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It's true that tourists fill Cancun and its happening Hotel Zone, but for good reason. Flights are cheap, the beaches are the best this close to U.S. soil and there is plenty of outdoor action. While partying is synonymous with this spring break hot-spot, plenty of quiet, couples-only resorts claim a strip of sand. Families take to the Mayan ruins, water parks and dolphin swims.

With the comforts and commercial temptations of home, Cancun is a good place to get your international feet wet, and between sunning all day and dancing all night, you can sleep on the plane back home.

Orbitz reveals the best of Cancun travel with the best time to go, top 10 attractions and insider gems.

  • If you find a great deal and can snag a few days off, pack a carry-on and boogie down to Cancun any time. Weather-wise, Cancun has a monopoly on warm sunshine year round. June through November is hurricane season, which peaks in September and October.

    You'll find flocks of sun-worshippers at Christmas and Easter, and spring break crowds each March. It's wet and hot from May to November, but prices dip and crowds are few. Cancun regulars swear by January and February for ideal weather.

  • Mayan ruins in the city

    Kids love to climb the remains of a small Mayan settlement at the El Rey ruins, oblivious to its age, dating back to 10th century A.D. Bring fruit and feed the hundreds of sunning iguanas. El Meco is quiet, naturally shaded and tranquil enough for a picnic among the 14 structures or at nearby Isla Blanca, a local beach. Both are a reasonable drive from the Hotel Zone.

  • El CafĂ©

    Local journalists relax over breakfast or lunch on the simple terrace at this hideout behind city hall. The coffee is good and strong and the dinner menu is authentic.

  • Market 23

    Practice your Spanish … and your haggling skills. Pottery, blankets, hats, jewelry, clothing and local crafts mix with fresh meat, fish shops and fruit stands at this very local market. Bring cash, preferably pesos. 

  • L'Escargot

    Grab a taxi for a taste of Paris in residential Cancun. The small, family-owned restaurant in a converted house oozes romance over an array of French classics. A tri-lingual staff provides formal service. Dress to the nines and reserve a seat on the terrace.

  • Neighborhood watering holes with live music

    Slip into Roots Jazz Club for late-night beats or El Capucino for live local reggae on Margaritas near Azucenas. Despite its location in Hotel Plaza Kokai, Bar Bohemio El Camarote is a cozy haunt that feels lesser-known with its small stage and decent bands.

Cancun Hotels

From $433

1 Excellence Playa Mujeres Cancun Luxury Adults Only - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.7 / 5 1075 reviews

Playa Mujeres Map

Save 10% off per night

The contemporary Excellence Playa Mujeres is perched amid seven swimming pools on a picturesque white sand beach. The adults-only resort boasts a 170-slip marina and Greg Norman signature golf course with sweeping Caribbean views. Swanky suites, nine a la carte... More

From $275

2 Temptation Resort and Spa - All Inclusive Adults Only

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1368 reviews

Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 3.5 Zona Hotelera Map

Enjoy a Sunset Cruise Tour & Lapis Jewerly Gift

For adults looking to play both day and night, the Temptation Resort and Spa All Inclusive Adults Only in Cancun is a great place to kick back and enjoy the white sand beaches of Mexico. Located just 20 minutes from the Cancun International Airport (CUN), the resort is... More

From $426

3 Hard Rock Hotel Cancun - All Inclusive

5 stars
4.5 / 5 111 reviews

Blvd. Kukulcan Km 14.5 Hotel Zone Map

Save 32% off per night

The Hard Rock Hotel is located on a pristine stretch of white sand beach overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea and within the bustling Cancun hotel zone. The resort has luxurious rooms with double Jacuzzis and lounge beds overlooking the ocean, grounds or... More

From $443

4 Secrets The Vine Cancun - Adults Only Luxury All Inclusive

5 stars
4.6 / 5 246 reviews

Blvd. Kukulcan Km 14.5 Retorno del Rey Lote 38 + 38b Map

Unlimited Calls, Wi Fi, Green Fee & Sunset Cruise

Secrets The Vine Cancun - Adults Only Luxury All Inclusive is a beachfront resort that caters to adults-only holidaymakers seeking  a beach getaway in this side of Cancun, Mexico. Visitors at Secrets The Vine Cancun - Adults Only Luxury All Inclusive can enjoy an... More

From $362

5 Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.2 / 5 591 reviews

Boulevard Kukulcan Kilometer 16.5 Map

Special Offer for Limited Time

The Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive Cancun is an elegant, family-friendly hotel in the heart of this bustling destination. The all-inclusive concept ensures that guests rest easy knowing that everything is taken care of and that everything they need can be... More

From $361

6 Finest Playa Mujeres by Excellence - Luxury All Inclusive

5 stars
4.8 / 5 13 reviews

Vialidad Paseo Mujeres Mz 1 Zona Continental Lt 10 Sm 3 Map

Free Wi Fi, Lobster Dinner & Free Int. Calls

Take a break and travel away to Finest Playa Mujeres by Excellence - Luxury All Inclusive, a beachfront retreat in Cancun offering a host of recreation and leisure facilities for all ages. Vacationers at this secluded all-inclusive Cancun resort can frolic on the... More

From $459

7 Hyatt Zilara Cancun Adults Only - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.6 / 5 35 reviews

Boulevard Kukulcan Km 11.5 Map

FREE Bay Cruise,WiFi,Unlimited calls

Corporate and leisure travelers in the scenic Cancun book a stay at the stylish all-suites retreat of Hyatt Zilara Cancun Adults Only - All Inclusive. This plush beachfront hotel provides various recreational activities as well as business facilities. Guests can relax in... More

From $343

8 Iberostar Cancun - All inclusive

4 stars
4.1 / 5 90 reviews

Boulevard Kukulcan, Km. 17 Map

FREE Sunset Cruise

Iberostar Cancun - All inclusive invites travelers and beach holidaymakers to luxurious beachfront accommodations while in a beach vacation in the tourist area of Cancun, southeastern Mexico. Guests at this family-friendly hotel should not miss frolicking on the white... More

From $210

9 Barcelo Costa Cancun - All inclusive

3 stars
3.6 / 5 225 reviews

Blvd. Kukulkan km 4.5 Lote D7 Map

FREE Sunset Cruise Tour & Honeymoon Special

Barcelo Costa Cancun - All inclusive is situated on a tranquil beach near downtown Cancun. The hotel has many family-friendly amenities, including a club for children and pool with water playground. There are 357 rooms with private balconies for relaxing. Four... More

From $228

10 Barcelo Tucancun Beach - All Inclusive

3 stars
3.5 / 5 347 reviews

Blvd. Kukulcan KM 13.5 Lote 24 ZH Map

FREE Sunset Cruise Tour & Honeymoon Special

GeneralThe modern, seven-story beachfront property has sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea and Nichupte lagoon. Its convenient address within Cancun's bustling hotel zone is near nightlife and shopping, including Kukulcan Plaza. Nightly on-site entertainment, sparkling... More

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  • Cancun
  • Dolphins

    Swim or interact with some of the most brilliant mammals on the planet that happen to look like big, friendly fish. Kids of all ages love dolphin kisses, hugs and handshakes. Dolphinaris and Dolphin Discovery are among the top-ranked venues.

  • Mayan ruins

    Take a day trip to see a few pages out of the history books. Drive 80 miles south to Tulum where cliff-top ruins overlook the blue sea. Head inland to scale Mayan pyramids in the middle of the jungle at Coba. At Chichen Itza, get lost in a mix of pre-Columbian architecture, from temples to the Great Ball Court.

  • All-inclusive resorts

    Keep your wallet north of the border. All-inclusive resorts serve up a hassle-free Cancun vacation and most include food, snacks, drinks and non-motorized water sports. Check out the nightlife scene and choose one that will satisfy after the sun goes down. Resorts range from family-friendly to couples-only to dens for the single-and-looking.

  • Coco Bongo

    It's Vegas gone wild at Coco Bongo, where throngs of nightlife thrill-seekers pile in for club music, aerial shows and confetti showers. A younger crowd goes dancing and drinking at Senor Frog's. For dinner with your dance moves, try Carlos and Charlie's.

  • Mexican cooking classes

    One day with Chef Claudia of Can Cook in Cancun and you'll be dangerous with the habaneros for life. Part hands-on cooking class, part history and gastronomy lesson, plus sangria-infused lunch with new friends, the class sends participants off with recipes, an apron and serious know-how for whipping up home-style Mexican cuisine.

  • Xel-ha, Xplor and Xcaret

    Not to worry: This triplet of X-named theme parks are completely family-friendly. An hour south of Cancun, fill up on adventure from snorkeling to zip lines between three outdoor ecological parks. Or, keep it local on the water slides at Wet'N Wild.

  • Playa del Carmen

    Sample a fresh scene an hour south of town. No longer a sleepy little fishing village, PDC (or "Playa") rivals Cancun with shopping, dining and nightlife on a smaller scale with more local flavor, all set along car-free 5th Avenue.

  • La Habichuela restaurant

    Since 1977, this family-owned restaurant with a Mayan theme has charmed guests with a romantic walled garden and Caribbean-style seafood.

  • Shopping

    Set on a lagoon, La Isla Shopping Mall combines a trendy, chain mall with local establishments and an aquarium. Canals and small bridges top off the Venetian-inspired setting. Downtown flea market Mercado 28 brims with silver jewelry, Mexican handcrafts and souvenirs on the cheap.

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