The song of the sea is calling you, but a resort destination without proper nightlife is like a pina colada without the cherry on top. Sure, it’s delicious, but it just doesn’t have that extra something-something. Luckily, Cancun holidays are here to give you the works: cherries, pineapple wedges and plenty of rum. Cancun is located in the state of Quintana Roo, on Mexico’s eastern peninsula—and it’s ready to put a sparkle in your eye.
Things to Do in Cancun
“Party by night, sleep all day” pretty much sums it up! Bust out your beach towel and post up at the nearest cabana; you can nap off that jet lag and start your base tan at the same time thanks to Quintana Roo accommodation. When you’re done getting that vitamin D, it’s time for less healthy pursuits. The Cancun hotel zone is a little bit like Las Vegas, Nevada—huge, over-the-top and with awesome DJs keeping the clubs bumping ‘til dawn—just make the drinking age 18 and replace the slots with shots.
The next morning (or, who are we kidding, afternoon), eat a good 2 p.m. breakfast at your Cancun accommodation and get back out there. Grab your flippers and head for the Cancun Underwater Museum to see more than 450 submerged statues in this eerie city below the waves, from a VW Bug to a man watching TV. Above board, there are loads of excursion companies waiting to take you on adventures from Mayan ruins to zip-lining to cave exploration. Can’t handle sunlight or activity? Cancun is a top spa destination, so take your pick and heal that hangover with ancient remedies.
Getting To & Around Cancun
Flights to Cancun land at the city’s International Airport (CUN), 15 km from the hotel zone. Navigating your way there and around town is easy—no need to be an expert explorer. Most Cancun hotels are happy to provide shuttle transport to and from the airport, and taxis are cheap. Pre-booking a cab is always a good idea, but if you forgot, hail one at an official taxi stand outside the airport. If your holiday plans consist of lounging and hitting the buffet, you’re all set! If you want to get out and about, check out lastminute.com.au’s car hire options, so you can be free as the ocean breeze.
Best Time to Travel
The best times to travel are spring break, after a big promotion and when you just need to let out your wild side. If you’re on the rebound after a breakup, booking one of our hotels in Cancun could also be just what you need—because sometimes, you’ve just gotta party through those demons. Not a party monster? When the mercury drops, it’s always a good time to make a break for it. Cancun will greet you with a warm welcome year-round.
Drop everything (unless you’re holding something important, like a baby or a priceless vase), and search the top accommodation in Cancun on lastminute.com.au. When you plaster your office walls with snaps of your holiday, the looks on your co-workers’ faces will make you glad you did.
Ancient Mayan Cancun has more than left its mark on the modern incarnation of the city - most obviously in the form of Chichen Itza, the cultural center of Cancun. The Kukulkan Pyramid forms a striking figurehead, standing at a height of over 75 feet as part of the ancient mysterious city. It's also worth spending some time at the archaeological site so that you can experience the less obvious points of attraction, such as the Cenotes (sinkholes), an ideal setting for a solid day's freshwater swimming.
Interact with nature
Enjoy views of the Cancun jungles with some horseback riding --it's the freest way to explore the matchless destination of Cancun, a truly different taste of the Mexican way of life. And why not swim with dolphins? You can be a part of their aquatic world, and experience their serenity and benevolence face-to-face. And if that's still not enough then why not visit Xcaret, an ancient Mayan village which now comprises an underground river, aquarium, and aviary? It's a truly unique experience - an otherworldly paradise.
If thinking outside the box is your thing, spend some time in Tulum; set atop a cliff overlooking the Caribbean, Tulum is home to Xel-Ha, the world's largest natural aquarium. Tulum's structures date back more than seven centuries, and the 40-foot high El Castillo pyramid is the aesthetic focus.
Downtown Cancun gives a taste of the local way of life with a plethora of regional specialities ready and waiting. Be it indigenous cuisine, live music, or local handicrafts you're after, it's all there; it's a taste of the true Mexicana to contrast with the Americanized city center.
Accommodation can mainly be found in the famous Zone Hotelera, an area shaped like a '7' featuring bridges connecting to the mainland. Rough beaches envelop the vertical side of the '7', while the horizontal end provides a tropical paradise for surfers and sun-seekers alike. The 14-mile beach stretch is where the city comes alive at night; the vast selection of bars and clubs means there is bound to be one to suit your taste. The area undertakes the great feat of transforming itself from the world's second largest coral reef during the daytime to a lively party city at night. Hide