Cancun is not a bad part in Mexico I just visited in December it's nice and not worn down anyway don't make the same mistake I did for the love of god wear sun screen trust me on that one don't forget you license and passport
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Cancun is visited by cruise ships so it was fairly safe. Do not go anywhere alone. stay with a group. Take a sanitizer for your mouth pieces we snorkeled and the dive people just dump the gear in barrels of sea water. Sun screen a must! Some crews do not provide under water gloves. I would ask. The cost of gear gets jacked up down there. Bring your own under water camera. They sell cheap disposable ones for $26.00 in USA. Anti-diarrhea pills are like gold. A bad case can ruin your trip. ONLY drink bottled drinks. If you drink anything with ice you can get really sick. My wife survived with OTC immondium (anti diarrhea pills.) if we had not brought them along she would have ended up in the hospital. I wore a zippered passport holder around my waist to keep passports & wallet. Got it at luggage store Zarfas. They are water resistant. Do not lose passport. Don't do anything that would be illegal. Then you will have a good time. Don't mix booze and water sports. Common sense rules.!!
I agree on the anti-diarrheal pills. DO NOT drink anything with ICE CUBES in it. My friend did, and he was sick as a dog at Chichen-Itza. And please remember that $10 on the price tag may well mean 10 PESOS -- about $1.00 US. And please greet "the help" -- they seldom get appreciated for the work they do.
the water is drinkable only in the Yucatan/Cancun. although it never gets cold so bottled water is best. make sure any fruit skins are washed & after your hands as well! make sure you're never alone if you go off the resort. tip ($1.00_$3.00 in USD) your room cleaning person well & you'll have all the towels & necessities with ease :) 20 minutes on the beach can fry you. be careful. lots of women are topless; don't freak! American guys are the only "gawkers". it's a normal practice there. poolside there is plenty of shade that you may find yourself poolside more than the beach... as far as clothing ; not much is needed unless you plan on hitting the town...a nice summer dress works well & sandals. have fun! i have been 4 X's & it's so wonderful & accommodating!
For Cancun or Cozumel, take sunscreen, a couple swim suits, good walking shoes, sun glasses, camera, casual summer cloths. Be willing to bargin at local shops. Start 30% below asking price. Maps and tour guides are available at the airport or hotels. The Mayan Ruins are a Must. Tulum is the closest, only ruines overlooking the ocean and least expensive. Most merchants take US money or mexican.
An underwater camera and lots of money! Don't carry much cash with you (and when you do, use pesos -- the hotel can probably exchange them for you), but carry some and a debit it credit card. Every activity you do will probably have photographers that take wonderful photos but they will charge you a lot of money for them (like $40 for a couple pictures of you with a dolphin!). Make sure to tell your bank that you will be traveling into Mexico so they'll know what to expect if they see foreign purchases. Also note that making transactions will cost you a "currency conversion fee". Lots of people expect tips too, like drivers and hotel maids.
Sunscreen is a nice thing to bring, but there are areas where you are not allowed to wear it, such as when snorkeling near coral reefs, because the chemicals will kill the coral.
A Clearbrook drinking water filter bottle from 911water.com (http://www.911water.com/clearbrook-water-filters-s/259.htm. Everyone I talk to who takes one of these to Mexico or abroad says they use it continually and it keeps them from getting sick. You can get 10% off by using coupon code TRAVEL
I know you're tired of hearing it but SUNSCREEN. Bring singles for tips at the hotel. Take the busses up and down the hotel zone. Much cheaper than a cab. Stay in the tourist areas especially at night. A couple of nice sundresses, but mostly cool comfortable clothes and walking sandals. You may want to bring a swim shirt if you're going snorkeling to help with sunburn. Haggle with the merchants on prices. I have been going to the Cancun area for over 20 years, and never had any problems. I suggest you send for tourist maps from MapChick. They are great maps with lots of info on fun places to eat and drink and lots of fun things to do. Have a great time!
Having been to Tulum on the Yucatan several times (about 1.5 hrs south of Cancun), I recommend you bring a lot of bug protection--the mosquitoes can be brutal. Cancun is a commercial tourist trap, so beware of sleaz-balls selling stuff on the beach. If you're in an 'all inclusive' then you'll be fine. You'll miss out on seeing the Yucatan, with its cenotes (underground rivers) beach horseback riding, water parks & the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Coba (your hotel will be able to make day trip excursions for you). Don't eat street meat & never drink tap water. If you ask for ice, it needs to come with a hole running through it so you'll know that it was made by an ice machine that filters the water. Only drink bottled water. If you are eating at good restaurants--there's no need to worry about salads, but again avoid street vendors. Since Cancun is a party town, be careful with any illegal substances--if you're caught, you're sunk! Also, bring plenty of condoms if that's the way you're planning on partying. And finally, ask your doctor for a prescription of Cypro to take with you just in case you do get Montezuma's Revenge. It'll help tremendously.
Bring stronger sunscreen than you think you need, you'll be closer to the equator and burn worse. Take sunburn relief stuff, just in case and cover shoulders, etc. Never eat raw salad stuff or even the 'raw' type of cheese, I got sick on that down in Cancun. Don't over pay for any stuff street vendors are selling, they see Americans as walking fat wallets and always bargain down for what you want or walk away. Have fun.
Sunscreen and Imodium.....travel sizes! Underwater camera and an extra charger. Wal Mart is a great place in the pharm section to get travel size meds..88 cents so if you think you need pain reliever or anything..pack it. Do not drink water unless in an opened bottle. Kindly say you want to open it yourself. Same goes for most any beverage. Plenty of cash you can keep in a concealed area and don't stop for kids asking for anything. Bring sanitizer too.
Everything I was going to say has pretty much been said by others above, especially 'Patti C. R' above. I don't think I'd take a gun, as that could lead to lots of problems, and you could wind up getting yourself or someone else hurt or killed. Be careful and try to have fun.