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CancunMexico

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

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

Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos
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
Gaviota Azul Beach showing general coastal views, a beach and tropical scenes

Punta Cancun

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

Punta Cancun
Avenida Tulum, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Avenida Tulum

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

Avenida Tulum

Top Hotels 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 NT$6,959 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

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! (3,642 reviews)

"The staff is amazing...they go over and above to accommodate your needs. The food and service were excellent."…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/23

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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$10,224 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

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! (2,076 reviews)

"Perfect place to stay while in Cancun! Beautiful Resort! Friendly staff!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/24

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$5,596 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 16

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,421 reviews)

"Best place ever!!!!!! If you think you have seen everything, you don't,come to this place and you will see everything , best Best best"…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/22

Temptation Cancun Resort - 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.

Vacation Rentals in Cancun

Bsea Cancun Plaza Hotel
Bsea Cancun Plaza Hotel
3 out of 5
Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 19.5, Hotel Zone, Cancun, QROO
The price is NT$1,860 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

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 (548 reviews)

"My first impression of this hotel was of total disappointment because it is not as nice as Expedia shows in its pictures but by next day I started to like it. The hotel is old and rooms are outdated but all rooms have an ocean view that is priceless and that is what makes the difference. I loved ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/24

Bsea Cancun Plaza Hotel
Brisas 10 Beachside Suites
Brisas 10 Beachside Suites
3 out of 5
Boulevard Kukulcan km 19.5, Cancun, QROO
The price is NT$1,309 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of El Rey Ruins Trailhead, El Rey Ruins, and Delfines Beach. Aquaworld ...

4/5Very Good! (145 reviews)

"I thought 10C where we stayed was perfect,good location for a quieter holiday stay small corner store with all necessities lovely pool plus a short step from the beach. Jose was a great host and always ready to answer any questions we had."…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/9

Brisas 10 Beachside Suites
Salvia Condos
Salvia Condos
4 out of 5
Km. 9.5 Blvd. Kukulcan Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO

Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Chac Mool Beach and Cancun Convention Center. La Isla Shopping Mall ...

3.5/5Good! (2 reviews)
muy por debajo de la expectativa que generan con s

"En realidad las fotos que muestran en su portal difieren totalmente del lugar. Un edificio muy viejo con falta de mantenimiento. No me volvería a hospedar ahí."…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/22

Salvia Condos
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.

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. 

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.

Tortuga Beach
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Tortuga Beach

4.5/5(2,444 reviews)

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

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

Photo by Aurélie Gonzalo

Alfredo V. Bonfil

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

Playa del Carmen