Cancún is a Mexican holiday destination that came to fruition in the 1970s when the government decided that it would make for an excellent tourist destination. Since that moment, the resort has grown and is now home to many great all-inclusive hotels that attract countless visitors every year, attracting tourists from all walks of life, from families to raucous party animals.
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Cancún is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination for British tourists, and with such favourable weather, it’s understandable why. Throughout the year, the average highs rarely dip below 30°C and at their peak, they don’t go too far above either. This means that no matter when you travel, at the very least it should be warm when you arrive.
Please note that these temperatures are average highs for Cancún were correct at the time of writing.
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Mexico is famed for its cuisine, and practically all of the all-inclusive hoteliers in Cancún are aware of this. Because of this, you’re likely to find a reasonable spread of Mexican food on offer, including local specialities such as filling Burritos, Chimichangas, Enchiladas, Fajitas, Nachos, Quesadillas, Tacos and Tortillas.
Of course, if your hotel doesn’t have what you’re looking for there are plenty of restaurants throughout Cancún, so exploring is highly recommended if you’re looking for that authentic taste of Mexico.
Many of the all-inclusive restaurants in Cancún have an international menu which can include specialities from Asia, the Orient and Europe, as well as pizzerias, and seafood and steakhouse restaurants. This means that if you find that Mexican food isn’t for you; you should still be able to find something good to eat.
If you want to indulge yourself, many of the all-inclusive hotels in Cancún offer room service, and if you’re looking to travel around the festive period; you’ll be pleased to know that many of the hotels in Cancún also offer Christmas and New Year’s Eve gala meals.
With such great weather throughout the year, you may be pleased to know that swimming pools feature quite heavily at all-inclusive hotels in Cancún, with most featuring a variety of child-friendly and adults-only pools, as well as Jacuzzis, infinity pools and the occasional water park.
All-inclusive hotels throughout the region cater well to active guests, with many offering sports equipment allowing guests to play ball games such as tennis, basketball, and more, as well as providing the option to hire cycling and water sports (motorised and non-motorized) equipment. Many hotels also have an onsite gym, with some providing fitness classes.
While there’s plenty to do in the evening around Cancún, if you want to stay in and around your resort you’ll be pleased to know that in addition to a variety of bars, some of the all-inclusive hotels also have an onsite night club, with many putting on evening entertainment in the form of shows, karaoke and other holiday activities.
Children shouldn’t find themselves at a loose end, with child-friendly facilities available at some of the hotels, where you can find kids and teens clubs complete with age appropriate entertainment options.
If the beach is a big part of what makes your break abroad, then Cancún may be for you. Situated on the coast of Mexico close to where the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea meet, this resort town has almost countless hotels located directly on or just next to the beach.
Who Goes There?
The majority of Cancún was built up exclusively to benefit the tourism industry, and as such it receives a wide variety of visitors from around the world. It’s recently become very popular with British tourists, but it’s better known for American and Canadian visitors, especially in the spring when it’s notorious for a Spring-Break party atmosphere.
Expect to find an abundance of fun loving and predominantly English speaking tourists looking to drink and have fun, although there parts of Cancún that are much more family focussed.
Getting a bus in Cancún can be quite an experience. They’re not known for sticking to scheduled timetables, or even for using specified bus stops. In fact, if you look like you might be looking for a bus, you might be surprised to find one pulls up alongside you, whether you were expecting one or not. Bus fares are assessed on an individual basis, but it’s important to be aware that you might find that there’s no air-conditioning, and potentially not even a seat cushion. It’s important to be wary of pickpockets who are known to operate during busy periods.
Taxis can seem like a much more preferable alternative if you’re on holiday in Cancún, but there are a few things that you should keep in mind. While you’re likely to find that there are taxis everywhere, it can be cheaper to get a taxi to pick you up and drop you off away from your hotel and notable tourist destinations.
It’s advisable to agree on a rough amount for your fare before your driver begins your journey to avoid any misunderstandings when you arrive at your destination. Be aware that your taxi driver should have a list of their set rate, which should be worked out by the distance they have travelled in kilometres, with no meter running during their journey.
Another thing to keep in mind is that if you’re travelling around the hotel zone in Cancún, you’ll likely find that the buses work out to be considerably cheaper than getting a taxi, however which mode of transport you are most comfortable with is entirely up to you.
Although Cancún is notorious for its party atmosphere and all-inclusive hotels, there’s a lot to see if you’re willing to venture away from the hotel zone.
Great for families and big kids
Become an eco-tourist on Isla Contoy – Considered be a hidden gem of Mexico, only a small number of tourists are allowed to visit Isla Contoy (Contoy Island) every day, making a trip there a unique experience. Once you arrive you’ll have access to coral reefs that are home to countless fish, and an island that features over 150 different species of bird. Excursions usually include a barbeque lunch, so feel free to work up an appetite exploring the island..
Float away on a Mexican fiesta – The Xoximilco gives you the opportunity to experience a traditional Mexican fiesta on a modern replica of the UNESCO-rated Xochimilco, which resides in Mexico City. The Xoximilco gives you a first-hand look into Mexican culture, as you float on gondola-like trajineras, past mariachi, bolero and marima musicians, before tucking into some traditional cuisine.
Explore the Tulum Jungla Maya – Considered by some to be one of the best jungle tours in the world, the Tulum Jungla Maya boasts the world’s longest underground river, affording visitors the opportunity to swim in unique natural pools, as well as the chance to see exotic foliage from a zip-line, as you zip through the Tulum jungle.
Celebrate Revolution Day – If you travel to Mexico in November prepare yourself, as you might get swept up in the Revolution Day celebrations. Celebrating the overthrowing of the Porfirio Diaz dictatorship back in 1910, this public holiday usually features great food, exciting music and patriotic chants of “Viva la Revolución!”
Swim with dolphins at the Dolphinaris Cancún – The Dolphinaris Cancún is located in the Hotel Zone of Cancún and allows you the chance to freely swim with dolphins, something that many seasoned travellers consider being a truly memorable experience.
Great for adults and teenagers
Discover Chichén Itzá – Considered to be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Chichén Itzá is a Mayan capital that existed between 600 and 1200AD, and it features a 365-stepped pyramid surrounded by equally impressive structures and monuments. It’s only a few short miles away in the nearby Yucatán peninsula, and most excursions include lunch, making this a worthwhile visit for anyone with an interest in Mayan and Mexican history.
Sail on an Albatros – Albatros offer catamaran tours to Isla Mujeres, situated just off the coast of the Yucatán peninsula. Once there you’ll have a chance to explore the El Farito reef, which is home to a wide array of aquatic life and exotic coral formations. Once on the island, there’s a great selection of restaurants and bars, with most excursions including a buffet lunch at the Albatros Beach Club.
Go shopping in the Hotel Zone – The Hotel Zone is brimming with malls, providing you with plenty of opportunities to indulge in a bit of shipping, but be sure to talk to your holiday rep about the nearby markets. Places downtown such as Mercado 28 provides a great chance to buy more traditional Mexican wears, just make sure that you’re prepared to haggle.
*Details correct as of April 2017, however, errors can occur, deals can expire and facilities can change. Please treat this information as a rough guideline. If you notice an obvious error or a better price, let us know and we’ll update this page.