Peso, US$, mix of both? AND does everything close at Easter?
Replies: 16 - Last Post: Mar 16, 2013 4:04 PM Last Post By: BCMum
Mar 15, 2013 2:18 AM
Peso, US$, mix of both? AND does everything close at Easter?Just wondering what sort of cash to change up before a 2 weeks trip - all Peso or what sort of mix between US$ and Peso?
We (mum and 2 teenage girls) will arive in Cancun and spend 2 weeks:
Playa Del Carmen
and what ever takes our fancy in between
Staying at cheap/mid range backpacker hotels and eating at local restaurants/street food
Also, does everything come to a grinding halt for the Easter weekend; just wondering if we should plan our temple visits around closures?
Mar 15, 2013 3:00 AM
1Since you have to exchange anyway exchange directly to pesos. Pesos are accepted everywhere and you will end up ahead financially by using them. Either order pesos before you come, exchange in Mexico or use an ATM in Mexico to withdraw pesos directly from your bank account.
It's a tourist destination so nothing closes at Easter really - don't worry about that.
Mar 15, 2013 5:08 AM
2First of all, I wouldn't "change up" any cash before going to Mexico. Just withdraw pesos from an ATM once there.
Secondly, do all your spending in pesos. It's easier and some businesses may not take dollars. At resorts, larger hotels, upscale restaurants you can charge on your VISA/Mastercard.
You sound like budget travellers, so beware that Cancun is not a budget kind of place.
Mar 15, 2013 7:14 AM
3I saw lots of budget hotels and restaurants in Cancun centro, surrounding the Parque de las Palapas, in the neighbourhood immediately southwest of the Cancun centro bus station, on the corner of Tulum and Uxmal. (By contrast, the hotel zone where most of the tourists stay is expensive, which must be what Bob is referring to).
Mar 15, 2013 7:25 AM
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Mar 15, 2013 9:17 AM
7I agree with poster #2....but in addition, if you exchange your money into pesos before you leave your country, you will pay the bank a hefty fee. Using an ATM machine in mexico give you the best rate and it is so easy.
Make sure that the bank of each card that you are using knows how long you will be in Mexico. This will help in not getting your card cancelled.
Mar 15, 2013 9:24 AM
Mar 15, 2013 12:06 PM
9If you bank is Barclays, then you should not be charged ATM fees on either end when you withdraw from Scotiabank ATMs in Mexico because they are a part of Global Bank Alliance. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_ATM_Alliance
Otherwise, ATM/bank fees may be quite substantial and you should check details with your bank.
Mar 15, 2013 2:22 PM
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Mar 15, 2013 11:42 PM
12You won't find Scotiabanks in all of those locations. I spent half a day trying to find the one in Cancun city.....yeah, could have paid the fee for another bank, but seeing as three of us were withdrawing it was worth looking for the right bank and it was part of our adventure of exploring downtown Cancun. Wasn't interested in the hotel zone.
Isn't arriving at easter time without reservations awfully risky? Especially in those beachy areas?? I will be with my teenage daughter in Playa del Carmen in that time period and I booked months and months ago to get the right cheap accomodation.
Mar 16, 2013 7:16 AM
Mar 16, 2013 10:30 AM
14Semana Santa is high season. Have bookings in advance as all will be booked up at beach locations. Semana Santa is when all of Mexico goes to the beach. Places to stay wont be a problem in non beach areas like Merida. All will be open to serve all the folks that come to beach areas. Get pesos when you arrive as folks would rather you pay in pesos. Photos of Yucatan see my website wolfcalls.com. Semana Santa is a fun time and I am sorry to miss it this year.
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