Cancún Local Customs

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    Folklore in Cancun
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  • 1. Tipping

    I generally tip both the maid(on the bed) and the mini fridge server (normally in fridge so obvious for him) a couple of dollars each day, these are separate jobs (always been female for maids and...

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  • 2. Learn the lingo

    Its always interesting to see the differences in words that are normal in one language, but have a very different connotation in other languages. Here, Sarah is enjoying a leisure stroll in Cancun,...

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  • 3. Local People

    In this part of the country, more than I've seen anywhere else in the word, the locals have a wickedly brilliant sense of humour. I discovered this when a hotel worker asked where I was going and I...

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  • 4. Courtesy

    I was on a missionary trip to inner city Cancun in May 2005. We were mostly in region 103. Pretty poor neighborhood with stick houses. The houses may have plumbing and it may not but I did notice that...

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  • 5. Ask for your bill

    In Mexico it is not common practise to bring the bill to your table until it is asked for.When you are ready,just say'La cuenta,por favor'(the bill please),to your waiter.Do not forget the 41$ tax you...

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  • 6. Mayans.

    The Mayan culture embraces a custom of placing their hand over their heart, giving either a nod of the head or a slight bow. This is their way of greeting, leaving or thanking someone. Interpreted it...

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  • 7. Music & Folk Dancing

    We saw folk dancing... everywhere. Good! To be honest, I must confess that the best show was at our hotel - a large group, immense variety of dances from pre-Colombian times to Spanish influences,...

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  • 8. Slow Pace

    Any gringos with little patience for slow service should probably stay away from Cancun. The fact that the city owes it's sheer prominence almost entirely to foreign tourism, combined with the Yucatan...

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  • 9. Toilet paper

    In some foreign countries, you may find a little bin in the WC with used toilet paper in it. It may seem a little unsavory, but you should really follow suit. The septic system will not be able to...

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  • 10. Street Talk

    As a woman, be prepared for men to catcall and talk to you on the street. They're completely harmless. It's just a cultural difference. Smile and walk away if you feel uncomfortable. Also everyone...

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  • 11. Pay Phones.

    Their pay-phones take cards not coins. The only coin phone I had seen was at the airport. You buy a Ladetel/Telmex card from a local shop like Oxxo. The increments are in pesos. Raise phone off hook....

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  • 12. Army

    They are everywhere; on the roads, the highway. One of them got in our bus during our trip to Chi Chen Itza. Since we were on the first seats, my husband bend over the barrier. At the same time, the...

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  • 14. There doesn't seem to be much...

    There doesn't seem to be much culture in Cancun proper, you need to get out of Cancun to find cultural events. Cancun is man made for tourists only.So here is...

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