Where to stay in Cancún?
If you dream of idyllic beaches and calm shores, Cancún could be the perfect place for you. Located on the sun-kissed Caribbean coast, this popular Mexican resort is best known for its beaches and nightlife.
However, just a few minutes from your hotel in Cancún, you'll find a more traditional way of life in the downtown area. Although one of the world's most visited beach resorts today, Cancún was little more than a sleepy fishing village, albeit one with a stunning location, until 1970. Its 33 kilometres of sugar-soft white sandy beaches caught the eye of the Mexican government and this magical corner of the state of Quintana Roo was transformed into one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in the world.
Where to stay in Cancún for beach lovers
The city is conveniently divided into two distinct districts: the downtown area of El Centro and the aptly named Zona Hotelera, which is built around Cancún's eye-catching beaches. The Caribbean forms a distinctive seven-shaped beach thanks to the Niputche Lagoon to the rear. Although high-rise hotels dominate the beachfront, this means that you can be assured of a spectacular view from any of them.
Water sports of all types are on offer for the more active holidaymaker, while those who prefer to take things easy can relax by the hotel pool or dip a toe into the turquoise waters of the Caribbean from time to time. Shoppers are in their element in luxurious malls like Luxury Avenue, and some of Mexico's best golf courses can also be found on this part of the Yucatan peninsula.
Discover history, culture and more from your hotel in Cancún
Why not visit one of the more unusual attractions? The Cancún Underwater Museum comprises three different galleries filled with sculptures by British and local sculptors. It's part of the Cancún National Marine Park and at depths of three to six metres, it's accessible to almost everyone.
If you prefer to immerse yourself in local culture and daily life, there are hotels in El Centro to suit every taste and budget. Boutique hotels, seafront villas, traditional home from home hotels and well-known chains - where to stay in Cancún is very much a matter of personal taste.
Cancún hotels for memorable vacations
You're just minutes from shops, restaurants and Parque des Palapas in El Centro. The square is where locals meet to watch live music and relax. You are also within walking distance of seven important Mayan archaeological sites. Ask your hotel receptionist for details and try to visit the Museo Maya de Cancún where you can learn a little more about the region's fascinating past.
Cancún is a joy to visit for all ages. Take a ride on the famous Ferris wheel, try scuba diving or sun yourself by the pool. Look for the best deals on flights with BudgetAir and start planning the trip of a lifetime today.