About Playa Mujeres & Cancun
The Maya and Mexicans in general are warm and welcoming people, on the one hand with a rich and strong tradition, and on the other, open to meeting and learning from visitors of the world. As a tourist in Playa Mujeres, Cancun, you will notice how easily you can relate to the “locals” and become part of this happening city.
Below you will find some very useful information and Mexico travel tips to make your trip more pleasant and easygoing when visiting Mexico.
American and Canadian visitors must have proof of citizenship (valid passport). Visitors from other countries, please check with your local Embassy or Consulate. Visa extensions can be applied for at the immigration office in Cancun. Upon arrival, visitors are given a Tourist Card that must be turned in upon departure at the airport.
We suggest that wear casual, lightweight clothing - preferably natural fibers. Use sandal-type shoes on the beach and around the pool, and tennis shoes or other comfortable shoes to walk in the jungle or in archaeological zones, reserves or parks. Don''t forget to pack an elegant casual outfit to dine in exclusive restaurants. Bring lightweight pants and a sweater during the winter months. We also suggest that you bring sunglasses and use sun block. The use of insect repellent is also recommended.
The climate here in Playa Mujeres, Cancun, is subtropical. It is blessed with a moderate average temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cancun has all the necessary medical facilities, such as recompression chambers, to deal with any emergency. Drugstores are open 24 hours. Furthermore, private air transportation is available in the case of an emergency that requires traveling to a medical center with more specialized facilities.
On the Beach
Swimming in Playa Mujeres, Cancun, and in the Mayan Riviera is safe since we have the second-largest coral reef barrier in the world protecting the shore. Nevertheless, the undertow can be dangerous, but with standard conditions you should have no fears about enjoying the beautiful crystal-clear Caribbean waters.
The Mexican Peso is the official currency. Most banks are located on Avenue Tulum, and there are several ATMs and exchange bureaus. The exchange rate can vary daily and from place to place. MasterCard, Visa and American Express are widely accepted, as are traveler's checks and American dollars (bills only).
The following are considered federal offenses in Mexico:
- The possession, transportation or sale of all drugs, whether they be chemical or natural
- The possession, transportation or sale of any type of archaeological relic or historical treasure
- The sale or purchase of an endangered animal or plant species, or derived products thereof, including birds, lizards, marine turtles, monkeys, deer and others on a very long and stringently-enforced list
- The destruction, removal, or mistreatment of any marine coral
Most businesses and shops are open from 10 am to 10 pm, and closed between 2 pm and 4 pm. Government office hours are generally from 9 am to 2 pm, closing for lunch and reopening from 5 pm to 8 pm. Banking hours vary among institutions, but most open at 9 am.
A 11% value-added tax called IVA is added to all goods and services. Also a 2% local tax called ISH is added to all stays within the State of Quintana Roo.
Tips are always a way of expressing satisfaction during your stay. Bar and restaurant staff: a tip of 10 to 15 percent of the total value consumed is customary. Always verify beforehand that the tip is not included in the bill.
The domestic electric current is 110 volts.
Central Standard Time (-6:00 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is observed.
Language and Religion
Spanish is the official language in Mexico, although natives in Maya villages and in towns speak Mayan. But in tourist areas, most of the people speak English. Catholicism is the main religion of Mexico and several churches in the area offer services. However, the Maya still practice the religion of their ancestors, creating a colorful hybrid of rites and traditions.
Local Holidays and Festivities
- February 5th: Anniversary of the Constitution
- March 21st: Birth of Benito Juarez
- May 1st: Labor Day
- May 5th: Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla
- September 16th: Independence Day
- October 12th: Columbus Day
- November 2nd: Day of the Dead
- November 20th: Anniversary of the Revolution
- December 12th: Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe
- December 25th: Christmas
- Variable(on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox): Easter