Cancún has a wide variety of 3 to 5 star hotels in the hotel zone. Cheaper priced accommodations can also be found in the city center. Below are just some of the hotels in Cancún:
- Hostel Quetzal
- Temptation Resort and Spa
- Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa
- Le Blanc Spa Resort
- Club Med Cancún Yucatan
- Sun Palace
- Ritz-Carlton Cancún
- Beach Palace
- The Royal Sands
- The Royal Cancún
Cancún is the perfect choice for a vacation – whether for families on holiday, couples needing a romantic getaway or groups of friends who want to enjoy the weekend.
Cancún is situated on the northeast coast of Quintana Roo in southern Mexico, over 1,700 km away from Mexico City. Since its development as a tourist destination, it has become the most renowned Mexican resort in the world, together with Acapulco.
Whether you are on a tight budget or are willing to splurge, Cancún offers a plethora of accommodations. One is sure to find something that will suit his or her budget and needs. The area has many activities and sights to offer and is the main reason why millions of tourists travel to Cancún each year.Shopping destinations and dining options are also in abundance. For the adventurous, scuba diving and snorkeling tops the list, after all, Cancún is home to the world’s second largest barrier reef. Cenote exploring and swimming with the dolphins are also some of the unique experiences to have in Cancún.
Partygoers will not find the Cancún nightlife scene wanting – there are numerous bars, clubs and lounges for the young and young at heart to ensure a fantastic night out in the city.
Aeromexico, Interjet, Aviacsa, JetAirFly and AirBerlin are just some of the airlines that fly to Cancún from Mexico City. The second busiest airport in Mexico is the Cancún International Airport. Tourists are advised not to accept offers from locals who offer to carry your luggage, as they will either charge you for the service or make off with your things.
Two companies officially licensed by the Cancún Airport to provide transportation to the hotels in Cancún or the Riviera Maya are Gray Line and T.T.A. and selling booths for both can be found right after the Customs Service. The prices for transportation through these companies are fixed by the airport and are non-negotiable. You can opt for shuttle service or private transfer. Other transportation companies offer transfer services to and from the airport as well.
Travelers can also drive or take the bus from Mexico City to Cancún.
It is very easy even for tourists to get around Cancún. Buses are the less expensive mode of transportation; however, not all buses have air conditioning or even seat cushions. Tourists should be careful especially in cramped buses because pick-pocketing is a common occurrence.
Taxis are another, albeit more expensive, option for transportation, especially in the hotel zone and the airport. In order to avoid confusion and misunderstanding with the fare, it is best to ask the driver prior to boarding. If you feel like the driver is charging for too much, you can choose to look for another one since taxis are generally plentiful.
Car rentals are also available in Cancún for those who feel comfortable enough to drive around in the area.
Things to See and Do
Beaches abound in Cancún and the pristine white sand and crystal clear, turquoise waters guarantee an opportunity to relax and have fun.
Markets are found either downtown or the hotel zone. Make sure to polish your bargaining skills and enjoy the shopping experience.
Golf and Spa clubs surrounded by spectacular Mexican landscape are also a great way to enjoy Cancún. The Moon Spa and Golf Club is renowned as the home of the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Cancún golf course and Riviera Cancun Golf and Spa is a feast for the senses with its immaculate greens, spectacular layout of fairways and wooden bridges.
The Lobster Dinner Cruise offers a unique dining experience aboard the Spanish Galleon Columbus against the dramatic background provided by the setting sun. It is the perfect romantic dinner to cap a beautiful day.
Hidden Worlds Family Cenote Adventure Park is located on the most extensive system of underwater caves and caverns on the planet. It boasts of some of the most astonishingly gorgeous cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula. It offers a myriad of activities including zip lines, SkyCycle, snorkel tours, rappelling.
Jeep Adventures allow for a self-drive safari where tourists get the chance to explore Mayan ruins, visit a jungle reserve and more. Prices are usually inclusive of a professional adventure leader.
Xcaret Ecopark is an Eco-archaeological Park where visitors can find an archaeological site, snorkel in underground rivers, swim with the dolphins or sharks, and experience the butterfly pavilion, coral reef aquarium, marine turtles area, tropical jungle trail, wine tasting and many more.
Eat and Drink
A wide range of dining options are available for visitors, and every craving is sure to be satisfied with restaurants offering cuisine from all over the world. From the budget-friendly to the high-priced, there are restaurants and bars to satisfy every appetite and thirst. Below are just a few of them:
Peter’s Restaurant is a small, cozy restaurant that features a menu that includes international and Mexican fare. Personal service by the Dutch Chef Peter Houben, his wife Claudia and their son Eder makes one feel at home and the outstanding food are the reasons why people keep coming back for more. The restaurant also offers a small but good wine list. It is open for lunch and dinner, and takes reservations and walk-ins.
Trattoria La Veneziana Da Bertilla serves authentic Italian food such as pasta and pizza and features a wine bar. It is ideal for families with children, couples, and is the perfect setting for special occasions and doing business. It offers a warm and cozy atmosphere, and the personal service by the owner, her husband and Chef and their son makes customers feel like they are part of the Italian family.
La Tranquita Bar and Grill is the best place to go for families or groups of friends for excellent Argentine style meat or pasta. It offers a cozy and friendly atmosphere, affordable but very good meals and superb service.
La Destileria is open from 1PM until midnight and serves some of the most authentic Mexican dishes in the hotel zone and such drinks as Tequila Jade, Banana Maya, Luces de la Habana, Margarita Love and much more.
Laguna Grill serves seafood, steak and pasta with a contemporary twist. Customers will feel close to nature in this restaurant with a lush tropical garden entrance, and a small flowing creek that traverses the restaurant. Tables and chairs are made from trunks of trees. Next door, the Lounge Bar Trágara serves a wide variety of wine and liquors.
O Ultra Club & Terrace offers a very sleek club scene reminiscent of the clubs in New York City.