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About Cancún

Cancún is beautiful, exotic, and on a spectacular stretch of white sandy coastline. It’s also extremely popular with folk who want a holiday where they can really let their hair down, especially since the 1970s when resorts started shooting up from seemingly nowhere. Cancún is in the heart of Quintana Roo, a fascinating region known for its Mayan treasures, hidden in the jungle, so there’s plenty of exploring to do, and some of the best places to stay in Cancún are really geared up to helping you do that.

Cancún is easy to get around: the city is to the north, the airport to the south and in between, on the stretch of land between the sea and the lagoon, is the Hotel Zone, where you’ll find all the big hotels, the beaches and beach bars. The Hotel Zone is also where you’ll find the excellent aquarium. Markets and street vendors abound, selling everything from suncream and fruit to locally made handicrafts and objets d'art.

Taking a trip out to one of the islands is a nice thing to do, and you can do a spot of diving or snorkelling with it. Isla Mujeres is an obvious choice, but Isla Contoy is known for its natural beauty and as a nesting site for over 150 different kinds of seabirds. The Museo Maya de Cancún is also worth visiting for its impressive collection of pre-colonial artefacts and its immersive detailing of local history. And even if you’re here to relax and enjoy yourself rather than see the sights, it’s still worth taking the trip out to Chichén Itzá. If you're looking for a quieter stretch of sandy coastline and a more laid-back vibe, be sure to take the ferry out to Holbox - a tropical island paradise off the coast.

What not to miss

  • Head out by boat to Isla Contoy and marvel at the many exotic birds nesting there and the breathtaking natural beauty abounding.
  • Visit the Museo Maya de Cancun and immerse yourself in the dark and beautiful history of the Mayans.
  • Take the ferry out to Holbox for a weekend and hang out with weathered old bohemians at the beach with a mojito!
  • Take a guided tour into the heart of the jungle and visit ancient Mayan settlements.

Whether you're bathing in the sun on the white sand beach, taking a boat out to nearby islands or journeying into the heart of the jungle, you will find Cancun to be as vibrant as it is beautiful. Check out our collection of the best places to stay in Cancun to find out more!

The best places to stay in Cancun

For Seaside chic

  • The Nizuc Resort & Spa has a beachfront spot on the Punta Nizuc, which is just out of Cancún proper and offers panoramic views of the Caribbean. This is a big hotel - with 274 rooms and suites - with chic, contemporary decor, a luxurious spa and a choice of six onsite restaurants.

For an apartment or villa

  • Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of villas and apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • Cancún is a popular destination - it’s been carefully planned and designed to be a tourist draw: before the 70s there was nothing here at all but pristine white sand and the Mayan ruins half hidden in the beautiful jungle - so in the season, which is between December and April, it can be really busy. But it’s quieter in the summer, which can be really hot, and early autumn. Don't forget that hurricane season runs from June to November.
  • Fly to Mexico City and get a connection to Cancun.
  • If you want to rent a car we recommend contacting our partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Cancún

  • JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa Cancún (Lote 40-A Zona Hotelera) 448 rooms from £179

    Families  -  The resort has a Kids Club, a games room and a shallow child-friendly area in the pool making it an easy choice for families
    Foodies  -  2 highly recommended options: Gustino restaurant is Italian/Mediterranean and Sedona Grill offers southwestern cusine
    Romantic Break  -  With fine dining (one candlelit), a spoiling spa, and days spent on the beach — this is ideal for a romantic escape
    Beach Life  -  Located right on a beautiful stretch of white sand beach with panoramic views of the Caribbean sea
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    A sleek luxury hotel located right on the beach and boasting panoramic sea views. Interiors are contemporary and unfussy; all rooms have balconies, plenty of space, and separate tubs and showers. Two outdoor pools (one with artificial coral), a Mayan themed spa, and fab dining complete the picture. See More

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  • Ritz Carlton Cancún Cancún 363 rooms from £233

    Spa breaks  -  With a full-service spa onsite that includes a sauna, steam room and treatments, book this hotel for your next pampering holiday
    Foodies  -  Foodies are spoiled for choice with eight restaurants to choose from at this luxury hotel; catch live jazz at the Club Grill
    Beach Life  -  With a privileged seafront location in Cancún, this five-star hotel makes a VIP beach getaway
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Mayan ruins of Tulum, Cobá and Chichén-Itzá; the hotel offers a range of guided tours
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    Barefoot luxury meets a five-star finish at this beachfront bolt-hole in Cancún. Interiors are bright and inviting, bringing the seaside in with a sandy palette and ocean views; book a suite for a homely living room. Dine at one of 8 restaurants before booking into the spa; an indulgent beach break. See More

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  • Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancún (Cancún) 260 rooms from £284

    Spa breaks  -  With massage services, yoga, a sauna and steam room all onsite, book this hotel for your next spa holiday
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the grown-up atmosphere at this adults-only bolt-hole; book a luxury suite for sea views
    Beach Life  -  Set on an exclusive stretch of private beach in Cancún, this hotel makes a luxury seaside getaway
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults-only hotel
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    This exclusive seafront spa resort is set on one of the most tranquil private beaches in Cancún. Luxury marble tiles adorn the bright guest suites, many with sea views; book a spa suite for a private hot tub. Check-in for a treatment at the full-service spa before dinner on the beach; a VIP getaway. See More

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  • Hyatt Zilara Cancun Cancún (Hotel Zone) 307 rooms from £392

    5* Luxury  -  With luxurious amenities and high-end service that even includes beach butlers and a romance concierge — this is a spoiling stay
    Beach Life  -  Set on an extensive white sand beach and boasting luxe two-level beach bed cabanas for ultimate beach relaxation
    Hotel Entertainment  -  The hotel boasts serious evening entertainment ranging from mariachi bands to aerial and acrobatic circus shows
    Romantic Break  -  Designed for couples, rooms come with ocean facing whirlpool tubs and private balconies
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    An adults-only all-inclusive resort on a wide stretch of white sand beach in Cancun. Luxurious rooms boast private balconies and ocean-facing whirlpool tubs. Expect all the five-star trimmings with several pools, a spa, and very good dining options. An ideal base for a couples beach getaway. See More

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  • Nizuc Resort & Spa Cancún (21.26,) 274 rooms from £406

    Total relaxation  -  There are a variety of treatements on offer at the luxurious spa or you can book yourself a massage to truly unwind
    Foodies  -  Take advantage of the six on site restaurants serving Mexican, Peruvian, Asian and Mediterranean cuisine
    Tennis  -  Work up a sweat in the afternoon sun with a spot of tennis
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    Nizuc Resort & Spa enjoys a beachfront location on the secluded Punta Nizuc and offers beautiful panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. This designer hotel features chic and contemporary accommodation whilst you can spend your days lounging carefree by the seaside. A luxurious and top-notch stay! See More

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