Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean currently have more online vacation rentals – especially Airbnbs – than at any point in history.
And while they offer a host of benefits, they also come with some notable downsides that travelers have to consider when booking their next Caribbean getaway.
Officials have recently implemented sweeping changes to the way online rentals operate in the popular region in an effort to bolster safety and cut down on unlawful competition.
With that in mind, here’s a quick recap on 5 of the most important things travelers need to know about Airbnbs in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.
For the overwhelming majority of travelers, safety is the most important factor when deciding where to book their next accommodation.
And while that rule applies to all types of accommodations, it’s especially relevant for online rentals.
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Travelers will want to do some research before booking their Airbnb. Determining where the rental is located is a good starting point. Not all areas in Cancun are equally safe, with some neighborhoods, including the resort zone, boasting some of the lowest crime rates in the country.
Meanwhile, downtown locations, and especially peripheral areas, are more prone to criminal activity. In addition to finding a safe location, travelers should ensure their desired property has all necessary safety features.
Be Careful With These Scams
One of the biggest concerns with online rentals has to do with the growing number of scams plaguing the vacation rental market.
With law enforcement increasingly targeting pickpockets on the streets, criminals are looking for new ways to target travelers in the digital world.
Scams like fake ads and postings are among the most common tricks used by fraudsters in the online rental market.
Scammers are known to employ creative approaches to trick travelers into booking fraudulent packages by offering unbelievably low prices.
Before booking, travelers should ensure that their online rental complies with state-level regulations.
Consider The Length Of Your Vacation
Another crucial factor travelers have to take into account is the desired length of their vacation. Online rentals are an excellent option for travelers seeking a long-term place to call home.
Be it for remote work or a prolonged getaway, Airbnbs can be cheaper in the long run, especially in places that see lower demand, such as downtown Cancun.
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However, if you’re looking for a relaxing getaway, an all-inclusive might be a more convenient and comfortable option due to the more significant number of services available to guests.
After tackling critical matters, including price and general safety, travelers should consider what type of activities they’re interested in experiencing on their next vacation.
One of the most versatile destinations in the Americas, Cancun caters to every travel style. From a relaxing beachside getaway to cultural tours, travelers can tick off all sorts of bucket list activities on their next Cancun trip.
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That’s why it’s important to choose an Airbnb that is close to their favorite activities. Travelers seeking a culturally immersive experience can opt for a rental in downtown Cancun, while beach lovers will want to stick to the resort zone or Costa Mujeres.
Plan Your Budget Before Booking
At first glance, Airbnbs can seem like a great deal; most online rentals offer spacious rooms and in some cases massive outdoor premises complete with pools, gardens, and even private cenotes.
However, Airbnbs lack the comprehensive set of complimentary services offered at all-inclusives, like room service, housekeeping, and maintenance.
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And while some travelers are fine with getting their hands dirty, others might consider splurging for a more pricy but more comfortable all-inclusive experience.
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