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 hotspot. Caring for four million tourists every year, it's hard to understand how 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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Mayan Ruins
Carretera Federal Tulum 307, Cobá

A visit to Cancún is not complete without a trip to the famous Mayan ruins. Many of them have not yet been excavated and are waiting to be explored. Chichen Itzá, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, is an absolute must. Whilst you are there, don’t miss out on the stunning light show that transports you back in time in a spectacular atmosphere. Equally stunning is Cobá, currently the only ruin that can still be climbed, offering a breathtaking view over the jungle and Tulúm, with its spectacular backdrop of the clear turquoise water of the ocean.

Dolphinaris Cancún
Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 25, Zona Hotelera, Cancún

Is swimming with dolphins a dream for you? Then make it a reality at the Dolphinaris Cancún. Here, you get to interact with these beautiful and smart creatures, become a trainer for a day, or take a day to follow the daily routines in a dolphin's life. An unforgettable experience for both the kids and the grownups.

La Pizzarra
Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 12.5, La Isla, Zona Hotelera, Cancún

Come for the view, stay for the food! Right on the bayside at La Isla Cancun Shopping Village, La Pizzarra offers Neapolitan style pizza, wine, and pasta in a beautiful and romantic location that gets even more spectacular around sunset.

Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 11.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún

Located in the Hotel NYX, Unami is a Japanese style restaurant with a hibachi table, where you share seating with other diners while a chef cooks right in front of you. But if you wish to have a more private dining experience, they also have separate dining tables. The food here is rated among the best in Cancún, and to ensure you will have a memorable night, the chefs at Umami put on a show, perform some tricks, and show off their amazing knife skills. On top of that, you've got a beautiful ocean view and impeccable service. So, be sure to book ahead!

La Isla Cancun Shopping Village
Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 12.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún

La Isla Cancun Shopping Village is a lively, open-air shopping complex featuring shady alleys and pretty canals, showcasing a wide array of shops, restaurants, and attractions, including a Ferris wheel. Take a stroll down the quaint streets, browse at the shops renowned worldwide, or grab a bite to eat--La Isla is a pleasant shopper's paradise.

Kukulcan Plaza
Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 13 , Local 410 y 411A, Zona Hotelera, Cancún

Kukulcan Plaza is renowned for its assortment of luxury shops and international names. Here you will also find some souvenir shops, local brands, and a few eateries. Kukulcan Plaza is a beautiful and modern mall right on the main street of the Hotel Zone. It boasts stunning architecture, including an elaborate Mayan stained-glass dome. It's here where the Luxury Avenue Boutique Mall is located, offering the most famous--and expensive--brands.

Best Time To Visit

If you are looking to avoid holiday crowds and high prices, then the best time to visit Cancún is 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

As of April 1 2021, international travellers that are 15 years or older visiting the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, where Cancún, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel are situated, are required to pay a tourist tax known as Visitax. This payment can be made before, during, or after your trip, but it must be paid before boarding your departure flight. At the time of writing, the Visitax costs $224 Mexican pesos (USD $11) per visitor. Once the payment is made, you will receive a QR Code that must be shown at the airport before leaving Mexico. Below is the official government website of Quintan Roo:

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