Beware timeshare sales persons. Anyone
offering free car hire, free tours, free breakfasts
or something that seems too good to be true probably
is. These guys and girls will earn a hefty commission
for each person who agrees to their offer. Normally
the freebies are legitimate but to claim them you'll
have to sit through several hours of high pressure sales.
Not the most relaxing way to enjoy your vacation in
There will be people offering trolleys
to help with your luggage. These should be free but
the porters will try to claim a couple of dollars for
their use. The average person in Mexico earns a pittance,
maybe $100 a week. Imagine how much money these porters
make at $2 a time when their are hundreds of people
flowing through the airport each day. Don't fuel the
Be prepared to have your luggage passed
through an X ray machine. This is harmless and will
reduce the number of manual checks necessary. If you
are flying in from the UK then expect that all luggage
will be hand searched - for some reason the Mexicans
are still in fear of Mad Cow Disease.
Mexican Roulette. On entry you'll
be asked to press a button which randomly gives you
a green or red light. Green light for go, red light
for luggage hand search. Rumor has it that every ninth
person gets the red, this is yet to be proven though!
Wear comfortable clothes. It may have
been next to freezing when you left but when you arrive
in Cancun chances are you'll be looking at 80 degrees
plus. Heavy overcoats and long pants are no fun while
waiting for your luggage.
The only thing you should stop for
immediately after you pass customs is the free booklet
'Cancun Tips'. Often ladies wearing Mexican national
dress will be handing these out. They are chock full
of discount vouchers, maps and handy hints and phone
There will be a hundred and one people
asking if you need transport. If you have booked Cancun airport transfers through USA Transfers then there will
be a guy waiting with a sign bearing your name.
Smile and be friendly. You may have
had a long flight but when on foreign turf you are an
ambassador for your country. A cheerful 'Hola' to the
airport staff will leave a good impression.