Experience romantic Cancun: its beaches, oceanfront, entertainment, and more!

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.

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Beaches, Entertainment and Relaxing

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Where to stay in Cancun

Zona Hotelera
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Zona Hotelera

Beaches, Sea, Relaxing

Relax on white-sand beaches or poolside at luxury hotels, dive at an underwater museum, swim with dolphins and visit archaeological ruins. 

Downtown Cancun
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Downtown Cancun

Beaches, Culture, Shopping

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.

Punta Cancun
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Punta Cancun

If you're spending some time in Punta Cancun, Forum Beach and Caracol Beach are top sights worth seeing.

Avenida Tulum
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Avenida Tulum

Friendly People, Budget, Dining

The beaches and abundant dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Avenida Tulum. A stop by Plaza Las Americas or Malecon Americas Shopping Mall might round out your trip.

La Isla
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La Isla

If you're spending some time in La Isla, La Isla Shopping Mall and Cancun Interactive Aquarium are top sights worth seeing.

Top Hotels in Cancun

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Temptation Cancun Resort - All Inclusive- Adults Only
4.5 out of 5
Boulevard Kukulcan Km 3.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
$221/night
Aug 22 - Aug 23
4.2/5Excellent! (832 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Las Perlas Beach, Turtle Beach, and Langosta Beach. Tortuga Beach and Plaza Las Americas ...

4.2/5Excellent! (832 reviews)

"well maintained and entertainment was excellent..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2019

Temptation Cancun Resort - All Inclusive- Adults Only
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Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun
5 out of 5
Blvd. Kukulcan km. 9.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
$199/night
Sep 1 - Sep 2
4.6/5Exceptional! (4,188 reviews)

Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district, just steps from Gaviota Azul Beach, Forum Beach, and Caracol Beach. Delphinus ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (4,188 reviews)

"There is nothing I did not like about this property. Everything was awesome, everyone that worked there were pleasant to be around , the bar at the pool was great . Room very clean and spacious, view was Awsome . Will be back for sure . They included breakfast for free as it was our first time staying ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2019

Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun
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Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Blvd. Kukulkan km 16.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
$265/night
Sep 2 - Sep 3
4.4/5Wonderful! (7,419 reviews)

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! (7,419 reviews)

"Great food. If that’s what you are looking for, go here. Pool layout is also really nice and well thought out."…"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2019

Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun - All Inclusive

Popular things to do in Cancun

Delfines Beach
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Delfines Beach

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

El Rey Ruins
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El Rey Ruins

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

Aquaworld
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Aquaworld

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.

Cancun Interactive Aquarium
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Cancun Interactive Aquarium

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. 

Norte Beach
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Norte Beach

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

Tortuga Beach
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Tortuga Beach

Cancun’s best all-round beach serves up excellent swimming, diving and local entertainment.

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

$60

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

$64

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

$64

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

$48

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

$109

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.

CENOTES AND CAVES TOUR (Private)
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CENOTES AND CAVES TOUR (Private)

$72

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Playa del Carmen VIP, Calle 12 Entre 15 y 20 st, Playa del Carmen 77710 Mexico Cenote and Caves Visit and Snorkeling Duration: 3 hours

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