Walk & Wander

Walking is a great way to see the city. The slow pace allows you to absorb the sights, talk to people, get some exercise, and use your senses of hearing and smell a lot more than you would cruising along at 40 mph in a car. The numeral 7 shaped hotel zone of Cancun is highly walkable and safe, with enough variety to keep everyone interested. There are three zones to explore: the middle hotel zone, the upper hotel zone, and the downtown. Of course, you can always walk the beaches too, they offer miles of uninterrupted stretches of sand.

The middle hotel zone starts in the lower third of the “7” and heads north to the middle. Along the sidewalk you’ll find plenty of convenience stores, currency exchanges, restaurants, scuba outfitters, and car rental agencies. Hit up Plaza Kukulcan for some excellent shopping.

The upper hotel zone is spread out with excellent sidewalks and an interesting concrete path along the Nichupte Lagoon with benches spaced out to rest on and watch the boats cruise by. It’s a fun little respite from the beach, and a reminder of the variety of ecosystems that are so close together in Cancun.

Downtown Cancun is at the northwest end of the hotel zone. Explore and find street vendors, flea markets, restaurants, bars, and tourist shops. Avenida Tulum and the parallel Avenida Yaxchilan are both wonderful for soaking in the atmosphere- with lots of authentic restaurants catering to visitors.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. His favorite RTX destinations are on the beach: Orange Beach, Alabama, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. .

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