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Cancun
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Cancun

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 CA $525 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

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! (2,023 reviews)

"fantastic COVID-19 precautions, friendly staff, delicious food"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2021

Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún - All Inclusive - Adults Only
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun - All Inclusive
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Blvd. Kukulcan km. 9.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
The price is CA $482 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district, just steps from Caracol Beach, Gaviota Azul Beach, and Forum Beach. Cancun ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,578 reviews)

"Great service, beautiful beach (best in Cancun). The hotel could use a modern re make. It’s a classic Cancun beautiful hotel, but with so many new options I feel they need to catch up."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2021

Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun - All Inclusive
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 CA $315 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27

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! (3,601 reviews)

"We liked the fact that it was so close to the airport, a great spot on the beach with lots of beach chairs and umbrellas. The pools were large giving all guest space to spread out and social distance. The staff was amazing and very helpful. Covid testing was provided complimentary. What we didn't ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2021

Fiesta Americana Condesa 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.

Vacation Rentals in Cancun

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 CA $65 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

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.

4.1/5Very Good! (104 reviews)

"Some things I liked about the hotel was the lady at the front door who gave us handsanitizer and took everyones tempature that entered the hotel that was good. Also the water bottle in the hotel was really big which I liked , the kitchen, and the pool was beautiful. Something that kind of bothered ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 15, 2021

City Suites Cancun Aeropuerto Riviera
Extended Suites Cancún Cumbres
Extended Suites Cancún Cumbres
3 out of 5
Súper Manzana 311, MZ-26 LT. 18, Cancun, QROO
The price is CA $47 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Malecon Americas Shopping Mall and within 12 mi (20 km) of Langosta Beach and Tortuga Beach. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (101 reviews)

"The service of the employees. good attitude, polite and serviceable"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 23, 2021

Extended Suites Cancún Cumbres
La Villa du Golf à Cancun
La Villa du Golf à Cancun
4 out of 5
Quetzal 32 1, Blvd Kukulcan Km 7.5, Cancun, QROO
The price is CA $86 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Zona Hotelera, this golf villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza Caracol Mall, Cancun Convention Center, and Tortuga Beach. Cancun Golf Club at Pok Ta ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (213 reviews)

"The family and communal atmosphere. Hosts wre very nice and welcoming. Breakfast was delicious."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 9, 2021

La Villa du Golf à Cancun
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

Top things to do in Cancun

Reviews of Cancun

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 52.67379679144385%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 36.096256684491976%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.358288770053475%
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2 - Disappointing 1.4260249554367201%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.44563279857397503%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 22, 2020

Absolutely beautiful! From the people to the scenery, this is such an amazing place!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 22, 2020

Beautiful beaches! We weren’t there as a planned trip, it was an accidental layover in a desperate move to get home. It was a lovely way to relax for a couple of days but we did not go to any attractions

5/5 - Excellent

AOF

Mar 21, 2020

The hotel was AMAZING and I still cannot get over the level of care and professionalism shown by the staff. I intend to go back to Cancun which as a whole was one of the most relaxing destinations I have ever visited. Paradise!!

5/5 - Excellent

SohalBazz

Mar 19, 2020

Cancun was a beautiful place to visit. I would definitely recommend renting a car to travel from your resort to the markets and shopping malls nearby. I would also recommend getting involved in many activities while you are in Cancun.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 18, 2020

I’m Mexican, I’ve only been in Cancún twice and this one was with my husband, we didn’t go out of the hotel at all, but we love Cancún and we’re gonna come back soon.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 17, 2020

We were just passing by. We spent our time in Merida and Progreso.

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