One of the most emblematic, crowded and well-known places in the city of Cancun is the Hotel Zone, which we can describe as a tourist area of more than 25 kilometers where beaches, plazas, hotels, nightclubs, parties, restaurants and day and night activities are not to be missed and today our team of Traveling By will tell you about Cancun’s Hotel Zone.
Cancun Hotel Zone
The city of Cancun is divided into two main zones, downtown Cancun and Cancun Hotel Zone. Particularly the downtown area is made up of people’s houses, restaurants, shops, plazas, parks, fairs, and really everything you can imagine in a city.
However, despite the fact that the downtown area has several places that may be of interest to thousands of visitors, the real highlight of Cancun is the Hotel Zone. As its name suggests, it is the place where luxury hotels, 5 stars, for adults, for children, family, all-inclusive, etc, etc, etc, etc. Converge with the beauty of the Caribbean Sea, the Nichupté Lagoon and is accompanied by prestigious plazas and restaurants.
Where does the hotel zone begin?
Particularly the hotel zone begins between the interception of Bonampak Avenue, with Andres Quintana Roo Avenue, giving beginning to the so-called Kilometer zero of the hotel zone of Cancun.
Where does the Hotel Zone end?
The avenue that runs through the entire hotel zone is known as Kukulcan Boulevard. This avenue runs for more than 20 kilometers until it reaches the Nizuk Canal Bridge. Well, this bridge is the one that marks the end of Bulevar Kukulcan Avenue.
However, this does not mean that it ends here, because the next avenue known as Nizuk Avenue runs for about 8 kilometers until it reaches the federal highway Chetumal – Cancun.
What can I find in Cancun’s Hotel Zone?
Cancun’s hotel zone has approximately 22 kilometers of beaches, but these beaches do not start at kilometer 0, the first beach is located at kilometer 2.5 (Playa Las Perlas) and the last beach at kilometer 24 (Playa Punta Nizuc).
The list of all its beaches starting from the first one which is Playa las Personas is as follows:
- Beach Las perlas
- Beach Linda
- Beach Casa Maya
- Beach Langostas
- Beach Tortugas
- Beach Cancún
- Beach Ancha
- Beach Caracol
- Beach Punta Cancún
- Beach Gaviota Azul
- Beach Chac Mool
- Beach Mandala
- Beach Forum
- Beach Marlin
- Beach Ballenas
- Beach Delfines
Beach Punta Nizuc
Although the center of the city has several nightclubs in different local spots, most of the locals prefer the nightclubs in the hotel zone. The nightclubs in the hotel zone, being an attraction of the city’s nightlife, are very well kept, pleasant and have witnessed countless parties, shows, concerts and performances by world-class artists.
Among the list of the most popular nightclubs in the hotel zone we have:
- The City
- Coco Bongo
- Congo Bar
- La Vakita
- Sr Frong
- Carlos y Charlie
The plazas are not left behind in the list of attractions in Cancun’s Hotel Zone and are very different from the downtown plazas. The plazas in the Zone have a view of the lagoon or the Caribbean Sea, besides having several attractions and fashion stores of national, international and worldwide brands.
Some of the plazas you can find here are:
- Plaza Puerto Cancún
- Plaza Caracol
- Plaza Forum
- Plaza la Isla
- Plaza Kukulcan
- Plaza Luxury Avenue
Within these marinas, we find 3 maritime terminals that allow us to take the Overseas Ferry and to cross and visit Isla Mujeres. These are.
- El embarcadero Marine Terminal
- Tortugas Beach Marine Terminal
- Caracol Beach Maritime Terminal
As you can imagine water activities are not to be expected in the hotel zone and among the great list of tours that we can find we have:
- Capitan Hook Tour
- Boat rentals
- Jet ski rentals
- Isla Mujeres Tour
- Scuba diving
- Romantic dinners
- Surt Simulators
- Water parks
As you can see the hotel zone is very large and has many things to do, see and know, however, and so you can enjoy it as best as possible, we will give you the following recommendations.
From kilometer 0 to 5.
From these few kilometers you won’t really find many things to do, because all the fun is centered mainly in kilometer 10 to 18. However here you can find the Plaza Puerto Cancun, Playa Las Perlas which is a family beach and Captain Hook’s tour, which is a night tour.
Of course the show is at kilometer 4.5 where you can see the Calinda Bridge and where the Caribbean Sea meets the Nichupté Lagoon.
From kilometer 5 to kilometer 9
In this small part of the hotel zone, you will find several beaches perfect for the whole family, although the main and most popular are Playa Gaviotas and Playa Tortugas, you have to give yourself the opportunity to visit Playa Punta Cancun.
In addition, you will find restaurants and some marinas with different activities such as snorkeling, diving, water parks and scooter rentals.
From kilometer 9 to kilometer 18
From kilometer 9 to kilometer 18 we will have the highlight of the hotel zone, where the nightclubs, restaurants, beaches and main tourist activities can be seen and felt. It should be noted that you have to know the 3 archaeological sites of Cancun located between these kilometers.
You can also take souvenir pictures at the famous photo stop at the Cancun lookout point and enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the prestigious restaurants like Lorencillo and of course a day at the Spa.
Beyond km 18
Beyond km 18 you will only find some secluded hotels, Punta Nizuc beach and Ventura Park, in short this is where the fun ends.
There is no doubt that Cancun’s hotel zone has a lot to offer and you can’t miss the opportunity to visit it from beginning to end on your next vacation in Cancun.
Want to learn more about Cancun? We invite you to read: Parque de Las Palapas Cancun, Courtyard by Marriott Cancun Airport, Transfer from Cancun Airport to Villa del Palmar and Transportation from Cancun Airport to Sandos Playacar.