Cancún has far more to offer than spring break parties and all-inclusive hotels. Scratch below the surface and explore the city beyond the hotel zone by booking an apartment stay with Culture Trip.
Although it wouldn’t be a trip to Mexico without a few margaritas, in Cancún – located at the northeastern tip of the cenote-scattered Yucatán Peninsula – it’s worth wandering away from the bar-lined seafront. Discover ancient displays at the Museo Maya de Cancún; El Meco’s iguana-dotted Mayan ruins; and a multitude of local ceviche spots and taco joints.
A thoroughly contemporary loft-style apartment, this concrete space with a striking hanging staircase is ahead of the competition when it comes to luxury Airbnbs in Cancún. Its palette of stone gray and warm, grained wood is offset by vivid splashes of color in the velvety soft furnishings, potted plants and tropical wall art, and it’s full of high-end touches, such as a king-size bed and smart TV. Windows frame views of swaying palms, and there’s a refreshing communal plunge pool with a pink flamingo floaty. Also, it’s conveniently located minutes from the ferry to Isla Mujeres, so you can take a day trip to its tranquil waters with ease.
Offering a light, bright and contemporary take on traditional Mexican decor, this studio is like staying in a delightful boutique hotel, for a fraction of the price. Its huge private terrace is almost the same size as the room, and the spacious shared rooftop features a collection of potted plants and bright-blue sun loungers surrounding a concrete plunge pool plucked straight from the boho beach hangouts of Tulum. Park up with some Dos Equis and guacamole after a long day of market hunting – the studio is just a short walk to the famous Market 28.
Molly Codyre contributed additional reporting to this article.