Cancun attracts many tourists every year. Idyllic beaches, lush forests, Maya sites Cancun catches your eye. Discover our tips for preparing your trip.

Cancun is a much visited area where tourists are treated in a different (and privileged) way than in the rest of the country.Cancun is a real tourist resort, with magnificent beaches and a plethora of hotels, from the most basic to the most luxurious.

What to see in Cancun?

You can go there to bask on the beautiful beaches of the city but visiting Cancun and exploring the rest of the Yucatán Peninsula will make you discover impressive Mayan archaeological sites, superb natural wonders like the famous “cenotes” where you can relax. Bathe in crystal clear natural pools in the middle of the jungle, but also in theme parks built for tourists which abound in the region.

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Why choose Cancun as a destination?

Cancun is not only the perfect example of a tourist destination built especially for lovers of the beach or water sports of all kinds but which is full of activities to do. Located on the coast bordering the Caribbean Sea of Mexico, Cancun attracts by its incredible beaches, but also by its Riviera Maya, rich in a Mayan heritage unique in the world.

What to do in Cancun?

Mayan sites in Cancun

There are some small vestiges of the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization in Cancun. El Rey (Las Ruinas del Rey) is located in the hotel zone.

Museum of Mexican Folk Art

El Museo de Arte Popular Mexicano is an interesting museum that will allow you to discover the cultural traditions of the 31 states of Mexico, with hundreds of everyday objects, crafts, and temporary exhibitions that will immerse you in the culture of this thousand-faceted people. If you want to buy local crafts, in the museum shop, craftsmen sell their creations.

Ka'Yok 'Planetario from Cancun

If you have children or like to admire the depths of the starry sky, in the city of Cancun, not far from the seaside, you can go see this planetarium for a ridiculous price. It also offers sky discovery shows that change from month to month, exhibitions of paintings, photos of stuffed animals, and other specific objects of the culture of the Yucatán Peninsula.

Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA)

It is the largest underwater museum in the world, founded in 2009 with the participation of British sculptor and diver Jason de Caires Taylor, in the waters around Cancún, Isla Mujeres, and Punta Nizuc. In the Cancún-Isla Mujeres Marine Park, you can admire more than 500 life-size sculptures which, in addition to being authentic works of art, have become real artificial reefs colonized by aquatic fauna and flora by participating in the conservation of coral reefs. You can admire them either while scuba diving, snorkeling, and even from a glass-bottom boat. Magic!

Mayan Museum of Cancun

It is a museum dedicated to the Mayan culture where you will have the opportunity to discover this fascinating civilization giving you a useful vision for the visit of the various archaeological sites of the peninsula. The museum gardens are a great opportunity to observe iguanas and if you want to cool off afterward, playa Delphines is not far away. A visit that combines business with pleasure!

Before going to Cancun

  • Check the validity of your passport
  • Check the airline's baggage regulations
  • Take travel insurance
  • Make your reservations (hotels, transportation, visits)
  • Inform your bank of your stay
  • Check the usability of your mobile phone
  • Get your vaccines well in advance
  • Consult the travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your country

To take away

  • Universal power adapter
  • Swimsuit and beach towel
  • Driver's license and other related documents
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm clothes, if you go to altitude
  • The spirit of adventure

Our advice

Open up to anything out of your ordinary in terms of cuisine, language, climate, behavior. If at some point you are tired of moving to a foreign territory, stay awhile in a place where you feel comfortable and remember that international cuisine can be found in virtually all places cities.

In seaside resorts, locals and tourists alike wear summer outfits but still pack pants, long skirts, shirts, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun and mosquitoes - and a sweater or light jacket for the cooler temperatures of inland. Remember to pack clothes for a night out and know that proper attire is required when visiting churches.

To book a room

Hotels from the simplest establishment to the charming hotel or the luxury five-star, there is something for everyone.

Hostels Found in almost all budget traveler destinations, these generally offer good facilities and sometimes have private rooms in addition to dormitories.

Cabañas cabins and huts, generally by the sea. In terms of comfort, the range is immense, from the most basic to the very luxurious.

Camping and hammocks In budget seaside destinations, you can usually sleep in a hammock or pitch your tent for a handful of pesos.


It is worth asking about the accommodations if you can get a discount, especially in the low season or if you are staying more than two nights. On the markets, prices are a bit confusing. Unmetered taxi drivers can also give you a small discount on the starting price after negotiation.


Some workers who are paid a pittance live only on tips.

Restaurants: count 10 to 15% of the bill, if the service is not included.

Hotels: A tip of 5-10% of the amount of your stay will be appreciated by the housekeeping staff - but there is nothing mandatory.

Taxis: No tip expected unless exceptional service is provided.

Airport and hotel porters: from $20 to $100.

Gas station and parking lot workers: donate $5 or $10.