Mexican peso. The rate of exchange against the US dollar fluctuates daily.






Spanish, but English is spoken in most areas.



Semi-tropical with an average temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Average daily maximum and minimum temperatures for Cancún: January-March, 68-86°F (20-30°C); April-June, 71-89°F (22-32°C); July-September, 75-91°F (24-33°C); October-December, 68-87°F (20-31°C).



Declaration forms must be completed upon arrival.


Departure Tax

Departure tax is approximately U.S.$17, except for passengers under two years of age, who are exempt from the tax.



U.S. citizens need a valid passport, or a birth certificate plus driver’s license or other official photo I.D.; a visa is not necessary.

Electricity: 110 volts, the same as in the U.S.


Time Zones

Central Standard year round.


Banks and Currency Exchange Facilities

US Dollars are easily exchanged into pesos in banks, major hotels, airports and exchange houses. Mexican banks are generally open from 9 am to 2:30 pm weekdays only. Exchange houses are open longer and offer quicker service. Most credit cards are accepted in shops, hotels and travel agencies. Major purchases are best made with a credit card. You automatically receive the bank rate of exchange, which is higher than the rates given in town or at the hotels.


Business Hours

Most stores are open from 10 am to 10 pm daily in the Hotel Zone. Stores downtown may close between 2 pm and 4 pm for the traditional "siesta" and on Sundays.


Medical Facilities

Mexico has a nationalized healthcare system and almost every town and city has either a national hospital or medical clinic. Most hotel have a 24-hour doctor on call. No vaccinations are need to enter Mexico from the US or Canada. Below is a list of local hospitals and clinics.


Hospital Americano

84-61333/84-6068 (24-hours)

15 Viento Street, SM4

Red Cross

84-1616 (24-hours)

Yaxchilan Avenue, SM21

Total Assist

84-1092, 84-8116 (24-hours)

5 Claveles Street, SM22

Handicapped Facilities

Most five star and Gran Turismo hotels are wheel chair accessible. Check with individual hotels for specific requirements.



From North America to Cancún: dial 011 (int'l access code) + 52 (Mexico's country code) + 98 (Cancún's area code) + the local number.

From Cancún calling North America, dial 00+1+area code+local number. Many US long-distance phone companies have access numbers that you can dial in order to use your phone card, usually through the Mexican telephone company public phones, LADATEL. Calls may be less expensive than direct-dialed calls from your hotel room. (Check with your hotel for surcharges BEFORE calling.)