Brants 2 for 1 Meal and Discount Tour Card (Vital that you get one!!)
This overwhelmingly popular discount card has been around for several years in Cancun. It's a great bargain for 15 bucks. I cannot understand why anyone would visit Cancun and NOT buy the card.
Save up to 30% in most cases on popular tours like Chichen Itza, Tulum, the Jungle Tour, fishing trips, catamarans... all the best ones. The Card will pay for itself the very first time you use it. You get 2 for 1 discounts on meals at many popular restaurants, and also cut rate cover charges at the big night clubs.
In know Brant personally. He's a Canadian guy married to a Mexican wife and has been around Cancun for many years. He runs an honest tour business and sells the EXACT same tours that your hotel offers - but at a discount. The same tour bus, the identical everything. You will be getting on the same bus with the other people from your hotel but you will have paid far less.
Does the tour desk in your hotel want you to know this? No way! They are well aware of Brant and will say anything to persuade you to cancel. If you buy a tour from your hotel agent you are paying too much.
Brant has English speaking staff that you can call from 7am to 11pm daily if you have ANY problem at all... the tour desk in your hotel is only open a few hours a day. Brant has a network of cell phones, agents, and computer systems connected directly to the tour operators. You can even book tours with Brant and check out prices before you arrive in Cancun. To get the special "bonus price" you need to book your tour on the Internet. Usually there is no down payment and you can cancel 24 hours before the tour. You can phone his office but you may or may not get the bonus price.
Bottom line? Get the card.. check out his site. Trust me.. you will thank me for the tip on this or you can flame me on my bulletin board on this site.
Click here to get the Card and book discount tours.
All the places in the Hotel Zone are safe to eat at but don't drink the tap water anywhere. In downtown Cancun don't eat at small restaurants or from street vendors unless you have lived here for a while. Stick to the better known places in the city like La Parilla, La Taberna, VIP's, or Rolandis all of which are excellent.
All the places in the Hotel Zone are safe to eat at.
Whazzup with Cancun Assist?
Cancun Assist is a web site that is a hobby. I'm a retired Canadian military guy goofing off here in the land of palm trees. My goal is to meet new and interesting people. If this web site helps you in some way, chalk up a cold beer that you owe me. I've met so many interesting people in the last 8 years I've lived here.
The "Hotel Zone" is where the touristas hang out. It's about a 30 minute drive from the airport. I'd say there are 70 major hotels lined up like in Las Vegas along a single strip of highway. In between the hotels are night clubs, bars, malls, party centers, Cancun busses run up and down the "strip" every 30 seconds.
There IS a city named Cancun too but unfortunately many will never see it. That's where your hotel staff (and the members of this web site) live.
U.S. Dollars in cash gets you a good exchange rate here. The worst thing you can do is bring actual bank-notes from Canada, the UK, or Euros and try to convert them. The exchange rate is bad!
Once you are here, use a debit card. Cancun ATM machines generally take all foreign cards and issue you with pesos at the exchange rate your bank uses. There are ATM machines everywhere. Make sure you have your PIN number and check the expiry date on the card. Ask your bank how to phone them from Mexico if you have a problem.
Keep funds locked up in your hotel safe and only carry around day cash with you. It is generally very safe in Cancun but it is wise not to go out on the town with a pile of cash and all your credit cards.
Scotts Tip: If you are in downtown Cancun take some $50 US bills with you and buy something at Walmart - they have an excellent exchange rate - however, they don't take 100's. If there are several people in your group have each person buy something small and get those $50 bills exchanged. You will easily get 10% more at Walmart than in your hotel and you can stock up on things that are expensive in the Hotel Zone too.
Basically, it is HOT every day of the year though in Jan/Feb the nights can be cool (65F). We get a ton of sunshine here all year.. relentless July might be the best description. Rainy season is a question people always ask... it means that if it is going to rain it will do it for an hour and then pass.
We've got a page specifically devoted to Cancun Weather here