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Cancun morphed from tiny jungle fishing village to major tourist destination within a few decades, and it continues to be one of the most popular -- and most visually spectacular -- places in Mexico. Located on the Yucatán peninsula, Cancun and its surrounding areas are a Caribbean vacationer's nirvana.
The crystalline turquoise waters, endless entertainment options, Mayan temples, fresh water swimming holes and fascinating water parks make Cancun a place where you can combine a beach vacation with unique cultural explorations.
The best time to go for your Cancun vacation is December to April. May through November is the rainy season. However, the rains are brief and tropical, and prices are much lower in the off-season. During the winter season, when the weather is nicest, Cancun vacation and hotel prices are usually highest.
Water enthusiasts will be in heaven in Cancun. The beautiful turquoise swells of the Caribbean Sea, combined with idyllic weather (daytime temps are usually between 81° and 95° F), make it a divine setting for a vast array of water sports - scuba diving, snorkeling and more. See our Cancun diving and water sports guide. or you can just sit back and relax on one of the stunning beaches. Click here for our Cancun beach guide.
Beautifully preserved pyramids, sacred Mayan sites, colorful murals and ancient temples amid thick jungle: Mexico is Mesoamerican culture at its best. One of the richest and most diverse cultural heritages in the world, Mexico has the archaeological ruins to prove it.
If you are visiting Cancun, Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya, you'll want to spend a day exploring some of these unique sites. Read our guide to Mayan Ruins.
Cancun is known all around the world for its late-night partying, clubs, and general decadence. While Spring Break is certainly the craziest party time of the year in Cancun, clubs and bars are packed here nightly, so be ready for a wild night of nonstop partying. See our Cancun nightclub and bar guide.
Cancun's variety of food options mirrors the city's international clientele. There is a wide array of more than 400 restaurants in all prices classes. See our Cancun restaurant guide.
Many of the golf courses in Cancun are conveniently located within the main hotel corridor, making them easily accessible. From there, it's only a short way back to the beach. See our Cancun golf guide.
Not ready to tee off in Cancun? Instead explore a local eco-park, stop by an aquarium or check out work of local artists. See our Cancun attractions guide.
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