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

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, 77500
The price is CA $382 per night from Jun 13 to Jun 14
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury property in Cancun. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,268 reviews)
"Everything was perfect"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Temptation Cancun Resort - All inclusive - Adults Only
Wyndham Alltra Cancun All Inclusive Resort
Wyndham Alltra Cancun All Inclusive Resort
4 out of 5
Boulevard Kukulkan, Km. 11.5, Cancun, QROO, 77500
The price is CA $433 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 4-star beach property in Cancun. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (2,951 reviews)
"The service was top notch. The food was amazing. You never know with all inclusive how good the food will be, but i will tell you after being at a lot of different resorts across the world that this resort has amazing food!"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Wyndham Alltra Cancun All Inclusive Resort
Moon Palace Cancún - All Inclusive
Moon Palace Cancún - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Cancun-Chetumal Km. 340, Cancun, QROO, 77500
The price is CA $531 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury property in Cancun. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,120 reviews)
"Great resort great people. Great rooms"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

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.
Extended Suites Cancún Cumbres
Extended Suites Cancún Cumbres
3 out of 5
Súper Manzana 311, MZ-26 LT. 18, Cancun, QROO, 77500
The price is CA $81 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Cancun. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (257 reviews)
"Personal amable, buen lugar y limpio. Es solo qu esta detras de centro comercial y locales, aislado y obscuro. Atraz como en bodegas :( Iba sola con mi sobrino, asi q, se me hizo muy solo..."

Reviewed on Mar. 28, 2022

Extended Suites Cancún Cumbres
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, 77506
The price is CA $100 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Cancun. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
3.7/5 Good! (315 reviews)
"They offer free transfers from/to airport, breakfast ok and rates. Don't like, quality in deep cleaning on the shower box. No good the fact that they use the same people in two front desks, so we wait for more than 30 minutes until the receptionist appear, due to they are checking in other group ..."

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

City Suites Cancun Aeropuerto Riviera
Cancun Plaza - Best Beach
Cancun Plaza - Best Beach
3 out of 5
km 19.5 Blvd. Kukulcan Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO, 77500
The price is CA $132 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Cancun. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Popular attractions Delfines Beach and La Isla Shopping Mall ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Let me tell you I came here cause it had one good review and cause it was not expensive and I’m glad I stayed at this hotel It was way better then CASA MAYA HOTEL it seems like older construction but it was so nice AC WAS EXCELLENT and the view and beach was just beautiful I even got a massage in ..."

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Cancun Plaza - Best Beach
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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