Cancún Local Customs

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    Folklore in Cancun
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    The Sun rises on a new day
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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

    Many first names have a Spanish equivalent. For fun, find out if you have a Spanish name before you go so that you can use it to introduce yourself. Hotel workers, guides, and locals will be able to...

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  • 3. 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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  • 4. Folk dances

    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...

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  • 5. Hand over heart

    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,...

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  • 6. Common 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...

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  • 7. Using 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...

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  • 8. Harmless Chatter

    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...

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  • 9. Its a Bread!!

    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...

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  • 10. Greetings on Isla Mujeres

    On arrival at Isla Mujeres, we were greeted by the staff of the private resort where we were to spend the afternoon! They put on quite a song and dance show for...

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  • 11. Get to Know The Locals

    I found the people in Cancun to be brilliant. I made more connections with them than any of the other tourists. Absolutely lovely people who would go out of...

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  • 12. Toiletpaper

    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....

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  • 13. 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...

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  • 14. People were really openminded...

    People were really openminded in a different way from the rest of Mexico, and more international too. Infact I realized that a lot of the Mexicans working there...

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  • 15. Take lots of American one...

    Take lots of American one dollar bills . . . Pay the taxi fare with American one's and you will get a much better deal . . . Beware though, make sure you and...

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  • 16. GET INTO THE MAYAN...

    GET INTO THE MAYAN CULTURE!There's just so many awsome different locations which tell the story of this great civilization...we just visited 3 or 4 sites, but...

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  • 17. ALL PAY PHONES IN PUBLIC...

    ALL PAY PHONES IN PUBLIC PLACES TAKE SPECIAL PHONE CARDS, AND TRYING TO BUY ONE CAN BE AN ALL DAY EXPEDITION. IF YOU WILL BE IN CANCUN FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME BE...

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  • 18. I would just say to respect...

    I would just say to respect the locals! They are very friendly people! This guy was one of the locals that worked at the hotel. We were playing some kind of...

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  • 19. Lunchtime Serenade

    While enjoying our lunch buffet at the Xpu-Has Resort, we were serenaded by a roving band of musicians. No, they did not put my wife to sleep, she just blinked!

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  • 20. people in CANCUNat...

    people in CANCUN at leastregular workers,very nicewilling to help you ..they will do their bestto under$tand you :)

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  • 21. The Expression band at the...

    The Expression band at the Karen's restaurant plays South American music live every night. If you take time to listen to them you won't be disappointed. Those...

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  • 22. Unless tthings have changed...

    Unless tthings have changed since I was there, I wouldn't drink from the faucet in Cancun if I were you. My dad got 'Montezuma's Revenge' and was miserable for...

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  • 23. 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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