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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

Courtyard By Marriott Cancun Airport
Courtyard By Marriott Cancun Airport
3.5 out of 5
Blvd. Luis Donaldo Colosio, Km. 12.5, Lot 1, SMZA. 301, Cancun, QROO
The price is $55 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Parish of the Risen Christ and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ventura Park Cancun and Xoximilco. Cancun ...
4.2/5Very Good! (948 reviews)
"Very close to the airport! Perfect for an early morning flight. Also pretty close to the city and beaches"

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2021

Courtyard By Marriott Cancun Airport
Moon Palace Cancún - All Inclusive
Moon Palace Cancún - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Federal 307, KM 340 Chetumal - Cancun, Cancun, QROO
The price is $252 per night from Sep 12 to Sep 12
Nestled on the beach, this Cancun property is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Xoximilco. Playa Coral ...
4.1/5Very Good! (973 reviews)
"Everything was perfect except they over price the room for private room The pool was not that clean and outside the pool. The golf cart was not available it was not enough. Other than that everything was perfect."

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

Moon Palace Cancún - 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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $426 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront property is in the entertainment district, just steps from Caracol Beach, Forum Beach, and Gaviota Azul Beach. Cancun ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,826 reviews)
"Great place to stay only thing, don’t take the time share presentation it was 5 hrs. Not happy about that"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 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.
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 $64 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
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.
3.9/5Very Good! (210 reviews)
"The lobby was not as nice as the rooms"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

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 $72 per night from Sep 14 to Sep 14
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 (627 reviews)
"Nice place ⭐️"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 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 $67 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 11
Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park, El Rey Ruins, and Delfines Beach. ...
3/5 (44 reviews)
"I like everything there"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 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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