With eDreams you'll find great hotel deals that deliver breathtaking Caribbean beaches and the ancient Mayan civilisation. This contrast can be enjoyed when you book a hotel in Cancun. The Zona Hotelera developed as a resort destination in the 1970s. It is a place where you will find mile upon mile of fine white sand and azure waters. If you want quieter beaches, however, then book a hotel north of central Cancun near Isla Blanca. This area of the coastline is much less developed and is a good spot to find cheap hotels. When you feel like being a little more energetic, there are plenty of outdoor activities to get involved in. Diving, caving and kiteboarding for the truly adventurous or the less adrenaline-fuelled joys of snorkelling, fishing and kayaking. Many hotels are all-inclusive but if you want to eat out, you will enjoy Cancun's diverse culinary scene with menus that range from classic Yucatecan dishes such as cochinita pibil (pork slowly roasted in orange juice) to bean-filled tortillas called panuchos or contemporary takes on the taco. Both Caribbean and Mayan influences are used but given a modern take to create a fusion cuisine that is deliciously tempting.
Choose a hotel in Cancun near the beach. Six of these are long stretches that have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag certification. This means the sand and water are guaranteed to be clean so you and your children can swim and sunbathe safely. One of the most beautiful, especially at sunrise, is the family-friendly Playa Delfines. This is backed by the Kukulcan Boulevard where you can enjoy a spot of people watching over your morning coffee. Put on your snorkel mask and visit the Cancun Underwater Museum. Here you can snorkel (or dive) among hundreds of underwater sculptures. These are arranged in three galleries and together they display the work of six local artists. The sculptures are made of marine concrete and the hope is that new coral reefs will develop around them. In between soaking up the sun and dining, soak up some Mayan culture. The Museo Maya de Cancun has world-class exhibits covering all aspects of the ancient Maya life. You can admire pieces gathered from archaeological digs at Quintana Roo, Palenque and Chichén Itzá. Next door is the San Miguelito archaeological site which gives a fascinating insight into how the past is painstakingly uncovered.
Most hotel deals are found in the Zona Hotelera. This is a narrow L-shaped peninsula that stretches for nearly 12 miles between the Laguna Nichupté and the Caribbean Sea. If you want your holiday to combine the best of both beach and nightlife, this is the place to book a hotel in Cancun. Although it is lined with hotels, the white-sand beaches are still idyllic to look at and enjoy. You are also within easy reach of Cancun Centro and nearby Mayan ruins. If you want a really tranquil day, take a boat trip from Cancun and spend the day on Isla Contoy. This uninhabited island is perfect for hiking, snorkelling and birdwatching. The ruins of El Rey are just a short distance from the Zona Hotelera. They include a small temple and some ceremonial platforms. When combined with a visit to Cancun's museums, they provide an exciting glimpse into the Maya civilisation. Use eDreams search filters to find a hotel in Cancun that matches the location, price and date you want.