mehr-CA-do VEN-teh oh-cho
Behind Post Office. Decent to absolutely fabulous.
For the adventurous, a real Mexican marketplace
Don't expect cute little stalls. This is all cement Cancun-típico with strong smells ranging from delightful to pretty rank on certain hot muggy days. Excellent fresh fruits and produce, good chickens, butchers, clothing, shoes, novelties, eating spots -- you name it. See individual categories for recommendations. The presentation is not for the anorectic, but the quality of the produce and the prices make this a very important place to shop
El Parian/Crucero Area
Av. Tulum/Mérida Highway Crossing. It just doesn't get any cheaper than this on most items.
The real Mexico to the max
The fun begins out here where Av. Tulum gives up the cutesy Cancun flavor and gets down-home. Explore. That's what we do. Prices sometimes are a bit higher than you might expect, but mostly it's all bargain land.
The atmosphere is absolutely lacking in any form of esthetic grace, but the warmth and friendliness and sense of vibrant life are worth anything. This is where country-folk come in to sell their wares.
mehr-CA-do VEN-teh TREHS
Off Av. Tulum, several blocks past 2nd traffic circle. Decent to just too fabulous to believe.
About as real as it gets in real Mexican shopping
For the strong of heart only, this sprawling jumble of cement stalls is Mercado 28 to the next power. Smells can be overpowering, the cleanliness not quite up to American hospital standards, not even trying really. Good selection of fruits and vegetables, best locksmith and leather and shoe repair. Great hardware store. Although this market can be a little heavy even for us, you will always find the best selection of meats and produce here.
Fruits & Vegetables
Hotels Ice Cream
Zona de Tolerancia
Words to live by.