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Once a small, unremarkable fishing village, the resort of Cancun is today the reason most people visit Mexico. It is made up of two parts: the glitzy hotel zone dedicated to tourism, and the downtown area inhabited by the permanent residents. A different atmosphere prevails in each, with a dramatic contrast between the air-conditioned shopping malls, chic restaurant dining, and wealthy pleasure-seeking tourists in one; and bustling market street stalls, noisy vendors, and the daily grind of people at work in the other.

The hotel zone, situated on a thin strip of land (Isla Cancun) in the shape of a figure "7", is what people imagine when they talk about Cancun. It is a vision of Caribbean paradise with soft white sand beaches and clear blue-green waters. There is plenty of high quality accommodation available, a wide choice of restaurants and shops, a notoriously energetic nightlife, and an array of activities, including both land and water sports. The city is also a good base from which to explore some of the nearby attractions, particularly the ancient Mayan site of Chichen Itza on the mainland, which is the best restored and most famous of the archaeological sites on the Yucatán Peninsula.

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Photo of Cancun   Cancun
Avg temperature for this monthCancun30 °CSource: World Weather Online
Avg rainfall for this month inCancun0 mmSource: World Weather Online
Average flying time toCancun12 hrs 7 mins
Currency exchange rate inCancun$1.00 = £0.05Source: Oanda
Airlines that fly toCancunAeromexico, Avianca and Air Europa
Deals on flights toCancun3266
Partners with offers toCancunDial A Flight, A1Flightcentre and British Airways
Number of partners with deals toCancun18
Lowest flight deal toCancun£555
Avg flight offer toCancun£836

 How much do things cost in Cancun?

  • One-way ticket (local transport): £0.39
  • Loaf of white bread: £1.09
  • 1 mile taxi journey: £1.83
  • Pair of jeans: £31.42
  • 3 course meal for 2: £13.09
  • A dozen eggs: £1.24
  • Pack of Marlboro cigarettes: £2.05
  • Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre): £0.60
  • Small bottle of water (0.33 litre): £0.42
  • Pair of Nike trainers: £43.25
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