- Travel Tips
- Fodor's Choice
- Spanish Phrases
Banks and Currency Exchange
In 2010, Mexican authorities passed a law stating that foreign travelers may not exchange more than $1,500 U.S. dollars (cash) per person per month into Mexican pesos. Mexican travelers are also limited to $1,500 U.S.D. cash per person, per month, with the added restriction of no more than $300 U.S.D. cash per day. Other methods of payment including credit cards, traveler's checks, and non-American foreign currencies, are not affected by this new law.
When exchanging foreign currency at banks and hotels in Mexico, you must show your passport. Most banks have ATMs where you can withdraw local currency, or you can pay for services with a debit or credit card without restrictions. There's no limit on the number of purchases or the amount of each individual transaction. It is recommended to have Mexican pesos on hand shortly after you arrive in Cancún, especially if you intend to use public transportation or pay cash during your trip.
Green Angels (for highway breakdowns) (078.)
Hospital Amat (emergency hospital) (Av. Náder 13, Sm 2, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/887-4422 Ext. ext. 12.)
Hospital de las Americas (Avs. Bonampak and Nichupté, next to Plaza las Américas, Sm 7, Cancún, Quintana Roo, 77500. 998/881-3400; 998/881-3434 for emergencies.)
Municipal Police (Ave Xcaret, Sm 21, Cancun. 998/884-1913.)
Free Fodor's Newsletter
Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.
Fodor's Trip Planning Ideas
- Weekend Getaways: Fodor's Recommends the Best Weekend Escapes in the US
- Great American Vacation: Find Your Next U.S. Trip with Fodor's
- 80 Degrees: Fodor's Helps You Find Your Best Beach Vacation Spots
- Go List: Fodor's Top 25 Places to Go in 2013
- Hotel Awards 2012: Fodor's 100 Top Hotels
- Best of Europe: Fodor's Picks the Best Places to Visit in Europe
- $130-$138 -- 4-Star Cancun All-Inclusive Resort w/Credits Bookit.com
- $241 & up -- Cancun 5-Star Adults All-Inclusive Resort Excellence Playa Mujeres
- $499 & up -- Cancun: All-Inclusive Beachfront Getaways w/Air Vacation Express
- $7 & up -- Car Rentals across Mexico CarRentals.com
- $211 & up -- Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Adults-Only Resort — $211 Excellence Riviera Cancun