Cancun Area Map
A 14-mile sandy strip on the Yucatán Peninsula that's shaped like the number seven, Cancún is dotted with resorts, beaches and fun. The area includes Boulevard Kukulcán, which runs through the Hotel Zone (or Zona Hotelera), and extends to downtown Cancún, located west and further inland. Isla Mujeres (the Island of Women) is a short ferry trip away.
When traveling to Cancún, your options can be limited in terms of variety but here's some advice: if you're seeking a traditional Cancún getaway – think all-inclusive resorts and spring break – the Hotel Zone should suit you just fine. For something a little different or cheaper, book accommodations downtown.
The Hotel Zone
Cancún's main thoroughfare is the Boulevard Kukulcán, which runs through a collection of hotels, resorts and attractions generally known as the Hotel Zone. Beaches – including Playa Langosta and Playa Tortugas in the north and Playa Delfines on the southeastern side – line this area. Chances are you'll travel to Kukulcán most often, and fortunately it's easy to traverse both by bus and by foot.
Cancún proper is a relatively small resort city that's dominated by hundreds of hotels and other commercial properties. But uniquely Mexican neighborhoods are within reach (via bus) of downtown Cancún, which is located to the west of the Hotel Zone.