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In honor of today's Cancun shopping foray: Flea market survival tips! - A Little Alytude | A Little Alytude

In honor of today’s Cancun shopping foray: Flea market survival tips!

Greetings from sunny Cancun!

I’m not getting to spend nearly enough time online this week (I’d complain, but look where I AM spending my time…) – but I needed to share that this morning’s itinerary involves checking out the local flea markets!

I recently wrote a StyleUnited article on the best ways to survive a trip to the flea market – absolutely check it out if you get a chance!

Shopping in a resort area though is a bit different – especially in a place like Cancun.

This is not going to be my first time at the flea markets of Cancun – a picture from my most recent visit, last summer, is at left. (Not that beautiful beach – that’s the view from my suite at Live Aqua Cancun!)

Truth is, when one arrives in Cancun, they cannot MISS the flea market!

It beckons to tourists (shoppers and non-shoppers alike) with its millions of items and bargain prices – and who doesn’t want to get fun gifts to bring home to their friends and family?

Don’t go to the central resort area flea market – it contains a lot of stuff you don’t need. (T-shirts? Shot glasses? Dancing sombreros?)

The place I love (that I hope to be headed to in a few hours) is in the real Cancun—the part void of large resorts— El Centro. It’s in the downtown area, just across the Playa Linda and Punta Nizuc bridges from where the shrimp buckets and giant hotel chains are, in the older section of the city, where most Cancun locals reside. This is where you’ll find the BEST Mexican food,  but also the flea markets carrying good stuff – at better prices – and much more fun variety.

If you LIKE the souvenir sort of stuff – also check out Mercado Veintiocho (Market 28) — it’s a traditional flea market,  just off Avenida Yaxchilan, also in the downtown area.

Where will I be shopping today? That’s at the top of my list! But follow my Twitter to keep posted (and I’ll share videos of any great finds!)



  1. Zipporah Sandler

    I think you need to go to Luxury Avenue in Cancun.

  2. Ravzie

    Whatever it is, it will be cheaper down the block….

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