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Budget Family Fun in Cancun

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Over the years Cancun has changed dramatically. The area can be very pricey now but I have some tips to help keep the trip fun for families and control costs.

Good for
  • Family
  • Thrifty Traveler

9 Places

3 City Tips

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9 Places

El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey)

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Captain's Cove

Restaurants

El Fish Fritanga

Restaurants

Blue Gecko Cantina

Restaurants

Natura

Restaurants

Chichen Itza

Destinations

Playa Delfines

Beaches

Isla Mujeres

Destinations

Kukulcan Plaza

Shopping Malls

bnazarian's City Tips

  • Research prices for tours and attractions in advance and make a loose itinerary.
  • Watch out for money changing schemes. Carry pesos.
  • Take the public bus around the hotel zone.
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    El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey)
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    bnazarian Says:

    An inexpensive excursion (I believe just $3-4 to enter) close the hotel zone that will not require a whole day to see like Chichen Itza. It's peaceful and well preserved with many iguanas sunning on the temples.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Take the bus to Playa Defines, cross the road and walk five to 10 minutes until you see the entry signs.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 158 things to do in Cancun
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cool ruins 11/12/2017
    • Neat Ruins! 11/11/2017
    • El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey)
    Address:
    Blvd Kukulcan Km 17
    Zona Hotelera
    Cancun 77500
    Mexico
    Other:
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    Captain's Cove
    Restaurants (Mexican, Caribbean, Seafood)
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    bnazarian Says:

    Absolute must for Sunday buffet! Very reasonable price for an impressive buffet of International and Mexican brunch specialties. Lovely lagoon view seating if you get early ask for a table near the lagoon.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Family
    Tips
    • Made to order waffles with cajeta (goat milk caramel) were a big hit with the kids.
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 829 restaurants in Cancun
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful meal 11/21/2017
    • Sunday Brunch 11/21/2017
    • Captain's Cove
    Address:
    Blvd Kukulkan Km 16. 5, Zona Hotelera
    Cancun 77500
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 998 885 0016
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$24
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Other:
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    El Fish Fritanga
    Restaurants (Mexican, Caribbean, Seafood, Soups)
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    bnazarian Says:

    Unpretentious fun family friendly restaurant with good food and ambience. Reasonably priced and relaxing. The kids enjoyed the music and watching the sunset with our toes in the sand.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • try the unique local foods as appetizers. Hoja de santa, a pair of large leaves grilled with cheese inside them.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 829 restaurants in Cancun
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Tasting Food but Slow Service 11/20/2017
    • Hidden Gem! 11/19/2017
    • El Fish Fritanga
    Address:
    Blvd. Kukulkan KM.12.6 Hotel Zone
    Between La Europea & Dominos
    Cancun 77500
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 998 840 6216
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Other:
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    Blue Gecko Cantina
    Restaurants (American, International, Contemporary, Mexican, Bar)
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    bnazarian Says:

    Friendly, fun, good tacos and a decent price, casual walk up seating.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveler
    Tips
    • tacos are big. Get a few different ones and try. They will make alcohol free versions of their special margaritas for kids.
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 829 restaurants in Cancun
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • I’ve been here many times 11/20/2017
    • Awesome tacos! 11/19/2017
    • Blue Gecko Cantina
    Address:
    Boulevard Kukulcan Km. 16 Zona Hotelera
    Across the Street From Grand Oasis Hotel
    Cancun 77500
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 998 840 6935
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Other:
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    Natura
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Mexican, International, Cafe, Healthy)
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    bnazarian Says:

    Healthy and something for everyone on the menu. Located by the nightclub area but peaceful and good for kids.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveler
    Tips
    • Start with a licuado - juice drinks for everyone. Enjoy the garden atmosphere after a long day of exploring.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 829 restaurants in Cancun
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great location and service! 11/10/2017
    • Very nice indeed. 09/09/2017
    • Natura
    Address:
    Boulevard Kukulcan km 9.5
    Zona Hotelera
    Cancun 77500
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 998 883 0585
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 am - 11:00 pm
    Other:
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    Chichen Itza
    Destinations
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    bnazarian Says:

    If you come to Cancun you must go to Chichen Itza. If not, your trip is incomplete. This Maya-Toltec site will take an entire day to travel to and explore but totally worth it.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go early or late, try to avoid the crowds.
    • Make sure everyone in your family is protected from heat, sun and dehydration. That means hat, sunscreen, water and/or electrolyte drinks, protective clothing if necessary.
    • Book a tour in advance. Through Viator we got a full day trip with a good lunch and a trip to Chichen Itza and a cenote for a very reasonable price.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    • Chichen Itza
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    Playa Delfines
    Beaches
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    bnazarian Says:

    Gorgeous beach on the far end of the hotel zone. Nice facilities, clean and worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Pair a trip to Playa Delfines with a visit to the nearby El Rey ruins.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 158 things to do in Cancun
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • CANCUN 11/20/2017
    • Very busy... 11/16/2017
    • Playa Delfines
    Address:
    Boulevard Kukulkan
    Zona Hotelera
    Cancun 77500
    Mexico
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    Isla Mujeres
    Destinations
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    bnazarian Says:

    A wonderful day trip that doesn't have to be expensive. Leave from Playa Tortugas on the ferry. There are so many things to do you will easily fill a day exploring from the north to the south of the island.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Time gets away from you quick so leave Cancun early to get the most out of the day.
    • Change money first into pesos. Using dollars will be difficult or costly on Isla Mujeres
    • Some of the top attractions are snorkling, the turtle farm, beaches and shopping.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    • Isla Mujeres
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    Kukulcan Plaza
    Shopping Malls
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    bnazarian Says:

    A smaller shopping mall with a large grocery store (Soriana) upstairs. This is a godsend for budget travelers especially if you have a kitchen in your timeshare or hotel. The stores had a good selection of reasonably priced souvenirs without the aggressive hawking found in other places. There was also a nice sports store where we purchased rash guards for the kids at a good price.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveler
    Tips
    • Get a licuado (juice drink made to order) and a snack from the bakery/deli in the supermarket for a quick lunch after you shop.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #150 of 496 things to do in Quintana Roo
    • Next to our resort 11/18/2017
    • My favorite shopping mall 11/17/2017
    • Kukulcan Plaza
    Address:
    Blvd. Kukulcan km 13
    Zona Hotelera
    77500
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 998 885 2200
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Other:
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