Cancun is a beautiful city on the Caribbean coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Although it is popular spring break destination, Cancun offers much more than packed nightclubs and bars. The long beachfront with high-rise hotels and spring-breakers is known as Zona Hotelera. For the more traditional side of Cancun, travelers will want to stay in El Centro. Getting around in a rental car can be a pleasant experience, given that Mexican driving customs are more courteous than most parts of the globe.
Renting a Car in Cancun
American driver's licenses are valid in Mexico, but car insurance is not. Drivers must get comprehensive coverage before getting on the road. Mexican liability insurance is mandatory. It is not included in the price of the rental car, but having the freedom to explore at will is priceless.
Cancún International Airport is in Quintana Roo, and a number of car rental options are available on-site including Budget, Dollar, Hertz, and Thrifty. Travelers can compare prices and book a rental car on Skyscanner ahead of time for a seamless travel experience.
Driving in Cancun
Since tourism has increased, driving around Cancun is pleasant thanks to updated roads and highways. Sticking around popular areas like Highway 307 along the Riviera or any major highway is smart. Dangerous areas are mainly in Mexico City and near the U.S. Border, but being cautious is always a good thing. Drivers should also note that there is no right-of-way in Mexico so when crossing an intersection, it is advisable to look in every direction and move forward with caution. Also, it is the law to stay to the right except to when passing other vehicles. The peak traffic hours in Cancun are typically between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the evening.
Things to Do in Cancun
Aside from popular clubs like Mandala and Coco Bongo, Cancun has plenty to offer a variety of travelers from shopping to exploring coral reefs and caves to going on a jungle tour.
For an adventure packed day, guests can sign up for the 3-in-1 Discovery Tour. Highlights include snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea, visiting Tulum, an archaeological site, exploring a limestone cave, and taking a walking tour through the jungle. Another fun activity is snorkeling by a shipwreck where adventure-seekers can swim with tropical fish and giant sea turtles. This activity is best for small groups and perfect for all ages and skill levels.
For those looking to shop, La Isla Shopping Village is a great destination. A sort of retail wonderland, La Isla offers excellent shopping and dining with a winding river and fountains reminiscent of Venice.
Families looking for a fun activity may consider a day trip to Xcaret in the Riviera Maya. It has an aquarium, aviary, and butterfly pavilion. Visitors can also learn about Mayan history and culture. At night, Xcaret offers an exciting night show filled with lights, dance, and Mexican music.
Cancun is a fun place to visit, and there is something for all ages to enjoy.