Destination guide

Yes we Can(cun)—beaches, ruins, and more!

A lively city on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun is known for its ancient Mayan ruins, sprawling resorts, and plenty of broad, sandy beaches along the Caribbean Sea. A popular spring break destination, Cancun is often synonymous with sun-baked coeds having the time of their lives, but you'll find enough arts, culture, and history around your Cancun vacation rental to satisfy even the pickiest culture hound. The traditional, residential El Centro neighborhood boasts parks, libraries, and walking paths, while the resort-filled Zona Hotelera is home to most of the city's restaurants, bars, and upscale shopping.

Things to do

Getting to the art of the matter in cultural Cancun

For a unique take on the art world, don a snorkel and head to the Cancun Underwater Museum. Here, you'll find more 500 sculptures submerged in the sparkling waters of Cancun's National Marine Park. You can take a guided tour of the Croco Cun Zoo, and visitors are encouraged to feed, hold, or interact with several species. A walk-through crocodile enclosure is a big hit with animal lovers looking to test their mettle. Or you can bone up on local history at the Maya Cancun Museum, where you can explore the region's past through archaeological exhibits and artifacts.

Activities

Just act natural in wild, wonderful Cancun

With a wealth of white sand beaches along the sparkling Caribbean Sea, Cancun's a paradise for waterfront activities of all sorts. Swimming, sailing, and sunbathing are all big hits with visitors, and the area's coral reefs and bounty of tropical marine life make for excellent diving and snorkeling excursions. If you're feeling adventurous, you can head to nearby Coba, an ancient Mayan city where you can stroll among the stone ruins and carved engravings. You'll find plenty of wild jungle in the area, and hiking and other wilderness excursions are also big hits.

Weather

Spring awakenings in sunny, tropical Cancun

Cancun has a tropical climate, with distinct wet and dry seasons. Average highs range in the 80s and 90s all year round. The city's a legendary location for college students on spring break, so if your idea of a good time is waterfront beer pong, daytime DJs, and beach volleyball, then you'll be in hog heaven. If you're hoping for a more tranquil Caribbean beach experience, you may want to wait until the crowds have thinned out a bit to book a Cancun vacation rental—winter, summer, and fall are less rambunctious, and easier on the wallet, too.

Natural features

Surf, turf, and beyond in coastal Cancun

On the northeastern tip of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun offers plenty of white-sand beaches along the Caribbean Sea. The city center is largely urban or residential, but the surrounding area offers acres of wild, undeveloped jungle. Here, you can find ancient ruins and a number of relatively untamed hiking trails just a short drive from your Cancun vacation rental. A few miles from shore, Isla Mujeres boasts rocky coastline and some of the least crowded beaches in the area, as well as easy access to some of the area's numerous coral reefs.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Downtown Cancun

The nearest airport is in Cancun, Quintana Roo (CUN-Cancun Intl.), located 8.6 mi (13.8 km) from the city center.

Catch a ride on the metro at Cancun Bus Station ADO to easily navigate the city.

Where to stay around Cancún?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,075 vacation rentals near Cancún. From 483 Houses to 225 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cancún for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Cancún?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cancún:

  • Zona Hotelera: 560 vacation rentals
  • Villas Quintana Roo: 22 vacation rentals
  • La Isla: 185 vacation rentals
  • Caribe: 149 vacation rentals
  • S.M. 57 - Las Americas: 60 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Cancún?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Cancún. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Gran Puerto Cancun: 1,627 vacation rentals
  • Cancun Golf Club at Pok Ta Pok: 1,745 vacation rentals
  • Cancun Convention Center: 1,735 vacation rentals
  • Puerto Cancun Golf Course: 1,730 vacation rentals
  • Iberostar Cancun Golf Course: 2,116 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cancún listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Cancún?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 483 Houses in Cancún. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Cancún include:

  • Villas: 225 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 886 rentals available
  • Resorts: 169 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Cancún?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,368 vacation rentals with pool available in Cancún. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.