We got suckered one day when we saw a big iguana on some rugs and we went over to touch it. The guy asked if we wanted to take a picture and I said 'sure'. He put us down in chairs and before we knew it he had put rugs and a sombrero on us and he put the iguana on our lap and then he said 'I charge 100 pesos to take the picture' and he was using my camera :-). So he got me there.
The snorkeling here was wonderful and we saw loads of beautiful fish at Xel-Ha waterworld.I did enjoy it here.The only thing i must say is when we got here,our guide said that you are not allowed to take in food or drink or sun lotion.He said that they will search our bags and if they find any of these things,we would be fined.So we left everything on the bus and went in.Not one person got searched and most people who we saw around later had their own lotion and food with them.Food and drink and sunlotion here was very expensive indeed.I found it abit of a rip off.So if you go here,just take your belongings in,you will not get searched.
Fun Alternatives: Here is Tulum beach again.Its the best beach ive ever seen.
Downtown Cancun was perhaps the most lacklustre, dreary place I saw on my entire holiday. There was a couple of markets (more on those shortly), some mega supermarkets, lots of lost looking tourists and a whole lot of massive swathes of highway cutting through otherwise desolate surrounds.
The markets were dour. Row after row of stands selling horrible, horrible souvenirs. Every second stall owner offered us drugs. Lots of the tourist agencies labeled these markets as 'authentic Mexican shopping experience', however they were clearly just a massive tourist trap. The vendors have little interest in bargaining, and all they sell is row after row of tacky Cancun fridge magnets or tacky joke aprons.
Unique Suggestions: Poke around, but don't feel obliged to buy. The vendors can often be a bit pushy but if that's the case, don't feel as though you can't just walk away.
Fun Alternatives: If it's decent market shopping you're after, or just want some fun souvenirs, take the bus to Merida about three or four hours up the road.
Alternatively, we found a couple of bargain souvenir shops in the larger malls on the hotel strip that offered fair prices and had some more interesting items for sale. They didn't look very permanent, but keep your eyes open for them. We haggled for some good prices on interesting little bits and pieces in these places and got reasonable prices.
The jewelery vendors on the street in Cancun are very forceful and try to make u feel very bad if u don't buy something from them. First off all nothing they sell is of good quality. The silver they sell is very cheap and tarnishes within months and leaves u with black marks on your skin. secondly don't pay more than 10 bucks for anything, this includes braclets and rings. They will try to get u to bid your price. Offer them about a third from what they start their bid off at, nothing more. I wouldn't pay more than 10 bucks for anything. They will say rude things to you if u choose not to buy form them and try to pressure you into buying something. DO NOT FEEL BAD. just walk away. Secondly if u need to buy toiletteries, booze, sunscreen, or anything else while in Cancun there is a supermarket in downtown Cancun, not in the hotel zone. Take the bus and keep going passed the strip, pass LaBoom and about 10 minutes later get off. This supermarket is big and hard to miss.
Unique Suggestions: Hotel Zone prices vs Downtown Cancun Supermarket prices (hotel zone prices are around double, maybe more then downtown Cancun supermarket prices):
Don Julio Tequilla HZ: 44.00 DWTWN: 29.00
Jose Cuervo Tequilla HZ: 12.00 DWTWN: 5.00
Kahlua HZ: 9.00 DWTWN: 5.00
Havana Rum HZ:12.00 DWTWN: 5.00
Coppertone Sunscreen HZ: 6.00 DWTWN: 2.99
Kahlua Chocolates HZ: 10.00 DWTWN: 3.50