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Do you have a flight with a stopover in Cancun? If you have at least three hours, plus check-in and boarding time, you might want to escape and visit these must-see spots near the Cancun airport. Here is a list of five places you can quickly visit in Cancun while waiting for your next flight!
Hotel Zone Tour
If you have a short layover in Cancun, you may just want to stroll around the Hotel Zone. The best idea for this option is to rent a car or take a taxi, whichever suits you. Without stopping, this tour can be done in about two hours. You can circle around the entire hotel zone by entering Punta Nizuc and returning at kilometer 3 from the hotel zone to avoid city traffic. And just so you remember, traffic time in the Cancun Hotel Zone, the famous rush hours are between 8am and 10am and between 5pm and 7pm.
Dolphin Beach Viewpoint
It’s about a 30-minute drive from the Cancun airport; this is where the famous CANCUN sign is in large letters with the beautiful Mexican Caribbean Sea in the background. It is one of the best known and most visited public beaches; you can just take the photo as a nice souvenir or take a walk on the beach and with your feet in the sea water. It is located at kilometer 18 of the hotel zone.
If you have time to rest and enjoy a water park, Ventura Park is only a 20 minute drive from the airport. Like other water parks, they have slides, a wave pool, zip lines, bungee jumping, suspension bridges, and dolphin interaction programs. Some packages include admission with food and drinks. For more information, you can visit their website.
Plaza Malecon Americas Cancun
If you have a longer layover of around 5 or 6 hours, you can take advantage of your layover in Cancun to do some shopping at Plaza Malecon Americas, where you will find better prices than at the airport. Located 30 minutes from the airport, it is a shopping center in the city, with parking, restaurants, a food court, department stores and jewelry stores to buy clothes, watches, perfumes, etc. The Plaza Malecon Americas, is located on Avenida Tulum, in downtown Cancun.
Playa del Carmen
And if your stay is prolonged, you can escape to Playa del Carmen. It is located approximately 45 minutes south of the Cancun airport. If you arrive early, you can spend the day enjoying one of its beach clubs, where you can have a drink (or two!) and lay on the sand. If you arrive in Playa del Carmen in the afternoon, walk along its 5th Avenue. After 5 p.m., this avenue starts to come alive, and at night it has a vibrant vibe. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, pizzerias and cafes to relax in this corner of the sea. Don’t forget to set the alarm; it’s very easy to lose track of time when you’re having such a good time.
Transport from the airport
There is Uber in Cancun, but unfortunately they don’t come into the airport. You can probably use it to come back if you can request the service. However, you can always try this as your first option.
As at any airport, taxis are more expensive than those in urban areas. Usually, a private transfer from the airport to the hotel zone costs you around 30 USD. But you can always split the cost with other travelers, for around $10 per person, and they’ll make several stops during the trip to drop them off at their respective hotels. It might be a good option if you are going to the hotel zone and visiting Delfines beach. For your return, you can take a taxi or UBER. Remember that this may take longer than expected.
Renting a car is also an option, and if you can find someone to split the cost with, even better. It’s convenient if you’re traveling with the family and have more than six hours free, which might leave you plenty of time to go to Playa del Carmen or visit the hotel zone of Cancun.
We hope you find these tips useful the next time you are in Cancun for a short time and want a quick overview of this beautiful Caribbean destination.
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