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With its pristine white-sand beaches, clear turquoise waters, and balmy tropical climate, it’s not hard to see why Cancun is the ultimate destination for sun seekers. Perched on the tip of the Yucatan peninsula in the Mexican Caribbean, this seaside paradise boasts year-round sunshine and stunning natural beauty. Each of Cancun’s many beaches is more fabulous than the last—but that’s not all the city has to offer. Fantastic nightlife, first-class shopping, and fascinating Mayan cultural sites all combine to guarantee the perfect beach vacation in Cancun.

Things to see in Cancun

Sun worshippers will be spoiled for choice in Cancun, with a beach to suit your every mood. Chill out and sunbathe at the peaceful Playa Delfines, one of Cancun’s largest beaches, and admire its incredibly bright blue water and breathtaking scenery. Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres, just off the coast, is well worth the short ferry ride away. Its calm, shallow waters are perfect for a relaxing swim, and afterwards you can lounge at a hip beach bar while watching the sun set over the ocean. If you’re feeling more adventurous, take a day trip to unspoiled Isla Holbox, north of Cancun, where you can snorkel, windsurf, scuba dive, and even swim with gentle whale sharks. For a break from the beach, take advantage of Cancun’s plentiful shopping opportunities, from high-end boutiques at La Isla Shopping Village to charming flea markets like Mercado 28, selling local handcrafts and souvenirs.

Beach hotels in Cancun

You’ll find a wide selection of beach hotels in Cancun to suit all budgets and tastes—whether you’re looking for a spring break party to remember, a relaxing romantic getaway in the sun, or an adventure with all the family. If you’re feeling indulgent, splash out and stay at one of the many all-inclusive beach resorts in the Hotel Zone, which provide world-class facilities like private beach access, on-site spas, and gourmet restaurants. This hotspot also has more affordable options for hotels on the beach in Cancun, and savvy travelers can get good value for money while enjoying amenities such as free WiFi, a swimming pool, and free breakfast.

Where to stay in Cancun

The main tourist area is the Hotel Zone—a 14-mile stretch of Caribbean coastline where you’ll find many of the best beach hotels in Cancun. It’s also home to upscale shopping malls and pulsing entertainment venues, so if you’d like to party in Cancun’s best nightclubs, then look no further. Most of the locals live in the downtown area, which offers reasonably priced accommodation options as well as more authentic Mexican restaurants, bars, and markets. Those looking for less crowded beaches and ideal scuba-diving conditions along the Great Mayan Reef might choose to stay at one of the beaches south of Cancun, such as Puerto Morelos or Tulum.

How to get to Cancun

Cancun International Airport is served by several major airlines for both international and domestic flights. For transportation to your hotel, take an authorized taxi from outside the airport terminal; book before you arrive to get the best rates. Local bus services also depart regularly from the airport to downtown Cancun for a cheaper transport option. Once you’ve settled in, the city’s bus network provides a convenient, inexpensive, and safe way to get from beach to beach. If you’re traveling by taxi, be sure to agree on the rate with the driver in advance for the best value.

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