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Information for your trip to cancun, the mayan riviera and other parts of mexico |  | Cancun Vacations & Homes

Tips for your trip
In this section we have compiled valuable information to make your travel experience a pleasant one. Before starting a vacation we highly recommend you consider the tips we have put together for you. Everyone who travels goes through security checkpoints, especially if one is traveling by air.

Entering the country
In order to visit Mexico, there is no need for a travel visa for citizens of United States of America, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Brazil, South Korea, Costa Rica, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Monaco, Japan, Spain, Venezuela, Greece, Portugal, United kingdom; to name a few. You can enter Mexico without a visa presenting a valid passport and the "migration Form for Tourists, Transmigrants, Visiting Businesspersons, or Visiting Consultants", which you can obtain from airlines, or at your point of entry into Mexico. This option also applies for permanent legal residents in the USA or Canada, regardless of nationality. Driver's permits, voter registration cards, affidavits and similar documents are not sufficient to prove citizenship for readmission into the United States. It is best to refer to the Mexican council in your country for further details, since requirements may vary for certain countries.


NEW TRAVEL REGULATIONS OF THE US STATE DEPARTMENT
As part of CANCUN VACATION & HOMES commitment to providing our customers with the most-up-to-date travel information, we want to inform you of some important new requirements for air travelers.
As of January 23, 2007, all persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air to Canada, Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean will be required to present a valid passport to re-enter the country. A valid driver's license will no longer suffice for re-entry documentation.
If you are planning to travel out of the country next year, we recommend applying for a new passport, or checking your current passport to ensure it is still valid. It can take up to six weeks to process a new one, so plan ahead. For more information please visit the U.S. State Department web site at:
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html

Making phonecalls

  • Unless your carrier offers an international plan, calls from your cell phone to the US are [often $.99 per minute]. You may have to contact your provider and set up your phone so that it will work in Mexico.
  • You can purchase calling cards that will allow you to call the US. The rates are relatively inexpensive. You will need to use the card from a payphone.
  • When calling the United States from your cell phone, dial 001, the area code and then phone number.
  • When you call a cell phone, you must dial the area code (for example 998 in Cancun). When you call a landline, just dial the seven-digit phone number.

Exchanging Money

  • If you are riding the bus or shopping in a convenience store, you will need Mexican money. Most other places will accept US currency. Here are some tips for exchanging money.
  • Banks and money exchanges houses are safe; keep the receipts. Your passport will be required when exchanging dollars at the bank.
  • ATM machines are a good place to get local currency. The rates are usually good, but you may be charged a service fee for using ATM.
  • Credit card companies get some of the best exchange rates. When possible, buy things using your credit card.
  • Many local stores accept US dollars. No one accepts US coins.

Tips for Cancun
Emergency Information
For emergencies, dial 060
Police (998) 884-1913 or 884-2342


US Department list of Hospitals / Clinics

  • HOSPITEN HOSPITAL CANCÚN
    Av. Bonampack Lote 7 Mz. 2 SM. 10 Downtown Phone (998) 881-3700
  • GENERAL HOSPITAL CANCÚN
    SM. 65 Andador 5 Col. Puerto Juarez Phone (998) 884-2666
  • AMERI-MED HOSPITAL
    Blvd. Kukulkán Km 4 Lote D-8-0 Hotel Zone. Phone (998) 848-4911 & 849-4913
  • CLÍNICA SOBRINO
    Mz. Q Lote 13 SM 63 Phone (998) 884-2516
  • CLÍNICA QUIRURGICA DEL SUR
    Av. López Portillo M 7 Lote 2 y 3 SM 59 Unidad Morelos Phone (998) 886-6357
  • AMERICAN HOSPITAL
    Retorno Viento #15 SM 4 M 22 Phone (998) 884-6133 & 884-6068

*We highly suggest you ask the clinic or doctor for the price of services before signing any papers.

Getting Around in Cancun
One of the best things about the condo is the location. It is within walking distance to terrific restaurants, shopping malls, nightclubs and on the most awesome beach.
If you want to be a little more adventurous, though, you can take the bus, take a taxi, hire a driver, or rent a car. Here are some of our recommendations:

Taxi Service/ Hire a Driver
Taking a taxi is one of the most efficient ways to get around in Cancun, but also the most expensive. If you want to go out of Cancun, you can hire a driver. This can be expensive, but it is very convenient. Often, drivers know great things to see that are off- the- beaten path for regular tourists. We have found some great places to snorkel, thanks to a driver!
All you need to do is call Cancun Vacation & Homes to make the arrangements for you 883-3964.
Local taxis are not allowed to transport passengers from the airport to the hotel zone [when you arrive in Cancun]. When you are ready to depart however, you can take a taxi from the hotel zone to the airport or request twenty-hours in advance our private shuttle service to Cancun Vacation & Homes.

Bus System
The bus system is very fast convenient cheap and efficient-especially if you are traveling with more than two or three people. It cost $70.00 pesos (70¢ US) per person to ride. Drivers only accept pesos. They will give change but prefer the exact amount if possible. Busses run frequently up and down the hotel zone, 24/7. To catch a northbound bus, there is a stop outside the condo. To catch a southbound bus, there stop across the street next to Señor Frog’s. If you want a bus to stop and pick you up, just wave. Pay when you get on the bus. Busses do not stop at every stop. You need to let the driver know when you want to get off. When you are ready to get off, stand up and move toward the exit. Often there also bell at the back of the bus [looks like a doorbell] that you can ring when you want to stop. If you are just taking the bus within the hotel zone, the numbers on the bus do not matter- just get on one that is heading the direction you would like. If you want to go outside the hotel zone, to Puerto Juarez or Walmart, for example, look for the number and destinations on the front window of the bus. For example, R1 busses go downtown and to Puerto Juarez, while R2 busses will take you to Walmart and Sam’s Club. Not all bus drivers speak English, but we have found that if you tell the driver where you want to go, most of them are good about telling you when you need to get off. Other passengers can also be helpful!!

   

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