Learn about the general Cancun Mexico area and all the fun things to do there. If you don’t know Cancun, START HERE!
Cancun Mexico is located on the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. Cancun is the #1 top tourist destination in Mexico and is considered safe for travel by the U.S. Department Of State. Millions of Americans, Canadians and Europeans travel here each and every year without incident.
Quintana Roo consists of popular tourist areas including Cancun, Cozumel, Playa Del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Isla Mujeres, Coba and Tulum. There are two major airports that serve this local area. The most popular is Cancun International Airport and the other is Cozumel International Airport.
EXPLORE CANCUN BY CITY
Explore the Cancun area more deeply by specific city. This area of the world is referred to as the Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo or the Riviera Maya. Below are the top 12 cities near Cancun International Airport including Cancun. Learn about these popular tourist destinations and the amazing adventures each of them has for you!
There are 2 parts to Cancun that most travelers will visit, one is downtown Cancun and the resort zone. Cancun International Airport is south of downtown and west of the hotel/resort zone. Learn about Cancun Here!
Playa Del Carmen
Playa Del Carmen is about 30 minutes south of the Cancun Airport and is a destination that many travelers claim is better than Cancun. Playa offers a less crowds and Fifth Avenue! Learn about Playa Del Carmen here!
Cozumel Island is located 17 miles east of Playa Del Carmen. The most common way there is by ferry which takes about 45 minutes. Cozumel has an international airport and a major cruise port. Learn about Cozumel Island here!
Holbox is an island northwest of Cancun most popular for swimming with Whale Sharks (June to September)! There are no cars allowed on the island for use by tourists and the main transport is by golf cart or moped. Enjoy bird, whale and dolphin watching. Learn about Isla Holbox here!
Isla Contoy is a nature and wildlife island reserve about 2 hours northeast of Cancun. Popular to tourists that love scuba diving, fishing, bird watching and snorkeling. There are boat tours to the island that offer food, drink, equipment and even alcoholic beverages. Learn about Isla Contoy here!
Isla Blanca is located about an hour north of Cancun and is more like a peninsula that jetty’s off the main land. If you are looking for empty beaches and nature that is unspoiled, this is the paradise you are looking for! You can drive here or take a day trip by boat. Learn about Isla Blanca here!
Isla Mujeres is located northeast of Cancun and means the “Island Of The Women”. The Mayans considered this island a sacred place of childbirth and medicine. Island transportation is by taxi, golf cart or scooter (moped). Learn about Isla Mujeres here!
Puerto Morelos is a small fishing town just south of Cancun and north of Playa Del Carmen. Puerto Morelos is the largest and most important container shipping sea port in the state of Quintana Roo. Learn about Puerto Morelos here!
Puerto Aventuras is about 80 minutes or 54 miles south of Cancun. Puerto Aventuras is south of Playa Del Carmen by about 10 miles. It is close to the major ruins and Playa making it a perfect choice. Learn about Puerto Aventuras here!