Cancún has a reputation for being party central, but there’s so much more to discover, including the idyllic beaches in the Zona Hotelera, archaeological sites rich with ancient Mayan history, and opportunities to explore the outdoors — swimming in nearby cenotes, hiking and more.


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Peak season to travel starts from mid-December, hits a crescendo over New Year’s, and continues through Easter week/spring break. Low season generally runs from after Easter through mid-December, when prices tend to drop considerably.


Visas: U.S. citizens must present a valid passport when entering Mexico. U.S. citizens do not require a visa unless they plan to stay in the country for more than 180 days. Visit the Mexican National Institute of Migration’s (Instituto Nacional de Migración, INM) website for the most current entry, exit and visa requirements.
Money: Currency is in Mexican pesos, and ATMs are widely available.
Travel Health: Check with the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico or the Mexican government for the latest health safety information, including travel protocols and requirements like negative COVID-19 tests, quarantines, mask mandates and more in connection with COVID-19. Before traveling, research and prepare for what to do if you get sick while away.


Getting Here: Cancun is served by Cancun International Airport (CUN), about a 25-minute drive to the Hotel Zone.
Getting Around: 
Taxis are easily accessible. Taxi prices are set by zone; always agree on a price before getting in the vehicle. Join an organized tour to reach any of the historical sites outside the Hotel Zone or city center.


Local Lingo: Spanish is the official spoken language, though most people working in the tourism industry will speak English. Learn a few essential phrases before your trip. Habla usted inglés?: Do you speak English? Qué tal?: What’s up? Cómo estás?: How are you? Perdón: Excuse me or sorry. 
Must-Have App: Google Translate
Insider Tips: Colorful, large-scale public murals created by famed Mexican and international street artists are popping up all over Cancun, and can be viewed on a self-guided street art tour through the city.