Budget Travel to Cancun

In the last 25 years, the coastal city of Cancun, Mexico, has become one of the most popular tourist resorts in the world. Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun has become synonymous with white sandy beaches and first rate nightlife, with hot spots including My Place and Coco Bongo.
Cancun visitors can swim with dolphins, deep sea dive and snorkel in azure waters - when they're not shopping, golfing, horseback riding and taking in the ancient Mayan archeological sites.

In October of 2006, Hurricane Wilma devastated many areas of the Peninsula but many areas of the city have now been rebuilt and, in some cases, even upgraded to higher quality hotels and wider beaches.

Best Time to Travel to Cancun
Hurricane season begins in September so opt for cancellation insurance when booking flights during this time.

If you’re looking the cheapest travel to Cancun, plan your vacation during the Northern Hemisphere’s off peak winter months. Also look for mid-week bargains, generally best from Tuesday through Thursday, and shop around through your travel agent or online for the best travel packages and discount air travel to Cancun. (Momscape has compiled Mexico Travel Deals and Coupon Codes here.)
Ask for more information about the following discount hotels:

· Le Blanc Spa & Resort
· Royal Sands
· JW Marriot Cancun Resort & Spa
· Ritz-Carlton Cancun
· Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Resort
· Marriot CasaMagna Cancun Resort
· Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun
· Riu Palace Las Americas
· Royal Islander
· Riu Cancun

Surrounding Attractions

There are more things to do in Cancun and the surrounding area than you can reasonably fit into one or two weeks, so plan ahead of time for day trips. Try to go early, before the sun gets too hot - and to avoid the crowds.
Bus and ferry tours will take you to see many surrounding attractions. You can also take a helicopter ride to and from various locations throughout the area. Here are some of the most popular attractions:

Chichen Itza – Ancient Mayan archeological structures
MayaVenture – A labyrinth with treasure hunts
Plaza de Toros – A bullring that has bullfights every Wednesday afternoon
Cenotes – Deep, water-filled sinkholes in limestone
Isla Mujeres – A small and charming island 8 miles across the baby from Cancun
Playa del Carmen – Small resort town about 40 minutes south of Cancun by car
Xcaret EcoPark and Sian Ka'an biosphere along the Riviera Maya
Xel-Ha – Archeological site and ecopark, located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum.
Tulum – Best known for its Mayan ruins. Tulum is also the starting place for much ecotourism and adventure travel.

More Cancun Travel Advice

If your primary goal is to visit Cancun on the cheap then you'll probably want to focus your lodging search on accommodations outside the "hotel zone," which is located in the middle of the city.
Here's a checklist of items you should pack on your vacation to Cancun:

· CLOTHING: Several pairs of comfortable shorts, tee-shirts, dress slacks, sun-dress, sweater or light jacket, socks, undergarments, sandals, tennis shoes, plastic bag for dirty clothes
· FIRST AID: Pain relievers, eye-drops, necessary medications and prescriptions, band-aids, neck pillow
· PROTECTION: Sunglasses, eye-glasses and/or contact lens, sun-visor or baseball cap, umbrella or rain poncho
· SNACKS: Peanuts, crackers and/or potato chips, gum, candy and bottle of water
· EQUIPMENT: Camera, extra film, batteries, portable compact disc player with headphones, favorite book
· DOCUMENTATION: Valid passport, driver’s license and/or birth certificate, emergency contact information, money and/or traveler’s checks, computer printout of airline ticket confirmation. (Place the name of your destination hotel inside and outside of luggage and be sure to have an adequate lock on each piece of baggage.)

For more information on things to do before, during and after your departure, please visit the following web-site: Cancun Mexico Vacation Checklist. http://www.cancun.bz/vacation_check_list.htm

Vacationing in Cancun need not be expensive. There’s nothing preventing you from simply lounging lazily all day on the white-washed beaches, going swimming, backpacking, and picnicking, taking pictures, walking along the beaches and the streets and just enjoying the sights and sounds of the city and surf.
The best advice for any traveler is to learn about your destination, book in advance, travel smart and be safe. The whole point is to relax, enjoy your leisure time and have fun.

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