Cancun is located just north of Mexico’s Caribbean coast resort band known as the Riviera Maya. Cancun is just one of over 60 official online guides covering the whole of Mexico. Cancun is a city in southeastern Mexico, located on the northeast coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. If you´re planning a trip to Mexico and would like discover our fabulous nation before visiting or, if you´d like to visit a specific place in Mexico, then you´ve come to the right place. Cancun is a major world-renowned tourist destination, as well as being the seat of the municipality of Benito Juárez. Cancun is located on the Caribbean Sea, and is one of the easternmost points in Mexico.
Cancun is one of Mexico´s most popular places, visited by millions of people over the last decade. When you travel to Cancun you may wish to check out the Cancun hotels we have available or maybe you´d like to rent a car in Cancun? We also offer extensive day trips in Cancun. This unique place has simply amazing. We´ve also compiled a list of Travel books on Cancun Mexico. The name Cancún, Cancum or Cankun first appears on 18th century maps. The meaning of Cancun is unknown, and it is also unknown whether the name is of Maya origin. If it is of Maya origin, possible translations include “Place, Seat, and Throne of the Snake “or” Enchanted Snake”.
Due to the reluctance of investors to bet on an unknown area, the Mexican government had to finance the first nine hotels. When development was started on January 23, 1970, Isla Cancun had only three residents, caretakers of the coconut plantation of Don José de Jesús Lima Gutiérrez, who lived on Isla Mujeres, and there were only 117 people living in nearby Puerto Juarez, a military base and fishing village
Hyatt Cancun Caribe was the first hotel financed, but the first hotel actually built was the Playa Blanca, which later became a Blue Bay hotel, and then the Temptation Resort. Back then Cancun was an elite destination, famous for its virgin white sand beaches.
Address: Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 8.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun
North of the convention center, the two-story Plaza Caracol houses chain stores like Sunglass Island, Benetton, and Ultrafemme, along with souvenir and jewelry shops and pharmacies. This mall has 100 shops, as well as a food court, a Starbucks, and a Häagen-Dazs ice cream shop where free Wi-Fi is available.
Plaza Bonita Cancun
Address: Av. Xel-Há 1 and 2, Sm 28, Cancún
Plaza Bonita Cancun is a small outdoor plaza attached to Mercado Veintiocho (Market 28), Plaza Bonita Cancun has many wonderful specialty shops carrying Mexican goods and crafts.
Plaza Bonita Cancun makes a change from the heavily commercialized shopping and strip malls in Cancun because most of the stores are still privately owned and offer amazing varieties of items and souvenirs from all over Mexico.
Kukulcan Plaza Cancun
Address: Kukulcan Plaza, Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 13, Zona Hotelera, Cancun
For visitors accustomed to shopping at pricey department stores like Bloomingdales and Saks 5th Avenue, Kukulcan Plaza is for them. This retail space consists of nearly 100 shops and four restaurants.
The Luxury Avenue section of the mall offers brand names from Cartier, Fendi, and Burberry to Coach. While parents shop, kids can enjoy the game arcade and play area. The mall hosts art exhibits and other cultural events.
The Harley Davidson Store and Restaurant is very popular as is the Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
If you fell in love with the European clothing chain Mango on your last trip to Paris, swing by the branch at Kukulcan Plaza.
Plaza la Fiesta Shopping
Address: Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 9, Zona Hotelera, Cancun
Plaza la Fiesta has 20,000 square feet of showroom space and over 100,000 different items for sale. Probably the widest selection of Mexican goods in the Hotel Zone, it includes leather goods, silver and gold jewelry, handicrafts, souvenirs, and swimwear. There are some good bargains here, so negotiating is encouraged.
Xel-Ha Eco-Adventure Park
Where? Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juarez Km. 240 Local 1 y 2 Modulo B, Tulum
The beach will most likely be your favorite spot to lounge and relax. But if you’re ocean-bound in search of tropical underwater wonder, but would rather avoid battling the incoming waves, pay a visit to Xel-Ha on the Riviera Maya a natural aquarium located near Tulum, south of Cancun. This lagoon attraction is home to hundreds of species of tropical fish and natural fauna, making it an ideal spot for snorkeling and diving; the underwater limestone caves are a big draw. The ecological park is also home to exotic birds, lizards, a turtle park, a shark zone and dolphins. Adults get the run of Xel-Ha for $79, and kids for $40, although tickets pre-bought through our official website come at a discount.
Xcaret Eco Theme Park
Highway Pto. Juarez – Chetumal Km. 282, Playa del Carmen
The Xcaret eco-adventure park is just an hour’s drive from Cancun. The attraction park captures what’s unusual about the Yucatan, with reefs to snorkel, forests to hike, underground rivers to float in and caverns to swim.
Cancun Underwater Museum
Where? Punta Cancun, Punta Nizuc and Manchones Reef Isla Mujeres
Combining art and nature, Cancun Underwater Museum by Sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor has created underwater museums (known locally as MUSA) off the shores of Punta Cancun, Punta Nizuc, and Manchones Reef in Isla Mujeres. His main body of work features more than 400 lifelike statues that serve as artificial reefs to attract marine life. The displays have conveniently been placed in shallow areas for viewing by divers, snorkelers, and glass-bottom boats. Acting as a restoration project, this artificial habitat also helps restore the natural reefs that have suffered damage over the years. Excursions & Trips are available to the Cancun Underwater Museum here.
The island of Isla Mujeres, just 13km (8 miles) offshore, is one of the more fun-filled destinations just outside of Cancun. For those interested in snorkeling, there’s El Garrafon Natural Park. At the other end is a village with small shops, restaurants, and hotels, and Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres’ best beach. For those looking for relaxation and time to spare, it’s worth several days and tours to Isla Mujeres can be easily booked in Advance
Here are ways to reach Isla Mujeres:
1.) public ferry from Puerto Juárez, which takes between 15 and 20 minutes;
2.) water taxi (more expensive, but faster), next to the Xcaret Terminal;
3.) daylong pleasure-boat cruises, most of which leave from the Playa Linda pier.
The inexpensive but fast Puerto Juárez public ferries to Isla Mujeres lie just a few kilometers from downtown Cancun. From Cancun City, take the Ruta 8 bus on Avenida Tulum to Puerto Juárez. The air-conditioned Ultramar boats cost $7 per person round-trip and take 15 to 20 minutes. Departures are every half-hour from 5am to 8:30pm and then at 9:30pm, 10:30pm, and 11:30pm.
The slower Caribbean Savage (45-60 min.) costs about $4. It departs every 2 hours, or less frequently, depending on demand. Upon arrival, the ferry docks in downtown Isla Mujeres near all the shops, restaurants, hotels, and Norte beach. You’ll need a taxi to get to El Garrafón park at the other end of the island. You can stay as long as you like on the island and return by ferry, but be sure to confirm the time of the last returning ferry.
Pleasure-boat cruises to Isla Mujeres are popular among visitors. Modern motor yachts, sailboats (including the “Sea Passion” catamaran), and even old-time sloops — more than 25 boats a day — take swimmers, sun lovers, snorkelers, and shoppers out on the turquoise blue waters. Some tours include a snorkeling stop at El Garrafón, lunch on the beach, and a short time for shopping in downtown Isla Mujeres. Most depart at 9:30 or 10am, last about 5 or 6 hours, and include breakfast, lunch, and rental of snorkel gear. Others, particularly sunset and night cruises, go to beaches away from town for pseudo-pirate shows and include a lobster meal or local buffet. If you want to familiarize yourself with Isla Mujeres, go on a morning cruise, or travel on your own using the public ferry from Puerto Juárez. Prices for the day cruises go for about $80 per person. Reservations not required.
An all-inclusive entrance fee of $69 ($50 for kids) to Garrafón Natural Reef Park, includes transportation from Playa Langosta in Cancun; meals; open bar with domestic drinks; access to the reef; and use of snorkel gear, kayaks, inner tubes, life vests, the pool, hammocks, and public facilities and showers (but not towels, so bring your own). There are also nature trails and several restaurants on location.
Other excursions venture to the reefs in glass-bottom boats, so you can have a near-scuba-diving experience and see many tropical fish. However, the reefs are some distance from the shore and are impossible to reach on windy days with choppy seas. They’ve also suffered from heavy tourist traffic, and their condition is far from pristine. Nautibus’s Atlantis Submarine takes you close to typical aquatic life. Departures vary, depending on the weather. Prices are $79 for adults, $45 for children ages 4 to 12. The submarine descends to a depth of 30m (98 ft.). Atlantis Submarine leaves daily at 9am, 11am, and noon; the tour runs about 40 minutes. The submarine leaves from Cozumel, so you should either take a ferry to get there or buy a package that includes round-trip transportation from your hotel in Cancun ($103 adults, $76 children 4-12). Reservations are needed for Isla Mujeres Tours.
Playa Mujeres Golf Club
Where? Playa Mujeres Beach Resort, Prolongación Bonampak, Punta Sam, Cancun
Playa Mujeres Golf Club was designed by the legendary golfer Greg Norman. This 18-hole, par-72 course is the newest course in Cancun, and is within the 930-acre Playa Mujeres Resort in Punta Sam. Practice facilities include a driving range, two putting greens, and a short game area. You can also arrange for individual and group instruction.