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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.
For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Cancun page.
You'll have no troubles finding the most suitable lodging in Cancun. Expedia's lodging guide contains 168 different options in this worthwhile destination.
Kick-start the quest for the ultimate Cancun base by investigating the latest offers at the high-ranking Le Blanc Spa Resort All Inclusive Adults Only, located at Boulevard Kukulcan Km 10, and the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun All Inclusive, at Blvd Kukulcan KM 14.5, Hotel Zone. If those two don't meet your budget and style, the Hotel Margaritas Cancun and the Beach House Imperial Laguna by Faranda Hotels are two more budget-friendly options that might tick all your boxes.
Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Parish of the Risen Christ, Wet n' Wild Cancun, and Cancun Country Club. Delfines Beach and El Rey Ruins are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in Downtown Cancun, this hotel is steps from Dubai Palace Casino and Royal Yak Casino and Sports Book. Amerimed Hospital and Malecon Americas Shopping Mall are also within 10 minutes.
Located on Punta Cancun and offering views of the Caribbean and a new and extensive white-sand beach, this resort is within walking distance of shopping and nightlife.
This contemporary Cancun lodge offers views of the Caribbean Ocean; the ME Cancún - Complete ME All Inclusive is in the property zone, less than 1 km (0.6 mi) from Luxury Avenue Mall, and 12 km (7.5 mi) from downtown.
Located in Alfredo V. Bonfil, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Parish of the Risen Christ and within 6 mi (10 km) of Wet n' Wild Cancun and Cancun Country Club. Delfines Beach and Malecon Americas Shopping Mall are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Featuring ocean view or oceanfront rooms and suites, facing a white, powdery sand beach and brilliant turquoise water, this oceanfront resort is just minutes from The Cancun Center and main shopping and entertainment areas.
Located in Avenida Kukulkan, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ballenas Beach, La Isla Shopping Mall, and Delfines Beach. El Rey Ruins is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) away.
Located in Avenida Kukulkan, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Maya Cancun Museum and Delfines Beach. El Rey Ruins and La Isla Shopping Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).