Running from the bustle of Puerto Cancun in the north to the shimmering reefs of Punta Nizuc in the south, the Cancun Hotel Zone is the epicentre of this world-famous Mexican resort. It's packed to the brim with places to stay, which spill out onto pristine beaches of powdery sand that's as white as sugar and as warm as a jalapeno pepper. Shaped like a number 7, the neighbourhood's heart is where the Avenida Kukulkan bends from running east-west to go north-south. Expect lively party spots and buzzing hotels around there, getting gradually more chilled the further towards El Rey or the town centre you venture.
The Hotel Zone Cancun is awash with more resorts and sprawling mega hotels than you shake a crispy Mexican taco at. That means there are hotels in Cancun Hotel Zone to suit every type of traveller. You can search ebookers for opulent luxury, and go for hotels with private villa suites and butler service. You can get mature resorts with 18-plus policies and swim-up cocktail bars in the pools. You can get family-friendly hotels that have winding lazy rivers in the gardens. You can get hedonistic party resorts with in-house DJs and speakeasies. It's all there.
It's no secret that the reason most people go for Cancun Hotel Zone hotels is because of the beaches. Running for around 12 miles along the Mexican Caribbean coast, the whole neighbourhood is fringed with cotton-white sands and lapping waters of aquamarine blue. The resorts often organise scuba diving and sailing excursions across the sky-blue waters, too, while evening cocktail parties and raucous Spring Break-style blowouts tend to erupt each night along the shores. Trips to see the historic wonders of Chichen Itza and Tulum are also top of the list of Things to Do here.
The Cancun Hotel Zone is like a culinary cocktail of the whole globe. It packs in cuisines from India and Southeast Asia, North America, Europe and Latin America between its wealth of hotel restaurants. You could start the morning with a German pretzel and Italian cappuccino, lunch on Greek salads and deep-fried feta and have dinner cooked up by masterful taco maestros or famous Italian chefs. When it comes to drinking, rum punches and mojitos vie with frothy beers in the bars, while tequila seems to keep the Spring Break parties throbbing until the early hours.
The wide Avenida Kukulkan covers the whole length of the Cancun Hotel Zone, making it easy to reach virtually any resort on the entire strip by car. If you're not planning on renting your own vehicle, then don't worry. Local buses regularly ride up and down the boulevard, going all the way from Punta Nizuc to the markets of Cancun town, while taxi hires are ubiquitous.