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The Most Beautiful Neighborhoods in Cancun

Picture of Mónica Ramírez López
Updated: 18 June 2017
Cancun offers everything from history and culture to thrilling adventures and, of course, beaches of incredible natural beauty that make visitors leave enchanted. We have prepared a guide to all the stunning neighborhoods and their main attractions – take a look to make the best of your time in the Mexican Caribbean.
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Punta Cancun

Located at the north end of the hotel zone, Punta Cancun offers a dazzling overview of the island and thrilling entertainment. This neighborhood never sleeps and is known for its happy holiday 24/7 atmosphere. The white sands are a good place to soak up the sun, and the crystal waters are ideal for paddling in kayaks and windsurfing. There are more than 15 stunning reefs for snorkeling and scuba diving. Two good shopping centers are in the area: Plaza Forum and Plaza El Caracol. Find the best nightclubs in Cancun here: The City, Sr. Frogs, Carlos’n Charlies, Hard Rock Café, and Cocobongo.

Punta Cancún, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Q.R., México

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Kukulcan Boulevard

The magnificence of the Hotel Zone comes from the stunning views everywhere you look: to the left you can see the beautiful Nichupté Lagoon, where you can take a boat tour, feeling fresh breezes and exploring the mangroves and jungle. To the right, the turquoise waters and white sands of the beach have stunning sunrises and sunsets. On this side you can find fancy restaurants, shopping centers, hotels, and exclusive resorts, all of them with an excellent view of the Mexican Caribbean. Discover the ruins of El Rey, and further down the road, Playa Ballenas. For a nice overlook of the island, stop by the scenic tower at Playa Delfines.

Boulevard Kukulcan, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Q.R. México

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Punta Nizuc

Located south of the Hotel Zone, this is a popular peaceful beach and marine park that is host to the second biggest coral reef in the world. In its crystal waters, manatees, turtles, and 230 species of seaweed can be found. At the bottom of the sea, there’s a statue from the incredible underwater museum MUSA called The Gardener of Hope, which depicts a young man lying in a “garden” of coral. In this area also lies the San Miguelito archaeological zone, an important Mayan city. If you want to do some snorkeling, we recommend you to start with MUSA or, if you prefer, take a boat trip through the Nichupté Lagoon and enjoy the view. The nightclubs in the area are Sr. Frogs, Bar’n Roll, and Carlos’n Charlies.

Punta Nizuc, Cancín, Q.R. México

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Puerto Juárez

Only two kilometers away from the party ambience of the Hotel Zone, Puerto Juárez features peaceful beaches. There are very good hotels and restaurants by the shore with amazing views overlooking the ocean. This area is visited by international tourists who come to the central ferry pier to visit Isla Mujeres. It’s 20 minutes from the El Meco archaeological zone, an important center for the navigation paths of the Mayans.

Puerto Juárez, Cancún, Q.R. México

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Downtown

The place where Mexican traditions take place, downtown combines the beauty of nature with the lights of the nightlife entertainment. Kabah Park is a “green lung” where locals exercise surrounded by exotic fauna. The park also tells the story of the city through a permanent photo gallery. Take a look at its landmark, the El Ceviche (seafood) traffic roundabout , a monument placed amid the main avenues, which represents an important meeting point of celebration for locals. The restaurants, malls, bars, and nightclubs are along three main avenues: Nader, Yaxchilan, and Tulum.

Downtown Cancún, Q.R. México

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Isla Dorada

Exclusive and luxurious nautical residential condominiums surrounded by the Nichupté and Bojórquez Lagoons, Isla Dorada has stunning apartments and houses with swimming pools. The Island is close to Cancun’s important attractions, just steps away from the best restaurants and from Isla Mall, a shopping center with prestigious brands as well as an interactive aquarium and a wax museum.

Boulevard Kukulcan km 12, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Q.R. México

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Punta Sam

Close to Puerto Juárez, there’s a small village called Punta Sam, where there’s a car ferry to transport travelers to Isla Mujeres and Cozumel. The hotels on this side of Cancun have dazzling sunrises and soft sounds of the sea. Discover paradise for scuba diving in reefs that reach ten meters deep with extraordinary visibility. Walk around the village and enjoy the seafood and Mexican gastronomy, and enjoy the nice bars where you can have fun at night sipping your favorite tropical cocktail.

Punta Sam, Cancún, Q.R. México