The Best Areas to Stay in Cancun, Mexico
The Best Areas to Stay in Cancun, Mexico

Best Areas to Stay in Cancun, Mexico

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 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, as well as for its nightlife.

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 area 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: 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 is this a recommended area to stay in Cancun, Mexico:

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

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 is this a recommended area to stay in Cancun, Mexico:

  • Close to the airport
  • Cheap hotels
  • Good malls

3. Playa Mujeres (Women Beach)

Playa Mujeres or Women Beach is 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, 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 is this a recommended area to stay in Cancun, Mexico:

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

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

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