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What are the best places to stay in Cancun?
Zona Hotelera is a large coastal neighbourhood and is the most popular area to stay in while holidaying on flights to Cancun. There are many different hotels and resorts around the neighbourhood as well as restaurants and bars, shops, beaches and the El Rey Mayan ruins. Zona Hotelera is known for its 24/7 action, so you’ll never get bored if you base yourself here in between return flights to Cancun. Head to the beaches during the day where you can snorkel or paddle board in the bright blue Caribbean water, then head out at night to explore the neighbourhood’s vibrant nightlife.
Consider booking a hotel in the downtown neighbourhood of El Centro if you’re interested in staying somewhere that’s more popular with locals than tourists. The neighbourhood is teeming with cafes and restaurants, markets where you can shop for crafts and souvenirs, and the El Meco Mayan ruins. The neighbourhood isn’t located right on the coast, but it’s only a short bus ride away from the city’s beaches. El Centro isn’t as modern as Zona Hotelera, but it’s often considered the best place to experience the authentic and traditional side of Mexico while holidaying on flights to Cancun.
Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is a popular resort town located about 70 kilometres (43 miles) south of Cancun. It’s the place to base yourself while holidaying on cheap flights to Cancun if you're attracted to coastal charm rather than bustling cities. Playa del Carmen is well-known for its stunning beaches and access to an incredible selection of snorkelling and diving spots. The town has excellent cafe and restaurant scenes where you can devour great, authentic Mexican dishes. Playa del Carmen is also located near the Mayan ruins of Tulum and the island of Cozumel, so you could easily plan day trips to each.
When is the best time to visit Cancun?
Temperatures in Cancun are hot year-round, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to visit the beach no matter when you book airfare to Cancun.
Winter is the high season, and many people consider it the best time to travel on return flights to Cancun. Temperatures of about 28°C are accompanied by low levels of humidity that make this an excellent time of year for lounging on the beach and going for coastal walks.
The crowds continue into the spring months when American university students flock to the beaches of Cancun for spring break. Get the best hotel price by booking early if you’ll be travelling with tickets to Cancun in March or April. Temperatures start heating up in the spring, and you’ll likely experience daytime temperatures between 29° to 32°C by booking spring flights to Cancun.
The summer months see the hottest temperatures of the year, averaging around 33°C with high humidity. This is the city’s low season, so you’ll find the top deals on hotels by booking cheap flights to Cancun for a summer trip.
Autumn sees similar temperatures to spring, but with the added promise of heavy rainfall. Tropical storms are common, and there’s even the risk of hurricanes. There are great accommodation deals, but you may want to avoid booking flights into Cancun International Airport (CUN) in autumn if you’re hoping to spend most of your holiday outdoors.
What is the cost of visiting Cancun?
Get ready for your Mexican holiday by booking airfare to Cancun, then continue planning your trip with Webjet’s hotel options. The average nightly rate for a hotel room is about $200 to $250 NZD per night, but budget travellers who book cheap flights to Cancun can also find options as low as $30 NZD.
Catch a shuttle bus to make your way from Cancun International Airport (CUN) to your hotel. Bus fare to Downtown Cancun costs 108 pesos ($7.40 NZD), and a ride to Playa del Carmen costs 262 pesos ($18 NZD). Public buses are widely available across the city, and they’re a good way to get around while holidaying on return flights to Cancun. Buses around central Cancun cost 8.50 pesos (60 cents NZD).
There’s an incredible selection of tourist attractions and activities to budget for when you book tickets to Cancun. Visit the Chichen Itza Mayan ruins for 481 pesos ($33 NZD) or head to the Museo Maya Cancun where entry costs 70 pesos ($4.80 NZD). There are also several day trips to consider while holidaying on flights to Cancun. Embark on a snorkelling tour for about 1,385 pesos ($95 NZD) or enjoy a guided day tour of Tulum for around 1,500 pesos ($102.90 NZD).