How to take your Cancun vacation to the next level
It’s not easy being popular.
Take Cancun, for instance. As holiday destinations go, it’s got it all: A staggering selection of resorts, reliably warm weather, affordable prices, and the convenience of being a relatively quick, direct flight from most major Canadian cities. But it’s these very perks that can also make the Mayan Riviera’s sun-soaked capital seem so very… Ordinary. It’s such an effortless getaway, it’s almost become cliché.
What if there was a way to upgrade that Cancun vacation? To take the run-of-the-mill all-inclusive experience and kick it into high-gear? It turns out you’ve got plenty of options to turn an ordinary Cancun vacation into something truly extraordinary, and they begin with booking your flights…
1. Splurge on a seat upgrade
The stressors of flying can prevent you from getting into the holiday mindset until after you’ve stepped off the plane. Between wailing infants, overcrowded overhead bins and the interminable wait at the luggage carousel, there’s a reason most resorts greet you with a complimentary cocktail the moment you check-in. Although flying first class can alleviate some of the ennui, it remains a luxury few can afford. Luckily, there’s a new intermediary option popping up among many airlines’ southern routes, and it includes perks that make it a worthy splurge.
AirTransat’s Luxury Collection Option Plus, for example, includes complimentary seat selection, priority check-in and priority boarding and baggage handling from just $89 round-trip. A sound investment if it turns your flight into part of the vacation, rather than a means of getting there.
2. Soak up the sun on Isla Mujeres
Although it’s a mere 25-minute boat ride from mainland Cancun, Isla Mujeres remains one of the Mayan Riviera’s best-kept secrets. The biggest draw to the largely undeveloped island is Playa Norte (North Beach)—widely-regarded as one of Mexico’s best beaches on account of its picturesque palms, incredibly soft sand and positively luminous waters. Having soaked up the sun and surf, rent a golf cart (the island’s sole form of transportation), and follow the coast down to the southern shore. Here, you’ll find a series of spectacular cliffs where the rays of the rising sun first touch Mexican soil.
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