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

Courtyard By Marriott Cancun Airport
Courtyard By Marriott Cancun Airport
3.5 out of 5
Blvd. Luis Donaldo Colosio, Km. 12.5, Lot 1, SMZA. 301, Cancun, QROO
The price is $89 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Situated in Cancun, this golf hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Parish of the Risen Christ and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ventura Park Cancun and Cancun Country Club. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,039 reviews)
"Nice options close to airport"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2022

Courtyard By Marriott Cancun Airport
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
The price is $488 per night from Jan 9 to Jan 10
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! (2,161 reviews)
"Been to Cancun several times, first time I think I slept only 4 hours the entire weekend. Staff and guests were awesome and nightly activities are great. Wish the rooftop would stay open longer."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Temptation Cancun Resort -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
The price is $303 per night from Jan 7 to Jan 8
Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera property is within a 10-minute walk of Aquaworld and Maya Cancun Museum. Delfines Beach and El Rey Ruins are also within ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (3,152 reviews)
"By far one of my all time favorite vacation experiences!"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2022

Fiesta Americana Condesa 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.
Extended Suites Cancún Cumbres
Extended Suites Cancún Cumbres
3 out of 5
Súper Manzana 311, MZ-26 LT. 18, Cancun, QROO
The price is $40 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
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 Very Good! (202 reviews)
"it was cean place to stay very deacent Hotel to rest."

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2022

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 $68 per night from Jan 15 to Jan 16
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.
3.8/5 Good! (263 reviews)
"Nice clean place to stay by airport with reasonable taxi prices."

Reviewed on Dec 31, 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 $98 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
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 (685 reviews)
"The room was clean & roomy, had a king zise bed. Nice view to the pool and ocean. Had a small balcony with 2 chairs. Disappointed witb description of room, when booking it estated room had a small kitchen. However, there was not much of a kitchen. No countertop, no sink and no caninets. Just a small ..."

Reviewed on Dec 19, 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.

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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