Cancun

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Cancun which includes a sandy beach, landscape views and general coastal views

Explore ancient Mayan pyramids, the world's second-longest coral reef, endless beaches and even longer nights in this party-friendly city on the Yucatan peninsula.

The Caribbean resort town on Mexico’s southeast coast is a magnet for divers, fishermen, history buffs and pleasure-seekers. A popular destination since the tourism boom of the 1980s, Cancun’s charms extend far beyond its raucous “Spring Break’ reputation. A wide range of aquatic activities, and centuries of Mayan, Mexican and Caribbean history and culture make Cancun a destination for all kinds of travelers.

Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. Just offshore runs a huge coral reef, providing Cancun visitors with some of the best diving spots in Mexico. Snorkel straight from the shore at Playa Tortugas to discover colorful species of local fish and marine plant life. Team up with one of Cancun’s many dive charter companies for a scuba experience or to swim with dolphins at Playa Delfines. The Gulf is an angler’s paradise, and charter fishing trips are easily booked from Aquaworld, right on the foreshore.

The area surrounding Cancun is of great significance to the Mayans, the traditional owners of the land. You’ll find a number of historic archaeological sites in the area, including the El Rey Ruins in the heart of Cancun’s hotel precinct. Visit the state-of-the-art Maya Cancun Museum to learn about the region’s rich cultural history, and to discover why the Mayans believed the world would end in 2012.

From a downtown beach, hop on a ferry to nearby Isla Mujeres, an island getaway that remains less touched by modern tourism than Cancun. Here, you can climb through the jungle at Garrafon Natural Reef Park or relax on one of the island’s tranquil beaches.

Cancun’s location means it remains warm throughout the winter months, and is most popular from December through to April. The summer months can be incredibly hot, and early autumn sees the start of the wet season, making it a less-than-ideal time to visit. Cancun features efficient public transport, English is spoken widely and the city is considered one of the safest parts of Mexico for tourists to visit. Serviced by its own international airport, Cancun is easily accessible by long-distance bus and ferry services.

Where to stay in Cancun

Moon Palace Cancún - All Inclusive
Moon Palace Cancún - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Federal 307, KM 340 Chetumal - Cancun, Cancun, QROO
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥35,222 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Nestled on the beach, this Cancun property is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Xoximilco. Playa Coral ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (963 reviews)
"Na"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

Moon Palace Cancún - All Inclusive
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun - All inclusive
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun - All inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Blvd. Kukulcan km. 9.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥54,057 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront property is in the entertainment district, just steps from Caracol Beach, Forum Beach, and Gaviota Azul Beach. Chac ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,912 reviews)
"Excellent Covid precautions, good food and beautiful ocean front property, staff provided excellent service throughout the stay"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun - All inclusive
Temptation Cancun Resort  -All inclusive - Adults Only
Temptation Cancun Resort -All inclusive - Adults Only
4.5 out of 5
Boulevard Kukulcan Km 3.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
Fully refundable
The price is ¥38,290 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera property is within a 10-minute walk of Playa Tortugas, Las Perlas Beach, and Museum of Popular Mexican Art. Langosta ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,058 reviews)
"Nice"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Temptation Cancun Resort -All inclusive - Adults Only
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Extended Suites Cancún Cumbres
Extended Suites Cancún Cumbres
3 out of 5
Súper Manzana 311, MZ-26 LT. 18, Cancun, QROO
The price is ¥5,057 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Malecon Americas Shopping Mall and within 12 mi (20 km) of Langosta Beach and Tortuga Beach. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (169 reviews)
"My room floor was a little dirty, I like walking barefoot and my feet were very dirty after a few minutes walking in the room. Also there was a bad odor coming from the shower floor drain. I covered it with a piece of carton during the night so I could avoid the bad smell. I like to stay at this ..."

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2021

Extended Suites Cancún Cumbres
City Suites Cancun Aeropuerto Riviera
City Suites Cancun Aeropuerto Riviera
3.5 out of 5
SM-47 M-01 L-1-22 U.P.E. UC-05, Carr. Federal Cancun-Puerto Morelos, Cancun, QROO
The price is ¥6,997 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 6
Situated in Cancun, this aparthotel is 5.9 mi (9.4 km) from Ventura Park Cancun and within 12 mi (20 km) of Puerto Morelos Town Square and Aquaworld.
3.9/5 Good! (236 reviews)
"Very good location close to airport, good food!! Great amenities such as pool, laundry, gym, ice machine and a decent bar. Room was very comfortable and well furnished. Free shuttle service to airport with 24hr advance notice. 10/10 would recommend"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

City Suites Cancun Aeropuerto Riviera
Bsea Cancun Plaza Hotel
Bsea Cancun Plaza Hotel
3 out of 5
Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 19.5, Hotel Zone, Cancun, QROO
The price is ¥8,223 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront aparthotel is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park, ...
3.3/5 (649 reviews)
"Nice place ⭐️"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Bsea Cancun Plaza Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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