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You may know more Spanish than you think… “Hola” (Hello), “Adios” (Good-bye), “Por favor” (Please), and “Gracias” (Thank you). But do you know enough to help you out when it comes to the really important things, like finding a bathroom or dealing with money? Here are 10 helpful phrases that will make vacation Cancun and the Riviera Maya run a bit more smoothly.

1. What you need to say: ¿Aceptan tarjetas?- Do you accept credit cards?
When you will need to say it: When you have little or no cash, typically buying items from street vendors. (Good to know: most credit card companies impose a fee for using your card in a foreign country.)

2. What you need to say: ¿Donde esta el baño?- Where is the bathroom?
When you will need to say it: Best used after drinking beer and tequila!

3. What you need to say: ¿Te molesto con una cerveza por favor?- May I bother you for a beer?
When you will need to say it: When thirsty, on the beach, by the pool, at dinner, in other words, “beer- thirty”!

4. What you need to say: ¿Qué hora es? – What time is it?
When you will need to say it: All of the time.

5. What you need to say: ¿Cuánto cuesta esto? – How much for this?
When you will need to say it: When buying souvenirs.

6. What you need to say: ¿Dónde hay un restauante cerca? – Where is a restaurant nearby?
When you will need to say it: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and in between!

7. What you need to say: ¿Me puedes llevar a esta direccion? – Can you take me to this address?
When you will need to say it: When entering a taxi.

8. What you need to say: ¿Cómo puedo llegar a esta direccion? – How to I get to this address?
When you will need to say it: When you are lost and trying to get to a certain place.

9. What you need to say: ¿Te molesto con la cuenta por favor? – May I please have my check?
When you will need to say it: When you need to pay/leave at a restaurant or bar.

10.What you need to say: ¿En dónde hay un cajero automático?- Where is the closest ATM?
When you will need to say it: When you need cash to buy beer, tequila, food or souvenirs.

Finding your way around a foreign city can be challenging, especially when the native language is different from your own. With these 10 phrases, you will be able to maneuver around town with no problems.

Don’t have a vacation planned? Do it now!


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