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24 Top Cancún Packing List Items for 2024 + What to Wear & NOT to Bring

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When it comes to a tropical location, Cancún has it all! Beaches, reefs, hiking, caves, ancient ruins, nightlife, shopping, and the best tacos of your life! It’s impossible to get bored here.

With so many things to do, you’ll need to be careful about how you pack. I’ve put together some tips for what to wear in Cancún, plus must-have items to pack, what NOT to bring, and some FAQs for your convenience.

Us on our recent Cancún vacation – it was one of the best trips ever!
Us on our recent Cancún vacation – it was one of the best trips ever!
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What to Pack for Cancún – 24 Essentials

  • 1. Water Bottle with Built-in Filter

    Anyone visiting Mexico is advised to drink bottled water because the tap purification system is not up to standard in most areas. While resorts will offer bottled water, you will likely spend long days at archeological sites, snorkeling, or exploring the city where clean water may not be as readily available. Come prepared with a self-filtering bottle – this Grayl option is a little pricey but necessary for a destination like Mexico where people commonly get sick from the tap water. It will filter out harmful bacteria (E. coli, salmonella), viruses (hepatitis), chlorine, microplastics, sand, and other contaminants.

    Water Bottle with Built-in Filter

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  • 2. Cooling Towels

    The Mexican sun is close to the equator and Cancún reaches temperatures of 105+°F (40°C). The heat can be fierce, especially during the summer months, so pack wisely with a cooling towel! Simply wet this magical cloth and it will drop to 20-30 degrees colder than the outside temperature for up to an hour. Then re-wet it again for more frosty relief. We never travel to tropical destinations without them.

    Cooling Towel Pink and blue

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  • 3. Virtual Private Network (VPN)

    Cancun is known for a fair amount of petty crime, with Mexico having faced 85 BILLION attempted cyberattacks in recent years, according to AMECI. As hackers get more clever by the day, you have to take steps to ensure your PayPal account isn’t swindled or your personal identity isn’t compromised. A Virtual Private Network is a smart way to achieve two crucial goals. First – your passwords, financial information, social security number, and personal data will be protected against online thieves.

    Secondly – you can access the internet freely without any country-specific censorship or restrictions. Certain countries block the use of Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, PayPal, etc., due to regional conflicts with your IP address. But a VPN like NordVPN will allow you to stream whatever you like and have a fully secure network with nearly unlimited servers. It’s affordable and 100% necessary for global travel.

    Virtual Private Network (VPN)

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  • 4. Universal Waterproof Phone Case

    This “one-size-fits-all” phone case is waterproof, dust-proof, shock-resistant, and all-around awesome! It protects your phone from water damage and scratches from sand while still allowing you to use the touchscreen and camera so you can get that selfie in the shore-breakers, and the inexpensive price tag makes it a no-brainer.

    Universal Waterproof Phone Case

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  • 5. Activated Charcoal (Food Poisoning Fix)

    Food poisoning in Mexico is a real thing (known locally as ‘Montezuma’s revenge’), and a sensitive tummy may not be ready for foreign cuisine. Activated charcoal is one of the coolest products I’ve come across for traveling because it makes that adjustment period so much smoother. It’s a safe and effective way to rid your body of any toxins that may be causing your traveler’s diarrhea or stomach upset. These little miracle workers are useful to have on hand!

    Activated Charcoal (Food Poisoning Fix)

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  • 6. Travel Insurance for Mexico

    Mexico is not an ideal place to gamble with your coverage. Protect yourself against theft, baggage loss, delays, flight cancellations, evacuations, and medical trouble (especially since you’re not covered by your domestic provider in most cases once you cross the border). Our friend broke his wrist while biking in Mexico, but thank goodness he obtained coverage to avoid paying high out-of-pocket bills. Most Mexican hospitals will require cash upfront, and as with many parts of the world – it’s not a treatment-first kind of philosophy. Note that Medicare and Medicaid are also not accepted here.

    We use Faye because they custom create a travel plan for each trip. They’re modernizing insurance by making the claims process super approachable. It’s all handled on their mobile app, and you’ll even find the option to “cancel for any reason,” which is rarely offered by most affordable providers.

    Faye Travel Insurance

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  • 7. Neck Wallet

    When traveling internationally, we like to keep our valuables such as credit cards, passports, phones, cash, and plane tickets securely stored in a neck wallet. This means that you’ll be super organized at customs and won’t be an easy target for pickpockets. This one is made of RFID-blocking material to prevent e-thieves from stealing your credit card details from afar. You’ll never misplace your passport again!

    Neck Wallet

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  • 8. Packing Cubes

    These packing cubes are a genius invention. They take a chaotic suitcase and transform it into an organized heaven. Simply put all your shorts in one cube and all your shirts in another etc., and then you’ll stay organized for the duration of your trip. They even have an index card on the back so you can write exactly what’s inside.

    Available on HeroTravelSupply.com with an exclusive 15% discount using the coupon code “HERO”.

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  • 9. Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger

    You’ll be out at sea snorkeling or deep in the jungle for most of your time in Cancún, so you can’t expect your devices to stay charged that long if you’re looking up maps or taking pictures. This portable charger will ensure that you can recharge your devices on-the-go, so you won’t have to worry about being cut off from your travel group or stranded hours away from the resort with no way to reach anyone. I throw it in my purse and it charges our electronics while we explore!

    Lipstick-Sized Charger

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  • 10. Hanging Toiletry Bag

    Hotels in Mexico don’t always offer much counter space for your self-care routine. We bring this hanging toiletry bag for our liquid products and makeup because it easily hangs on any door, shower pole, or wall. This one is TSA-approved and you can add these 2-ounce silicon travel bottles to ensure TSA doesn’t throw away your favorite products at the security checkpoint. The elastic bands will hold bottles in place and clear compartments make it easy to sort through the leakproof design.

    Not to mention, the key to a good toiletry bag is stain-resistant material, since stains will inevitably appear from makeup and hair products. This one by Eco Sun really shows careful design and planning. You can visibly see the quality of craftsmanship and it’s backed by a lifetime happiness guarantee, so you can always swap it for a new one if something goes wrong.

    hanging toiletry bag

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  • 11. Quick-Dry Travel Towel

    You don’t want to be lugging around big bulky hotel towels on hikes and excursions. This microfiber towel is perfect for travel because it’s compact, super absorbent, and dries 10x faster than cotton. We use ours for beaches, hikes, seat covers, etc. When you’re finished, just hang it up and watch as it dries almost instantly, then roll it up to be used again.

    Quick-Dry Travel Towel

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  • 12. Luggage Straps

    If you’re flying here, you’ll likely check your luggage and entrust them to the baggage handlers (who have a reputation for being rough with your belongings!) I’ve seen suitcases break many times in my travels, and I’ve also used these luggage belts to tie my buddy’s bag together when it burst open because the zipper crapped out on him. You can also tether bags together, create a makeshift handle, and cinch-in your carry-on bag so it fits in the overhead compartment.

    If you’re cruising, the brightly-colored straps will be a perfect identifier for your belongings – even if you have to find them in a retrieval room at disembarkation (where all the similar-looking cases get grouped together! Ahh!) These are an epic addition to your packing list and will serve you well in all future travel.

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  • 13. Discounted Tickets for Cancún Attractions

    Only the unimaginative could get bored in a place with as much vibrancy as Cancún! Sail into the sunset on a catamaran, savor the sights of the cotton-candy daydream of Las Coloradas, unlock the mysteries of the Mayan at Chichén Itzá, and reserve a day for a city and tequila tasting tour.

    We use Get Your Guide for the lowest prices and best-rated tours and excursions. Save some time for day trips to the lagoon sinkholes known as cenotes and archeological sites in Cancún’s neighboring cities, Tulum and Coba.

    Discounted Tickets for Cancún Attractions

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  • 14. Windproof Travel Umbrella

    While the sun shines almost year-round in Cancun, there is still plenty of rain. Hurricane season stretches through the summer and autumn months (May to November), when the weather is particularly unpredictable. Regardless of the season, bringing this windproof umbrella is a safe bet. It comes with a lifetime replacement guarantee and the compact carrying case is a nice touch too!

    travel umbrella

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  • 15. Mesh Slip-on Water Shoes

    From hiking the steep Mayan ruins to slippery cenotes, Mexico has very diverse terrains. These amphibious shoes will protect your feet both in and out of the water. This is extremely handy when you’ll be traversing land and sea areas frequently, rather than carrying an extra pair of shoes all day. Regular hiking shoes will get soggy and heavy, leading to blisters anyway. Opt for a breathable water shoe that does it all!

    Mesh Slip-on Water Shoes

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  • 16. Luggage Locks

    These versatile locks will be useful in so many ways during your trip to Cancún. First of all, you’ll want to use them to secure your checked bags (I’ve had things stolen out of checked luggage before). Once you arrive at your hotel, it’s not a bad idea to leave your luggage locked while you are away and the staff cleans your room. It’s also nice to have a lock for any lockers at tourist sites or waterparks so you don’t have to carry around your belongings all day.

    luggage locks

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  • 17. Swimsuit Cover-Up

    Resort-life attire is laid back and casual, which means a swimsuit cover-up will do if you’re hanging poolside or beachside. I love that you can easily mosey over to breakfast and lunch without a change of clothes. This lacey crochet one is a fan-favorite and I receive tons of compliments on it. Plus, it’s always more fun to look especially good while you’re on vacation!

    Swimsuit Cover-Up

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  • 18. Mosquito-Repellent Bracelets

    Mosquito season is year-round in Mexico but predominantly in the wet season (May to September). You’ll find these thirsty vampires descending heavily at dawn and dusk. Protect yourself with these mosquito-repellent bracelets, perfect for travel or any outdoor activity. Made with natural ingredients, they are safe for children and have been a game-changer for our family!

    Mosquito-Repellent Bracelets

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  • 19. Affordable Underwater Camera

    You’ll want to seriously consider bringing a waterproof camera like this one on your trip to Mexico. Most activities you do will involve water, and you don’t want to risk damaging your regular digital camera or cell phone. This one is lightweight, versatile, and pretty hardy, so you won’t have to worry about damaging it while adventuring. Plus, it’s a less expensive option if you don’t want to go all-in for a GoPro or DSLR camera.

    Affordable Underwater Camera

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  • 20. Motion Sickness Patches

    Cancún transit can include bumpy ferry boats, speeding taxis, crowded metros, zip-line swinging across the rainforest, and everything in between! If you are prone to motion sickness or seasickness – this remedy will be your new go-to. These small but mighty patches worked for me when nothing else would. Stick one behind your ear 10 minutes before you travel and you will find everything more balanced, easy, and peaceful.

    Motion Sickness Patches

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  • 21. Waterproof Backpack

    Waterproof material will always be the best move for tropical environments. You’ll need a backpack to carry your water bottle, phone, change of clothes, umbrella, and other essentials. This one is actually waterproof (unlike some products that claim to be!) It’s also lightweight for travel and holds more than expected. We use ours for beach excursions, boat rides, and rainy hikes. It keeps everything 100% dry.

    Waterproof Backpack

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  • 22. Leave-in Hair Conditioner

    Mexican sun and heat can take quite a toll on your hair. I recommend using a leave-in hair conditioner to protect your hair each day, especially if you’ve been in the water. This natural formula smells great and will reinvigorate your locks with plant-based protein so you don’t end up with long-term sun and salt damage when you head home.

    Leave-in Hair Conditioner

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  • 23. Sexy Dress

    Between dancing in Punta Cancún (the Party Zone) and dinners along the Boulevard Kukulcan, you will need a sexy evening dress! Paint the town red and look effortless in this off-the-shoulder fit. It accentuates your curves and is complimentary to many body types, plus the material covers the stomach area so you can feast to your heart’s content! Rock your full confidence and salsa the night away, dancing queen.

    Sexy Dress

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  • 24. Packable “Just in Case” Bag

    Mexico has fantastic, authentic treats you may want to bring home, like Mexican chocolate, crocheted blankets, pottery, jewelry, art, tequila, mezcal, coffee beans, sauces, etc.
    A ‘just in case bag’ is a thoughtful precaution for any shopping you may do. When empty, it’s more lightweight than a feather, but it expands to hold anything you need for day trips, souvenirs, or gift shopping. Bonus points: It counts as your carry-on item for the return flight home!

    Packable “Just in Case” Bag

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What to Wear in Cancún

It’s no secret that Cancún is a beach lover’s paradise, but there is much more to it than that! When you’re not soaking up the sun, you could be dining in 5-star restaurants, eating from taco stands, scaling Mayan ruins, snorkeling with whale sharks, or partying the night away.

Needless to say, you’ll probably want to pack more than just swimwear for your trip. Of course, casual dress is suitable almost anywhere in Cancún, but you’ll also want to pack some slightly dressier pieces. The weather is reliably warm year-round, but the temperature can sometimes dip down a little in the winter, so it’s worth bringing a light jacket just in case of emergency.

What should WOMEN wear in Cancún? – (Click to expand)
Below is a sample women’s clothing list. (All items link to Amazon.com for your convenience).

When visiting Cancún, women will feel most comfortable in clothing made from lightweight, breathable fabrics. Mexican women typically wear linen or cotton dresses or pants. High heels and makeup are commonly worn by local women day to day. Additionally, local Mexicans tend to dress on the conservative side, if only to protect their skin from the sun. However, visitors shouldn’t feel out of place in shorts and tank tops. Classic resort wear like maxi dresses with sandals or espadrilles are perfect for a “dressed up” look, but visitors will feel right at home in shorts and flip-flops as well! Sandals are essential for any trip to Cancún, but be sure to pack sneakers for active days.

What should MEN wear in Cancún? – (Click to expand)
Below is a sample men’s clothing list. (All items link to Amazon.com for your convenience).

Mexican men tend to dress in clean-cut, casual clothing that errs on the dressy side. Like the women of Cancún, they too favor lightweight, breathable fabrics, such as linen and cotton. The most common ensemble of a man in Cancún would be jeans or khakis, paired with a guayabera shirt (a linen button shirt featuring rows of pleats sewn on either side of the buttons), along with leather shoes, sneakers, or sandals. Swim trunks and a tee shirt are acceptable attire, but the day to day look in Cancún tends to be a little bit more elevated than some of the more casual seaside towns (like Playa del Carmen or Tulum) on the Yucatán peninsula. Visiting men will feel most comfortable in chino shorts, sandals, and a t-shirt. Casual, yet well-composed outfits are ideal for Cancún.

Packing for the Seasons in Cancún

Seasons in Cancún are fairly mild, though as mentioned above, winter can bring a little bit of a chill. Prep for heavy sun exposure and plenty of activity!

WET SEASON – May, June, July, August, September, and October:

The wet season in Cancún is basically summer and fall combined, since temperatures don’t dip down much at all in what we normally think of as the fall months.

Temperatures are high, rain is frequent (between 10 and 15 rainy days per month), and the air tends to be a bit humid.

Rains don’t tend to last long when they do come – it may rain for a couple of hours and then clear up for the rest of your day.

This is the wet season, so of course you’ll need a rain jacket, and it should absolutely be the kind that allows vapor to escape from inside the jacket to prevent you from steaming inside it (like the one we’ve linked). There’s nothing worse than having to wear a jacket when it’s hot out and feeling like you’re wrapped in plastic wrap. You should also bring a travel umbrella to carry with you just in case. Shorts, tank tops, sundresses, and good sandals are perfect for this season. Water-resistant active shoes are a good idea if you’ll be doing anything active at all. Don’t forget a swimsuit cover-up and a fun sunhat and shades! Temperatures average between 85°F to 95°F (29°C to 35°C).

DRY SEASON – November, December, January, February, March, April:

The dry season in Cancún is essentially a combination of winter and spring. Dry, windy, but plenty warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities.

Rain still happens this time of year, but it’s much less frequent. Still, a rain jacket is a good idea.

Tourist high-season is from January through April, so expect higher prices and more crowds during this time.

We recommend bringing a pair of pants in case of a chill, but there’s really no need to bring more than that. Even the evenings don’t cool off too much. Active shoes, walking sandals, sundresses, and shorts are still a great idea. Don’t forget to bring a stylish swimsuit cover-up for days on the beach or poolside! A sunhat, cute shades, and quality sunscreen are a must. Temperatures average between 80°F to 88°F (27°C to 31°C) but can occasionally dip to as low as 65°F (18°C).

How to dress for the activity in Cancún – (Click to expand)
Beach or Pool Day – There’s no doubt that much of your trip to Cancún will be spent on the beach or next to the pool. Nobody can resist the allure of that sparkling Caribbean ocean. For days spent lounging by the water, be sure to wear your swimsuit and a swimsuit cover-up (for some relief from the sun!). Flip flops are the ideal footwear for navigating beaches and pools because you can easily slip them on and off. A large beach bag comes in handy for storing snacks, reading material, a quick dry towel, sunscreen, and a water bottle (to reduce waste, bring your own reusable one!).

Aquatic Activities – ​The options for aquatic activities in Cancún are practically endless. You can do anything from snorkeling, jet skiing, scuba diving, parasailing, swimming in cenotes, and more! For days like this, where you’re bound to be in and out of the water regularly, you’ll be most comfortable wearing quick-dry clothing over your swimsuit. Bring a backpack to easily carry any extra items you may need – snacks, sunscreen, a mask and snorkel, and even a change of clothes, will likely come in handy. Sandals are the best footwear for days on the water because you won’t care if they get wet. Remember, the glare of the sun is amplified on the water; you won’t regret splurging for polarized sunnies.

Exploring the hotel zone​ – Cancún’s hotel zone is Mexico’s answer to the Las Vegas strip. You could spend hours wandering in and out of shops, restaurants, and hotel lobbies. If you plan to tackle the entire 15-mile stretch in one go, comfortable walking shoes are essential. If you’re just going for a quick stroll, sandals are just fine as the whole area is flat. Wear a comfortable sundress, or stylish shorts and a top for exploring to avoid feeling underdressed in the event you decide to pop into Cartier or another high-end boutique to browse!

Archaeological Sites​​ – Chichén Itzá is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico and lies just a couple of hours from Cancún. If you plan to explore this ancient Mayan site, you’re best to go prepared. There is no shade to be found at Chichén Itzá, so it is crucial to prepare for sun exposure. Wear lightweight clothing that covers your shoulders to avoid burning. Bringing a sunhat, sunglasses, and a water bottle will help you stay protected and hydrated as well. Comfortable (and lightweight) running shoes will keep your feet cool and supported as you explore the site. Because you’ll be doing a lot of walking, avoid carrying a heavy purse or backpack; a crossbody bag with room for a water bottle and a small camera is a sensible option.

Nightlife​ – Cancún’s nightlife is composed of everything from beach bars to nightclubs, such as the infamous Coco Bongo. If you’re headed to an actual nightclub formal attire is preferred, though the rules tend to be somewhat forgiving for women. A dress and heels are ideal for women, while men should plan to wear a collared shirt, slacks, and dress shoes.

What NOT to wear in Cancún – (Click to expand)

Because Cancún offers such a wide range of visitor experiences, it’s hard to go wrong when it comes to clothing. However, because locals tend to be a little on the dressy-side, you will fit in best when your outfits look composed, rather than thrown together. Cancún’s weather is consistently hot and humid, so it’s best to avoid heavy clothing and synthetic fabrics which will only make you sweat more. If your footwear requires socks, make sure they are breathable, cotton, or athletic socks that wick sweat and don’t trap odor; your friends and neighbors will thank you. Mexican women are notorious for wearing high heels at all times, but for the sake of your feet, save them just for nights out.

What NOT to take to Cancún

  • 1.DON’T BRING heavy books

    Books take up a lot of luggage space and are usually heavy. Consider how much you are going to read and if it justifies the space. Better yet, opt for a Kindle that will take up much less space, and can be protected with a waterproof case.

  • 2.DON’T TAKE lots of cash

    Cancún has many ATMs, so don’t risk taking lots of cash with you. There is no need to risk losing a large amount of money. Many shops, restaurants, and bars also take credit cards so you will be fine with smaller quantities of cash.

  • 3.DON’T PACK expensive jewelry

    Expensive jewelry can make you a target for pickpockets and scammers. It can also very easily get lost, damaged, or broken. Leave these items at home so you won’t need to worry about them while you are on your trip.

  • 4.DON’T TAKE warm, bulky clothing

    The majority of the time in Cancún it’s hot. Even when it’s wet, it’s still warm. Pack for hot weather with a chance of rain – leave the cold weather gear at home! Go for lighter, quick-dry items instead.

  • 5.DON’T BRING fruits

    It is illegal to bring many types of fruits into Mexico. If you are going to pack food for the flight, make sure you do not have any fruits when entering Mexico as you could face a large fine from customs. Besides, fresh fruit is pretty yummy in Cancún!

  • 6.DON’T PACK items that won’t dry well

    In this hot, humid climate, you don’t want to bring anything that won’t dry quickly or that will become burdensome once it’s wet. Leave heavy cotton items especially – think jeans, towels, sweaters – at home.

FAQs about traveling to Cancún

  • 1. Do many people speak English in Cancún?

    Do many people speak English in Cancún?

    Many of the local people working in hotels, tour agencies, bars, and restaurants in the tourist area of Cancún will speak English.

    It’s still very likely that you’ll run into people who do not speak English, so be prepared to use a Spanish/English dictionary and your patience. People are friendly and willing to help.

    Also, many taxi drivers will only know basic English so knowing a little Spanish may help.

  • 2. Can I spend US Dollars in Cancún?

    Many hotels or businesses will accept USD in Cancún, although it is not recommended to spend in USD. You will almost always get an unfavorable rate or simply be ripped off. Try to always deal in the local currency if you can help it, and familiarize yourself with the appropriate prices before making big purchases.

  • 3. Do I need to tip in Cancún?

    Do I need to tip in Cancún?

    Tips are expected in Mexico, similar to the US. 15% is a good standard tip.

    Many places add on the tip automatically so it’s best to check your bill – the Spanish word for tip is “propina.” If a tip has already been added, it is certainly not necessary to add more.

    Baggers in supermarkets expect a small change tip, and musicians in bars usually walk around with a jar expecting a few pesos.

  • 4. Can I drink the Cancún water?

    Most visitors to Cancún cannot handle the local water very well. It’s advised that you drink only bottled or filtered water. Bottled water can be purchased inexpensively, or you can bring your own filtered water bottle that can remove microbes and bacteria so you always have a safe supply of water on-hand. (Many filtered bottles do not remove certain contaminants – this one is a good option for Cancún)

  • 5. Is it safe to leave the resort/tourist area?

    Is it safe to leave the resort/tourist area?

    Many people travel to Cancún and are unsure about leaving the resort. The tourist area is more than safe for visitors, although you should always be vigilant for pickpockets.

    Cancún outside the tourist area is also relatively safe, though there’s not too much to see for tourists in the immediate vicinity – you have to travel a little to get to the attractions. If you are the more independent traveler type, you can save money on tours by going to places like Chichen Itza yourself from the bus station.

  • 6. How do I know if it’s safe to travel to Cancún?

    You can easily verify current travel warnings for your trip by visiting the US Department of State website (if you’re based in the US).

  • 7. Do I need vaccinations to visit Cancún?

    No specific vaccinations are typically required for Cancún, but check the CDC website to be sure. It is always a good idea to be up to date with all the standard travel vaccinations anyway. (MMR, Typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A)

  • 8. Do I need a plug adapter for Cancún?

    You won’t need an adapter for US two-pronged cords, but any electronics which have a grounding wire (US three-pronged cords) may need an adapter. Many outlets in Mexico are two-prong only, and an adapter is the only way to plug in, say, your laptop if you’re bringing it.

  • 9. What is the best time of year to visit Cancún?

    What is the best time of year to visit Cancún?

    Travel to Cancún should be planned using many factors, but the two most important to most travelers are weather and prices. Prices peak during the winter months – December through March – and they fall again on the off- and shoulder-seasons.

    Weather affects this drastically. May through November tends to be the off-season when prices are lowest, but that’s because it’s the rainiest time of year. Shoulder-seasons – the times when prices and weather balance out a bit – are early December and April.

  • 10. What about the recent safety concerns in Cancún?

    There have been some recent crimes in Cancún which have sparked media coverage. These issues are nerve-wracking for any traveler. The best way to make an informed decision when traveling is to read up on government travel warnings for any destination you travel to. Otherwise, if you follow basic safety precautions and are cautious with your after-dark whereabouts, you’ll likely never run into any trouble.

  • 11. Do I need a passport to travel to Cancún?

    Do I need a passport to travel to Cancún?

    Yes. You will need a passport of some sort – if you’re flying in, it’ll need to be a book-style passport (the standard option).

    However, if you’re arriving from the US by boat or driving you can use a PASS passport card, which is a sophisticated wallet card that’s the size of your Driver’s License or ID.

    Your passport should be valid for a minimum of six months – the period that a US citizen can stay without a Visa.