Member / Vendor Login

Cancun

Country
Mexico
State
Territorio de Quintana Roo
City
Cancun
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

Situated on a 21km/13mi-long, 400 m (440 yd)-wide, L-shaped island off the north coast of Yucatán, Cancún is a purpose-built luxury resort with an excellent tourist infrastructure. Having been built up from virtually nothing in little more than a decade, the large holiday centre lies fringed by glorious white sand beaches and coral banks, its reputation further enhanced by an equable subtropical climate relatively free from rain. The tourist area is linked by causeway to the mainland on which the modern city of Cancún now stands. In recent years the palm trees on the Yucatán coast have been severely reduced in number by a disease which made its appearance during the last century.



Advertisement

How to Reach

By Air

Cancun International Airport can be found 22kms south of Cancun city centre and it is a two-terminal modern hub offering a number of worldwide services. Direct flights are available from London to Cancun as well as charter flights from many other UK destinations. It is also possible to fly to domestic destinations throughout Mexico and to various airports in the USA.

Public buses, airport and hotel shuttles, and taxis offer services into the city centre, and it is possible to hire cars from agencies at the airport. There are ATMs in both terminals as well as bureaux de change counters. There is also an excellent selection of eateries and a variety of shops on hand for last-minute gifts.
Cancun Airport

By Bus

It is possible to travel to Cancun on a luxury bus from Mexico City. The buses are all air-conditioned and very comfortable, but the journeys are also incredibly long, taking 24 hours. Travelling by bus is a good way to see the sights of Mexico as well as saving a few pennies.

By Car

If you decide to hire a car during your holiday, you will find that it is very easy to navigate your way around the streets of Cancun. This is mainly due to the fact that it was built so recently. International rental agencies can be found in the city and include Avis, Budget, Hertz and National.

Key places to visit
Garafon Park, Tulum, Beaches, El Rey, Isla Mujeres


Advertisement



Places to Visit

Garafon Park

This park can be found on the south side of the city and boasts an area for swimming as well as beautiful scenery, local fish and nature trails. There is a small entrance fee, but once you are in, you can take advantage of the facilities all day. The park is a popular place for boat trips to stop at, so it can get quite busy during lunchtime.

Tulum

This archaeological site is a 2-hour drive from Cancun. It is one of Mexico’s most important sites and is a must-see for everyone. The remains are set against a beautiful backdrop of golden beaches and clear blue waters, and they attract hundreds of tourists every day. It is wise to stay overnight, so that you can fully appreciate the relics in the morning, before it gets too crowded. Archaeological finds include: the Muyil archaeological site, Grand Cenote, Cenote Calaveras, Dos Ojos Cenote and Tres Rios Ecopark.

Beaches

A series of beaches - de las Perlas, Juventud, Linda, Langosta, Tortugas, Caracol and Chac-mool - extend alongside the Boulevard Cancún and the Paseo Kukulkán all the way from the city boundary. Tortugas, Caracol and Chac-mool are the most popular. Laid out beside the 7.5km/4.6mi Paseo Kukulkán is an 18-hole public golf course known as Pok-ta-Pok.

El Rey

This archaeological site dates back to the post-Classic period, from 1250 until 1521. The ancient city was once a very important ceremonial centre and can be found very close to the heart of the hotel district. Although many of the archaeological relics are similar to those at other sites, this area may have once housed a king’s tomb and is home to some very majestic remains. El Rey translates as ‘the king’, which also suggests regal connections.

Isla Mujeres

The small island of Mujeres can be reached by a 20-minute ferry ride from the hotel district. It offers a quieter alternative to the busy beaches on the main island, but it still provides many of the same facilities and leisure pursuits.

Right Time to Visit

November - March

Temperature

July - September -> 28(°C) - Summer
December - February -> 21(°C) - Spring


Advertisement



View Map