03/12/2008Get the best value without breaking your wallet in Cancun

There is no doubt that Cancun is one of Mexico’s top shopping destinations due to its diverse offer when it comes to the finest and stylish brands found at unbeatable prices. As a border area, the value added tax is 10%, 5% less than in other parts of the country.

With 2000 stores distributed in twelve shopping centers located in the Hotel Zone and downtown, tourists will find irresistible bargains from famous designer brands to local art crafts and souvenirs.

For visitors interested in luxury shopping in an exclusive environment, Luxury Avenue- the first boutique mall established in the Caribbean- is home to some of the most glamorous, world fashion signature names such as Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Hermenegildo Zegna, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Carolina Herrera, Tous, and Coach. Also, it offers the “Personal Shopper,” a custom-made service that helps customers to make decisions as to how to spend their money wisely through packages like the “color analyzer,” “shopping counseling,” “what to dress according to body shape” and the “style & personality Identification” all designed to simplify the process and make shopping an even more satisfying and sophisticate experience.

La Isla Shopping Village, a complex located at the banks of the Nichupte Lagoon and whose small bridges and canals give the building a Venetian look, is the perfect spot for shoppers looking for variety in brands and style. It has more than 150 shops including Tommy Hilfiger, DKNY, Bvlgari, Nine West, Massimo Dutti, Von Dutch, Cartier, Chanel and United Colors of Benetton among other. There is also a movie theatre, an aquarium where you can swim with dolphins and restaurants, ideal options for the whole family.

Visitors that prefer large department stores can go to Plaza Las Americas located in downtown Cancun while their kids can play at Recorcholis (inside playground) or you can test your fortune at the Yak & Sports Book. For those staying at the Hotel Zone there are two options, Plaza Caracol and Flamingo Plaza featuring fine apparel and cosmetics as well as souvenirs, silver craft, dining and cafes.

As Mexico’s most visited destination, Cancun is famous for its diverse offer of handicrafts and original jewelry available at places like Mercado 28 in downtown Cancun; this flea market is famous for its souvenirs engraved with Mayan motives and Mexican art craft available for the most clever who know the art of bargaining. Next door is Plaza Bonita, with a colorful architecture that resembles a small Mexican village offering local merchandise. Other Mexican handcraft markets include Coral Negro and Ki Huic.

In Cancun there are places for all preferences such as Plaza Hong Kong, a “little China” within Mexico offering all kinds of imported products from Asia. For those who want to combine shopping with fine dining and spirits, Forum by the Sea offers a great variety of boutiques, bars and restaurants such as the world famous Coco Bongo and today’s favorite Hard Rock Cafe.

To learn more about shopping in Cancun, visit http://cancun.travel/en/things-to-do/shopping/

About Cancun

Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The island of Cancun is in the shape of a “7” and is bordered to the north by the Bahia de Mujeres; to the east by the Caribbean Sea; and to the west by the Nichupte Lagoon. Cancun is Mexico’s largest tourist destination and boasts 146 hotels with a total of 28,808 rooms. Opportunities for new experiences abound in Cancun, which offers visitors an ideal setting for interacting with nature and discovering Mayan culture.

The Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau www.cancun.travel

Gina Salazar