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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Coral Negro

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Next to the convention center, this open-air market has about 50 stalls selling crafts and souvenirs. Everything here is overpriced,...

Forum-by-the-Sea

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This three-level entertainment and shopping plaza in the Zona features brand-name restaurants, upscale clothing boutiques, a food court,...

La Isla Shopping Village

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The glittering, ultratrendy, and ultraexpensive La Isla Shopping Village is on the Laguna Nichupté under chic, white canopies. A series...

Plaza Caracol

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North of the convention center, the two-story Plaza Caracol has 100-odd retail options, including chain stores (like Sunglass Island,...

Plaza El Zócalo

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It may look small from the entrance, but Plaza El Zócalo has a few dozen stalls where you can find traditional Mexican handicrafts,...

Plaza Flamingo

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Around 80 shops that sell mainly clothing, jewelry, and souvenirs fill this small mall, but the Outback Steakhouse and Bubba Gump restaurants...

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 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...

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