A SMART WAY TO TRAVEL
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After more than 20 years of living in Cancun, I’ve learned about the things that concern travelers and visitors in this paradise. Besides the weather (which can easily be followed on the web), adventurous and thrifty tourists wonder about transportation options. They prefer to discover the city's vibe in a more authentic way than renting a car. As a travel lover, I must say this the BEST way to really get to know the place and the people.
If the place you’ve chosen doesn’t provide transportation services, it could mean that your hotel or hostel is located in Cancun Centro/downtown Cancun. (All of our resorts & hotels offer transportation services.) The moment you leave the airport Arrivals gate, many people will offer you transportation. Think twice. These companies charge between $30 and $60 USD for a private taxi. Instead, ask for the ADO bus stop, and for +/- $4 USD ($45 pesos) a comfortable bus will take you to the main ADO bus station in downtown Cancun. From there, a taxi driver will charge you no more than $3 USD (the minimum is $20 pesos or $1.70 USD) if your hotel is located in Cancun Centro.
If your hotel is on the main tourist route in the Cancun hotel zone, it’s a great deal to take a collectivo (shared van). You can purchase a ticket in the airport after you clear customs.
The easiest way to get to the beach, shopping and nightclubs, besides walking, is to take the bus. If you’re staying downtown, find your way to Tulum Avenue (Cancun Centro's main street) or to Walmart, two centrally located spots with continuous public bus transportation to the hotel zone, where the beaches are. From Tulum Avenue, take bus numbers 1, 2, or 27, from Walmart, take bus number 15. All buses are well marked with the Hotel Zone – Downtown sign marked on their front window. Bus fare is less than a dollar ($8.50 pesos). There are several public beaches in the hotel zone, but Playa Chac Mool (pronounced "shuck mole”), Marlin, and El Mirador are the nicest.
Go to the ADO bus station (see item A above), and you’ll find convenient, comfortable buses that travel frequently (almost every 15 to 20 minutes) to your destination. For $3 USD, you can go to Playa del Carmen and for a bit less, to Puerto Morelos.
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Jorge is the Social Media Executive for Yucatan Holidays. He is a travel lover & tennis player living in Cancun. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter to find out the latest travel deals in Cancun & the Riviera Maya.