Where to stay in Cancun

What is the best place to stay in Cancun?

Gorgeous white sandy beaches, glitzy hotels and a thriving party scene: Cancún has something for everyone. Enjoy excellent seafood restaurants at this resort destination, or venture into town for a more authentic experience of tacos and salsa.


Go scuba diving or snorkelling and you might be lucky enough to spot a whale shark in the tropical waters. Or, stroll through the pretty Avenida Kukulkan, trying out the shops, restaurants and handicrafts. Head to the Museo Maya de Cancún to learn about fascinating Mayan ruins and artefacts. As the sun sets, climb the tower at Torre Escenica to see the beautiful views over the Caribbean Sea.


The best area to stay in Cancún is the area known as the Hotel Zone, or “Zona Hotelera”. This is a strip of hotels situated out on a narrow peninsula, within walking distance of the beaches and the wonderful diving and snorkelling on offer. This area has an exciting array of shops, bars and nightspots making it an excellent place to spend your evenings. You’ll also find several high quality seafood restaurants along this strip. Getting from this area to the other parts of Cancún is easy with frequent buses running between Boulevard Kukulcán and the downtown area.

Hotel   Avg price
Sina Suites
Quetzal 33
54€ - 58$
Hotel   Avg price
Oh! - The Urban Oasis
Av. Tulum esquina Brisa
56€ - 60$
Real Inn Cancún
Km 5.5, Boulevard Kukulcan
64€ - 68$
Hotel   Avg price
Oleo Cancun Playa Boutique All Inclusive Resort
KM 19.5, Blvd. Kukulcan
255€ - 273$
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun
Blvd. Kukulcan km. 9.5
337€ - 361$
Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun
Boulevard Kukulcan Km. 12.5
352€ - 377$
Secrets The Vine Cancun Resort & Spa
Boulevard Kukulcan Km 14.5
408€ - 437$


On the map, which shows the most convenient area to stay in Cancun, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.



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Hotel Zone, the best area to stay in Cancun


Spring break, beach hotels, nightlife, restaurants



hotel zone CancunThis 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




On a budget



cancun downtownThis 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


Quiet, snorkeling, beaches, All Inclusive Resorts, families



Costa MujeresCosta 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




Isla Mujeres


Quiet, local feel, beaches



Isla MujeresIsla Mujeres is a dream place to stay for those who love beach paradises. Situated just across the Bahia de Mujeres from Cancun- Isla Mujeres is its own little island paradise. If you want to escape the hectic crowds of Cancun but experience equally beautiful beaches and coastal island life, this is your place to stay!


The pristine white-sanded beaches and crystal blue waters of Isla Mujeres are a tourist’s dream. You can choose from a range of accommodation options- from budget hostels to luxury seafront hotels and beach resorts. There are also many excellent restaurants here, serving up local seafood and international cuisine at great prices.


As well as lounging on the beach, you can participate in some exciting watersport activities here, visit some aquariums and even choose from some great shopping options. There are also many lovely coastal walks, and great transport connections to Cancun and beyond.



Hotels in Isla Mujeres




Puerto Morelos


Quiet, snorkeling, beaches, cenotes, couples



Puerto MurelosLocated between Cancun and Playa del Carmen in the state of Quintana Roo, Puerto Morelos is another beautiful and tranquil seaside town that is perfect for travelers who want to stay off the beaten path.


Puerto Morelos epitomizes the beauty of the Mexican Caribbean, with a number of delightful white-sanded beaches and tranquil coastal walks. It is a fishing village that is well-known for its friendly locals, safety and relaxed atmosphere. There are also many things to do here despite its small size. You can relax in one of the many beautiful cenotes, take a trip to the local zoo and even enjoy a picnic in the town’s botanical gardens.


In terms of accommodation options, Puerto Morelos has it all! You can choose from budget hotels and guesthouses to fantastic luxury resorts. You can also tuck into some delicious local seafood at one of the many seafront restaurants.



Hotels in Puerto Morelos