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Where to go in Cancun

Each of Cancun's distinct areas offers a different experience. The most popular destinations for tourists are the Cancun Hotel Zone, the Riviera Maya and the islands of Cozumel and Isla Mujeres. For advice on lesser-visited destinations, just ask our Cancun travel specialists.

  • The Cancun Hotel Zone (also known as the Cancun Strip) is packed with top quality hotels, resorts, restaurants and offers a vast range of activities that appeal to both families and young holidaymakers. The hotel zone is popular with sunbathers and watersports enthusiasts alike.
  • The enchanting Riviera Maya sits at the far east of the Yucatan Peninsula and boasts tropical beaches and lush forests. Come here to embark on ecological tours and discover Mayan ruins in the Tulum and Playa del Carmen regions for natural, historical and cultural heritage. For an experience with a cut above the rest, this area boasts some of the top resorts for families or those seeking an exquisite level of pampering at a spa.
  • For a tranquil experience away from the tourist crowds, head to Cozumel, Mexico's largest Caribbean island. Drenched in verdant vegetation and surrounded by crystalline waters and coral reefs, it's Mexico's number one scuba diving and snorkelling destination. It's also a top location for watersports, pristine beaches, championship golf courses and indulgent spas.

For advice on where to go in Cancun, or to organise a tour of the places that appeal to you most, just give us a call and we'll work closely with you to create a fully customised holiday that matches what you're looking for.

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Peace, tranquillity, white sands

The all inclusive beach resorts and boutique hotels in the Riviera Maya are cocooned between lush jungle and turquoise waters and are ideal for guests who favour relaxation over nightlife, or you may want to head to Cozumel for a peaceful and romantic island getaway.

A short stopover

If you're not keen on the idea of spending all your time in one place, ask us about organising a twin-centre holiday. You may want to combine two holidays in one by spending a week in Miami Beach followed by a few extra days in Cancun, a simple example of the many options available.

Nightlife and entertainment

The twenty-kilometre-long beach strip at the Cancun Hotel Zone is lined with hotels, malls, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Party-goers are spoilt for choice, with some of the world's best known names in nightclubs on offer, featuring the frequent performances of some of the best DJs in the world. Live performances from top singing sensations are also a frequent occurrence in Cancun; with the Moon Palace resort famously hosting concerts for artists including Shakira, Enrique Iglesias and Usher among others (and offering free tickets to guests staying at the hotel during concert dates!).

Family friendly

There are lots of hotels and family friendly resorts to choose from, particularly in the Cancun Strip. Many of the resorts offer varied entertainment options for kids, teens and adults so parents can relax knowing there's always something for everyone to enjoy. Take your children to swim with dolphins, take a tour of the Mayan jungle, go to an adventure theme park or visit the Cancun aquarium.

An island holiday

The more secluded islet of Isla Mujeres just off the coast of Cancun mainland offers calm and pristine beaches and is accessible from the Cancun Hotel Zone via boat. Come here to swim with dolphins and enjoy lazy days on the powdery-soft sand.

Snorkelling and scuba diving with a difference

Discover Cancun's underwater museum for yourself. It's one of the largest and most creative underwater museums in the world. Over 400 different sculptures, from small houses to human-sized figurines have been submerged at varying depths to promote the development of corals and attract all forms of marine life.

The Mexican cultural experience

Mexico is well known for its lively and celebratory culture, but it can be a challenge to get to the heart of it from your hotel room. Let us take you straight to the places we know you'll have a good time, from experiencing the Mexican 'Day of the Dead' to being serenaded by a mariachi band.

For a more authentic Mexican holiday, try a quaint hostel or a smaller hotel in Downtown Cancun, or get in touch with us and we'll tell you the best ways to combine Cancun with the many other experiences Mexico has to offer.

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Places of interest in Mexico and Cancun

Depending on the type of location you want, the kind of facilities you'd like to find and the proximity to certain attractions, we have a good number of areas for you to choose from and stay at during your holiday.

Whether you want a pumping and energetic beachside retreat, a tranquil setting in a secluded cove, a hillside resort perched in the midst of nature, or a strategic central location close to civilisation and buzzing city life, nightclubs, theme parks and other kinds of leisure attractions, we can advise you on the best places for you.

Choose from our selection of handpicked places and be based right at the place that's most ideal for you and your travelling party

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