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Explore ancient Mayan pyramids, the world's second-longest coral reef, endless beaches and even longer nights in this party-friendly city on the Yucatan peninsula.

The Caribbean resort town on Mexico’s southeast coast is a magnet for divers, fishermen, history buffs and pleasure-seekers. A popular destination since the tourism boom of the 1980s, Cancun’s charms extend far beyond its raucous “Spring Break’ reputation. A wide range of aquatic activities, and centuries of Mayan, Mexican and Caribbean history and culture make Cancun a destination for all kinds of travelers.

Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. Just offshore runs a huge coral reef, providing Cancun visitors with some of the best diving spots in Mexico. Snorkel straight from the shore at Playa Tortugas to discover colorful species of local fish and marine plant life. Team up with one of Cancun’s many dive charter companies for a scuba experience or to swim with dolphins at Playa Delfines. The Gulf is an angler’s paradise, and charter fishing trips are easily booked from Aquaworld, right on the foreshore.

The area surrounding Cancun is of great significance to the Mayans, the traditional owners of the land. You’ll find a number of historic archaeological sites in the area, including the El Rey Ruins in the heart of Cancun’s hotel precinct. Visit the state-of-the-art Maya Cancun Museum to learn about the region’s rich cultural history, and to discover why the Mayans believed the world would end in 2012.

From a downtown beach, hop on a ferry to nearby Isla Mujeres, an island getaway that remains less touched by modern tourism than Cancun. Here, you can climb through the jungle at Garrafon Natural Reef Park or relax on one of the island’s tranquil beaches.

Cancun’s location means it remains warm throughout the winter months, and is most popular from December through to April. The summer months can be incredibly hot, and early autumn sees the start of the wet season, making it a less-than-ideal time to visit. Cancun features efficient public transport, English is spoken widely and the city is considered one of the safest parts of Mexico for tourists to visit. Serviced by its own international airport, Cancun is easily accessible by long-distance bus and ferry services.

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 NT$6,843 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! (3,675 reviews)

"Amazing!! Safe, clean, they have everything you need to feel confortable with all of this situation. From checking temperature to providing you with enough hands sanitizer and masks. You can see all the staff protected and protecting the guests. Our stay there was a really good thing. Nothing bad ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/10

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
The price is NT$10,128 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! (2,101 reviews)

"staff was very helpful ,hospitality was great I dint like the fact there was not many options to eat after evening hours ,bar closed by 11pm understandable may be because of the covid situation , i would like to visit probably again at a different time"…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/10

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 NT$5,651 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! (1,308 reviews)

"We choose this hotel knowing what we should expect. We figured it was our best option for entertainment. The staff were very professional, the hotel was clean. The food was surprisingly tasty. I was worried because of the reputation of it being a “swingers resort” that people would be pushy on my ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/12

Temptation Cancun Resort - All Inclusive- Adults Only

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 lively bars.

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)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Norte Beach, a popular beach in Centro - Supmza 001. Wander the seaside or discover the area's 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.

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
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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.

Cities near Cancun

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

Isla Mujeres

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

Puerto Morelos

Playa del Carmen showing a sandy beach, landscape views and tropical scenes

Playa del Carmen