Before coming to Cancun Mexico I had read somewhere that people either love it or hate, there is no in between.
The most talked about reason for not liking Cancun is how Americanized it is. Some people may argue that they go to Cancun to get a taste of Mexico. And while that is possible, it’s also fair to say you could feel like you have just taken a vacation to a destination in the United States.
All that said, I LOVED Cancun as soon as we arrived!
The ‘Americanized’ side of it did not bother me at all. Maybe its because I love the States or maybe it was because I had some familiar names around me that I felt quite comfortable on my first visit to Mexico.
Some of you may know, I am an avid beach lover – which was the main reason we came to Cancun; to see one of the worlds top beaches. (side note – We want to visit all of the top 10 beaches as voted by Trip Advisor)
To say the beaches here are beautiful is really quite an understatement. By now, in our 12 months of travels, we have been to hundreds of beaches. But I have to say the Cancun beaches are some of the best we have seen to date!
The water is the most stunning shade of blue I think I’ve seen of the ocean! And the sand – soft and white. To finish it off, palm trees are scattered throughout giving you some well needed shade after a couple of hours in the warmth of the sun.
But Cancun isn’t JUST about the beach – Well, okay that’s a huge part but there is more that that!
I am a girl who loved to shop. That’s past tense because now that I am a nomad I do not need to shop anymore (says Michael – I mean, what’s wrong with having a cute pair of pumps and matching purse in my backpack??). However, a girl can still ‘window shop’! And there are plenty of great places to do just that!. In fact, there are shopping plazas to suit all budgets.
There is a large market area, Flamingo Plaza, where you can score a souvenir at a bargain (as long as you don’t mind someone asking you to come into their shop every 5 seconds!); There is a plaza for the mid range shopper – La Isla; And if you a few spare $100 bills to throw around, there is Luxury Avenue with all the high end brands (not even the pre nomad me could afford to shop there!)
There is only one thing better than shopping in my eyes and that’s FOOD! Yes, it is very Americanized here so there is the ‘Johnny Rockets’ and the ‘Starbucks’ and the ‘Outback’ (yes, that’s an American chain!) but there are also some very cool Mexican eateries! The food is a treat for the eyes and belly!
Another thing I love about Cancun is that it’s really easy to get around! Public transport is great in the hotel zone and downtown area. There are buses that go past the hotels every few minutes that will take you into central Cancun for 85 pecos (or $1 US).
There are loads of things to do in Cancun besides swim, eat and shop but we haven’t got to any of that yet! We are here for a month and I expect we will have enough to do to keep us busy every single day!
So, my first impression of Cancun? It’s fantastic! Need to know more? Keep your eyes peeled right here for posts on all the activities we will be doing! A couple of weeks reading our posts and checking out all of our photos, it may feel like you were in Cancun yourself!
Have you been to Cancun? If so, what did you love/hate about it? Any recommendations for the rest of our time here?