Information & Facts
The Yucatan Peninsula is the hottest and most tropical part of
Mexico, especially from June to August when humidity is high,
although temperatures usually don't exceed 90°F (32°C). Rainy
season runs from May to mid-October and is characterised by late
afternoon tropical showers, lasting for a short time only.
Hurricane season particularly affects the Yucatan, especially from
June to October, although in their absence the cooling winds can
make it a perfect time to visit.
The Yucatan Peninsula is serviced by regular first and
second-class bus services that connect Merida to Cancun and the
Caribbean coast along Highway 180, via Chichen Itza. Frequent buses
also travel along the coast between Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
Taxis are the preferred way to get around most of the resort areas,
and can also be hired to visit nearby sites, although several tours
are offered to the main sites of interest on the peninsula or the
islands. There are also frequent ferry services to the islands of
Cozumel and Mujeres.
Spanish is the official language in Mexico. Some English
is spoken in tourist regions.
Mexican currency is the New Peso (MXN) divided into 100
centavos. Credit cards are widely accepted, particularly Visa,
MasterCard and American Express. Travellers cheques are generally
accepted, but cannot be cashed on Sundays. ATMs are available in
most cities and towns and are the most convenient way to get money,
but for safety reasons they should only be used during business
hours. Although most businesses will accept foreign currency it is
best to use pesos. Foreign currency can be exchanged at one of many
casas de cambio(exchange houses), which have longer hours
and offer a quicker service than the banks.