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Visit Cancun

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.

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Where to stay in Cancun

Norte Beach showing general coastal views, a sandy beach and swimming

Isla Mujeres

This small, peaceful island is packed with some of Mexico’s most pristine beaches and jungle, and is home to one of Cancun’s more traditional communities. 

Isla Mujeres
Puerto Morelos featuring a bay or harbour, boating and landscape views

Puerto Morelos

A sleepy Caribbean village that delights with its unspoiled natural beauty, an extensive coral reef system and a dense mangrove jungle.

Puerto Morelos

Top Hotels in Cancun

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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
CA $639
per night
Feb 14 - Feb 15

Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera hotel is just steps away from Tequila Museum and Cancun Interactive Aquarium. La Isla Shopping Mall and Aquaworld are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (5,771 reviews)

"Everything about LiveAqua is unique. Access to the beach and cleanliness, you can swim both in the ocean and the pools. Restaurants and staff everywhere are great. Bring your dollars for tips (better come $1 bills) as ATM is very expensive ($35 to get cash). The view is phenomenal, it is very quiet ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2020

Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún - All Inclusive - Adults Only
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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $599
per night
Feb 15 - Feb 16

Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquaworld and Maya Cancun Museum. Delfines Beach and El Rey Ruins are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (7,941 reviews)

"There’s a beautiful hotel nice and clean good food nice,perfect Thanks to Expedia they put me in the VIP awesome."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 15, 2020

Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun - All Inclusive
Krystal Cancun
Krystal Cancun
3.5 out of 5
Paseo Kukulcan km 9, lotes 9 y 9A, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
CA $177
per night
Feb 14 - Feb 15

Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront resort is connected to the convention centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of La Isla Shopping Mall and Cancun Interactive ...

3.5/5Good! (3,047 reviews)

";bbb; b; esnsksksksjskskshdksksbskendkensbdndbdndnejenenjrndnen"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 11, 2020

Krystal Cancun

Popular things to do in Cancun

Delfines Beach
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Delfines Beach

4.5/5(237 reviews)

Catch some waves or just escape the crowds at this peaceful beach that's long been a firm favorite with locals.

El Rey Ruins
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El Rey Ruins

4/5(70 reviews)

Visit the iguanas that now inhabit the spectacular ruins of this ancient Mayan city right in the heart of Cancun’s hotel district.

Aquaworld
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Aquaworld

4/5(93 reviews)

Swim with wild dolphins, dive Cancun’s best sites or spend the day deep-sea fishing with the people who know the best locations on the coast.

Top activities in Cancun

Chichén Itzá All-Inclusive with Cenote Hubiku and Valladolid
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Chichén Itzá All-Inclusive with Cenote Hubiku and Valladolid

CA $90

Get an up-close look at the charms and treasures of the Yucatán on this all-inclusive day of exploration. You can learn about the vast archeological site of Chichén Itzá, cool off with a dip in a serene cenote, and snap colorful photos in colonial Valladolid, complete with a tasty buffet lunch and a spacious coach ride between each stop.

Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour
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Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour

CA $97

Cruise away from Cancun's sun-soaked coast to head to the pristine shores of Isla Mujeres. Enjoy a relaxing ride on a luxurious catamaran with plenty of room to stretch out, do some snorkeling in the island's brilliant blue water, and swing through the charming town to do some leisurely window shopping.

ATV, Ziplining & Cenote Combo at Extreme Adventure Eco Park
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ATV, Ziplining & Cenote Combo at Extreme Adventure Eco Park

CA $97

Leave the beach for an ATV, zipline, and cenote jungle adventure for the whole family. Kick up dust while off-roading in the jungle, feel the wind as you fly through the trees on 6 exhilarating ziplines, and cool off in the refreshing waters of a natural Mayan cenote.

Day Trip to Tulum & Cenote Dos Ojos
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Day Trip to Tulum & Cenote Dos Ojos

CA $74

Travel back in time during a day trip to the mysterious Maya ruins of Tulum. Uncover the secrets of this ancient civilization as you tour the archeological site with a guide, enjoy some free time to dig your toes into the sand of Tulum's picture-perfect beach and then take a refreshing dip in Cenote Dos Ojos.

Coba & Tulum with Cenote Wayak & Mayan Traditions
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Coba & Tulum with Cenote Wayak & Mayan Traditions

CA $141

Travel back in time by venturing to ancient Coba and Tulum, 2 of the most remarkable ancient Maya towns. Climb to the top of the 137-foot (42-m) pyramid of Nohoch Mul, swim in spectacular Cenote Wayak, and experience real Mayan Traditions: Honey & Chocolate demonstration on-site.

Full day tour to Tulum, Coba, Cenote and Playa del Carmen (4 places for 1 price)
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Full day tour to Tulum, Coba, Cenote and Playa del Carmen (4 places for 1 price)

CA $82

Enjoy a convenient pickup from your Cancun or Riviera Maya hotel at between 7am-8am, then set board a shuttle bus to visit two of the premiere ruins in the Riviera Maya. During a guided tour, discover the ruins of Tulum juxtaposed against the beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean's white-sand beaches.

Reviews of Cancun

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 36.25377643504532%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.566968781470292%
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2 - Disappointing 1.5105740181268883%
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1 - Terrible 0.5035246727089627%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

Don’t go out at night.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

Getting a cab at the airport was an issue. I took me about 30 minutes. I wanted a private car and I was getting the run around and the price kept changing. I think there needs to be standardized pricing at the airport.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 3, 2020

We suggest for people to chexk out playa tortugas it was beautiful all in all a trip to remember forever

5/5 - Excellent

Marni

Jan 3, 2020

Some great excursions but they can be time-consuming. There are large distances between some of the venues and you may spend more time on a bus then you were expecting.

5/5 - Excellent

Dcc

Jan 2, 2020

Good vacation point..

5/5 - Excellent

MC

Jan 2, 2020

I think Cancun has one of the most beautiful beaches I've been. Staying in the touristic side also highlighted the price difference of even artisan crafts. Best to do shopping somewhere else.

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