My week in Cancun came off the back of 9 days (yes, NINE DAYS) in Disney World Florida – mind you that’s an entirely different story – and was brilliant for many reasons. You have access to stunning beaches, delicious food, bulk activities and if you want there are plenty of places to party.
Firstly, be prepared for what could be considered an overly ‘westernized’ city – it is easy to see why so much money has been poured into the place. Located on the northeast coast of the Yucutan Peninsula in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, on one side it is flanked by the Caribbean Ocean, and on the other the Nichupte Lagoon, providing tourists with stunning outlooks where ever they turn.
Alas one of the issues Cancun faces is potentially a loss of it’s own Mexican identity? Unfortunately most travelers elect to stay at all-inclusive resorts whereby they never need to leave and experience everything that Cancun has to offer. Luckily enough, I convinced my Mum that we did not need an ‘all-inclusive’ package, and that I would find us great places and eat and drink while we were there.
I would strongly encourage visitors who are there for a short time like myself to visit one of the local markets. We visited the Mercado 28 (Market 28). An open-air market located in central Cancun (ask your Hotel for directions, you can catch one of the many local bus’ (do this for a bit of adventure, they are very safe) with stalls selling clothing, jewelry, Mexican handicraft souvenirs, and where you can also sample some local authentic Mexican cuisine.
We took a day trip to Isla Mujeres – a small island about 20 minutes away from Cancun via boat. Less than 7 kilometres long there are few cars on the island, the vehicle of choice being golf buggy’s! It is definitely worth hiring a golf buggy and driving the 10 minutes or so Punta Sur to appreciate the epic view.
A small taste of Mexico was enough – I am desperate to spend a month exploring everything that the country has to offer (and eat).
A few snippets from my trip below.