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

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 CA $98 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
Situated in Cancun, this golf 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 Cancun Country Club. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,029 reviews)
"beautiful property very clean I love it"

Reviewed on Nov. 29, 2021

Courtyard By Marriott Cancun Airport
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
Fully refundable
The price is CA $365 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Las Perlas Beach and Playa Tortugas. Langosta Beach and Puerto Cancun Marina Town ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,120 reviews)
"The rooms were clean staff is super friendly always great entertainment and fun non stop every day & Night will be returning for a third time very soon."

Reviewed on Dec. 3, 2021

Temptation Cancun Resort -All inclusive - Adults Only
Seadust Cancun All Inclusive Family Resort
Seadust Cancun All Inclusive Family Resort
3.5 out of 5
Blvd. Kukulcan, Cancun, QROO
The price is CA $305 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera resort is within a 15-minute walk of Ballenas Beach and Aquaworld. La Isla Shopping Mall and Maya Cancun Museum are ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,349 reviews)
"Loved all the activities for kids"

Reviewed on Dec. 4, 2021

Seadust Cancun All Inclusive Family Resort
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.
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 $54 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Langosta Beach, Tortuga Beach, and La Isla Shopping Mall. Cancun Interactive Aquarium and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (187 reviews)
"Es un buen hotel para el precio que manejan, enfrente hay unas tiendas y hasta un Sam’s"

Reviewed on Nov. 16, 2021

Extended Suites Cancún Cumbres
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 $96 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
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, ...
3.3/5 (670 reviews)
"It's a great value in a great location. The price, view, pool, and beach are fabulous. The restaurant has a good menu and prices with oceanfront seating. The only drawback is the wifi, which isn't available in the rooms and has a spotty signal near the pool. The kitchenettes in the rooms are very ..."

Reviewed on Nov. 15, 2021

Bsea Cancun Plaza Hotel
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 $86 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
Situated in Cancun, this aparthotel is 5.9 mi (9.4 km) from Ventura Park Cancun and within 12 mi (20 km) of Puerto Morelos Town Square and Aquaworld.
3.8/5 Good! (255 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
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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