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Amazing places to visit on a trip to Cancun

Discover the welcoming resorts of Cancun and the charms of the surrounding area when you book your cheap flights to Cancun with Skyscanner. This Mexican destination has some fascinating and entertaining locations to explore on your next vacation.
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Flying to Cancun, Mexico

With world class beaches and long established resort hotels, Cancun is a popular destination for relaxing sunshine vacations. Currently, there are no direct flights from the United Arab Emirates to Cancun. However, airlines flying to Cancun with connecting flights to UAE airports include Emirates, Air France, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Flights for Cancun land at Cancun International Airport (CUN) on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.  

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Hotels in Cancun

Skyscanner can help you find the best hotel deals for properties in Cancun Downtown, Cancun Hotel Zone, Isla Mujeres, La Cortadera and Punta Sam. Hotel chains with a presence in Cancun include Holiday Inn, Westin, The Ritz-Carlton, Marriot and Club Med. You’ll find a wide selection of resorts, hostels, guest houses and comfortable family hotel accommodations for your next vacation in Mexico. 

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Things to do in Cancun

Travelers can enjoy the historic sites in the area surrounding Cancun, its beautiful beaches and the high standard of hospitality at its leading resorts. Some of the best things to do in Cancun include: 

Chichén Itzá

This impressive Mayan archeaological site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important landmarks in the Yucatan region. Travelers come from all over the world to marvel at the pyramid-like El Castillo, an ancient temple. Visit early in the morning to avoid tourist crowds and explore the relics of the lost Mayan culture. Admission costs 230 Mexican pesos per person. The site is open year round from 8am to 4.30pm. Chichén Itzá can be reached from Cancun by car. The journey will take around 2 hours 15 minutes. 

Mayan temple near Cancun

Cancun Underwater Museum

Visit the Cancun Underwater Museum to view a collection of 500 sculptures in a remarkable setting.  The figures – most by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, the others by five Mexican artists – are placed within three different galleries, located between three and six meters deep in the ocean at the Cancun National Marine Park. The exhibits can be experienced by snorkeling, scuba diving or a voyage on a glass-bottom boat. 

Cancun Underwater Museum

Xcaret Park

Xcaret is a nature park in Playa del Carmen, about an hour drive from Cancun. Here you can enjoy the best of ecotourism while you explore underground rivers and the natural beauty of Mexico. Connect with nature on the jungle trails where you will discover the trees and plants of the Riviera Maya. You will also have the opportunity to observe traditional Mexican ceremonies and performances at the Main Plaza, where you will also find local food and craft products. 

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Isla Contoy

This small island is a Mexican national park and nature reserve. Visitors can apply for permission to visit the island at the park offices in Cancun. Isla Contoy is a safe haven for loggerhead, green, hawksbill and leatherback turtles. The park is also home to around 150 different species of tropical marine birds. 

Sea turtle

El Rey Mayan Ruins

This temple complex can be found close to the Hotel Zone of resorts in Cancun. Visitors can walk among the 47 structures at the site, which date back over 1000 years. Leave your resort accommodations to take a step back in time and learn more about this archaeological site. 

Isla Mujeres

When you are planning things to do during your Cancun vacation, consider a visit to the peaceful Isla Mujeres. The unspoilt island can be reached by ferry from terminals within the Hotel Zone in Cancun. When you reach Isla Mujeres you can visit an ancient temple honoring the Mayan moon goddess, set into steep cliffs with views over the bay. 

*First published in August 2018.  Any prices and dates included are correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change and/or availability.

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