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Old 01-13-2005   #1 (permalink)
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$ dollar or Peso ?

What is better to use in Playa, american dollar or the Mexican Peso?
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Old 01-13-2005   #2 (permalink)
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What is better to use in Playa, american dollar or the Mexican Peso?
Either,
Just try to keep it straight in your head when you get change in pesos from a purchase.
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Old 01-13-2005   #3 (permalink)
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I personally use pesos. You get a better rate if you exchange at a bank, atm or cambio. Many stores and resturants will give you a lesser exchange rate if you use US.
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Pesos...period.
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Pesos! You are in Mexico- use the Mexican currency.
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Pesos are just WAY easier, and, as many have pointed out here before, you save money, because the tendency of many places is to trade 10 pesos to 1 US dollar ~ you lose about 10 cents or so on each dollar that way . When arriving at the Cancun Airport, there's a bank branch with an ATM machine in the DEPARTURES (Salidas) terminal, which is just a few steps from the terminal where you arrive. Head towards the large snack bar area ~ you'll find the ATM by a couple of gift shops on the wall away from the exit doors/curb side of the terminal.

Word of warning ~ if you get BIG bills ~ like 500 peso notes, try to get the bank to break them into smaller currency ~ 20s, 50s, 100s and 200s. Getting change in the entire Riviera area is an ongoing problem!

Actually, if you plan on riding the bus into Playa from the Airport (a bargain at 65 pesos) the departures terminal is on the way to where you get the bus. Fast, simple and easy ~ grab your cash and you're on your way!
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Pesos...period.
i also vote for pesos...so Agree
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I wondered about this a bit. I've always been an advocate of using the correct currency for the country you are in, I've done it all my life but last year visiting Cancun I had a thought that I would get myself a number of US $1 bills to bring with me as well as they are more handy for tips. From memory the smallest Mexican bill was a 20 peso which is more than 2 bucks Canadian. For a single drink that's a large tip and coins just don't have the same feel as handing someone a bill for a tip. I figured I might grab $50 US in singles for tipping maids, bartenders, etc and do my regular purchases all in the peso instead of looking like a disrespectful tourist. Does that seem like a good plan or is it better tipping with 10 pesos in coins?

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Pesos... including tips.
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Pesos... including tips.
Good point Denisea ...
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Just got my bank statement from being there over the holidays and 3000 pesos cost about 278 dollars so with all the pesos we spent there (kids), I saved well over 100 dollars using the atm's. And it looks like the exchange rate is about the same right now.
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I wondered about this a bit. I've always been an advocate of using the correct currency for the country you are in, I've done it all my life but last year visiting Cancun I had a thought that I would get myself a number of US $1 bills to bring with me as well as they are more handy for tips. From memory the smallest Mexican bill was a 20 peso which is more than 2 bucks Canadian. For a single drink that's a large tip and coins just don't have the same feel as handing someone a bill for a tip. I figured I might grab $50 US in singles for tipping maids, bartenders, etc and do my regular purchases all in the peso instead of looking like a disrespectful tourist. Does that seem like a good plan or is it better tipping with 10 pesos in coins?
Regarding using bills or coins, it all spends the same. It it not disrespectful to use coins as a tip.
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Is there an ATM machine at both Cancun airport terminals? Flying in from Fort Lauderdale on Spirit this time. I'm not sure which terminal Spirit uses(?). If I happen to miss the airport ATM where is the closest ATM to 307 if driving right on through PDC?
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Old 01-18-2005   #14 (permalink)
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Pesos are the way to go.

Last year, I brought half of my currency in dollars, and half in pesos with me from home. I found the bank rate in the US to be less favorable than the ATM rate in Playa and at the Cancun airport. Use the ATMs- they are convenient and competitive with other exchanges, either here or there.
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While I agree that it is preferable to use pesos at all times, often there seems to be a shortage of the 5 and 10 pesos coins you want to use for tips. We always take a stack of 1's for tips on our trips to compensate.
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