Welcome to Cancun! Here you will find all of the tips, tricks and advice for everything that has to do with Cancun. If you have a question you will find your answer here.

We have outlined our top selection of the following: Hotels, Activities, Nightlife, Restaurants, Travel Tips and Surrounding Areas.


HOTELS



Sunset World resorts offer quality hotel accommodations, expansive all-inclusive services and friendly Mexican hospitality, featuring all-inclusive vacations with gourmet restaurants, full-service spas with Mayan treatments, a VIP travel club, on-site travel and rental car services, a marina and yacht club, golf privileges, and an exclusive nature park.

Check out our Top 5 Sunset World Resorts:

 

  • SUNSET ROYAL BEACH RESORT

    Located in in the heart of the world famous entertainment zone in Cancun, Mexico, Sunset Royal Beach Resort rests on one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the Mexican Caribbean. You will find some of the most breathtaking views of the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea there. Sunset Royal Resort is an ideal place for a Cancun vacation.



  • SUNSET MARINA RESORT & YACHT CLUB

    Previously Sunset Lagoon, the Sunset Marina Resort & Yacht Club is located in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone on sparkling Nichupte Lagoon. Sunset Marina Resort & Yacht Club distinguishes itself by providing the services of a larger resort with the intimacy of a smaller hotel.

  • OCEAN SPA HOTEL

    Located just 40 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from downtown Cancun, Ocean Spa Hotel is a wellness sanctuary with the ideal atmosphere for rest and relaxation. Ocean Spa Hotel’s excellent service combined with the relaxing view of the Caribbean Sea, guarantees excellent vacations.


  • SUNSET FISHERMAN SPA & RESORT

    Nestled in Playacar, a gated upscale community adjacent to Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya, Sunset Fishermen offers the perfect Mexican beach resort experience. The intimate property offers spectacular ocean views, a spa, meals and beverages.

  • HACIENDA TRES RIOS

    Hacienda Tres Rios is the Endless Luxury™ eco-friendly resort nestled in a 326-acre pristine nature park near Playa del Carmen, located just 45 minutes south of Cancun’s International Airport. Here Mexico’s present joins its past and Mexican and Mayan traditions converge to create truly unique experiences.



RESTAURANTS



Cancun is not only a Mexican “foodie” destination but has delicious cuisine from all over the world. We recommend trying a variety of restaurants while visiting.

Here are our top five favorites located in the heart of the Hotel Zone of Cancun:

 

  • LIMONCELLO
  • Italian
  • Sunday 1PM – 12AM
  • Set on Nichupte lagoon, Limoncello offers a romantic view accompanied by flavorful Italian food. Think – the hills and lakes of Italy right here in Cancun! From their wide selection of wines, to pumpkin stuffed ravioli, and in-house made bread, Limoncello gives the ultimate experience of unforgettable cuisine, a romantic dinner setting, and impeccable service.
  • Boulevard Kukulkan Km 10.5
  • $30.00 – $50.00 USD per entrée
  • AE, MC, V



  • THAI LOUNGE
  • Thai
  • Sunday 6PM – 1AM
  • For a classy, hip scene with mouth-watering food, Thai lounge is the place. Located inside La Isla shopping mall with bungalows over the water on Nichupte lagoon, the atmosphere is famous among locals and greatly admired by tourists. The ideal place to celebrate any holiday or special occasion, the colorful decorations won’t be the only thing to blow you away at this trendy Thai restaurant, the food and drinks are to die for.
  • La Isla Shopping Village, Boulevard Kukulkan Km 12.5
  • $30.00 – $50.00 USD per entrée
  • AE, MC, V

  • FRED’S SEAFOOD MARKET
  • Seafood
  • Sunday 1PM – 12AM
  • For raw, cooked, and even drinkable seafood, Fred’s is the place you want to go. With a marine decor setting, also located on the lagoon, Fred’s is the obvious choice for your tropical vacation’s lobster night. Pick from a huge variety of fresh seafood and have the chef make it on demand.
  • Boulevard Kukulkan Km 14.5/
  • $30.00 – $70.00 USD per entrée
  • AE, MC, V


  • THE SURFIN’ BURRITO
  • Mexican/American
  • 24 hours
  • This tiny gem smack dab in the middle of the party center of the hotel zone is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and has the kind of Mexican food we all can’t get enough of: burritos and tacos. On a piece of paper you write down what ingredients you want in your burrito and grab a bucket of beers while you wait. Affordable and delicious, this hot spot is the place to hit before and after the club.
  • Boulevard Kukulkan Km 9.5
  • $5.00 – $20.00 USD per entrée
  • MC, V

  • PUERTO MADERO
  • Argentinian, Seafood, Steak
  • Sunday 1PM – 1AM
  • The ultimate Argentinian fish and steak house, Puerto Madero is located on Nichupte Lagoon with the ideal view of sunsets and boats passing by on the water. The slices of beef here are what we like to refer to as “Cancun Famous”, known for their unforgettable taste, they beg for the approval of any meat lover that travels to the Mexican Caribbean. Start with your favorite bottle of wine and let the waiters treat you like royalty while you sit back and indulge your palate at this must-visit steakhouse.
  • Boulevard Kukulkan Km 14.1
  • $30.00 – $50.00 USD per entrée
  • AE, MC, V



ACTIVITIES



Cancun is the ideal vacation destination because there are endless activities for people of all ages. Whether you like history, adventure, nature or relaxation, you’ll find the perfect activity for you here!

Check out our list of the Top 5 Activities in Cancun:

 

  • CHICHEN ITZA
  • A UNESCO World Heritage site, Chichen Itza was one of the largest Maya cities. Today, it is the second most visited archaeological site in Mexico. Its main structure, the Temple of Kukulkan, usually called El Castillo, was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World after a worldwide vote in 2007. Book your Chichen Itza tour through your hotel or other sales agent. Tour includes: transportation, lunch, a chance to swim in a freshwater sinkhole or cenote and entrance to the ruins. Bring: bio-degradable sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.
  • Archaeological Site
  • Full-day
  • Old Highway 180 between Cancun & Merida (Departure from your hotel)
  • Average of $65.00 USD



  • SWIM WITH THE DOLPHINS
  • A must do activity in Cancun, swimming with the dolphins is a once in a lifetime encounter with some of the most affectionate and playful animals! There are various dolphinariums in Cancun to choose from, so you can find the perfect experience just for you. Dolphin Discovery, for example, offers a dolphin swim adventure at Isla Mujeres. Book your dolphin swim through your hotel or other sales agent. Tour includes: round-trip transportation from Cancun to Isla Mujeres, 15 minute briefing and 50 minute swim with the dolphins, lunch buffet, open bar and access to the beach club. Bring: sunscreen, bathing suit and towel.
  • Dolphin Swim
  • 1.5 hours, not including ferry trip
  • Isla Mujeres (Departure from Aquatours Marina, Boulevard Kukulkan Km 6.5)
  • Adults (+4′ 7″) $119.00 USD/Children (3′ 11″ – 4′ 7′ & min. age of 8 yrs old) $89.00 USD


  • JUNGLE TOUR
  • One of Cancun’s most popular tours, speed boat through the mangrove channel of the famous Nichupte Lagoon and out to the world’s 2nd largest coral reef. Once at the reef, snorkel for 45 minutes in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Book your Jungle Tour through your hotel or other sales agent. Tour includes: life vests, snorkel gear, bilingual guide and bottled water. Bring: bio-degradable sunscreen, bathing suit, towel, hat, sunglasses and $6.00 (per person) for a one-time reef tax.
  • Aquatic Activity
  • 2 hours
  • Departure from Sunrise Marina, next to the Crab House, Boulevard Kukulkan Km 14.7
  • Average of $50.00 USD


  • RENT A YACHT
  • Experience the freedom of renting a luxury yacht for cruising the turquoise blue Caribbean sea at your leisure. Yacht rentals are selected from Admiral Yacht Club‘s ample fleet of 45 foot to 55 foot luxury yachts. You are sure to enjoy this first class yachting experience. Go island hopping, take a romantic cruise, go on a fishing trip or snorkel and swim with family and friends. It’s up to you! Yacht tour includes: towels, bottled water, beers, sodas, shrimp ceviche, chips and guacamole, snorkeling equipment and fishing equipment. Bring: sunscreen, bathing suit and $6.00 (per person) for a one-time reef tax (only if you go snorkeling).
  • Cruise
  • Minimum 4 hours
  • Departure from Sunset Admiral Yacht Club & Marina, Boulevard Kukulkan Km 5.8
  • $400.00 USD/hr (45′ yacht, up to 12 people) $500.00 USD/hr (53′ yacht, up to 15 people)

  • FLYBOARD
  • Fly like a dolphin leaping from the sea during this unparalleled experience on Nichupté Lagoon. The Flyboard is a hydro flying device that turns water into flight. If you are looking for adventure and you love a good rush of adrenaline, this is the perfect Cancun activity for you! The minimum weight to participate in this activity is 90 pounds and the minimum age for kids is 12 years old. Activity includes: life vests, helmet, training on land and accident insurance. Bring: sunscreen, bathing suit and towel.
  • Aquatic Activity/Adventure
  • 30 minutes
  • Departure from Sunset Marina Resort & Yacht Club, Boulevard Kukulkan Km 5.8
  • $150.00 USD



NIGHTLIFE



Cancun is known for its spectacular white sand beaches, which attract visitors from all over the world. But when the sun goes down, the city comes alive and thousands flock to the infamous Party Center where entertainment is second to none.

Check out our selection for the Top 5 Nightclubs in Cancun and why:

 

  • COCO BONGO
  • Cancun’s most exciting and unique nightclub! And don’t take it from us, just look what major news sources are saying: CNN: “Coco Bongo puts Vegas nightlife to shame!” The New York Times: “You have to see it to believe it!” Just imagine Cirque du Soleil acrobats flying above your heads, action packed musical scenes from popular movies and incredible impersonators of your favorite artists like Michael Jackson and Madonna. If you have just one night out in Cancun, make it a Coco Bongo night!
  • Everything
  • Boulevard Kukulkan Km 9
  • $70.00 USD Open Bar & Show
  • Informal/Casual



  • SEÑOR FROGS
  • Señor Frogs is a Cancun institution where fun is inevitable! Whether you go to eat, drink or party the night away, you can expect to have a good time with family and friends. The waiters love to interact with you at your table, making your outing unforgettable. And don’t miss the clown making balloon animals and fun hats for the kids to enjoy. And we must admit, adults love the balloon hats too! Each night has a special theme at Señor Frogs and two nights a week they have special parties like their famous Glow Party on Wednesdays and Foam Party on Saturdays.
  • Everything
  • Boulevard Kukulkan Km 9.5
  • $45.00 USD Open Bar
  • Casual

  • FLYBOARD
  • Located next to Coco Bongo, Mandala is one of Cancun’s best nightclubs. Upon arrival to the club, you’ll be amazed by its brilliant entrance, which makes this club stand out from all the rest. Decorated with a modern Asian-Oriental theme, the club’s interior is filled nightly by a trendy crowd. The doors open daily at 9:30pm.
  • Electronic
  • Boulevard Kukulkan Km 9
  • $50.00 USD Open Bar
  • Formal/Casual


  • PALAZZO
  • Formerly Bulldog Club, Palazzo is Cancun’s newest nightclub. Redefining the nightlife experience, Palazzo brings the highest level of glamour to the party. Upon entering you’ll find modern touches of elegance such as stunning chandeliers, which give the club a more Vegas style feel. If you’re going to glam it up a bit, this would be the place to do it! Discover what the hype is all about!
  • Electronic
  • Boulevard Kukulkan Km 7.5
  • $50.00 USD Open Bar
  • Formal/Casual

  • PALAZZO
  • The largest nightclub in Latin America! With a capacity of over 5,000 people in 8,000 square feet of floor space and 9 bars over 3 floors, The City is home to many famous concerts and events. The City has opened its doors to famous artists such as: Fergie, Ludacris, Akon, Flo Rida, 50 Cent, Sasha, Tiësto, Paul Van Dyk, Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton and more! You can’t miss this nightclub!
  • Electronic
  • Boulevard Kukulkan Km 9
  • $50.00 USD Open Bar
  • Casual



SURROUNDING AREAS



Cancun is a famous Caribbean beach destination but it’s not the only city worth seeing on your trip to Quintana Roo, Mexico. We recommend taking day trips to some beautiful surrounding city areas that are near Cancun.

Our top five surrounding areas include:

 

  • PUERTO MORELOS
  • A quaint beach town located just 20 minutes from Cancun, Puerto Morelos marks the beginning of the Riviera Maya. It is known for its calm blue ocean waters and fine white sand beaches. Snorkeling, scuba diving, and relaxing on the beach are the popular pastimes in Puerto Morelos. It can be reached by hopping on the small buses in downtown known as “collectivos” which cost about $3 USD each way.



  • COZUMEL
  • A good-sized island located just east of Cancun, Cozumel, in Yucatan Mayan: Kùutsmil, and in English: Island of the Swallows, can be reached by a ferry from Playa del Carmen. Fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving are the most common activities done on the white sand beaches of Cozumel. It is also a common cruise port destination. The ferry costs about $17 USD each way.


  • PLAYA DEL CARMEN
  • A beach town located approximately 45 minutes south of Cancun in the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen is full of restaurants, shops, and nightclubs, an area perfect for all ages. Fifth avenue is the main street where cars are forbidden and tourists walk the length of Playa watching street performers while boutique shopping. Playa del Carmen can be reached easily by bus for just about $4 USD each way.


  • ISLA MUJERES
  • Another island just a 20 minute ferry ride away from Cancun, Isla Mujeres will give insight into Mexican island life. Golf carts are the common mode of transportation on the island. Rent one to travel from Playa Norte for a swim, over to Punta Sur to view a beautiful sunset and some Mayan ruins. The ferry can be caught from Playa Tortugas in the hotel zone for just $11 USD each way.


  • TULUM
  • Located on a bluff facing east towards the Caribbean Sea, Tulum is just 2 hours south of Cancun. Tulum, meaning “fence, wall, or trench” in the Yucatan Mayan language, was one of the last cities built and lived in by the Mayans and it still has many beautiful buildings from that era. One of the best conserved Mayan architecture sites, tourists come from all over to see the site daily. Buses leave to Tulum from downtown Cancun for about $10 USD each way.



TRAVEL TIPS



Traveling in a foreign place doesn’t have to be scary as long as you prepare yourself. We are here to help!

Here are some travel tips that will help you get around Cancun safely and easily:

 

  • TRANSPORTATION
  • Cancun is shaped like a seven and it very easy to navigate. There are public buses that operate constantly throughout the hotel zone and downtown that cost approximately $.75 USD. Additionally, there are taxis that can take you around that are relatively inexpensive. We recommend telling the taxi where you are going before you get in and agreeing on a price, that way they cannot overcharge you once you reach your destination.



  • MONEY CONVERSION
  • The type of money used in Mexico is called the Mexican peso. The conversion rate is always fluctuating so it is best to check it at the time of your trip to ensure you know what a good rate is while you are here visiting. You can exchange your money at the airport or at several malls in the hotel zone of Cancun, as well as small exchange houses scattered throughout downtown. Costs in Cancun are very reasonable in comparison to some other countries.

  • WEATHER
  • Cancun is a tropical climate and has hot to mild temperatures for most of the year. The average daily temperatures in Cancun range from 74°F to 85°F. The hottest months are generally June to August with temperatures averaging between 85°F and 89°F. In December and January, temperatures drop to 72°F to 80°F. The driest months are normally March and December, while the rainy season occurs from June to September.