Cancun is the world's rare gem. Cancun International Airport (CUN) has the most global traffic in Mexico and is the second busiest airport in the country. And why so many people make their way to the city is a no brainer: Cancun's white sandy beaches are fabulous. The sand of crushed coral cools down your feet as you take a romantic walk along the beach.
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If you’re ready to jump in the ocean as soon as you get off the plane in Cancun, you’re in luck because there’s lots of options to get to your resort or hotel in a breeze! You can calculate your rate and book transportation to and from the airport on the Cancun Airport website. This is the safest option, as unlike many airports it is recommended that you do not hail a taxi from the airport here, as you risk being overcharged by an unlicensed solicitor. Make sure to always look for the Cancun Airport ID Badge and follow the instructions in your confirmation email when you book transportation. There is also a public bus system that has frequent routes from the airport to Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Tulum and Merida. And of course, if you’re looking to do some exploring there are car rental options at the airport as well.
If you’re heading to Cancun for a “treat yourself” vacation but you’re still on a budget, there are lots of things you can do to save some money! If you want to save on accommodations, consider booking a hotel that’s not directly on the beach or travel during the shoulder season instead of peak travel season which is typically December – July. If you want to check out the main attractions like Chichen Itza or Tulum, you can check with your hotel about buses and public transportation options rather than taking a private tour. If you are going to book attractions, look at booking in advance online as you can typically get better rates there than buying tickets on the ground. And if you’re not staying at an all-inclusive, try venturing off the beaten path when looking for somewhere to eat. Typically, restaurants outside of the main tourist drag will be less expensive and more authentic, which is a win-win in our eyes!
If you ever get tired of salt and chlorine, you can seek out fresh water for swimming at one of the many cenotes around Cancun. A cenote is a freshwater underground pool – the largest of which is Ox Bel Ha – which at 134 miles long which makes it the longest underwater cave in the world! They’re perfect for snorkeling, diving or a once-in-a-lifetime swim. You can access them on your own if you have a car, or you can check with your hotel for tour options. There are many tours that combine a visit to a cenote with other iconic attractions, such as visiting ruins in Tulum or Chichen Itza.