CANCUN: Cheap Hotels in Cancun

Located at the western part of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun is a famous and hugely popular summer vacation spot in the Mexican Caribbean. Accommodations here range from swanky resorts to modest local guest houses but beware that room prices increase exponentially during the December to April peak season.

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As with many top seaside destinations around the world, Cancun started out as a quiet fishing village. It has since shed this persona to become vacation central. But its popularity has done nothing to detract from its stunning beaches, ancient Mayan archeological sites, outstanding Mexican food, and undeniable ease of living. Adventure lovers can easily take excursions out to sea for scuba diving, yachting, or other water sports.

Key attractions
The main attraction of Cancun is, of course, its 14-mile long sandy beach. The sand is light in color and the water beautifully turquoise. One attraction kids will surely enjoy is Aquarium Cancun, located in the central hotel zone. This interactive museum allows you to get up close with the resident sea creatures. You can also head to the Hidden Worlds Cenote Adventure Park, a large system of underwater caves. The waters here are beautiful and the rock formations unbelievable.

Having fun
A great night out can easily be experienced in Cancun. You do not even need to go outside the main hotel zone. There are various restaurants, bars, and nightclubs which hold different performances and parties every night of the week. Singers, bands, DJs, and various other entertainers come here to perform. Popular places include Dady'O, Senor Frog's, and O' Ultra Lounge. Many restaurants in the hotel zone as well as in downtown Cancun offer fine dining, while Cambalache is ideal for Argentine-style steaks, La Habichuela for Caribbean seafood, or Mikado for Asian food.

The popularity of Cancun as a tourist destination has ensured a well-developed shopping scene. Generally, prices tend to be higher in the Hotel Zone and more reasonable in the downtown area. The La Isla Shopping Mall is one of the most prominent malls given its size and outdoor setting. Designer brands for clothing and accessories can be found here. In the downtown area, you can head to Market 28 for souvenirs and bargaining.

Possibilities for daytrips are nearly endless in Cancun. Many of the excursions take in the beautiful surroundings of this Mexican city. There is Isla Mujeres, an island reached via a 20-minute boat ride from Cancun. Though close to Cancun, Isla Mujeres remains a quiet coastal town with empty beaches. Or head to Tulum, around 80 miles south of Cancun and the site of the only ancient Mayan structure found along the Caribbean coast.

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