Cancún Shopping

The centros comerciales (malls) in Cancún are fully air-conditioned and as well kept as similar establishments in the United States or Canada. Like their northerly counterparts, they also sell just about everything: designer clothing, beachwear (including raunchy T-shirts aimed at the Spring Break crowd), sportswear, jewelry, music, electronics, household items, shoes, and books. Some even

have the same terrible mall food that’s standard north of the border. Prices are fixed in shops. They're also generally—but not always—higher than in the markets, where bargaining is a given. Perfumes in Cancún are considerably less expensive than at home (and even than at the duty-free shops at the airport). Of course tequila is a bargain here as well, but make sure you buy at the supermarket rather than at a souvenir shop.

There are many duty-free stores selling designer goods at reduced prices, sometimes as much as 30% or 40% below retail. You can find handwoven textiles, leather goods, and handcrafted silver jewelry, although prices are higher than in other cities and the selection is limited.

Monday through Saturday, shopping hours are generally 10–1 and 4–7, although more stores are staying open throughout the day rather than closing for siesta. Many are now opening on Sunday afternoon as well. Centros comerciales tend to be open daily from 9 or 10 am to 8 or 9 pm. If all that shopping leaves you feeling frazzled, you’re in luck. With wall-to-wall resorts lining Cancún’s coastline, competition among spas pushes the limits on pampering. From gemstone-treatments to hydrotherapy circuits and wine-and-caviar facials, expect to be treated like royalty.

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Plaza Hollywood

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You'll find several small boutiques and eateries at this strip mall. Starbucks fans can get their coffee fix here, and wine connoisseurs...

Plaza Hong Kong

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With its massive pagoda structure, Plaza Hong Kong seems strikingly out of place in Cancún; inside, however, the shops sell Mexican...

Plaza Kukulcán

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This upscale mall houses about 100 shops and four restaurants. Plaza Kukulcán's Luxury Avenue section offers brand names like Cartier,...

Plaza Las Américas

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This is the largest shopping center in downtown Cancún. Its 50-plus shops, three restaurants, two movie theaters, video arcade, fast-food...

Plaza Las Avenidas

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Far from the Hotel Zone, this shopping area is most convenient for those staying in El Centro. There are gift shops, fast-food restaurants,...

Plaza la Fiesta

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In from the convention center, Plaza la Fiesta has 20,000-square feet of showroom space and more than 100,000 different products for...

Sam's Club

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You'll find plenty of bargains on groceries and souvenirs at Sam's Club. ...

Spa Aqua

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It may be one of the smaller spas in the Hotel Zone, but Spa Aqua has talented, long-standing therapists who attract repeat clients from...

Super Aki

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This is a smaller grocery store downtown. ...


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As in the U.S., Wal-Mart is a popular place to pick up beach supplies, snacks, and necessities you forgot to pack. ...


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