Where Beauty Meets Culture

With its gorgeous turquoise seas, powdery white-sand beaches, and vibrant coral reefs, it’s no surprise that Cancun is one of Mexico’s most popular resort areas.

Hotels, restaurants, malls, and nightclubs line either side of Boulevard Kukulkan, known as the Hotel Zone, which runs down the middle of the 15-mile-long sandbar. This is where you’ll find many of the city’s all-inclusive hotels catering to families on vacation or couples on their honeymoon and everything in between. As you venture closer to the city’s downtown, “El Centro”, you’ll see a more local side of life, peppered with markets and traditional restaurants, as well as quality business class hotels and hostels.

Beaches

While Mexico boasts an impressive 6,200-mile-long coastline, Cancun and its 10 Blue Flag beaches continue to rank as one of the most popular spots for a beach vacation in the country. With most of the properties in the Hotel Zone sitting right on their own private stretch of sand, visitors can enjoy the ocean views from their very own balconies. When you’re ready for that next refreshing drink while basking in the Cancun sun. On the Caribbean side of the Hotel Zone, you’ll find public access beaches like Playa Gaviota Azul —known to locals as Playa Forum—, while in the southern end, Playa Delfines is a great option for people looking for moderate to intense waves. On this beach, you will find a well-known photographic parador.

Things to Do

Cancun is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers since there are plenty of things to doDive or snorkel in the region’s mystic cenotes located nearby (limestone sinkholes), or enjoy the day by the beach, jet skiing or parasailing. Cancun is the kind of place where it’s perfectly fine—and encouraged—to lounge in the sun or spa, or spend a day at one of its seven different golf courses, admiring the gorgeous views of the water while practicing your swing. For a taste of culture visit the Mayan Museum of Cancun, home to hundreds of artifacts uncovered at some of the most prominent archeological sites on the Yucatan peninsula, then be sure to check out the archeological sites that pepper the surrounding region, such as El MecoEl ReySan MiguelitoTulumCobá and Muyil, among others.