Budget Travel Ideas in Cancun

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While it's possible for travelers with deep pockets to have a full-on blowout in Cancun, Cancun Budget Travel does not have to mean cutting back on fun in this buzzing Mexican hot spot. Eating, drinking and sightseeing can all be enjoyed on the tightest of budgets, and the year-round warm sunny weather and Paradise beaches mean that sun worshipers will be happy in Cancun no matter how small the travel budget.

Budget Accommodation in Cancun

Cancun is a tourist hot spot that appeals to every type of traveler, and the destination's varied accommodation options reflect this. From a budget traveler's point of view, the choices are plentiful, as the city's location on the international backpacker circuit has ensured there are plenty of low-cost places available to meet their needs. The stiff competition means that prices are very reasonable, although advance booking is essential during key tourist seasons such as summer (July-September) and New Year. Hostelers will find places to stay at many of the city's locations, from the beaches to the historic center. A good value option for those who want to be close to the beach is Hostel Mayapan, the first hostel to open in the city's hotel district (Zona Hotelera) close to the sun, sea and sand. There are plenty of good downtown options too, among the most popular of which is The Cancun Nest, at Calle Alcatraces 4, which offers dorm beds from less than US$10 per person.

Eating and Drinking on a Budget in Cancun

Cancun budget travel is all about discovering those local hangouts that deliver real value for money, and there are plenty out there. Conveniently for budget travelers staying in Cancun hostels, many of the cheaper cafes and bars are concentrated close to the cluster of hostels in the downtown area of the city itself. If you are traveling on a small budget, look for simple corner bars with plastic tables and chairs on the pavement - you'll be able to pick up a cool beer and a filling meal (look for the lunchtime set menus) without doing much damage to the travel budget. Cancun Island, meanwhile, has a lively beach party culture, so when night falls, feel free to head down to the beach with a few beers and something to eat, and throw your own beach party. For safety's sake, however, only go as part of a group and don't bring anything you can't afford to lose.

Sightseeing on a Budget in Cancun

The beaches of Cancun are legendary the world over, and these palm-fringed stretches of sand should be the first port of call for any budget traveler visiting the city. It costs nothing to spread your sarong on the beach, soak up some rays and take a cooling dip in the sea, although take along a little money for drinks and snacks. The main sights of historic interest can be found close to the 'hostel zone' downtown, and regular, affordable buses make it easy to get from one point to another without breaking too much of a sweat in the sticky Mexican heat. There is a regular, efficient boat service between Cancun Island and Cancun City, on the mainland.

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