Streets in Cancun, Mexico
The beach is the main attraction for tourists to come to Cancun. The fine white sand of the beach like baby powder combined with the charming charm of the Caribbean sea, makes anyone feel at home for a long time staying there. By Americans themselves, Cancun is often used as a destination for Bachelor Parties because it’s a really good place for a little clubbing ritual and a little drying.
Unfortunately, the beautiful beaches in Cancun have been over-commercialized by well-known resorts. If we are not guests of the hotel, we are forbidden to ride through to just enter the beach. As a result, I had to swim at a public beach looking for the entrance half to death because it was hidden away.
For foreigners, if you want to go to Mexico, you must use a visa, unless you have a valid multiple-entry US Visa. At that time, I simply showed a valid US visa at the immigration counter and was immediately allowed to enter without being asked much.
The airport in Cancun is not very good, even the wifi is paid for. From the airport, the central terminal in downtown Cancun can be reached by ADO Bus with a journey time of about 1 hour. Meanwhile, for transportation within the city, the mainstay is in the form of city buses that are 11-12 in shape with the capital metromini. Both are not air conditioned, plastic benches, and sometimes like a lot of buskers ride. The difference is, the bus driver there is organized, only stops at the bus stop. Far near 10.5 pesos.
Cancun is not a big city, only consists of downtown area and hotel zone area. Many cheap lodgings are scattered in the downtown area, while the hotel zone area is more devoted to elite resorts whose rows of hotels remind me of the strip in Las Vegas. The difference is that in Vegas we can watch Celine Dion’s concert at the Cesar Palace, if in Cancun we are entertained by fake Beyoncé at Coco Bongo, the most popular nightclub in all of Cancun.
Apart from beaches and nightlife, Cancun is also famous for its cenotes and underground river. Cenotes are springs formed by the collapse of limestone millions of years ago. There are thousands of cenotes scattered across the Yucatan Peninsula but only a few are well known and have been commercialized. One of them is Cenote Hubiku, which I visited on my way to Chichen Itza.
As for the underground river, one of the famous places is in Xcaret, a kind of eco-friendly park that is the pride of the Mexicans. There we can swim in an underground river which ends directly in a beautiful lagoon. In the evening you can continue watching the Xcaret Mexico Spectacular, a kind of Mexican-flavored broadway show.
If you are bored with the atmosphere of Cancun, you can visit Tulum, a beautiful city on the beach. It is said that the beaches in Cancun are one of the most beautiful in the world, with the charm of the turquoise Caribbean Sea, soft baby powder sand, and exotic ancient ruins on the cliffs. Located 130 km from Cancun, Tulum can be reached in 2.5 hours by ADO Bus from downtown terminal. The bus ticket price is 136 pesos one way or around USD 20.00 for two way transit.