Resort Description – Cancun and the Riviera Maya are on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast on the Yucatan Peninsula. Cancun is a family friendly resort with big hotels facing either onto a lagoon or the Ocean and big Nightclubs at the top of the Strip. Buses run up and down so its easy to get around but some of the hotels are so big many guests rarely leave them. It’s an incredibly safe resort and has quite an American feel. Not far off the coast is Cozumel and Mujeres – two islands definitely worth exploring
Riviera Maya tends to be quieter and more hotel based – Though Playa del Carmen has a busy street of bars and in recent years Tulum has become a very hip destination for the in-crowd. The hotels tend to be large with a wealth of facilities and are mostly self-contained. Some even have Golf Buggy style transport to get you around.
The flat landscape, covered in forest is dotted with Mayan ruins and there are a number of Ecological parks such as Xcaret Eco Theme Park being easy to reach and the most significant the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka'an in the South.
Mamita beach in Playa del Carmen is very cool and funky full of beautiful beach bums flaunting their tans – God don’t you just hate them – definitely worth the trip if you want to dream for an afternoon. The town beaches of Puerto Morelos and Tulum are both clean and gorgeous and also worth a visit if you decide to explore.
Events and festivals
Candlemas Day (Dia de la Candelaria, 2nd February): celebrated across the country, this festival involves candlelit processions and dancing in the streets, marking the end of Christmas celebrations. Cancun Day: held on 20 April, this day commemorates the founding of Cancun. Residents celebrate the birth of Cancun by hosting parades and special events.
Popular things to do and see and unmissable experiences
The most popular excursions are to Mayan ruins such as Chichen Itza or those at Tulum. Chichen Itza is our favourite and we recommend the “open the Gate” tour we offer - Be among the first to enter the temples, as the park opens from our PRIVATE entrance and we get to visit the temples in solitude and enjoy the site before any other visitors arrive. Its an early start _6am approx.) but ell worth it.
Its hot all year round, with a wet season, (from May to November) which is characterised by short heavy showers.
- Best time of year to travel: It’s an all year round destination but High Season is in the Winter when it offers almost guaranteed sun.
- Currency: Mexican Peso but US Dollars are widely accepted
- Flight time from UK: 9-10 Hours
- Visa and passport information: N/A
Photos of Cancun
Getting out and about
Have you ever dreamed of swimming with dolphins? Now it’s time to make your dreams come true! Make friends with a playful dolphin who will greet you with a handshake and a kiss on the cheek; they expect the same from you!
The underground world where you can fly, dive, and climb. Located at the heart of a natural site, at Xplor you will get to witness impressive ancient rock formations amongst other memorable activities. Xplor Park is a unique underground world, where you will enjoy an unparalleled adventure.