Safety Tips in Cancún

  • Beware of strong sun
    by Dizzyhead
  • Beware of waves!
    Beware of waves!
    by Kuznetsov_Sergey
  • Beware of waves!
    Beware of waves!
    by Kuznetsov_Sergey

Most Viewed Warnings and Dangers in Cancún

  • Don't Eat Cheese

    by thubten Written Mar 6, 2006

    The number one things to stay away from in my opinion is salad and cheese. In fact, last year I ate at a yoga restuarant (on the Isle M.) and got sick from the cheese. In general the cancun hotel zone resorts use pasteurized cheese, disinfect their vegis and water so I think they are very safe.

    Many cheeses' source milk is not pasteurized. In particular I have seen studies that show the bacteria which contaminates milk like listeria survive the cheese making process. I have been to mexico 9 times (cancun 6 times) and have gotten sick 7 times. I have finally figured out that it is the cheese. I ate a lot of cheese because I was vegetarian.

    In particular I have gotten sick when eating Queso manchego and Queso fresco. Most of the resorts know this and they use pasteurized cheese. There is some good info at CDC on the issue you are concerned with. If you search deeper into their Montezuma revenge page you will find info that will help you identify the pathagens that might attack you. By paying close attention to your symptoms you can identify the organism and its likely source.
    My wife is biochemist/microbiologist and her expertise is propagating pathogenic bacteria. She designs medical diagnostic equipment that identifies pathogenic bacteria. If you get a copy of the cdc symptom matrix you will see that different pathogens have a different disease onsite pattern. As someone mentioned in some other forum the illness comes as we react to baterially produced toxins. The bacteria produce toxins they we respond to with the classic food poisoning symptoms.

    The more we promote an understanding of this issue more likely mexico will require that milk be pastuerized like it is in the US.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Budget Travel
    • Food and Dining

    Was this review helpful?

  • Kaspian's Profile Photo

    Hurricanes: Get Out Now!

    by Kaspian Updated Oct 26, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    OK, I would have thought this tip within the realm of the completely obvious, but after watching the news of hurricanes Emily and Wilma on TV, apparently there are people out there that don't understand what a hurricane is. When you are in Cancun and there are notices of a severe hurricane (i.e., anything labelled "Category") coming ashore, LEAVE! Now! Put down that rum and coke, step away from the buffet line, and for God's sake don't stand around on the beach in your bathing suit watching the storm come in. Go to your room, pack your bags, get a taxi to the bus station, and go someplace inland that's not on the ocean... I hear Merida's nice. Valladolid is pretty too. Here are some hints that things are going to get really bad: the workers at the hotel stop everything and start boarding up all the windows; there are suddenly military vehicles driving around everywhere; your hotel takes down the red "danger" flags on the beach and puts up black or skull-and-crossbones ("Jolly Roger") ones instead (bit of humour on their part); huge deliveries of sandbags start to arrive at the hotel; every ten minutes on CNN they show a massive grey swirl headed straight for the Yucatan Peninsula. Unless you want to spend the next several days in a crowded school gymnasium with thousands of people, possible die or drown, get out. I know the idea of sitting around with others through a big storm may sound kind of "cool", but this ain't your momma's spring shower with rainbows. Also, don't expect your tour representative to be of any help you or make sure you're comfortable; they're understaffed when it comes to trying to dealing with everybody on a case-by-case basis during a catastrophe.

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Spa and Resort

    Was this review helpful?

  • Dizzyhead's Profile Photo

    During spring break in America.

    by Dizzyhead Written Oct 20, 2005

    well, don´t do the same mistake as me to visit Cancun during the American spring break. There are so many drunk teenagers everywhere and there is not any special place for people above 25 and older. So, think before you go here if you wnt to party and you are older than a teenager.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Beer Tasting
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • Mairo21's Profile Photo

    A lot of Haggling going on!

    by Mairo21 Updated Sep 13, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If it is your first time to Cancun, BEWARE..no nothing serious, but you will get bombarded by people who will try to take advantage of you and pressure you, into buying activities through them...they try to sell you trips to Mayan ruins, to the surrounding islands, and other misc. activites...for a ridiculously low price...Each person claims they have the better price! This process can be overwhelming, especially if you just got off the plane after a 10 hour flight! Bypass them and just say NO! If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is. Usuually, there's a catch, they want to pressure you into buying a timeshare. You will encounter these 'salesmen' once you land and are trying to exit the airport, and all along the hotel zone.

    A typical booth looks like this in the hotel zone.

    Was this review helpful?

  • gipper84's Profile Photo

    Watch your step!

    by gipper84 Written Jul 4, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If you happen to stay on the Moon Palace, there is one tip you can't forget. Watch your step! Located all along the sidewalks are burroughs on the sides of them which iguanas have dug, and hide in. Occasionally they will come out and actually lie on the sidewalk, so as you are walking make sure you don't accidentally step on one like I almost did. Luckily David's dad grabbed me before I did. They won't hurt you if you walk by them, but if you step on them man you are in for a treat. Think about it, how would you like someone walking around your home and stepping all over you, that would make you pretty mad too! So just watch out and don't worry, they won't bother you unless you bother them.

    Was this review helpful?

  • gipper84's Profile Photo

    Run as fast as you can!

    by gipper84 Written Jun 20, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Okay so for any of you out there who find yourself in trouble with the law in Cancun, I have one real important tip for you RUN! Cancun police don't play around like most police. Rather than carrying the usual handgun, these folks carry the semi-automatic weapons, which basically means we don't play around. So if you get the idea to steal something, or even try to break a law down in Cancun, remember you have been properly warned, as the ole phrase goes, "I told you so!" On a side note, this cop was really nice and he thought it was cool that we spoke Spanish. We had a short little conversation and laughed at some of the stories he told us. Get a photo if you can and take it back with you, trust me the friends will love this one.

    Was this review helpful?

  • theft

    by oxdamonox Written Mar 18, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Always watch all your belongings very closely. I was at the bar Congo and the waiter stole my camera. I saw him take it and when i approached the management and other waiters i was offered someone elses camera but not my own.

    Related to:
    • School Holidays

    Was this review helpful?

  • Etoile2B's Profile Photo

    Taxis take tourists for a ride

    by Etoile2B Written Feb 8, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    When taking a taxi in Cancun make sure you settle on the price BEFORE you get into the cab. Taxis are unregulated and if you don't discuss the destination and fare before you accept the ride you may be in for a lot more than you bargained for... They can charge you exorbitant amounts of money to take you on a short ride if you don't settle on the price prior to getting in the cab.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Etoile2B's Profile Photo

    Car rentals

    by Etoile2B Written Feb 8, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If you decide to rent a car in Mexico, beware. I have heard stories of tourists being pulled over by the police for doing nothing wrong. You cannot fight them and must pay them with a bribe. I've had this happen to friends and we saw a lot of tourists being pulled over by the police in the hotel zone. Our friends had to cough up $500 US in cash to get away from the police and they never broke any laws. You can't fight it. The only way out is to pay.

    Was this review helpful?

  • fototravels's Profile Photo

    Bathrooms at Tulum

    by fototravels Written Jan 27, 2005

    Be aware that when the park closes the bathrooms close at the same time. I was in dire need on the way out of the beachside ruins of Tulum when I found the bathrooms locked... all of them
    The ones we found open had not facilities and were no way near sanitary enough to even enter. We travel quite a bit and rarely get caught like this but something didn't agree and I had nowhere in sight to find relief!
    Finally drove off site to a small hotel where they made me (and I did it gladly) buy something before being able to use their bathrooms.

    Face relief and Oceanside temple
    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • National/State Park
    • Archeology

    Was this review helpful?

  • When they offer drugs say NO !

    by HWY Written Jan 14, 2005

    We renamed Cancun SCAM-CUN. The local cops in Cancun are very corrupt. I know it sounds like fun to buy some cheap pot or something else but trust me its not worth it. Here is what happens, guys come up start pushing it on you, making all kinds of deals. As soon as you hand him the money he signals the cops. The cops rush in grab you and throw you in the car and off you go. Now you either Ask the cop to pay a fine NOW (bribe) or goto some ***ty jail cell. The friend I was with had to pay the cop $300 or 400 US to bribe the cops to let him go. The are so corrup that they even gave him the bag of (dirt) weed back. The point is this is not a place you want to go to do drugs. Girls and Drinks yes ... Drugs no....

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • School Holidays
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo

    Police Traffic Stops

    by ATXtraveler Written Dec 19, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    It would be very wise of you to just take a taxi, because the police officers in Cancun are fairly corrupt and very ruthless. We took a shuttle bus from Playa Tortugas which is really only about 3 miles. We saw several police officers with people pulled over, and then we were stopped. The "ticket" for speeding (which the driver was not), was $13 dollars **about how much lunch for the two officers probably cost** and the person did not have to sign anything. What was interesting was that the police did not have radar or anything, but the driver acted like this happened all the time.

    Was this review helpful?

  • PrincessK's Profile Photo

    Walking

    by PrincessK Written Dec 14, 2004

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Well what advice can one offer on walking, not a great deal except to say that if you are going to walk a significant distance during the day don't do it without taking a bottle of water with you and to be on the safe side take at least 6 pesos with you so that you can hop on the bus if it gets too much. Walking at night obviously has its risks too, and just like you would at home, be aware of your increased vulnerability.

    Was this review helpful?

  • PrincessK's Profile Photo

    Chican Itza

    by PrincessK Updated Dec 14, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Beware, Chichen Itza is far inland and you will find the temperature considerably hotter than your beachside hotel. Take plenty of water and sturdy footwear is a must. The climb inside of the pyramid to see the statue of Chac Mool and the Temple of the Jaguars is also extremely steep, claustrophobic and very hot and humid.

    It is worth it though

    Was this review helpful?

  • yankeegirl's Profile Photo

    Renting a Car

    by yankeegirl Updated Nov 26, 2004

    Like any other big city, traffic is fast, dangerous, and not always polite. If you rent car, you'd better know how to drive! I have found similar driving conditions only in New York City to give you an idea. So be VERY careful. Thankfully, I don't know what it's like to have an accident there, and hopefully none of your reading this will have to find out either! PS - this pic does not do justice to the true nature of the situtation - imagine all those cars, but hurtling down the road at 50+ mph, then slamming on breaks, and weaving in and out of lanes without any indication, etc.

    Was this review helpful?

Cancún Hotels

See all 214 Hotels in Cancún

Latest Cancún Hotel Reviews

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort
9372 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 22, 2014
Mayan Palace Riviera Maya
1672 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 21, 2014
GR Solaris Cancun
2054 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 22, 2014
Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Resort
1353 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 22, 2014
Grand Oasis Cancun
1048 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 22, 2014
Hyatt Cancun Caribe Resort
2292 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 22, 2014
Excellence Playa Mujeres
5425 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 22, 2014
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun
6019 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 22, 2014
Krystal Cancun
906 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 22, 2014
El Dorado Royale
5635 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 22, 2014
Hyatt Zilara Cancun
581 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 22, 2014
Beach Palace Wyndham Grand Resort
2361 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 22, 2014
Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas
2641 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 21, 2014
Sunset Royal Cancun Resort
910 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 21, 2014
Oasis Palm Beach
447 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 20, 2014

Instant Answers: Cancún

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

91 travelers online now

Comments

Cancún Warnings and Dangers

Travel tips and advice posted by real travelers and Cancún locals.
Map of Cancún