Cancun Vacation Guide 2021

2021 Cancun Visitors Guide

Cancun has everything that you can dream of: ideal weather, beautiful white sand beaches, warm ocean waves, unlimited leisure activities, unparalleled nightlife, and people from all over the world. Cancun is well-known for its unlimited water activities, gentle trade winds, global atmosphere, and party-till-you-drop mentality. As a Cancun Travel and Vacation Guide, we can tell you there exist many diving centers that offer unique experiences into the rich waters of this destination as well as Cozumel which is home to the second world’s largest barrier reef with an incredible marine life. You can select from diving in the Caribbean Sea to the cenotes or caverns.

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Aerial View of The Beach in Cancun, Mexico

The tropical island paradise of Cancun is a Spring Break mecca, drawing over 200,000 college students every year for the months of madness. Cancun is the largest international destination for collegiate Spring Breakers from the United States. The fourteen-mile long island is located on the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Mexican Caribbean. Cancun, Mexico is located on the southeastern coast of Mexico. It’s in Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula. It’s a very popular tourist vacation place with its beautiful turquoise beaches, and soft sand. Every year, about 4 million visitors from all over the world are attracted to its crystalline turquoise sea filled with colorful fish and coral reefs as well as soft white sandy beaches. Check out why Cancun is one of the best vacation spots with this brief travel and vacation guide.

Cancun is the preferred beach destination in Mexico for many reasons. It features so many amazing things that it is the perfect place for a family vacation, a romantic getaway, a business convention or friends vacation.

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What’s the Allure?

In the 1970s, Cancún was developed (on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico) to rival popular holiday spots, Acapulco. Although the developers were ambitious in their planning, they never dreamed that this once sleepy fishing village would become the party phenomenon that it is today. Situated along the “Mexican Caribbean”, Cancún boasts pristine white beaches, optimal weather, Mayan artifacts and a legendary nightlife that keeps it bustling with fun-loving visitors.

During the day, get a glimpse of some of the most ahead-of-its-time architecture, created by the Mayans years ago, with only a very short drive to the world-renowned pyramid, Chichen Itza. And don’t forget to strap on your snorkels to mingle with the wildly colorful fish in the world’s second-largest reef. It is a vacationer’s dream. The warm, sapphire waters are as relaxing as its expansive pristine beaches. The delectable range and flavors of its cuisine are hard to match at any destination. The only thing more stunning than the richly colored greens and fairways on the golf courses of Cancun are the marvelous views you’ll witness while playing each round. Boasting 150 hotels, 380 restaurants, and countless bars and nightclubs, any visitor would be hard-pressed to find themselves bored with Cancun’s inspiring nightlife.

Points of Interest

One would think that the infamous festive environment that is synonymous with Cancún would be enough to justify the staggering four million visitors it hosts per year. Truth be told, the other main reason travelers swarm here is for the fascinating Mayan temples and ritual sites. Two locations of note include the 16th century Mayan Temple and the archeological wonder Zona Arqueológica El Rey which features authentic ceremonial platforms. On the more whimsical side, two visits worth a peek are the Underwater Museum, which plans to “house” over 400 aquatic statues and the Isla Mujeres Turtle Farm, which serves as a protective sanctuary for turtles that are vulnerable to prey.

Cancun Underwater Museum
Situated at the bottom of the sea, the Underwater Museum has over 400 original sculptures with a height of about 8-20 feet. The main artist of this amazing project is DeCaires Jason Taylor. You should know that the material used for these sculptures is a special type of material that doesn’t harm marine life. This museum is a rare opportunity for divers.

Cancun Underwater Museum
Cancun Underwater Museum (Photo Source: news.com.au)

Before coming to Cancun you may ask your self what can I do while down in Cancun Well you came to the right place. There is so much to see, do, and enjoy while visiting Cancun. Find out all about Cancun attractions, beaches, water parks, tours, cultural events, nightlife, shopping, and dining, Hotel, Limo, Yachts, VIP reservations, complete packages, groups, ground transfers, activities, and excursions. You can also make reservations well in advance of your trip just contact us and we will be more than happy on helping book your complete travel package for the best value and attention to detail.

Playa Delfines or “El Mirador” is one the best public beaches in Cancun, located at the end of the Hotel Area, just past Iberostar Cancun Resort. With over a mile of white sandy beaches, this is the perfect place to get away from the crowds. This beach is very popular amongst Gay Travelers too.

The road that connects downtown Cancun to the island of Cancun is called Kukulcan Avenue, a 28Km long road where you will find a variety of resorts, stores, shopping malls and of course the famous “Party Area” where most of the restaurants, bars, and nightclubs are located.

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Snorkeling in Cancun

Activities

Top activities to do during your Cancun vacation such as golf, diving, fishing, snorkeling, restaurants, archaeological and ecological tours, shopping and more. During the day, Cancún is filled with a plethora of water-related activities to suit just about every profile. Adventurous travelers can arrange to swim amongst the friendly dolphins or take a thrilling dive surrounded by menacing-looking sharks. For more laid back visitors, popular options include snorkeling or sailing. Other activities that are not related to the sea (but can be equally stimulating) are hummer rides through jungle terrains and zip lining.

The nightlife atmosphere can be anything from a few drinks at one (or several) of the trendy bars to an all-out fiesta at the hottest local dance clubs. What else can you expect from a place that promotes a tour based on six hours of club-hopping? Only in Cancún.

Why We Love it

Admittedly, with its round-the-clock party atmosphere, Cancún is not for everyone. That said, it is precisely that unique never-ending energy that makes this resort stand out as the destination of choice for worldwide merrymakers. Like many other party locations (Europe has Ibiza, Asia has Koh Phangan and the Middle East has Dubai), we felt it only fitting that the Americas needed to be represented as well.

What to do in Cancun

Whether you come alone or as part of a group, choose from an incredible variety of tours to Mayan ruins, snorkeling paradises, and eco-parks like Xcaret and Xel-Ha. Looking for unique experiences? Some of our visitors’ favorite reservation items are swimming with the dolphins, deep-sea fishing excursions, and flats fishing. Thrills and relaxation await you as you explore the Riviera Maya where you will discover diving, recreational sailing, caves and cenotes, and sky diving. On the tour pages, you will find excursions to ancient Mayan pyramids, guided jungle tours and private tours deep into the Sian Ka’an biosphere.

Exciting Cancun vacations offer fine cuisine, superior accommodations, magnificent beaches, and tropical weather… all you can imagine and more. But it doesn’t end there; it just begins. Cancun is truly a vacation paradise offering something for everyone to enjoy including tours that span the ages of Mayan civilization – ruins, horseback riding, snorkeling and diving in Cozumel, or sumptuous lobster lunches while admiring the crystal turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Follow the links on this page to contact tour providers that work with Cancun Online. Have fun and enjoy your vacation. Remember, Nobody knows Cancun as we do!

Nightlife Cancun

The club scene in Cancun rivals that of any big city. Glamorous, high-tech discos and nightclubs feature the latest light and sound systems. Discos aren’t “happening” until midnight and don’t close before dawn. You may be having such a blast that you find your self partying at one of these bars all night! Music ranges from the early ’80s to the latest in hip hop and house music. And because there are people from all over the world, the M.C.’s and D.J.’s do their best to keep everyone entertained all night long. The M.C.’s at these bars are always coming up with the wildest and most original contests – from drinking to wet T-shirt contests. Trust me, some of these get a bit crazy in a silly fun way.

Coco Bongo is a huge party venue located in the bustling Cancun hotel area. Multi-level seating, Rock and Roll and Salsa Bands comprise the Coco Bongo club. Also on offer is a musical mix journeying through the 70s, 80s, 90s, Dance, Trance, and Hip Hop. But there also exist entertaining shows: flying acrobats, conga lines, movie clips projected onto high tech video screens and live bands.

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El Castillo n Chichén Itzá, Cancun MX

Chichen Itza

Without any doubt, Chichen Itza is one of the most famous icons of Mexico and is one of Mexico’s most popular tourist attractions. Chichen Itza is located 125 kms from Cancun and is a must for every traveler. These ancient Mayan ruins feature soaring temples, massive pyramids, carved columns, sacred cenotes, and the largest Mayan Ball Court in the world.

The most important archeological zone, the ancient capital of the Mayan Empire, where you can admire the majestic Observatory, the Sacred Cenote, the Ball Court, and the Castle, plus other attractions. Includes: Round trip transportation, entrances fee to the archeological site, bilingual tour guide, and lunch buffet at the Hotel Mayaland, your host resort, is located in the heart of the archeological zone, surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, service, swimming pool, and lounge chairs. Chichen Itza has mystified people for hundreds of years. If you have to pick a day trip during your Cancun vacation then Chichen Itza has to be it. A three-hour journey, but worth every minute, takes you to one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. The most breathtaking ruins of the Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza.

Xel-Ha Theme Park

Xcaret and Xel-Ha are the most popular theme parks in the Riviera Maya. This is a GREAT combination of the Mayan history at Tulum; the only archaeological zone in the area overlooking the ocean with fortress walls, and the natural beauty of Xel-ha, a natural aquarium which is ideal for snorkeling. All-inclusive food & drinks.

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Xcaret Eco Park

Xcaret Theme Park

At Xcaret, you will find some small Maya archeological sites near a quiet jungle trail, a regional wildlife breeding farm, a coral reef aquarium, and a butterfly pavilion. There is also an inlet with clear waters for snorkeling, a lagoon for swimming, and a beach for relaxing – either in the sun or in the shade of the palapas.

Isla Mujeres Catamaran

For those looking to escape the busy crowds of Cancun, then a day trip to the famous Isla Mujeres (Island of Women) is a perfect choice. Relax on the picturesque beach of North Beach, enjoy cold beers and tasty seafood at one of the many Seafood restaurants, or rent a golf cart and drive around the island – don’t miss out on visiting Punta Sur and admire the sculptures. Isla Mujeres, the Island of Women, where time passes slowly and your dream vacation becomes a reality. Enjoy a spectacular day on the water onboard a trimaran sailboat from Cancun, Mexico. Snorkel on a wonderful Caribbean reef then goes to the island of Isla Mujeres to explore, have lunch, shop…then try out the spinnaker on the way home.

Wet N Wild Cancun

Located on Km 25 of Cancun`s Hotel Area, it is the only Water Park in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. This is the ultimate family day out, with fun activities for all family members, including Bubba Tube, Bumper boats, Wave pool, Double Space Bowl, Lazy and the ultimate thrill ride – the Kamikaze.

Shopping in Cancun

Shopping malls in Cancun such as La Isla Mall and Luxury Avenue are famous among tourists as well as Duty-Free shops.

Shopping in Cancun is huge, with mega malls and Duty-free shops! The largest duty-free is UltraFemme, which specializes in European jewelry, perfume, and cosmetics. La Isla Shopping Village and Luxury Avenue are the most important shopping malls.

Check out Plaza Flamingo (home to Planet Hollywood), Plaza Caracol (home to Cartier, Guess and Senor Frog clothing), Maya Fair Plaza (with it’s open-air eateries), and Forum by the Sea (where you will find Levi’s Tommy Hilfiger and even Harley Davidson as well as the Hard Rock Cafe).

 

LA ISLA SHOPPING VILLAGE

An open-air mall that looks like a small village. Small canals wend their way through it. There exist an interactive aquarium, a first-run movie theater and a large variety of shops and restaurants.

La Isla Shopping Mall Cancun is in the very trendy Hotel Area of Cancun. This modern shopping mall is situated on the Lagoon of Cancun with magnificent views. The Hotel Area is full of hotels, resorts, bars, restaurants and shopping malls and is connected by one road called Blvd Kukulcan. La Isla is on km 12.5. You cannot miss it with its large white triangular roof pieces and many promotional boards outside.

La Isla Shopping Mall in Cancun is the ultimate shopping experience, with 162 stores ranging from the Aquarium, to Chocolate City to Elefant, Liverpool, La Boutique Palacio, Ultrafemme, Zara, Benetton, Thai Lounge, Starbucks, Italianni’s, Massimo Dutti, and many others.

A few years back, La Isla even won a national local prize for being the #1 visited Shopping Mall in Cancun, and is recognized across Mexico as one of the best shopping centers in the entire country.

Mayan Explores Tips:

  • Take a trip on the gondoliers that float around the canals of the Mall.
  • Watch the sunset over the lagoon.
  • Enjoy a drink at Ah Cacao Chocolate Café.
  • Pamper yourself at the famous La Madonna Restaurant.
  • Visit two of the most famous La Isla Mall Cancun restaurants: Planet Hollywood and Italianni’s.

 

LUXURY AVENUE

For those looking for designer labels, Luxury Avenue is the place to go. Luxury Avenue is located on KM 13 of the Hotel Area in Cancun and at the end of Plaza Kukulcan- just a 5-minute walk from La Isla Shopping Village and it is the next bus stop after La Isla.

Luxury Avenue Cancun has all of the international and national designers including: BCBGMAXAZRIA, Burberry, Carolina Herrera, Cartier, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Longchamp, Louis Vuitton, Maliparmi, MazMara, Montblanc, Paul & Shark, Pepe Jeans London, Pineda Covalin, Purificacion Garcia, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sunglasses Hut, Swarovski, Swatch, TOUS, Ultrafemme, Ultajewels, and Vilebrequin.

Luxury Avenue is the place that movie stars and singers go to and shop when they are in Cancun.

Shopping at Luxury Avenue Cancun is pure luxury. Here they try to give their customers a unique experience. Whilst shopping, they offer the following services:

  • Bar Café Veuve Clicquot. Enjoy a glass of champagne or a delicious sandwich. Open from 12pm-9pm and offers free internet.
  • Personal Shopper:  you can request this service by calling 998 147 2840.
  • Shopping Concierge: the Staff is highly trained to provide you with correct directions for the product that you are looking for.
  • Valet Parking: free service for all customers.