Sun, sand, surfThe soft, white sands and brilliant turquoise waters really set the scene in Cancun. And if you book a hotel in the Hotel Zone, you’ll be literally surrounded by water on every side! With both the Caribbean Sea and calm clean lagoons to explore, it’s no surprise that water sports are super popular here. Go sailing, fishing and kayaking, or ramp it up with the adrenalin of a jet ski! If you’re keen to explore beneath the surface, snorkelling and diving is also fab – and there are many top-class spots that’ll blow you away, like reefs, wrecks and underwater caves.
Party centralYep, the nightlife is grand. That’s what most people come here for! The Hotel Zone is a hotspot for the party vibes, where you can catch everything from live music to salsa, disco, R&B and stacks more. It even has some of the best nightclubs in the world! Away from here, you can always find more bars – and some fab salsa and jazz joints – in downtown Cancun. If you’re keen for a much tamer night out, there are tonnes of brilliant restaurants around too, from traditional Mexican to fresh seafood and ultra-fancy foodie fare.
Land adventuresGet out of the water and explore the Cancun jungle by zipping through the treetops on a ziplining tour, or explore it from the jungle floor with an open-jeep or mountain biking tour. You’ll also totes love exploring the nearby cenotes – natural limestone sinkholes fab for swimming in, surrounded by lush green scenery. If you’re a golfer, there are some great championship golf courses around Cancun too. Back in the city though, don’t miss your chance to pick up some souvenirs in the gorgeous handicraft markets and modern shopping malls!
DaytripsThere are lots of top spots nearby that are well-worth the effort to get out of town for the day. Explore the world’s largest underground cavern system in Puerto Aventuras, swim with whale sharks in Isla Holbox, or explore the famous Mayan ruin of Chichen Itza. For a chilled escape head 35km south to Puerto Morelos, a friendly fishing village full of beauty and charm, not far from Playa del Carmen.
Getting thereWe have tonnes of cheap flights to Mexico, including flights to Cancun that won’t make you catch a domestic connection when all you want to do is get to the beach already! Keen for some party time by the beach where you can still explore fab cultural sights and natural beauty nearby? You’ll love Cancun! Lock in your Cancun accommodation with us and get packing those summer fashions and thongs. Image credit Price Travel pictures under Creative Commons
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