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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

Norte Beach which includes a sandy beach, swimming and general coastal views

Isla Mujeres

This small, peaceful island is packed with some of Mexico’s most pristine beaches and jungle, and is home to one of Cancun’s more traditional communities. 

Isla Mujeres
Escenica Tower which includes a beach, a luxury hotel or resort and general coastal views

Zona Hotelera

4.5/5Wonderful!(18,005 area 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.

Zona Hotelera
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Playa Mujeres

The stunning beaches and fantastic nightlife are just a few highlights of Playa Mujeres. Make a stop by Mujeres Beach or Playa Mujeres Golf Club while you're exploring the area.

Playa Mujeres
Puerto Morelos showing boating, landscape views and a bay or harbor

Puerto Morelos

A sleepy Caribbean village that delights with its unspoiled natural beauty, an extensive coral reef system and a dense mangrove jungle.

Puerto Morelos
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Downtown Cancun

4/5Very Good!(693 area 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.

Downtown Cancun
Las Perlas Beach showing general coastal views, a sandy beach and tropical scenes

Avenida Kukulkan

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

Avenida Kukulkan

Top Hotels in Cancun

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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
¥47,022
per night
Feb 18 - Feb 19

Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera hotel is just steps from Tequila Museum and Cancun Interactive Aquarium. La Isla Shopping Mall and Aquaworld are also ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (5,790 reviews)

"I loved that it was adults only, had up to 5 restaurants serving dinner each night, with different styles, many pools at different temps and many chairs and cabanas available."…"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2020

Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún - All Inclusive - Adults Only
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
¥39,200
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

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! (7,958 reviews)

"Amazingly friendly staff and a wide variety of food and restaurants."…"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2020

Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun - All Inclusive
Krystal Cancun
Krystal Cancun
3.5 out of 5
Paseo Kukulcan km 9, lotes 9 y 9A, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
¥12,680
per night
Feb 10 - Feb 11

Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront resort is connected to the convention center and within 3 mi (5 km) of La Isla Shopping Mall and Cancun Interactive ...

3.5/5Good! (3,068 reviews)

"We loved this hotel. The beach and swimming pool area were great. Our bartender Freddy was amazing and also the photographer Dante. We will definitely stay again!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

Krystal Cancun

Popular things to do in Cancun

Delfines Beach
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Delfines Beach

4.5/5(2,915 reviews)

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

Aquaworld
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Aquaworld

4.5/5(1,402 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.

El Rey Ruins
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El Rey Ruins

4/5(1,239 reviews)

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

Cancun Interactive Aquarium
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Cancun Interactive Aquarium

4/5(739 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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Iberostar Cancun Golf Course

4/5(388 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(2,627 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

¥7,599

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

¥8,260

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

¥8,260

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

¥6,278

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.

Coba & Tulum with Cenote Wayak & Mayan Traditions
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Coba & Tulum with Cenote Wayak & Mayan Traditions

¥12,005

Travel back in time by venturing to ancient Coba and Tulum, 2 of the most remarkable ancient Maya towns. Climb to the top of the 137-foot (42-m) pyramid of Nohoch Mul, swim in spectacular Cenote Wayak, and experience real Mayan Traditions: Honey & Chocolate demonstration on-site.

Costa Maya Bike Tour + Paddle & beach Day Combo!
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Costa Maya Bike Tour + Paddle & beach Day Combo!

¥6,597

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Reviews of Cancun

4.5

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 6.3891298063024%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 26, 2020

We always have fun in Cancun.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 26, 2020

There was no seaweed this time. Beach was GORGEOUS!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 26, 2020

We will be going back to Cancun at some int.

1/5 - Terrible

Zac

Jan 26, 2020

Rented car, last day of returning headed to the airport (not Speeding), stopped for “speeding” at a roadblock. Told I was going 10 then 20km over. Told it’s 3k pesos fine. I could pick up license tmrw or pay on the spot. I had no choice but pay.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

Beautiful

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

Mild, moderate weather in January. Very clean beachfront - groomed every day early in the morning.

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