Tips When Planning Your Trip to Cancun

If you are thinking about taking a trip to Cancun, then you are about to make the best decision you can make for a vacation. Cancun, Mexico is a perfect place to relax and be recharged both mentally and physically. The following is a brief FAQ guide to staying in Cancun to reference as you plan your trip.


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Where is Cancun?

Cancun is a city in Mexico that is located on the Yucatan Peninsula on the southeastern portion of the country. It is easily thought of a being two separate areas. There is the downtown area of the city where locals live, and then there is the beach area that is designed for tourists. This is the Cancun you will be visiting: a 15 mile stretch of beach that is bathed in the warm sunlight. The weather is nice throughout the year, and is one of the reasons it is such a popular destination. It reaches the low 90s in the summer and lower 80s in the winter.

What is there to do in Cancun?

Some people simply go to Cancun and lay out in the sun, taking a dip in the cool ocean water from time to time, but there is a wide range of activities that relate directly to the ocean. On top of the ocean water you can have fun water skiing, para-sailing or windsurfing. For those interested in the sites below the ocean’s surface, there are both snorkeling and scuba diving activities available.

Which hotel should I stay at?

Much of this depends upon what you want in a hotel. Your primary concern may be the price, and you need to focus on getting the lowest room rate you can find. If this is the case for you, then you should also focus your effort on the time that you plan on vacationing in Cancun. Although it is true that certain hotels are cheaper than others, most of the hotels will have lower room rates in early September through early November. The main reason for this is that school is starting in the United States at this time, so fewer people are traveling to Cancun. Tourists from the U.S. are a large percentage of the travelers to Cancun. Rates remain low through October and early November. After this time, the holidays begin, and there is an upsurge in travel to Cancun.

Are there reviews of these hotels?

Naturally, you will want to hear what others have said about their experiences staying at the hotel you are considering. A good comparison shopping site for hotel accommodations will have plenty of reviews to read. When reading these reviews, the best information gleaned from them will not be general praise or poor reviews, but in a specific complaint or praise about a person’s stay. Reviews, when they are general, are not helpful, regardless of how many or few stars they receive. What you need to look for is a specific complaint within the review, or a specific attribute of a hotel that made the reviewer’s stay so enjoyable. Often this type of information will go a long way towards helping you determine whether the hotel is a good fit for you.

There are several comparison sites that will give you all of the information that are mentioned above. Hipmunk is one example of this type of site.

This article was contributed by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, the most comprehensive travel search website allowing you to find the best deals on anything from flights and hotels to train rides and Homeaway rentals.

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