Have you been searching for a long weekend getaway that includes stunningly beautiful beaches, exotic culture and ancient ruins that are just a short non-stop flight away.
Time to consider Mexico’s gorgeous Riviera Maya, Cozumel and Cancun. Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, this area is blessed with white sand beaches, waters teeming with colorful sea life and an area rich in Mayan ruins.
While you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet, we hope this guide can help bust some of the most common myths and get you one your way to a fantastic all-inclusive FunJet vacation.
MYTH: RIVIERA MAYA AND THE MEXICAN RIVERA ARE THE SAME
It’s definitely easy to get confused by these two nicknames, but they actually refer to two completely separate areas of Mexico. The Mexican Riviera is located on west coast and refers to approximately 20 cities and lagoons, including but not limited to:
Cabo San Lucas
The Rivera Maya is located on Mexico’s east coast, specifically the eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula. The following are a few of the towns that are considered part of the Riviera Maya:
Playa del Carmen
MYTH: CANCUN IS ONLY FOR SPRING BREAKERS
Maybe you’ve seen the wild and crazy side of Cancun on a reality television show and now you’re wondering if it’s really for your family or even a couple’s getaway. While Cancun is certainly popular with spring breakers, it has so much more to offer and you’ll easily find FunJet resorts cater to your travel preferences.
In addition to its many bars, Cancun also offers travelers a variety of water sports, including jet skiing and parasailing. And, of course, its gorgeous beaches are perfect for sunning and swimming to ensure you arrive home with those coveted vacation tan lines.
Additionally, there are a number of Mayan ruins located in the immediate Cancun area, providing plenty of opportunities to dive in to the stories that bring the area to life before also exploring one of the local markets for handmade souvenirs.
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MYTH: YOU NEED TO KNOW SPANISH
This region of Mexico caters to tourists, which means nearly everyone speaks fluent English. It’s not a bad time to test your Spanish skills, in a place where you won’t know anyone and there’s no judgement!
Ask your concierge or waiter how to say things and bring memories back to life at home by sharing a little inside joke each time you say the word.
MYTH: YOU CAN BARGAIN FOR EVERYTHING
If you’re visiting one of the area’s open-air markets, such as Cancun’s Mercado 23, make sure to bargain before purchasing an item. Most merchants will give you a high starting price in the expectation that their customers will bargain with them.
You should not, however, bargain in most malls or stores. The prices in these establishments are typically fixed just as they would be in the states.
FACT: IF IT’S FREE, IT’S PROBABLY…
… a come-on from a timeshare salesperson. Here’s the deal, if someone approaches you on the streets and offers to give you a free or low-cost excursion be wary. In most cases, they’re probably try to sell you a timeshare, which will eat up several hours of your precious time. Politely decline such offers and walk on.
MYTH: IT’S UNSAFE TO TRAVEL HERE
If you’ve seen the news recently, you might be concerned that violence in Mexico is epidemic. But the tourist areas, including the Riviera Maya, Cancun and Cozumel are still very safe. In fact, there are no travel advisories in effect from the U.S. Department of States for this particular area of Mexico.