Cancun Life and Visitor Travel Tips

(Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico)

Aerial view of resort complexWith more than two million visitors arriving in Cancun every year, life in this historic Mexican city has become dependent upon its reliable travel industry. With high-rise beachfront hotels, spreading resorts and many appealing coastal areas complete with sandy beaches, Cancun is the perfect place to relax on holiday.

Travel tips are available below and also from the tourist offices within Cancun. If possible, have a go at speaking the local language when in Cancun, since this will always be appreciated.

Picture of the coastal resorts

Useful Contact Details

The two official tourist offices in the city are the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau, and also the State Tourism Office. Both of these offices are situated close to the Avenida Tulum and feature English-speaking staff, dispensing plenty of information about Quintana Roo in general, along with useful fliers and maps.

Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau
Address: Avenida Cobá, Cancun, Mexico, MX
Tel: +52 998 884 6531
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00

State Tourism Office
Address: Pecari 23, Cancun, Mexico, MX
Tel: +52 998 884 8073
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 21:00

Instituto Nacional de Migración
Address: Avenida Náder / Avenida Uxmal, Cancun, Mexico, MX
Tel: +52 998 884 1404
This is where you should come if you have any queries regarding your visa or tourist card.

Further picture showing beachfront hotels

Language and Dialect

Mexico Spanish is the native tongue in Mexico and spoken by almost the entire population of Cancun, although that is not to say that some locals, particularly those involved in the tourism industry, can also speak English to some extent. It is simple enough to pick up basic Spanish and locals in Cancun will be delighted if you can speak to them actually using their own language. A Spanish phrasebook can therefore prove invaluable and prevent awkward situations. Examples of some basic Spanish phrases are listed here.

View of coastal hotel showing open-air swimming pool

Do's and Don'ts