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CancunMexico

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!

Where to stay in Cancun

Norte Beach which includes swimming, a beach and general coastal views

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

Puerto Morelos is known for its stunning beaches, and you can see some sights area like Puerto Morelos Town Square and Ojo de Agua Beach.

Puerto Morelos
Playa Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Playa Mujeres

The stunning beaches and fantastic nightlife are just a few highlights of Playa Mujeres. Make a stop by Mujeres Beach or Playa Mujeres Golf Club while you're exploring the area.

Playa Mujeres
Escenica Tower featuring a luxury hotel or resort, a beach and general coastal views

Zona Hotelera

4/5Very Good!(130 area reviews)

The stunning beaches and fantastic nightlife are just a few highlights of Zona Hotelera. Make a stop by Aquaworld or Cancun Interactive Aquarium while you're exploring the area.

Zona Hotelera
Mexico which includes interior views and nightlife as well as a large group of people

Downtown Cancun

4/5Very Good!(26 area reviews)

Downtown Cancun is beloved for its popular shops. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Market 28 and Las Americas Cancun Mall.

Downtown Cancun
Costa Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Costa Mujeres

Beaches, restaurants and spas are some highlights of Costa Mujeres. You might stop by Norte Beach or Mujeres Beach while you're in the area.

Costa Mujeres

Top hotels in Cancun

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
GR Solaris Cancun & Spa - All Inclusive
GR Solaris Cancun & Spa - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Blvd. Kukulkan Km. 19.5, Lt 59-2, Sección A, 2 da etapa Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
£166
per night
4 May-5 May

Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of El Rey Ruins and Delfines Beach. Aquaworld and Maya Cancun ...

4.1/5Very Good! (9,998 reviews)

"Royal Solaris was fun, the staff were great especially the entertainment crew Daviny & Fernando and the pool bar waitress Ana. Joaquin over at the buffet treated my wife and I with great hospitality. We didn't like the aggressive time share people, especially since we were there to have a relaxing ..."…"

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2020

GR Solaris Cancun & Spa - All Inclusive
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 cancellation
£284
per night
5 May-6 May

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! (8,289 reviews)

"We love FACC because not only is it a beautiful hotel but the employees treat us like family!"…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020

Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun - All Inclusive
Marriott Cancun Resort
Marriott Cancun Resort
4.5 out of 5
Boulevard Kukulcan, Retorno Chac L-41, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£188
per night
5 May-6 May

Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront resort is connected to the convention centre and within a 10-minute walk of Ballenas Beach and Aquaworld. Cancun Interactive ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,552 reviews)

"Clean, friendly, well located. Very expensive breakfast buffet with combined people from neighboring JWMarriott."…"

Reviewed on 3 Apr 2020

Marriott Cancun Resort

Popular things to do in Cancun

Delfines Beach
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Delfines Beach

4.5/5(24 reviews)

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

Aquaworld
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Aquaworld

4/5(6 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.

El Rey Ruins
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El Rey Ruins

4/5(11 reviews)

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

Cancun Interactive Aquarium
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Cancun Interactive Aquarium

3.5/5(7 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. 

Iberostar Cancun Golf Course
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Iberostar Cancun Golf Course

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Hit the links in Avenida Kukulkan at Iberostar Cancun Golf Course, a popular golf course. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Norte Beach
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Norte Beach

4.5/5(18 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Norte Beach, a popular beach in Isla Mujeres. Stroll along the seaside or discover the beautiful sunsets in this relaxing area.

Top activities in Cancun

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

90% of travellers recommend
£40
Per adult
Day Trip to Tulum & Cenote Dos Ojos
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Day Trip to Tulum & Cenote Dos Ojos

88% of travellers recommend
£49
Per adult
Chichén Itzá All-Inclusive with Cenote Hubiku and Valladolid
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Chichén Itzá All-Inclusive with Cenote Hubiku and Valladolid

90% of travellers recommend
£60
Per adult
ATV, Ziplining & Cenote Combo at Extreme Adventure Eco Park
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ATV, Ziplining & Cenote Combo at Extreme Adventure Eco Park

92% of travellers recommend
£61
Per adult
Chichén Itzá Classic with Hubiku Cenote and Lunch
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Chichén Itzá Classic with Hubiku Cenote and Lunch

88% of travellers recommend
£42
Per adult
2 for 1: Chichen Itza & Catamaran to Isla Mujeres
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2 for 1: Chichen Itza & Catamaran to Isla Mujeres

90% of travellers recommend
£84
Per adult

Reviews of Cancun

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
54
5 - Excellent 42.857142857142854%
4 - Good
44
4 - Good 34.92063492063492%
3 - Okay
21
3 - Okay 16.666666666666668%
2 - Disappointing
7
2 - Disappointing 5.555555555555555%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Caleb

30 Mar 2020

Beautiful scenery, friendly locals and lots to do!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Mar 2020

We enjoyed Cancun but found that we were constantly pushed into buying something. From when we arrived, we were being pulled in every direction to get into a cab for ridiculous rates as well as tourist agents trying to sell their tours. Too much.

3/5 - Okay

c.thompson

17 Feb 2020

Cancun will not be for everyone - careful research needed on quality of hotel, access to decent food and location. For us, it was fun for a couple of nights on a beach and to see the nightlife.

3/5 - Okay

Elvira

26 Jan 2020

The centre of the hotel zone is a good place if you want to party and club every night. However, the area does not offer as many restaurants or other options besides disco clubs and is even very small to walk around. Way too loud for us.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jan 2020

It was a great Christmas vacation, sun, sand, sea and happy people.

5/5 - Excellent

Angela

3 Jan 2020

If you have the opportunity to go there do not miss it because it worths a lot from all points of view. Cancun is an amazing city.

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