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Cancun Guide

Cancun History

Cancun is a resort town. Located on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. In the state of Quintana Roo. In the north. It cleaned by the Gulf of Mujeres. The east – by the Caribbean Sea.

In the XVIII century. Cancun first appears on maps. Some historians believe that it comes from the word kanban. Which in the Mayan language means “throne of the serpent”. Or “magic snake”. In 1968, Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz. Instructs the Bank of Mexico to develop a National Tourism Strategy. The bank recommended the creation of five tourist resorts. Among which Cancun mentioned.

Cancun a Mayan fishing village lost in the jungle. Lacking any urban infrastructure. But rich in natural resources. 1970 – the year of the official start of the construction of Cancun.

Already in 1976, Cancun became a resort. Its population is 18,000 people, the total number of hotel rooms is 5,000 rooms. And the annual number of tourists is 100,000 people.

Cancun Tourism Industry

Cancun’s tourism industry flourished between 1983 and 1988. The Cancun city has 12,000 hotel rooms and 200,000 residents. Making it the most populous city in the state of Quintana Roo.

In 1988. Hurricane Gilbert wreaks havoc on Cancun and is causing a recession in the Cancun city’s tourism industry. Exacerbated by the worldwide recession in tourism in 2001 following the attack on the Twin Towers in New York.

In 2003. the summit of the World Tourism Organization being held in Cancun. Which confirms its status as a major international resort. During these years, tourism in Cancun is at its peak.

In 2005, another hurricane. Wilma destroys the Cancun city’s tourist infrastructure. Which, however, fully restored after a year.

In 2006, sociological studies were conducted, according to which 41% of tourists know Cancun as a “beach resort”, 31% associate it with sunny weather, and 3% are interested in Mayan culture.

Already in 2010. Cancun officially considered the largest resort in Mexico. And its hotel stock is 29,030 rooms. Three-quarters of the hotels are 5 *. According to the city’s tourist authorities, up to 60% of tourists are Americans, the remaining 40% are residents of Canada, Europe, and Mexico.

Geography of Cancun

Cancun divided into two parts. The Center (Centro) and the Hotel Zone (Zona Hotelera). These two zones separated by the bays Nichupte. And Ingles, and connected by bridges in the north and south.

Cancun City center

In the Center, the main streets are named after the historical Mayan regions, and the lanes have fish, flower, fruit, and even animal names. There is only one street in the Hotel zone – Bulevar Kukulkán, which starts in the Center in the north, connects it with the hotel zone, runs along the coast along the entire Hotel zone and returns to the Center in the south.

For orientation convenience, addresses in the Hotel Zone are indicated not by house numbers, but by the mileage of the boulevard (its total length is 25 km), for example. Blv. Kukulkán, Km 1. The mileage counted from north to south.

At the corner of Boulevard Kukulcan and Avenida Bonampak is one of the main attractions of the Cancun city – the Bullfighting Arena (Plaza de Toros). The tradition of bullfighting originated in Mexico in 1526 with the arrival of the Spaniards. Every Wednesday, a bullfight takes place in the Cancun arena, in which two animals usually participate, and the dance show of the Mexican charros cowboys (it was they who introduced wide-brimmed sombrero hats) preceded the bullfight.

The local House of Culture (Casa de Cultura) is located on Yaxchilan Avenue. Various concerts and performances. Poetry evenings, Indian dances held here every week. The House of Culture also houses a small museum where you can see the work of local artists – the exhibition changes every month.

Hotel zone

At the very beginning of the hotel zone, at 4 km Bulevar Kukulkán, there is the entertainment complex El Embarcadero, which includes a small park and the Embarcadero Marina. On the second floor of the complex, there is the Museum of National Mexican Art (Museo de Arte Popular Mexicano), where you can see an impressive collection of traditional Indian masks and objects of worship, national costumes, musical instruments, Calabas, etc. The complex has a revolving Tower of Cancun (La Torre Cancun). Which offers a breathtaking view of the Cancun city and the Mexican Caribbean Sea. attraction – Teatro de Cancun, Shows with national music. And dances of the peoples of Mexico. And the Caribbean staged.


Continuing along Bulevar Kukulkán along the beaches and hotels, you can reach the curious Interactive Aquarium, located in La Isla Shopping Center. Here you can listen to a lecture about dolphins and swim with them, watch starfish and stingrays, as well as feed sharks with your own hands, immersed in the water in a special acrylic cage. Guides answer the questions of the curious right from the depths of the sea using special microphones.

Water Park

At the end of the hotel area, in Punta Nizuc, is the water park Parque Nizuc. The local set of entertainment – swimming with dolphins, observing various tropical fish, sharks, and rays, as well as numerous water attractions, slides, swimming pools, diving areas.

Get Around Cancun

So, you hear the cherished words “Bienvenidos and Cancun!” – “Welcome to Cancun!”

You are at the airport. Are you dead tired, sleepy? And already starting to suffer from jet lag? Be patient a little longer – the Caribbean and luxury hotels are just around the corner! Fortunately, the airport is located just 15-40 minutes from most Cancun hotels.

How to get to your hotel in Cancun

How to get to the hotel if you are not a package tourist and do not have prepaid group or individual transport? In this case, you need to know in advance about the intricacies of visiting Cancun. This is not superfluous, even if you have already re-read the entire Tourist.

Simple option

and a rather expensive taxi. Getting to Cancun hotels by taxi costs on average about $ 50 per car for 2-3 people. A minivan for a company of 4-8 people will cost about $ 100.

Difficult option

(with transfer) for the budget conscious. Or for those who are alone and almost without luggage. From Terminals 2 and 3 of Cancun Airport, there is an ADO (Autobuses de Oriente) bus to the bus station in Cancun. Buses run every half hour, from 8:15 am to 11 pm. The timetable is available at. The ticket costs 54 pesos (about $ 4-5). All ADO buses are air-conditioned, with comfortable seats and TVs. There are no stops on this route, the journey takes about half an hour. And already from the ADO bus station, the R1 bus runs to the hotel zone, it stops at almost every hotel, the price is 11 pesos (about $ 1). Total travel from the airport to the hotel will cost $ 6 per person, but it will take a lot of time (at least 1.5 hours).

Another economical option

At the exit from the arrival hall, there is a Hertz company counter – they organize a group transfer to Cancun hotels for $ 15 in comfortable minivans for groups of 7-10 people.

For reference: the ADO bus station in the Cancun city is located at the corner of Avenida Tulum. and Avenida Uxmal. (Av. Tulum y Av. Uxmal). By the way, in the same place, after 100 meters at the corner of Av. Uxmal y Av. Nader there is Eco hotel El Rey del Caribe. If you need to spend the night somewhere when connecting flights, then this is ideal. Room rates from 400 pesos.

Where do Cancun buses go?

So, you are a little bored with your hotel and want to go to a disco for souvenirs, tequila, American jeans, and Chinese T-shirts? Live on a beach with waves and want a beach without waves? Or maybe you just wanted to take a ride around Cancun? Mastering buses today is easy! But before leaving the hotel. Remember well what it called. But it is better to take the hotel card where the address. And phone numbers of the hotel indicated, after all, anything happens to forgetful tourists. 

Cancun city for bus traffic divided into 2 parts.

Cancun hotel zone

Buses R1, R2, and R27 go along the so-called “hotel seven”. Their names translated from Spanish as “Route 1”, “Route 2”, and “Route 27” respectively. This is a fairly cheap, convenient, and safe transport running along Boulevard Kukulkan (the same legendary Mayan God of the Wind), where all the hotels in Cancun are located – its length is 23 kilometers. Interestingly, on Kukulkan Boulevard, kilometer signs have not only Arabic numerals but also Mayan ones – pay attention next time!

Down Town Cancun

Using buses Ruta 1 and Ruta 2, you can get not only to downtown. But also to rather pretentious shopping centers located in the center of the hotel zone. Plaza La Isla and Kukulkan Plaza (open from 11 am to 11 pm). As well as to a cozy corner. Where all the nightlife of the hotel area of ​​the disco Coco Bongo, Hard Rock. Palazzo and Mandala concentrated. And on Ruta 27 from the Hoteller’s Zone you can get to the Plaza Las Americas shopping center in Downtown.

Cancun bus rules

To stop the bus! – it is enough to wave your hand, however. In some places the bus forbidden to stop – so look at the traffic signs. The bus fare fixed at 11  pesos. Some of the buses equipped with air conditioners and TVs. And in some. It even planned to install Wi-Fi distribution. Buses run every 3-4 minutes during the day. The traffic starts at 6 am and ends around 12 at night

There are no conductors on the buses, it is customary to pay for the journey with the driver when boarding, so you should have a change at the ready so as not to delay the movement. Bus drivers will have the lowest dollar rate, usually from 1 dollar, it gives change as little as 50 cents. These buses are much cleaner and newer than the ones in downtown Cancun. But they are also 2 pesos more expensive. The R2 bus takes you to the large supermarkets Chedraui ( open from 8 am to 11 pm ) and Walmart ( open around the clock ).

Get to the pier on the island of Women

Some of the R1 buses run to Puerto Juarez, a seaside non-tourist area in Cancun, where private yachts and boats are located, and private villas are under active construction. Puerto Juarez is especially popular on weekends with Cancun residents, thanks to the many fish restaurants along the coast. To be honest, it’s pretty dangerous there, especially after dark. Other buses on the first route reach an even more exotic part of the Cancun city called the Cruzero – the belly of Cancun, so to speak. There are markets for second-hand clothes, pawnshops, bars for locals, unkempt brothels, in the evenings women of easy virtue stand along the side of the road, many Cuban and Guatemalan illegal immigrants live there, well, in general, “you don’t go there, the snow will fall head off and you will be completely dead ”.

Other bus routes in Cancun

In Cancun itself, there are many bus routes that are unlikely to be of interest to tourists and used by city residents to get around. You can find their routes on the Cancun city hall’s website:

Interesting facts about transport in Mexico

In Mexican buses, it is not very common to give way to neither pregnant women, nor small children, nor the elderly. Mexican buses often charge fares even for young 2-3-year-olds. There are no stops, so you need to warn the driver where you are getting off. And it is better to warn several times !!! Drivers often compete for customers and drive quite fast and risky, so be sure to hold onto the handrails. Also, many buses equipped with special reading devices that record the number of people entering the door. Therefore, it is better not to indulge in getting off the bus and coming back – the driver may well demand a second payment for the fare.

So, today we have studied the simplest (and most important!) Cancun routes and the intricacies of trips around the Cancun city, but there is still a lot of interest that once ferries went from Cancun to Cuba.

Airports in Cancun

Cancun airport

Cancun International Airport ranks last in the five largest airports in Latin America. In recent years, its passenger turnover has exceeded 12 million. The airport is actively developing and in the near future may well become the largest in all of Mexico.

Cancun Airport has 47 gates and three terminals. The airport carries out daily flights to the countries of European America, as well as to European countries. The largest number of flights carried out in the directions of Mexican cities.

Coordinates : 21.03666700, -86.87694400

Cozumel airport

Cozumel International Airport is located on the Mexican island of the same name in the Caribbean.

Despite the fact that the population of the island barely reaches 100 thousand people, the annual passenger turnover of the airport is equal to 400 thousand passengers. This facilitated by the resort status of the island and the presence of a huge coral reef with a length of 700 kilometers.

Following a global renovation in 2003, Cozumel Airport opened 6 state-of-the-art gates. Also, the terminals updated and the waiting rooms redecorated.

Coordinates : 20.51500000, -86.92888900

Taxi cost in Cancun

Not sure how much a taxi costs in Cancun? Check out the approximate rates for local taxis:

  • 1 km traveled costs $ 0.5 for passengers (the average cost of a 10-minute trip around the city is $ 10);
  • the night tariff (in comparison with the day tariff) does not increase the cost of travel much – by only 10%.

On average, a trip from the airport to the Cancun city costs $ 15-20. It is worth noting that the fare is calculated based on how many zones you will cross during your trip, so it is best to agree on the price before setting off (you should ask the hotel administrator in advance for information about tariffs within the zones that interest you) … But if you see signs in a taxi that indicate the fare for popular routes, bargaining is not appropriate, since in this case you will be charged for travel at fixed rates.

Since taxi drivers often do not give change, it is advisable to have small bills with you, which will allow you to pay for the fare on account (if you wish, you can leave a little tip, rounding the fare in favor of the driver).

Taxi rides in Cancun are relatively inexpensive and the safest: a taxi is very convenient to move around the Cancun city, seeing local attractions, and to get to the magnificent beaches.

Best time to visit Cancun

Weather in Cancun

The weather in Cancun, Mexico is more than 300 days a year on a sunny day! The average annual temperature is 27-28 ° C, and it is a paradise of everlasting summer with a nice climate where you can spend all year long with short sleeves and shorts. The temperature from July to August is the highest in the year.

The Cancun season divided into a “rainy season” with high annual rainfall and a “dry season” with low annual rainfall. It is a good idea to choose the time of the visit according to the purpose of your trip.

When are the rainy and dry seasons?

The rainy season in Cancun is from May to October. The rainy season in Cancun has the highest temperature and humidity of the year, but unlike the rainy season in other cities, where the rain continues to fall, only the weather has a short squall.

The greenery bright at this time of year So it recommended for those who want to make a plan that feels natural! Please note that on rainy weather days the trip may not be on time.

The dry season in Cancun is from November to April. The weather at this time of year is low and crisp, perfect for shopping, visiting archaeological sites, and enjoying activities at sea! Among them, from December to March is the best season of Cancun is!

If you’re visiting Cancun for the first time, we recommend the dry season, when the weather is the most stable of the year. If you are accustomed to traveling, it is a good idea to visit during the rainy season when you can feel the weather peculiar to tropical countries!

 Check the forecast! What is the hurricane season?

The Mexican hurricane season from September to October. Hurricanes can be stronger than other countries, so be careful not only with rain but also with strong winds.

Please check the weather forecast frequently!

Also during this period of weather is most precipitation a lot over the years. It will be a climate of significant rainfall and thus began to get off. When you carry a device such as a mobile phone or camera, be sure to have waterproof goods ready so that it can rain at any time.

Annual Weather in Cancun: Monthly Average Temperature and Precipitation

Cancun of average temperature and precipitation for each month will introduce. Please refer to your clothes and belongings according to the climate.

MonthAverage maximum temperature ℃Average minimum temperature ℃Precipitation mm

What is the best season to travel to Cancun and what is the weather?

The weather in Cancun is an everlasting summer paradise with many sunny days throughout the year. Which season is best depends on your travel plans, goals and what you value. I will give some concrete examples, so please refer to them.

Emphasis on activity plans and marine sports

June, July, and August are the best seasons for those who want to enjoy various activities and marine sports in the beautiful waters of Mexico! Of course, we do not recommend it during the hurricanes and rainy weather from September to October.

Also, from November to March, the transparency of the sea will be high, but the water temperature will be a little cold, so people who are not good at cold should avoid it. June, July, and August are snorkeling with the whale sharks in the wild can be enjoyed!

Emphasis on sightseeing plans such as visiting archaeological sites

For those who want to take a calm trip such as visiting archaeological sites without going into the sea, the dry season from November to April is the best season! The rainy season, May-October, is the hottest weather of the year, so it may not be suitable for a plan to walk around the city or explore the ruins.

Emphasis on festivals and event plans

For those who want to go to the event season such as “I want to enjoy Mexican festivals!”. We recommend the summer vacation (July to August), the year-end and New Year holidays, and the Semana Santa (March to April) season! Heaven because worry a good season, safely in the travel plan in the field! Nightclubs and the like also show a different excitement than usual.

A leisurely and relaxing plan

January-February is the best season for those who want to relax in Cancun . From December to March, there are many tourists from Europe and the United States, so it may not be suitable for those who want to relax at a hotel with a view of the sea or relax on the beach. There will be more events during the summer vacation from July to August, so you should avoid it if you plan to spend a leisurely time.

The best season for diving

The best season for diving in the sea is December-April! The weather during this time is the best of the year and the transparency of the sea is so clear that it is a perfect climate for diving.

The best season for Pink Lake

Pink Lake is popular when you can take pictures that look good on SNS. The best season is the dry season from December to February. In the rainy season, the weather can make the water muddy orange or brown, and in the worst case, the pink lake itself can disappear due to rain.

Also, not only the time but also the time is important, so we recommend between 12:00 noon and 4:00 in the evening! This time is the climate where you can see the most beautiful pink lake.

Off season in Cancun

Cancun can be enjoyed all year round, but the off-season is from May to November. You should avoid planning your trip to Cancun during this time!

In particular, don’t underestimate the hurricanes that come across Mexico from September to October! Not only the weather rough due to hurricanes and you cannot enter the sea. But tourist spots such as archaeological sites often closed. Depending on the forecast, the plane may not fly!

Shopping in Cancun

Shopping Mall

1. La Isla Shopping Mall

The largest shopping mall in Cancun is here “La Isla”!

It’s an outlet-type semi-outdoor mall, with everything from souvenir shops to fashion brands, international fashion brands, and luxury brand stores that are popular in Latin America! (There is also an aquarium and a Ferris wheel for some reason.)

Especially for women who want to shop hard, this is the place to go.

Recommendation level
scaleCancun’s largest
super-large outlet-scale shopping mall
Stores inFashion shops, souvenir shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, brand shops (duty free shops), tour desks, etc.
Number of shopsAbout 200 stores
Business days (business hours)Every day (8: 00-23: 30)
NoteThis is everything here.
You can get delicious Mexican chocolate at a chocolate shop called “Ah Cacao Chocolate Café”! Recommended for souvenirs.

2. Flamingo Plaza Shopping Mall

It ’s the oldest shopping mall in Cancun, but …

When I went in 2018, it was quite depopulated.

The scale is quite small, there are many customers and it is awkward because there are too few other customers, so I wonder if other shopping malls are recommended. (If you go 1km south, you will find the largest “La Isla”)

Recommendation level
scaleSmall mall
Stores inMainly souvenir shops
Number of shopsDozens
Business days (business hours)Every day (9: 00-22: 00)
NoteThe oldest and longest-established mall in Cancun.
Depopulation has been severe recently. ..

3. Kukulcan Plaza Shopping Mall

The one that is (likely) most loved locally is “Kukurukan Plaza”. It is an indoor shopping mall like Aeon.

The mall is named after Kukulkan, the god of snakes with feathers of Maya, and has a wonderful stained glass ceiling in the open space .

If you want Mexican specialty “silver products”, the shop “Taxco” here is a famous international shop.

Recommendation level
scaleLarge mall
Stores inSouvenir shops, fashion shops, brand shops (duty free shops), supermarkets, cafes, tequila specialty shops, etc.
Number of shopsover 100
Business days (business hours)Every day (10: 00-22: 00)
NoteThe huge circular stained glass (Maya design!) In the hall is wonderful. Worth a look.
You can buy branded products at duty-free prices at the nearby “Luxury Avenue”.

4. Forum By The Sea

A huge mall with a huge guitar from Hard Rock Cafe and a Coco Bongo club.

The point is that it is easily accessible because it is very close to the downtown area. There are a lot of souvenir shops, but there aren’t many people there. ..

However, it is an area with a lively nightlife, and it is open 24 hours a day ! Convenient! (In case of emergency, let’s go here!)

Recommendation level
scaleSmall mall
Stores inSouvenir shops, fashion shops, cafes, etc.
Number of shopsunder 100
Business days (business hours)Every day (open 24 hours)
NoteExcept for the Hard Rock Cafe, it’s not very busy. ..

5. Plaza Caracol

A small mall in front of the hotel RIU (in the middle of the downtown area!).

See also  Bus Station in Playa Del Carmen

There is also a food court, a pharmacy for tourists, and a currency exchange office, so it’s convenient when you want to shop quickly.

Recommendation level
scaleSmall mall
Stores inSouvenir shops, fashion shops, cafes, restaurants, jewelry, etc.
Number of shopsAbout 50 stores
Business days (business hours)Every day (10: 00-22: 30)
NoteThe scale is small, but the location is convenient.

Large souvenir shop

1. Plaza La Fiesta

In English, ” PLAZA PARTY “. ← It appears with this name on Google Maps.

Here you can find Mexican souvenirs !

It’s a fun space just to look at, and there are lots of things you can’t find in other shops, such as embroidered clothes, skeleton goods, and special chocolates. If you’re looking for ” Mexico-like things ” or ” gaikotsu goods, ” you might want to stop by.

It is very close to Chedraui Supermarket!

Recommendation level
scaleLarge souvenir shop
What you can buyMexican souvenirs (skeleton figurines and dolls, T-shirts, traditional Mexican costume dresses, chocolates, etc.)
Business days (business hours)Every day (7: 00-23: 30)
NoteThe business hours are long, so even people who leave early in the morning can buy souvenirs quickly. Recommended for those who want
Mexican dress or clothes that you can wear in Cancun !

2. Mercado 28

“Mercado Beitiocho” is a “folk craft market” in downtown.

Various folk crafts collected from all over Mexico are lined up in a messy and lively manner!

Compared to the markets in Mexico City and Oaxaca, it is quite expensive and the product lineup is reasonable, but you can buy cheaply at your desired price (compared to other Cancun shopping spots) while negotiating. I can do it!

(We do not recommend shopping for groceries such as tequila here)

Recommendation level
scaleSouvenir market
What you can buyMexican souvenirs (skeleton figurines, clothes, accessories, etc.)
Business days (business hours)Every day (8: 00-19: 00)
NoteIt’s possible to negotiate a price cut of about 25% from the price initially said, but don’t be too persistent.
If you buy in bulk at one store as much as possible, the discount will be large.

Outlet Mall in Cancun

There are several outlets if you go downtown!

The most popular among them is here (↓)

Las Plazas Outlet Cancun

Access from the hotel zone not good & the scale not so big, so when asked “Is it worth the trip?”, I feel like.

Check it out if you like outlet stores!

Recommendation level
scaleSmall outlet
Stores inSouvenir shops, fashion shops, cafes, brand shops, etc.
Number of shopsDozens of places
Business days
(business hours)
Every day (11: 00-22: 00)
NoteVery small as an outlet.

Supermarkets in Cancun

There are 2 hotel zones in Cancun + many supermarkets in downtown.

Introducing popular supermarkets.

1. Chedraui Hotel Zone

A supermarket in the middle of the downtown area of ​​the hotel zone.

The selection is great and you can get all the other food souvenirs (chocolate, tequila, coffee, chia seeds, agave syrup, etc.) here!

Recommendation level
scaleSuper large supermarket (2 stories)
Featured ProductsTequila bonbon chocolate, fine tequila, Mexican coffee, chia seeds, agave syrup, etc.
Business days
(business hours)
Every day (11: 00-22: 00)
NoteThe best place to buy Cancun souvenirs!

2. Soriana Hotel Zone

A medium-sized supermarket in Kukurukan Plaza.

You can buy sweets and other souvenirs here, but Chedraui has the best selection. It may be more local.

Also, there are lots of fruits and snacks, so it might be good for people who want to eat at the hotel.

Recommendation level
scaleMedium-sized supermarket
Featured ProductsFruit etc.
Business days (business hours)Every day (8: 00-23: 00)

3. Downtown Walmart

Wal-Mart is a large local grocery store in Cancun on the “downtown” side of Cancun . (Chedraui in the hotel zone is called a “luxury supermarket”, so you can get a lot cheaper here.)

For people who want to shop cheaply, such as clothes and marine sports equipment .

However, personally, I think, “If you are staying at a hotel in the hotel zone, you should buy it at Chedraui (considering the time and the front).”

Recommendation level
scaleLarge supermarket
Featured ProductsFruits and sweets
Business days (business hours)Every day (24 hours)
NoteIt’s open 24 hours a day, so it’s convenient! !!

Downtown Soriana (Soriana Super SM 2)

“Soriana SM2” in downtown is not so big, but it is a supermarket in a good location near the bus terminal .

It’s convenient to stop by before going somewhere and buy what you need for your outing.

Those who go to Cenote or Chichen Itza ruins on their own should buy food such as water and sweets here before boarding the bus!

Recommendation level
scaleMedium-sized supermarket
Featured ProductsFruits and sweets
Business days (business hours)Every day (24 hours)
NoteIt’s also open 24 hours a day, so it’s convenient! !!
You can also buy light meals when you go out and come back in the middle of the night.

Food in Cancun

Eat in Cancun

If you going to relax in one of the all-inclusive hotels in Cancun, then you will not have to worry about food, unless you want to taste the national pickles once or twice somewhere in a street cafe or spend a romantic evening in one of the expensive restaurants on Boulevard Kukulkan. If the price of your stay at the hotel includes only breakfast or you eat on a half board basis, then, most likely, you will be interested to find out where in the city you can eat tasty and inexpensively.

Cancun has a myriad of chic restaurants offering gourmet food from a variety of national cuisines. Besides Mexican, you can easily find here American, Italian, French, Japanese cuisine, steak houses, grill and seafood restaurants, and, of course, fast food.

Where to go in the Oteler area in Cancun

In the hotelier’s zone, the price tag unreasonably high. As it focused exclusively on tourists. For example, breakfast in one of the seven restaurants will cost $ 7-10 per person, while in the center of Cancun you will pay only $ 2-4 for it. Lunch or dinner in the hotel zone will cost $ 40-50, and even in chain restaurants like McDonald’s you will not leave less than 20-30 American rubles per person.

 If the prices do not scare you, and your vacation budget includes a couple of thousand dollars for delicious food, I advise you to visit the atmospheric Pizzeria La Pizzara in the La Isla shopping center or the best seafood restaurant Lorenzillos on 10.5 km of Kukulcan Boulevard, located on an open water terrace, and also the Porto Madero restaurant, Crab House and others. And if you want a real high-class Mexican flavor, then La Destileria restaurant on the 12 km of the boulevard,

Good Places in the Cancun City Center

Moving towards the Cancun city center, you can find a number of restaurants where you will be very tasty food, and at the same time, they will take much less than the “seven”. Mostly it will be Mexican cuisine. But don’t let that scare you. The national dishes served in the resort area adapted for European tourists. And usually not as spicy as in the original version.

The small restaurant Tacun, located on the corner of Coba avenue and st. 8 Sierra. At Tacun you can taste high-quality Mexican cuisine, with large portions and a very affordable price tag. Los Arcos restaurant on Yaxchilan Avenue offers visitors a huge selection of delicious Mexican dishes and national drinks for a very reasonable price.

Lovers of Italian cuisine will love La Dolce Vita restaurant located near Tacun, and Cheester on Madero Street. The portions in these establishments are so huge that one quite enough for two or even three people, thanks to which you can eat tasty and inexpensively.

Fans of meat cooked over an open fire will surely appreciate the Argentinean grill bars and Brazilian shurascaria Bovino’s at 17 Yaxchilan Avenue.

Eating in Cancun on a budget

If the budget of your vacation very limited, then a network of widespread throughout the country supermarkets “OHHO” will help you to save money on food. They work around the clock, and their “trick” is that for a ridiculous price, around $ 1, in the self-service corner you can make your own sandwich or hot dog, adding ingredients to your taste, and then wash it down with a hot drink. Isn’t it an option for a quick and budget breakfast?

Concluding a short tour of the most popular restaurants in Cancun, I would like to draw your attention to the most common Mexican dishes that you will have to taste.

Ethnic cuisine in Cancun

The culinary delights of typical Yucatec cuisine made up of a mixture of European and Mexican flavors. Seasoned with various spices and sauces. Its main ingredient, and remains corn. From which tortillas made – Tortillas. Which subsequently stuffed with various fillings of meat and vegetables in combination with excellent Mexican sauces. Tacos, Burrito, Fajitas, Quesadilla, Enchiladas. These all names of dishes prepared on the basis of corn tortilla, which you should definitely try while on vacation in Mexico. You should not refuse such dishes as Mexican fondue – Molhaquete or Mole peanut-chocolate sauce. Fans of all kinds of meat will love Chipile pork with vegetables or deep-fried Karnitas. All these delicacies you can try in the Cancun city park Las Palapas.

And, of course, the freshest fish and seafood served in many local restaurants rightfully considered the main dishes in the coastal regions of Mexico.

You are on vacation, in a country whose cuisine is one of the three most delicious cuisines in the world, so forget about your waist for a while.

Cancun Beaches

Cancun beaches – why are they so good?

Cancun’s beaches stretch along the coast for almost 25 kilometers. All the beaches of Cancun are absolutely free and open for everyone to soak up the shade of spreading palm trees on the white sand and in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea . In addition to passive sunbathing, you can be offered many other entertainments: from SPA treatments and dizzying shopping to diving and fishing for exotic fish, from excursions to the ruins of the Mayan to restless discos. Everyone will find for themselves exactly the vacation they have dreamed of all year.

Hotel seven tourist zones

The coastline of Cancun beaches consists of two partsnorthern (1-9 km) and eastern (9-24 km). Kukulkan street stretches along with it. The separation takes place in the village of Punta Cancun, behind which the spit turns sharply. The first attracts with a calm sea and not crowded, which is especially welcomed by family tourists. The second will attract fans of outdoor activities: surfing, underwater motorcycles, and endless discos, including the most famous Coco Bongo. It remains only to choose a place of rest. Let’s see what the tour guide has to offer. The list of beaches is arranged in order of distance from the Cancun city (zero point – zero kilometers in the Urbana zone).

Las Perlas beach

Playa Las Perlas (distance 2.4 km) is the very first beach in Cancun that catches your eye. This is a flawlessly flat bottom with a smooth deepening, snow-white coral sand and absolutely calm water. There are practically no waves, but apparently this causes the presence of algae in the water, which give the sea a color that is not quite expected. Las Perlas beach is ideal for families with children, although the small number of growing palm trees provide little shade. At the same time, this is one of the favorite places for recreation of the local population, and primarily because of its proximity to the Cancun city. Free sun loungers and sun loungers are provided. And although the beach is in close proximity to the hotels, there are very few sunbathers on the beach.

Juventud Beach

Playa Juventud (distance 2.7 km) is adjacent to the previous beach, and practically does not differ from it. Small holiday villas are located along the coastline. This beach is suitable for swimming and other water sports. The sea is calm, but it also contains algae almost all year round. On the beach you will not see cafes and shops, so there are not many tourists here, usually guests of hotel villas. The absence of loud music and other noise effects from restaurants and discos allows you to lie flat on the perfect sand in complete silence. There are many boats and boats near the piers. Here you can go on a boat trip or take a sightseeing trip to a nearby island.

Linda beach

Playa Linda (distance 4.2 km) is more lively and this is due not so much to the clean and calm sea, but also to the presence of a ferry crossing to Isla Mujeres (the island of Women) . This beach is ideal for relaxing with children and attracts both tourists and the local population. The presence of all kinds of shops and fruit shops, cafes and huge spreading palm trees make this Linda beach in demand. There is a more lively struggle for tourists who are offered a lot of entertainment – jet skis, yachts and boats, all kinds of boat trips. For exotic lovers, there is a pirate tavern. Sun loungers are abundant, but almost all of them belong to nearby hotels. There are public paths to access the beach.

Langosta beach

Playa Langosta (distance 5 km) – this is where you will see the very turquoise sea surface. The beach is small but very cozy. The snow-white sand and the gently sloping bottom make Langostu an ideal place for families with children. Although the beach is popular, it is not crowded. On weekends, whole families of the local population often rest here. There are no hotels nearby, as well as shops and cafes, but there are no usual amenities either. It is possible to hide from the scorching sun only in the shade of a few trees. The coast in some places has a rocky surface. From this beach you can also take a ferry to the Island of Women . And even when you crave a secluded getaway, Langosta Beach provides you with many secluded spots and a cozy environment.

Pes-Volador beach

Playa Pez Volador (distance 5.4 km) is the most popular beach for children. A large number of couples and lack of local residents. The beach is located in the hotel area, so it is always tidy and tidy. In the shade of palm trees, there are a huge number of sun loungers. The sea has an unforgettable color and beckons with its light breeze. The sand is impeccably white and the seabed is clean and very gently sloping. There are also rocky areas. There are practically no algae, and the water is always at the ideal temperature. On the Pes-Volador beach there is already an unobtrusive service in the form of offers to ride various water devices, all kinds of excursions on the sea, to various parks or a dolphinarium are offered.

Tortugas beach

Playa tortugas(distance 6.5 km) the most popular beach. This is due to the fact that it is separated from the previous beach by a strip of sushi flooded with shops, cafes, restaurants, excursion tents and a public toilet. But not only this attracts many people, among whom the bulk are Mexicans. The luxurious coastline, clear water, stone boulders, the lack of large hotels and the availability of rental sun loungers and umbrellas make Tortugas beach a more desirable holiday destination than others. The beach is quite long and you will find a place to your liking, and the presence of inexpensive cafes adds comfort. 

Since the beach is only a small part of the hotel zone, the cleanliness of the coastal zone is not monitored so diligently, and you can often see dried algae on the sand. Besides, here very often the local population rests with whole families and quite thoroughly – in tents and with all the attributes of camp life. From here, ferries run to Discovery Bay on Women’s Island for those who want to swim with dolphins!

Caracol beach

Playa Caracol (distance 8.7 km) is an incredible beach with fantastically white sand, clear water and perfect entry into the sea. The coastal waters are teeming with jet skis and boat enthusiasts. There is a group of large hotels on the beach, which is why Karakol is somewhat crowded with vacationers. And yet this does not make it inaccessible for families with children. This is the last resort in a series of beaches without waves. Here, what you see in advertising brochures and photographs from the Internet will fully correspond to what you have before your eyes – the white sand of Cancun, palm trees and an incredible turquoise sea with many shoals. But you will hardly be able to use the sun loungers belonging to the hotels. Karakol Beach is replete with intrusive sightseeing tents.

Gaviota Azul beach

Playa Gaviota Azul (distance 9 km) is the first beach on the east coast. It is the loudest, the funniest, the most crowded. It is here that many entertainment centers, clubs, restaurants, cafes, shops and hotels are located. Dance music thunders from everywhere. A huge number of tourists and local people. The beach has its own bar and many tables, sun loungers and umbrellas. Party lovers are undoubtedly attracted to this. There are plenty of all kinds of eateries with inexpensive kitchens and of course a public toilet and showers.
On this beach, the sea is not so welcoming and waves are constantly present. The sand is as clean as ever, there are shallows. But there is no vegetation on the beach. This makes the beach unsuitable for children, but at the same time it is ideal for youth movement.

Forum Beach

Playa Forum (distance 9.2 km) is also on the list of popular beaches. It is also always loud on this coast and there are a lot of tourists. Night discos are thundering all over the coast. During the day, modern rhythms and melodies also sound without a break. Local catering establishments will offer you both traditional Mexican cuisine and dishes from around the world. And all this with an unforgettable splendor of marine beauty.
But here you will meet not only dancers, but also a large number of surfers and other water sports enthusiasts. Fortunately, the waves contribute to this.

Chak-Mol beach

Playa Chac-Mool (distance 10 km) can be called one of the cleanest. Most likely this is due to the powerful underwater currents passing along it. But this also imposes a restriction on bathing. The sea has an advertising look!An endless turquoise color that explodes the imagination. And the presence of waves does not frighten off bathers at all. Clear water and many shallows bring true enjoyment of the Caribbean Sea. 

It is much quieter here than on previous beaches and there are much fewer tourists. You can swim only along the coast, so the bulk simply sunbathes or walk along the sea. Here you will hardly see married couples with babies. There is a lifeguard service on the beach. Sun beds, in small numbers, present on the beach belong to hotels. There are several shops and cafes nearby. There is practically no other infrastructure for holidaymakers outside the hotel. The most popular entertainment is parachuting (parasailing), which can be seen in the sky in sufficient quantities.

Marlin beach

Playa Marlin (distance 13 km) is the longest beach with a huge number of all inclusive hotels . This leads to a sufficient number of vacationers, although due to the same underwater current and restrictions on swimming in the sea, this beach is not entirely suitable for families with small children. The same colors of sand and water, incredible sunrises and endlessly rolling waves … And yet this does not frighten the swimmers, because there is a rescue service on the shore, which not only warns, but will also come to the rescue in case of an emergency. The beach includes the rental of umbrellas, sun loungers and tables. There is a shop and several cafes nearby.

Bayenas beach

Playa Ballenas (distance 14 km) is the most fashionable and crowded beach. And this is natural, because it is this Cancun beach that bears the proud title of the most beautiful on the entire Cancun coast. The Caribbean is also beautiful, the white lambs of the tops of the waves are mesmerizing, but there is not enough silence. The most expensive hotels are located here. People vacationing here are more imposing and unhurried. There are many sun loungers and umbrellas on the beach, but these are mostly owned by hotels, although they are available for hire. The beach is occupied mainly by hotel guests, so there are no changing cabins, showers and toilets. Also, you will not find cafes or eateries here. In some places, they offer water activities: surfing, jet skis, parachuting and more.

San Migelito beach

Playa San Miguelito (distance 17 km), like the previous beach, is popular among the respectable public. Leading chain hotels are also located here. Developed infrastructure for hotel tourists, the presence of a golf club and many water activities for vacationers. All sunbeds and umbrellas on the beach are the property of the hotels. There are no shops and catering facilities. The beach itself is the same snow-white and clean. And the turquoise Caribbean Sea never ceases to delight the eye, forcing more and more photographs to be taken. In some places palm trees grow, but there are very few of them. Most tourists bask under umbrellas or swim, although occasional waves force the rescue service to be on the alert.

Delfines beach

Playa Delfines (distance 18 km) is a favorite vacation spot for local people, especially families. You won’t find hotels here, but the beaches are dotted with umbrellas, tables and sun loungers for rent. There is a children’s playground and some sports equipment. But in terms of shopping or snacking, there is no service. There are a lot of vacationers. The beach is clean, but the waves are steeper here, and the underwater current is stronger. But despite this, there are a large number of swimmers in the water. Ivy thickets near the coast give a special flavor. The locals consider it the most beautiful beach in Cancun . There is a police post in the middle of the beach on the side of the road.

Punta Nizuk beach

Playa Punta Nizuc (distance 24 km) – this beach is the last in a series of beautiful Cancun coastline. It is not so crowded here, there are practically no tourists, this is due not only to the remoteness, but also to the large presence of algae in the sea. The Parque Nizuc water park is located on the beach . And the beach itself rests against the jungle thickets. Swimming in the water is almost impossible, although there are no waves and no undercurrents.

Tourist notes about Cancun beaches

Temperature conditions in Cancun

The average temperature of the summer Caribbean Sea ranges from + 25-27 ° C. These are very comfortable conditions for staying in Cancun from late May to early December. And although the water in the sea cools down by 2-3 degrees in winter and spring and the local population does not bathe in the sea, this factor does not deter many tourists. Even the temperature of + 22-24 ° C is quite comfortable for many vacationers.

Beach soil in Cancun

Almost all beaches have a sandy surface for almost 25 kilometers. This is the white coral sand of Cancun. Due to its whiteness, it hardly heats up and remains at a comfortable temperature at any air temperature. In some places there are pebbles or rocky beaches, but there are very few of them, and they are a favorite vacation spot for the local population, due to the fact that crushed coral sand in the form of powder can stain clothes.

Decency on Cancun beaches

Vacationers often wonder if there are separate beaches for nudists on the coast. And although Cancun is famous as a place for various entertainment, it does not have specific beaches for these purposes. Although girls are unlikely to be reprimanded if they sunbathe without the top of a swimsuit.

Marine activities in Cancun

Here you will find a variety of your favorite water activities. These are jet skis, underwater motorcycles, bananas, yachts and catamarans, and of course surfing. The local conditions and the incessant waves will give you real pleasure. Deep-sea fishing in Mexico.

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Dangerous inhabitants of the sea

There are practically no shark attacks in the Cancun area. Although sharks do come here! But the larvae of the jellyfish Linuche unguiculata can be very troublesome. Due to their small size, they can get caught in clothing while swimming and cause discomfort in the form of burning and blistering. They do not cause irritation on unprotected skin.

Flags on the beaches of Cancun

Lifeguards on the beach display flags of a certain color depending on the situation at sea. When the green flag flies – swimming is allowed , the yellow flag – swimming is allowed, but not desirable , the red flag – prohibits being in the water .

Choosing a beach in Cancun!

One of the most important things to consider when preparing a trip to Cancun is naturally choosing a place to stay. You can choose one of the chain hotels, or stay in a villa, you may want to fully immerse yourself in the local flavor, and you want to rent accommodation from the local population – all this is your right. Just keep in mind that the choice of a nearby beach is fundamental here. And the quality of your vacation will depend on which beach you choose for yourself. Even if you rent a car or use public transport, you don’t always want to spend a lot of time driving to the beach and back to your habitat. Therefore, the choice of the beach becomes at the forefront, being the fundamental aspect that forms the quality of future rest.

So why are the beaches of Cancun so attracted to vacationers from all over the world ? Is it really just the incomparable views of the Caribbean Sea with its incredible turquoise water and endless expanses? Or cool at any time of the day and the most delicate coral sand , on which it is a pleasure to bask? Or maybe the presence of an ideal sea surface with the absence of waves, in which children splash carelessly, and the water is so transparent that you can study the bottom for hours? Or, nevertheless, in an endless series of waves, so beloved by many surfers who create beautiful white lambs on their peaks.

Difficulty getting to Cancun beach

Read all the beaches of the Cancun coastline in the hotel area, and not all of them are equally accessible from Boulevard Kukulcan . There are public paths, but they are widely dispersed and not always marked, making it difficult to enter / exit many beaches. And the service on many of them is provided only for hotel guests.

Infrastructure on Cancun Beach

As a rule, there are no shops, cafes and restaurants nearby. There are public beaches, but not all of them are full of beach services, but on their territory you can buy souvenirs, exotic fruits and tasty and inexpensive snacks. On these beaches there are representatives of tour bureaus, various types of water activities and elementary cabanas, showers and public toilets.

The beaches are geographically divided into northern (with a calm sea) and eastern (with waves). Based on the many reviews and in the opinion of authoritative publications, a certain three leaders have emerged in both directions:

In the north, these are the beaches of Tortugas (with a wide range of beach services and beautiful sea), Las Perlas (the closest to the city and ideal for families with children) and Linda (a clean beach and a ferry to the island of Women).

In the east, these are the beaches of Delfines (lack of hotels, developed infrastructure and mangroves), Gaviota Azul (the presence of endless discos, cafes and restaurants) and Chak Moll (perfectly clean with flawless views for vacation photos).

Cancun Beach Safety

There is another assessment of the beaches: it is carried out every year by the local authorities . They also take into account the opinion of vacationers, but first of all they give preference to safety. This year, however, as in recent years, the beach of the Hyatt Regency hotel was recognized as the best . The bottom of this zone is cleaned of large stones and leveled, has a smooth descent, the sand is clean, and the water is transparent and without algae.

 This beach, among other things, is separated by a breakwater, which forms a coastal zone without waves. This advantage puts the beach of the Krystal Cancun hotel in the same row. For example, if a warning red flag often develops on neighboring adjacent beaches, at the same time swimming is allowed on these beaches, but not desirable (yellow flag). Fenced by a breakwater and beach Delfines, which is in third place in this rating. The wide strip of white sand and the availability of rescue services make it a priority for the local population. The fourth-place rightfully belongs to the Marlin beach. And this is thanks to the purest water, weak undercurrent, low waves, quite extreme depth, and the ubiquitous shoals of barracuda.


With the advantages of the leading beaches of Cancun, everything seems to be clear, based on our description and ratings and reviews of tourists, everyone can choose exactly the beach they dreamed of because all assessments are subjective and what one likes is completely unacceptable to another. But what time of the year should you choose for your trip? And here, perhaps the decisive factor will be not only a less scorching sun and a low probability of rain.

But also a small number of bathing local population, for whom the winter temperature of seawater + 22-24 ° C is cool, and the absence of unpleasant jellyfish larvae in the water. And here the answer suggests itself – of course, this is the winter period. You will not only make yourself a present for the New Year, but you will also be able to relax comfortably. The contrast of temperatures and summer holidays in winter will cheer you up and give you a boost of vivacity for the whole year.

Incredible beaches

Cancun is undoubtedly Mexico’s leading tourist destination with its incredible beaches. Every tourist will find here entertainment for every taste. Indeed, in this article, we have not told you about the sights of Cancun, its entertainment centers, the variety of historical sites, and about possible types of other recreation, except for the beach. 

They did not advise where and how to do the shopping and what souvenirs are better to take. And did not rate the hotels. But you can find out all this on the spot, and decide for yourself what interests you more. We just tried to lift the veil over such distant but desirable beaches in Cancun. And do not be intimidated by a long flight by plane (and there is an international airport in Cancun), because the impressions that you get from an unforgettable vacation on the shores of the Caribbean Sea will cover any minor difficulties. Enjoy your stay and bring only good impressions!

Cancun Safety

For those who are going on a trip to Cancun.

First of all, Cancun is a very safe resort in the world! !! However, there are actually many things to be aware of.

This time, we will introduce the security of Cancun, danger information, and precautions that everyone who goes to Cancun should definitely know.

Is Cancun dangerous?

The answer is … Cancun is the safest and most secure place in Mexico!

According to a Stanford University report, Cancun’s murder damage rate is

Only 1.83 / 100,000 people

And that.

This number is actually much lower than the United States (overall) at a rate of 4.88 and all other Latin American countries.

Places with close numbers are France at 1.58, Canada at 1.68, Finland at 1.60, Belgium at 1.95, and so on. All of them are countries with a relatively safe image.

So going to Cancun is as safe as going to France, Canada or Finland!

Cancun’s security

Cancun is Mexico’s most popular tourist destination, and is visited by many tourists every year, mainly in the United States and Canada. And Americans and Canadians don’t really go out of their country so much, so they ‘re extremely sensitive to security information !

The Mexican government is making bloody (financially laughing) efforts to maintain security in Cancun so that their security is guaranteed and they can come to Cancun with peace of mind!

Well, since it is an area where crime is unlikely to occur, it feels like “safe land is protected even more safely.”

Cancun landmarks and attractions

Chichen Itza

The first place in popularity and attendance belongs to the Mayan city of Chichen Itza. Since 2007, this city has been one of the seven wonders of the world. Chichen Itza is the political and cultural center of the Mayan tribes. The most prominent feature in Chichen Itza is the pyramid of Kukulkan. The city of Chichen Itza has been designated by UNESCO as an object of world cultural heritage. The city also ranks 2nd in terms of attendance among tourists and archaeologists.

In the process of archaeological work on the territory of Chichen Itza, the most valuable monuments of culture and architecture of past centuries were found:

  • Temple of Kukulkan
  • Military temple in Chichen Itza observatory “Karakol”
  • Large field for ball games or 7 “stadiums” for ball games
  • Ruins of 4 colonnades (“Group of a thousand columns”)
  • Sacred cenote (natural well)

To all this, you can add more monuments to the Gods, amazingly beautiful landscapes and works of art. All this can be seen by visiting the city of Chichen Itza. But this is not the only Mayan city that is close to Cancun. This also includes the cities of Koba (entrance costs $ 50), Tulum, Ek Balam, etc. At one of the highest points of the resort are the ruins of Yamil Luum.

In the XIII-XV centuries. on this place there were 2 temples: the Temple of Scorpio and the Temple of the Hand. And now only the floors and walls have survived. Not far from these ruins are hotels where tourists often check in to enjoy the picturesque view of the archaeological site. It is this fact that gives hotels such popularity and demand.

Island of Women

Isla Mujeres is the name of the island in Spanish. It is considered the northernmost point of Mexico. The city and the island are separated by a strait through which there is a ferry service. The total area of ​​Isla Mujeres is over 8 hectares. Latin American mystics call it a place of power. The island is home to about 12-13 thousand people, there are modern hotels, 4 main beaches, restaurants. Near them there is a turtle farm, a national park, and an airport.

On the territory of Isla Mujeres, buildings have been preserved that remind of pirates and the times when fishermen lived here. One of the famous landmarks of the island: the sculpture park near the ruins of the Mayan goddess Isçchel. In the pre-Columbian era, on a small area of ​​land, there were cult settlements, altars of the formidable and beautiful wife of the supreme god of the Indians. The serpent, moon and rainbow were considered symbols of Ischel. Maya believed: the mother goddess bestows prosperity, health, wisdom, magic, heals from infertility, diseases. To appease her, human sacrifices were made.

Christianity that came to Latin America could not completely destroy the cult of Isçchel: ancient traditions were transformed into new customs. Images of the goddess can be seen everywhere today on Mexican household items. Inhabitants of the island, tourists strive to meet the dawn of the first day of the year at Cape Punta Sur – next to the ruined temple of the goddess – in the hope of finding happiness, health and good luck.

Cenote Seven Mouths

On the territory of Mexico in the rocks there are a huge number of natural wells (cenotes). The Seven Mouths is one of them. Such an unusual name is quite understandable, because the ancient Indians considered each well to be the mouth of the earth. They revered water, believed that cenotes were sacred. The mystics today recognize natural wells as places of power. Healers and healers advise visiting cenotes to cleanse from negativity, cure diseases, and enlightenment.

Even those who are far from traditional medicine note the special atmosphere of the Seven Mouths system of wells, connected by a huge cave. The depth of water in cenotes, where fish live, reaches 150 meters. Stalactites and stalagmites grow inside the cave. The role of light sources is performed by natural holes, cracks in hard rocks. Cenote is a historical and natural monument.

Native American priests performed sacrifices and magic rituals here. Today, the well system is open to visitors, swimming, individual and private excursions. The natural monument is located in a private area near Cancun. To get to this unique place, the townspeople and tourists rent buses.

Cenote Ik-Kil

The natural freshwater well is considered the most popular in Mexico. The mysterious place like a magnet attracts tourists who come to the well from Cancun and other cities in Mexico. The history of Ik-Kil is not full of horrific details about human sacrifice. Distance between the water in the well and the surface of the earth: 25 meters. Ik-Kil is called one of the safest Mexican cenotes. The water level (it is home to miniature black carps) reaches 20 meters.

You can go down to the cenote by a stone staircase adjacent to the wall. Inside the well there are 2 observation platforms, a diving tower, and an artificial beach. To enter the cenote territory, each visitor must take a shower in a place specially designated for hygiene procedures. On the surface next to a natural body of water there are: 2 mid-range hotels, souvenir shops, a life jacket rental, a restaurant, a motel.

Cenote Hubiku

A natural well by tourists, Mexicans recognize it as “the king of beauty among cenotes”. A visit to a local attraction is included in various sightseeing tours. Hubiku in the language of the ancient Maya means “great lord”, the word has another interpretation: “iguana’s nest.” The herbivorous lizard was and remains among the Indians a sacred animal, a messenger of the gods. Its symbol is polysemantic, often found in ancient inscriptions and drawings. The iguana reminds you to live in the present; according to Latin American beliefs, it relieves you of the burden of the past.

It takes over 100 steps from the surface of the earth to the water mirror. The water in “Khubiku” is cooler than in the cenote “Ik-Kil”, but it is also very pleasant for swimming. The “Great Lord” has a spherical shape, which creates a special atmosphere of comfort in the cave. The water depth in a natural well, where small fish live, is 27-30 meters. Bowl diameter: about 50 meters. The natural monument looks especially impressive at noon, when direct sunlight penetrates through the vault.

Museum of underwater sculptures

The unique collection is abbreviated as “MUSA”. The museum opened in 2010, covers an area of ​​420 square meters, consists of two main underwater galleries. About 500 sculptures made of marine concrete, set on special bases, make up his original collection. The author of the project – British artist, public figure Jason de Cayres Taylor – is known for his versatile work aimed at protecting the environment.

Each sculpture depicts a person belonging to a certain nationality, the era of the development of civilization. Taylor called the collection Silent Evolution, highlighting the philosophical idea of ​​the project and the practical aspect of the placement of figures. The sculptures look realistic, people are captured in moments of movement, emotional experiences. Polyps, algae, lime deposits gradually cover the figures.

The last centuries later will become part of coral reefs, will protect the coast from erosion (erosion by waves). The museum offers boat trips with a glass bottom, underwater diving, children’s entertainment and educational programs.Find your dream tour
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Shel-Ha Park

Distance between Ecopark and Cancun: about 100 kilometers. Shel-Ha is named after the lagoon of the same name. On its territory are the ruins of one of the largest ancient ports in America, 20 modern attractions and entertainment facilities. The park also includes a natural aquarium where you can swim with dolphins, stingrays, and see numerous inhabitants of the Caribbean Sea.

Among the popular entertainments in Shel-Ha, the leaders are: jungle trekking, diving to the bottom of the lagoon, air biking, visiting a temazcal (traditional Indian bath), jumping into the water from the Rock of Courage. The park is aimed at outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. The most famous natural attractions of Shel-Ha: the grottoes of the Mayan goddess Ishchel and Eldorado, cenote wells (even those who do not have diving skills can dive in them), a tree where a bee swarm lives.

Park Xcaret

The most famous national park in Mexico is named after a Mayan settlement. The latter existed in its place in the pre-Columbian era. Archaeological sites have been partially preserved, next to them there are 40 attractions, shops, restaurants, wildlife corners, a theater, a giant aquarium, a hotel. Distance from Cancun to Ecopark (open to the public since 1991): 75 kilometers. Archaeologists and restorers managed to restore the ancient Mayan pyramids and buildings.

“Shkaret” occupies over 80 hectares. Its structure includes reserves with wild animals, birds, several museums, numerous pavilions, galleries where you can see butterflies living in natural conditions, a unique collection of orchids. An 80-meter observation tower is located in the center of Xcaret. 3 rivers flow through its territory, which flow into the Caribbean Sea, washing the coastal park zone. Its famous landmarks include two Catholic churches and a cemetery.

The latter is partly real: there are no graves, and the gravestones are genuine. On the annual national day of remembrance of the dead, a fancy-dress procession is organized to the “field of God”, as in all major cities of Mexico. Ecopark show programs are designed for adults and children, the most popular performances among visitors: “Flying People”, dolphin performances, rodeos.

La Isla Shopping Center

“La Isla Shopping Village” guides, travel guides are called a paradise for shoppers. Travelers compare the shopping complex with little Venice. Over 200 world and Latin American brands offer their products here: clothes, shoes, accessories. In “La Isla” you can buy jewelry, original souvenirs, luxury cosmetics. On the territory of the shopping complex there are restaurants with national cuisine, a cinema, an interactive aquarium.

The shopping center consists of two-story buildings, built according to the canons of the Venetian architectural styles. Numerous canals, bridges, floating gondolas with passengers only intensify the feeling that some magician has transferred a piece of the Italian city to the New World. The mall is recognized as one of the most popular family vacation spots in Mexico. For foreign tourists, La Isla provides an option for an accelerated tax refund for the purchase of non-food items.

Coco Bongo Club

The nightclub is one of the top popular entertainment venues in Cancun and Latin America, it is known for grandiose enchanting shows, where dozens of parodying movie stars artists, tightrope walkers, acrobats, musicians, singers, dancers are involved. “Coco Bongo” has been operating for over 20 years, during this time it has delivered over 150 entertainment programs, the institution has branches in different states. The name of the club is borrowed from the American comedy “The Mask”.

According to unofficial melons: Jim Carrey, who played the main role in the film, was and remains one of the co-owners of the establishment. Coco Bongo accommodates 1800 guests. Smoking, the stay of minors in the institution is prohibited. The cost of club tickets includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Coco Bongo values ​​its reputation as a safe entertainment venue: screening visitors ‘personal belongings at the entrance to the building, checking customers’ personal data are mandatory procedures.

It is forbidden to bring any drinks, narcotic, psychotropic substances to its territory. As for show programs: they are designed for different tastes, replete with special effects, unexpected twists. The performances consist of improvised and planned parts, built on the principle of a style mix, where the musical palette varies from classics, Mexican folk melodies to rock and roll, disco, techno.

Anthropological museum

The Museum of the National Institute of Anthropology is not the only such institution in Mexico. In Latin America, museum buildings are mainly located at excavation sites. There is a museum with the same name in Mexico City. The Cancun institution is considered its branch, but (due to the specifics of Latin American legislation) the museum in the resort town has considerable autonomy. Its management has the right to resolve issues of storage and increase of collection, organization of excursions, distribution of incoming funds.

The Anthropological Museum is located in the center of the resort and is open seven days a week. In it you can learn a lot of interesting facts about the history of the city, region, state. The museum is famous for its collections of photographs, sculptures, paintings by Spanish and local artists. Over 100 sites have been created to accommodate its exhibits. The special attention of visitors to the expositions is attracted by the household items of the Indians, skulls and masks, which among the Mayans, Aztecs, Olmecs performed ritual functions, and ancient jewelry.

Bullfighting arena

Bullfighting fans rush to the complex by buses and taxis on Wednesdays every week. According to Mexican traditions: in the arena performance, one bullfighter can fight two bulls at the same time, which makes the fights even more dangerous. The tradition of bullfighting, according to official historical versions, originated in Spain (Portugal disputes the right to be called the homeland of fights with animals).

In Latin America, the first bullfighting arenas appeared in the 16th century. The basic rules for fighting bulls in the Old and New Worlds remain the same. However, the Mexican bullfight seems to be more spectacular due to the introduction of elements of the show. The first in Cancun to enter the arena before the performance of the matadors are cowboys in wide-brimmed sombreros, an incendiary male dance precedes the start of fights.

In Spain, Portugal, only bullfighters and service personnel are allowed to enter the site with animals. Mexicans are not so strict about the arena’s special status: foreign tourists are allowed to participate in the bullfight. Every year the services of professional bullfighters are gaining popularity in the city, who provide insurance for beginners during battles and conduct training sessions.

El Meco

The archaeological site is named after the ancient Mayan city that was located in this area. Distance between Cancun city center and El Meco: 8 kilometers. The city of Indians was built on the coast approximately in the 3rd century, the Mayans left here after 8 centuries. El Meco’s main building: a pyramid over 12 meters high. She performed cult and defensive functions. There was a temple in the building, from the platform on the roof of the building, Indian soldiers watched the lagoon.

The building is located on a hill, the locals call it in the Spanish way: “Castillo”, which means “castle”. There is a version: originally El Meco was a fishing village, it was empty for 500 years and revived due to its geographically advantageous location. Until now, 14 buildings for various purposes have survived from the trading city of the ancient Mayans, including temples. Archaeological research in the area continues. Mexicans believe: El Meco will still bring surprises and surprise with unique finds.

Viewpoint Torre Escenica

The 110-meter tower of the same name is made of metal and offers a stunning view of Cancun and its surroundings from its height. The observation deck belongs to the category of panoramic structures. It operates every day from morning to evening, allows you to see the city under natural day and night artificial lighting.

The entrance to the observation tower is paid. The structure is recognized as the highest point in Cancun, it is invariably included in various tourist routes. Torre Escenica is not a static structure: it moves up and down around the axis of the tower. The site can simultaneously accommodate 60 people. In some guidebooks, it is called an extreme attraction, which is not entirely true, because the cabin and lifting mechanism meet the modern American and European requirements for the safety of viewing platforms.

The Wax Museum

It is difficult to surprise someone with collections of wax doubles of famous people, because there are similar sculptures in different parts of the world. Latin Americans have been able to breathe new life into the classic entertainment concept and attract tourists. The project required $ 3 million. The museum covers an area of ​​about 700 square meters.

Opened in 2016, its main collection currently consists of 100 figures housed in 23 themed rooms. Specialists from the Old and New Worlds worked on the creation of wax sculptures; investments in the construction and equipment of the museum were received from Brazil.

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Each room has an authentic atmosphere, specially selected music sounds. Duration of the excursion program in the halls of the museum: 2.5 hours. In the building you can see figures of athletes, politicians, musicians, actors. There are sections for children, where the characters of their favorite books and films are waiting for the children. The most popular among adults and young visitors are expositions dedicated to the history of the Wild West, pirates, and superheroes.

Ruins of El Rey

Distance from the city center to the archaeological zone of the same name: 25 kilometers. There is a huge number of hotels near the object, which undoubtedly affects the attendance of the historical monument by tourists. This territory was inhabited by people in the II and I millennia BC. The Mayan settlement can be walked around in about 1.5-2 hours. The name “El Rey” combines two words: “mask” and “skull”. These were the first artifacts found during archaeological excavations. They are associated with magical, religious rituals of the ancient Indians.

The inhabitants of the settlement worshiped the sun god, as evidenced by the surviving fragments of ceremonial buildings. Of the stone buildings, ruins remained, but special earthquake-resistant platforms (they served as foundations) and paintings on the walls survived. On the territory of the settlement there were tombs of the rulers of the Indians. “El Rey” did not escape the fate of plundering America by the European colonialists, black treasure hunters. Many locals believe in the cosmic origin of the first buildings of the mysterious ancient city. From time to time in the local press there is information from eyewitnesses who saw UFOs in the area of ​​excavation.

Mayan Museum

The museum has been open to the public since 2012. Ironically, it was this date that European scientists, trying to decipher the ancient Mayan calendar, took for the time of the beginning of the Apocalypse. The building was erected in the hotel zone of Cancun, it was designed by Mexican and Dutch architects. There is an escalator inside the building, there are conditions for visiting disabled people. The first level is reserved for a cafe and office premises, above there are funds, exhibition halls.

This layout is a tribute to practicality. Floods often occur in Mexico, which also affect Cancun residents. On the first level there is an entrance to the archaeological complex “San Migelito”, where 40 structures built by the ancient Indians have been preserved. The funds contain about 3500 items, the expositions occupy 3 halls, they are regularly updated.

The first section is devoted to the history of the development of archeology in the state of Quintan Roo, the second to the Mayan culture, the third to the art of the Indians. The museum contains copies (replicas) of famous artifacts found in various parts of Mexico. Among its exhibits: the remains of an Indian woman who lived approximately 12 thousand years ago. There are versions that she was the wife of a nobleman, a wealthy citizen or a priestess.

Interactive aquarium

This entertainment facility is called one of the best in Mexico by Latin Americans and guests of the country. The building is located on the territory of the shopping center “La Isla Shopping Village”, it was opened in 2000, but today it amazes with the size of its aquariums. In the reservoirs, conditions have been created that are as close as possible to those in which sea inhabitants live. In the interactive aquarium you can see sharks, rays, piranhas, jellyfish, and scorpions. The real favorites of the public are sea lions and dolphins.

They are happy to pose in front of photo and video cameras, take food, play with visitors of all ages. For those who like to tickle their nerves, the establishment offers the opportunity to feed the sharks – under the supervision of the aquarium staff. Swimming in such a pool is dangerous, you have to keep your distance from predators – otherwise the fun will turn into extremely unpleasant consequences. The dolphin show is held daily at the institution. Visitors can swim with them in between performances.

Ruins of Yamil Luum

The attraction on the hill between the hotels traditionally attracts the attention of travelers. In the language of the ancient Mayans, “yamil lum” means “hilly land”. Fragments of two temples – Scorpio and Hand – have survived to this day. There are various versions to which of the Indian gods these pyramid-shaped structures are dedicated, none of them is recognized as proven.

Scientists find it difficult to determine the number of buildings erected on this piece of land in ancient times. Major archaeological excavations were completed at Yamil Luum in the first half of the 19th century. It can be argued unambiguously that this place was sacred, performed a religious and defensive function. The Maya knew a lot about the structure of the Earth, the Sun, the Galaxy.

At one time they created “meteorological services” and lighthouses. The system of the arrangement of the pyramids, including those built at Yamil Luum, allowed the air currents entering the structures to emit a loud whistle. When the sound, due to a change in the direction of the wind, acquired a special tone, this meant: a storm or hurricane was approaching. The lights on the tops of the pyramids did not allow ships and travelers to go astray. With the help of small fires kindled on the hills, the Indians quickly transmitted information about the approach of the enemy.


Popular with adults and children, the entertainment facility has 3 restaurants serving local and Thai cuisine. Those who do not want to swim will also be interested in visiting the dolphinarium, looking at moray eels, jellyfish, clown fish, and other inhabitants of the seabed living in huge aquariums. The institution is allowed (for an additional fee) to feed sharks.

The dolphin show lasts 40-60 minutes. Afterwards, viewers can swim in the water with the animals. The dolphinarium offers various training sessions, special educational courses, diving lessons, ecology lessons for adults and children. In the pool, visitors successfully master the skills of communicating with dolphins, getting a lot of positive emotions. In the options of the institution’s services, photo sessions are provided.

Ventura amusement park

Ventura Park is family oriented. The complex is recognized as one of the best in Cancun and Mexico. There are several options for entrance tickets in the park, there are different levels of entertainment programs, including the All Inclusive system. Ventura Park consists of 6 zones and has its own beach. On the territory of the park there are attractions for lovers of active recreation, bars, restaurants.
The dolphinarium, the underground world, where the atmosphere of a fantastic future reigns, is always popular with young and adult visitors.

In one of the zones, conditions have been created for auto racing with all the attributes traditional for a grand prix. For fans of roller coasters, special rides have been built. Walking on rope bridges between centuries-old trees, skydiving, water slides and tubing are just a few of the entertainment that the park offers. The complex contributes to the protection of wildlife. In its part “Amazonia” natural conditions have been created for the habitation of reptiles, animals, birds and insects confiscated from poachers and smugglers.

Scorpio Temple

The facility is located on the territory of the ancient Indian settlement of Yamil Luum. The entrance is free. The exact name of the temple in the Mayan language is not known to scientists. The Indians believed: one of the incarnations of the lord of darkness is the scorpion. Spider-like creatures were revered. Scorpios symbolized courage, rebirth, the ability to survive in any conditions. It is noteworthy: the Indians simultaneously attributed a hypostasis like a scorpion to the god of the Sun. He, according to ancient Mayan beliefs, rewarded people with fiery qualities, demanded bloody sacrifices to preserve life on Earth.

The temple will receive its modern name because of the wall paintings and figures of scorpions discovered by archaeologists. Only a part of the building, built of stones, has survived to this day. The top of the structure, according to historians, was made of wood. The restorers failed to recreate this level of the temple. The inner scorpion room is open to the public. There are versions that it was in it that the Mayans performed sacrifices.


The white building is inferior in size to its “colleague from Mexico City”, but in the first one it is homely cozy. The capacity of the main part of the planetarium: about 100 seats. Its lecture halls are capable of receiving twice as many visitors. The planetarium is an example of the use of energy-saving technologies, materials for construction, the functioning of scientific facilities. The building has a natural ventilation system, its design allows it to economically use energy resources without compromising the comfort of employees and visitors.

In addition to the astronomical observatory, the planetarium has two museums, one of which is dedicated to water and its importance for life on Earth. The planning of the building includes a conference hall. Citizens often come to the museum for the purpose of shopping: here you can buy eco-equipment from leading Latin American manufacturers. The planetarium is open to the public every week from Tuesday to Thursday. On Friday, paid circles of archeology and natural sciences work there.

Tequila museum

Mexicans call this strong alcoholic drink a national treasure of their state. The city’s tequila museum opened in 2010. At the moment, there are several such establishments in the country. The Cancun Museum became the second in a row. It was decided to place it in the hotel area in order to attract the maximum attention of Cancun city guests to the unique expositions. The townspeople joke that it would be more correct to name the museum after tequila and mezcal, because the second drink is the progenitor of the first.

The primitive technologies for the production of mezcal were owned by the ancient Indians. Scientists believe that indigenous peoples began to produce agave alcoholic beverages in Mexico about 10 thousand years ago. The Spanish colonialists perfected the technology. However, the mass production of tequila in the country began with independence from Spain. The museum displays exhibits that tell about the history of the company “Herradura” (“Herradura”). It was founded in 1870 and was able to conquer the world market in record time. The building has a tasting room.

Captain Hook Pirate Party

The program of the entertaining excursion tour is popular not only among tourists. The townspeople gladly join those who crave adventure, sea romance. Parties are simultaneously held on three galleons. Externally, the ships are exact copies of Spanish ships of the 18th century. One of them is called “The Black Pearl” (after the fictional galleon from the Pirates of the Caribbean film series).

Shows are held daily, weather permitting. Traditionally, the tour starts at 19.00 local time. The program of the party includes an excursion, a disco, dinner, a meeting with the “enemy ship”, shooting from cannons, sea battle between pirate galleons. The costume performance lasts 3.5 hours. Children accompanied by adults can participate in the party.

Coba pyramids

It takes about 3 hours by car or bus to get from Cancun to the pyramids of the ancient city of Coba. Coba is one of the names of the sun god who was worshiped by the Indians. However, the name of the city has another interpretation. If you divide it into syllables, you get two words, which in translation mean: “cloudy” and “water”. Koba is built around lakes, where crocodiles are still found today. The area of ​​its main part is 70 square meters, but the complex of structures is 2-3 times larger.

It is difficult for scientists to name exact data about the city due to the fact that the overwhelming part of it is overgrown with jungle. 45 roads led from Koba to different parts of Latin America, along which materials for construction, decoration of pyramids were delivered, and ceremonial processions were organized. The height of the largest of them, to whose peak visitors are allowed access: 42 meters. The Grupo Koba pyramid, which is prohibited to climb due to the high risk of collapse of parts of the structure, is 22 meters lower.

The Mayan city dates back to the 1st millennium BC, but there are versions: buildings and roads were built earlier (by a more developed civilization than the Indians). Each of the pyramids has its own name, unique architecture. In Kobe there is also a playground for a ritual sacrifice game. The priests deprived the captain of the losing team of the head, and that turned into a “ball” for the next competition.

Not all tourists believe in creepy stories, and literally every traveler strives to climb the tops of the pyramids. This process is very difficult, because the steps are small, steep, slippery due to constant humidity. Without grasping the cables, it is almost impossible to get up and down without risk of injury.


This name is given to the modern settlement, archaeological site and beach. Distance from them to Cancun in a straight line: 120-135 kilometers. The town, the excavations, and the resting place are nearby, which often baffles foreign tourists, because the locals use one word for everything – “Tulum”. It is translated from the language of the ancient Maya means “wall”. According to various estimates, the population of the village is from 15 to 28 thousand people.

Most of them work in the service sector, many are from other Mexican states. The town has small markets, souvenir shops, bicycle and car rental offices, and gas stations. Distance from the city center to the beach area of ​​the same name: about 6 kilometers. There is also a beach near the ruins of Tulum. The archaeological zone covers the territory of the ancient port city. The structure closest to the water is called the “Castle”.

Its height is over 7 meters, but the foundation belongs to an older building. A stunning view of the bay opens from the castle. The second most important attraction in Tulum is the Temple of Frescoes. The building got its name in honor of the surviving wall paintings. The three levels of this structure symbolize the worlds of the gods, living beings and the dead. The most famous artifacts found in the archaeological area: sculptures of ancient Indian deities.

Xplor Extreme Park

It will take about an hour to get to the extreme amusement park by car or bus. Xplor started operating in 2009. Its rides are designed for adults and children. Surface area of ​​extreme park: 50 hectares. Caves and underground rivers, where recreational routes are laid, occupy about 8 hectares. The park has entertainment programs: day and night. It is not divided into thematic zones.

There are 4 categories of courage tests in Xplor, from which visitors can choose any, some or all. There are 13 slopes for bungee flights (track length: 4 kilometers), towers are installed along its entire length, whose height varies from 8 to 45 meters. A 10 km trail has been created for cross-country buggy rides.

A trip on wooden rafts along an underground river passes through mysterious caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites. Another route is offered by the organizers of entertainment programs to swim. Its length: 400 meters through underground caves, where visitors will see dinosaur skeletons. The park operates on the “All Inclusive” system: it provides transfer services, meals, access to all attractions, photo and video recording of the exciting adventures of Xplor guests.

Where to stay in Cancun

The tourist luxuries of Mexico just beginning to reveal their charms to domestic travelers, but have already gained the glory of paradise and divine corners. The secrets of the Mayan civilization, the ancient heritage of lost cities, the indescribable beauty of the coast, a colorful kaleidoscope of South American vegetation – all of this is presented in abundance in Mexican resorts. One of these fabulous corners is Cancun – a charming town on the Yucatan Peninsula. The resort is divided into two large zones – coastal and urban, and the future rest and its features depend on where to stay in Cancun.

Luxurious beaches with white sand and azure Caribbean Sea, lush hair of palm trees and brilliantly organized infrastructure – Cancun has everything to make your stay at the resort unforgettable, vibrant, colorful and rich. Here is the second largest coral reef in the world with the richest underwater world, caves, animals and flora. There are areas with waves and strong currents, there are also calm bays, which set you up for peaceful reclining on the shore. Cancun will appeal to surfers, divers, lazy bathers and connoisseurs of bohemian evening entertainment alike.

There are about one and a half hundred hotels in the town, a third of them belong to luxury five-star complexes. Along with the classic B&B, there are many all-inclusive and adults-only hotels.

For tourists, a full range of entertainment is organized from active recreation on the water and attractions to spas, bars and excursion activities to ancient Indian pyramids and sanctuaries. Boat trips and trips to the islands are widely practiced. Everything that spoiled guests do not want is immediately performed for a certain amount, any pleasures are possible, the main thing is that the size of the wallet or the card limit allows.


The mainland part of the city, where locals and budget-conscious tourists live. Living in the city is traditionally cheaper than on the coast, and it’s more interesting if you want to immerse yourself in the realities of Mexican life.

It’s much easier to find a cheap hotel or a very cheap hostel in the city. Here you can go shopping, markets, have fun on holidays with residents, stroll through the parks, get acquainted with the peculiarities of real Mexican cuisine, and not its pop variation in tourist restaurants. And you can always get to the beaches by buses that run from the city to the tourist area, since it is quite inexpensive and more profitable than living on the coast. They also go there for evening entertainment, of which Cancun City is noticeably lacking.

There are no sights as such, but you can go on an excursion to the ancient Mayan city of El Meco or visit the House of Culture. You can also go to the bullring, where bullfights are regularly held. The latter is located exactly between Downtown and the hotel zone.

The main advantage of Cancun City is the lower prices compared to the coast for everything from goods and souvenirs to accommodation. There is also a bus station from where you can go to any part of Mexico or the resort itself.

In Downtown, it is possible to live in a hostel for only $ 10-15 per day, which undoubtedly attracts budget travelers.

Hotels: City Express Cancun, Relaxing Place Cancun, La Morena, Hostel Ka Beh, Hostal Haina, Simon Hostel, Quinta San Vicente, Coral Studio, Tankah.

Tourist centre

The coastal area – the Hotelier’s Zone – is the main tourist area with first-class hotels and entertainment centers. All resort life is concentrated here, with beaches, restaurants, nightclubs, shopping centers, attractions, golf courses, rental points, sports centers, dive clubs and marinas.

The main highway of the tourist zone is Kukulkan Boulevard. Hotels, cafes, bars stretch along it. There is also the Museum of Mexican Art, a theater, Cancun’s revolving tower, an aquarium and many cultural sites that will be a great way to diversify your vacation.

Here, the problem of where to stay in Cancun is not worth it at all – dozens of hotels and hostels offer their services.

The main advantages of the Hotellero Zone:

  • The beaches are literally at hand, almost at the exit from the hotels.
  • A variety of entertainment for every taste.
  • Large selection of places to stay.

The Hotelier zone is rich in beaches for the most demanding requests and preferences, depending on which you can settle down next to a calm, quiet beach or choose a site with a bustling life and an appropriate atmosphere.

Beaches in the hotel area:

  • Las Perlas.
  • Playa Linda.
  • Playa Caracol.
  • Playa Delfinos.
  • Playa Langosta.
  • Playa Tortugas.

Las Perlas Beach (Pearl Beach)

An ideal place for a family idyll, especially if you come on vacation with children. Calm clean sea, flat shallow bottom, absence of waves and currents – excellent conditions for a safe and comfortable stay. All water attractions and entertainment are available. Located at the 2nd kilometer of Kukulkan Boulevard and is considered one of the most popular in the resort.

Hotels near Amara Beach Front Arena, Amara Beach Front Turquesa, Amara Beach Front Caracol, Amara Beach Front Palmera, Bahari.

Linda beach

A great place to stay in Cancun if you love scuba diving and are ready to indulge in your favorite activity all day long. All conditions for this have been created on this picturesque piece of the coast – clear water, stunning underwater beauty, warm calm sea without disturbances.

Glass bottom boats depart regularly from the beach. You can also go for a ride on jet skis or parachutes. There are bars and cafes nearby. The beach is fully equipped with sun loungers, awnings, toilets, changing rooms, etc. It is located on the 4th kilometer of Boulevard Kukulcan next to the Torre Cancun tower.

Hotels: Aquamarina Beach Hotel, Cancun Bay Resort, Casa Manglar, Casa Familiar en La Laguna, Cancun Private Villa 3BR.


Soft fine sand of pearl color and crystal water, in which you can see a clean shallow bottom with an even depression – for this Mexicans and tourists fell in love with Playa Caracol, which means “Snail Beach”.

Due to its natural features, the beach is perfect for active pastime, from banal water skiing to advanced surfing. And due to the rich underwater world, sea fishing is organized on this site. You can also indulge in more peaceful activities – snorkeling or jet skiing. Or you can even lazily lie on a sun lounger, sipping an ice cocktail from a nearby bar. Caracol is suitable for any kind of entertainment, it is also a place of wild nightlife and club pleasures.

The beach is located in a busy tourist area with many restaurants, bars, clubs and entertainment venues and establishments where to stay in Cancun, so it is chosen for a good rest and rarely leaves the area, because everything you need is already at hand.

Hotels: All Inclusive Arts Party Central Cancun. Altitude by Krystal Grand Punta Cancun, AR Ocean Dream. Aloft Cancun.

Dolphin beach

The beach is famous for its beautiful scenery and is great for water sports. Due to the large waves, it goes well with windsurfing and surfing, but due to the currents it is unsuitable for swimming, especially with children. If you are unsteady on the water, it is best to limit yourself to a tan. Equipped with the necessary infrastructure.

Playa Delfinas is located on the 18th kilometer of the hotel zone. There are many hotels and budget hostels nearby where you can stay in Cancun.

Hotels: Cancun Beach Apart Hotel by Solymar. Cancun Beach Hideaway. Crown Paradise Club Cancun. Apartment Ocean Front Cancun.


A small, beautiful stretch of coastline, quiet enough to be a romantic haven for those seeking peace. There is a full range of amenities, in between beach laziness, you can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant or have a glass of tequila at the cozy bar. There is a pier on the beach where pleasure boats start.

Hotels: All Inclusive Arts Party Central Cancun, Bayview Condominio, AR Ocean Dream, Hotel Casa Maya, Real Inn Cancun, Grand Oasis Palm, Yacht Azimut 100, Riu Caribe, Apartamento Pok Tapok, Calypso Hotel, The Royal Cancun, Occidental Costa Cancun.


This beach is not for those new to swimming. Due to the strong currents and waves, swimming is not safe here. Therefore Playa Marlin cannot be recommended for family holidays. The beach is more suitable for fans of active and extreme water recreation. What attracts vacationers here is the opportunity, in between tanning, to see the ancient ruins of Yamil Luum, inherited from the Mayan tribe.

Due to the choppy sea, the beach is not as crowded as its neighbors, but is fully equipped with amenities such as sun loungers, umbrellas and changing rooms.

Hotels: Amarula Beach, Barcelo Tucancun Beach, Live Aqua Cancun, Departamento Frente Al Mar, Casa Turquesa, The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort, The Royal Sands, Coco Beach, B&B La Cascada,.


Turtle Beach is one of the best in all of Cancun. There is a clear warm sea, a clean flat bottom, a convenient entry and a uniform set of depth. There are no strong waves – the beach is reliably protected from sea fads by the island of Isla Mujeres, located opposite, where, by the way, it is not a sin to go for a walk from the beach pier. From there, boats and cutters sail along the coast or to nearby islands.

Playa Tortugas is an excellent choice for outdoor activities and water attractions, and for connoisseurs of exquisite pleasures, a bungee jumping area is equipped.

Hotels: Villa Bonita, Cenzontle Luxury Village, Sunset Marina Resort & Yacht Club, Riu Palace Peninsula, Riu Caribe, Cancun Beach Rentals, Sunset Lagoon, Dream Village, Nirvana Lofts.

Cancun Travel Cost

Accommodation for vacationers

The resort has hotels of different classes. Prices for rooms in many of them are quite high, but the quality of service in them is not always ideal. The cost of housing in Cancun rises Suddenly. During the celebration of New Year. And Christmas holidays. In the rest of the year, prices are affordable. A place in the cheapest hostel can be rented for $ 10 per day. Five-star hotels offer rooms for $ 100-500 per night.


The costs in Cancun depend on the needs of the tourist. If you don’t plan on having fun day and night, you can save money. People who spend their time actively spend a lot of money. The main expenses are related to entertainment and rental of water sports equipment.

Cancun has a well-developed infrastructure for extreme water sports, tennis, golf, and others. Diving, water skiing, surfing and other entertainment are possible here. The resort is famous for its nightlife. After sunset, there are noisy parties in many places in Cancun. Despite this, the resort is perfect for families with children. It is enough to choose a suitable hotel to enjoy a relaxing holiday.

Food for tourists

Cancun restaurants offer reasonable prices for food and drinks. Tourists are happy to order Mexican cuisine. In local restaurants you can taste cornbread, fajitos, tortilla, guacamole, etc. On the streets, fast food is offered at low prices – $ 5-10. Food in restaurants is more expensive. Lunch costs about $ 30 per person.

What to buy in Cancun

The shopping area is located next to the beach area of ​​the resort. This is the Karakol square with over 200 shops. There are also good retail outlets in Nautilus Square. Prices in Cancun shops are the lowest on the coast because local sellers do not pay taxes. Vacationers buy branded goods, clothing, accessories, and souvenirs. Local artisans offer handmade bedspreads and ponchos, ceramics, souvenirs, and jewelry made of silver, leather, onyx. Small items can be purchased for $ 5-15 apiece.

Treatment in Cancun

Mexico has a very high level of medical care, modern clinics and American standards, and prices are much lower than in the States. Most often, residents of the United States and Canada come for treatment, but our compatriots often receive medical assistance here.

All foreigners are provided with an individual ward, personal consultations with a doctor, and sometimes even ready-made package tours are offered. Dentistry, cosmetic surgery and orthopedics are especially well developed here. There are several clinics in Cancun that work with international patients.

Those who are planning to undergo treatment should be especially responsible in taking out insurance, since in some cases it is possible to return part of the money.

If travelers are not in the mood for such a serious approach, then you can improve your health with the help of pleasant procedures in the numerous spa centers of the resort.

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