Making the most of Cancun
The tourist mecca that is Cancun was intentionally built on a site selected as ideal to attract visitors. With its tropical climate, endless beaches and crystal clear waters, this little piece of the Mexican Caribbean caters to every whim of its guests. Read more.
Making the most of Cancun
The tourist mecca that is Cancun was intentionally built on a site selected as ideal to attract visitors. With its tropical climate, endless beaches and crystal clear waters, this little piece of the Mexican Caribbean caters to every whim of its guests. Although recognised as a haven for spring-breakers, the significant Mayan ruins in the area also reveal links to an ancient civilisation and deeper cultural heritage, one that is well worth exploring.
Beaches, pristine jungles and fascinating ruins
While it’s worth checking out the many beaches in Cancun, most are packed full of tourists soaking up the sunshine. Those in the know recommend Playa Tortugas, the locals’ beach, for its clean sand and more relaxed atmosphere. Home to the world’s second largest barrier reef, Cancun offers some excellent opportunities for scuba diving, snorkelling, boat cruises and yacht rental. Away from the beaches, the national parks boast a complex system of caves and underwater rivers, and pristine jungles. The natural environment is as big a drawcard as the resort town itself. Bargain hunters have some great options in Cancun for shopping. Market 28 is best for souvenirs and Mexican outdoor restaurants while Market 23 is more for the locals. Both can be very cheap if your haggling skills are up to the challenge.
, a few hours drive from Cancun, is a world renowned and amazingly well preserved archaeological site that is a must see for its combination of Mayan and Toltec influences. If you have limited time, the El Rey Ruins in the heart of the hotel zone are extremely accessible and the site can be covered in a relatively short time. The Museo Maya de Cancun houses one of the most important collections of Maya artifacts in Mexico and along with a visit to the Museo de Antropologia e Historia, provides a nice roundup of the history of the region.
The resort life: accommodation in Cancun
As one of the premier spa destinations worldwide, many visitors to Cancun opt for one of its thirty spa resorts when it comes to accommodation. There are two distinct areas for your stay: the hotel area which is an island connected to the mainland, and the centre of the city of Cancun. Many of the older resorts offer cheap stays but you get what you pay for in this case, so a little research is recommended. Travellers with a more flexible budget can choose from mid-range to five star, all-inclusive hotels and resorts. A more recent alternative is vacation rental, providing visitors with private accommodation and an oasis of calm away from busy resorts.
Flying in and finding your way around Cancun
Cancun Airport International is a busy hub for the Caribbean and a convenient arrival point for Mexico. Flights from North, Central and South America, Asia and Europe run frequently and the airport is a short twenty minute car trip from the town centre. The public bus system also covers transit from the airport, delivering visitors directly to the hotel zone. Depending on where you stay, you may be able to walk to beaches, restaurants, shops and tourists attractions. For destinations further afield, the cheapest way to get around is the public bus which operates 24 hours per day. Car rental is easy enough to organise, however, driving outside the tourist zone can be a nightmare for those unfamiliar with local driving practices.