Travel Guide Cancún

Travel Guide Cancún

White beaches, fascinating sights and culinary highlights – welcome to Cancún! In this article, we reveal our best travel tips for Cancún. Let's go!

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The pier on the beach of Cancún

7 exciting facts about Cancún

  • Cancún is located on the north coast of the Yucatán Peninsula
  • Until the 1950s, Cancún was a fishing village
  • Cancún is the Mayan word for "nest of snakes"
  • The average annual temperature in Cancún is around 26° C
  • The water temperature also averages around 26° C per year
  • The official currency is the Mexican Pesos
  • Cancún is one of the 50 most visited cities in the world

When is the best time to travel to Cancún?

Cancún promises one thing above all – lots of warmth! All year round, you can expect temperatures around 30 degrees and you will certainly never freeze. It is only in January that the temperature can drop to 20 degrees. However, due to the low risk of precipitation at this time, the temperatures and weather can be described as particularly pleasant. So, if you want to escape winter and long for guaranteed sunshine, you should consider a trip between November and April. Between June and October, however, you should pack a rain jacket. This is when the rainy season prevails.

Hotel complex on Cancún Beach

For whom is Cancún suitable?

This question can be answered relatively quickly: for everyone! Cancún is diverse, Cancún is modern and Cancún is safe. In this way, the Mexican city does not just attract adventure seekers and sports enthusiasts, but also families, beach goers and party lovers. In recent years, Cancún has developed into a popular holiday destination and now offers a very good infrastructure as well as modern hotel complexes and authentic accommodations.

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Whether you want to relax on the white beaches, enjoy the extraordinary nature or explore the area, Cancún will certainly not disappoint you.

What are the 3 must-see sights on a trip to Cancún?

1. The Mayan Ruins of Tulum

When you think of Mexico and Yucatán, the unique Mayan Ruins immediately come to mind. On a trip to Cancún, a visit to these famous buildings is a must. About 130 kilometres from Cancún, you will come across one of the most beautiful and unique buildings in Mexico: the Mayan Ruins of Tulum. It is not just the site itself that shines due to its excellent preservation and appearance, but also its location. Directly on the Caribbean Sea, the complex is a real eye-catcher and invites you to dream. Absolutely recommendable!

The Mayan Ruins in Tulum

2. The Underwater Museum by Jason de Caires Taylor

Do you like museums just as much as you like scuba diving? If so, you shouldn't miss the Cancún Underwater Museum! The British artist Jason de Caires Taylor has sunk some of his stone sculptures in the sea near Cancún and thus created one of the most extraordinary museums in the world. Whether you go diving, snorkelling or by glass bottom boat, this is definitely an experience not to be missed!

The UNESCO World Heritage Site Chichén Itzá

3. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Chichén Itzá

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was selected as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in 2007 and is symbolic of the whole of Mexico: the Ruins of Chichén Itzá. The massive stepped pyramid "El Castillo", in particular, is world-famous and a splendid example of the Mayan culture and its architectural style. The history of the site goes back far into the years before Christ, and even today, researchers are making important discoveries here to reconstruct the complexity and overall picture of the Mayan culture. Even if you need about two to three hours from Cancún, you should definitely not miss this highlight. It certainly pays off!

Which are the 3 most beautiful beaches in Cancún?

1. Playa Delfines

Playa Delfines should be on every Cancún traveller's list! This stretch of beach is the "jack of all trades" among the beaches in Cancún and is hard to beat in terms of diversity. Whether you're looking for a quiet spot, bars or water sports activities, Playa Delfines has something on offer for everyone. Besides, you can expect white sand, light blue water and the famous Cancún sign, in front of which you should definitely take a selfie.

2. Playa Las Palmas

Playa Las Palmas is a little more peaceful. The beach does not have as much on offer as the popular Playa Delfines, but it offers plenty of peace and quiet, enough space and invites you to relax and sunbathe. Las Palmas is particularly popular among families with children, as the beach section is wide, numerous parasols are available and the beach slopes gently down into the crystal-clear water. And if you get hungry, you can have a local snack at one of the small but nice beach bars and you can enjoy the unique view and atmosphere with a cool drink.

Kids at the Playa Las Palmas in Cancún

3. Isla Mujeres

Those who long for a bit of island feeling during their Cancún trip should definitely pay a visit to Isla Mujeres. The small island is located opposite the Mexican metropolis and can be reached by boat in around 30 minutes. Isla Mujeres is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico and exudes an incredible Caribbean flair. You can spend a few wonderful hours in the crystal-clear water and then take a leisurely stroll inland and sample local specialities. So, be sure to plan a trip to the beautiful " Island of Women" during your trip!

Typical Mexican Tacos

What should you definitely eat in Cancún?

What is an absolute must for a successful trip to Cancún? Exactly, the good food! Especially along the hotel promenade in Cancún, you will easily come across numerous bars and restaurants where you can fill your belly with local specialities. A classic Mexican taco is, of course, a 'must-eat' during your trip. At Taqueria Coapenitos you can get authentic and unusual tacos for a very good price-performance ratio. But Taqueria Los Chachalacos or El Oasis Mariscos can also keep up and are worth a visit. So, ready, set, taco!

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Whether it's a family holiday, an active holiday or a honeymoon, Cancún has something to offer for everyone. So, what are you waiting for? Escape next winter now and book your flights with Austrian Airlines right here:

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