Skip Cancun and Head to Isla Mujeres
If you're not a fan of huge resorts and big hotels, then Isla Mujeres is the perfect getaway if you find yourself in the tourist trap of Cancun!
Just catch the ferry to the island located 13km to the northeast of Cancun. The ferry ride in itself if enjoyable as you float over shallow reefs and turquoise blue water.
Once on Isla Mujeres, I recommend staying near North Beach with its white sand and abundance of bungalow accommodations on the cheap! Be sure to rent bikes and pedal around the entire island and be sure to make your way to the lighthouse crawling with iguanas!