What is the best way to get around Cancun?

Cancun public transport
The Cancun Hotel Zone is 22 kilometres long and attractions and hotels addresses all make reference to the KM along the strip to mark their location. The well-known nightlife of the party zone is located around 9KM so if your hotel is located at 16KM you would be 7KMs to the south of the party zone. While many attractions may be within walking distance there is a good bus service that operates up and down the hotel zone.

Cancun Buses
Buses are the cheapest way to get around Cancun and you can get from the Hotel Zone to almost anywhere for only 8.5 pesos (Mexican coins only, approx. 35 pence ). There is also the Bus One (a white bus) which is the only bus with a/c travelling in the Hotel Zone. This costs 11 pesos. (Mexican coins only, approx. 45 pence ).
R1 – R2 – R15 – R27 all travel within the Hotel Zone although only half of them go as far as Wet n’ Wild – you need to ask the driver.
R2 – R15 go to Walmart and the Market 28 in Downtown Cancun.
R1 takes you to Puerto Juarez where you can catch the ferry to Isla Mujeres.
R27 take you to Plaza Las Americas.
If you want to get a bus to another town or city then you can go to the bus station on Avenida Tulum and get buses to Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Merida, Chetumal and just about anywhere you would like to go in Mexico.

Cancun Taxis
You can get a taxi anywhere in Cancun. The only restriction is that they are not allowed to collect from the airport. The airport has its own taxi system. Taxi fares are set by how many zones you travel through. It is best to agree the rate before you start your journey and you can find the rates at the front desk of most hotels. Remember that taxis from outside your hotel or restaurant are more expensive than one you hail in the street.

Ferries to Isla Mujeres
The ferry to Isla Mujeres from Puerto Juarez leaves every 30 minutes between 6am and 8pm. The fast service takes 15 minutes and costs 3.50usd and the slower one takes 45 minutes and costs 1.8usd.There is a ferry service from Playa Tortugas in the Hotel Zone. It leaves every hour between 9am and 2pm and takes 30 minutes. The last ferry leaves Isla Mujeres at 9pm. This costs 15usd for a return ticket.There is also a car ferry leaving from Punta Sam which costs 13usd for the car plus 2usd per passenger. These leave five times daily starting at 8am and the last one leaves Isla Mujeres at 7.15pm.
Car hire is also easily available with pre bookable rates in the UK starting from around £40 for 3 days.


Is Cancun safe?

Cancun is a popular destination for tourists from around the world and is a safe destination for travellers presenting no more risk than cities in the UK. Unfortunately there are always people that will take advantage of other people and crime can happen anywhere. Visitors should exercise the same caution as they do at home. Leave valuables in the safe at your hotel. Agree the price of a taxi journey with the driver prior to the journey. There is a list of set rates based on your destination ask at your hotel or check on the internet in advance so you have a good idea of the price you should be paying. Carry a card from your hotel with you so you can show the driver in case they do not speak English. For up to date information on the country as a whole visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Mexico.


What is Cancun like for New Year's Eve?

December is a great time to visit Cancun with an average temperature of 24°C, created by highs of 28°C at the hottest part of the day, cooling down to 21°C after sunset. The resort enjoys up to eight hours of sunshine each day and an average sea temperature of 27°C making it a popular choice for a New Year celebration.

Cancun nightclubs
The nightclubs in Cancun are renowned for being some of the best in the world. At nightclubs such as The City, Coco Bongo, Dady ‘O and the Bulldog Café there are laser and light shows, acrobats, special live acts and you will get to hear some of the best DJs from around the world. For New Year’s Eve many of the major venues host special events and it is often necessary to buy tickets in advance as entrance on the day can’t be guaranteed as the events often sell out.

Party like a rockstar with 800 of your closest friends in this trendy, stylish, and Asian-chic decorated nightclub. The stadium level setup allows you to have a great view of the dance floor from anywhere in the club. With five VIP sections, you can choose the table, and bottles you want and let the waiters do the rest. Open bar and cover options are also available. If you’re celebrating a birthday or special occasion, just let one of the waiters or captains know and you may be given hot and spicy fire shots to get your night started! The DJ will pump the latest house and pop jams that will have you on your feet all night long. If you’re looking for a place to let loose and have the time of your life, you’ve found it in Mandala.

Coco Bongo
You will not find another club like COCOBONGO. Acrobats as good as those seen in Cirque du Solei, impersonators bringing to life pops stars such as Madonna, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears etc. Not to mention the best DJs in Cancun. All of this excitement and energy brought to you with the help of mega screens of the highest resolution. You will find people dancing everywhere making their visit to COCOBONGO an unforgettable experience. Advance tickets for New Year’s Eve can be found at the club’s website.

The City
The City is the largest nighlife venue in Latin America. With an impressive line up of DJs and artists from around the world which have included Fergie, Ludacris, Akon, Flo Rida, American Eagle, MTV, 50 Cent, Sasha, Tiësto, Paul Van Dyk and Snoop Dogg. The City boasts a 1 000 000 watt sound system and 650 sq ft of video screens. The stage is designed for live entertainment, concerts and DJs with a capacity for more than 5,000 people in 8,000 sq ft of floor space and 9 bars over three floors.

SHAH is a very exclusive nightclub located in the heart of Puerto Cancun. Clients enjoy extraordinary musical mix and spectacular ambiance. Highlighting over 150,000 crystal diamonds decorating the tables, bar, and the dance floor, as well as 180 LED bubbles built in Denmark especially for Shah. Definitely SHAH is the ideal place to “see and be seen”.

Dady O
Every night at Cancun Dady’O you can enjoy aspectacular light and laser show.
Señor Frogs
If you’ve ever been to a Señor Frogs, you already know that it’s a place where people of all backgrounds hang together, dance, sing and basically act the way they want – without worrying about silly rules and regulations.


What is the best beach in Cancun?

Cancun has almost 14 miles (22 kilometres) of beach with the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea on one side and the ink blue waters of the Nichupte Lagoon on the other. The majority of hotels are located directly on the beach. Cancun has two types of beaches.

Northside Beaches
Northside beaches (KM1 to KM8) are located on the north of the 7-shaped island of Cancun. Protected from the open ocean by Isla Mujeres they offer tranquil water and are generally safe for swimmers of all ages. It is possible to enjoy watersports directly from the beach in this area.

Eastside Beaches
Beaches on the eastside of Cancun’s 7-shaped island (KM9 to KM22) face the beautiful Caribbean Sea. They generally have large enough waves for some great body surfing. The sea there is the rich turquoise blue colour. Due to the sea conditions many watersports are restricted to Nichupte Lagoon at the rear of the hotels but many hotels feature special offers and free transport to Aqua World who operate a large range of watersports on the lagoon.

Playa Delfines – Dolphin Beach
Location: Hotel Zone – Boulevard Kukulcán – KM18. This beach is located near the Ruinas El Rey along the southern end of the eastside. Getting There By Bus: Blue Line Stop #20, Green Line Stop #17. Playa Delfines is very popular, but is large enough to comfortably accommodate everyone. The water at this beach is a perfect turquoise colour and there are fun waves there.


What are the best things to do around Cancun?

Pick your favourite Lamborghini or Ferrari and speed away at Exotic Rides.
Zip line over the turquoise waters of Isla Mujeres in Garrafon Park.
Swim with whale sharks in the wild from May to September. Whale sharks are usually found around the islands of Holbox and Contoy from May until September, although mostly during the months of July and August. They gather here due to the nutrient-rich water around these shores. You can book tours to swim with the whale sharks leaving Cancun from Punta Sam, which last about 5 hours, or you can take a trip to Isla Holbox and book it while you are there. If you choose to experience swimming with the whale shark you will be accompanied by experts who will provide you with all the necessary information to better understand the behaviour of these wonderful creatures.

Mayan Culture
Cancun features some minor Mayan ruins including El Rey In the hotel zone, between the ocean and the lagoon, the monuments of El Rey (The King) were erected, The facades still retain vestiges of bright coloured mural painting.
Outside of Cancun Chichen Itza is a World Heritage Site 117 miles west of Cancun. It was named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Dominating Chichen Itza is the instantly recognizable Temple of Kukulcan, the stepped pyramid has a staircase on each side and at sunrise and sunset during both the Spring and Autumn equinoxes visitors gather from all over the world to observe the shadow of the serpent slithers down the side of the pyramid. There are many tours available, many stopping at the beautiful colonial city of Valladolid where you will also get to see some of the cenotes for which this area is famous. A visit to this impressive Mayan city is a must for anyone traveling to Cancun.
Coba is an ancient Mayan city located 172 km from Cancun close to the Riviera Maya. Enveloped in the deep green of the tropical jungle, this ancient Mayan city rises up between two lagoons. In its era of splendour the site extended over 75 sq. km. To visit Coba it is advisable to take a tour with one a recommended tour operator. It takes about 2.5 hours to get there from Cancun, and the guided visit takes at least 1.5 hours to cover the main buildings. Tours to Coba are often combined with a visit to Tulum for archaeology lovers, or with one of the ecoparks or other natural attractions along the Riviera Maya to make it a full day’s excursion.

Tulum sits on the edge of a cliff facing looking out over the vast turquoise ocean. No wonder Tulum is one of the most-visited Mayan ruins in Mexico -it truly is one of the most magical places on Earth.Tulum is located 82 miles south of Cancun on the Riviera Maya on the edge of the Caribbean Sea. Its naturally beautiful surroundings, easy access and daily tours to Tulum from Cancun have made it the third most visited Mayan archaeological site in Mexico, after Teotihuacan, and Chichen Itza.