A Local’s guide to Cancun


Here are a few tips if you are on vacation in Cancun and would like to venture a little further than the hotel beach and pool.

A good beach to spend the day is at Playa Gaviotas.  You can reach this beach by a small pathway right next to Coco Bongo nightclub.  Its hidden behind the Hard Rock Cafe right in the Party Centre but the ocean and sand here are truly beautiful although the waves may be a bit big if you have small children.  If you have kids with you then another great choice would be Coco’s Beach Bar at Km3  which has a beautiful wide beach with plenty of seating and shade under the palm trees.  They also have swimming pool here so the kids really do have a ball.

Many tourists do not venture into town but its worth going to the Parque de las Palapas, a large market square where the locals gather in the evenings.  They often have live music and shows and lots of street stall selling delicious local food.  The children also love it here as they have play area and electric cars to drive around the square.

For really tasty authentic Mexican food at much more reasonable prices there are plenty of restaurants downtown worth a vist, from street stalls to much more classy restaurants.

So during your vacation in Cancun, be adventurous and explore where us locals go.  www.cancun.travel

Mexican Independence Day in Cancun

Mexican Independence Day celebrations begin on the 15th September and it is the most important national holiday observed in Mexico.  On the night of the 15th September the President of Mexico rings the bell of the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City and cries the ‘Grito de Dolores’ and the names of the heroes of the Mexican War of Independence.  He then shouts ‘Viva Mexico!’ joined by the people in the Zocalo waving the Mexican flag and then singing the Mexican National Anthem.  This patriotic event draws up to half a million spectators from all over Mexico and tourists worldwide. Continue reading

Visit Tulum

tulum-1Tulum sits on the edge of a cliff facing looking out over the vast turquoise ocean. No wonder Tulum is one of the most-visited Mayan ruins in Mexico -it truly is one of the most magical places on Earth.

Tulum is located 82 miles south of Cancun on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on the edge of the Caribbean Sea and was formerly know by the name Zama, meaning City of Dawn. Continue reading

Sportfishing in Cancun

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If there are any sportfishing enthusiasts out there then Cancun is the place to go.  It is one of the best sportfishing hotspots of the world.

You can find several marinas that offer sportfishing excursions in and around Cancun.  If fishermen prefer a dash of Mayan ruin exploration with their sport then Cancun Mexico is the place to go. Both Mexican and American-owned charters are available.  “I just got a report of a group of anglers aboard a 61-foot boat out of Mujeres who caught and released 120 sailfish in a day, and I guess they ran out of bait.”

One of the most popular places is in beautiful Puerto Aventuras which is about 40 minutes from Cancun on the Cancun – Tulum corridor.  The marina here is dotted with little restaurants offering all types of food where you can sit and enjoy the laid back atmosphere in this stunning marina.  There is even somewhere you can swim with dolphins or watch others while you enjoy a fresh cup of coffee or an icecream.

The nutrient rich waters in the reefs around Cancun attract large numbers of fish so you have a great chance of a prize catch which will differ according to the season.  We have just started the summer season where the most popular catches are marlin, tuna, sailfish and mahi-mahi.  Sportfishing is on a ‘catch and release basis’ in Cancun.

If you want to see more information about where you can book a fishing trip or even charter a boat for your adventure you can take a look at our information website www.cancun.travel.

If you have any stories or pictures about sportfishing from your trip to Cancun we would love to see them!

Xenses – an adventure to challenge the mind


Xenses is a day out not to be missed.  The latest of the eco parks opened by the Xcaret group this one is something completely different designed to awaken the senses and the mind.

At Xenses enjoy more than 15 activities in scenarios that will challenge your mind. Land, air and water experiences designed to revive your senses and awaken those you didn’t know you had.

Xenses is a half-day park, which gives you ideal time to return and enjoy the attractions of Cancun and the Riviera Maya with your new capabilities as a Xensei (master of the senses) Continue reading

Get Up Close and Personal with the Gentle Giants in Cancun!


Cancun, one of the hottest spots to enjoy the truly amazing experience of swimming with the whale sharks, invites you to get up close and personal with these gentle giants. Every year the destination welcomes visitors as well as celebrities to take part in this unique experience across the summer until the beginning of September. Continue reading