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Over the years, Cancun has evolved from a town known for being a Spring Break mecca into a destination that appeals to all different types of travelers. This metamorphosis has brought an abundance of upscale malls and designer boutiques to Cancun. The flea markets, where tourists like to stock up on inexpensive souvenirs, are still very popular as well.
Kukulcan Plaza, Luxury Avenue and La Isla Shopping Village are the Hotel Zone's nicest and busiest malls. Some great shops selling handicrafts and unique items made by Mexican artists can be found in Plaza Caracol, an older mall that can seems like a ghost town compared to it’s newer counterparts.
In addition to the malls in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, there's the old favorite, Coral Negro Flea Market, where Mexican souvenirs abound.
Downtown Cancun is home to Malecon Americas and Plaza las Americas, modern shopping malls which are very popular with both locals and tourists. Cancun's newest mall, located right near the Hotel Zone entrance, is Puerto Cancun Marina Town Center. Cancun finally has an outlet mall as well, Las Plazas Outlet. For handicraft souvenirs, sombreros, silver jewelry or tequila, Market 28 is Cancun's biggest and most popular open air market.
Of course there's always the old standby Walmart as well, which has good prices on souvenirs and all of the sunscreen, beach and pool equipment, snacks, beer and liquor that you'll need during your vacation.