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Cancun, Mexico

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Cancun Shopping

Cancun’s locals love to shop, as you’ll see by the impressive number of shopping centers offered here.  And Cancun visitors won’t have trouble finding a bargain or two.  With duty free shops and open-air markets, there’s every opportunity to accomplish some serious shopping at a great price. 

Shopping Centers
Cancun shopping offers all sorts of tropical wear as well as trendy fashions.  At the Plaza La Isla, tourists can indulge in Cancun shopping while experiencing a piece of Italy.  This trendy mall features canals and inter-connecting bridges giving it a Venetian feel.  The selection of boutiques is excellent and most of them feature upscale clothing and accessories.  You can visit the marina, spend the day at the aquarium, see a movie or enjoy an evening at the disco. 

Another outstanding venue for Cancun shopping is the Flamingo Plaza.  This small but opulently decorated complex offers exquisite designer names, duty free shops and sports wear outlets.  And if you’re in need of exchanging your currency for pesos, you’ll find a multi-lingual exchange booth.  The Plaza is home to boutiques that specialize on imported goods and popular chain restaurants including Planet Hollywood and Outback Steakhouse. 

And if you’d like to do your Cancun shopping while enjoying great panoramic vistas, head out to Forum by the Sea.  The three storied plaza houses great retailers as well as superb entertainment options for the entire family.  If you have a chance to break for lunch, try the Rainforest Café with its unique recreation of fauna, flora as well as sound shows. 

But for a real Mexican ambience, you’ll want to do your Cancun shopping at the Plaza Bonita Cancun.  It was built in the style of a Mexican village and showcases multiple vendors who sell authentic handicrafts.  There’s a nice selection of jewelry stores, galleries a gymnasium and cafes. 

If you’re traveling with your teenagers, you’ll be happy to know that the Plaza Las Americas is the place for Cancun shopping.  It’s home to a large video arcade, three American department stores and fifty hip retailers.  So as you can see, Cancun shopping has something for everyone. 

Markets
Among the popular markets for Cancun shopping is Market 28.  Everyone knows that if you’re looking to bring home a souvenir or you want to obtain authentic crafts you’ll have to come to this establishment.  It houses a vast number of shops selling superb silver jewelry and exquisite gifts.  Check out the leather goods.  The array of jackets, handbags and luggage is as impressive as the quality.  You’ll also find that the prices are lower than at the shops along the resort area. 

And do take time to visit Coral Negro.  It’s another crafts market, but displays a wider selection of pottery made in different parts of the country.  It even stocks artifacts made in several parts of Central America. 

But for real bargains, duty free are the magic words.  And a favorite destination for visitors is Ultra-Femme.  The welcoming staff is knowledgeable about all lines of imported cosmetics, jewelry and time pieces.   

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