Traveling from Cancun to Chetumal

Often times when people come to Mexico they stick around tourist areas like Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum ect. Whether they are scared from all the media fear mongering on the television or don’t have confidence in their Spanish skills they limit their vacation to an expensive cliche tourist visit. Most don’t realize how much Mexico truly has to offer along the lines of culture, fun, and experiences outside the tourist zones.
I can’t remember the last time I even read about a murder or killing, kidnapping, or attack in Chetumal. Compared to places like Cancun, which has killings weekly. There is much less crime in Chetumal as compared to the average city in the USA. Dangerous Capital cities are a reality all over the world. When it comes to Chetumal, it’s one of a kind with its safety and quality of life. It is known for being family-friendly and a shopping city, right on the border with Belize and along the bay.
With just a few sentences in Spanish, you can acquire a rental car or autobus from Cancun to Chetumal. It takes roughly 6 hours from departure to arrival in Chetumal. You’ll find unique crafts, food, and drinks along the way. If you rent a car, be sure you have all your paperwork ready at the checkpoints along the highway, avoid driving at night, and top off the gas tank frequently. Three big reasons I prefer to travel by autobus. I don’t have to worry about anything but catching some ZZZs or checking out the scenery on the way. At most stops, people hop on the bus and offer drinks, snacks, and snack foods, so you don’t have the hassle of packing food or trying to find something while on the road.
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That’s all there is to it. I think sometimes people over-exaggerate the challenge and dangers of traveling even if you aren’t fluent in the language. You’ll soon realize the people of Mexico aren’t like Americans or Europeans and are more than willing to help you out even if you must use a translator. The key to Mexico and its people is respect breeds respect. If you have respect and show it, they will too.
It really is that easy… once at the autobus station just say “uno por Chetumal por favor.” Or if you want you can just book online so you know exactly when you’ll be leaving and have a few minutes to ask the security guys to help you get on the right bus. You can skip all the tourist traps, the expensive hotels, the loud party atmosphere and hit the parts of Mexico that have authentic and unique activities without the deep price tag. I promise you’ll have more fun down here in Calderitas and Chetumal and the truth is for the same money you’d spend in Cancun in a week you could live out here for a month or two quite easily. Something to consider when pondering your next adventure!