Best Areas to Stay in Cancun, Mexico

Americas, Cancun, Mexico  /   /  By bestdistricts

Where to stay in Cancun – A guide to the jewel of the Caribbean Maya

Cancun is a cosmopolitan city and the most important tourist center in Mexico, located northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula, in the Mexican Caribbean.

It is known as the paradise of Quintana Roo for its beaches, archaeological remains and historical places.

The mild climate with temperatures between 77 and 86ºF make October to May the most popular months to visit the city, as storms and hurricanes between June and October affect the peninsula.

The Cancun International Airport is the second largest in Mexico, as well as the one receiving the most international flights to Mexico.

Public transport in the city is led by a bus network. Taxis are another option, although, like rental cars, they are more expensive.

In the coastal regions like Cancun, delicious seafood is added to the colorful Mexican cuisine, making it one of the best gastronomies in the world.

The city is also special for ecological parks with excursions and famous jungle tours that include speed boat tours, as well as for nightlife in renowned nightclubs.

Several areas divide Cancun: the Island of Cancun itself, which is the best-known area and where all the hotels are located, the Urban Area, Puerto Juárez, the port where you can take a boat to Isla Mujeres (Women Island), and Alfredo Bonfil, a settlement located south of the city.

The Hotel Area is the best place where to stay in Cancun, as it is where the best nightlife and gastronomy options are in the city. See accommodation in Cancun’s Hotel Area

The best areas to stay in Cancun

1. Our favorite area: Cancun’s Hotel Area

The Hotel Area of Cancun has something for everyone, as it gathers the best public beaches, tourist and residential areas in the city.

Here, you will find exclusive resorts and spas, 5-star hotels, villas, high-end restaurants, luxurious shopping centers, bars, and clubs.

Among its best attractions are Isla Dorada, Bay View Grand, the Pok Ta Pok golf course and the entrance to the exclusive area of Puerto Cancun, the most important residential complex in the city.

Other popular sites in the Hotel Area are the Underwater Museum of Art and the Scenic Tower of Cancun, with the best views of the coastal area, ideal for photography lovers.

The nightlife in the Hotel Area includes intimate bars and immense salsa clubs that make this one of the best areas to stay in Cancun for nightlife.
 

Where to stay in Cancún, Mexico - Hotel area

Where to stay in Cancún, Mexico – Hotel area

Accommodation in Cancun's Hotel Area - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Cancun’s Hotel Area – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Cancun:

  • Best hotels in Cancun
  • Excellent restaurants
  • Great views of the coast
  • Best area for nightlife
  • Best area for nightlife
  • Close to the attractions

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Emporio Cancún

Emporio Cancun, located next to the beach, in the hotel zone of Cancun, offers accommodation with a terrace and views of the Caribbean Sea, as well as free Wi-Fi throughout. The establishment enjoys a picturesque location between the Caribbean Sea and the Nichupté Lagoon.

from US$109
Budget

Selina Cancun Lagoon Hotel Zone

Selina Cancun Lagoon Hotel Zone, located in Cancun, 60 meters from Coco Bongo, features a range of services including a garden and free Wi-Fi. The property has a shared lounge and a bar.

from US$44
Luxury

Hyatt ZIva Cancun Resort

This stunning beachfront resort is located on the beautiful strip of Punta Cancun and is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, where guests can enjoy a white sand beach and blue waters.

from US$599

 

 

 

2. Cancun City Center

Cancun City Center is 30 minutes from the airport and is an area with many restaurants of traditional Mexican food, handicrafts sales, and shops with typical clothing of the region.

It is an area well-connected by public transport, as it has buses that come and go from the Hotel Area and other corners of Cancun constantly.

In Downtown Cancun, there are also shopping centers, banks, exchange houses, markets, embassies, cultural centers, cinemas, hotels and everything that a tourist could need during their stay in Cancun.

Downtown Cancun is a good option for nightlife, as the party runs until dawn every night, despite not being the safest area to stay in Cancún.

In Cancun Centro, there are many hotels at low costs, ideal for backpackers, as it is also very close to the bus station and a short distance from the beach by bus. Therefore, it stands out among the best areas to stay in Cancun.

Best areas to stay in Cancun - City Center

Best areas to stay in Cancun – City Center

Accommodation in Cancun CIty Center - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Cancun CIty Center – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Cancun:

  • Close to the airport
  • Cheap hotels
  • Good malls

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Kavia

Hotel Kavia, located in Cancun, has an outdoor pool. This 4-star hotel offers a terrace and air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. It is 1.8 km from the center of the city of Cancun.

from US$44
Budget

Hotel Tankah

The Tankah Cancun Hotel is located in the urban center of Cancun. It offers private parking, air conditioning, safes and free Wi-Fi. Rooms at Hotel Cancun Tankah have private bathrooms.

from US$22
Luxury

Smart Cancun by Oasis

Smart Cancun by Oasis is located in downtown Cancun, has a 24-hour reception and offers free Wi-Fi. The rooms of this establishment are spacious.

from US$79

 

 

 

3. Playa Mujeres (Women Beach)

Playa Mujeres or Women Beach is considered the perfect place to enjoy the Mexican Caribbean for its natural, calm and relaxing environment.

This area is also known as Isla Mujeres and is northeast of Cancun.
 
Isla Mujeres is ideal to enjoy the beach and its great variety of marine life since its crystal clear since its warm and transparent waters are home to dolphins and turtles.
 
At the north end of the island is the tourist ferry dock, where visitors enter the main settlement of the island.
 
This is one of the best areas to stay in Cancun because it has shops, restaurants, bars, and colorful houses converted into hostels and boutique hotels.

To get to the island, you have to take a ferry from Puerto Juarez that takes 15 minutes to complete its tour.

Where to stay in Cancun - Playa Mujeres

Where to stay in Cancun – Playa Mujeres

Accommodation in Playa Mujeres - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Playa Mujeres – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Cancun:

  • Next to Cancun City Center
  • Beach access
  • Luxury hotels

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Villa del Palmar Cancun Beach Resort & Spa

La Villa del Palmar Cancun Beach Resort & amp; Spa, located on the beachfront, is located just 15 minutes from downtown Cancun. This property has 5 outdoor pools, 4 hot tubs and air-conditioned rooms.

from US$199
Budget

Sea by C Apartments

Sea by C Apartments is located in Cancún and offers accommodation with a seating area and kitchenette. There is free WiFi. The accommodations have a terrace with sea views.

from US$69
Luxury

Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort

The Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & amp; Spa Resort is located in Cancun, in the state of Quintana Roo, and has a private beach area, 2 infinity pools and 4 hot tubs. It also houses a spa center.

from US$499

 

 

 

4. Puerto Juárez

Puerto Juarez has beaches that are less visited and can be an alternative for those seeking tranquility during their stay in Cancun.

It is located in front of the Caribbean Sea, just 2 km north of Cancun, on the way to Punta Sam.

Here, good typical palapa roof restaurants stand out, where you can taste dishes with ingredients that do not lack seafood and different kinds of fish.

Being in front of Isla Mujeres, it is considered an important port to access to other tourist areas of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Puerto Juarez is among the best areas to stay in Cancun, as it offers very good hotels and restaurants to its visitors.

Best areas to stay in Cancún - Puerto Juárez

Best areas to stay in Cancún – Puerto Juárez

Accommodation in Puerto Juarez - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Puerto Juarez – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Casa Mexicana

Casa Mexicana is 1.6 km from Bonampak Avenue, right next to the Grand Harbor, which provides ferry connections with Isla Mujeres. The establishment also has an outdoor swimming pool, a cabin with barbecue facilities and a terrace with sea views.

from US$64
Budget

Casa Kiní Cancún

Casa Kiní Cancún offers accommodation with free WiFi in Cancún, 5 km from Cancun Bus Station and 6 km from Cancun Government Palace. The units have a fully equipped kitchen with an oven, coffee maker and microwave.

from US$24
Luxury

Amara Cancun Beachfront

Amara Cancun Beachfront is located in Cancún and offers sea views, a restaurant and a bar. There is free Wi-Fi connection. All accommodation units are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a fully equipped kitchen.

from US$199

 

 

 

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