Visit Cancun - The DON'Ts of Visiting Cancun, Mexico

Published 2017-02-12
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Visiting Cancun, Mexico is an amazing place to go, there are so many things to do and see, but here we will go over the things you DON'T do when you are vacationing in Cancun.
Filmed in Cancun, Mexico
Copyright Mark Wolters 2017

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All Comments (21)
  • @superholly
    YOU ARE SO KNOWLEDGEABLE and interesting to listen to! Thanks so much for your videos... great tips! ☺️
  • @JZee-xd4cy
    I’d want to add: skip the taxi all together. Take the local buses. They’re about 10% of what taxis charge. For snacks and drink to have at the hotel, go to the centro and pick all this stuff at the supermarket. And, don’t be afraid to ask the locals about anything. I find everyone in Mexico to be very friendly and hospitable.
  • @luisduran9596
    Hi I'm Mexican and I live in Cancun, i just wanted to say thanks for the real opinions and suggestions you give because at the end we want tourists to have an amazing time here, thank you for helping them and us!
  • @annbush1826
    We were so lucky to be able to visit the Yucatán peninsula with a guide who knew the history of the Maya — going to Uxmal, Chichen and the tower at Tulum.
    This vanished culture has left massive architectural structures. Please tip your local guides!
  • I went to Cancun this summer and I went on an airplane for the VERY FIRST TIME and that terrifying but safe flight was totally WORTH IT. Cancun is such a beautiful place and it’s a perfect place for a family to go to
  • Great rundown of suggestions. As an expat, my Mexican friends feel that we expats over tip and this, in their estimation is not good. Nor do they feel that we should haggle for a better price. Personally I feel that in resort areas, I do ask if there is a better price as the prices are jacked up. My rule of thumb: if I like it I buy it at the priced asked. If it’s a common item like a ceramic mask, I keep looking until I’m comfortable with the price. On last point, I have been told that Pemex gas station attendants are not salaried....tip them. They will check your oil, inflate your tires, suggest additives, and clean your windshield without cost so giving them at least 10 - 20 pesos is nice. Be sure the gas pump is set to 000
  • I grew up travelling as my dad was military. Your videos are accurate as far as addressing the culture. I say that because I haven't been to all the places you have but many of as I see in your videos. I think the best thing tourist can do, especially US citizens, is to never act superior. The saying "When in Rome" applies. Accept their way as you are in their area. I think a rude tourist is one that expects communities to serve them and their wants because they are willing to spend a few dollars. Be humble and appreciative of your surroundings.
  • Hi Mark!

    I was born and raised in Cancun and worked for 8years and still in the tourism industry.

    On behalf of the people that work in this business we would like to thank you for making this video.

    There's no way you can explain this in better perspective, everything you've said it is completely right.

    It is nice that you and your family enjoyed our beautiful city and we hope to receive you back.

    Greetings from paradise,
  • @rsodeyi
    Hi Mark, just discovered your channel and loving your take on things.
    I have two young children as well so no more just heading somewhere and just doing it ...lots of muchos planning so that mum and dad can also enjoy some downtime.
    If you haven't yet, please also add in some family-centric content.
    I did do the Cancun trip and agree with everything ... except pineapple instead of grapefruit :-)
    Keep up the good work.
  • I was there 30 years ago, and had a wonderful time, staying at a little hotel (built before the whole beachfront was hotels), and visited Chichen Itza, too. I left tips all the time, and thought it a wonderful vacation, acconpanying my friend from Grad Sachool who asked me along because
    she was only going with her parents and wanted a companion from her class at school!
  • @jadoll
    Great tips. I’ve been to Cancun many times and tell first timers all these things all the time. There is also confusion about the immigration and customs forms you usually fill out on the plane. DON'T lose the second half of your immigration form. You will need it to get out of Cancun. It will cost you if you need to replace it.
  • Oh my god thankyou! I’ve been traveling to Mexico for years, and I actually live here in Cancun now, and I’m so happy that you had ideas that I agree with and 100% also can confirm all of these are accurate. Sometimes some of the “tips” I’ve seen are borderline not okay in terms of comments about safety, and tipping, and communicating with the locals here. Thankyou for sharing important info about my beautiful home!
  • Mexico is absolutely beautiful, there is so much pure unspoiled beauty. I'm am lucky enough to have family in Mexico that took me to the best places, going on vacation when your family are locals is the best. I stayed a month in Durango mostly in penon blanco. The desert in the summer is beautiful, little flowers everywhere and fireflies at night the smell of fresh tortillas cooking in the morning. The food is amazing everything is always fresh and in Durango my grandmother would cook in a clay oven with mesquite wood. Penion blanco is a little oasis in the dessert is also known for its natural thermal baths, I think it's called la concha. There's also a lot of walnut and fruit farms, the smell of walnut trees is amazing btw. The people are the friendliest and most generous I have ever met, I was walking with a cousin of mine one time and someone was having a wedding party and they just invited us in when we walked by, it was really fun. Also there are a lot of beautiful Spanish style houses with open areas in the middle of the house with beautiful gardens and colorful birds. I think it's a thing with senior citizens down there to collect flowers and birds. Mexico is amazing, too bad people only hear of the things in the news, it's so safe there after a day of swimming in the beautiful clear rivers full of pretty fish we caught to cook over a fire we would sleep outside under the stars. Well I guess it isn't that bad that people don't travel more of Mexico, all those resorts in Cancun are illegally tearing down the mangrove tree forests that keep the waters so beautiful. All these all inclusive resorts are messing up local economy as well since alot tourists don't leave the resorts, most of these resorts are U.S. owned. So not only are they messing up tourism and local businesses but also the environment.
  • @jross9800
    Great video, I've been Cancun 5 times now and we try to stay at a different resort every time. You were spot on in every tip. I like to stay closer to downtown (walking distance from shopping centers, restaurants, bars...) although when staying at a resort you really don't have to step out but Cancun has so many places to explore. A tip I would have for anyone staying at a resort is that as soon as you check in to your hotel walk to the nearest kiosk and make dinner reservations at the hotel's steak restaurants... especially if you stay at an all inclusive resort. You can make a reservation for the same restaurant twice or choose a different one for every day you stay there. Do it right away bc they fill up quick and you will miss out on great food while staying there. I usually take about $50 in single dollar bills for tipping, a couple of $5 bills... bring extra sunblock, and comfortable tennis shoes because you will end up walking around a lot.
  • Thanks for encouraging the tipping when coming to Mexico 🇲🇽 A lot of families do survive on them!
  • We just came back from Mazatlan. I can tell you it is another great destination spot in Mexico. Great food and friendly people.❤
  • Hi Wolters, your tips are great! I'll be visiting Cancun in October and got to see your video just in time. However, you mention doing a lot of exploring and getting to see the cultures, but with all the violent crime going on due to the cartels, how can we be safe about it? And is it really worth it when considering the off chance of getting caught in the wrong place at the wrong time? As much as I want to explore, my life is more important to me.
  • @obedmontiel5049
    Vivo en Cancún y no estoy en contra del trabajo de todos los que aqui hacemos. Pero tienes razon en todo. LOL. Que bueno que puedas informar a amigos y compatriotas para que se lleven la mejor experiencia de visitar este lugar
  • @asianinky
    Love Cancun. We were there 2 years ago and enjoyed every bit of it. I have a new found respect to the Mexican people especially those we met at our hotel. They are very hardworking, friendly and super helpful. Can't wait to go back
  • @slwtgf
    Love and trust your research, fam, and tips! This is only place we’ve traveled from the US (aside from Peru which was true authentic hardcore globe trotter trip of a lifetime!) and you nail Cancun! Riviera Maya area I personally love more but yes GREAT vid!