Cancun has 14 miles of white sand beaches. In Mexico all beaches are public. Some chairs, thatched roofs and umbrellas could be property of the hotels and are intended for use of their guests only.
The official currency is the Mexican Peso.
Business hours are from 8 am through 9 pm some offices are closed from 2pm to 4 pm. Shopping malls are open usually until 9:30 pm or 10:00 pm. Restaurants and bars at the hotel zone are open until 1:00 am.
Cancun has a Semi – tropical climate, meaning hot and humid all year round – more in Cancun weather.
Electricity in Mexico is 110 Volts alternating at 60 Cycles per second.
Cancun International Airport with 12 million passengers per year is one of the busiest airports of the Caribbean with a capacity of 34 operations per hour. Cancun is the entrance to tourist visiting Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya, receiving in high season up to 800,000 passengers per month; almost all mayor airlines have flights or connections to Cancun.
Cancun is located in the Yucatan Peninsula; a flat platform of limestone emerged from the sea millions of years ago, there are no elevations or hills, underground rivers come to the surface in the form of sink holes or wells, the soil is not very thick so the vegetation is a semi – tropical jungle with a wild and exuberant fauna.
Cancun has 26 000 hotel rooms – for reservations see our Hotel & Resort section.
Population in the mainland is 600 000 inhabitants officially.
All hotels at the hotel zone can get you an English speaking doctor in a short period of time, five star hotels have medical attention on site, however, if it is needed an ambulance will be called immediately. Cancun offers excellent hospitals and medical attention with top of the line technology.
In Mexico it is not recommended to drink water from the tap; hotels at the touristic zone have their own purification systems so you can use the water to wash your teeth, shower, etc. Ice at the hotels, restaurants and convenience stores is safe.
Mexico is divided in different time zones. Most of the Mexican territory, including the Mayan Riviera and Mexico City, are in Central Time zone (Greenwich Mean Time GMT – 6 hours), and changes to daylight saving time from the first Sunday of April to the last Sunday of October.
As the rest of the Caribbean, the hurricane season is from June 1st to November 30th.
The State of Quintana Roo is world recognized by its leadership in hurricane prevention and attention. We have established a prevention standard used as model by other States. According to the tropical storm watch, there are different phases and warnings, follow the instructions of your hotel’s staff – more information in our Cancun weather section.
To make an international call from Mexico, dial the access code (001 for the U.S. and Canada; 00 for the rest of the world) + country code + phone number. Your hotel’s operator can help you. Public phones post instructions for calling collect or dialing with a phone card.
The official language of Mexico is Spanish; in Cancun as in most of the touristic places in Mexico, everybody in hotels, stores, flea markets and shopping malls speak English.
Did you know?
Cancun means “snake’s nest” in Mayan
Points of interest:
Archeological Ruins, Ecological Parks, Adventure Tours, Shopping Malls: Plaza Kukulkan, La Isla, Plaza Caracol, Night Entertainment.
Rainy season is from June through October.
In Cancun you can find consulates from the following countries:
Germany, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Belize, Guatemala, Canada, Holland / Netherlands, Cuba, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Poland, USA, Sweden, Finland and Switzerland.
Because of the tropical climate, dress is very casual, only in some restaurants and night clubs there is a formal dress code.
Persons arriving at the Cancun International Airport from outside the country must:
1. Fill-in and present the “Customs Declaration” form.
2. If you have anything to declare, your luggage will be inspected.
3. Those with nothing to declare will press a “traffic light” button which operates at random. A green light means “pass without inspection” and the red means “stop for inspection”.