Book a budget-friendly hostel in Cancún to connect with an international crowd of backpackers – conversation flows nicely after a reggaeton-soundtracked happy hour or come-together meal at the local taquería.
Yes, Cancún is party central and home to the Spring Breakers, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. Instead, save your pesos for the things that really matter – a visit to Chichén Itzá, swimming with whale sharks or diving in cenotes, perhaps. The Mexican city on the Caribbean coast presents plenty of opportunities to cut back: margarita deals, cheap street food and these excellent wallet-friendly hostels.
You might not expect to get a pool at a budget hostel, but Hotel Margaritas confounds expectations. Book a single, double, triple or quad room, or settle into a dorm. It’s right near the Cancún nightlife, so you won’t be stuck for things to do, and there is a common room where you can battle your hangover if you can’t face the pool.
This is an updated version of an article originally written by Jack Guy.