Cancún (Mexico)

Cancún Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Tom Hart

The art of tourism perfected

Cancún is the main tourist destination in the Mexican state of Quintana RooStay away if you dislike mass tourism
Miles and miles of perfect beaches and tourist infrastructure serving them to perfection
Loads of activities, while outside of town Maya sights like those of Tulum are in reach

If we mention the word Cancún to a random person on the street, we are pretty sure that a majority of them will respond to us with something like white sand beaches, resorts and wild nightlife. It is at that point where we start to question ourselves: how much is there really left to explain here?

Nevertheless, to start this all the way from where we tend to start our reviews: Cancún is a city of 3/4 million people in Mexico's Quintana Roo (which are synonymous with the Caribbean of Mexico, essentially). Divided into a Hotel Zone indeed featuring miles and miles of perfect beaches and turquoise waters, and a Downtown Zone for actual city residents, it is quite likely you will spend most or all of your time in the former.

And that is no punishment at all, that is if all-inclusive resorts are your kind of thing. Of course fear not as these come in all shapes and sizes, and besides sun-bathing activities like diving to stunning coral reefs, jet skiing or parasailing will be sure to keep you occupied.

The island of Isla Mujeres just off the coast is absolute tropical perfection, while Maya sights like those of Tulum and Chichen Itza are in easy reach. If you want to head into the Downtown areas, Parque de las Palapas is unavoidable, while the nightlife is wild and varied. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Cancún is a city in Mexico's region of Quintana Roo. It has a population of 722,800, is situated at an altitude of 43ft and the best airport to fly into is CUN (Cancun International, Cancun)
  • The main spoken language here is Spanish, and the average English skill is intermediate
  • Note: Cancún is a good point of entry for trips to Mexico as it is well internationally connected (by air)
  • The currency used in Mexico is the Mexican peso (MXN)

Other cities in the region (Quintana Roo, Mexico)


Cancún Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

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Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

4.1 2 1.7 1.6 3.4 5.4 3.1 3.5 7.2 10.7 5.1 3.4

More Cancún travel resources

You can start off with for a simple overview of attractions. Next up is Travel and Leisure telling you what to look up in Downtown Cancun. Then there is Visit Mexico that has its say, while as always Lonely Planet and Wikitravel do their thing. Plus, there is also the KAYAK Cancún Travel Guide helping you discover the best of Cancun. The Supershuttle Blog lists 10 things to do here, while at Cancun Today you find a map of nearby archaelogical sites.

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