Cancun, Mexico

Winter Sun Holiday Destination – Cancun, Mexico

Mexico has not only graced many action movies but is also a spectacular winter sun holiday destination. Cancun city which borders with the Caribbean Sea is one undiscovered gem and you’ll only agree with me, once I’m done bragging about it. The best time to visit Cancun is from December till April when the hot weather calms down and is perfect for a family vacation.

Money Matters

The currency is called Mexican Peso (MXN) and it is best to exchange foreign currencies into local as US Dollars, Euros and Sterling Pounds will only be accepted at some tourist areas. For general activities you will need to pay in Pesos. Amount of or equivalent to US $10000 must be declared at the airport.

  • A daily budget of US $45 will get:
  • A 3 course meal at a mid-range restaurant for 2 people $32
  • Meal at a fast food restaurant $5
  • Local transport one-way $0.56
  • Taxi normal tariff $1.59
  • Taxi normal tariff 1 km $1.15
  • Cinema ticket (international release) $4

Lodgings

Some of my family friendly picks are the Hyatt Ziva Cancun for $821 per night for a triple room, for complete privacy there’s Horizontes Cancun & Tziara Sky Condon for $90 per night for an apartment and Casa Paraiso for $133 per night for a three-bedroom townhouse, all perfect to accommodate a family of 4.

Local Transportation

The cheapest mode of transport in Cancun is a local bus. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or rent a car if you plan to move around a lot or want some privacy, but it isn’t recommended as car rental prices are quite steep for foreign travelers and you might need to pay extra for insurance.

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Top things to do in Cancun

Ventura Park

Ventura Park is where you can spend an entire day with the family exploring the different activity areas which are Underworld, Grand Prix, Fun World, Wet n Wild, Dolphinaris, and Aaaahventura. Activities include various water slides, a water pool, a small roller coaster, zip-lines and go-karts. There are separate play areas for small children.

An adult (person over 12 years of age) pass costs $850 and pass for minors (children under 12 and over 42 inches tall) and covers Aaaahventura, Wet n Wild and Fun World. An unlimited pass would cost $1,200 per adult and $850 per minor which includes access to all areas except Dolphinaris.

Kids under 42 inches of height are granted free entrance. All prices include food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Dolphin Beach

Soak up some winter sun on Playa Delfines which translates to Dolphin Beach. It’s the perfect family-friendly beach to relax and enjoy the calm crystal blue water waves and if you’re lucky you might even get a glimpse of these mesmerizing creatures.

Hop onto a replicated pirate ship and enjoy a 3-hour tour of Jolly Roger Pirate including dinner and unlimited drinks. Tickets cost $97 per child and adult. Kids under 12 are free to enter. The ship departs from Playa Linda Pier in the Cancun hotel zone at 6:30 pm daily.

Parque Las Palapas

Parque Las Palapas is great for families to wander around and enjoy a beautiful sunset. This family-friendly area has some local food stalls, shops, and live musicians performing for the public. The entrance is free for all.

Shopping & Food

  • Las Plazas Outlet mall is an open-air discount shopping mall that also includes a cinema, kids area, restaurants, and many discount shops to empty pockets.
  • Kukulcan Plaza is home to both conventional and high-end shopping along with some fine dining options. There are also events and concerts held during different times of the year.
  • Foodies wanting to try some local cuisine checkout Restaurante Benazuza and Black Hole. For Asian and veg-friendly options head to Elefanta Indian Cuisine and Taste of India.

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Winter is coming!

‘Hola’ is how they greet you in enticing Mexico. To be honest, I kind of feel an adrenalin rush whenever I hear the country’s name. And if you don’t want to stay locked up at home because of the carpeting ice outside then waste no time and plan a trip.

Here are other winter sun holiday destinations Cuba, The Canary Islands, Egypt, Oman, The Maldives, Australia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Orlando.

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12 thoughts on “Winter Sun Holiday Destination – Cancun, Mexico”

  1. Hi Tarun, very nice article about travelling tips. Cancun in Mexico seems really amazing for a winter sun holiday destination. You made a good description what to do at this destination and what the prices are there. Anyway, because of winter, it is really a good decision to go to the south! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  2. Thank you for your informative article on Cancun,

    Its around 10 years since I was in Cancun and I never realised there was so much to do with children in Cancun itself. My memories of Cancun are of the glorious sandy beaches and the bustling nature of the downtown area. Is it still possible to take advantage of reasonably priced trips to Chichen Itza and local sink holes as I remember these being memorable day trips from my last visit.

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  3. Nice article! I’m someone who is completely addicted to travel and I’ve actually never been to Cancun! It seems like they’re very popular in central Mexico and Central America. Having all the food and drink you can ask for seems like it would be paradise on the beach! Great article. Thanks for posting!

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  4. Oh my, Cajun, take me away.  That sounds delish.  Sun, warm temps, the ocean?  What more can anyone ask for?  I love how much one can do on 45 peso’s a day!  

    I do believe this is going on my husband’s and mines, bucket list.  Is it for a younger generation?  Or are retirees welcomed?  lol

    Thank you for this insight.  I need to get away from this dreary winter weather,Laura

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  5. I must say that I like to go the Mexico City and I will surely visit it after the Christmas. My wife and I planned a trip in a New York but I see that Cancun is a far better place to visit. I have two kids and I am sure that they will like it too. I would especially enjoy in ship tour.

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  6. Well written article!! Not having traveled as I have a travel phobia, reading your blog has enticed me to explore Mexico!! 

    I love that you added tit bits of information and downloadable checklist for travelling.  Your site is super easy to navigate and content is well written, quick to read!! My best is the inclusion of what you can get for under $50 helps a new traveler to plan and gives the comfort that they can do this!!

    Thank you for such a fun to read and enticing blog.  The way to write and have laid out your blog is sure going to get you a lot of visits (no pun intended 🙂 )

    I will be following you on FB to learn more about fun destinations to visit once I make travel cash via WA 🙂

    Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  7. Cancun is a lovely place, hoping ti visit it sometime early 2019 especially spending time at dolphin beach and watching the beautiful sunset. Are there any all inclusive packages there? Would you recommend travel agencies that could offer the all inclusive package? I dont want to over spend while there 

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    • Hi Euphrasia,

      I am not a fan of travel agents or packages because they give you a set itinerary which 9 out of 10 times tend to show you the touristy places and you miss out on the actual culture of the place.

      I recommend doing things yourself because you know what you are looking for and what your budget is and the experience is then more satisfying. You can book rooms through booking.com – I have a widget on the page that will give you options as per your requirements.

      Similarly, if you need travel insurance you can get it through WorldNomads (widget on the sidebar) or check flights under my Nuts & Bolts Sections

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  8. Hello Tarun,

    I love everything that has to do with visiting tourist destinations to travel with my family.

    Here in Argentina, the summer vacation period begins at the end of December and ends in March. 

    Ideal to travel to Mexico and know the excellent beaches that Cancun has. 

    I will talk with my wife who is a lover of beautiful beaches like the one you promote.

    Have an excellent end of the year and a better 2019.

    Regards!

    Claudio

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  9. Thank you for sharing with us this great post on Winter Sun Holiday Destination-Cancun,Mexico.To tell you the truth I like watching mexican movies and I wish I could meet Mexican actors one day.

    I am so attracted by the view of Cancun and the price of passing holidays there.

    It is a good place to spend good time with family and loved ones.

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