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Cancun Holiday Guide

This city on the Caribbean Sea on the southeast coast of Mexico is popular with all kinds of travellers, from scuba divers to fishing fanatics, history buffs to thrill seekers. Cancún has been a popular destination since the 1980’s thanks to the extensive water sports, as well history and culture of the ancient Mayan civilisations, as well as the more recent Mexico and the Caribbean inhabitants. With so much going on, Cancún is perfect for all types of holidaymakers. Enjoy the ancient Mayan temples, the second longest barrier reef in the world, the endless beaches and the glorious nightlife.

Cancún is located on the Yucatán peninsula on the Gulf of Mexico. Just off the coast is a huge coral reef with some of the best dive sites in all of Mexico. Head to the beach in Playa Tortugas for a little snorkelling and explore amongst the colourful fish and underwater plant life. Take a boat out from one of the many dive centres to swim with dolphins at Playa Delfines, an activity that still tops the majority of bucket lists. The Gulf is a paradise for fishermen too.

The area around Cancún was of great importance to the Mayans, the original inhabitants of the region. You will find several archaeological sites of great historical importance, such as the El Rey ruins in the heart of the hotel zone of Cancún. Visit the Museo Maya de Cancun to learn more about the rich history of the area and to discover why the Mayans thought the world would end in 2012 (hint: they didn’t really).

Take the ferry from the beach in the city to the nearby Isla Mujeres, a charming island that’s not as touristy as Cancún. Wander through the pristine jungle in the Garrafon Natural Reef Park or relax on one of the island’s quiet beaches.

It’s location makes Cancún hot all year round, being pleasantly warm in the winter months. The most popular months to visit are December through April. In the summer months it can be very hot there and in early autumn begins the rainy season, so these periods are less suited for a vacation. Cancún has excellent public transport links and most people speak English, so you shouldn’t get lost. The city is considered one of the safest in Mexico for tourists.

So what are you waiting for? Book your holiday to Cancún today!


Guide to Exploring Cancun


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Comfort Inn Cancun Aeropuerto

Comfort Inn Cancun Aeropuerto

Carr. Cancun/Aeropouerto, Cancun
3.4
of 5, from 611 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Parish of the Risen Christ, Wet n' Wild Cancun, and Cancun Country Club. Delfines Beach and El Rey Ruins are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£25
ibis Cancun Centro

ibis Cancun Centro

Av Tulum Y Nichupte, Cancun
3.7
of 5, from 246 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Cancun, this hotel is steps from Dubai Palace Casino and Royal Yak Casino and Sports Book. Amerimed Hospital and Malecon Americas Shopping Mall are also within 10 minutes.

£113
Krystal Grand Punta Cancun

Krystal Grand Punta Cancun

Boulevard Kukulkan Km 8.5, Cancun
4.0
of 5, from 2,591 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located on Punta Cancun and offering views of the Caribbean and a new and extensive white-sand beach, this resort is within walking distance of shopping and nightlife.

ME Cancun - Complete ME All Inclusive

ME Cancun - Complete ME All Inclusive

Boulevard Kukulkan Km 12, Cancun
4.2
of 5, from 2,290 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This contemporary Cancun lodge offers views of the Caribbean Ocean; the ME Cancún - Complete ME All Inclusive is in the property zone, less than 1 km (0.6 mi) from Luxury Avenue Mall, and 12 km (7.5 mi) from downtown.

£60
Courtyard By Marriott Cancun Airport

Courtyard By Marriott Cancun Airport

Blvd. Luis Donaldo Colosio, Km. 12.5, Cancun
4.2
of 5, from 414 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Alfredo V. Bonfil, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Parish of the Risen Christ and within 6 mi (10 km) of Wet n' Wild Cancun and Cancun Country Club. Delfines Beach and Malecon Americas Shopping Mall are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£149
Grand Park Royal Cancun Caribe All Inclusive

Grand Park Royal Cancun Caribe All Inclusive

Boulevard Kukulkan Km 10.5, Cancun
4.2
of 5, from 2,690 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Featuring ocean view or oceanfront rooms and suites, facing a white, powdery sand beach and brilliant turquoise water, this oceanfront resort is just minutes from The Cancun Center and main shopping and entertainment areas.

£384
Secrets The Vine Cancun All Inclusive

Secrets The Vine Cancun All Inclusive

Blvd. Kukulcan km. 14.5 Retorno Del Rey, Cancun
4.7
of 5, from 1,131 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Avenida Kukulkan, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ballenas Beach, La Isla Shopping Mall, and Delfines Beach. El Rey Ruins is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) away.

£63
Emporio Cancun

Emporio Cancun

Blvd. Kukulcan, Retorno Gucumatz, Km.17, Cancun
3.9
of 5, from 739 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Avenida Kukulkan, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Maya Cancun Museum and Delfines Beach. El Rey Ruins and La Isla Shopping Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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