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On the Yucatan Peninsula in east Mexico, Cancun has long since cemented its reputation as a sunny spot for beach-lovers and culture enthusiasts. Holidays to Cancun serve up postcard-worthy beaches, sleek resorts and a medley of exciting day trips. Plus, in more recent years, this popular Mexican city has become a nightlife hub, thanks to its vibrant club scene and Spring Break credentials. So, whatever you’re looking for, a trip to Cancun delivers.

The city is loosely split into two zones – there’s the downtown area of El Centro and a long strip of land called Punta Cancun, more commonly known as Hotel Zone. Brushed by the bright blue Caribbean Sea, this limb of the city is dotted with white-sand bays, high-end hotels and endless restaurants and bars. There are plenty of things to do, so you’ll probably find that you spend most of your Cancun holiday here. You can try your hand at watersports, like kayaking, surfing and jet-skiing, or take a boat out to the Great Mayan Reef to snorkel among colourful corals. Or, for a truly unique experience, don your flippers and visit Cancun’s famous underwater museum.

There are lots more attractions in the surrounding area, too. You could spend a day in the nearby rainforest, where you can go hiking, bird-watching and zip-lining. The Yucatan Peninsula is also home to half a dozen ancient Mayan cities, and we’d suggest visiting at least one during your Cancun holiday. The most famous site is undoubtedly Chichen Itza. Instantly recognisable by its giant Pyramid of Kukulcan, this well-preserved city lies 120 miles west of Cancun, and is well worth a day trip. Alternatively, you could travel 80 miles south to visit the Mayan ruins of Tulum – this place is just as impressive as Chichen Itza, and you’ll have a lovely view of the Caribbean coast as you drive.

Whether you’re planning to spend your days relaxing or exploring, your evenings are sure to be a memorable part of your trip to Cancun. When the sun goes down, the city really comes to life. You can sip salty margaritas in a beachfront bar, dance the night away at a salsa party, or be dazzled by the acrobatic shows at world-famous club, Coco Bongo. Whatever you’re into, Cancun’s got it covered. What are you waiting for? Call our experts to start planning your tailor-made getaway to Cancun.

Beaches

Things to do

Nightlife

Best time to go

Best beaches in Cancun

The city’s Hotel Zone boasts 22 kilometres of white sands, so you’ll never be short of sunbathing spots on your Cancun holiday. The northern coast has calm waters ideal for swimming, while the beaches along the eastern stretch are lapped by the balmy Caribbean Sea. The water here is also slightly choppier than the north, making it a great place for surfing.

Playa Delfines is one of Cancun’s best beaches. Just the right amount of busy, this chalk-white public beach has plenty of space and several food vendors, while the rolling waves are ideal for watersports. The sea here can be a little rough for swimming, though, so if you’d prefer to go for a relaxing dip, head along the coast to Playa Chac Mool, where you’ll find still waters and great snorkelling.

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Alternatively, if you want to spend your time in the heart of the action, head to Playa Forum. Lined with a range of bars and restaurants, this popular beach is always bustling, while offering all the scenic views you’d expect from a beach in Cancun.

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Things to do in Cancun

Thanks to the city’s beautiful coastline, water babies will find plenty of things to do in Cancun. You can go paddle-boarding or kayaking across the Caribbean Sea, or hop on a jet-ski if you fancy something faster. But, of all the attractions in Cancun, the Great Mayan Reef is the best for nature-lovers. Stretching for more than 1,000 kilometres, it’s the second largest reef in the world, filled with corals and tropical fish. And make sure you visit Cancun’s underwater museum, MUSA, where you’ll see dozens of statues. You can go on a snorkelling or diving tour or, if you’d prefer to stay dry, admire the sculptures from a glass-bottomed boat.

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There are lots of day trips available further afield, too. You can venture into the nearby jungle for an afternoon of hiking and zip-lining. And no Cancun holiday would be complete without a visit to one of Mexico’s ancient Mayan cities. Travel south to the fascinating ruins of Tulum, or head west to see world-famous Chichen Itza. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, this staggering city is estimated to be 1,500 years old. You can marvel at the iconic Pyramid of Kukulcan, before going to the nearby cenote for a cooling swim in the turquoise waters.

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Cancun nightlife

Cancun and nightlife go together like gin and tonic. Hugely popular with American students and European revellers, this Mexican resort has certainly earned its reputation as the place to party. But there’s also a scattering of chilled-out bars, if you simply fancy a cocktail or two.

You’ll find all the big-name clubs in the Hotel Zone. You can dance until the early hours at places like Dady ’O but, for a one-of-a-kind night out, make tracks for Cancun’s iconic superclub, Coco Bongo. Ridiculously lavish and eccentric, this place throws a party like nowhere else. Alongside world-famous DJs, you can expect flying acrobats, dazzling shows and conga lines. Just make sure you book your tickets early – especially if you want a VIP table – as these fun-filled nights often sell out weeks in advance.

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If that’s not quite your scene, though, don’t worry. Head to Grand Mambo Café for salsa dancing and live music, or visit Carlos’ & Charlie’s for great cocktails and Mexican bites. La Casa del Habano is another cosy spot, serving up cigars and fantastic mojitos.

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Best time to visit Cancun

If you’re planning to spend your entire Cancun holiday on the beach, it’s best to visit between November and May. At this time of year, temperatures average 28oC and often climb higher. Rainfall is minimal, too, with April and May being the driest months. But, before you book, it’s worth checking when Spring Break falls. This non-stop party – usually in March or April – sees thousands of American university students flock to Cancun’s shores. So, if you’re seeking a quiet holiday, it’s best to avoid going to Cancun at this time of year.

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Mexico’s hurricane season officially runs from June until November, but September and October are the wettest months. Between June and August, you can expect temperatures to be around 33oC, while the rain showers tend to be short, heavy downpours. Cancun holidays are much cheaper in the summer months so, if you don’t mind a bit of rain, you could land a bargain.

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Beaches

Best beaches in Cancun

The city’s Hotel Zone boasts 22 kilometres of white sands, so you’ll never be short of sunbathing spots on your Cancun holiday. The northern coast has calm waters ideal for swimming, while the beaches along the eastern stretch are lapped by the balmy Caribbean Sea. The water here is also slightly choppier than the north, making it a great place for surfing.

Playa Delfines is one of Cancun’s best beaches. Just the right amount of busy, this chalk-white public beach has plenty of space and several food vendors, while the rolling waves are ideal for watersports. The sea here can be a little rough for swimming, though, so if you’d prefer to go for a relaxing dip, head along the coast to Playa Chac Mool, where you’ll find still waters and great snorkelling.

Show More
Show Less

Alternatively, if you want to spend your time in the heart of the action, head to Playa Forum. Lined with a range of bars and restaurants, this popular beach is always bustling, while offering all the scenic views you’d expect from a beach in Cancun.

Show More
Show Less

Things to do

Things to do in Cancun

Thanks to the city’s beautiful coastline, water babies will find plenty of things to do in Cancun. You can go paddle-boarding or kayaking across the Caribbean Sea, or hop on a jet-ski if you fancy something faster. But, of all the attractions in Cancun, the Great Mayan Reef is the best for nature-lovers. Stretching for more than 1,000 kilometres, it’s the second largest reef in the world, filled with corals and tropical fish. And make sure you visit Cancun’s underwater museum, MUSA, where you’ll see dozens of statues. You can go on a snorkelling or diving tour or, if you’d prefer to stay dry, admire the sculptures from a glass-bottomed boat.

Show More
Show Less

There are lots of day trips available further afield, too. You can venture into the nearby jungle for an afternoon of hiking and zip-lining. And no Cancun holiday would be complete without a visit to one of Mexico’s ancient Mayan cities. Travel south to the fascinating ruins of Tulum, or head west to see world-famous Chichen Itza. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, this staggering city is estimated to be 1,500 years old. You can marvel at the iconic Pyramid of Kukulcan, before going to the nearby cenote for a cooling swim in the turquoise waters.

Show More
Show Less

Nightlife

Cancun nightlife

Cancun and nightlife go together like gin and tonic. Hugely popular with American students and European revellers, this Mexican resort has certainly earned its reputation as the place to party. But there’s also a scattering of chilled-out bars, if you simply fancy a cocktail or two.

You’ll find all the big-name clubs in the Hotel Zone. You can dance until the early hours at places like Dady ’O but, for a one-of-a-kind night out, make tracks for Cancun’s iconic superclub, Coco Bongo. Ridiculously lavish and eccentric, this place throws a party like nowhere else. Alongside world-famous DJs, you can expect flying acrobats, dazzling shows and conga lines. Just make sure you book your tickets early – especially if you want a VIP table – as these fun-filled nights often sell out weeks in advance.

Show More
Show Less

If that’s not quite your scene, though, don’t worry. Head to Grand Mambo Café for salsa dancing and live music, or visit Carlos’ & Charlie’s for great cocktails and Mexican bites. La Casa del Habano is another cosy spot, serving up cigars and fantastic mojitos.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Cancun

If you’re planning to spend your entire Cancun holiday on the beach, it’s best to visit between November and May. At this time of year, temperatures average 28oC and often climb higher. Rainfall is minimal, too, with April and May being the driest months. But, before you book, it’s worth checking when Spring Break falls. This non-stop party – usually in March or April – sees thousands of American university students flock to Cancun’s shores. So, if you’re seeking a quiet holiday, it’s best to avoid going to Cancun at this time of year.

Show More
Show Less

Mexico’s hurricane season officially runs from June until November, but September and October are the wettest months. Between June and August, you can expect temperatures to be around 33oC, while the rain showers tend to be short, heavy downpours. Cancun holidays are much cheaper in the summer months so, if you don’t mind a bit of rain, you could land a bargain.

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