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7 Tips When Staying At A Cancun All-Inclusive Resort For The First Time

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Sometimes a stay in a Cancun All-Inclusive resort is just what the doctor ordered. And you’re pretty much guaranteed to enjoy it – after all, what is there not to enjoy about luxury accommodation, all-you-can-eat food and inclusive drinks, and a full program of activities?

On your first trip to a Cancun all-inclusive resort try out these seven tips, your vacation might just become next-level great, with very little effort on your part.

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1. Make friends with the bar and wait staff

This is a no-brainer. The bar and wait staff working at your resort want you to enjoy your vacation and will always make sure you have a good time.

But, if you form a human connection from the start, you’re more likely to receive extra special service. You might even get to try something out of the ordinary – a new dish, or a top-shelf liquor you’ve not sampled before. 

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2. Keep a stash of dollar bills handy

Keep a stash of dollar bills or pesos handy and you’ll always be able to say thank you using the international language of tipping.

3. Stay hydrated

When you’re in the tropical climate of the Mexican Caribbean, it’s super important to keep an eye on your hydration level. It’s easy not to notice how thirsty you are, and when you’re distracted by new sights and sounds or are out of your usual routine, you may simply forget to drink.

So make sure you keep a water bottle with you at all times and remember to sip regularly throughout the day. When you’re out to dinner, request water for your table. Taking simple precautions to remain hydrated can be the difference between enjoying your vacation, or being stuck in your room with dehydration or heat stroke.  


4. Don’t go crazy on the unlimited alcohol

Linked to the above, this tip doesn’t sound like much fun on first consideration. But it really is worth bearing in mind. When the drinks are flowing –  and especially when they’re free – it’s easy to lose count of how many beers you’ve had, or the number of cocktails you polished off with dinner.

But if you listen to your body and begin to feel you’ve had too much to drink, then stop. You may want to make the most of the free booze, but losing a day of your vacation to a ferocious hangover isn’t on anyone’s dream itinerary.


6. Practice Spanish on the resort staff

Most Mexicans working in coastal resorts will speak English, and some will display pretty impressive linguistic capabilities! But don’t let that put you off practicing your Spanish.

People love it when visitors speak their home country’s language, and Mexican resort staff will really appreciate you making the effort. If you’re not sure of a word, ask. You might end up going home with better skills than when you arrived.

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7. Spend some time off-resort

As tempting as it might be to stay on-resort for your whole vacation, it’s worth making the effort to leave every now and then.

Whether it’s trying out some of the local bars or restaurants, exploring your resort city, or discovering some of the Mexican Caribbean’s famous attractions on a day trip, you won’t regret exploring the ‘real’ Mexico. Examples of this could be visiting downtown Cancun from the Hotel Zone, taking one of the many exciting tours available in the area, or sampling.


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