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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

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

Isla Mujeres

The stunning beaches and island views are just a few highlights of Isla Mujeres. Make a stop by Dolphin Discovery or Norte Beach while you're exploring the area.

Isla Mujeres
Puerto Morelos which includes a coastal town, tropical scenes and a beach

Puerto Morelos

Travelers to Puerto Morelos praise its stunning beaches. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Puerto Morelos Town Square and Puerto Morelos Reef.

Puerto Morelos
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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
Escenica Tower which includes a beach, a luxury hotel or resort and general coastal views

Zona Hotelera

4.5/5Wonderful!(19,550 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
Cancun featuring general coastal views, swimming and a sandy beach

Downtown Cancun

4/5Very Good!(767 area reviews)

Downtown Cancun is known for its popular shops, and you can see some sights in the area like Las Americas Cancun Mall and Market 28.

Downtown Cancun
Isla Blanca

Costa Mujeres

Check out the beaches, restaurants, and spas while spending some time in Costa Mujeres. Though there might not be many attractions in the neighborhood, you won't need to go far to find top spots like Norte Beach or Playa Mujeres Golf Club.

Costa Mujeres

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
The price is $237 per night

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,697 reviews)

"Extremely cautious about Covid... the cleanliness and sanitizing above and beyond... Staff super friendly and helpful... Food and drinks excellent...❤️💯💯💯💯💯💯💯"…"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020

Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun - All Inclusive
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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $340 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera property is just steps from Tequila Museum and Cancun Interactive Aquarium. La Isla Shopping Mall and Chac Mool Beach ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,116 reviews)

"Staff is friendly and welcoming. Hotel and room is very clean. I would most definitely stay here again!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún - All Inclusive - Adults Only
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 $199 per night

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 Cancun Golf ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,298 reviews)

"Excelente servicio food show personal very helpful good hotel"…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Temptation Cancun Resort - All Inclusive- Adults Only

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.

Popular places to visit in Cancun

Delfines Beach
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Delfines Beach

4.5/5(3,008 reviews)

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

Cancun Interactive Aquarium
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Cancun Interactive Aquarium

4/5(775 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(412 reviews)

Hit the links in Avenida Kukulkan at Iberostar Cancun Golf Course, a popular golf course. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Aquaworld
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Aquaworld

4.5/5(1,452 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.

Norte Beach
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Norte Beach

4.5/5(2,870 reviews)

While away a day at Isla Mujeres’ best beach, a paradise of powdery white sand, shallow transparent water and sublime sunsets. 

El Rey Ruins
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El Rey Ruins

4/5(1,290 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Cancun

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

$69
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Xcaret Park Tickets
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Xcaret Park Tickets

$110
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour with Lunch & Open Bar
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Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour with Lunch & Open Bar

$35
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Xplor Park Tickets
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Xplor Park Tickets

$130
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
All inclusive Chichén Itzá, Cenote, Buffet & Tequila Tasting
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All inclusive Chichén Itzá, Cenote, Buffet & Tequila Tasting

$56
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Chichén Itzá Mayan Ruins Private Day Trip from Cancun or Mayan Riviera - Minivan
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Chichén Itzá Mayan Ruins Private Day Trip from Cancun or Mayan Riviera - Minivan

$487
Per adult

Reviews of Cancun

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
9313
5 - Excellent 62.032904815826285%
4 - Good
4450
4 - Good 29.64097781922334%
3 - Okay
955
3 - Okay 6.361153666822087%
2 - Disappointing
170
2 - Disappointing 1.1323519616332511%
1 - Terrible
125
1 - Terrible 0.8326117364950376%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 30, 2020

Fun location. Hotels are super expensive though and so are the clubs at night. Probably won't be back anytime soon, but was a nice trip overall.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Apr 25, 2020

Will need to revisit for a longer stay.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 8, 2020

take a couple day trips, eat authentic food

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 6, 2020

Very good city to visit...

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 5, 2020

On our last night we were moved to Reflect hotel and we didn’t enjoy it as much as Dreams Sands for different reasons but one of them was that the beach wasn’t safe for our baby as it had big waves.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 5, 2020

Very organized.

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