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

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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.

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Where to stay in Cancun

Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun Resort & Spa Adults Only - All Inclusive
Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun Resort & Spa Adults Only - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Km 9.7 Blvd. Kukulcan, Zona Hotel, Cancun, QROO
The price is $308 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16

Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera property is within a 10-minute walk of Chac Mool Beach and Forum Beach. Cancun Convention Center and Gaviota Azul Beach ...

4/5Very Good! (619 reviews)

"My husband and myself went for our 11th wedding anniversary since Covid shut everything down for our big 10th. We were welcomed at the front door, was given a drink, asked our names, and was immediately taken to the diamond club lounge where we we were offered food and drinks while we wait for check ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun Resort & Spa Adults Only - All Inclusive
Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carr Federal 307 Tulum-Cancun Km 332.15, SM31 MZ03, Puerto Morelos, QROO
The price is $266 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

This Puerto Morelos property is on the beach, 7.6 mi (12.3 km) from Cancun Country Club, and within 16 mi (25 km) of Ventura Park Cancun and Puerto Morelos Town ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,300 reviews)

"The property is great! Several pools to enjoy yourself, several bars and restaurants. A couple places to grab snacks in case you don’t want to be sitter for a full meal. The room was super clean and our towels and sheets were replaced daily. The shampoo,’etc and mini bar was also restocked daily. ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun - All Inclusive
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Blvd. Kukulcan km. 9.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $435 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16

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

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,621 reviews)

"We loved our stay, everything was great but especially the service and the people that worked at the hotel!"…"

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach 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.
Bsea Cancun Plaza Hotel
Bsea Cancun Plaza Hotel
3 out of 5
Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 19.5, Hotel Zone, Cancun, QROO
The price is $63 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21

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, ...

3.4/5 (573 reviews)

"Liked how close it is to the water. All balcony rooms looked like perfect distance from the beautiful water. Good for the price for sure, right in the hotel zone."…"

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2021

Bsea Cancun Plaza Hotel
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 $44 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Situated in Cancun, this aparthotel is 5.7 mi (9.3 km) from Ventura Park Cancun and within 12 mi (20 km) of Puerto Morelos Town Square and Aquaworld.

4.1/5Very Good! (128 reviews)

"The whole staff is great, specially Luis. Their food is really good. Nice place to stay! Coming back soon!!!"…"

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

City Suites Cancun Aeropuerto Riviera
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
The price is $23 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21

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 Ventura Park Cancun and Hospiten Hospital. ...

3.7/5Good! (254 reviews)

"We booked this property as a transition to our hotel on the strip since we arrived at 12am and didn’t want to pay the strip prices for a few hours of shut eye. We arrived late at night and the area around the hotel was sketchy, but the property was gated. The staff was very helpful and friendly assisting ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 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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Reviews of Cancun

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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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