When you read the resort descriptions for Cancun hotels, you’re led to believe it’s a place that can only be enjoyed by couples, families, or groups. But Cancun can also be a fantastic place to explore if you’re visiting alone.
Here are some tips if you’re considering a solo trip to Cancun.
Plan your transport in advance
One of the aspects of planning a vacation that worries solo visitors the most – especially women – is transport. To arrive in Cancun feeling confident, rather than stressed, make sure you pre-book onward transport to your hotel or resort.
There are multiple ways you can make the half-hour transfer to Cancun’s Hotel Zone, and we talk about these more in this article on Cancun transport options. In summary, you can:
- Pre-book a cab
- Arrange a shared or private transfer
- Take the public ADO bus
- Rent a car
Whichever you choose, doing your research beforehand means you can begin to enjoy your vacation from the moment your plane touches down.
Find a resort with plenty of activities and entertainment
Sometimes, taking a vacation alone can make you feel like the odd one out, especially in a paradise scene surrounded by loved-up couples and contented families.
To avoid this, try to book somewhere with a great range of activities and entertainment. Not only will you be kept busy, but you’ll also have the opportunity to meet new people – and perhaps pick up a new skill or hobby that you can continue when you return home.
Consider booking a tour
If you want to explore outside your resort, but aren’t too sure about doing so alone, try booking a group tour. You’ll usually be picked up from your resort and transported between each destination on the itinerary, making it a less intimidating experience. There are plenty of options in and around Cancun – many tours operate to the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itzá, for example, which is one of the seven modern wonders of the world.
If you’re a more confident solo traveler, you can usually book cheaper tours from operators outside your resort, and you’ll still benefit from the convenience of meeting other people.
Make friends with staff in the resort
Resort staff in Cancun are known for being super friendly and offering personalized service to each and every visitor. This is especially important, as it creates a feeling of connection for people who are visiting Cancun alone.
Many resort workers speak excellent English, so not only will you be able to chat and learn more about the Mexican way of life, but you might also find out about lesser-known places to visit. If you speak some Spanish, this is also a great way to practice your language skills.
Plan exactly the vacation you want
One of the best parts of traveling alone is that you can be deliciously selfish, not having to compromise on what you want to do or when you want to do it. If you wake up and the pool is calling to you – well, perfect, spend your day in and around the water. Got a sudden urge to take the bus down to Tulum? Why not? There’s nobody to stop you.
While traveling alone may require you to be more aware of your surroundings, it also offers a freedom that can become quite addictive.
It’s often said that everyone should travel alone at least once in their life. And Cancun is certainly an ideal place for a solo visit, offering a safe and comfortable atmosphere for less confident visitors, and a wealth of activities, sports, and cultural attractions for people who want to explore more of this beautiful Mayan corner of Mexico.
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