Cancún: America's favourite holiday destination

If your idea of the perfect holiday is beautiful nature, white sandy beaches, warm sunshine, good food, and excitement, you should head to Cancún.


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Cancún is located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. What exactly is it about this place that makes it America's vacation spot "numero uno"?

 Here are four reasons why Cancún is a very popular destination:

1. Flights to Cancún

Over 38 U.S. cities have nonstop flights to Cancún. The flight time is also short, with only 4 hours from New York and Los Angeles, and 3.5 hours from Chicago.

There are also direct flights to Cancun from several major European cities.

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Direct flights

There are around 40 nonstop routes between cities in the US and Cancun.

It takes just 30 minutes from Cancún Airport (CUN) into the city centre, and you can get to your hotel in three ways. Either you choose a minibus that you can share with others, you can take public transport, which is efficient, or you can take a taxi from just outside the arrivals hall.

If you want flexibility, you should hire a car. It is perfectly safe to drive around Cancún, and you can pick up your car at the airport.

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It's therefore easy to get to Cancún and onwards to your hotel.

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Sun and beach

It's generally warm in Cancún, with miles of white beaches.

2. When is the best time to travel to Cancún?

The peak season is from December to April, when the temperature is around 30 degrees, and the humidity is not so high. It's generally warm here, with miles of white beaches.

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3. Hotels and resorts in Cancún

Cancún has several excellent luxury hotels. You really just have to choose based on what you like and who you are travelling with. gives you some good options below based on whether you are on a romantic getaway, a family trip, or are seeking relaxation or adventure.

Although Oasis Hotels & Resorts is a chain with several hotels in Cancún, The Pyramid at Grand Oasis is the best place to go, if you're on a romantic trip. This is a luxurious, all-inclusive hotel, with an adults-only section. The rooms and suites overlook the sea and there is a large swimming pool and several beach bars.

The hotel also has a spa, with treatments for both face and body. If you want to get active, you can choose between yoga, tennis, and the hotel's gym. The beach hotel has several gourmet restaurants, serving Italian, Japanese, and Mexican cuisine.

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Surprise your partner with a romantic dinner for two.

If you're only travelling to Cancún for a long weekend, Hotel BeachScape Kin Ha Villas & Suites has regular package deals, including one with a two night stay and private dinner for two on the beach, among others.

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Villa del Palmar Cancún Beach Resort and Spa is a wonderful hotel for families who want a first-class experience and service in a place that is also great for the kids. The hotel has both large apartments, doubles, and family rooms. In other words, you can travel here with your entire extended family if you wish. The hotel is located on the beach and has it all. Here, you will find a fitness centre, swimming pool, children's pool, spa, grocery store, children's club, childcare, and bars. Parking is free for guests arriving by car. There are also cafés, food trucks, and gourmet restaurants at the resort.

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4. What to do in Cancún

The most important thing to do in Cancún is to swim in the sea or enjoy the sun on the beach, of course. Playa Delfines is one of the most beautiful. There are no hotels in view here and you can rest your eyes on turquoise water and a white beach. This beach is also a favourite with the locals.

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Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres is definitely worth a visit for a fun island experience.

Isla Mujeres is well worth a day trip. The small island is only a half-hour ferry ride from Cancún. Only one mile long, the island is known for its crystal clear waters and tranquillity and for being completely car-free.
You can, however, hire a golf cart and whizz around the island in no time.

Feel free to go here on a day trip and swim at Playa Norte or have dinner at one of the restaurants on the promenade, Avenida Hidalgo.

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Cenotes experience

Crystal clear water and colorful fish.

If you go to the Yucatán Peninsula you must experience snorkelling in a cenote. In simple terms, a cenote is a sinkhole filled with fresh water. The oldest cenotes are out in the open, while the most recent ones remain underground. This is an activity that is both incredibly beautiful and exciting. Check with your hotel for a guided day trip to a cenote.

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Mayan village of Chichén Itzá

Here, you can experience the large Kukulkan Temple, also known as 'El Castillo'.

About 2.5 hours from Cancún lies the Mayan village of Chichén Itzá. Here, you can experience the large Kukulkan Temple, also known as 'El Castillo'. The pyramid was built by the Itzá Mayans in the 1100s and has 365 steps representing the days of the year. It's really worth the trip there. You can go here on your own with a hire car or book a day trip through your hotel. 

Cancún is also known for its exotic and bustling underwater life. If you've been dreaming about swimming with dolphins, this is where you can experience it for the first time.

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Swim with Dolphins

Swimming with Dolphins in Cancun is an experience you'll never forget.

If you want to go shopping, La Isla Shopping Village is the place to go. Here, you will find everything from clothing stores, restaurants and bars to a tequila museum, wax museum, and entertainment for the kids.

Head to Mercado 28 if you want to experience a traditional market and pick up some Mexican souvenirs.