12.18.2013

what you should know before you travel to cancun

The world-renowned tourist destination of Cancun is located on the southeast coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It is somewhere that British tourists are getting to know much better, and being based on the Caribbean Sea, it isn’t exactly hard to see why. There is truly something for everyone in Cancun; the partygoers will fall in love with the super-clubs, the romantic couples will enjoy testing out some of the many restaurants, and watersports enthusiasts will want to spend all day in the choppier waters found east of the resort.


So if you are tempted to enjoy a little (or a lot) of what Cancun has to offer, read on to find out what you need to know before travelling to the Mexican city.

Quick facts about Cancun:

 There is a 22 kilometre stretch of sandy beach to discover; paddle-friendly places are found northwards. Cancun is home to many restaurants and will suit all budgets.
Flamenco and cabaret are just some of the activities you can enjoy after dark.
Boulevard Kukulcan is home to the super-clubs popular with the younger adults.

Practical travel information: You will need a valid passport to travel to Mexico; at this time British citizens do not require a visa. The flight duration is approximately 11 hours from London Gatwick, and there is a 35 minute transfer to the resort from Cancun Airport.

Cancun is in the time zone GMT -6, so you will need to turn your watch back six hours when you arrive. The official language spoken in Mexico is Spanish, however you will find plenty of English speakers in the busiest resorts such as Cancun.

The currency used in Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN) which can be found easily in any bureau de change in the United Kingdom.
What months should you travel? The temperatures are excellent all year round in Mexico, meaning any time is ideal for a trip. However if you want to go in the hottest months, you are looking at June to September where the temperatures will sit at an average of 28 degrees celsius. The coolest months are January and February, and they still boast a temperature of 23 degrees celsius on average. The months with the least chance of rainfall are March and April, and the temperatures will be in the mid-twenties by this point. So Cancun could be the ideal destination for you during the Easter break!

Where should you stay? Cancun has a ‘hotel zone’ so there will be plenty of options for you to choose from when it comes to accommodation. Before you book somewhere, check the On Holiday Claims website (www.on-holiday-claims.co.uk) and make sure you don’t choose somewhere that is on its travel illness hotspots list. The last thing you want to do is spend all week in bed with a tummy bug. However you will be able to make an information decision to whether you would prefer an all-inclusive package, or simple bed and breakfast.

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