Cancun Travel Guide & Information

Cancun is a coastal city in Mexico's easternmost state, Quintana Roo, on the Yucatan Peninsula. From humble beginnings as small fishing village, Cancun has flourished and become an international tourist resort. The clear waters of the Caribbean and the year-round sun promises a fun filled vacation. With amazing choices of bars, clubs, restaurants and other tourist attractions, travelers will feel spoiled with options when visiting this beautiful location.

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Travel to Cancun, a city that is known as the gateway to the Riviera Maya. Infused with Spanish and Mayan influence, this coastal city on the Yucatan Peninsula is often called the Mayan Riviera. Flights to Cancun are your opportunity to explore Mayan ruins and museums displaying Mayan artifacts in this picturesque city.

Cancun is a vibrant coastal city, and with an array of dining, nightlife and shopping options, it’s an ideal vacation for all types of travelers. With thousands of hotels lining the striking landscape and so many types of waterside restaurants and trendy bars, it’s a dream destination for romantic travelers, senior travelers, family travelers, adventure travelers and single travelers. All this accompanied by a full range of water sports, including some of the worlds most exquisite snorkeling and scuba diving, makes Cancun a location that will delight, even the most discerning traveler.

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Things to do in Cancun

Museums:

Cancun is host to several museums that showcase the city’s glorious past. In terms of exhibitions to browse, there are numerous amazing museums.

Archaeological Museum of Cancun: The museum was built in 1982 and houses approximately 800 objects belonging to the Maya Culture, found at the archaeological compounds of El Rey, Coba and Tulum, which are part of the attractions in the region. The Museum's pre-Hispanic treasure is composed of ceramics, sculptures, carved monoliths and other stone works. The Archaeological Museum will appeal to any history buff, as well as to those looking for a cultural experience.

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Museo de Antropologia e Historia: Cancun's museum of anthropology and history is located on the Zona Hotelera on the south side of the Centro de Convenciones. This world class museum has collections of jewelry, masks and other treasures from the Post-classic period that will give an idea of the history and culture of this region.

Zona Arqueologica El Rey: Located within the Archeological Zone of Cancun, this cultural attraction is regularly visited by tourists and offers insight into the region's ancient, and quite fascinating Mayan civilization. The Zona Arqueologica El Rey is an impressive archaeological site and was once a city, with remains dating back to the 13th century. Travelers will appreciate the vestiges of one of the most interesting ancient civilizations.

Prominent Attractions:

Besides world class museums, Cancun has a host of other prominent attractions.

Isla Mujeres Turtle Farm: The turtle farm is one of Cancun's main attractions and the island has been a nesting ground for enormous sea turtles for a very long time. Every year, from May to September, turtles hide their eggs in the soft sand until they hatch. At the Turtle Farm, their eggs are kept away from natural predators and hunters. Little turtles are set free only when they're strong enough to survive in the wild. As part of the experience, travelers can participate in releasing turtles back into the wild.

Ruinas Del Rey: This small site rests within the Cancun Hotel Zone. The site is more popularly known as “El Rey”. It has two principal plazas flanked by two main streets and a small pyramid, topped with a vault. On top of the pyramid is a platform and inside its vault, are paintings on stucco. El Rey is in an excellent introduction, offering a genuine flavor of ancient Mayan cities.

Xcaret: This nature reserve is a stunning example of a traditional Mexican countryside. The park is home to an impressive amount of flora and fauna and boasts excellent nature trails, as well as swimming and snorkeling opportunities. The park is also home to a mini zoo, which is great for children and family travelers. The reserve also hosts a daily show of Xcaret de Noche - a song and dance extravaganza detailing the history of the country.

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Where to Stay in Cancun :

Being an international world class tourist destination, Cancun is home to numerous hotels ranging from cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99, to beach resorts, spa resorts, bed and breakfast inns and hostels.

Hotel Zone: Cancun's main "Hotel Zone" lies along 14 miles of beachfront, known as "Cancun Island", within 30 minutes of Cancun International Airport. Hotel properties face the Bay, the Nichupte Lagoon or the multi-colored waters of the Caribbean Sea. Five-star hotels are much more abundant in this area and many belong to internationally renowned hotel chains. The Hotel Zone offers a broad range of accommodations, from relatively inexpensive motel-style facilities, closest to the mainland, to high-priced luxury hotels more centrally located.

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Downtown: Hotels are also available outside of the Hotel Zone. Located in the Downtown area, these small, affordable hotels are ideal for budget travelers and student travelers. Most of the hotels are a perfect choice for those not looking to spend too much time at their hotel. Traditional stores and handicrafts, as well as excellent restaurants can be found in market 28 and on Yaxchilan Avenue, in the Downtown area. There are several places in those markets to enjoy a traditional tacos or delicious Mexican and seafood dishes at affordable prices.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

As per the latest travel information available to Cancun, here are the following passport and visa guidelines to assist you further.

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* All Americans traveling by air outside of the United States are required to present a passport or other valid travel document to re-enter the United States.

* U.S. citizens do not require a visa or a tourist card for tourist stays of 72 hours or less within "the border zone," defined as an area between 20 to 30 kilometers of the border with the U.S., depending on the location.

* U.S. citizens traveling as tourists beyond the border zone or entering Cancun by air must pay a fee to obtain a tourist card, also known as an FM-T.

For Canadian Citizens:

* Canadians are not required to carry a passport to enter Cancun. However, in order to avoid delays and misunderstandings, we strongly recommend that you travel with a passport valid for six months after your arrival date.

* Mexican immigration authorities recommend the use of a passport to expedite passage through ports of entry.

* Canadian citizens arriving in Cancun from a third country without a passport may be denied entry.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Cancun.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Cancun

With warm, sunny days throughout the year, Cancun is a vacationer's paradise and a perfect destination to visit year round.

The most popular time to visit is during the winter, when many people need a reprieve from cold winters in the north and head to a warm climate, Cancun. Summers can be hot and wet, with hurricane season starting in June and lasting through November.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (Mid-December to March)

Low season: (May to November)

Cancun Weather

Cancun has a tropical climate with warm temperatures year round and distinct wet and dry seasons.

* Contrary to other tropical zones, Cancun does not have a specific rainy season and the constant breeze makes it an extremely pleasant place, even during the summer.

* Rainy weather in Cancun is, at most likely between May and October, when showers can last all day. The climate in Cancun is at its coolest from November to April, which is generally regarded as the dry season.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

The official currency of Cancun is Mexican Pesos.

ATM machines can be found throughout Cancun. Major credits cards are readily accepted at all major outlets. Be sure to let your bank know your dates of travel and find out what the cost of cash withdraws from local ATMs will be.

Languages:

* The official language of Cancun is Spanish.

* English is spoken in touristy areas of Cancun. However, consider learning some key phrases in Spanish to.