Hotels, restaurants, malls, and nightclubs line either side of Boulevard Kukulkan, known as the Hotel Zone, which runs down the middle of the 15-mile-long sandbar. This is where you’ll find many of the city's all-inclusive hotels catering to families on vacation or couples on their honeymoon and everything in between. As you venture closer to the city’s downtown, “El Centro”, you’ll see a more local side of life, peppered with markets and traditional restaurants, as well as quality business class hotels and hostels.
While Mexico boasts an impressive 6,200-mile-long coastline, Cancun and its 10 Blue Flag beaches continue to rank as one of the most popular spots for a beach vacation in the country. With most of the properties in the Hotel Zone sitting right on their own private stretch of sand, visitors can enjoy the ocean views from their very own balconies. When you’re ready for that next refreshing drink while basking in the Cancun sun. On the Caribbean side of the Hotel Zone, you’ll find public access beaches like Playa Gaviota Azul —known to locals as Playa Forum—, while in the southern end, Playa Delfines is a great option for people looking for moderate to intense waves. On this beach, you will find a well-known photographic parador.
Things to Do
Cancun is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers since there are plenty of things to do. Dive or snorkel in the region’s mystic cenotes located nearby (limestone sinkholes), or enjoy the day by the beach, jet skiing or parasailing. Cancun is the kind of place where it’s perfectly fine—and encouraged—to lounge in the sun or spa, or spend a day at one of its seven different golf courses, admiring the gorgeous views of the water while practicing your swing. For a taste of culture visit the Mayan Museum of Cancun, home to hundreds of artifacts uncovered at some of the most prominent archeological sites on the Yucatan peninsula, then be sure to check out the archeological sites that pepper the surrounding region, such as El Meco, El Rey, San Miguelito, Tulum, Cobá and Muyil, among others.
From upscale malls and designer boutiques to flea markets, Cancun offers a variety of shops for those looking to partake in a bit of retail therapy. The Hotel Zone is home to some of the city’s busiest malls like Marina Puerto Cancun, Kukulcan Plaza, and La Isla Shopping Village. If you’re looking for locally-made souvenirs and Mexican art, Flea market Coral Negro and Mercado 28 are the places to visit.
Restaurants & Nightlife
Cancun is renowned for its delectable cuisine and is home to some of the best restaurants in the region. You can find a wonderful mix of authentic Mexican fare and laid-back restaurants downtown, as well as upscale Mexican and international cuisine throughout our restaurants and nightlife options, including restaurants that overlook the Caribbean Sea and the beautiful Nichupté Lagoon, many of which have been recognized by prestigious travel and lifestyle magazines. These restaurants serve haute cuisine dishes featuring sophisticated atmospheres and the best service. They also feature some special performances, mariachi bands, DJ´s and dance shows.