Cancún, Mexico travel tips

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A great attraction for families is the Interactive Aquarium, where you can touch starfish or even feed sharks in an immersed cage.

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If you're not into diving, try snorkeling. The water's just too pretty not to see it from underneath.

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If you are traveling with kids, head to Playa Delfines, a public playground. There's also great surfing here.

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If you want a beach with a party vibe, check out Playa Gaviota and Chac Mool, which happen to be behind some of Cancun's most popular clubs.

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Wander through the downtown area of Isla Mujeres, where you can find all sorts of quaint cafes and quirky boutiques.

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On the weekends, head to Parque de las Palapas in central Cancun, where you can hear live music or catch a crafts fair.

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Don't miss the Garradon Natural Reef Resort on Isla Mujeres.

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Try the traditional Mexican snack of steaming corn on the cob slathered in mayonnaise.

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Some of the most popular beaches are Playa Tortugas and Playa Linda.

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Remember that all beaches in Mexico are public and you can go wherever you want.

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If you go to Isla Mujeres, be sure to see the sculpture garden near the Cliff of Dawn, which is supposedly the first place the sun rises in Mexico.

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Check out Playa Norte beach on Isla Mujeres, with picture postcard white sands and turquoise waters.

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One of Cancun's newest attractions is the Museo Maya de Cancun, where you can view carvings, statues, and jewelry from the Mayas.

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For lovely souvenirs, head to Pineda Covalin, where you can buy lovely silk scarves.

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Check out Luxury Avenue in the hotel zone, for all manner of high-end goods.

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If you're shopping for Mexican handcrafts, go to Nierika, where you can find wood carvings, jewelry, and beaded masks.

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If you have a sweet tooth, don't miss Sabores de Mexico.

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One of Cancun's best nightspots is the Rose Bar, where you can hear DJs from all over the world.

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For a dining spot that offers casual sophistication, head to El Rincon del Vino.

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When shopping or snacking in Cancun, one of the must-see stops is Ah Cacao, where you can have traditional Mexican hot chocolate and delicious brownies.

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