Hotel Zone, the best area to stay in Cancun
This neighbourhood has been purposely built for tourism and therefore all your needs are catered for and this is why most visitors choose to stay here with it being an exceptionally safe area of the city. The Hotel Zone has excellent links with Cancun International Airport, which is Mexico’s second busiest airport and is only a few miles up the road but there are shuttle buses going to and fro all the time. There are also buses and taxis that link up the neighbourhood with parts all over the city, so it is particularly easy to get around.
The Hotel Zone is where the soul and heart of Cancun tourism happens and is where you will find miles and miles of postcard beaches, which are lined with some of the most luxurious hotels in the country. The beaches all along this stretch offer beautiful sand and sparkling turquoise waters that provide excellent swimming with the best ones facing the island of Mujeres as it is easier to swim with less rips and currents. The beaches are lined with a brilliant selection of cafes and shops, where you can buy beach equipment, food, jewellery, clothing and many other products.
As well as swimming you can do various water sports including scuba diving, snorkelling, banana boating, parasailing, jet skiing and many other types. Another major tourist attraction is the Interactive Aquarium, which though is small has an impressive range of marine life including rays, sharks, starfish, jelly fish, crabs with the major highlight being the chance to swim with dolphins. The Museum of Cancun is a brilliant piece of modern architecture and is one that holds a great deal of exhibits to do with the history of Cancun and is where you will find numerous objects and items on display. There is also a park in the middle where you can play various sports like tennis, football, squash and basketball as well as relax and have a picnic whilst taking in the superb views of the beaches.
There are ample shopping options including shops all along the beachfront as well as a few shopping malls like the La Isla Mall, which is one of the most attractive buildings in the area and is home to a wide range of designer stores, supermarkets, fashion stores, jewellery places and many other establishments. There are also golf clubs, cinemas, a jewellery factory, yoga classes, cooking classes to explore as well as the numerous spa resorts, which put Cancun firmly on the map.
There are restaurants everywhere you look in this neighbourhood with the best road being Boulevard Kukulcan and there are many cuisines ranging from Mediterranean, Argentine, Italian, Japanese, Thai, seafood and many others on offer. The Hotel Zone is the most popular area for nightlife and has a massive amount of bars and clubs that play host to international DJs and live bands with some even looking over the lagoon.
There is no need for the introduction about the hotels due to the amazing choice of options at your fingertips with the majority of them having excellent views and brilliant customer service. A lot of the hotels provide all inclusive packages, where the rates include particular drinks and all meals though this is subject to change depending on which hotel you want to stay in. There are also some hotels that are “adult only”, which means that kids are not allowed to stay in this type of place and guarantees you to have a relaxing time.
Hotels in Zona Hotelera
Other areas to stay in Cancun
This area is second in terms of popularity to the Hotel Zone, yet has all the attributes to satisfy any tourist. It is a well-connected area with many buses coming through it and is a very safe neighbourhood, which make it a great place to stay in. This area is home to a decent range of restaurants, shops, cafes, pubs, clubs and hotels with most found around the main plaza, which are generally smaller than those found in the Hotel Zone and can be a lot cheaper.
There are some good museums to check out, including the MUSA Museum, which demonstrates art and environmental science from local, regional and national artists and scientists. There are also parks, which are wonderfully lit up and have spacious green areas to relax in and there are numerous markets like Market 28 and 23, where you can haggle for goods.
Hotels in Downtown Cancun
Costa Mujeres, often called Playa Mujeres, is an up-and-coming luxury beach destination 30 km north of Cancun. This secluded coastal town has high-end accommodation nestled between the turquoise Caribbean Sea and the lush Mexican landscape. It is only a 20-minute drive from Cancun by car, making all the nearby tourist destinations easily accessible. There are many beautiful and secluded beaches in this area if you want to find your own secret paradise, but for those who want to go to a beach at the centre of the action, head to Isla Blanca. This glorious sandy beach is popular with the locals and is ideal for kite-surfing.
Another great activity here is to drive to the nearby Chacmuchuch Lagoon to admire the sunset and at certain times of the year see pink flamingos! Stay here if you’re looking for a tranquil and relaxing holiday.
Hotels in Costa Mujeres