fill out Customs and Immigration forms, so pack a pen with your travel documents and get your forms filled out before the plane even lands. This will assure your arrival to Cancun International Airport goes as smoothly as possible.
Bring tennis shoes
Yes, Cancun and the Riviera Maya are beach destinations and flip flops are the most popular footwear in the region. However, we recommend you bring one good pair of tennis shoes as well. There are so many different adventure and archaeological tours to go on where you’ll explore regions with rugged terrain and do lots of walking. Also, Cancun has a beautiful palm tree lined bike path that stretches for miles in the hotel zone, which is great for jogging and strolling along.
Brush up on your Spanish
¡Hola! ¿Cómo estás? Bien gracias, ¿y tú? Practicing some basic Spanish before you arrive can be fun, and it will help you communicate with the locals in their native language during your vacation. English is widely spoken in the tourist areas of Cancun and the Riviera Maya, but understanding and speaking a little Spanish is a definite plus!