But there's much more to this paradise destination. This is the home of the Mayan world and its fascinating culture. You can also admire its landscapes, its abundant flora with thousands of exotic flowers, and its breathtaking fauna.
MUCH MORE THAN SUN AND SAND
Just four decades ago, Cancun was a deserted island that very few people knew about. Today, this region on the northeast coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo is Mexico's holiday resort par excellence.
Commanding a strategic location, Cancun is the main gateway to the Caribbean and the Mayan world. You'll find a wealth of archaeological sites nearby, including the El Rey Ruins in the so-called Cancun Hotel Zone. On your trip to Cancun, you can also learn about the region's history at museums showcasing the ancient Mayan culture.
Nature is another one of Cancun's attractions. From Cancun you can hop on the ferry to Isla Mujeres, an almost-deserted paradise island. Once there, you can visit the Garrafón Natural Reef Park or unwind on the island's spectacular beaches.
MUST-SEES IN CANCUN
Here are some of the unmissable places to discover during your stay in Cancun.
ARCHAEOLOGY OF CANCUN
You can find remains of the ancient Mayan civilisation across the Yucatán Peninsula. Must-visits on your trip to Cancun include El Rey, known as the playground of the Mayas; El Meco, an archaeological site with a twelve-metre-high Mayan pyramid; and the Mayan Museum of Cancun, where you can learn about Mayan history and admire a whole host of relics.
BEACHES IN CANCUN
Playa Langosta is a favourite among locals, with its shallow waters making it the perfect place to spend a day with your family. Playa Tortugas, one of the best-known in Cancun, offers a fun and lively atmosphere to suit all tastes. Meanwhile, the hotel-free Playa Delfines is the perfect place to escape from the world.
THE SEA OF CANCUN
The crystal-clear Caribbean waters are perfect for swimming, diving and even coming up close to beautiful tropical marine species such as the whale shark. The dive sites around Cancun are around twelve metres deep nearshore and up to twenty-six metres deep offshore. On your trip to Cancun, you can dive among beautiful coral reefs or in some of its incredible cenotes. If sand is more your thing, Cancun boasts some twenty-two kilometres of white-sand beaches lapped by crystal-clear waters.
SHOPPING IN CANCUN
Once you touch down in Cancun, you can spend an amazing day enjoying some retail therapy. The Coral Negro Flea Market, the Forum by the Sea shopping centre and the La Fiesta Market are just some of our recommendations for you.
CANCUN AND NATURE
Visiting the Isla de Pájaros and helping scientists preserve the local flamingo population could well be an unforgettable experience during your holiday in Cancun. You could also venture into the rainforest and discover the amazing biodiversity of the area.
This island of just eight kilometres in length is a must-see during your stay in Cancun. You can get there by ferry and stroll around its main town, which has plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. But the true draw of the island is its collection of white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, abundant marine life and its spectacular coral reefs.
When you're booking your flight to Cancun, check out these helpful hints for travellers. The official currency is the Mexican Peso (MXN), divided into 100 cents. The departure tax is approximately EUR 60 (MXN 1,100) and is subject to change without notice. This tax CANNOT be paid by credit card or in US dollars or euros. It may vary throughout the year, but tends to go up in the month of January.
Cancun is seven hours behind Madrid in the summer and six hours behind in the winter. The power supply at most hotels in Cancun is 110 volts, although there are usually voltage converters for 220-volt appliances. Polarised or three-pin plugs may sometimes not work. We recommend taking your own adaptor, although you'll usually be able to purchase them in hotel shops.
At Orbest we strive to do everything possible to make sure you have an amazing holiday in Cancun. That's why your Orbest flight will be the perfect start to your once-in-a-lifetime trip. Cancun, the paradise destination of your dreams where you can switch off from your daily routine and unwind on its white-sand beaches lapped by crystal-clear turquoise waters.