A couple weeks ago, I took a 5 day trip to Cancun, Mexico. I hadn’t been to any part of Mexico before and all I knew was what I heard or read. Cancun turned out to be much better than I thought. Overall, it was a nice, relaxing experience.
How I Got There
I booked my flight a month in advance. I know Spirit gets a bad rep on social media, but it was honestly my best bet for the shortest duration with no layovers for $236.29. The flight took about 3 hours and 20 minutes, which was much better than paying double for a more “reputable” airline with longer flight times and painfully long layovers. I pay attention to flight durations and layovers especially if where I’m going is not worth a 10 hour trip. I don’t want to be tense and etc. when the whole point is to have a fun, relaxing getaway.
Where I Stayed
I booked an Airbnb (click link to see the listing), which was a secure apartment building located in a quiet neighborhood just a 5 minute walk away from the town, restaurants, shopping and transportation. There were two gates that required security codes in order to access the building. The apartment that I stayed in had AC and fans, which worked perfectly together to beat the humidity + heat combo in Mexico. There were large windows that allowed for a lot of natural lighting as well as shades if I wasn’t in the mood for it. Additionally, the bathroom had a nice, modern touch to it. The kitchen was fully equipped too with a coffee maker, pans, stove, refrigerator, and etc. It was very up to date and the building was cleaned as well as maintenanced regularly. (Check out the video tour below)
Where/What I Ate
I ate at Cafe Nader, which is a breakfast spot that offers a yummy breakfast in huge portions for cheap price. They have these really great honey pancakes, freshly squeezed fruit juices, Mexican coffees, and freshly baked breads.
I also ate at Nomad’s Kitchen and Bar, which is a really nice restaurant with an outdoor portion that’s amazing at night. They have really good empanadas, churros, raspberry cheesecake, and seared tuna rolls.
When I spent the day at Isla Mujeres, I had chicken taco and margaritas at a place right on the beach called Tarzan’s.
What I Did
I didn’t do a ton of stuff because all I really wanted to do for the most part was relax during this trip. I did a lot of sightseeing. Visited multiple beaches such as Playa Las Perles and Playa Tortugas. However, I did go ziplining, which was terrifying since I’m afraid of heights (LOL). I was able to book that straight through the Airbnb app, but the name of the place that I went to is a theme park called Parque Maya Tours. They were really nice and talked me through the whole experience, but it was kinda hard to forget that you were flying across a lagoon filled with crocodiles. The ziplining activity cost me $30. However, the pictures they offer you at the end is pretty prices starting at about $80 USD for once picture so I decided to skip that part especially since I wasn’t feeling blown away by the pictures they took of me. Feel free to click the link for more info.
I also got on a ferry, which cost $40 round trip per person to go to Isla Mujeres. If you ever go to Cancun and decide to take the ferry to one of the islands make sure you pay attention to the time and remember the time that the last ferry leaves from the island so you don’t end up stuck there for the night. Isla Mujeres is pretty much where everyone goes to hang out for the day. Some people even stay there for the duration of their trip. On the island there are live bands, massages by the beach, golf carts to rent and souvenir shop everywhere.
How I Got Around
Uber or any car sharing isn’t available in Cancun or any part of Mexico as far as I have read, but there are tons of taxis floating around that’ll cost you about 150 Pesos, which is about 8 USD for pretty much any trip within the heart of the city.
There are buses available, which isn’t the best option, but I wanted to try it just to see if it was doable. They are really cheap about 1 USD if not less.
- If you don’t know a good amount of Spanish make sure you have Google translate pulled up
- Don’t be afraid to hop and google to make sure you’re paying the right amount of money when shopping
- You don’t necessarily have to convert your money there, but if you want to keep track of how much you’re spending it would probably be helpful to do so
- A lot of the souvenirs are overpriced you’d be better off getting souvenirs from the airport there’s a nice duty free shopping area with tons of unique stuff.
- Only drink bottled water
- The locals are generally nice and will take pictures for you, but make sure you give them a little money for their time.
- Airbnb link you tons of stuff that you can do based on where you’re staying even if you’re not currently stay at an Airbnb you can still go on the app and browse the nearby activities.
- Isla Mujeres shuts down pretty early so once you see shops and stores closing you should probably start heading back.