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CancunMexico

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

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

Isla Mujeres

The stunning beaches and island views are just a few highlights of Isla Mujeres. Make a stop by Norte Beach or Garrafon Natural Reef Park while you're exploring the area.

Isla Mujeres
Puerto Morelos which includes a coastal town, tropical scenes and boating

Puerto Morelos

Travelers to Puerto Morelos praise its stunning beaches. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Puerto Morelos Town Square and Puerto Morelos Reef.

Puerto Morelos

Top Hotels in Cancun

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 $304 per night

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,748 reviews)

"We were there last week during all covid situation! It was amazing! We had the resort all for ourselves! They take extra precautions with cleaning and screening everyone! It felt they were taking all the extra precautions! The service was amazing! The breakfast service was excellent! Carlene, Guadalupe ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 27, 2020

Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun - All Inclusive
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 $388 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera resort is just steps away from Tequila Museum and Cancun Interactive Aquarium. La Isla Shopping Mall and Chac Mool Beach ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (6,212 reviews)

"Amazing pools, lush vegetation, great restaurants, very respectful and attentive staff, extremely clean, modern rooms."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 28, 2020

Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún - All Inclusive - Adults Only
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
The price is CA $242 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Las Perlas Beach, Turtle Beach and Langosta Beach. Tortuga Beach and Cancun Golf Club ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,240 reviews)

"Always a great time ! Great service ! Staff are friendly , people are a lot of fun, everyone respects everyone ."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 30, 2020

Temptation Cancun Resort - All Inclusive- Adults Only

Popular places to visit in Cancun

Delfines Beach
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Delfines Beach

4.5/5(251 reviews)

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

Cancun Interactive Aquarium
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Cancun Interactive Aquarium

4/5(52 reviews)

Swim with sharks, kiss a sea lion and hand-feed, or dive in with, a pod of dolphins at one of Mexico’s premier aquariums. 

Aquaworld
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Aquaworld

4/5(100 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 things to do in Cancun

Puerto Morelos Reef Snorkeling Tour with Lunch
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Puerto Morelos Reef Snorkeling Tour with Lunch

CA $66
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
All inclusive Chichén Itzá, Cenote, Buffet & Tequila Tasting
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All inclusive Chichén Itzá, Cenote, Buffet & Tequila Tasting

CA $76
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Chichén Itzá Classic with Hubiku Cenote and Lunch
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Chichén Itzá Classic with Hubiku Cenote and Lunch

CA $66
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Cancun

4.4

Top Destination

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4 - Good 36.096256684491976%
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3 - Okay 9.358288770053475%
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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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Norte Beach showing general coastal views, a sandy beach and swimming

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