Cancun

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

Relax by the pool, dive through subaquatic caves and learn about the region’s fascinating past through museums and archeological sites.

Cancún is an intriguing city with three distinct faces. It is at once a world-renowned vacation resort, an adventure base for exploring lagoons and caves and an open-air museum showcasing the ruined temples of the Mayans. Draw up an action-packed itinerary for your vacation in this dynamic region.

Choose from the range of lodgings in the Hotel Zone. The area comprises a narrow strip between the Nichupté lagoon and the Caribbean Sea, made up of beaches and luxury hotels. Bring your kids to the Acuario Interactivo for interaction tanks and opportunities to swim with the fish.

Lay down a blanket for a picnic on Playa Delfines, a short taxi ride south from the aquarium. Snap photos of your family in front of the colorful Cancún sign and swim in the clear water. A little north is Playa Tortugas, which is fairly busy, with restaurants serving seafood and Mexican cuisine.

Remaining in the Hotel Zone, visit the Maya Cancun Museum for its captivating historic sights and exhibition spaces. Nearby is the El Rey Ruins, which consists of a small Maya village with a temple dating back to around A.D. 250. Take a trip to the El Meco Archaeological Site in the northern outskirts of the city.

The city is also an ideal base for excursions. Embark on a boat trip from the Gran Puerto Cancún to Isla Mujeres. The island contains the Garrafon Natural Reef Park, which has excellent water visibility for snorkeling. Go with tour operators to the cenote lagoons and underwater caves of Xcaret Park on the mainland.

Find the city on the Yucatán Peninsula in the southeastern part of Mexico. Fly to the Cancún International Airport and get a taxi or bus northeast for around 30 minutes to reach the heart of the Hotel Zone. The city is about 1 hour north of Playa del Carmen and about an hour and 45 minutes north of Tulum by car.

Cancún is the ultimate vacation destination, with a blend of serenity and entertainment.

Where to stay in Cancun

Krystal Grand Cancún
Krystal Grand Cancún
4 out of 5
Blvd. Kukulcan km 8.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
The price is $177 per night from Jan 9 to Jan 9
Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera resort is within a 10-minute walk of Gaviota Azul Beach, Cancun Convention Center, and Chac Mool Beach. Forum Beach ...
3.7/5 Good! (624 reviews)
"I love the resort. The staff was friendly and made sure I had everything. My room was beautiful and the ocean view was gorgeous as well. The food they served was mediocre but edible. The drinks were watery and lacked alcohol. Overall I would stay again"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2021

Krystal Grand Cancún
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 refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $255 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 23
Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Las Perlas Beach and Playa Tortugas. Langosta Beach and Puerto Cancun Marina Town ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,131 reviews)
"The loud boom boom boom rave music all day and night was the worst. The pool parties and night parties were fun. They need to switch the music up, seems only catered to a younger crowd. The food was mediocre at best. I think you mostly go here to drink and party so they are good at that."

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2021

Temptation Cancun Resort -All inclusive - Adults Only
Seadust Cancun All Inclusive Family Resort
Seadust Cancun All Inclusive Family Resort
3.5 out of 5
Blvd. Kukulcan, Cancun, QROO
The price is $214 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera resort is within a 15-minute walk of Ballenas Beach and Aquaworld. La Isla Shopping Mall and Maya Cancun Museum are ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,346 reviews)
"Great for families. Kids really loved the shows and kids club. If they can get rid of "Luxury Travel Club sales people " it would be a perfect resort."

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2021

Seadust Cancun All Inclusive Family Resort
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 $43 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Langosta Beach, Tortuga Beach, and La Isla Shopping Mall. Cancun Interactive Aquarium and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (190 reviews)
"Es un buen hotel para el precio que manejan, enfrente hay unas tiendas y hasta un Sam’s"

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

Extended Suites Cancún Cumbres
Cancun Plaza Condo Hotel
Cancun Plaza Condo Hotel
3 out of 5
Lt65 Blvd. Kukulcan Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
The price is $86 per night from Jan 11 to Jan 11
Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park, Delfines Beach, and El Rey Ruins. ...
3.1/5 (55 reviews)
"Very nice property clean and very inexpensive."

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2021

Cancun Plaza Condo Hotel
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
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 Dubai Palace Casino and Plaza Las Americas. ...
3.6/5 Good! (300 reviews)
"This is a cute little property. Nice pool, fast check in. Beds very hard, no blanket, no washclothes. I could ask for them, but would have to walk to the front desk as there is no phone in room. Great hot water and shower pressure. Need a car to stay here, but definitely would for the price if I ..."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 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.

Getting around Cancun

The main tourist areas of Cancún City are easy to explore on foot as they are relatively compact. If you do want to see other parts of the city or travel further afield, there are a few different options available. Travel by public bus for the most economical option. Alternatively, flag a taxi in the street or book one in advance. You can consider renting a car if you plan on doing a lot of travel. Visit the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation website. Browse Cancun rental cars.

Best time to visit

Peak season in Cancún runs between December and April. Although prices do climb during these months and accommodations fill up more quickly, it is still worth visiting at this time for the gorgeous sunny weather. Expect high temperatures of between 82 F (27 C) and 86 F (30 C). Try to avoid the hurricane season if you can. It runs from June into October, and can be very hot, rainy and unpredictable.

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