Cancún's white sandy beaches and warm, crystal waters make it a paradise for all beach and water sports enthusiasts. Add a vibrant nightlife and the closeness to the breathtaking Mayan ruins and you have Mexico's most popular tourist hot spot. Caring for four million tourists yearly, it's hard to understand this beautiful resort was a sleepy fishing village just a few decades ago. Its colourful buzz and ancient traditions co-existing with ultra-modern developments enchant everyone, from backpackers to luxury travellers.

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Hotel Zone

Most hotels in the Hotel Zone are located directly on Cancún's beautiful beach. The Hotel Zone itself is divided into kilometer long sections which make it easy to navigate. The heart of the area is undoubtedly Cancún's famous buzzing party zone (km 8) where the bars and night clubs draw both young and old crowds until early morning hours. The party also attracts performing and visiting celebrities so you'll never know who you might be rubbing shoulders with.

Zona Hotelera, Cancún
Dolphinaris Cancún

Is swimming with dolphins a dream to you? Then you have come to the right place. Make it a reality at Dolphinaris Cancún, go swimming with the animals, become a trainer for a day or take a day to follow the daily routines in a dolphin’s life.

Boulevard Kukulkan Zona Hotelera, Cancún
La Destilleria

This is a dining experience within an old tequila distillery offering a truly Mexican atmosphere. The perfect place to sample excellent traditional Mexican seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. Visit the tequila museum within the restaurant and try some of Mexico’s finest tequilas.

Boulevard Kukúlkan Zona Hotelera, Cancún
La Dolce Vita

This restaurant has a friendly Italian style ambiance and a view of the lagoon. La Dolce Vita offers a good range of meat and fish dishes. The staff is attentive and helpful and will be happy to help you choose the perfect dish and wine.

Avenida Coba 87 Zona Hotelera, Cancún
Down Town

For the slightly more adventurous, Cancún City offers all shopping amenities imaginable, from street vendors selling chewing gum and well-equipped supermarkets to luxury shopping plazas with bowling alleys, cinemas, amusement arcades and much more. The three major Plazas are Plaza Las Americas, El Paseo and Gran Plaza, all of which can be easily reached by taxi from Avenida Tulúm.

Plaza Las Americas, Cancún
La Isla Shopping Village

La Isla Shopping Village features shady alleys and pretty canals, showcasing a wide array of shops, restaurants, and attractions of any sort along with a cinema. Take a stroll down the quaint streets, browse at shops renowned worldwide or grab a bite to eat, La Isla is a pleasant shopper´s paradise.

Boulevard Kukulcan Hotel Zone, Cancún

Best Time To Visit

If you are looking to avoid holiday crowds and high prices, visit Cancún anytime from May to November, particularly in September and October. However, these two are also the rainiest months. If you prefer escaping the cold winter to relax in the sun, book your trip in December or January, the high season in Cancún.

Tourist Tax

Nearly every commercial airline flying into Mexico now includes the Tourism Tax (known as DNI – Derecho No Inmigrante) in the price of each flight ticket. Request an itemised receipt from your tour agent or airline, where the DNI charge is normally listed, and present it at check-in and/or immigration in order to avoid double payment. If, however, your airfare does not include this tax, or if you’ve been travelling by land, the tax will need to be paid separately. If you’re leaving Mexico by air, the easiest way to pay this tax will be at the check-in counter for your departing flight/the airport immigration office. Note that the tax can only be paid in cash, in USD, Mexican pesos or Sterling. The exact fee is subject to change; at the time of writing, it amounts to just under $30 per person. If you are departing by land, you are still required to pay this tax, which can also be done at a bank. Note that those arriving by land and departing from Mexico within 7 days are exempt from paying the fee. The DNI tax is not to be confused with the Mexican Airport Departure Tax, which will be automatically included with any flight ticket purchase, and will also appear on the itemised receipt. Make sure to hold on to any receipts, slips or documents issued to you by Mexican immigration authorities throughout the entire trip.