Best Places for Backpackers in Cancun, Mexico.

Enjoy backpacking around Cancun, Mexico without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Cancun, Mexico.

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Top 49 hostels in Cancun, Mexico.

These are the 49 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Cancun, Mexico.

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Hostel Balagan

100 /100

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Hostel Balagan

Hostel Balagan has all the necessary to provide guests comfort, security and warmth in your stay, all hostel rooms, as the common places (kitchen, living room) are very bright, the kitchen has 2 refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker , glasses, cups and utensils, more glasses and cups, the break...
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Quinta Juventina

97 /100

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Quinta Juventina

Mexican equestrian villa, beautiful garden with wonderful pool, spectacular sunny days and lovely sunsets. Relaxed atmosphere, families and friends having fun with outdoor activities, pool table, soccer table, goals, games in the pool, Outdoor kitchen and shared refrigerator. Enjoy the comfort, clea...
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Tropical Caribbean Hostel

97 /100

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Tropical Caribbean Hostel

Tropical Caribbean Hostel is a hostel created with themes in Caribbean Islands; fun, with personalized service, in an atmosphere of new friends. Essentially, it is a different concept for different people to ensure to each and every one of them the best possible stay within our facilities. We ar...
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Hostalito Mexican Hostel

95 /100

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Hostalito Mexican Hostel

El Hostalito Hostel is a new Hostel in Cancún inspired in the Mexican culture. Stay in one of our rooms, which are named after the most paradisiacal places of the Rivera Maya. Every day we organise different activities for our guests such as: movie night; beach day; bar nights and pool parties for...
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La Morena

94 /100

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La Morena

La Morena is an oasis for backpackers, the house we always look for during our trip. When you wake up in the morning, just come to our Thai-style outdoor table and say good morning to Rosy the sweet mama of the house, we will gladly prepare you a rich and abundant breakfast, just sit down and let...
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Nomads Hostel & Bar Cancun

94 /100

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Nomads Hostel & Bar Cancun

Welcome to the newest hostel in Cancún! Nomads Hostel & Bar offers a new standard in an astonishing building, which features a rooftop pool with a huge bar, a cosy hangout area, were you can enjoy the sunset surrounded by people from all over the world and all amenities a backpacker could wish....
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Senor Frogs Hostel

93 /100

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Senor Frogs Hostel

Welcome to the newest hostel in Cancún! Señor Frogs Hostel offers a new standard in an astonishing location 2 min walk to the beautiful white sand beach! The hostel features a floating pool and a huge bar with an amazing lagoon view, a cosy hangout area were you can enjoy the sunset surrounded by pe...
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Mezcal Hostel

93 /100

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Mezcal Hostel

Mezcal Hostel: Simply the best Hostel in Cancun! We offer free dinner! Welcome to Mezcal Hostel, our goal is to ensure that your stay in Cancun is one to remember and there’s never a dull moment. We are located in the heart of downtown Cancun, just walking distance from convenience stores, authen...
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Agavero Hostel

92 /100

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Agavero Hostel

Agavero Hostel is the perfect accommodation for backpackers and young travelers looking for an authentic mexican experience and a chill vibe. From siesta to fiesta we will make sure your stay exceeds your expectations. We are a sociable hostel where you find different activities so that your experie...
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Hostel Morenita Linda

91 /100

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Hostel Morenita Linda

Prioritizing comfort and comfort, guests will find a relaxed, entertaining and connected environment. The building is a big white leafy building with wood themes, the building is 2 stories high. The building is recently renewed and adapted as a sustainable hostel. We have 11 rooms, all with AC...
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Meson de Tulum

91 /100

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Meson de Tulum

Hotel and Hostel located in the center of Cancun, has 28 beds divided in half for men and women, 7 rooms with shared bath houses and 10 private rooms. Please note: Cancellation policy: 48h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your...
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Hostel Orquideas

91 /100

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Hostel Orquideas

We are an Italian family running a hostel in Cancun the Mexican Caribbean. We cook for our guest to share a piece of us and at the same time inviting and bringing everybody together on the table not only to eat but to create this awesome atmosphere of family chatting and sharing experiences What...
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Cancun Plaza Condo Hotel

90 /100

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Cancun Plaza Condo Hotel

The best location you will find with us. You are 10 minutes away from Cancun's International airport. You don't need to rent a vehicle, since in the hotel zone there is a 24-hr-bus service so you can go and visit every attraction in the hotel zone, a safe way for less. If you walk a little way up...
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Cielo 2 Cancun

90 /100

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Cielo 2 Cancun

Cielo 2 Cancun is a cozy and functional hostel located in the beautiful city of Cancun. We have a vast knowledge of the city as well as we have a great experience in the hospitality and tourist sector that we capitalize and use to bring the guests and travellers the very best of our city and facili...
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Fiesta Party Hostel Cancun

90 /100

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Fiesta Party Hostel Cancun

Cancun’s wildest Hostel Experience! A solid breakfast is included to help get you back on your feet with a Corona in hand as soon as possible. ??? ? Free BEER ? Free Dinner ? No Check-out time ? Free air conditioning all day in all rooms ? Free incredible breakfast ? Free Beach Tour ———PL...
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Casa Wayak

89 /100

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Casa Wayak

Casa Wayak is a hostel in the center of Cancun. We are a functional and nice hostel where the guests and travellers will be able to enjoy and discover the very best of our facilities as well as having a pleasant and marvellous stay within our lodging. We are located in one of the best areas of th...
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Grand Guesthouse

89 /100

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Grand Guesthouse

Grand Guesthouse is a nice and cozy guesthouse that will help you to taste and experience the very best of Cancun and Mexico. We have a vast experience in the hospitality sector as well as a great knowledge about the city, elements that we do capitalize to bring the very best of our services and fac...
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Moloch Hostel

88 /100

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Moloch Hostel

Moloch Hostel is brand new modern and different hostel located a few steps from the Bus Station, 10 minutes from the Beach and 20 minutes from Cancun's famous Nightlife. The kitchen is state of the art with brand new appliances. Microwave, Toaster oven, Blender, Coffee Machine, Stove and Oven....
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The Mermaid Hostel Beach

87 /100

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The Mermaid Hostel Beach

The Mermaid Hostel Cancun was created from our travelling hearts and minds. We are 2 best friends who love to travel around the world. We know what travellers need to feel right at home. The Mermaid Hostel is a new vibrant place to stay in Cancun. Our Hostel offers 15 comfy beds, If you need a pr...
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Hostel Natura Cancún

87 /100

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Hostel Natura Cancún

Cancun Hostel Natura is all new built! The guest will also have a discount in the Natura Restaurant, just downstairs! You don't have to pay expensive taxis to and from the clubs, its walking distance. We are 300 meters from Cocobongo and the party center, we are 100 meters from the beautif...
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Nirvana Hostel Cancun

86 /100

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Nirvana Hostel Cancun

Meeting point in the Caribbean, in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, a place to meet people and share cultures and adventures. We have common areas, the kitchen and dining rooms to share food recipes and nice after table talks. Our Chicago bar is the perfect place for those who are looking for a bee...
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Selina Cancun Downtown

86 /100

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Selina Cancun Downtown

A DIFFERENT WAY TO MEET CANCUN Mexico offers great destinations and Cancun is definitely one of them. As a top caribbean destination of the world, with beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise water, Cancun offers a fantastic landscape of sun and fun all together. With its airport offering 90 d...
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Granada 6

85 /100

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Granada 6

Granada 6 is a comfortable and central hostel close to the bus station, hotel zone (beaches) and malls. It is located on a quiet street just 5 minutes walking from the heart of Cancun, surrounded by green areas, with the best local bars, shops, clubs, restaurants, coffee shops and others. At our...
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Venado Hostel

85 /100

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Venado Hostel

We are the family you visit. your home away from home. Let us show you around while you're here, Venado Hostel is made by Mexican travelers for universal visitors, think global GO local and support the local economy. We focus on providing a local experience by organizing alternative activities and T...
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The Mermaid Hostel Downtown

85 /100

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The Mermaid Hostel Downtown

The Mermaid Hostel was born from our traveling hearts and adventurous minds. We are 2 best friends who love to travel around the world. We know exactly what travelers need to feel right at home. Guests can enjoy our patio, hammock area, the beautiful art around the hostel and chill in our acapulco...
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Hostel Ka

85 /100

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Hostel Ka'beh Cancun

As Lonely Planet’s top budget choice since ’09, we’ve been rocking your socks off from day one. Included in your stay: ☆ Free AMAZING breakfast ☆ Free Dinner ☆ Free BEER ☆ NO checkout time ☆ Free Air Conditioning 24/7 in all rooms ☆ Free beach tour At Kabeh, we believe travel is fundament...
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Haina Hostal

84 /100

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Haina Hostal

We are the best option for budget travelers, backpackers or student groups who are looking for a nice inexpensive place to stay, and who want to meet lots of people. Our hostel has a great location just in the heart of Cancuns downtown, everything is within walking distance: banks, supermarkets, r...
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Macarena Hostel

84 /100

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Macarena Hostel

Located in the center of Cancun invite you to see the magic of the town surrounded by extraordinary travelers with whom you will live new experiences. Walking you will find supermarkets,restaurants,bars in #rutanader, public transport and the bus station (ADO). The beach is only 15 minutes away...
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Boom Feel

83 /100

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Boom Feel

Boom Feel is a unique guest-house that evokes typical Mexican culture with a beautiful and colorful garden, pool area and barbecue grill to create unforgettable moments. We will always be available to welcome and make you feel at home. Boom Feel's primary purpose is to provide guests with a safe, p...
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Selina Cancun Lagoon Hotel Zone

83 /100

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Selina Cancun Lagoon Hotel Zone

Right on the narrow strip of land off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula where Cancun’s most famous hotels and clubs are, the Selina Cancun Lagoon Hotel Zone is where you want to be. Cancun has everything: white sand beaches, gourmet restaurants, huge clubs, and a thirst for life. Lounge by the...
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Hostel Inn Cancun

80 /100

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Hostel Inn Cancun

At Hostel Inn Cancun, We believe that a hostel should be much more tan just fun, great vibes and fantastic atmosphere. Our Hostel has a beauty of its own as well as its own character, which makes it unique and wonderful. It’s the perfect place for travellers and guests who want a social, comforta...
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Hostel Quetzal

78 /100

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Hostel Quetzal

We have the best Cancun location in the Heart of Old Town Cancun where everything is within walking distance. Relax in our garden pool or any of our cozy rooms. Experience Palapas Park where local family fun and the best cheap Mayan street food are just steps away. Swim at Pearl Beach( Playa...
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Las Flores

77 /100

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Las Flores

Do you like to cook your own meals? Use our kitchen, after buying groceries at one of the nearby market Only 200 m away from the bus station, and walkable distance from markets, bars, tour agencies, bank, pharmacies and a flea market. You’ll find you can reach anywhere on Cancun easily from here....
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Hostel Alcatraces Cancun

76 /100

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Hostel Alcatraces Cancun

The Hostel Alcatraces is located in the center of the city, between its main avenues and in the safest area of ​​Cancun. We have a vast experience in the business as well as a great knowledge of the city, that we capitalize to bring to our guests and travellers the best of our facilities and locatio...
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Hostel Coco

76 /100

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Hostel Coco

Shared dorms with extra comfortable amenities , pool, common areas, WIFI, a fully equipped kitchen, lounge areas hot water 24 hours in the several showers , delicious breakfast every mourning totally included. Wide spaces for entertaining actives and gardens all around . at coco hostel we love to p...
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Hostal Mayapan

74 /100

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Hostal Mayapan

Hostal Mayapan is the first hostel located in the Hotel area, decorated on Mayan Stile, very close to the beach and main sites Situated just 500 meters from restaurants, supermarkets, pubs, etc and 300 meters just from the beach We offer dorms which can be male, female or mixed, Internet, Inte...
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Maya Cha

71 /100

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Maya Cha'an Guesthouse

Maya Cha'an is located on Margaritas street number 17. Centrally located in the heart of Downtown Cancun. Minutes away from amazing beaches, malls, outdoor markets, restaurants and night life. Come and feel the authentic Mexican culture on your skin. Open all your senses and feel what Cancun has...
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Hostel Mundo Maya

71 /100

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Hostel Mundo Maya

Mundo Maya Hotel is located in the historical center of the city on Yaxchilan Avenue No. 82 Sm 25 M8. It´s next to HERTZ car agency, close to Tulum Avenue and “Parque de las Palapas”. On Tulum Avenue you can take buses to the most beautiful beaches in Cancun and to the nightlife of the hotel zone....
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Maycin Hostel

69 /100

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Maycin Hostel

Maycin Hostel is a spot where you can relax and spend your holidays in the best comfortable way possible. We have an experiences personnel and a vast experience in tourism and hospitality sector, so we capitalize both elements to ensure a great stay for our guests and travellers. Maycin Hostel i...
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Casa Caracol

69 /100

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Casa Caracol

Managed, owned and operated by true travelers, Casa Caracol was thought to be a first class hostel with the friendliest staff, relaxed atmosphere and top notch facilities. We have mixed dorms and private rooms for up to four people! All our rooms have A/C clean sheets. Board games, our own cafe, sna...
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Downtown Suites Cancun

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Downtown Suites Cancun

Located in the heart of Cancun, Downtown Suites is everything you're looking for your vacation. Downtown Suites Cancun offers two apartments fully equipped with kitchen, living area and an incredible queen sized bedroom. The apartment features air conditioning , great location and an amazing decorat...
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Adhara Hacienda Cancun

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Adhara Hacienda Cancun

Adhara Hacienda Cancn mixes 'old' and 'new' Mexico with a Mexican Colonial style featuring graceful arches and pillars like a 19th-century hacienda, combined with all the 21st-century amenities you'd expect. You'll appreciate the hotel location, near Cancun's most important Mexican handicrafts...
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Hotel Xbalamque Cancun

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Hotel Xbalamque Cancun

Hotel Xbalamque has one of the best locations between hotels in cancun downtown 5 minutes away from the entrance to the hotel´s zone and only 7 minutes walking distance from the bus terminal of ADO. Our hotel in Cancun downtown is a good point of reference where you can move to Playa del Carmen, Tul...
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InBox Boutique Home

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InBox Boutique Home

We are an affordable lodging alternative on your trip to Cancun. We focus on providing a relaxed, quiet and private environment for your rest. We have a vast experience in the hospitality sector and a great knowledge about the city, elements that we capitalize to bring the very best experience to ou...
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Hotel Del Sol

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Hotel Del Sol

■100 percent of the first night will be charged on the day of booking and is non-refundable. 14% Taxes are not included in the rates, they will be charged during your check in Hotel Del Sol is a Boutique Hotel located near crystalline beaches and just outside the hotel zone in the quiet seasi...
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Tucan Hostel

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Tucan Hostel

We offer different types of rooms, which are shared, semi private and private. We have a terrace where you can spend pleasant moments with friends and meeting new people. We are located in the center of the city at a corner of the ADO bus terminal. The bedrooms (4) have a shower, private bathr...
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Margaritas Cancun

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Margaritas Cancun

Fall in love Margaritas Cancun Hotel, which offers warmth and tranquility in a contemporary Mexican style, according to the current needs of the executive, let us offer the comforts of a beach hotel in the city at an affordable price that will no doubt be your hotel preferred to visit Cancun. It...
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Ramada Cancun City Hotel

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Ramada Cancun City Hotel

The Ramada Cancun City, a landmark Three-star hotel, is located on one of the main avenues only a few steps away from the local shops, restaurants, nightclubs and boutiques in colorful downtown Cancun. It is approximately only a few steps away from the local shops, restaurants, nightclubs and boutiq...
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Mayambe Room

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Mayambe Room

Mayambe Room, an amazing place for relax!We are 8 minutes from Cancun, 10 blocks from El Meco ruins. Please note : Cancellation Policy : 3 days. Only cash payment accepted on arrival. Flexible Check-in /Check-out time. Breakfast included (coffee, bread, juice). Taxes not included ( 16 %...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Cancun, Mexico.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Cancun, Mexico.

If you're already planning to visit Cancun, Mexico - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

Welcome to paradise

StellaIx

Getting from the Airport to Playa

The trip from Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen will probably be your longest but don’t worry, there is a charter bus that will take you right to the heart of Playa. The ride is fast, comfortable, and economic. You’ll see locals returning home on this route with you!

Lisa Miranda

San Miguel de Allende: "Pueblo Magico"

Before I continue, I would like to point out that San Miguel is a place not a lot of people are familiar with. Many people I have come across in life who knew I was from Mexico usually explained that the only places they had heard about were Cancun or Los Cabos. These two beautiful touristic destinations that are known to host many tourists worldwide do have a lot to offer, but if you are the kind of person who wants to experience more than that, San Miguel is definitely a fantastic option for you.

Pamela Soto

Join me on this magical personal experience to Holbox.

Holbox , or as in Mayan – black hole, is everything but black, this sacred island, is magical, and no, I’m not exaggerating, it posses it´s own healing vibes. In order to reach this dreaming island, you will first need to fly to Mexico, specifically to Cancun (CUN), once there either you spend the night at Cancun or Playa del Carmen and catch up the earliest bus to Chiquilá. (For tickets visit: ADO)  If you are lucky enough you may rent a car and drive directly after flying to Cancun a 2-hour drive will lead you to Chiquilá. Once in Chiquilá, you`ll need to catch the ferry (40 min boat ride) until you reach the island.

Casandra Luna

From Canada to Cancun;

“Welcome to Mexico, there are no rules here; so put some smiles on your faces” Eat – Wah Wah Beach Bar, Playa Del Carmen Drink – Frozen Mango Margarita Do – Cenotes From Canada to Cancun; After saving in snowy Canada for months the day finally came; we drove to Calgary and caught a flight out of the deep freeze of our beautiful home in the mountains and defrosted in sunny, incredible Mexico. We flew into Cancun, filed through customs and were greeted by a very friendly officer, “Welcome to Mexico,” he said as he stamped our passports, “Why do all the passport photos look so sad, in Mexico we always smile. You can do what you want here, there are no rules. So welcome to Mexico put some smiles on your faces.”

WorldySnail

Veracruz: The place that has it all.

So now, I will tell a Little about the placeI spend most of my childhood in: Veracruz. It might not be as well known as cities like Cancun or Mexico City, but it’s definitely worth knowing about it.

Mariana G

What Is Rio Secreto?

Rio Secreto is a locally owned ecotourism company, just a short shuttle ride outside of the resort hub of Cancun and Riviera Maya. The tours, which are aptly marketed as a trip to the underworld, take guests down into an underground fluvian system (a series of caves and rainwater reservoirs). Rather than focusing on just the caves themselves, they also delve into the history and culture behind them. The result feels incredibly authentic and not touristy at all, which is exactly my style. In addition to a respectful approach to the Mayan culture in which Rio Secreto is steeped, the company makes significant environmental preservation efforts. Because the fluvian system is the main source of clean drinking water for that part of the Yucatan, only 10% of the caves are currently in use for guest tours. The profits are then used to fund the preservation of the other 90%.

Meghan Crawford

Cancun, Mexico: The side that no tourist knows about.

Cancun is THE place to be when you think on Mexico, because that was the plan when Cancun was made 46 years ago.

Alx Galvez Bates

Celestun: Flamingo Paradise

Celestun is a small quiet village on the northwest corner of the Yucatan peninsula.  Walking around gives you the feeling of a virgin town, one where unlike Cancun or other resort towns throughout Mexico, the beach is undisturbed and starfish and whole shells can be found laying on the shore.

Alex Levin

an unknown Mexican beach

Have you ever heard about the Golf of Mexico? or Yucatan? what about Puerto Progreso? yeah that last one, probably not. The main reason is because most of tourist don’t take time to find about new places to visit, if it’s not the famous Cancun where everybody has gone.. You won’t go, if it’s not Los Cabos where thousands of people pay a lot for luxury, Yo won’t go. And that’s a shame cause I need to they’ll you, I’m sorry, but you’re missing lots of beautiful places in this country.

Mexican Around The World

What, Where, When:

Tulum is a small coastal town south of Cancun at the Riviera Maya. It is becoming more popular year by year and has around four million tourists each year. I have been to Tulum many times for vacation and have even lived there for a year. It is a spectacular place full of Mayan culture and paradisiac vibes. Tulum is the only archaeological site with ruins located by the sea. It was the Mayan port and its original name was Zama, which means “dawn” it is impressive to imagine how the pyramids were build thousands of years ago and still remain for us to be admired every year. It has something magical to be in a town where you have a lot of indigenous people and on the other side a lot of foreigners living from all over the world. It is interesting when you walk along the streets, you will probably hear anything but Spanish, even the Mayan population rather speak Mayan on their free time. Tulum is a very save town where almost everybody is friendly, relaxed and looking for a peaceful time.

ML Prislin

What to do in Downtown Cancun

I know those images on your head when you listen to the word, Cancun. The white sand, a sea with those shades of blue so characteristic of the Caribbean, those Miami-like resorts, the shopping malls, and party party party! But Cancun is more than the hotel zone. Taking a walking tour in downtown Cancun is an interesting way of really understanding the place that you are in. In the downtown dynamics, local people (from Mayan roots, Mexicans, international residents) and some tourists converge and everyday life just happens.

Ximena Paz Paredes

Cancun on a Budget

 Cancun, Mexico, Quintana Roo. I have currently been living in Cancun for over a year now and still to this day it takes my breathe away from its mesmerising crystal clear waters to its beautiful white sandy beaches. Im sure you’ve all seen the Corona comercials on t.v. the beautiful women drinking beer on the beach with the palm trees in the background. Seems like a dream, Right? Well, Its my reality! I fell in love with not only Cancun but the entire state of Quintana Roo. I was only meant to stay for a few days and that was over a year ago. The reason being is it has such a diversity of different things that can be enjoyed by all travellers younge and old from snorkeling on the reef, hiking up mayan pyramids to swimming in cenotes (underground rivers). The mayan culture is one of the most fascinating and historical, its is one of the oldest recorded. Did you know? They were the first to be able to read the astrology and astronomy of the stars and they even have their own Mayan calender. They were one of the first known civilisations to perform open heart surgery. They also performed their own sacred sacrificial  rituals to their gods such as the virgin sacrifices and played tradition ball games where decapitation was the reward to the winning team. What is really unbelievable is how they managed to build these immaculate pyramids without the use of modern machinery, when you see it yourself you will be amazed and impressed.

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Isla Mujeres - A Mexican Paradise

Just a short ferry-ride away out of the busy Cancun you´ll find yourself on Isla Mujeres (Island of Women). This is what I would truly call Paradise. After living here for some months I definitely feel that this island is one of my favorites on the list! It can be quite surprising how much there is to do and discover here. After all, the island is only about 7 km long and 650m wide. It´s true that it can get quite busy, especially during the high season (January through April). Some tourists come here only for a day visit, but I personally think that it deserves more than just one day. Don´t let the first impression fool you. Yes, when you first arrive it kind of hits you in the face with busy shopping streets and tourists everywhere. But once you´ve settled down a little and get to know the hidden gems here, it´s a very magical place.

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