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Cancun
Travel Guide

Cancun showing a sandy beach, general coastal views and landscape views

Relax by the pool, dive through subaquatic caves and learn about the region’s fascinating past through museums and archeological sites.

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

Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carr Federal 307 Tulum-Cancun Km 332.15, SM31 MZ03, Puerto Morelos, QROO
The price is £192 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr
Nestled on the beach, this Puerto Morelos resort is within 16 mi (25 km) of Cancun Country Club, Ventura Park Cancun and Puerto Morelos Town Square.
3.9/5Very Good! (1,319 reviews)
"Beautiful property. Our ocean view presidential suite was absolutely beautiful as well. However, we chose this property because of it's kid-friendly amenities, and it was not communicated (nor indicated on the website) that the kids club and gameroom is currently closed. On top of that, the kids ..."

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2021

Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun Resort & Spa Adults Only - All Inclusive
Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun Resort & Spa Adults Only - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Km 9.7 Blvd. Kukulcan, Zona Hotel, Cancun, QROO
The price is £223 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr
Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera resort is within a 10-minute walk of Chac Mool Beach and Forum Beach. Cancun Convention Center and Gaviota Azul Beach ...
4.1/5Very Good! (631 reviews)
"What I mostly like was a diamond service that we received what their own butler Caesar who went above and beyond to meet our needs, As far as what I didn't like I suppose some of the guests for a little bit Rowdy but I went during spring break so I don't think that the hotel had any fault in that ..."

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2021

Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun Resort & Spa Adults Only - All Inclusive
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun - All Inclusive
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Blvd. Kukulcan km. 9.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £363 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr
Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district, just steps away from Caracol Beach, Gaviota Azul Beach and Forum Beach. Cancun ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,636 reviews)
"The property location is excellent. I like the fact that the palm trees are on the beach area to give shade. The view is amazing. The water was clear and blue sometimes clear. The restaurants was good. Wish they had more and I didnt notice any Buffett open during evening time. Overall the rooms was ..."

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2021

Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun - 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.
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
The price is £51 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Situated in Cancun, this aparthotel is 5.7 mi (9.3 km) from Ventura Park Cancun, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Puerto Morelos Town Square and Aquaworld.
4.1/5Very Good! (129 reviews)
"The whole staff is great, specially Luis. Their food is really good. Nice place to stay! Coming back soon!!!"

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2021

City Suites Cancun Aeropuerto Riviera
Tulipanes Cancun
Tulipanes Cancun
3.5 out of 5
Av. Benito Juarez Esq. Margarita Maza, de Juarez, SM 308 Mz. 5 Lote 5, Cancun, QROO
The price is £24 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr
Situated near the airport, this villa is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Parish of the Risen Christ and within 6 miles (10 km) of Ventura Park Cancun and Hospiten Hospital. ...
3.7/5Good! (254 reviews)
"We booked this property as a transition to our hotel on the strip since we arrived at 12am and didn’t want to pay the strip prices for a few hours of shut eye. We arrived late at night and the area around the hotel was sketchy, but the property was gated. The staff was very helpful and friendly assisting ..."

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2021

Tulipanes Cancun
Bsea Cancun Plaza Hotel
Bsea Cancun Plaza Hotel
3 out of 5
Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 19.5, Hotel Zone, Cancun, QROO
The price is £56 per night from 28 Apr to 29 Apr
Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront aparthotel is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park, ...
3.4/5 (575 reviews)
"Liked how close it is to the water. All balcony rooms looked like perfect distance from the beautiful water. Good for the price for sure, right in the hotel zone."

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2021

Bsea Cancun Plaza Hotel
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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Reviews of Cancun

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Top Destination

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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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