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Cancun is much like heaven on earth. Luckily for your wallet, this isn’t like the ancient Egyptians’ version of heaven: It won’t cost your weight in gold to visit. Choose your budget and the type of hotel you want — beachfront or on the lagoon, large or small, whatever your flavor — and go. Let the sweet smell of the salty ocean (and this list of cheap, quality Cancun hotels) be your guide.

All prices reflect a one-night stay on a random mid-week date in August, quoted at the time of writing.

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Hotel Bahía Chac Chi, $89 a night

What: A contemporary hotel with an outdoor pool next to the bar, ocean-view balconies, free internet and breakfast.

Why: IslaMujeres just off the coast of Cancun and is known for its scuba diving, snorkeling and Mayan history, and this hotel is right in the heart of it.

Most Cancun thing about it: The light-filled rooms open up to balconies with sweeping views of the turquoise waters of The Mujeres Bay. Colorful boats can be seen bobbing in the surf below.

 

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Cabanas Maria del Mar, $78 a night

What: A 73-room hotel on the beautiful Playa del Norte.

Why: An onsite restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and room service, plus you’re just a couple miles from Dolphin Discovery and Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park. 

Most Cancun thing about it: The rooms may be minimal, but the perks are not—besides a sauna and outdoor pool, this property offers onsite massages and facials. And the hotel’s beach is populated with palm trees, giving perfect shade for the hammocks and lounges placed around.

 

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La Villa du Golf á Cancun, $106 a night

What: An intimate 5-room hotel with private balconies, a pool and complimentary breakfast

Why: The hotel may not be beachfront, but it’s in Zona Hotelera, which is packed with hotels and resorts. That means delicious dining and partying options abound.

Most Cancun thing about it: The stunning outdoor pool nestled in a lush garden. And the location is ripe for both bar-hopping and beach-bumming, since you can walk to plenty of both.

 

Cool Cancun hotels you can actually afford - Hotel Playa la Media Luna's beautiful balconies

 

Hotel Playa la Media Luna, $91 a night

What: An 18-room hotel with private balconies, an onsite bar and free WiFi and breakfast.

Why: Besides the beach you’ll be able to see from your room, this hotel is walking distance from one of the best beaches on Isla Mujeres: Playa del Norte. Meaning windsurfing, snorkeling andecotours are not far either.

Most Cancun thing about it: Garrafon Natural Reef Park is known worldwide for its breathtaking reefs and all the snorkeling, kayaking and hiking that you could want. This hotel shares a side of the island with the park.

Cool Cancun hotels you can actually afford - Beach Hotel Na Balam's outdoor deck

 

Beach Hotel Na Balam, $120 a night

What: A 31-room beachfront hotel on Isla Mujeres

Why: The hotel has a waterfront spa and a beachfront restaurant and bar, where you can TK.

Most Cancun thing about it: Free beach cabanas and onsite yoga classes. Plus, Its location on the northern tip of Isla Mujeres puts it close to activities like parasailing and skydiving, as well as Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres National Park.

 Cool Cancun hotels you can actually afford - Aloft Cancun's patio

 

Aloft Cancun, $129 a night

What: A stylish, 177-room hotel in Cancun’s Zona Hotelera with a gorgeous outdoor pool and free WiFi.

Why: There’s a snack kitchen that guests can help themselves to 24/7. And a poolside bar.

Most Cancun thing about it: The hotel is a three-minute walk from the beach, but the hotel has bike rentals if you want to venture farther. If not, you can always head to the onsite bars and restaurant, where the dress code is mercifully casual.

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