THINGS TO DO IN CANCUN

Famous for its beaches, historical monuments of the Mayan culture, and exceptionally developed infrastructure, Cancun draws more than 6 million tourists each year for all the good reasons.

With lush beauty of sea and land where nature coexists with a modern metropolis, Cancun captivates its visitors with the transparency of its waters, its gentle waves, the fine white sand of its beaches, and its natural and cultural wealth.

Cancun has the most modern and functional airport in Latin America and the Caribbean with flights and connections to different parts of the world. The destination has a first-class infrastructure and tourist services of the highest order. 

It has a tropical climate with 250 sunny days a year and an average temperature of 23 C (73F). The Cancun International Airport is approximately 20 minutes from the hotel zone and 15 minutes from downtown.

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NIGHTLIFE

Cancun has a restless nightlife with plenty of excellent places to visit. The vast majority of nightlife attractions in Cancun are concentrated in the Boulevard Kukulcan, the avenue that runs throughout the hotel zone, there you can find various restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.

Most nightclubs are concentrated at km 9.5 of the Boulevard, and parties generally start around midnight and continue until the early hours of the morning. As a tourist destination, buses run all night, so you don't have to worry about how to get back to the hotel. This is also a great option for those who want to stroll outside the hotel zone of Cancun.

Fiesta en Coco Bongo

BEACHES

The main reason that prompts anyone to travel to Cancun is its beaches. Regarded by many as the best in the Caribbean (and even the world), Cancun's beaches are a natural spectacle.

If you decide to stay in the city, the first ones you should visit and see are the beaches of the Cancun Hotel Zone, such as Playa Tortugas, Playa Delfines or Playa Langosta.

Along this part of the city, you will see miles of white sand beach and turquoise waters, where you can simply lie back to sunbathe, take a dip or engage in any of the multiple water activities available.

Cancún, 2018

NICHUPTÉ LAGOON

This lagoon is one of the main tourist sites of the city located in the heart of Cancun and is surrounded by mangroves. It is a natural reserve of more than 3,000 hectares and a very important site for wildlife that has survived the expansion of tourism infrastructure.

You can cross Nichupté Lagoon in a boat, or if you prefer you can travel in a quieter way in kayaks or rent a jet ski and turn your tour into a more extreme experience, and if you want to spend the afternoon enjoying the scenery, you can choose to take a boat ride and enjoy the panorama while having a drink.

Looking toward Nichupté Lagoon from the hotel

PUNTA CANCUN

Punta Cancun busy nightlife district is located in the commercial heart of the hotel zone. Here you will find vast shopping and recreational centers, such as Plaza Caracol and Forum by the Sea, and the largest nightclubs, Dady'O and Coco Bongo.

One of the favorite places to practice photoshoots is the Punta Cancun Lighthouse. You can see many celebrating photos at this red lighthouse. It is located at km. 9 of the Cancun Hotel Zone. The lighthouse is right next to the Hyatt Ziva Hotel.

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MAYAN MUSEUM OF CANCUN

Few know that, in addition to beaches and fine restaurants, Cancun has a rich history to share. Part of it is in the Mayan Museum. This museum opened only in 2012 and was designed by Mexican Alberto García Lascuráin. 

Although you could tour it in an hour, the truth is that appreciating its excellent collection of pottery and objects rescued from the many archeological zones of Quintana Roo, attending to the well-achieved audiovisuals and touring the archeological zone of San Miguelito can take you more than three hours.

Museo Maya de Cancun

SHOPPING

Cancun is a sophisticated and cosmopolitan destination that has options for all travelers. It has more than 2,000 boutiques and stores. Here you will find from ultra-chic designer stores and famous brands to craft markets and souvenir shops.

Shopping in Cancun is tax-free, so it's easy to find real bargains in cosmetics and fine jewelry. There are several shopping centers that are a delight for the avid buyer. The 16% VAT (value-added tax) can be refunded if you are a foreigner and have a copy of your receipt. Minimum purchase of around $ 88 USD ($ 1,200 pesos) is required from a single product.

Cancun is a showcase of the latest fashion brands and internationally renowned designers such as Burberry, Carolina Herrera, DKNY, Ermenegildo Zegna, Louis Vuitton, MaxMara, Paul & Shark, Pineda Covalin, Purificación García, and Salvatore Ferragamo, to name a few.

La Isla (centro comercial) - Cancún Quintana Roo México 131116 182451 S4

CITY CENTRE AND TULUM AVENUE 

Although city center is it is not as striking as the tourist area, here you will find clothing stores, shoes, souvenirs, restaurants, small hotels, banks, squares and food stalls typical of the region, at very affordable prices where you can buy most things for little money.

The main Avenues of Cancun are Tulum and Yaxchilán. All the buses that go to the different regions of the city or also to the Hotel Zone pass through Tulum Avenue. Here you will find the Plaza de Reforma and the Municipal Palace where the celebrations of the Mexican commemoration, art exhibitions and demonstrations of all kinds are held.

Yaxchilán Avenue is the thoroughfare that will take you to the heart of the local people's entertainment. All along the avenue, you will find Mexican restaurants with live music, mariachis, clubs, and bars.

Shopping

EL MECO ARCHAEOLOGICAL AREA

El Meco preserves the tallest and most important building in the suburban area of Cancun; its strategic coastal position in front of Isla Mujeres, placed it as an important point in the system of navigation aids, established during the Post-classic era along the peninsula; it is particularly linked to Isla Mujeres, with whose inhabitants it should have maintained a close relationship.

The monumental nucleus of the old settlement is located at kilometer 2.7 of the road that connects Puerto Juarez with Punta Sam, on land corresponding to the continental portion of the municipality of Isla Mujeres, north of the city of Cancun. Visitors can reach the site by public transportation.

El Meco Site Cancun, Mexico

EL REY ARCHAEOLOGICAL AREA

The archaeological zone El Rey is located in the Hotel Zone of Cancun. It is a site quite unknown by travelers, but no less important.

It takes its name from a sculpture found at the site in the early 1970s, which distinguished the face of a man with a large headdress. According to research, a man began to inhabit El Rey in 300 B.C., reaching the peak of its development between 1300 and 1550. To that time correspond the structures that are seen in the deposits.

The archaeological zone El Rey is located on Boulevard Kukulkan, one kilometer south of Nichupté Lagoon in front of Delfines Beach.

El Rey

VENTURA THEME PARK

Ventura Park is a family amusement park in Cancun with entertainment for everyone. This means that whether you are a child, teenager or adult, there is something to suit you. It's the perfect park for the whole family to enjoy a full day of activities in Cancun.

Wet'n Wild is a water park full of fun and exciting water activities. If you're looking for adventure, head to Aaah! Ventura where you'll find activities like zip lines and bungee swing.

Those who have children will love Fun World and its activities for the little ones. Grand Prix puts you and your family behind the wheel on a beautiful go-kart track by the sea. Take a look into the future with the fun technological world Underworld, with cutting-edge activities like Virtual Reality. And Dolphinaris is Cancun's number one option for an unforgettable swim with dolphins.

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CANCUN RESTAURANTS

Excellence in service is the common denominator and the scenery are part of the delight as palapas facing the sea, overlooking the sunsets from the lagoon, enlivened by the sound of violins, pianos, trios, mariachis, and jaraneros.

Enjoying a sensational meal should be part of a vacation in Cancun, you will find a fabulous and different restaurant for each night of your vacation, from informal to those who offer gourmet food. You can savor the culinary delights of the original Yucatecan cuisine, with a rich mixture of European and Mexican flavors.

Or, enjoy the typical Mexican food with delicious charcoal-grilled meats and a variety of sauces to try. In addition, many restaurants offer fresh lobster and if you like seafood, you should try the ceviche, a tropical Mexican specialty with fish or seafood such as shrimp, octopus or squid, with finely chopped onion, cilantro, and tomato.

GR Caribe - Cafe Solaris

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ORIENTATION AND CANCUN LAYOUT

Cancun is divided into two completely different areas: Ciudad Cancun (city of Cancun) and Isla Cancún (island of Cancun). The city of Cancun is located on the mainland, it is here that most of the local population lives, there are traditional Mexican restaurants, markets, less expensive hotels, and travel agencies. Avenida Tulum, the main street of the city, towards the south, it turns into a broad highway leading to the airport and Puerto Juarez, where ferries depart to the island of Isla Mujeres.

The kilometer markers, numbered from the far north, are used as location markers along Kukulcan Boulevard.

For local Mexican cuisine and ambiance, try the restaurants inside Mercado 28 in downtown Cancun.

In Puerto Morelos, there is a gastronomic school of regional cuisine.

The island of Cancun is a sandy strip of 22 km in length, its shape resembles the number 7. This place is the famous Hotel Zone (Zona Hotelera), also called the Tourist Zone (Zona Turística). The island is connected to the mainland by the Playa Linda Bridge in the north and the Punta Nizuc Bridge in the south. Between these two areas lies the Laguna Nichupté. Kukulcan Boulevard is the main transport artery of the island while the Cancun International Airport is located near the southern tip of the island.

Bus routes R-1, R-2, and R-15 move up and down between Tulum Avenue and the Hotel Zone, 24 hours a day.

Tourist information desks are located within Town Hall, Tulum Avenue, La Isla and Forum, and the Convention Center.

Ruins of El Rey

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Ruins of El Meco

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Mayan Museum of Cancun

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TRANSPORTATION AND GETTING AROUND

Taxis in Cancun are regulated, safe and reliable. It is advisable to check the rates at the hotel; Most hotels publish a list of prices from the hotel to various points in and around Cancun.

Taxi prices in Cancun are clearly set by zones. The minimum fare within the resort is indicated. In addition, taxi drivers working in the Hotel Zone adhere to the rule: locals have to pay half of what tourists pay.

Before boarding, be sure to ask the driver the fare to avoid misunderstandings. Only an authorized taxi service can take passengers from the airport, but any taxi can take them to the airport. Therefore, the fare from the city to the airport is two times cheaper when compared with the cost of a trip from the airport to the hotel.

The bus system in Cancun is reliable and inexpensive. Route 1 circulates throughout the hotel zone, up to Tulum Avenue in the center and to Puerto Juarez. The waiting time at stops is 3 to 4 minutes.

Cancun Bus Station is located in the city center at the corner of Uxmal Avenue and Tulum Avenue. From here, buses leave for most cities in Mexico, including the capital Mexico City (26 hours). City buses regularly stop near the bus terminal from Tulum Avenue and then go to the Hotel Zone. Buses run from 6 am and 10 pm, but traffic along the main boulevard Kukulkan in the Hotel Zone does not stop even at night. The fare is indicated on the windshield of the bus.

Many bus drivers can stop even if passengers do not wait at the bus stop. For bus drivers, the following rule applies: "The one who first selects the next passenger will earn more money." When you need to exit, click the button. If you are not sure of the correct stop, show the driver the place you need on the city map or ask.

Most city bus drivers speak English fairly well. Buses go around the clock, the interval of traffic during the day is 5-7 minutes, at night - about 20. To stop the bus, you need to raise your hand, it can be done anywhere. But to get off the bus is possible only at designated bus stops, for which it is necessary to press the button in the salon of the bus.

In the mainland of Cancun, tourists use mainly two main routes: R1 and R2. R1 goes to the city center, bus station, Wal-Mart supermarket, Mercado 23 market, Puerto Juarez. R2 - Wal-Mart supermarket, Mercado 28 market.

Most of the world's leading car rental companies have a branch in Cancun and rent new car models. If you plan to know all the attractions that surround Cancun and prefer to explore them on your own, this is the best option.

If you plan to visit Isla Mujeres, the ferry departs from Puerto Juarez and offers several departures every hour and there are three additional departures every hour. From Chiquila to Holbox the transfer leaves every 2 hours. For Cozumel, the ferry leaves Playa del Carmen every hour.