There are several open air flea markets peppered throughout the Hotel Zone. If you're not willing to venture downtown but are looking to purchase Mexican pottery, silver, art, souvenirs, etc these are your best bet for deals. The advantage to shopping in the markets are the deals - you can bargain with the vendors, which is something you can't do in the department stores and malls. Be prepared for vendors to "hawk" their wares. If you're not interested a simple "No Gracias" will do.
What to buy: Hand painted pottery, silver jewelry, Mayan art and hand blown glass are among tourist favorites.
What to pay: Shop around and bargain with the vendors to get the best deal.
There are lots of individual shops featuring all sorts of souvenirs and handicrafts along Av. Tulum in downtown Cancun. Tourists also find women and children pedaling their wares along this major thoroughfare. Although you can't bargain with many of the shopkeepers it is another alternative to shopping at the overcrowded markets.
What to buy: You'll find the same things here you find elsewhere in Cancun... without the haggling.
What to pay: No bargaining here. Expect to pay the posted prices.
New shopping centers are always popping up around Cancun. Each one is bigger, and better than the last. You will not have a shortage of choices. If you feel the need to negotiate prices in the market place, you can find one of those as well.
There are beach vendors that usually sell sterling silver, street vendors sell everything from t-shirts to hand-made leather goods and the malls sell the same goods as in the states.
What to buy: If you are looking for sterling silver or leather products I would suggest shopping the black market in the downtown area. Everyone wants your money and they even compete with each other to give you a lower price.
So many shops so many souvieniers to buy....so many drugs to try, get whatever you need at these places.... beware: use bargaining skills because theywillofferyouapricethatisthe highest they think you will pay!
What to buy: Coral, SILVER very cheap! tequila!handbags, my favorite was the art work andcrafts... marajuana was good, the Xtasy was not so good, and thecoke looked horrible so i didnt bother with it
What to pay: dependson how much u can afford... i could have bought a huge wooden mayan calender for 400 us dollars but i didnt want to spend the cashfor shipping
If you need to buy in Cancun, a great tip is NOT in a mall, those are only for foreign tourist. The price is not Double is a lot more expensive!!!
Better place those small not prretty places, if they say $5.00dllrs don't pay more than 3.00. If you are good you can get it for $2.00
Just say someting like Ohh!!! I saw this at other store for half price or I only can give you 2.50 they will try give it to you by 4.00 then you should say No, I don't have more than 3.00, Put the item back to where you find it and say No sorry,thank you and go to the next store. when they See that you are living and not buying they will change lower the price.
Maybe not always will work but if you practice this soon you will be better and Your prices will be a lot better too.
What to buy: Better items to buy; the traditional women clothes, blouses are ptretty not only to use in Can cun even in your country, if you go to the beach.
What to buy:
I made the mistake of buying a necklace in the first few days that I arrived in Cancun. It was way over priced as I learned later. So be careful.
I went into downtown Cancun and shopped at the local stores. I found the most beautiful jewelry set that was a decent cost. If you're going to buy jewelry, buy it in the stores so that it is 100% real.
What to pay: Don't pay more than 5 dollars American for Wooden or shell necklaces.....