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

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 31 to Feb 1
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (3,087 reviews)
"Great stay as always !! Staff goes above and beyond to make sure you have a memorable experience!!"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2022

Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun - All Inclusive
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 $358 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
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 Wonderful! (2,184 reviews)
"Great staff, upgraded room"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2022

Temptation Cancun Resort -All inclusive - Adults Only
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
The price is $464 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,988 reviews)
"Second visit to live aqua and this for our babymoon. My husband and I enjoy this resort a ton because of the amazing pool and the comfy cabana’s. Breakfast buffet is amazing (5/5) and dinner at the hidden garden (Asian flavors) is our fav. We also used the $50 resort credit per day to get massages ..."

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2022

Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún - All Inclusive - Adults Only
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.
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 $71 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
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! (271 reviews)
"Everything was super clean. Staff was great. Very pretty hotel"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

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 $105 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9
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 (689 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
Cancun Plaza Condo Hotel
Cancun Plaza Condo Hotel
3 out of 5
Lt65 Blvd. Kukulcan Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
The price is $83 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park, Delfines Beach, and El Rey Ruins. ...
3/5 (60 reviews)
"We had a great stay at Cancun Plaza. It was quiet, very clean, and the beds and pillows were comfortable. We loved having both a restaurant/bar and a small grocery right on site. The tourist buses that pass by every 5 minutes are also super convenient. The only drawbacks were that the internet on ..."

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2021

Cancun Plaza Condo 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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