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Visit Cancun

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.

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Where to stay in Cancun

Zona Hotelera
Escenica Tower which includes a beach, a luxury hotel or resort and general coastal views

Zona Hotelera

Known for Beaches, Sea, Relaxing

4.5/5(17,040 reviews)

The stunning beaches and fantastic nightlife are just a few highlights of Zona Hotelera. Make a stop by Aquaworld or Cancun Interactive Aquarium while you're exploring the area.

Downtown Cancun
Mexico featuring interior views and nightlife as well as a large group of people

Downtown Cancun

Known for Beaches, Culture, Shopping

4/5(650 reviews)

Travelers to Downtown Cancun praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Market 28 and Las Americas Cancun Mall.

Avenida Tulum
Mexico featuring interior views and nightlife as well as a large group of people

Avenida Tulum

Known for Friendly People, Budget, Dining

The beaches and abundant dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Avenida Tulum. A stop by Plaza Las Americas or Malecon Americas Shopping Mall might round out your trip.

Punta Cancun
Gaviota Azul Beach showing general coastal views, a beach and tropical scenes

Punta Cancun

If you're spending some time in Punta Cancun, Forum Beach and Caracol Beach are top sights worth seeing.

La Isla
Acuario Interactivo showing marine life, dangerous animals and interior views

La Isla

If you're spending some time in La Isla, La Isla Shopping Mall and Cancun Interactive Aquarium are top sights worth seeing.

Salinas
“#beach”

Isla Mujeres
trover photo by Kim Briggs the mangiacake wife

Salinas

4/5(5 reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Salinas and surrounding area, you can visit Dolphin Discovery and Garrafon Natural Reef Park.

Top Hotels in Cancun

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun - All Inclusive
Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Blvd. Kukulkan km 16.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
¥26,052
per night
Jan 6 - Jan 7

Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquaworld and Maya Cancun Museum. Delfines Beach and El Rey Ruins are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (7,846 reviews)

"We were treated like VIP the entire visit. All of our needs and our childrens needs were met everyday. It was truly a magical experience."…"

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2019

Fiesta Americana Condesa 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
¥28,124
per night
Jan 8 - Jan 9

Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Las Perlas Beach, Turtle Beach, and Langosta Beach. Tortuga Beach and Plaza Las Americas ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,010 reviews)

"Stanford pretty family from most part just didn't notice that some of the bartenders if they did not think you dipped them well enough they would take forever to get back to you and in fact one bartender on a Friday night actually told me that drinks on Friday nights or $4 a piece so haphazardly ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

Temptation Cancun Resort - All Inclusive- Adults Only
GR Solaris Cancun & Spa - All Inclusive
GR Solaris Cancun & Spa - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Blvd. Kukulkan Km. 19.5, Lt 59-2, Sección A, 2 da etapa Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
¥17,067
per night
Dec 21 - Dec 22

Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront property is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of El Rey Ruins and Delfines Beach. Aquaworld and Maya Cancun ...

4.1/5Very Good! (8,909 reviews)

"Friendly people!!! My wife and I can’t wait to come back!!!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

GR Solaris Cancun & Spa - All Inclusive

Popular things to do in Cancun

Delfines Beach
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Delfines Beach

4.5/5(2,763 reviews)

Catch some waves or just escape the crowds at this peaceful beach that's long been a firm favorite with locals.

El Rey Ruins
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El Rey Ruins

4/5(1,207 reviews)

Visit the iguanas that now inhabit the spectacular ruins of this ancient Mayan city right in the heart of Cancun’s hotel district.

Aquaworld
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Aquaworld

4.5/5(1,353 reviews)

Swim with wild dolphins, dive Cancun’s best sites or spend the day deep-sea fishing with the people who know the best locations on the coast.

Cancun Interactive Aquarium
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Cancun Interactive Aquarium

4/5(701 reviews)

Swim with sharks, kiss a sea lion and hand-feed, or dive in with, a pod of dolphins at one of Mexico’s premier aquariums. 

Iberostar Cancun Golf Course
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trover photo by Jessie Lewis

Iberostar Cancun Golf Course

4/5(364 reviews)

Hit the links in Avenida Kukulkan at Iberostar Cancun Golf Course, a popular golf course. Stroll along the beautiful beaches in this family-friendly area, or check out its lively bars.

Norte Beach
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Norte Beach

4.5/5(2,433 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Norte Beach, a popular beach in Isla Mujeres. Stroll along the seaside in this relaxing area, or seek out the snorkeling spots.

Top activities in Cancun

Chichén Itzá All-Inclusive with Cenote Hubiku and Valladolid
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Chichén Itzá All-Inclusive with Cenote Hubiku and Valladolid

¥3,558

Get an up-close look at the charms and treasures of the Yucatán on this all-inclusive day of exploration. You can learn about the vast archeological site of Chichén Itzá, cool off with a dip in a serene cenote, and snap colorful photos in colonial Valladolid, complete with a tasty buffet lunch and a spacious coach ride between each stop.

Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour
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Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour

¥4,106

Cruise away from Cancun's sun-soaked coast to head to the pristine shores of Isla Mujeres. Enjoy a relaxing ride on a luxurious catamaran with plenty of room to stretch out, do some snorkeling in the island's brilliant blue water, and swing through the charming town to do some leisurely window shopping.

ATV, Ziplining & Cenote Combo at Extreme Adventure Eco Park
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ATV, Ziplining & Cenote Combo at Extreme Adventure Eco Park

¥5,748

Leave the beach for an ATV, zipline, and cenote jungle adventure for the whole family. Kick up dust while off-roading in the jungle, feel the wind as you fly through the trees on 6 exhilarating ziplines, and cool off in the refreshing waters of a natural Mayan cenote.

Day Trip to Tulum & Cenote Dos Ojos
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Day Trip to Tulum & Cenote Dos Ojos

¥3,121

Travel back in time during a day trip to the mysterious Maya ruins of Tulum. Uncover the secrets of this ancient civilization as you tour the archeological site with a guide, enjoy some free time to dig your toes into the sand of Tulum's picture-perfect beach and then take a refreshing dip in Cenote Dos Ojos.

Chichén Itzá, Valladolid & Cenote Xcajum Swim All Inclusive
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Chichén Itzá, Valladolid & Cenote Xcajum Swim All Inclusive

¥3,285

Fall head over heels for ancient Mayan civilization during a comprehensive guided tour of Chichén Itzá. Absorb fascinating information about the Yucatán Peninsula's past from a local archeologist, and then visit picturesque Cenotewhere you can revel in a refreshing swim.

Chichen Itza Classic
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Chichen Itza Classic

¥8,649

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Merida, Chichen Itza 97751 Mexico Discover one of the “New 7 Wonders of the world”. The Spectacular Chichen Itza!! Refresh & relax in our Cenote “Xkajum” where it ́s deep-blue water will amuse you with it ́s purity offered by mother earth.

Reviews of Cancun

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
8145
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4 - Good
3853
4 - Good 29.461691390120812%
3 - Okay
828
3 - Okay 6.331243309374522%
2 - Disappointing
147
2 - Disappointing 1.1240250802875058%
1 - Terrible
105
1 - Terrible 0.8028750573482184%

5/5 - Excellent

A

Dec 10, 2019

Easy to get around, beaches are beautiful and there is plenty to do.

4/5 - Good

Francis

Dec 10, 2019

Lovely people with warm hearts! Beautiful beach. Great weather.

5/5 - Excellent

Quay

Dec 10, 2019

Cancun is a GREAT place to visit. So much to see and do as long as you have the funds to do so!!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 10, 2019

Changing up the entertainment at night would help

5/5 - Excellent

Traveler

Dec 10, 2019

This was my 4th time of staying in Canucn. Always at the Occidental Costa Cancun. This trip my friend and I stayed on the resort the entire time. It was so relaxing with amazing and friendly staff. Brandon, an activities coordinator, was awesome!

5/5 - Excellent

Lola

Dec 10, 2019

I felt safe on the property we stayed on as well as any trips off the property. Everyone was very helpful with planning any activities both on the property and off. Cancún is very relaxable and beautiful.

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