Guide to Cancun

VacationWiser.com Guide to Cancun

As one of the most popular touristdestinations in Mexico, Cancun attracts about four million visitors each yearto its pristine white beaches, its top-notch resort and hotel scene and itscrystal blue water. The city is home to hundreds of hotels that line thebeaches in an area called the hotel zone, attracting all types of guests, fromtraveling business people to timeshare owners to families. The city is probablymost famous for its Mayan ruins, which dot the landscape around this southernregion of Mexico. From El Rey to Tulum, the ancient stone remains are uniquearchaeological attractions that tell the original story of the now bustlingmodern city. Many people also visit the area for its great dive sites. Colorfulcoral reefs and diverse sea life are located right offshore, and a variety ofinland cenotes (deep natural wells) attract diving enthusiasts to explore therich underwater worlds of Cancun.



Before diving into everything that’sgreat about Cancun, let’s cover some basics:

·        Getting there - Visitors traveling by plane will arrive at the CancunInternational Airport, one of the top airports in the world. The airport isabout 10 miles away from the city and about 13 miles from the hotel zone. After arriving at Cancun International, buses and taxis are the most commonform of transportation.


·        Entry Requirements - Valid passport needed forentry.  No tourist visa necessary.  For more information go to travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Mexico.html.


·        Location – Cancun islocated in Quintana Roo, a southeastern state of Mexico. The city of Cancunshares a border with Bahia de Mujeres to the north, Laguna Nichupté to the westand the Caribbean Sea to the east.


·        Climate – Climate is a big appeal for many Cancun visitors. From October toMarch, average temperature is 68-86° F and from April to September, averagetemperature is 75-91° F.  The rainyseason is from May to October.


·        Currency – When it comes to dinero, travelers have a variety of options. Thepeso is the official currency of Mexico; however, a majority of touristestablishments are happy to accept U.S. dollars and most major credit cards.


·        Language – Nosotros hablamos español, Spanish is the official language ofMexico and Cancun. Forgot to brush up on your speaking skills? No worries,English is used in all tourist locations. 


·        STEP Program

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a freeservice to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad toenroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. 

·        Distance from Cancun Airport:



   Drive Time

Distance in Miles

Central Cancun

   20 minutes

10 miles

Cancun Hotel Zone

    25 minutes

12 miles

Isla Mujeres

   45 minutes

20 miles

Puerto Morelos

   22 minutes

25 miles

Playa del Carmen

   40 minutes

32 miles


    1 hour, 45 minutes

46 miles

Puerto Aventuras

    1 hour

47 miles


    1 hour, 10 minutes

57 miles


    1 hour, 30 minutes

72 miles


    1 hour, 40 minutes

89 miles


Cancun has a reputation for awesomeresorts that fit every budget and lifestyle. The city currently has a total of185 hotels and over 35,000 rooms. Many of these hotels are located in Cancun’shotel zone along the Caribbean Sea.  

Those travelling with kids can book oneof the city’s many family-focused resorts to ensure their little ones have justas much fun as the adults. Travelers who are looking for a kid-free zone can opt for an adults-only resort instead.

These are some of our suggested hotels in Cancun.  Sample rates below are for a 3-night weekend stay or 4-night midweek stay in Fall 2021. Expect rates to be slightly higher in the winter.  Rates are given as a weekly direct deposit. For bi-weekly payments just multiple the weekly number by 2. Number in parentheses by hotel name is Star rating,


Royal Solaris Cancun Resort – HotelZone (4*)

Enjoy your holidays ALL INCLUSIVE Royal Solaris Cancun is a magnificent family all inclusive resort with 300 rooms, overlooking the Nichupte lagoon or the Caribbean Sea, in a complex that has a unique pyramidal structure. Enjoy all the entertainment with daily activities and nightly show for you. Children also have a special place for fun in our Mini Club and Mini Water Park, supervised by our staff. Rooms features two double beds or one king size bed and lounging areas. Highlights Beachfront resort in Cancun Hotel zone. Share benefits with GR Caribe "Free Access to GR Caribe" 300 comfortable rooms with ocean or lagoon view. Unlimited food and beverages in all restaurants and bars. Room service. Snack bar. Pizzalísima. Oceanfront pool complex divided into 3 sections. Children´s water park and supervised mini club. Private marina with non-motorized water sports. Meeting facilities. Internet access in rooms and at the business center and WI-FI access at lobby area ($). Lagoon view fitness center. Oceanfront outdoor jacuzzis. Hospitality room available for early check-in and late check-out. On site shops. Weekly activities program. Best nightly theme shows. Live music at lobby bar. One way free shuttle transportation to nightclubs, every night.

Payments as low as $47 weekly for 3-night stay over weekend

Payments as low as $45 weekly for a 4-night midweek stay


Cancun Bay Resort – Hotel Zone (4*)

With breathtaking views of Mujeres Bay, Cancun Bay Resort features a beachfront pool and relaxation pool, tennis courts and a hot tub with a bar. It is located near several of Cancun's restaurants, shops and entertainment venues. Cancun International Airport is 20 minutes' drive away and Cancun's commercial area can be reached in 15 minutes by car. Each room and suite at the resort has a private balcony or terrace with views of the lagoon, garden or sea.

Payments as low as $37 weekly for a 3-night stay over the weekend

Payments as low as $39 weekly for a 4-night stay midweek


Crown Paradise Club Cancun – Hotel Zone (5*)

This the perfect beach holiday location, with public transportation right outside the hotel it is only a short drive to the centre of town. Resort facilities include 4 swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball, mini golf, a game room, children's areas and activities programs, evening entertainment, and a full-service spa. Guests can dine on the finest cuisine in an elegant dining room, or enjoy casual poolside snacks at the resort's seven restaurants, two snack spots, and 7 bars.

Payments as low as $46 weekly for a 3-night weekend stay

Payments as low as $47 weekly for 4-night midweek stay


Royalton Chic Suites Cancun Resort & Spa – South of Hotel Zone (5*)

Welcome to spectacular Cancun. The newest addition to this incredibly popular resort destination is Royalton's new luxury hotel, Royalton Cancun resort and spa offering exceptional service, stylish architecture and incredible food. Spend your days lounging on the stunning, white sand private beach next to breathtaking clear blue waters, and your nights celebrating under the stars with the Rooftop SkyClub's exclusive pool and elegant cabanas. This new generation, all-inclusive hotel offers discerning travelers a family-friendly vacation experience. The professionals at our vibrant Kids Club will ensure the younger members of your family stay happy, safe and entertained throughout their stay, socializing with others their own age and making memories that will last a lifetime. From the unlimited a la carte dining, including a Royalton favorite, Agave, an authentic Mexican Restaurant, to our signature DreamBed™, all has been carefully designed to deliver personalized service. Choose from the Resort or Diamond Club™ sections and experience the perfect vacation, tailored just for you. And one of the best parts? You can go from the airport to our resort the vibrant Cancun Strip in only 30 minutes.

Payments as low as $52 weekly for a 3-night weekend stay

Payments as low as $57 weekly for a 4-night midweek stay


Ritz Carlton Cancun - Hotel Zone (5*)

Set along the Mayan Coastline on one of the most spectacular beaches in Mexico, This hotel in Cancun offers a hotel destination for those seeking luxury, relaxation, culture and tradition, set against a backdrop of cerulean water and warm sea breezes. The resort embodies the vibrant charm of this beach town while offering luxury amenities and carefully curated activities, providing a way for guests to experience Cancun through a different lens. Guest rooms and suites at this Cancun hotel highlight what draws visitors from around the world: the Caribbean Sea. Each accommodation features its own balcony overlooking the ocean, modern décor with locally inspired accents and a spacious layout. At this resort, a beach vacation is elevated by hotel features and activities for the entire family. After lounging poolside, or in our beach cabana rentals, you can learn to cook alongside an expert chef, taste your way through a collection of premium tequilas or enjoy an intimate chef's table experience. Help baby turtles find their way to the ocean, start the morning with yoga on the beach or work on your tennis serve. There are many things to do in Cancun, and this resort offers an impressive collection of activities and amenities to experience them all.

Payments as low as $57 weekly for a 3-night weekend stay

Payments as low as $72 weekly for a 4-night midweek stay



The city of Cancun offers unmatcheddining experiences with beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea and the NichuptéLagoon. The food is a culinary tour of international flavors with specializedrestaurants and authentic regional cuisines. There are many restaurants thathave earned a 5 Diamond rating from AAA or are rated by the Michelin Guide.While there is plenty to gush about when it comes to elegant dining in Cancun,there is also an abundance of casual dining experiences that are equallydelicious.


Cancun is bursting at the seams withfun activities and experiences. Looking for a relaxing afternoon? Indulge inone of the city’s many spa and wellness services. Is adventure more your style?Cancun is full of natural attractions such as the mangroves, the jungle andcenotes where countless adventure and ecotourism activities can be enjoyed bythe whole family. Here are a few of our options for fun and entertainment:

·        Entertainment – Cancun offers a diverse range of entertainment and nightlife,including nightclubs and singular bars with excellent light shows, acrobats andsome the world’s best DJs. A few of the city’s best nightclubs include CocoBongo, Dady’O, The City and Mandala. For something more relaxed and familiar,try a dinner show on a pirate ship, an authentic Mexican party onboard atrajinera in Xoximilco, or the excellent show JOYÁ by Cirque du Soleil.

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