Beach towels at the ready: a holiday to Cancún is all about the sandy stuff. You’ll find 22km of coconut-white shore here, made even more Insta-worthy by palm trees, thatched shelters, and sparkling turquoise sea.
The Hotel Zone, a long sandbar off the main coast, plays host to some of Cancún’s prettiest beaches, as well as its swankiest hotels. Add restaurants, golf courses, and shopping centres into the mix and you’ll never want to return to the mainland. Between here and Downtown Cancún, the Nichupté Lagoon is a paradise for wildlife. Rent a kayak, paddleboard, or jet ski to tour this mangrove ecosystem and spot crocodiles and migratory birds.
Calm, swimmable sea can be found to the north of the city, where the water is protected by the Isla Mujeres – a postcard-perfect island offering yet more sun-soaked beaches as well as diving, kayaking, and sailing. The coastline facing onto the Caribbean Sea, meanwhile, offers impressive swell for surfers and body boarders.
Did we mention the nightlife? There’s a reason Cancún is synonymous with spring break for America’s party-loving students – it’s bursting with clubs, bars, and music venues that stay open till the sun comes up.
If ancient ruins float your boat, take a day trip to jaw-dropping Mayan temples a world away from the city’s throbbing beaches and nightclubs. The best known are found at Tulum and Chichen Itza in Yucatán, where the Temple of Kukulcán gives the pyramids in Egypt a run for their money. And wherever you're looking to explore, our Go City Cancun Explorer Pass will help you tick off your bucket list, one fun activity at a time.
Ready to (Mexican) wave goodbye to the daily grind? Book your Cancún holiday today.