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It's no surprise that stacks of college students choose Cancun for their spring break – this place is home to sun, fun and serious nightlife. But Cancun isn't just for 20-somethings – it's also one of the most beautiful destinations in Mexico, and one of the most budget-friendly. If you want to work on your tan, Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines boast near-endless stretches of sand and sea. For late-night fun, head to the iconic El Mexicano Restaurant for plenty of dancing and traditional mariachi bands after 7 p.m.

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Best time to take a vacation to Cancun

  • The year round tropical climate and consequential high temperatures of Cancun mean that there is never an uncomfortable time to visit, but the dry season running from May through to October is the ideal window. Early spring or early fall are a lot less crowded and more likely to offer the good deals on hotels and other accommodations. Every May there is a patriotic parade plus a huge firework display to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Mexico’s Independence Day. Almost as popular is Fiesta de San Román, attracting tens of thousands of people, and Mardi Gras, an always colorful celebration with extravagant floats and entertainment.

Insider tips for Cancun travel

  • lighthouse

    Climb to the top of the nearby five-story lighthouse and take in the stunning views over the clear waters below.

  • Nichupte

    Experience the fun of a mock pirate sword fight on board a replica galleon in the Nichupte lagoon.

  • Palapa Belga

    Sample the delights of dining under the stars at restaurant la Palapa Belga, and enjoy their incredible dessert menu.

  • Contoy

    Take the short trip to Contoy nature reserve and be amazed at the abundance of different species in one place.

  • Mayan ruins at el Rey

    Explore the small Mayan ruins at el Rey, an archaeological site often missed by the masses and a wonderfully tranquil setting.

Cancun highlights

  • Cancun highlights
  • Mercados

    If you're after bargains, unique finds and local flair on your Cancun vacation, visit the many open-air markets. Ki Huic Market and Mercado 28 are two of the biggest and best. You'll find everything from silver jewelry and pottery to tasty food and traditional Mexican garb.

  • Crococun Zoo (Puerto Morelos)

    This small-but-mighty zoo features crocodiles, monkeys, big cats, snakes, birds and more. Take the kids to the petting area, then watch the live croc-feedings at noon. A walking tour is included in the cheap admission price, leaving you with enough pesos for souvenirs.

  • Mayan ruins

    Not far south of Cancun are the incredible cliff-top ruins of Tulum, a must-see on your Cancun travels. Inland there is Coba, the site of Mayan pyramids nested in the jungle, and the outstanding pre-Columbian architecture in Chichen Itza, most notably the temples and Great Ball Court. A complete contrast to modern Cancun, the Mayan ruins put the ancient wonder of this land into perspective.

  • Coco Bongo

    Dubbed Cancun's party hotspot, this part-Cirque du Soleil, part-nightclub puts late nights on the map. The music is classic pop but the acrobatics, confetti streamers, colorful costumes and character make this local institution well worth a night out on your Cancun travels.

  • Boca del Puma

    This cenote (a natural sinkhole) found in the Boca del Puma Eco Park is simply mind-blowing. Swim in the crystal-clear water surrounded by a surreal, limestone backdrop. When you're finished, ride the zip line above the jungle for an exhilarating ride and some priceless views. A number of budget-friendly tours are available.

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