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Fourteen miles of pure white beaches, warm turquoise waters, and mysterious Mayan ruins make Cancún one of the top destinations on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. Built during the 1970’s with tourism in mind, the resort has become a luxury getaway popular with honeymooners, spring breakers, and anyone who appreciates a good sun and sand holiday.

Although it’s famous for beach life, Cancún has plenty to offer holidaymakers aside from sun, sea and sand. Dive to the eerie underwater sculpture garden, take day trips out to lost Mayan temples deep in the jungle, or enjoy a ferry journey out to the scenic Isla Mujeres: home to a turtle sanctuary.

December to April is the best time to visit, as temperatures soar during the summer months and there’s a risk of hurricanes during the autumn. There are some interesting accommodation options in Cancún, and the following places are where you’ll find most of the hotels and entertainment.

Zona Hotelera

The hotel zone of Cancún does what it says on the tin. Zona Hotelera can be found on a strip of land which juts out into the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, separating it from the Nichupte Lagoon. Some of the largest hotels in Mexico are located along the coastal road, with a range of accommodation to suit all budgets.

The best thing to do in Zona Hotelera is relax. Swim in the sea, top up your tan, and spend your evenings in the restaurants and bars which line the sea front. Most hotels have their own private swimming pools, some with swim-up bars.  If you get bored of your beach towel you can shop in the luxurious malls, swim with dolphins in the massive aquarium, or learn all about tequila in La Destileria.

El Centro

Downtown Cancún has its own fair share of hotels and backpacker’s hostels, most of which are very reasonably priced when compared to the big beach resorts. It’s an authentic Mexican city, and is the place to stay if you want to rub shoulders with the locals. There are plenty of restaurants and clubs which provide a nice alternative from the busier hotspots near the beach, and a local market which sells unique souvenirs and trinkets.

Riviera Maya

If you don’t want to stay in Cancún itself, head down the coast a little to the Mayan Riviera. Stretching from Cancún to Tulum, it’s another tourist district with plenty of all-inclusive resorts, luxury apartments, and a few smaller boutique hotels. As well as the usual beaches, Riviera Maya also has plenty of outdoor activities on offer including water-sports, horse riding, and zip lining. Riviera Maya is also a great place to go scuba diving, as the coastal waters are home to the Belize coral reef.

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