A coastal city on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun offers sun, sand and nightclubs in a Caribbean paradise.
Known for white sand beaches and crystal blue water, Cancun attracts tourists from all over the world. Explore archaeological ruins from the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization or party in the clubs and bars like Coco Bongo.
Cancun is also a popular honeymoon and wedding destination due to the warm, sunny setting. Travelers can take advantage of a variety of activities such as snorkeling, sportfishing and swimming with dolphins. Several major airlines --- including Delta, American and Aeromexico -- offer daily flights to this top destination.
Cheap vacations such as all-inclusive Cancun packages are available at dozens of resorts in the area. Meals, activities and amenities are often pre-arranged so travelers can enjoy their vacation without worrying about details.
Cancun hotels range in price for tourists with all types of budgets. Top-tier brands in the region include Hilton Cancun Resort, Hyatt Regency Cancun and Ritz-Carlton Cancun. Budget hotels like Hotel Flamingo Cancun and Hotel Imperial Las Perlas Cancun offer beachside stays at reasonable rates.
When to Go
The city is warm year-round. Ocean breezes from the coast prohibit high temperatures, keeping average highs to around 80 degrees. The best time to visit Cancun is typically November through February. (The hottest time of year is May through September.) Tropical storms are much more frequent from May until December, increasing rain and humidity in the area.
How to Get There
Cancun International Airport is considered the second most important airport in Mexico; more than 10 million passengers pass through it each year. The airport is about a 20-minute drive from the Hotel Zone. Flights to and from destinations in North America, South America and Asia depart and arrive daily.
Swim with dolphins or go fishing during a boat tour in the Caribbean Sea. Cancun jungle tours and guided Mayan ruin tours are available daily.
Cancun is also a top destination for scuba diving. In fact, the National Marine Park of Cancun is home to an underwater art museum, featuring 400 life-sized sculptures in clear shallow waters creating artificial reefs for marine life. Scuba divers, snorkelers and tourists riding in glass-bottomed boats can view the marine life interacting with the art sculptures.
Cancun is also home to many great golf courses and relaxing spas.