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Cancun Travel Guide: Where to Stay, Eat and Drink

ByKeith M. Jones

Oct 24, 2022

One of the most popular travel destinations is Mexico. While much of the LGBTQ+ community flocks to Puerto Vallarta, there are other equally beautiful regions. Cancun is one of those places with its crystal clear waters, white sand beaches and tropical breezes from the Caribbean Sea.

These are not your everyday adventures. Read on and find out what Cancun has to offer outside of the normal tourist attractions.

Where is Cancun in Mexico?

Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

  • Cancún is located on the northeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. Cancún is considered part of the Caribbean and is a popular travel destination.
  • The time in Cancun is based on the central time zone, but they do not observe daylight saving time or change their clocks.

When is the best time to go?

Caribbean sea from hotel balcony in Cancu00fan Mexico

A view of the Caribbean Sea from a balcony in Cancun Mexico

You can visit Cancun all year round, but temperatures and rainfall vary depending on the time of year. During the months of October to June, the average temperatures are in the 80s, while the average from July to September is in the 90s.

Precipitation can occur throughout the year but is more frequent during the months of August, September and October. A misconception is that the rain will ruin the day, but it may just be a passing cloud.

Hurricane season is between June and November, but while there can be multiple storms, hurricanes are actually rare in Cancun.

Important things to know

  1. Flying to Cancun in Mexico is relatively easy and clearing immigration and customs is quick.
  2. As with any destination in Mexico, several timeshare representatives and taxi drivers will try to get your attention and your time.
  3. It is recommended to have transportation arranged in advance through your resort or hotel. If they don’t offer this, you can use a taxi service or Uber. If you use a taxi, find out the fare before getting into the vehicle. Often you can negotiate the price.
  4. What to pack when visiting Cancun will vary depending on the types of activities you plan to do. If you are using this itinerary as a guide, we recommend the following items for your stay in addition to your usual clothing:
    • Passport
    • Swimwear and blankets
    • Sandals and/or flip flops
    • Cool, loose clothing
    • Sun glasses
    • Hat
    • SPF sunscreen
    • Small bag or light backpack
    • Eco-friendly insect repellent spray
    • Hydroalcoholic gel
    • Masks (they are mandatory inside Mexican airports and customs when this article is published)
    • Dress and shoes for dinner. Some restaurants require necklaces and do not allow shorts, tank tops or flip flops.

Where to stay

Aerial view of the JW Marriott Cancu00fan overlooking the pools and the Caribbean Sea

JW Marriott Cancun

Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Cancun

JW Marriott Cancun Resort

Boul. Kukulcan, Km 14.5, Lot 40-A, Zona Hotelera,
Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77500

Toll Free: +1 888-813-2776
Local phone: +52 998-8489600

The JW Marriott Cancun is a resort located in the heart of the Hotel Zone. Each room has its own private balcony overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Nichupté Lagoon. Club 91 offers those looking for a more indulgent experience and offers a private club atmosphere giving you access to additional luxury amenities and services.

There are several fine dining restaurants on-site with amazing views and experiences. There are four pools to choose from, including an adults-only pool, family pool, indoor pool, hot tub, and even an outdoor pool with an artificial reef.

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Where to eat

two tacos on a black ceramic plate with a roasted habanero and grilled orange wedges.

Where to eat in Cancun

Sacbé Beach Hut

Lot 41 Marriott, boul. Kukulcan, Zona Hotelera,
Cancun, QR, Mexico 77500

Local phone: +52 8812000

Sacbe is located a short walk from the JW Marriot to the neighboring property, the Marriott Cancun Resort, and offers a bohemian atmosphere with views of the beach. Savor Mayan-inspired cuisine and cocktails while listening to a live DJ or the waves crashing on the shore. Kick off your shoes and dig your toes into the sand at this beach property. Don’t let the name fool you. It’s definitely not a cabin.

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Chamboa

Boul. Kukulcan Km. 15, Zona Hotelera,
Cancun, QR, Mexico 77500

Local phone: +52 998 690 0273

Chamboa is a lively and trendy steakhouse overlooking the Nichupté lagoon. As soon as you walk through the doors, you pass through scenes of tranquility and nature. Chamboa magically combines gourmet cuisine, cocktails, art and entertainment in an alluring atmosphere that transforms your dining experience. Almost every night there is a blast of live music, fashion shows and aerial dancing while enjoying your cocktails in the alfresco dining area with cool lagoon breezes.

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Hana Polynesian Grill

Mz. 53 Lote 41, Km 14.5, Zone Hotelera,
Cancun, ROO 77500

Local phone: +52 998-8812062

Located on the Marriott property, Hana Polynesian Grill encapsulates the essence of Polynesian culture with a vibrant atmosphere featuring tiki cocktails and Polynesian-style dance performances.

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where to drink

diagonal image of various cocktails on a table.

What to drink in Cancun

JW Marriott Lobby Bar

Located in the JW Marriott lobby

Sure, every hotel and resort has a lobby bar, but do they have a tequila wall with recipes for 150 different margaritas? Well, this one does. The unique production tequila-based cocktails and mezcals from all over Mexico. Try as you can, you’ll never be able to go through all the flavors in a week or two, which just means you’ll have to keep coming back until you’ve gone through the entire collection. So maybe, just maybe, you’ll come back and start the process all over again.

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Kasai Izakaya and ramen noodle bar

Located on the JW Marriott Resort property

Local phone: +52 998 881 2056

It may be a ramen noodle bar, but you have to come here for the hand-selected sake and have a sake tasting maybe even in Japanese whiskey. While you’re there, you can also snack on tapas, sushi, and sashimi.

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Things to do

cenote underground cave with clear bluish green water

What to do in Cancun Mexico

Puerto Maya Cancun Maya Tours

Boulevard Kukulkan Km 16.2 Hotel Zone
Cancun, Quintana Roo 77500

Toll Free: +1 888-208-2213
Local phone: +52 998 3870342

If you’re looking for a great aquatic adventure, opt for a guided speedboat and snorkeling tour. Before starting your journey, be blessed by Mayan ancestors and learn a brief history of Mayan culture. You’re your own captain in this two-person speedboat as you cruise through mangrove channels and snorkel in beautiful Punta Nizuc Bay. Discover tropical fish and living reefs, and perhaps stumble upon underwater sculptures. End the adventure with a light lunch and refreshments.

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Bali Bed Beach Cabana Rental

Located on the JW Marriott Resort property

Relax and unwind in a cabana on the beach listening to the sound of the waves. Lounging without worrying about the world. No need to lift a finger as food and drink can be ordered and delivered to your doorstep. Take a nap, read a book or just enjoy the scenery.

Spa treatments at JW Marriott Spa

Located on the JW Marriott Resort property

Choose one of the many spa treatments including massages, saunas and pools to help your body relax, rejuvenate and release tension and accumulated stress. Let this award-winning spa pamper you as you sit in solitude listening to soothing sounds.

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Ecopark Cenote Zapote

A V. Route of the Cenotes km 19,
Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Local phone: +52 998 1147658

Cenotes are underground chambers, natural pits, and natural sinkholes where groundwater exists. The Yucatán Peninsula is home to several cenotes that served as a water supply for the ancient Maya. Today you can swim there, jump there from diving platforms or visit caves and explore underwater caverns. These cenotes are prehistoric and date back tens of thousands of years. After the tour, you’ll be treated to a buffet of Mexican tacos, sides, and refreshments.

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