Cancun may seem like is not most people idea of a budget destination. But it is, even if you are not blowing your cash on a resort, you could easily spend up a fortune in tours or restaurants. But you don’t necessarily have to stay in the 5 star hotel, to enjoy a trip to Cancun. Playa del Carmen is still doable if you are on a budget. I spend last month in Playa so had to maximize the fun without spending too much. So here are my top tips for saving money in Cancun on everything from entertainment and transport to food and nightlife. Things to see and do
You can easily have fun in Cancun by going to the beach – snorkel in the coral reefs, the underwater museum close to Isla Mujeres, walk across the hotels avenue, visit the Mayan museum of Cancun, do some sport activities such as biking, running or skating and meet the unique shopping malls. There are many attractions inside Plaza La Isla Shopping mall, like swimming with dolphins or the Cancun Wax Museum. Cancun also has many casinos, all of them are free to enter and you just pay 5-50¢ per game.
If you plan to do a lot of the paid activities, it might be worth investing in a package. Tulum & Xel-Ha includes everything, the visit to Tulum where you can see the only archaeological site overlooking the Caribbean Sea, enjoy the amazing beaches and take advantage of the water park of Xel-Ha, where you will spend a day of adventure enjoying natural, ecological and aquatic attractions. You will explore inlets, coves, underground rivers called cenotes, mangroves and sail along the lazy river on inner tubes. Simply a paradise for those who enjoy snorkeling and diving in unique natural spots. Cancun Mayan Jungle + Tulum is another great package where you explore Tulum, visit the cenotes and zip line over the jungle.
Cancun is famous for its nightlife, whether that’s going to Coco Bongo of the incredible show of Cirque Du Soleil in Riviera Maya. Advance tickets can set you back hundreds of dollars, but you can buy them online. If you want to enjoy the completely atmosphere of partying in Cancun you can take The Bongo Tour package, it will let you enjoy 3 of the best nightclubs in Cancun in one night, plus more than 6 hours with open bar.
If that’s still to pricey, the check out Daddy’O packages or Han located in the center of Cancun. Mostly locals enjoy this club. There is also Xoximilco in Riviera Maya where you enjoy the Mexican fiesta! This is a great choice to make new friends, celebrate an important event, or just be a part of this tradition of Mexico in its golden age.
When it comes to saving money on club entry, it’s easier if you’re a woman. You’ll often be handed discount flyers on the street or approached by club promoters who can get your name on the guest list.
Top city views
The city’s tallest point is the tower in the KM 4.5 of the hotel zone. For a more central viewpoint head up to Malecon Tajamar in the center of Cancun, you can see all the view of the hotels by the lagoon and on the other side the center of Cancun, taking a walk and watching the sunrise is great in here. The most popular viewpoint is El Mirador at km 19.5, there is an incredible view of the Caribbean sea!
Eating and Drinking
For cheaper dining head off Cancun center. You can find delicious Mexican food menus. If you are hungry you can enjoy one of the favorite restaurants for locals in Cancun.
Cancun Airport is surprisingly close to all the hotels of Cancun. The cheaper option is an airport shuttle which will drop you at your hotel. After that you can take the bus that moves around all the hotel zone for 1 dollar per person.