Cancún

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, mu
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-shir
The centros comerciales (malls) in Cancún are fully air-conditioned and as well kept as similar establishments in the Un

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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  • 1. Gem Spa

    Zona Hotelera | Spa/Beauty

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

  • 2. La Isla Shopping Village

    Zona Hotelera | Shopping Centers/Malls

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

  • 3. Mercado Veintiocho

    El Centro | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    Just off Avenidas Yaxchilán and Sunyaxchén, Mercado Veintiocho is Cancún's largest open-air market. In addition to a few small restaurants,...Read More

  • 4. Cancún Gran Plaza

    El Centro | Shopping Centers/Malls

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

  • 5. Casa de Cultura

    El Centro | Art Galleries

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

  • 6. Chedraui

    El Centro | Convenience/General Stores

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

  • 7. Coral Negro

    Zona Hotelera | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

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

  • 8. Costco

    El Centro | Convenience/General Stores

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

  • 9. El Pabilo

    El Centro | Art Galleries

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

  • 10. Forum-by-the-Sea

    Zona Hotelera | Shopping Centers/Malls

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

  • 11. JW Marriott Spa

    Spa/Beauty

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

  • 12. Kayantá Spa

    Zona Hotelera | Spa/Beauty

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

  • 13. Ki Huic

    El Centro | Crafts

    The oldest and largest of Cancún's crafts markets is Ki Huic. Open daily from 9 to 9, it houses about 100 vendors. ...Read More

  • 14. Le Blanc Spa

    Zona Hotelera | Spa/Beauty

    This massive facility takes pampering to a whole new level. Arrive early and linger in one of the many dimly lighted relaxation rooms, nibble...Read More

  • 15. Mega Comercial Mexicana

    El Centro | Convenience/General Stores

    One of the major Mexican grocery-store chains, Mega Comercial Mexicana has multiple locations. The most convenient is at Avenidas Tulum and...Read More

  • 16. Parque Lumpkul

    El Centro | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    Vendors sell their wares Wednesday through Sunday at this small park, but Friday and Saturday are the best nights to go. Although there are...Read More

  • 17. Paseo Cancún

    El Centro | Shopping Centers/Malls

    Developed by the company that owns La Isla in the Zona Hotelera, Paseo Cancún has the same open-air design as its sister property with modern...Read More

  • 18. Plaza Bonita

    El Centro | Shopping Centers/Malls

    A small outdoor plaza attached to Mercado Veintiocho, Plaza Bonita has many wonderful specialty shops carrying Mexican goods and crafts. ...Read More

  • 19. Plaza Caracol

    Zona Hotelera | Shopping Centers/Malls

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

  • 20. Plaza El Zócalo

    Zona Hotelera | Shopping Centers/Malls

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

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