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CANCUN GUIDE QUESTIONS

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Cancun is considered as an amazing destination filled with fantastic beaches, relaxing resorts and hotels in South East Mexico. It is much more than that because of its vibrant nightlife, Marine species especially turtles and shopping centers.

 

Why should anyone visit the city?

 

Answer:

 

There are many reasons to visit Cancun. The best one is the amazing marine life. There are many programs offered by the hotels and resorts to save sea turtles. Adults and kids can join to learn about the turtles, their nesting nature and time, struggles they do for survival and can release sea turtles in the ocean. Most important thing is to avoid trusting people off the resort because their services are not safe and very expensive.

 

How does one get to the destination (airport, ferry or others)?

 

Answer:

 

Cancun international airport welcomes the flights from all around the world. It is almost 20km from the main areas of accommodation that can be easily reached by taxis or shuttle. This is the best way to reach the city.

 

Is the city safe?  What areas are not safe?

 

Answer:

 

Cancun is considered as very reasonable for the tourists. Mexican government keeps on working to keep the coastal areas safe from the threat of drug cartels and smugglers. Different beach areas have red flags with warning or “peligro (danger)” that mark the harmful areas for visitors. Black flags are also located in some places that area mark of danger for swimming and surfing. Avoid driving at night because some dark and isolated areas are very dangerous. Hotel zone is safe whereas the areas outside tourist zone have warnings by the government.

 

What’s the weather like?

 

Answer:

 

December to April is the spring break. Accommodations and attractions are expensive and heavily crowded. You have to be worried about the availability of place to stay and crowds. Make all the bookings at least three months in advance if you are planning to visit in this time.

 

May to August is the most humid time of the year whereas sometimes temperature falls to the lowest point along with the prices of accommodation and attractions. Cinco de Mayo is an event that is organized in the month of May.

September to November is the autumn season with the storms and wettest conditions. There is also a threat of hurricane and storms. You can check the weather before planning in this time of the year.

 

What languages are spoken in the area?  Is English spoken?

 

Answer:

 

The official language of Cancun is Spanish whereas many people speak Mayan. Tourists never have any issue in interacting because people working in tourist areas speak fluent English. Some shopping malls and public transport areas have instructions in English and Spanish.

 

What’s the local currency?

Is US Dollar widely accepted?

 

Answer:

 

The official currency of Cancun is the Mexican Peso. Some shops, restaurants and hotels also accept US Dollars so it is helpful carrying them. Airport exchange and money kiosks are not a good option because of higher exchange rate.

 

What are the best areas or districts to stay in the city?

 

Answer:

 

  1. El Centro is a very lively and vibrant area filled with many activities and fun. This area is best to stay for the budget travelers. There are amazing shops eateries in very reasonable prices.

 

  1. Zona Hotelera is very popular and convenient in every sense. This area is equally favourite of tourists and locals because of the convenient places to stay. It is perfect to stay for the first time visitors of Cancun.

 

  1. Puerto Morelos is the coolest place to stay among blue waters, dazzling white sand and fantastic views.

 

  1. Punta Cancun is another cool neighborhood with golden sand beaches. This is a very amazing place with spectacular views and island.

 

  1. Isla Mujeres is the best area for families because of the interesting beach activities, white sands and turquoise waters. The beaches are lined with beautiful palms and trees.

 

What’re your top 3 hotels (budget, moderate, luxury) and why?

 

Answer:

 

  • Beachscape Kin Ha Villas and suites is the budget and family friendly accommodation. It has two restaurants, gym, laundry, outdoor pool, kiddie pool and parking for free. Suites have small kitchenette and up to 3 rooms capacity.

 

  • Oasis Palm resort is the best option for the moderate budget. It has kids club, outdoor pool, water slide, game rooms, play areas and water sports. It is located on the beach front so you can have a quick dip anytime or just enjoy the ocean views from the room. There are two restaurants, spa, gym, fitness center and many more.

 

  • The Ritz Carlton is the iconic luxury hotel to stay. It offers amazing views of the blue waters and serves some of the most amazing cocktails form its bars. Beach villas are also an option to have an amazing experience with hammock and lounge chair. It offers a huge variety of facilities like gym, spa, restaurants, bars and many more.

 

How does one get around the city?  Taxi, Uber, similar apps, ATVs?

 

Answer:

 

  • Bus service of Cancun is the best system to get around. It covers almost every part of the city and the coastal strip. They have stop request button so you can conveniently get off. You can only pay by the Mexican currency.

 

  • Taxis are not expensive in Cancun where as they cost a little extra for the hotel zone. Never forget negotiating before getting into the cab. You can also use Uber app to hire a car in Cancun.

 

  • Car is another way to get around but it is not at all recommended to the tourists as it sometimes get very inconvenient. However, if you still want one then rent from the airport.

 

  • Ferry is the best mean to travel to the nearby areas and explore the coastline of Cancun.

 

Can you highlight the Top 5 MUST see sightseeing?

 

Answer:

 

  1. The Maya Museum is a huge complex dedicated to the rich history of the region. It shows the Mayan culture and strong ancient roots of Cancun. There are three halls with 350 artifacts among which there is a 14000 years old skeletal remain and 10,000 years old remains of the woman of the palms. Different programs are also organized like exhibitions and workshops of art.

 

  1. Cancun’s beautiful beaches and the amazing resorts are must see places of the city. Some views are extraordinary with different tourist activities and water sports. It has some of the coolest spots to explore, golf course and perfect places to stay.

 

  1. El Rey Maya Ruins is a very interesting archeological site with a huge number of Mayan ruins. It is named as El Ray because of the mask found dedicated to the sun god. It has ruins of 47 buildings, temples, market, tombs and ancient artifacts. The other interesting thing is the huge population of Iguanas.

 

  1. Chichen Itza is another site of the Mayan ruins. It is listed in the UNESCO world heritage site because it is almost 1000 years old. Some of the archeological things are very beautifully restored like Chac mool statue, buildings and pyramids. You can also join an Itza guided tour to learn more about it.

 

  1. Cancun Underwater museum is a very interesting and unusual place to visit. It was made in the result of the storm damage to the Cancun National Marine Park. This is an amazing conservation project of the city. There are 500 sculptures that work as the home to the coral reef and other marine species. You can explore it by booking a diving and scuba tour.

 

What’s the best place to take a photo?

 

Answer:

 

I must say that the best place to take photos is the Cancun underwater museum where as it is not possible for many people without special underwater equipment. The scenic tower and Xcaret is another amazing option to take some fantastic photos. It is like a theme park and observation deck so there are a lot of activities apart from clicking images.

 

What about the top 3 restaurants?

 

Answer:

 

  1. Casitas beachfront is a delicious seafood place at the Ritz. This is also well known for its steaks and tremendous collection of wines. There is a huge variety of foods and drinks available in the menu to enjoy in the romantic ambiance. Terrace seating requires reservation.

 

  1. La Fonda del Zuncado serves delicious Mediterranean dishes prepared from organic local products. Some ingredients are grown in the small garden of the restaurant. There is a lot of variety of seafood and veggie dishes. It is located in an abandoned building so the ambiance is very dramatic.

 

  1. La Habichuela is the unique Caribbean and Mexican restaurant that is famous for their own recipes. The sea food and beef dishes are amazingly delicious. Never forget trying their desserts and Mayan coffee at the end of the meal.

 

What about the top 3 breakfast places?

 

Answer:

 

  1. Belgian Waffle Boutique is the best place to try some delicious waffles in the breakfast. The service is very speedy with high quality food. Menu has a variety of crepes, coffee, waffles, salads, juices and more.
  2. La Troje Cancun is the hidden treasure with a garden patio and brick staircase. The restaurant serves some amazing things from Italy, Mexico and France with hot and cold drinks.

 

  1. 100% natural is really natural with some health conscious chef’s creativity. This is a family owned places started in 80’s which focus on serving the high quality healthy meals.

 

What’s the one thing you MUST eat in the city?

 

Answer:

 

There are many foods which everyone should try while being in Cancun. However, Marquesitas is the must try thing. It is a crepe roll with melted shredded cheese and any sweet filling that you can choose from the menu. There are different chocolates, fruits and cheese toppings.

 

What about food markets?

 

Answer:

 

Tianguis De La 219 was a small bazaar when it was started whereas now it is a huge market. You can buy books, clothes, delicious foods and drinks.

 

Mercado De La 95 is the best place to buy a variety of local products including foods. Some locals sell fresh food ingredients cultivated from their garden. It is a proper food market with a variety of fruits, vegetables, spices, meats, herbs, cooked foods and drinks.

 

Where should one go at night?  Any bar/nightlife areas or districts you recommend?

 

Answer:

 

Cancun coastal line is the main area with a lot of bars, clubs, restaurants and other nightlife options. You can enjoy breathtaking views from these places or can stay inside to enjoy a drink.

 

Quintana Roo is the most popular area to have fun. It is the water front of Cancun with many party places.

 

Playa Del Carmen is a resort town to visit for the vibrant bars, clubs and restaurants. You can explore the architecture or just relax in a yacht to see the breathtaking sparkling water.

 

Any rooftop bars or restaurants that you recommend?

 

Answer:

 

Many places near the coastline have terraces and rooftop seating where you can enjoy the drink with the breathtaking views of the coast. Best rooftop bars and restaurants are:

 

  • Azulinda Café and Bar – food from organic local ingredients, beers and wines.
  • Wander roof top bar and juicery – handmade cocktails, local live performances and entertainment stage.

 

  • Canopy Central – authentic local specialties made of products from local vendors.

 

Can you recommend the best shopping areas?  Best shopping mall?

 

Answer:

 

  • La Isla Shopping village is the most popular place for shopping among the locals and visitors. It is located between the water channels and has a variety of stores, restaurants, movie theatre, museum and aquarium.

 

  • Luxury Avenue is a shopping mall with only 25 stores. However, it is the best place to buy luxury brands and designer products.

 

  • Mercado 28 is the largest market to buy souvenirs, Mexican handicrafts and silver jewelry. You can get there by taxi or bus.

 

Do you recommend any tours outside the city?  Islands? Boat Tours?

 

Answer:

 

  1. Xel-Ha – Natural Aquarium Park
  2. Chichen Itza – Historical Landmark that is one of the Seven Wonders of the world
  3. Isla Contoy – Best Snorkeling Spot and second largest barrier reef of the world
  4. Isla Mujeres – Snorkeling and Sightseeing
  5. Xplor Park – Rafting and cave swimming
  6. Tulum – Resort, archeological site and national park

 

Are Casinos allowed?  Blackjack tables?  If so, what’s the best Casino in town?

 

Answer:

 

Mexico has allowed gambling a couple of years ago. The best place to go for games is The Oasis Cancun. It has a wide variety like bingo machines, slots, blackjack, roulette and poker.

 

Any last advice for people visiting the city?

 

Answer:

 

  • Don’t use electronic cards because they charge huge transaction fees and taxes. Some ATM machines also charge around $20 for the money withdrawal of a small amount.
  • Don’t buy bottle water in the hotel because the staff fill the mini fridge with water and other beverages. However, never forget asking about the charges of using fridge products.
  • Keep your resort bracelet carefully because the security on the gate checks it. This is a very critical thing and hotel staff is mostly very strict about that. They charge money to give a new bracelet.
  • Learn bargaining while shopping and getting cab.
  • Exchanging money from the hotel and airport cost a huge fee due to exchange rate and poor return system. Visit the local bank whereas the perfect option is to exchange the money from your own destination.CANCUN GUIDE QUESTIONS: 

    Cancun is considered as an amazing destination filled with fantastic beaches, relaxing resorts and hotels in South East Mexico. It is much more than that because of its vibrant nightlife, Marine species especially turtles and shopping centers.

     

    Why should anyone visit the city?

     

    Answer:

     

    There are many reasons to visit Cancun. The best one is the amazing marine life. There are many programs offered by the hotels and resorts to save sea turtles. Adults and kids can join to learn about the turtles, their nesting nature and time, struggles they do for survival and can release sea turtles in the ocean. Most important thing is to avoid trusting people off the resort because their services are not safe and very expensive.

     

    How does one get to the destination (airport, ferry or others)?

     

    Answer:

     

    Cancun international airport welcomes the flights from all around the world. It is almost 20km from the main areas of accommodation that can be easily reached by taxis or shuttle. This is the best way to reach the city.

     

    Is the city safe?  What areas are not safe?

     

    Answer:

     

    Cancun is considered as very reasonable for the tourists. Mexican government keeps on working to keep the coastal areas safe from the threat of drug cartels and smugglers. Different beach areas have red flags with warning or “peligro (danger)” that mark the harmful areas for visitors. Black flags are also located in some places that area mark of danger for swimming and surfing. Avoid driving at night because some dark and isolated areas are very dangerous. Hotel zone is safe whereas the areas outside tourist zone have warnings by the government.

     

    What’s the weather like?

     

    Answer:

     

    December to April is the spring break. Accommodations and attractions are expensive and heavily crowded. You have to be worried about the availability of place to stay and crowds. Make all the bookings at least three months in advance if you are planning to visit in this time.

     

    May to August is the most humid time of the year whereas sometimes temperature falls to the lowest point along with the prices of accommodation and attractions. Cinco de Mayo is an event that is organized in the month of May.

    September to November is the autumn season with the storms and wettest conditions. There is also a threat of hurricane and storms. You can check the weather before planning in this time of the year.

     

    What languages are spoken in the area?  Is English spoken?

     

    Answer:

     

    The official language of Cancun is Spanish whereas many people speak Mayan. Tourists never have any issue in interacting because people working in tourist areas speak fluent English. Some shopping malls and public transport areas have instructions in English and Spanish.

     

    What’s the local currency?

    Is US Dollar widely accepted?

     

    Answer:

     

    The official currency of Cancun is the Mexican Peso. Some shops, restaurants and hotels also accept US Dollars so it is helpful carrying them. Airport exchange and money kiosks are not a good option because of higher exchange rate.

     

    What are the best areas or districts to stay in the city?

     

    Answer:

     

    1. El Centro is a very lively and vibrant area filled with many activities and fun. This area is best to stay for the budget travelers. There are amazing shops eateries in very reasonable prices.

     

    1. Zona Hotelera is very popular and convenient in every sense. This area is equally favourite of tourists and locals because of the convenient places to stay. It is perfect to stay for the first time visitors of Cancun.

     

    1. Puerto Morelos is the coolest place to stay among blue waters, dazzling white sand and fantastic views.

     

    1. Punta Cancun is another cool neighborhood with golden sand beaches. This is a very amazing place with spectacular views and island.

     

    1. Isla Mujeres is the best area for families because of the interesting beach activities, white sands and turquoise waters. The beaches are lined with beautiful palms and trees.

     

    What’re your top 3 hotels (budget, moderate, luxury) and why?

     

    Answer:

     

    • Beachscape Kin Ha Villas and suites is the budget and family friendly accommodation. It has two restaurants, gym, laundry, outdoor pool, kiddie pool and parking for free. Suites have small kitchenette and up to 3 rooms capacity.

     

    • Oasis Palm resort is the best option for the moderate budget. It has kids club, outdoor pool, water slide, game rooms, play areas and water sports. It is located on the beach front so you can have a quick dip anytime or just enjoy the ocean views from the room. There are two restaurants, spa, gym, fitness center and many more.

     

    • The Ritz Carlton is the iconic luxury hotel to stay. It offers amazing views of the blue waters and serves some of the most amazing cocktails form its bars. Beach villas are also an option to have an amazing experience with hammock and lounge chair. It offers a huge variety of facilities like gym, spa, restaurants, bars and many more.

     

    How does one get around the city?  Taxi, Uber, similar apps, ATVs?

     

    Answer:

     

    • Bus service of Cancun is the best system to get around. It covers almost every part of the city and the coastal strip. They have stop request button so you can conveniently get off. You can only pay by the Mexican currency.

     

    • Taxis are not expensive in Cancun where as they cost a little extra for the hotel zone. Never forget negotiating before getting into the cab. You can also use Uber app to hire a car in Cancun.

     

    • Car is another way to get around but it is not at all recommended to the tourists as it sometimes get very inconvenient. However, if you still want one then rent from the airport.

     

    • Ferry is the best mean to travel to the nearby areas and explore the coastline of Cancun.

     

    Can you highlight the Top 5 MUST see sightseeing?

     

    Answer:

     

    1. The Maya Museum is a huge complex dedicated to the rich history of the region. It shows the Mayan culture and strong ancient roots of Cancun. There are three halls with 350 artifacts among which there is a 14000 years old skeletal remain and 10,000 years old remains of the woman of the palms. Different programs are also organized like exhibitions and workshops of art.

     

    1. Cancun’s beautiful beaches and the amazing resorts are must see places of the city. Some views are extraordinary with different tourist activities and water sports. It has some of the coolest spots to explore, golf course and perfect places to stay.

     

    1. El Rey Maya Ruins is a very interesting archeological site with a huge number of Mayan ruins. It is named as El Ray because of the mask found dedicated to the sun god. It has ruins of 47 buildings, temples, market, tombs and ancient artifacts. The other interesting thing is the huge population of Iguanas.

     

    1. Chichen Itza is another site of the Mayan ruins. It is listed in the UNESCO world heritage site because it is almost 1000 years old. Some of the archeological things are very beautifully restored like Chac mool statue, buildings and pyramids. You can also join an Itza guided tour to learn more about it.

     

    1. Cancun Underwater museum is a very interesting and unusual place to visit. It was made in the result of the storm damage to the Cancun National Marine Park. This is an amazing conservation project of the city. There are 500 sculptures that work as the home to the coral reef and other marine species. You can explore it by booking a diving and scuba tour.

     

    What’s the best place to take a photo?

     

    Answer:

     

    I must say that the best place to take photos is the Cancun underwater museum where as it is not possible for many people without special underwater equipment. The scenic tower and Xcaret is another amazing option to take some fantastic photos. It is like a theme park and observation deck so there are a lot of activities apart from clicking images.

     

    What about the top 3 restaurants?

     

    Answer:

     

    1. Casitas beachfront is a delicious seafood place at the Ritz. This is also well known for its steaks and tremendous collection of wines. There is a huge variety of foods and drinks available in the menu to enjoy in the romantic ambiance. Terrace seating requires reservation.

     

    1. La Fonda del Zuncado serves delicious Mediterranean dishes prepared from organic local products. Some ingredients are grown in the small garden of the restaurant. There is a lot of variety of seafood and veggie dishes. It is located in an abandoned building so the ambiance is very dramatic.

     

    1. La Habichuela is the unique Caribbean and Mexican restaurant that is famous for their own recipes. The sea food and beef dishes are amazingly delicious. Never forget trying their desserts and Mayan coffee at the end of the meal.

     

    What about the top 3 breakfast places?

     

    Answer:

     

    1. Belgian Waffle Boutique is the best place to try some delicious waffles in the breakfast. The service is very speedy with high quality food. Menu has a variety of crepes, coffee, waffles, salads, juices and more.
    2. La Troje Cancun is the hidden treasure with a garden patio and brick staircase. The restaurant serves some amazing things from Italy, Mexico and France with hot and cold drinks.

     

    1. 100% natural is really natural with some health conscious chef’s creativity. This is a family owned places started in 80’s which focus on serving the high quality healthy meals.

     

    What’s the one thing you MUST eat in the city?

     

    Answer:

     

    There are many foods which everyone should try while being in Cancun. However, Marquesitas is the must try thing. It is a crepe roll with melted shredded cheese and any sweet filling that you can choose from the menu. There are different chocolates, fruits and cheese toppings.

     

    What about food markets?

     

    Answer:

     

    Tianguis De La 219 was a small bazaar when it was started whereas now it is a huge market. You can buy books, clothes, delicious foods and drinks.

     

    Mercado De La 95 is the best place to buy a variety of local products including foods. Some locals sell fresh food ingredients cultivated from their garden. It is a proper food market with a variety of fruits, vegetables, spices, meats, herbs, cooked foods and drinks.

     

    Where should one go at night?  Any bar/nightlife areas or districts you recommend?

     

    Answer:

     

    Cancun coastal line is the main area with a lot of bars, clubs, restaurants and other nightlife options. You can enjoy breathtaking views from these places or can stay inside to enjoy a drink.

     

    Quintana Roo is the most popular area to have fun. It is the water front of Cancun with many party places.

     

    Playa Del Carmen is a resort town to visit for the vibrant bars, clubs and restaurants. You can explore the architecture or just relax in a yacht to see the breathtaking sparkling water.

     

    Any rooftop bars or restaurants that you recommend?

     

    Answer:

     

    Many places near the coastline have terraces and rooftop seating where you can enjoy the drink with the breathtaking views of the coast. Best rooftop bars and restaurants are:

     

    • Azulinda Café and Bar – food from organic local ingredients, beers and wines.
    • Wander roof top bar and juicery – handmade cocktails, local live performances and entertainment stage.

     

    • Canopy Central – authentic local specialties made of products from local vendors.

     

    Can you recommend the best shopping areas?  Best shopping mall?

     

    Answer:

     

    • La Isla Shopping village is the most popular place for shopping among the locals and visitors. It is located between the water channels and has a variety of stores, restaurants, movie theatre, museum and aquarium.

     

    • Luxury Avenue is a shopping mall with only 25 stores. However, it is the best place to buy luxury brands and designer products.

     

    • Mercado 28 is the largest market to buy souvenirs, Mexican handicrafts and silver jewelry. You can get there by taxi or bus.

     

    Do you recommend any tours outside the city?  Islands? Boat Tours?

     

    Answer:

     

    1. Xel-Ha – Natural Aquarium Park
    2. Chichen Itza – Historical Landmark that is one of the Seven Wonders of the world
    3. Isla Contoy – Best Snorkeling Spot and second largest barrier reef of the world
    4. Isla Mujeres – Snorkeling and Sightseeing
    5. Xplor Park – Rafting and cave swimming
    6. Tulum – Resort, archeological site and national park

     

    Are Casinos allowed?  Blackjack tables?  If so, what’s the best Casino in town?

     

    Answer:

     

    Mexico has allowed gambling a couple of years ago. The best place to go for games is The Oasis Cancun. It has a wide variety like bingo machines, slots, blackjack, roulette and poker.

     

    Any last advice for people visiting the city?

     

    Answer:

     

    • Don’t use electronic cards because they charge huge transaction fees and taxes. Some ATM machines also charge around $20 for the money withdrawal of a small amount.
    • Don’t buy bottle water in the hotel because the staff fill the mini fridge with water and other beverages. However, never forget asking about the charges of using fridge products.
    • Keep your resort bracelet carefully because the security on the gate checks it. This is a very critical thing and hotel staff is mostly very strict about that. They charge money to give a new bracelet.
    • Learn bargaining while shopping and getting cab.
    • Exchanging money from the hotel and airport cost a huge fee due to exchange rate and poor return system. Visit the local bank whereas the perfect option is to exchange the money from your own destination.