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, 77500
The price is $318 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6
$318
per night
Dec 5 - Dec 6
Stay at this 4-star beach property in Cancun. Enjoy free WiFi, free valet parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,530 reviews)
"We loved our stay before Thanksgiving. I'd been here several times as a kid, and they have done major upgrades and renovation. We checked in with Hector, who was so gracious and helpful in upgrading our room as an Expedia Gold Member. We were served drinks in the line, and we loved all of the restaurants, ..."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 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, 77500
The price is $345 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 20
$345
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Cancun. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,686 reviews)
We have the temptation for Temptations Resort
"First at this resort and we loved everything about it. The staff was outstanding and we never experienced a bad moment with any of them. They all ensured we were well taken care of."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Temptation Cancun Resort - All inclusive - Adults Only
Wyndham Alltra Cancun All Inclusive Resort
Wyndham Alltra Cancun All Inclusive Resort
4 out of 5
Boulevard Kukulkan, Km. 11.5, Cancun, QROO, 77500
The price is $332 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15
$332
per night
Dec 14 - Dec 15
Stay at this 4-star beach property in Cancun. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (3,607 reviews)
"Everything was wonderful! From the food and drinks to the friendly staff, we had an awesome stay at Wyndham! We will definitely be back and highly recommend this resort!"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2022

Wyndham Alltra Cancun All Inclusive Resort
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.
Hotel Casa Maya
Hotel Casa Maya
3.5 out of 5
Boulevard kukulcan km 5.5 zona hotelera, Cancun, QROO, 77500
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in Cancun. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,221 reviews)
"Great hotel! Fast and Easy check in"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

Hotel Casa Maya
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, 77500
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Cancun. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,686 reviews)
We have the temptation for Temptations Resort
"First at this resort and we loved everything about it. The staff was outstanding and we never experienced a bad moment with any of them. They all ensured we were well taken care of."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Temptation Cancun Resort - All inclusive - Adults Only
Moon Palace Cancún - All Inclusive
Moon Palace Cancún - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Cancun-Chetumal Km. 340, Cancun, 77500
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Cancun. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,491 reviews)
"Great location, amazing staff, amazing service. Beach walk is great but has the seaweed problem due to change in global ocean currents. Lots of food with different choices but taste wise, there is a lot of room to improve especially with international cuisines"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2022

Moon Palace Cancún - 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.

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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