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Shop 'til You Drop in Cancun's Malls



When someone mentions Cancun, what comes to mind? You probably imagine white sand beaches, the aqua blue Caribbean Sea and unparalleled nightlife that lasts until the sun comes up. Cancun boasts all of these things and more. This relatively young (49 years old) tourist destination also boasts endless tours and activities and amazing shopping.

Whether you're searching for that perfect bottle of tequila, a colorful Mexican handicraft or a Louis Vuitton purse, you'll find it all and more in Cancun's shopping malls. Shop among the locals in downtown Cancun at Malecon Americas, Plaza las Americas and Las Plazas Outlet, where in addition to plenty of department stores and shops you'll also find movie theaters, restaurants and kids' activities.

In Cancun's world famous Hotel Zone, La Isla Shopping Village is a huge, open-air mall that is home to luxury department stores, boutiques, souvenir shops. restaurants, an aquarium and a movie theater. At Luxury Avenue, which is connected to another mall, Plaza Kukulcan, you'll find high-end boutiques like Coach, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo and Cartier. Forum by the Sea is a shopping mall located in the heart of Cancun's Party Center and is home to the Hard Rock Cafe and a popular beach club. Flamingo Plaza and Plaza Caracol are also both located in the Hotel Zone. The Hotel Zone's newest mall is called Marina Town Center.

Spend at least one afternoon of your vacation shopping in Cancun.


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Plaza La Fiesta
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Located on the lagoon directly across the street from Cancun's Convention Center at km 9 of the Hotel Zone, this expansive space of 20,000 square feet houses more than 100,000 different Mexican products including handicrafts, jewelry, clothing, tequila, leather goods, souvenirs, vanilla, spices, coffee, tequila and swimwear. There are Plaza La Fiesta stores in many of Cancun's malls as well, including Plaza La Isla, Plaza Kulkucan, Plaza Flamingo and Forum by the Sea. Prices are reasonable, fixed and well-marked, so there's no need to haggle. Plaza La Fiesta will wrap breakables for your journey home.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: If you're looking for a Mexican-themed gift, Plaza La Fiesta is a convenient place to shop.

Kristin's expert tip: If you don't like to haggle, this air-conditioned store is a great place to shop for your souvenirs.

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Plaza Caracol


Plaza Caracol has been open for 28 years and is located directly across the street from Riu Cancun at km 8.5 in the Hotel Zone. It is in need of a facelift and is very quiet, but there are some lovely souvenir shops, a Senor Frogs shop, fine jewelry stores, perfumery and other stores. Did you leave your kids at home with Grandma and Grandpa? Pick them up colorful handmade wooden puzzles at Caribbean Puzzles. Starbucks, Haagen Dazs, and a gourmet deli are all located inside the main entrance. There is also an HSBC bank branch in the mall.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Plaza Caracol is a small mall where you can spend an hour or two shopping.

Kristin's expert tip: If you're looking for Mexican silver jewelry, visit Sol y Luna for a large selection and knowledgeable staff.

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Forum Cancun


Home to Cancun's world famous Coco Bongo nightclub and bar/restaurants like Hard Rock Café, Carlos 'n Charlie's, Chuchito Pérez, James and a Chili's, this oceanfront mall is always busy, especially after dark. Haagen Dazs is close to the main entrance and is a great location for people watching. There are also numerous retail shops selling mostly swimwear, sunglasses, jewelry and souvenirs. In the evenings there are often street performers on the main level of the mall which make for interesting photo opportunities or take a picture with the huge Hard Rock Cafe guitar right out front.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Forum by the Sea boasts shops, bars and restaurants and is located in the Party Center.

Kristin's expert tip: Dine on the oceanfront terrace of Hard Rock Cafe or Chili's, for a spectacular view.

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Las Plazas Outlet

Las Plazas Outlet is an open-air discount mall located in downtown Cancun on Andres Quintana Roo Avenue. "Plaza Outlet" as locals refer to it, is home to a Cinemex movie theater, restaurants, a kids' area and lots of discount shops. Have breakfast at Toks, see a movie, then grab a coffee from Starbucks and go shopping. Be sure to try authentic Mexican ice cream from La Michoacana. The best way to get to Las Plazas Outlet is to take the R1 or R2 bus from the Hotel Zone to the first stop downtown, and then grab a cab (about 2 USD).

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Luxury Avenue

Get out your credit cards. This upscale mall is attached to Plaza Kukulcan and like its counterpart in Los Cabos, is made up of exclusive high-end shops such as Burberry, Coach, Tous, Mont Blanc, Swarovski, Cartier and Fendi. Take a break from shopping and have a cocktail or a tempting dessert at the bar. Complimentary childcare is available for kids ages 3 to 11. The mall occasionally holds fashion and bridal shows and provides free valet parking to shoppers. There is also a tax-free module where you can easily get a tax refund for all of your purchases over 1,200 mxn (about 62 USD). If Luxury Avenue is too rich for your blood try Kukulkan Plaza right next door.

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Kukulcan Plaza

This quiet shopping mall is a lovely place to shop or dine. Plaza Kukulcan has clothing stores, jewelry stores and souvenir shops, as well as restaurants like Ruth's Chris Steak House, Tequila Grill, Taco Beef, Haagen-Dazs and Baskin Robbins. Harley-Davidson fans will enjoy shopping at the Harley-Davidson store. The plaza often holds special concerts and events, especially around the holidays, and every Saturday at 7 pm there is a really cool Mayan performance. Be sure to visit the Tequila Museum. More recent additions to the mall include a Forever 21 and Soriana supermarket. Luxury Avenue, located on the south end of the mall, boasts high-end boutiques like Coach, Burberry and Fendi.

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Plaza Las Americas
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Located in downtown Cancun on Tulum Avenue, Plaza Las Americas was once one of the only places for locals do their shopping. Clothing, sports, jewelry, shoe and department stores, a pet store, a nail salon, cafes and restaurants and even a supermarket can be found in Plaza Las Americas. The food court has been moved to Malecon Americas and new stores like Old Navy and H&M have appeared in its place. In the middle and at the end of every month, retailers set up tables outside their shops and fill them with sale merchandise. During the holidays musicians play on the weekends. The best way to get to Plaza Las Americas is to take the R1 or R2 bus to the first stop downtown and then walk or take a taxi to the mall.

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Marina Town Center is Cancun's newest shopping hub. It is located in the Hotel Zone very close to downtown in the area called Puerto Cancun. This open-air mall and marina is home to a Cinepolis movie theater, including an IMAX theater, a food court, a nail salon, a barber shop, a gym and of course shops and boutiques, including many that are new to Cancun like Best Buy, Zara Home and H&M. Pets are allowed but they must be registered in the administration office. Most stores are open from 11 am to 11 pm. It is easy to get to Marina Town Center from anywhere in the Hotel Zone. Just take the bus north (the ocean side of the street) and tell the driver you want to go to Marina Town Center which is the last stop before downtown.

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Malecon Americas
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Located in downtown Cancun, Malecon Americas is connected to another very popular mall, Plaza Las Americas. Malecon Americas is partially indoors and partially open air. This mall features clothing, shoe and jewelry shops, as well as bookstores, furniture stores, a Liverpool home furnishings store, a children's hair salon, a music store, Chapur (a large Mexican department store), and a huge new food court upstairs in the indoor portion. There is also a Sky Zone, an arcade, a beautiful new food court and numerous restaurants including Starbucks, Johnny Rockets, Chili's, McDonald's (with a McCafe), Hooters and more. On weekends, especially on Sundays, the mall is packed with locals.

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La Isla Shopping Village
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Arguably Cancun's prettiest and best mall, La Isla Shopping Village is located at km 12.5 in the Hotel Zone and is home to the Interactive Aquarium, a movie theater, outstanding restaurants, coffee shops, a drug store, upscale boutiques and souvenir shops. This open-air mall has a charming canal running through it. There are quite a few waterfront restaurants, which are wonderful places to sit and watch the sunset. Local children can usually be found playing in the fountain close to Hooters, where spouts of water shoot out of the ground. This fountain is a great place to take vacation pictures.

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Meet Kristin Busse

After vacationing in Mexico many times, Kristin decided to move to Cancun "for a year". That was in 2001.

Kristin grew-up in Michigan and studied Communications at Michigan State University....  More About Kristin

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