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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

Krystal Cancun
Krystal Cancun
3.5 out of 5
Paseo Kukulcan km 9, lotes 9 y 9A, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
The price is CA $177 per night from Jul 19 to Jul 19
Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront resort is connected to the convention center and within 3 mi (5 km) of La Isla Shopping Mall and Cancun Interactive ...
3.5/5Good! (1,744 reviews)
"The hotel is located near restaurants and night live. You can go walking and find everything you need for your stay. Very good location."

Reviewed on Jun. 21, 2021

Krystal Cancun
Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carr Federal 307 Tulum-Cancun Km 332.15, SM31 MZ03, Puerto Morelos, QROO
The price is CA $482 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 29
Nestled on the beach, this Puerto Morelos property is within 16 mi (25 km) of Cancun Country Club, Ventura Park Cancun, and Puerto Morelos Town Square.
4/5Very Good! (1,531 reviews)
"Was a nice place, full of adventure. The food is awesome"

Reviewed on Jun. 20, 2021

Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
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 $490 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 8
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 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (995 reviews)
"Great resort could have better food quality."

Reviewed on Jun. 21, 2021

Moon Palace Cancún - 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.
Mayan Palace 2b/2b at Vidanta Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen
Mayan Palace 2b/2b at Vidanta Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen, ROO
Situated in Playa del Carmen, this condo building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from El Manglar Golf Course and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Maroma Beach. Tres Rios Ecopark and Sanctuary ...
Mayan Palace 2b/2b at Vidanta Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen
Villa Picon is a Private Home With the Caribbean Ocean at Your Feet
Villa Picon is a Private Home With the Caribbean Ocean at Your Feet
Playa del Carmen, ROO
This Playa del Carmen villa is on the beach, 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from El Manglar Golf Course, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Maroma Beach and Sanctuary of Hope and Time ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Amazing stay!
"What an awesome experience! Villa is right on the ocean and just as you see in the photos. What a beautiful view from the villa and the pool and jacuzzi were fantastic. The house is well equipped with everything you need indoors and out - kayaks, life vests, beach toys etc.. What you can’t see in ..."

Reviewed on Jun. 19, 2021

Villa Picon is a Private Home With the Caribbean Ocean at Your Feet
Luxury 5 + Resort- Vidanta Mayan Palace/ Riviera Maya,los Cabos,acapulco & More
Luxury 5 + Resort- Vidanta Mayan Palace/ Riviera Maya,los Cabos,acapulco & More
Playa del Carmen, ROO
Situated in Playa del Carmen, this vacation home is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from El Manglar Golf Course and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Maroma Beach. Tres Rios Ecopark and Sanctuary ...
Luxury 5 + Resort- Vidanta Mayan Palace/ Riviera Maya,los Cabos,acapulco & More
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.

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