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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Cancún Gran Plaza

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Mainly frequented by El Centro residents, Cancún Gran Plaza has jewelry shops, fashion boutiques, and major department stores such as...

Casa de Cultura

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Serious collectors visit Casa de Cultura for regular shows featuring Mexican artists. ...


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With several locations in El Centro, this popular superstore has a large selection of local and American products. ...

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,...


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If you're a member in the States, you can visit Costco in Mexico. ...

El Pabilo

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This downtown café showcases Mexican painters and photographers on a rotating basis. It's open only in the evening, Monday through Saturday...


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

Gem Spa

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At Latin America's largest spa, the experience begins with a 10-step hydrotherapy ritual that detoxifies the skin through contrasts of...

JW Marriott Spa

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This 35,000-square-foot spa has breathtaking ocean views and Mayan-inspired treatments like chocolate massages, ground corn exfoliations,...

Kayantá Spa

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The intimate Kayantá Spa at The Ritz-Carlton offers a "Deep Blue Peel," a massage and body-scrub combo that involves marine extracts,...


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