Cancun holiday highlights

It’s all about beach and water activities, spectacular resorts and a renowned ‘until the early hours’ nightlife on holidays to Cancun. You’ll find the world’s second largest coral reef and a long sliver of powder soft sands so expect plenty of scuba diving adventures as well as snorkelling, windsurfing and kayaking.  British sculptor Jason deCaires’ Underwater Museum gives you a chance to scuba dive or snorkel among over 400 statues, or if you prefer, on a glass-bottom boat tour. You can island hop by ferry to Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox for a day of total seclusion on the beach (look out for the huge sea turtle population), day trip to Chichen Itza, Tulum or Coba for extraordinary archaeological Mayan sites or get away from the sands at one of the championship golf courses all within sight of the Caribbean Sea.

For something a little more adventurous, float down the underground rivers at the eco-archaeological park of Xcaret, cruise the Caribbean Sea by catamaran, boat tour through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve or soar above the jungle by zip-line, cooling off after with a splash on one of the many cenotes. Along the Hotel Zone there are plenty of restaurants, shops and bars as well as the famous Coco Bongo nightclub and Forum by the Sea shopping plaza. If you fancy a more authentic feel of how the locals live, head to downtown Cancun for the day.

Where is Cancun?

In south-east Mexico overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the city of Cancun is on the north-eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, home to a string of sublime white-sand beaches that continue to make it one of the top tourist destinations.

Getting around

The Hotel Zone is likely where you’ll spend most of your time and it’s easy to navigate and walkable. Buses or taxis will take you further, such as Boulevard Kukulcán (downtown) or Avienda Tulum, however if you want to day trip to Chichen Itza, Coba or Tulum we recommend booking a tour.

Food and drink

Our hand-picked Cancun hotels are all inclusive and you can expect an extensive choice of restaurants including Oriental à la carte complete with teppanyaki tables, classic Italian cuisine, traditional Caribbean and Mexican and lots of seafood and fresh fish. There are international buffets with themed stations, poolside dining, gourmet Mediterranean delights and Brazilian steakhouses. Outside of your resort you’ll find atmospheric restaurants overlooking the Nichupte Lagoon in the Hotel Zone where you can expect authentic Mexican. Classic Italian and seafood and market grills. Beach cocktails are a must – try classic margaritas, Caribbean rum punch, Mai Tais and that famous Paloma tequila cocktail.

Cancun key facts

Time difference

GMT -6 hours

Currency

Peso

Flying time to destination

11½ hours to Cancun

Cancun good to know

Etiquette

Language
Spanish

Tipping

Tipping is a way of life in Mexico. Hotels and restaurants usually add 15% to the bill. If they don’t, tip 10-15%. Tip porters  about 1US$ per suitcase, and tip hotel maids(further guidance will be given in resort).

What to wear

Casual dress is usually appropriate. Swimsuits mustn't be worn away from the pool or beach, and flashy or suggestive clothing is inappropriate in smaller resorts and inland cities.