The Peso is the currency in Cancun. It’s wise to change some money before you go, to make sure you can get on with your holiday fun without having to rush around looking for a bank and avoid the expensive rates at airport exchange kiosks.
Cash or card?
A variety of denominations and it’s wise to have a range of notes available, especially for smaller expenses like snacks, taxi journeys, and tipping. Coins are available in $1, $2, $5 and $10 and these are really handy for tipping (it’s customary to tip 10-15% of the bill). You’ll need cash for smaller purchases and if you’d like to see the authentic side of Mexico by venturing to local shops or haggling in the markets, then cash is certainly king. If you grab a bite to eat whilst you’re out and about, you’ll find food more authentic and better value outside of the main tourist areas.