To be honest, all-inclusive resorts are not really my style.
I’m not a huge fan of the lack of personality most resorts have, and the environmental footprint of most resorts is horrible. But, back in 2014, I spent two wonderful long weekends at Moon Palace in Cancun.
Cancun has become a popular destination since 2014, with lots of travelers hitting up the resorts, or going independent along the Caribbean coast of Mexico. If Cancun (or nearby Tulum) are on your list, here’s what you need to pack for Cancun.
What to Pack for Seattle
If you, like me, are escaping to an all-inclusive resort, there’s not a lot you need to pack for Cancun. The primary theme? Pool attire!
- Comfy split-back tanks. Given that the average temperature in Cancun ranges from 70-85°F, warm-weather clothes are a must. Split-bank tanks in a variety of bright colors will be perfect for a morning stroll, or an afternoon nap in the hammock. Buy on Amazon.
- Colorful shorts. The best part about locking yourself away at a resort is that you can wear whatever you like. Whether it’s cute colorful J.Crew chinos or cozy yoga shorts, you can work on your leg tan and add a pop of color.
- Maxi dress. When the sun goes down, you’ll want to put on a little more ‘formal’ dress for dinner at one of the resort restaurants. I have this maxi in valise teal, and it’s super comfy while still covering you up. Buy on Amazon.
Okay, enough clothes!
- One-piece suits. I simply adore this scalloped strapless one-piece that I saw my super-fashionable blogger friend Kerrie wear on our Caribbean cruise. It’s retro-cute but also the peek-a-boo front is pretty sexy. Just be sure to put sunscreen on so you don’t get weird tan lines! Buy on Amazon.
- Two-piece suits. High-neck bikinis came back in, and I’m so grateful for it. I burn super bad on my chest, and bikinis with a high neck help protect me. I’ve had this colorful one on my list for a year at least! Buy on Amazon.
- Pool cover-up. When you need to throw a layer on to walk through the lobby, aim for something with a little Mexican flair. I always love an opportunity to wear brightly colored pompoms, don’t you? Buy on Amazon.
- Sunglasses. Colorful lenses, gold cat-eye frames. Need I say more? Buy on Amazon.
- Pool shoes. I always love jelly shoes, and I’ll be snagging a new pair of these for summer. Look past the fact they’re Crocs — actually, that pretty much guarantees they’ll be comfy too when you’re strolling through the resort grounds. Buy on Amazon.
The best part? All of this will fit in a seriously small back… no need to overpack for Cancun!
Exploring Beyond the Resorts in Cancun
If you want to get away from the resorts in Cancun, there are some amazing destinations within reach.
- Relax in Tulum. This Yucatan town, south of Cancun along the Caribbean coast, is known for its laid-back vibes and Mayan ruins.
- Take a road trip on the Yucatan. Chichen Itza, one of the new seven wonders of the world, is a massive complex of ruins and pyramids is one of the top destinations in the Yucatan. Similarly, Ik-Kil cenote is a top spot for travelers. This famous rock formation isn’t far from Chichen Itza and is a perfect spot for an afternoon swim. See my recommended Yucatan road trip itinerary.
- Explore Rio Secreto. A perfect day trip you can book from most resorts, Rio Secreto is a huge underwater river system. One of the coolest and most unusual experiences I’ve had, I highly recommend adding this to your Cancun itinerary. See my full review of Rio Secreto.