Cancun

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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

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 CA $368 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
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! (958 reviews)
"Excelent"

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2021

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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 CA $506 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront property is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Caracol Beach, Tortuga Beach, and Cancun Golf Club ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,860 reviews)
"Nice room good service"

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2021

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Emporio Cancun All Inclusive
Emporio Cancun All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Blvd Kukulcan, Retorno Gucumatz, Km 17, Lote 49 Segunda Etapa, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
Located in Zona Hotelera, this all-inclusive hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Maya Cancun Museum and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from El Rey Ruins. Aquaworld and Delfines Beach ...
4.2/5Excellent! (358 reviews)
"Beautiful. Great food. Loved the pools and proximity to ocean."

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2021

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Emporio Cancun All Inclusive
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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 $57 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Malecon Americas Shopping Mall and within 9 mi (15 km) of Langosta Beach and Tortuga Beach. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (163 reviews)
"helpful in answering me, very clean and quiet"

Reviewed on Aug. 31, 2021

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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 $76 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
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! (217 reviews)
"Very good location close to airport, good food!! Great amenities such as pool, laundry, gym, ice machine and a decent bar. Room was very comfortable and well furnished. Free shuttle service to airport with 24hr advance notice. 10/10 would recommend"

Reviewed on Sep. 10, 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 CA $92 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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 (634 reviews)
"Nice place ⭐️"

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2021

Bsea Cancun Plaza Hotel
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