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Cancun
Travel Guide

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

Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carr Federal 307 Tulum-Cancun Km 332.15, SM31 MZ03, Puerto Morelos, QROO
The price is ¥28,712 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Nestled on the beach, this Puerto Morelos property is within 16 mi (25 km) of Cancun Country Club, Ventura Park Cancun, and Puerto Morelos Town Square.

4/5Very Good! (1,212 reviews)

"The drive from the main road to the resort was like something out of a movie. 2 security checks before you get to the actual hotel. This is a beyond beautiful resort. So aesthetically pleasing. Great restaurants so many to choose from. We actually considered booking more nights just so that we could ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2021

Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún - All Inclusive - Adults Only
Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún - All Inclusive - Adults Only
5 out of 5
Blvd. Kukulcan KM.12.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
The price is ¥43,579 per night from Mar 23 to Mar 24

Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera property is just steps from Tequila Museum and Cancun Interactive Aquarium. La Isla Shopping Mall and Chac Mool Beach ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,034 reviews)

"Property was amazing, food was excellent, staff was outstanding. Would definitely stay at this resort again."…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2021

Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún - All Inclusive - Adults Only
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun - All Inclusive
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Blvd. Kukulcan km. 9.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥45,914 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district, just steps from Caracol Beach, Gaviota Azul Beach, and Forum Beach. Cancun ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,584 reviews)

"The service was excellent and they are taking health very seriously and every possible implementation in place to keep guests as safe as possible. Everything was immaculate and coming from a Virgo that means a lot!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2021

Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun - All Inclusive
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.
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 ¥5,246 per night from Mar 20 to Mar 21

Situated in Cancun, this aparthotel is 5.7 mi (9.3 km) from Ventura Park Cancun and within 12 mi (20 km) of Puerto Morelos Town Square and Aquaworld.

4.1/5Very Good! (105 reviews)

"Everything was exactly what we were looking for. Shuttle driver was at the airport waiting for us. Immediately offered hand sanitizer and drove us to the hotel. Made a pit stop so we could pick up some drinks and snack as along the way. Room was clean, and was as described. Fridge was on and cold. ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

City Suites Cancun Aeropuerto Riviera
Extended Suites Cancún Cumbres
Extended Suites Cancún Cumbres
3 out of 5
Súper Manzana 311, MZ-26 LT. 18, Cancun, QROO
The price is ¥4,574 per night from Mar 22 to Mar 23

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. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (101 reviews)

"The service of the employees. good attitude, polite and serviceable"…"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2021

Extended Suites Cancún Cumbres
Tulipanes Cancun
Tulipanes Cancun
3.5 out of 5
Av. Benito Juarez Esq. Margarita Maza, de Juarez, SM 308 Mz. 5 Lote 5, Cancun, QROO
The price is ¥2,080 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Situated near the airport, this villa is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Parish of the Risen Christ and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ventura Park Cancun and Xoximilco. Dubai Palace ...

3.7/5Good! (246 reviews)

"everything was perfect clean and friendly staff, safe parkin"…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Tulipanes Cancun
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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