Fly To Cancun, Mexico
Cancun is the quintessential tropical paradise. Its white, sandy beaches are lapped by glimmering turquoise waters, practically begging sun-baked beach bodies to cool off from the Caribbean heat. Water-sports and adventure tourism get the adrenaline pounding, and heavenly margaritas slow things back down.
The nights are hot and sultry, with Mexican spices adding a zing to the air. Fabulous restaurants line the streets and world class nightclubs pump hypnotic beats under tropical night skies.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why Cancun has become one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean. Use our search tool above to find the cheapest flights to Cancun, and discover heaven on earth for yourself.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Cancun, or anywhere else in Mexico. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and remember to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- There is a South African Honorary Consul in Cancun. Granada No. 30, Pacifico, Colonia Supermanzana 2A, 77500 Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Phone: + 52 99 8884 9513 / + 52 99 8884 1248 / + 52 99 8884 2894.
See and do
While the 14 miles of white sand beaches are Cancun’s major draw, there’s a lot more to do on the water than just sunbathe and swim. Charter a sailboat complete with crew and equipment for a day, or try sport fishing, scuba diving or snorkelling around the reefs. You can paddle, Jet Ski, or swim with dolphins – the options are near endless.
On shore there’s plenty to see as well, and the Mayan archaeological site and village at Xcaret is a Cancun must-see. While you’re there, check out the butterfly pavilion, the orchid greenhouse and Jaguar Island, or snorkel in the underground river that runs through the site.
More underground adventure can be had at the Hidden Worlds Cenote Adventure Park in Tulum, home to the most extensive system of underwater caverns and caves. The cenotes are pristine and offer fabulous snorkelling, but try the zip lines and SkyCycle if you’d rather stay dry.
Cancun’s markets are wonderful in a colourful and noisy kind of way, and you’ll need to polish your haggling skills if you want a good deal. Sarongs, jewellery and seashell crafts make lovely souvenirs. Try the local snacks as well, while you’re wandering around.
Cancun is easy to navigate, and the bus is the preferred means of transport. They’re cheap and run frequently, but don’t have air conditioning. Hot days can be painful on a crowded bus. Taxis are also available, but tend to be pricy. Hiring a car is useful, but be prepared to be pulled over by police for any and all possible reasons.
Cancun International Airport – CUN
Food and beverage: Colombian Coffee, Snack & Bar To Go, and Starbucks.
Currency Exchange: It is recommended that you pre-order your Pesos online before your arrival in Cancun. Foreign currency is not always easy to change once you’ve landed owing to new laws in Mexico. Travelex offers online currency ordering, and pick-up points at Cancun International Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. The airport Lost and Found Department is operated by the Security Office which is contactable on +52 998 848 7200.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: The Courtyard Hotel, and the Comfort Inn Cancun Aeropuerto.
Car Hire: Dollar, Hertz, Thrifty and Budget.