Shopping in Cancun

Choose between luxury and local items in Cancun

Photo credit: © Gabriel Patron
 

Cancun is one of the world's premier tourist destinations and it isn't afraid to pull out all the stops when it comes to shopping. Tourists have many options to choose from, with everything from high end products to handicrafts up for grabs.

Because of the duty free shopping, Cancun is a great place for shoppers to pick up high end European products such as clothing, jewelry, watches, cosmetics, hand rolled cigars, and perfumes.

Where to Shop

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 In Cancun there are three different shopping “zones” that travelers have to choose from: the hotel zone, the downtown area, and the open air markets.

Hotel Zone

Due to their close proximity to most vacationer's accommodations, the hotel zone malls are the most popular choice.  These malls are set up like the malls in the United States, and are filled with department stores, novelty shops, food courts, and movie theaters.  All of the hotel zone malls are located along Blvd. Kukulcán.

For the most luxurious and exclusive shopping along the Hotel Zone strip, visit Kukulcan Plaza.  The plaza is situated between Five Star Hotel and Grand Tourism Hotel near the end of Blvd. Kukulcán. Boutiques featuring high end goods from around the world have homes within the plaza, including clothing, jewelry, perfume, and other accessories.  There are over 250 shops in the building, and visitors who aren't looking to spend a pretty penny will also find shops featuring local goods.  Twelve restaurants exist within the confines, as does a bowling alley.

La Isla Shopping Village is located along Nichupte Lagoon, and known for it's open air structure that allows patrons to walk along the waterway as they travel from shop to shop.  There are 150 shops featuring products from around the world, 10 restaurants, a movie theater, and an aquarium. 

One of the most well established malls in Cancun's hotel zone is Plaza Caracol.  The mall opened in the early 80s, and has grown to have over 200 shops and 12 restaurants.  The mall has recently unveiled a new shopping concept, which focuses on the artists side of shopping. Still, Plaza Caracol has all of the same shops that one would expect to find in a mall.

Right in the center of the hotel zone is Plaza Flamingo, one of the areas smaller malls.  The 100+ shops here are all indoors, and feature jewelry, clothing, and beach supplies.  The 10+ restaurants are almost all recognizable by American visitors, because they are U.S. chains.

Though there are three stories at the Plaza Forum by the Sea, this mall is still one of the Hotel Zone's smallest.  Here there are about 70 shops and 8 restaurants.  The real draw to the facility is the nightclub Coco Bongo.

Situated directly in front of the convention center is Plaza La Fiesta.  This mall is one of the best to shop for souvenirs, because there are multiple leather working shops, silver shops, and shops designed specifically to sell souvenirs. 

Gifts and Souvenirs

Handmade items are another thing to seek out during your vacation in Cancun. In Cancun, locals are known for making such items as beaded jewelry, leather crafts, hand woven clothing, wood crafts, pottery, and Mexican spices. Because of the high volume of tourist traffic, these items do tend to be more expensive in Cancun than other Mexican cities. Still, if you are not planning on leaving Cancun, they are worth the price because handmade crafts tend to be one of a kind.

If you're looking for some souvenirs you should consider visiting La Ruta de las Indias, which is found in Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, in southeastern Cancun. Different than your average souvenir shop, this store is focused on hunting down rare and interesting artifacts and replicas for its guests. You'll be able to find them at 13 Kukulcan Boulevard.

Take a moment to look through the table just below if you want more information.

Gifts and Souvenirs In Cancun
Name Type Phone Location
La Ruta de las Indias Gift and Souvenir Shops (998) 885-0405 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Oakley Cancun Sunglasses Shop -- 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone

Specialty Shops

One of the area's popular speciality shops is Studio Dante. This shopping venue is found in Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, in southeastern Cancun. Carvings into beautiful stones such as amber and jade can be set in a variety of metals. Beautifully hand carved items await you. They're at 13 Kukulcan Boulevard.

A variety of the specialty shops located in Cancun are listed in the following chart.

Specialty Shops In Cancun
Name Type Phone Location
La Casa del Arte Art Supply and Craft Store -- 3.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Samrio Surpises Toy and Game Store (998) 840-6867 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Sport City Sporting Goods Store -- Downtown Cancun
Studio Dante Art Gallery (998) 137-0259 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Watch my Watch Cancun Watch Store (998) 840-6740 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone

Clothing and Apparel

Looking for clothing? You might want to visit Squalo -- it's located in Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, in southeastern Cancun. The freedom of the waves and the breeziness of the beach is what inspires the designers at Squalo. If you're interested in clothing that is bright, colorful, and relaxed all at once, this is a great spot for you to shop. You will be able to find them at 13 Kukulcan Boulevard.

Another place to consider is LOB Cancun -- which is found just a few steps away from Squalo. Fun and fashion-forward clothing that mixed preppy with edgy, LOB is a popular shop among youths and adults in their early 20s who want to appear on the cusp of all of today's fashion trends. Guests will be able to find them

A third clothing shop to consider is BOSS Kukulcan Plaza. BOSS is a fashionable, high end menswear shop for those who need to look their best whether for business or pleasure. Guests can find them at 13 Kukulcan Boulevard.

The following table shows some details regarding the 20 apparel shops in Cancun.

Clothing and Apparel In Cancun
Name Type Phone Location
Adolfo Domínguez Cancun Boutique (998) 885-1131 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
BOSS Kukulcan Plaza Men's Clothing Store (998) 885-1711 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Dorian's Department Store -- Downtown Cancun
Kipling Cancun Boutique -- 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
LOB Cancun General Clothing Store -- 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Liverpool Department Store -- Downtown Cancun
Mare Kukulcan Plaza Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store (998) 883-2140 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Mr. Buho's Cancun General Clothing Store -- 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Nautica Cancun General Clothing Store (998) 176-8241 1.2 mi. North of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Oakley Cancun Sunglasses Shop -- 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Sears Department Store -- Downtown Cancun
Squalo Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store (998) 885-0007 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Wayan Kukulcan Plaza Boutique (998) 882-0789 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Wayan Las Americas Boutique (998) 882-0789 Downtown Cancun
Wayan Plaza Caracol Boutique (998) 882-0789 5.6 mi. East of Central downtown Cancun
Wayan Plaza Flamingo Boutique (998) 882-0789 5.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central downtown Cancun
Wayan Plaza Forum Boutique (998) 882-0789 5.8 mi. East of Central downtown Cancun
Wayan Plaza Isla Cancun Boutique (998) 882-0789 Cancun
Wayan Plazas Outlet Boutique (998) 882-0789 Downtown Cancun
Zingara Cancun Boutique (998) 840-6285 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone

Food and Grocery

Looking for some food? Super Aki Crucero is found in downtown Cancun. They are open daily between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. They're located on Jose Lopez Portillo Avenue.

Be sure to look at the following table to learn more.

Food and Grocery Stores In Cancun
Name Type Phone Location
7-Eleven Gas Station And Convience Store Convenience Store -- 0.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
City Club Grocery Store -- Downtown Cancun
Comercial Mexicana Grocery Store -- Downtown Cancun
Costco Grocery Store -- Downtown Cancun
Hacienda Tequilla Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store -- 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Mercado 28 Grocery Store (998) 881-3600 Downtown Cancun
Oxxo Grocery Store -- 3.0 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Oxxo Grocery Store -- 1.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Sams Club Grocery Store -- Downtown Cancun
Sorianis Grocery Store -- Downtown Cancun
Super Aki Crucero Grocery Store (998) 892-4690 Downtown Cancun
Super Deli & Drug Cancun Grocery Store (998) 885-3805 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone

Duties, Taxes, and Other Tips

Shopping in Cancun is duty free, which can amount to savings of between 30 and 40 percent when you compare prices to the United States.  Most shops in the city accept both cash (in the form of local , the Peso) and credit cards, though you will do better paying in cash.  Many shopkeepers are willing to haggle and offer discounts to those with cash on hand, while others will charge a fee when they have to swipe a credit card.  There are taxes associated with purchases in Cancun, and guests will most commonly come in contact with a 10 percent Value Added Tax (VAT).  This is quite simply, sales tax.

You can expect most shops to be open daily from 10 am to 8 or 10 pm, with shortened hours on Sundays.  Note that some of the locally owned small businesses close up shop for a few hours in the afternoon for the ubiquitous siesta.

Shopping in Cancun is a unique experience, and can be a lot of fun.  You won't want to leave the city without picking up a few souvenirs to take home, and you have plenty of options.  In just a matter of moments you can go from open air markets to high end malls, seeking out the best deals, and the most beautiful products.

 

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